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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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    Here’s a superb high resolution supercomputer visualisation from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center of the flows of CO2 in the atmosphere around the planet. Apart from being beautiful to look at, it shows the major sources of CO2 emissions in...
    Hot Topic | 19-11
  • Public Service Announcement: Advice to Andrew Little
    Over the last 48 hours absolutely everyone and his/her dog/cat has been publicly advising Andrew Little what he should with his front bench and much else decides. Good for them. Free speech is super. I won't be joining the chorus,...
    Polity | 19-11
  • Jordan uses Islam to battle ISIS
    My former UCLA colleague Larry Rubin, and my former Michigan colleague Michael Robbins, have a fascinating piece at the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog overnight, all about how Jordan is setting Islam against ISIS: Many people in the Hashemite Kingdom...
    Polity | 19-11
  • a respnse to robyn malcolm
    yesterday i had a brief exchange on twitter with robyn malcolm regarding roger sutton, and you can see the whole exchange from this tweet:A CERA employee with some humanity https://t.co/VgjwPhpUVz http://t.co/2Q9s8efQBx— Robyn Malcolm (@robynmalcolm) November 19, 2014twitter is unfortunately not...
    The Hand Mirror | 19-11
  • Gordon Campbell on the SAS role against Islamic State, and Podemos
    Could this news report serve to explain – in a nutshell – why Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the SAS forming part of New Zealand’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State? From the New York Times...
    Gordon Campbell | 19-11
  • Support Andrew Little
    We need to get in behind the new Labour leader. Let's focus on the need to defeat National in 2017, and not concern ourselves too much with the utter destruction of everything we had ever hoped to achieve for this...
    Imperator Fish | 19-11
  • Marshall Islands takes on the nuclear-armed states, for all our sakes
    “The day the sun rose twice”. That's how 1 March 1954 was recorded in the history of Rongelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, part of the Marshall Islands. Early that morning, shortly after the sun rose in the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 19-11
  • Unwelcome prayer
    Parliament’s speaker has proposed a new prayer to open each sitting day in our House of Representatives. You might be reasonably surprised at that sentence – why, in a supposedly secular country, is each day in Parliament opened with a...
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Mill Rd update
    While it emerged the other day that AT are looking to cut back on rail to the airport due to it’s cost, a day later they announce they are seeking a designation for a $300 million mini highway through currently...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections On Andrew Little’s Narrow Defeat O...
    Bugger! Grant Robertson's and Jacinda Ardern's bitter disappointment was written all over their faces as the listened to Andrew Little fielding questions at his first media conference as Leader of the Labour Party. The extreme closeness of the result, however,...
    Bowalley Road | 19-11
  • Occupation is responsible for escalation in Jerusalem
    The following statement was issued by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on 18 November 2014. “The operation today in Jerusalem is a natural response to the ongoing racist policies and crimes of the occupation, and it is...
    Redline | 19-11
  • Occupation is responsible for escalation in Jerusalem
    The following statement was issued by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on 18 November 2014 in relation to the attack on a synagogue in the Har Nof area of Jerusalem. “The operation today in Jerusalem is a...
    Redline | 19-11
  • Turbulent week for global climate policy leaves many questions
    They came, they saw, they cuddled koalas and world leaders then largely ignored the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s instructions to ignore the global, intergenerational and morally challenging kerfuffle over climate change. All in all the last seven days have...
    Skeptical Science | 19-11
  • Andrew Little: A Man for the Time?
    In an ideal world good men and good women would be elected to government; the best would achieve high office and a few the highest office in the land. New Zealand, still one of the least politically corrupt nations in...
    Brian Edwards | 19-11
  • World News Brief, Wednesday November 19
    Top of the AgendaSynagogue Attack Heightens Israel Tensions...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Free Trade, Or trading freedom
    New Scientist unpick the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) the other half of the worlds TPPA equivalent. How the world's largest trade deal affects you (here)Beware the treaty's empty economic promises (here)Healthy profits, but what about people? (here)These, and related...
    Watchblog Aotearoa | 19-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Wild West culture a result of gung-ho government
    Successive employment law changes over the last six years that have taken away work rights have led to a Wild West employer culture in many workplaces, Labour’s workplace relations spokesperson Andrew Little says. A government audit of 23 Christchurch building...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Dr. Kennedy Graham’s speaks in the 2014 Ministerial Statement –...
    I have listened closely to the Prime Minister's statement this morning and to this debate over New Zealand's engagement towards the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In my contribution I want to focus on the broader aspect...
    Greens | 05-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
      US Politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • The SIS won’t use 48 hour warrantless spying for ‘evidence’
    Let’s just slay one of the myths the Government are trying to use right now to justify the SIS 48 hour warrantless search fishing expeditions shall we? The Government has been telling all who listen over the weekend that the SIS...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • There’s a better way of discouraging would-be jihadists
    The Prime Minister claims there is a growing threat from New Zealanders attracted to Islamic State and he wants to increase state powers to watch such people and take away their passports. I believe there is a better way to...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Nationwide Day of Protest Captures Public Attention on TPPA
    . . NZ, Wellington, 8 November 2014 – Wellington basked in a beautiful summers’ day with nary a breeze and only a few clouds in a clear, blue sky. The sort of summer day that we keenly await after months...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests
    A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU congratulates new Labour leader
    The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union congratulates Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. “I have worked closely with Andrew and know he will be a strong and successful leader,” says Bill Newson,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • WHO Highlights Devastating Global Impact of Drowning
    The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. Safekids Aotearoa, as a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, has joined the worldwide effort to focus more attention...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPA must refuse phosphate mining application
    Text of the Press Release issued by KASM (Kiwis against Seabed Mining), Greenpeace and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on 17 November 2014: “EPA must refuse phosphate mining application” The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Compulsory smoke alarms needed in rental accommodation
    The tragic deaths of three young people during a house fire in Hamilton, hot on the heels of a 3 year old dying in a house fire the previous week, point directly to the need for compulsory smoke alarms in...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • CAA fines Minister for security breach
    The Civil Aviation Authority has completed its investigation into an alleged security breach at Christchurch International Airport by then Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee and two aides on 24 July, 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Pacific climate funding must prioritise the poor
    Caritas supports the government’s prioritising of the Pacific for direct climate change related funding, rather than making a major contribution to the global Green Climate Fund....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
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