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Lying Key

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, March 6th, 2014 - 126 comments
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Martyn’s got a post up over at the daily blog documenting some of the blatant lies Key has told that have been repeated without criticism by the media:

1: Key claimed on Firstline that Cunliffe had been to TVNZ for a Labour Party meeting at the height of the Shane Taurima affair when no such thing ever happened. David Cunliffe never went to a Labour Party meeting at TVNZ. Never happened.

2: Key claims at his post cabinet press conference that Unite Union secretly donated to Cunliffe and that’s why Matt is Chief-of-Staff. That never happened, Unite didn’t donate to Cunliffe’s leadership bid.

3: The claim in Parliament today that Kim Dotcom is one of the anonymous donors. I’ve talked to sources, they all say that never happened either. One week the media are trying to claim Kim Dotcom is too broke to pay contractors, next week they are claiming he his secretly donating money.

It’s got to the point where Key can say pretty much whatever the fuck he wants and certain parts of the media will publish it verbatim and unquestioningly while Cunliffe is engaged in a massive conspiracy because he said “all parents” in a big picture speech, or is hiding his wealth because he had a go at Key in defense of the Salvation Army.

126 comments on “Lying Key”

  1. RedLogix 1

    I’ll quote verbatim a comment from ‘Tom’ in the comment thread below that Daily Blog post:

    Cunliffe is trapped. He’s a good guy and I like him, as do many other New Zealanders. However, the people who “matter” in New Zealand have decided that he won’t be allowed to win, and he won’t be, because they have the power to do that.

    I don’t think that there’s anything he or anyone else can do about it. What’s going to happen between now and the election is an endless stream of stories like this, with increasing calls for Cunliffe to resign or be toppled. I’d love to be wrong, but nobody here or anywhere else seems to have a realistic suggestion.

    As for those of us who tend to the left, we should remember that playing a rigged game legitimises it. If it gets worse, people should seriously think about boycotting the election.

    I’ll go one step further – it’s obvious that Labour has traitors in its ranks as well. Mc Cartens appointment has unleashed a deluge of panic attacks on Cunliffe from the people most anxious about it. We are neck deep in a vicious battle with greed, privilege and snobbery.

    There is only one possible realistic suggestion. The Left must start acting like a real political force, and take action in unity. Nothing else matters anymore.

    Trotter is right. Failure now is failure for another generation.

    • Tautoko Viper 1.1

      +1 RL It is no good us sitting on our hands and taking the falsehoods as inevitable.
      Time to commit to action. Every person who wants to get rid of this lying, cheating, out-for-the-rich-only government needs to look at how they can contribute. Collectively we can win. We need to put the lower priority issues to one side and concentrate on the big issue- getting National OUT of office. (Most of the side issues cannot be addressed with this Govt, so step 1 is to get them out.)
      Make a pledge with yourself to take some positive action to achieve this. Wishful thinking, or even worse, thinking that anything you do can’t make a difference- (which is the whole purpose of the current attacks on Labour/Cunliffe to ramp up the non-vote helplessness) is not good enough.
      Come on, all you decent minded people who care about others and the environment, we are going to rise up and climb over the M$M barricades and WIN!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2

      +100

      There are some on the Left who seem to think all they had to do to win the war was change the NZLP leadership election rules.

      Now the enemy is firing back it’s time to give up, apparently.

      • geoff 1.2.1

        Well Said, OAB.
        And what else needs to be said is this… Even if Labour loses the election I would not vote for a leadership change again.
        Right now we’ve got a properly leftwing leader, we’ve got a committed membership and affiliates. We only have to settle some internal MP problems and then convince the electorate that National doesn’t have any answers to the big problems facing most kiwis, that National will only care about those things to the extent that it will get them re-elected, and finally, that Labour/Greens/Mana actually do have some good answers to those problems.
        If it takes another 3 years then so be it.
        (Not that I’m giving up on winning this election yet.)

    • weka 1.3

      “There is only one possible realistic suggestion. The Left must start acting like a real political force, and take action in unity. Nothing else matters anymore.”

      Ae. So how we going to do that? Maybe it’s time to start taking the conversation on ts further.

      Tom:

      “As for those of us who tend to the left, we should remember that playing a rigged game legitimises it. If it gets worse, people should seriously think about boycotting the election.”

      Stupid beyond belief. Without any appreciable strategy from the left a boycott is pointless. It might satisfy personal ethics, but it will also just play into the hands of the people who want the left disinfranchised.

      It’s that small but large enough number of people that don’t vote that gift the government to NACT. Even if there were a substantial boycott, say 50%, who would give a shit? You think that NACT will? Or that the MSM will finally get a conscience? I would guess we would wring our hands for a term to two and by that time it will be too late.

    • xtasy 1.4

      RL –

      A pretty realistic assessment, coming close to how I see things!

    • Sosoo 1.5

      Traitors in the ranks?

      If all this resulted in the tarring and feathering of Trevor Mallard, it would all be worth it. ;-)

  2. Jimbob 2

    You’ve missed the point. Key can say whatever he likes in the vacuum left by cunliffe’s issues with transparency and the truth. These are accusations he wants answered but I doubt there are many people left in NZ who believe anything cunliffe says anymore.

    • karol 2.1

      FFS, John Key is the one who is totally slippery with the truth. Yet the media have never put him under the scrutiny that they put Cunliffe under.

      The accusations against Cunliffe in contrast, are just a series of beat-ups.

      • framu 2.1.1

        “The accusations against Cunliffe in contrast, are just a series of beat-ups.”

        that happened looooooong after key starting making shit up

      • Anne 2.1.2

        The accusations against Cunliffe in contrast, are just a series of beat-ups.

        Someone will soon correct me if I’m wrong, but one of those beat-up stories is apparently about a bank investment Cunliffe is claimed to have not immediately declared. That is hitting the bottom of the barrel!

        A bank investment is no more than an extension of an ordinary daily working account. For example, someone may have $10,000 sitting in an account which they don’t intend to immediately
        use, so they extract $5,000 and place it in a short/medium term fixed deposit scheme which is attached to their everyday account. At the end of the fixed period it will go back into their current account unless otherwise specified by the account owner. To suggest deceitful behaviour on the part of Cunliffe for forgetting one existed, means EVERY MP should have their savings/cheque accounts thoroughly examined for similar loss of memory. I bet you would find the majority have at some point made exactly the same ‘error’.

        Stop apologising Cunliffe. You’ve done nothing wrong!

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.2.1

          +1 Anne,

          I acknowledge that Mr Cunliffe is experiencing a ‘trial by fire’, (‘a fucked up media’ can replace ‘fire’ here) however I was deeply disappointed to hear it reported that Mr Cunliffe had apologised re the Labour Party Leadership trust.

          Of course, I don’t know whether Cunliffe actually did apologise because I gained this information off TV3 and they appear to simply ‘make shit up’ – however, if he did I don’t think he should have – if he gets advice and makes a decision based on the information he has to hand and it turns out to be incorrect – that is all he needs to say. Apologising in this instance merely feeds the line coming out of Key’s/Textors propaganda advice, which would be along the lines of:

          Call Labour/Greens/Mana ‘Tricky’ repetitively – at every opportunity you get – in this way people will be distracted from how really fucking tricky, incompetent and unreliable you lot (National government) are AND will discourage alot of people who would vote against you from voting altogether, out of disgust at how ‘untrustworthy’ politicians

          I therefore agree with you Anne, and plead with Mr Cunliffe to please think through the ramification of apologising before doing so.

          Don’t apologise, give a clear message as to why what you chose to do had reasonable intent. Don’t allow the ‘politicians are untrustworthy’ meme to continue unquestioned.

    • swordfish 2.2

      Let’s take a bit of a stroll down memory-lane, shall we, Jimbob ?

      Let’s begin with……http://tvnz.co.nz/content/2097819/425825/article.html

      Now, let’s move on to……https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaEXa202Q6M

      Before finishing with……https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeJSFVWKnsE

      (With the last of these, have a wee laugh at John’s body language 0.26 – 0.39 when he realises he’s been caught out).

      Goodnight, Mary-Ellen, goodnight John-Boy, goodnight Jim-Bob.

  3. karol 3

    Add to Martyn’s list the fact that Kim Dotcom has tweeted today:

    I have never donated to the leadership race of @DavidCunliffeMP or to Labor, or the Greens, or NZ First. I support the #InternetParty!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      I note he doesn’t deny donating to National.

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        Or Labour.

        • Bastables 3.1.1.1

          Did they stop teaching comprehension when you were at school? Or did you just not pay attention then or now?

          “I have never donated to the leadership race of @DavidCunliffeMP or to Labor, or the Greens, or NZ First. I support the #InternetParty!”

          • felix 3.1.1.1.1

            I think Lanth is pointing out a typo, and wondering if it could have been deliberately deployed.

          • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1.2

            Actually I have very good reading comprehension.

            I always wondered at school why we had “reading comprehension tests” because it seemed incredibly pointless to me to read a passage and then get asked jaw-droppingly obvious questions about what I’d just read.

            • burt 3.1.1.1.2.1

              I was never sure which was more jaw-dropping … How obvious the questions were or that there was actually a percentage of the class that consistently got them wrong.

    • Disraeli Gladstone 3.2

      I make a point not to blindly trusted people convicted of fraud and inside trading.

      I doubt Dotcom did donate to Cunliffe. The problem with the trust, though, is that we can’t actually be sure unless all the donors came forward. Something Cunliffe should have thought of.

      Mostly, I’m just sick of people treating Dotcom like some political hero just because he might be able to bring down Key. Ignoring the whole legal issue he’s presently in, Dotcom has been convicted of fraud. He was later convicted for inside trading and embezzlement. Since then, he also decided that rape seems like a fine topic of comedy.

      This is not a good person. If John Key hadn’t ruined his life, Dotcom would probably be one of his biggest supporters this year.

      Sigh.

      (Disclaimer for people who jump on posts without fully reading them: I’m not saying Dotcom did donate. I’m saying he’s a dick, why do we all listen to him.)

      • Enough is Enough 3.2.1

        And he donated to Banks.

        What sort of dickhead would ever give him cash?

      • MaxFletcher 3.2.2

        +1

      • felix 3.2.3

        Hi Disraeli.

        I couldn’t agree more with what you say about Dotcom. He would probably be in National’s election ads wearing a hilarious XXXXXXXL “I’m a Key Person” t-shirt if only he could pull it over massive knife wound in his back.

        This confuses me though: “Mostly, I’m just sick of people treating Dotcom like some political hero just because he might be able to bring down Key.

        Who is doing this, exactly? I haven’t seen much of it around the blogs, certainly not on this one.

  4. The only defence is to stay on message and laugh it off – like water off a ducks back. It isn’t easy and a politician has to have conviction and tenacity to do it – think of Hone – does anything liarkey say affect who he is or what he believes in – NO it doesn’t. The worse thing cunliffe can do imo is engage – that is apologise, backtrack, try to spin and so on. Turn it all into a joke/attack against key – it can be done but maybe not if you are after the same people. Say, “Well he would say that wouldn’t he” (knowing smile or perhaps wink) and just keep saying it. Pick a whopper lie from key and there are plenty to choose from and keep asking about it, “Johnkey (say it really fast for the mics) said he voted to save the whales and yet has been seen eating whalemeat – that leaves a bad taste in all kiwi mouths, which is it johnkey, own up and tell us – are you a whale eater do you partake of the fatty flesh (sorry went abit philu there)…”.

    Anyway there are plenty of bigbrains that can work this out but are there plenty with conviction and tenacity? Not sure about that one.

    • RedLogix 4.1

      . The worse thing cunliffe can do imo is engage – that is apologise, backtrack, try to spin and so on.

      I think that’s much the same thing as I’m trying to say on the other thread marty. It’s fatal for Cunliffe to give his enemies (and I keep using that word pointedly) any credibility whatsoever.

      Leave the defense up to others.

      • marty mars 4.1.1

        Yep I agree red

      • Molly 4.1.2

        Responding simply but honestly would be a breath of fresh air to an election year that promises to go rancid quite rapidly:

        “That must be some more gossip (rumour) he is trying to spread, because he can’t have any evidence – it is not true”.
        or even better:
        “Really Gower? What kind of evidence did he give you to make you think that was true? I don’t know where this gossip comes from”

        And then getting on with the day job of creating policy and momentum to get the country back on track.

        • geoff 4.1.2.1

          But does Gower and co. actually ever go back to Dave C for comment? I thought the point of this article was that emperor Key says something and then the journalists just repeat it verbatim. What would be a breath of fresh air is if Dave even had a chance to respond.

    • just saying 4.2

      I’m inclined to agree, to a point.

      Any kind of defensiveness is fatal to the left, but admitting wrong-doing and apologising isn’t defensive imo. The parliamentary left need to tighten-up so that it isn’t able to be presented apologising for cock-ups in 90 percent of its media coverage.

      And now is the time to ensure all practices and procedures are transparent, lawful, and demonstrably democratic The financial affairs of every represntative should be scrutinised and ready to be accounted-for. Nothing short of a blitzkrieg will do imo.

      And present the left-wing perspective with absolutely no evasiveness or apology. Ffs, let them say what they will and let’s have this damn conversation already.

      Also, you couldn’t go far wrong by imagining what the Paganiists would do in whatever situation, saying hell no, and doing the opposite.

      • RedLogix 4.2.1

        The financial affairs of every represntative should be scrutinised and ready to be accounted-for. Nothing short of a blitzkrieg will do imo.

        What you say makes sense from our left-wing perspective js – but you might want to anticipate how Paddy Gower would use the information falling out from such a process.

        No-one is Caesar’s wife.

        In the meantime do you anticipate National undertaking such an orgy of self-castigation?

        • just saying 4.2.1.1

          In the meantime do you anticipate National undertaking such an orgy of self-castigation?

          No, there are different standards, and there always have been in my lifetime. It’s just the stakes are higher than ever before, and neoliberalism has skewed our collective perceptions to allow the elites and their enforcers to be much more blatant.

          I don’t think there is anything we can do about the disparity of scrutiny and criticism in the msm

          • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.1.1

            Labour is already far too inwardly focussed. Trying to set it navel gazing objectives, tasks and standards which make it even more inwardly focussed buries the party even further into electoral and historical irrelevancy.

            • TightyRighty 4.2.1.1.1.1

              electoral scrutiny hurts doesn’t it? your saviour DC has his own american bagman now. how does it feel to see your symbol of hope turn so quickly? national hasn’t even done anything, this is all internal.

              you’ll moan about the msm dont’ report things in a favorable light for you, but you’ll miss the point, whats being done can’t be seen favorably, given the history of whats been said by labour. this is a prime example of reaping what you sow.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.2

          Agreed. Let National go looking for H-fees. There’s policy to promote.

    • Ant 4.3

      Yep this is what I think, the back tracking is counter productive. Labour are essentially getting trolled and their response is to always react and feed the troll everytime. They’ve been doing it since HC left. Rolling over for the media, not even trying to contest it. Somehow their comms people have got so flustered that they get all conservative, reactive, and let National and the media dictate their actions.

      National use whataboutery to turn criticism all the time, Labour need to do the same and actually start fighting. That’s one thing National realise that Labour don’t seem to get, if a point is arguable they’ll go down fighting till the end on it.

      • marty mars 4.3.1

        Yep they have got it round the wrong way – instead of trying to be popular by not making waves and being compliant, they need to make waves, stick to the message and that will help them become popular. The trolling meme is very accurate and the comms people need to really think about that – stop worrying about fucking it up – guess what? You are already doing that! Get back on message and stick there ffs – into the hurricane and out the other side!!!

      • greywarbler 4.3.2

        I was pleased to hear Shane Jones make some punchy comments in the House. He is talking about things important to all NZs but particularly those on low wages and I think they would appreciate more of this hard talking stuff. Go for the main object, don’t bother about anyone making snide comments about watching porno, whether sour socks don’t match, even if you swear a bit, get in the way. Just ensure it doesn’t get out of hand.

        Try to keep it clean, don’t be excessive, and leave the middle class sitting on the fence painting their toenails or riding their mountainbikes whichever activity best pleaes them. Let’s get some oomph into Labour, not much time on excuses, reasons, making things right, just constantly talking about vision and policy. Be like Winston, he keeps going to where he wants to be, irrepressible. At present Labour seems mealy-mouthed, half-hearted and middle class. Not yesterday’s cold potatoes, but last week’s.

    • BM 4.4

      That works for Hone because he’s a party of one which no one takes seriously.

      Everyone except a couple 100 or so Maori from up north thinks he’s a racist wanker and should be no where near parliament.
      Cunliffe unlike Hone is actually vying for the top job, it’s Cunliffe vs Key

      The plan you are describing is for Cunliffe to curl into a ball and hope Key doesn’t connect with any vital organs.
      Not a good strategy for a potential PM.

      Cunliffe has found himself in this position because of all the personal insults he threw at Key and the complete lack of respect Cunliffe has shown Key,

      Key can’t stand the man that’s fairly obvious.

      • marty mars 4.4.1

        No mate that is not the plan at all – try reading the comment – hint ‘water off a ducks back’ does not mean roll into a ball and take the hits.

        But I’m pleased a numbnut rightie like you doesn’t like it – that gives me hope.

      • framu 4.4.2

        “Everyone except a couple 100 or so Maori from up north thinks he’s a racist wanker”

        you really need to stop claiming that what you think is what all of NZ thinks

    • Blue 4.5

      Agreed. Whoever is doing David’s media training (and I really hope there is someone doing it) needs a kick up the arse.

      Never explain, never apologise. It’s the golden rule for a reason.

      Explaining is losing and apologising is suicide.

      David needs to learn these things, and if he doesn’t then he’s toast and Labour is toast.

      • Populuxe1 4.5.1

        Never explain, but sometimes apologising can be quite effective if you cover yourself in remorse, ashes and sackcloth and dicover a convenient addiction, either sex, booze or prescription medications. I’m not sure Cunliffe has enough social credit to play the pity card though.

    • felix 4.6

      Yep, general debate was interesting yesterday. Nat after nat used their entire allotted time to speak with great passion about Cunliffe, his house, his trust, his spelling mistakes ffs, etc etc.

      When it was Cunliffe’s turn to respond, he got up and spoke about child poverty.

      The contrast was stunning.

  5. Certain parts? How about the entire propaganda media will do it’s utmost to sell brand Key and lie if it has too. We have no more independent media!

  6. risildowgtn 6

    Well there is a simple answer to this bias

    we take them on whenever and wherever we can

    Twitter is great for calling them out as nothing but Tory scum.

    They dont like it and its great for stress :)

  7. Tom Gould 7

    You people really don’t get it, do you? The big chooks are either in the direct pay of tory cronies or their indirect pay. These people are bought and paid for. What do you expect from their reportage and commentary and blogging and tweeting? A simple look at the anatomy of any one of these ‘scandals’ will reveal the fairly simple way these things are put together. The only difference is the Tories and their cronies and lackeys have access big dough, and the left don’t.

    • RedLogix 7.1

      A simple look at the anatomy of any one of these ‘scandals’ will reveal the fairly simple way these things are put together.

      That intrigues me. Thought provoking.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        Yep TG is quite correct, all these recent attacks against Labour and Cunliffe are cookbook and co-ordinated in nature. And instead of reflexively reacting all the time, the Left need to present NZers with a game changing vision of the next 10 years.

        It’s getting mighty late in the year, a “secret game changing vision that nobody knows about” is of no use whatsoever.

    • framu 7.2

      So the real question is – how do you deal with it?

      no single approach will deal to the whole problem – but a healthy dose of “so johns making stuff up again (glug glug hand motion)” followed by “arent you meant to be a journalist?” seems in order

      labour need to stop engaging these stories as if they have merit and firmly state that its a bullshit story based on unsubstantiated and obviously false claims from key that a three year old should be able to spot, and keep stating this.

      no beating around the bush – no explaining – no apologising – if the lie is spotted, stomp on it – i even think the odd bit of “average bloke vernacular” wouldnt go astray

      and on the internal side – stop making amateur mistakes – stop giving your enemies ammunition. Dont be as good as the nats – be better than them. Why? – because you have to

      • Sosoo 7.2.1

        You’re missing the point of how this works. What is being produced is bullshit in the Frankfurtian sense – the people who are putting it out there do not care whether it is true or not. Denying it or responding to it has zero effect, because they will just move on to the next “scandal”.

        What they want is for the media to always have a running story that associates Cunliffe with negative impressions. The Republicans did the same thing to Kerry in 2004. The stories don’t add up, but over time they engender a constant impression in less engaged voters that the candidate is weak.

        Tom Gould is right: the left don’t have the money or connections to do anything about it. It’s not fair, but then life isn’t fair and politics definitely isn’t. Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do but wait it out.

        • BM 7.2.1.1

          The key is to work within the current system not try and smash it down.

          Change has to be gradual, you don’t come out and pronounce that the financial system we’ve been using for the last 30 years and getting the flick.

          You’d have to be unbelievably naive if you think people aren’t going to come out fighting especially the top dogs.

          • Sosoo 7.2.1.1.1

            You mean like Labour did in 1984? That was change overnight.

            • BM 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Yep and there was a lot of suffering and anger that went on for quite a while afterwards.

              Change needed to be made, but what happened back then should have been done over a much longer period of time.

              They did say we were on the brink of financial collapse so maybe that was the only option we had, as brutal as it was.

              • Sosoo

                I misunderstood you. I thought you were recommending gradualism as an electoral tactic, and my point was that 84 Labour managed to win without it.

                • BM

                  I don’t think any one would have voted 84/87 Labour if they knew what was going to happen.
                  That was baby/bathwater stuff.

                  • Sosoo

                    Muldoon had pissed so many off that Labour could have run as the Gay Liberation Front and still won at a canter.

        • shorts 7.2.1.2

          I agree with the wait it out scenario – Key and co are getting more and more confident in their fabrication of the truth, give em enough rope and they will publicly hang themselves, for good

          the telling and worrying thing is will it happen before NZ voters give them another three years – three years this country may never recover from

        • marty mars 7.2.1.3

          1 Sosoo. Although I differ on the waiting it out bit – that will just build too much momentum into the meme – the gradient will be too steep eventually to get over – better to dig away at it from the start – but not by responding to it rather using pithy one-liners barbed with humor that the public will recognise. I think he has them in him he just has to allow the lines to flow and stop trying to please everyone by being mr goodsort – fuck, practice them in the mirror until they are easy – as I say, they are in there imo. And this would not be a dirtywar but a counter to the dirt already being used, as you outlined.

    • amirite 7.3

      +1,000 Tom Gould

    • Populuxe1 7.4

      Bombast Bradbury didn’t seem too worried about taking Mana and Dotcom money while supposedly giving “impartial” (snigger) political commentary… Though he’s not really media.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.4.1

        Populuxe1

        Can you not see the difference between a blogger who makes clear his political stance writing on a political blogsite and a News information source that is expected to be conveying balanced information on current affairs having a reporter taking a political stance while working for said information source and not declaring such?

        It is a pretty clear cut difference.

        What is so hard for you in understanding this difference?

        • Populuxe1 7.4.1.1

          I said he’s “not really media” and so far today two Standard posts have cited him as though he is reliable. However, on the other had, I could suggest that assuming the MSM is or has ever been impartial is a bit like sticking your hand in the fire and then crying becuase it burns. Either way, you look foolish and hypocritical.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.4.1.1.1

            You don’t appear to be able to discriminate between two very different contexts, Populuxe1.

            Your inability to do so, neither makes me look foolish or hypocritical…I’m sorry to have to break the news to you, however it has to be said, that the only person such inability reflects badly on is yourself.

  8. Richard Christie 8

    I think Cunliffe walked into the leadership election trust beat up.

    For the life of me I don’t know why he front-footed it and essentially broke the story unilaterally. maybe he was aware that moves where afoot elsewhere to use the issue.

    But Cunliffe broke no rules. None at all.

    Had it been Dishonest John do you think he would have raised the story?
    And if it was raised it would have been a shrug, – no rules broken, I work within the rules etc…certainly no mea culpa, that just empowers creeps like Gower and his masters.

  9. shorts 9

    Can I ask where the Labour MPs go whenever their leaders are attacked – Goff, Shearer and now Cunliffe get to fight alone, meanwhile what do the bright young things (and old due for retirement mob) do?

    Count their pay and think of their personal future?

    Each and every time the party refuses to rally around its leader I lose faith in the party and those future stars whom seem more intent on job security than anything to do with our country

    Learn from national – across the party attack lines and defence lines repeated verbatim by all

    • karol 9.1

      Ummm… no Robertson and Hipkins were out on the attack against National in the General Debate yesterday, as I posted.

    • Akldnut 9.2

      “Learn from national – across the party attack lines and defence lines repeated verbatim by all”

      +100

      Labour should have been able to see this attack manifesting, and repeated to a man “No rules were broken. None at all” and “This was an internal party election, we have no sway in how our opposition elect their candidates. They would do better by concentrating on how they have failed the people of NZ”.

      Then name some examples.
      GCSB, blah blah blah.

      Finish it with “When John Key and National are making up stories up we will call them on it”

      1: Key claimed on Firstline that David Cunliffe had been to TVNZ for a Labour Party meeting
      That never happened – David Cunliffe has never been to a Labour Party meeting at TVNZ..

      2: Key claims at his post cabinet press conference that Unite Union secretly donated to Cunliffe and that’s why Matt is Chief-of-Staff. That never happened.

      3: The claim in Parliament today that Kim Dotcom is one of the anonymous donors.
      That never happened

      “Front up with some proof or stop making up lies. Comon John Show me the money?”

      Keep repeating the line – make the media ask him, put him on the spot.
      Show him up for the liar he is.

      • TightyRighty 9.2.1

        you think this about breaking the rules. the electorate is not perceiving it that way. they remember the EFA changes and the accusations thrown at national by labour at the time. then they see those same labour politicians acting as if it’s ok to have trusts when it suits them. then they go vote greens or national depending on how “left” they are.

        the media just runs with the electorates mood. they have no obligation to be nice to labour because labour and it’s supporters want them to.

      • BM 9.2.2

        1: Key claimed on Firstline that David Cunliffe had been to TVNZ for a Labour Party meeting
        That never happened – David Cunliffe has never been to a Labour Party meeting at TVNZ..

        How do you know David Cunliffe has never been to a Labour Party meeting at TVNZ?

        2: Key claims at his post cabinet press conference that Unite Union secretly donated to Cunliffe and that’s why Matt is Chief-of-Staff. That never happened.

        How do you know that, certain donators didn’t want to be named, one of them could have been Unite?

        3: The claim in Parliament today that Kim Dotcom is one of the anonymous donors.
        That never happened

        How do you know that, certain donators didn’t want to be named, one of them could have been Dot com?

        • Hayden 9.2.2.1

          Unite and Dotcom have both denied it, so unless you have some evidence to the contrary you should probably accept those denials at face value.

          • felix 9.2.2.1.1

            but but but WHALEOIL SAID!

            Surely you’re not calling Cameron Slater a lying sack of shit (even though he freely admits that the truth is whatever he says it is and believes that it’s ok to make up facts to suit his purposes)?

            Say it isn’t so! That would make BM a complete fricking imbecile!

            • Murray Olsen 9.2.2.1.1.1

              Too late. The atheist god I don’t believe in made BM a complete fricking imbecile. The rest just followed naturally.

              The increased focus of the RWNJs spinning bullshit on this and TDB are making me think that NAct is quite worried about the elections. I hope they have good reason to be, and I hope enough left wingers get elected to keep Labour honest. 30 years of ACT regimes is more than enough.

  10. John 10

    Unite Union could easily have donated to Cunliffe’s campaign. So could Kim Dotcom.

    With secret donations laundered through a trust, we’ll never know who Cunliffe owes favours to.

    • Ant 10.1

      Well we know that Key and Collins owe at least $55,000 in favours to Oravida. That’s how you get international endorsements from a minister.

      • John 10.1.1

        Which is the very reason it’s so dodgy setting up trusts so donations can be kept secret.

        • Ant 10.1.1.1

          Not really. Openness didn’t stop National giving $55,000 in favours to Oravida.

    • weka 10.2

      I could have donated too, but I didn’t. Do you have a reason to distrust me?

  11. Tracey 11

    thats right john, everyone is a liar, except key. everyone gets secret money, except key.everyone hides stuff but only john key is transparent.

    my god he makesyou look like a fool because you post this stuff and presumably unquestionably.

    • TightyRighty 11.1

      this from the lady who blames all of labours woes on the msm.

    • John 11.2

      Key isn’t the one hiding secret donations, and forgetting to mention he had a trust that owned a house (or a large stash of cash in an offshore account like Shearer).

      The point is, with the secret donations being laundered through a trust, Cunliffe has opened himself up to all sorts of accusations of taking favours.

      And true or false, he’s put himself in a really stupid political position where he can’t defend it.

      Not today. Not at election time.

      • risildowgtn 11.2.1

        nah but hes the one with those tranzrail shares which mysteriously have been sold from within his so called blind trust.. wake up fool

      • shorts 11.2.2

        Key isn’t the one currently having to defend himself over trusts and donations…. that doesn’t mean he is blind (trust) as we’ve seen before

      • felix 11.2.3

        “Key isn’t the one hiding secret donations, and forgetting to mention he had a trust that owned a house (or a large stash of cash in an offshore account like Shearer).”

        Bahahahaha! Of course he’s not, apart from the massive network of National party secret donation trusts and Key’s own personal network of “blind” trusts whereby he can see what’s in one by looking at the other.

        “And true or false, he’s put himself in a really stupid political position where he can’t defend it.”

        The very very worst picture you can possibly paint of Cunliffe, even with your very bent brush, is that he did something on a very small scale that Key does on a massive scale.

        That’s it.

      • Murray Olsen 11.2.4

        Key’s such an ordinary bloke he couldn’t remember whether he had 30,000 or 100,000 Tranzrail shares. In a reasonable world, he wouldn’t have been able to defend that. Why is such a large proportion of our population so bloody thick that they’re grateful he came back from Wall St to help us out? He’ll go down in history as one of the few politicians less honest than John Banks, but he’ll do a hell of a lot more damage first. If we let him.

  12. Bill 12

    He’s a dead eye fish – starting to show signs of clouding. That could be a lie. It could also be the truth. Or it could just be wishful thinking.

    Incidentally, was watching a Chris Hedges interview the other day, where he pointed out that speculation used to be a capital offense. And in the present, NZ votes one in as a PM instead of stringing it up in the breeze. Go figure.

  13. So if the problem is the ‘top dogs’ owning the media then Labour has a solution – ‘cull’.

    Swinging capital gains tax, Robin Hood Tax, close tax havens, close the casinos, remove private contractors from public services, and use the money to re-nationalise assets and fund PSB etc etc.

    That will send a clear message to the top 1% that its ‘game on’ and rally the 99% behind a vision for a new society. Of course there will be blood in the water – the parasites.

    • Akldnut 13.1

      Great call dave , especially blood in the water. The sooner we flick these leeches and take control of our system the better.

      • BM 13.1.1

        You do realize that the majority of the population have no problem with the current system?

        • Te Reo Putake 13.1.1.1

          You do realise the majority actually do have a problem with the system, but they just don’t know that the system can be changed because the system tells them that no change to the system is possible?

          • BM 13.1.1.1.1

            How can you say that?

            Where’s the rioting in the streets?, the poor poll results?, the clamor for change?.

            I see nothing but people getting on with life and trying to make the most of it

            This need for change is only being driven by a small group left extremists who hate capitalism and don’t give a toss about what anyone else thinks.

            • Te Reo Putake 13.1.1.1.1.1

              How can I say it? Because it’s true. Capitalism relies on ignorance and cheap distractions. Bread and circuses have been keeping the majority from questioning their lot for millenia. If we’ve learnt nothing else from 30 years of neo-liberalism it’s that capitalism is the biggest lie mankind has ever known. The experiment has failed, time for us all to move on.

            • gnomic 13.1.1.1.1.2

              Ninny. No guilt about wasting oxygen?

    • Sosoo 13.2

      They won’t even get that far. Helen Clark tried some mild electoral reforms and the pig media went nuts.

  14. e-clectic 14

    One of the root problems for unity on the left is that the left starts from a base of principles and the right starts from a base of power. They know it’s all about winning while we wring our hands about “is it right?”.
    So we need to be clear on our objective and what we have in common.
    The right (+ media) will keep trying to drive wedges between left factions, Labour/Greens, Mana and anyone and so on.
    A key message could be “We are different and that’s healthy and a reflection of our MMP system – but what we are in complete agreement about is that the Key government is not good for New Zealand or for the bulk of New Zealanders”.

  15. Tracey 15

    tightyrighty

    in your imagination maybe. i didnt vote labour at the last election and i wont in sept oct or nov this year.

    john, your selective memory where key is concerned is sad. you will find that i posted about cunliffes trust crap, and suggested that, with permission from the donors, he should reveal who they were.

    i dont blindly excuse labour or their mps at all. unlike you and tightyrighty who rationalise ans justify like spinning tops to avoid admitting mr key lies. where is your demand for proof from key that cunliffe attended a labour party meeting at tvnz, or got money from dotcom? there is none, cos you like him, you enable his crap, seemingly blind to the damage and how foolish it makes you look.

    i thought clark was stupid and dishonest to sign a painting she didnt paint, even for charity. i think len brown should resign. so take your allegations of labour blindness and shove them up your thinking orifices.

  16. xtasy 16

    Remember Key’s earlier “career”:

    http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/close-up-big-dealers-john-key-1987

    “The intrepid reporter heads into “the pit” (trading room) and chronicles the working life of a senior ‘forex’ dealer, 25-year-old squash-playing accountancy graduate, John Key. The “smiling assassin” (and future Prime Minister) is a now-familiar calm and earnest presence amongst the young cowboys playing for fortunes and Porsches in the heady pre-sharemarket crash world: “they’re like addicts who eat, breathe and sleep foreign exchange dealing”.”

    “John Key and his vineyard investments”

    http://www.3news.co.nz/John-Key-and-his-vineyard-investments/tabid/1382/articleID/157713/Default.aspx

    “Prime Minister John Key once said his blind trust was “so blind I haven’t got a clue what’s in it”.

    “Mr Key put his assets in a blind trust soon after taking power in late 2008. It basically means someone else takes control of his assets. He knows nothing about what’s going on, and therefore is protected against being accused of conflicts of interest over what he owns.”

    Read down the bottom of that article:
    “DISCLAIMER: Patrick Gower was given a bottle of the “PM’s Pinot”, which he was grateful for. He gave it to a relative soon afterwards and well before research on this story began. It had long been drunk when he checked back.”

    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/key-continues-deny-blind-trust-accusations-3570323

    “Labour claims Whitechapel was set up to mirror the actions of Aldgate in order for the Prime Minister to monitor his investments. However, Key denies any knowledge of Whitechapel or its operations. “I don’t know what’s in my blind trust,” says Key.

    But several links have been pointed out. Whitechapel has investments in wine, dairy and property companies that John Key previously had interests in also. Aldgate and Whitechapel are both names of tube stations in London where the Prime Minister used to live, and the director of Whitechapel works as a lawyer for John Key.”

    Also of interest:
    http://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/john-key-and-the-things-he-does-not-want-you-to-know-part-1-the-attack-on-the-nz-dollar-in-1987/

    http://pundit.co.nz/content/keys-uranium-shares-gone-by-lunchtime-but-what-about-the-rest

    http://www.thepaepae.com/blind-trust-hang-on-isnt-that-a-ruse/24115/

    And this one:
    http://www.converge.org.nz/watchdog/31/08.html

    “However when it was pointed out that our Inland Revenue Department Website says tax avoidance is wrong Dunne went silent and refused further interviews but was backed up by Prime Minister John Key who said Dunne was right. “He’ll be using the absolutely correct technical term. There are two things, going back to my days at university – tax evasion and tax avoidance. There is actually quite legitimate business in New Zealand for servicing foreign trusts”.”

    This is just half an hours brief internet searching on Key and “trust investments” and the likes, and it tells us, who is more “TRICKY” than anyone else sitting in the House of Parliament.

  17. Penny Bright 17

    More John Key lies?

    We shall see………………….

    FYI

    6 March 2014

    NZ Prime Minister
    John Key

    OPEN LETTER / OIA request – re: the alleged ‘conflict of interest’ of Minister of Justice Judith Collin’s perceived endorsement of Oravida milk.

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Please provide a copy of the advice purportedly provided by the Cabinet Office, upon which you are relying, which substantiates your following reported statement:

    Prime Minister John Key said the Cabinet Office “unequivocally .. said no there’s no breach.”

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

    …………………..

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11214597

    Collins told Oravida its milk was ‘nice’

  18. tsmithfield 18

    Seems to me that there is too much focus on John Key playing politics. You should be focusing on the enemy within. It seems to me those clandestine forces are doing much more harm to Cunliffes prospects that John Key ever could.

    • felix 18.1

      You mean “Please stop talking about Key and his dodgy dealings, and get back to attacking each other instead”?

      Um no, but thanks for the concern.

  19. Adrian 19

    Why these sudden coordinated attacks on DC ? They look like panic, and is it a coincidence that Keys only lifelines have recently turned out to be lunatic conspiracy theorists and incest approvers. Key also knows what Dotcom knows and that court case is going to be a cracker, if KDC gets to it. He should invest in an XXXXL bullet proof jacket and not fly in helicopters.
    The Nats have done the sums and the polling and are shitting themselves.
    If it wasn’t DC, like Goff and Shearer before him, it would be anybody else who got the job.
    These arseholes would do a hacket job on anyone who got the LP job from the Pope to Ed Hillary and as for that Mary Teresa, what was she doing with all those small children under one roof in Calcutta.

    • tsmithfield 19.1

      See above. Why do you assume National is responsible?

      • Puckish Rouge 19.1.1

        Because the implication, that this is coming from within, is too horrible to consider so any alternative is better

        • tsmithfield 19.1.1.1

          My thoughts as well. The lack of reply from lefties to my question seems to confirm that.

          If this is coming from inside the LP, then obviously, someone has an agenda, and the leaks are likely to keep coming.

          • Hayden 19.1.1.1.1

            *insert Winston Wolf quote here

            Your attempted “pwned” aside, most of these are hardly “leaks”; hell, half of it’s available through Parliament’s own web site, if you care to look and then blow it out of all proportion.

          • Puckish Rouge 19.1.1.1.2

            Willing to sabotage the next election to ensure Cunliffe gets the flick perhaps?

  20. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 20

    Good one for sharing this information Zetetic.

    Similar to a comment I posted on ‘The Daily Blog’ yet I think there is merit in repeating it here:

    I trust that had Labour been in power we would not have:

    had a dodgy GCSB bill passed
    had a democratically elected authority ‘sacked’ (Ecan)
    had official conservation reports meddled with for private interest and polluting irrigation schemes to be pushed as publically beneficial (and thus publically funded) throughout the country
    Novopay debacle
    Asset sales
    Privacy breaches (likely arising from cavalier culture toward the public coming from ‘on high’)
    retrospective legislation pushed through to protect errors made by the police
    Financial support for poor families needing legal help removed
    Schemes teaching adults, already failed by the system, to learn to read taken away
    Financial support for higher education for people over 40 taken away people to le learning to read
    Schools spending so much time on assessing students that their learning is compromised
    Contracts awarded to overseas companies when NZ companies were available to do the work
    Informative TV stations removed
    Tax cuts for people already wealthy in a recession
    Non response to severely degenerate work safety condition.
    Dodgy response to Pike River Mine disaster
    Minimum wage not going up enough for years
    As bad unemployment levels
    As high debt
    [add more here]

    National have proven themselves to be completely untrustworthy – so all they can do is try and paint Mr Cunliffe, as the leader of Labour, as untrustworthy – in order to distract voters from the real situation going on and the real choice that voters have at the end of this year.

    It is really distressing to see our major media sources joining in on National propaganda and wanting to fool people into voting against their own interests in this way

  21. captain hook 21

    Shifty Key is getting shiftier by the day.

  22. karol 22

    Imagine someone turned up at your house in a disaster, pretended to help clean up for a photo, then left again?

    Tweet from Jonathan King

    • Blue 22.1

      Phil Goff – Rena oil spill. Spent well over 10 min shovelling for a photo op, then left. Guess that was different.

      • Murray Olsen 22.1.1

        Yes it was. The Labour Party replaced Goff as leader afterwards. When will we see Key replaced?

        • Blue 22.1.1.1

          So, they replaced him for the photo op or losing the election? I’m pretty sure you’ve missed the point. I’m sure Key will be replaced if he loses the election too, but Karols comment was focused on getting mileage out of how politicans (only National ones of course) like to have photo ops in disaster zones.

          • Pascal's bookie 22.1.1.1.1

            The really fucked thing tho is that Key’s Ph.Ops in ChCh aren’t even aimed at ChCh voters.

          • Murray Olsen 22.1.1.1.2

            I’d like to think Goff was replaced for trying to use NAct policies to get Labour elected, but I’m not delusional.

  23. captain hook 23

    Key is shifty.
    There are no limits to his avarice and self aggrandisement.

  24. Tracey 24

    not all lies are created equal…

    remember keys denial about meeting with tv3s brent impey?

    then he chanfed it when caught.

    is tv3 doing payback?

    http://thestandard.org.nz/key-caught-in-mediaworks-lie/

  25. newsense 25

    Didn’t Gower run a clip from Key and then go at the end- that quote from Mr Key was incorrect (but we ran it anyway and it’s a bit late now huh?)

  26. fight back 26

    This rightwing govt is the problem and all Labours efforts should be directed in exposing and reiterating the undemocratic actions of this govt and its protectionism of the rich and privileged who are doing their up most to destroy a fair system of govt that should provide the basic human rights to a welfare state and that this focus of the National govt on punitive action on just about everything it does should be made priority no.1 in the attack zone
    This govt is fascist in its bullshit belief that socialism is the road to destruction of a society like NZds and the PM is the no.1 actor in this charade , he benefited greatly from a welfare state but his arrogance is so great he feels that this country cant do without him and his regime, get real boot these frauds to kingdom come Vote him out and take back our country from Wall St, Brussels and London. Iceland did it why not us

  27. Blue 27

    Thanks fb. Did you wipe the spittle off the screen after that one? It was 90% Incoherent gibberish and 10% psychotic.

    • greywarbler 27.1

      With a review like that Blue I thought there must be some fire in fight back’s comment. Lovely rant and very good fight back for the stress levels. But you will do something else won’t you. otherwise it all ends up like an old balloon farting round the room before it collapses under the chair in a corner. We can have that after the Labour-winning election but it’s going to be tough work.

      Blue doesn’t have those concerns of course because he/she doesn’t really care – you know.

  28. Blue 28

    I don’t care? Certainly not about you or the deranged fb. You don’t matter at all.

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    46: On the Way or Already There? What if we dropped the pseudo-word “roading” from Auckland’s vernacular? Roads are on the way somewhere; streets are already somewhere. This simple difference in understanding and perspective between movement and place often results...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • More police misconduct
    Another day, another IPCA report - this one into a police officer who unjustifiably set a police dog to savage a surrendering suspect:A police dog was set on a man who had his hands in the air in what is...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Media Link: The revolution will not be televised.
    I had the opportunity to do a long interview with Olivier Jutel, host of the Dunedin Radio One show “The revolution will not be televised.” It is a rare occasion when one gets to converse at length about a variety...
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Key spoke to Cameron Slater ‘not as Prime Minister’, but as a sponge
    Cameron Slater (left), and John Key (right), presumably in his capacity as a kitchen sponge. Facing fresh criticism about the details of his relationship with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Prime Minister John Key today claimed that, on the occasions...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Musa Kart is a Turkish cartoonist. In February he published a cartoon criticising Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's cover-up of a corruption probe. Now, he's being prosecuted for it:Turkish prosecutors have filed an indictment against a famous cartoonist working for...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Workers’ rights under attack
    Now that 51st Parliament has been officially opened and sworn in, the government’s first order of business is to ram through an amendment to the Employment Relations Act. These legislative changes represent a massive assault on the rights of everyday...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Assaulted for protecting olive trees
    Villagers and activists were assaulted, handcuffed and hospitalized today while protecting olive trees at the site of a proposed coal plant in Turkey.The Kolin Group wants the olive trees cut down to make way for a new coal power plant....
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Shell Oil Cowboys Caught Drilling Illegally in New Zealand
    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Freedom of information: How it works in Norway
    While we're all wailing and gnashing our teeth about the corruption of our Official Information Act, the Open Government Partnership has a great piece on how Norway does it better. Key to their approach is proactive publication of the metadata...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    CTU | 22-10
  • There appears to be an off button
    John Key’s ability to turn his Prime Ministership on or off as he pleases raises a number of troubling issues for the general public....
    Imperator Fish | 22-10
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – the John Key edition
    It’s standard practice for Ministers and Prime Ministers to wear different “hats” in the course of their work. Work done as a Minister can obviously be separate and distinct from an MP’s ordinary functions on behalf of the constituents in their electorates....
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • The many hats of John Key
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    On the Left | 22-10
  • Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl
    Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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