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Mallard’s moa idea is not going to fly

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, July 1st, 2014 - 95 comments
Categories: colin craig, david cunliffe, labour - Tags: ,

Politics is a funny thing.  The most earnest and well constructed of policies by an opposition party are often ignored.  Then someone makes a joke or a gaffe or gets caught out in some sort of personal scandal and then main stream and social media goes berserk for all the wrong reasons.

Today has been a bit like this.  This morning Trevor Mallard said with his tongue at least partially in his cheek that locals and scientists should work towards the possibility of moa one day striding again through the bush of Rimutaka Forest Park.  Scientifically the idea is not one that is utterly impossible.  Work on genetics goes on all the time and it is possible that one day reconstituting an extinct creature from recovered DNA may actually bring that creature back to life.

Our politicians should be future thinkers and should be willing to discuss ideas and concepts, no matter how bizarre they currently may be.

Social media has exploded.  Trevor Mallard and Moa are trending on local twitter feeds in a way which must make the creators of #TeamKey very jealous.

David Cunliffe has joined in the fun.  The Herald quote him as saying:

“I don’t think this one’s going to fly. There’s a lot of scientific work to go under the bridge before moas are going to be flopping around in Wainuiomata.

The moa’s not a goer.”

The quality of Cunliffe’s puns are something that my daughter would approve of.

But some commentators and some media have chosen to complain that Labour is getting sidetracked on irrelevant issues and not concentrating on policy.  Firstly can I assure everyone that Labour has been rolling out policy for a while and intends to continue to do so.  If you compare Labour’s offerings to what National has proposed so far there is significant more detail already.  Apart from more roads and some uncosted and unfunded promises of further tax cuts the lack of detail on the part of National is rather stark.

And oddly enough some in the media have criticised Labour because the media has chosen to report the moa story and not report on the policies which Mallard talked about including housing affordability.  But honestly this is weird, the media criticising Labour because the media chooses to talk about something.

Others have taken the comment in the way it was intended.  Duncan Garner has tweeted “Colin Craig supports the Moa idea and wants to take one to the moon to be the first thing to ever walk there”.  For the record and the avoidance of a defamation suit I should say that I am sure Garner was joking and that Craig does not really want to do this.

And I would not be surprised if some in the National Party automatically thought when Mallard’s comments were broadcast that Labour had nine long years to bring back the Moa and why is it talking about this now?

Politics can be a brutal, overly serious business sometimes.  We should tolerate the odd occasion when our elected representatives break out of their shell and make the odd wisecrack.

95 comments on “Mallard’s moa idea is not going to fly”

  1. George 1

    The man is only in Parliament now so he can be speaker. If he continues on like this, the job will go to another National backbencher (or god forbid, three more years of the current imbecile), and he will have absolutely no reason to exist.

    At least he isn’t running Labour’s campaign this year.

  2. mikesh 2

    Perhaps it will be nicknamed the neo mallard duck.

  3. amirite 3

    The problem is that the media can’t wait to hook into irrelevant crap like this as just another chance to have a go at Labour.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      OK I agree re: the media. Next question: why is there “irrelevant crap like this” being put out there in the first place, 80 days before an election.

      The moa quip could have worked – if Mallard had followed up with serious points on how Labour was going to support genetic and genomic research (and science in general) in NZ over the long timeframes needed to pull off something like a moa project. Backed up by a real commitment of money. Stuff that a government in waiting might say on the campaign trail in other words.

      But no, there was no actual substance or follow up. So it just looks daft.

      As for other Labour policy being announced – I see Twyford has just put out a policy making it cheaper for real estate developers to get council services out to new subdevelopments, and making general ratepayers pay more for their property development projects. Fab.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        “Labour backs genetically modified organisms”.

        The media is not your friend. They are not going to become friendly if you cower in the face of their bullying.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      No. The problem is that the media isn’t interested in reporting or analysing Left policy unless it’s to report John Key’s opinion of it. Mallard’s mention of the Moa is the only reason his speech was reported at all.

      Perhaps you think humour has no place in public speaking.

      • phillip ure 3.2.1

        aside from being seriously unfunny…no..i don’t think this has any place in labours’ campaign..

        ..now..or ever..

        ..and really..?..you are blaming the media for smelling/sniffing at this pile of crap..?

        ..i’d look to the crapper..if you feel like apportioning some blame..

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1

          No, Phil, it’s you who doesn’t get it – the only way media are going to ignore quips in Labour speeches is if they remove them altogether. Then the media will report on how boring their speeches are.

          If they can’t find something substantive to attack they’ll just make something up.

          The only way to win is not to play – connect directly with people – good luck doing that if they’re not allowed to make people laugh.

          • phillip ure 3.2.1.1.1

            it..wasn’t..funny..!

            ..and any ‘laughing’ is because people think it is utterly stoopid..

            • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Not to you. Were you at the speech? Neither was I. Humour is about timing, Phil.

              • humour is also about material..oan..

                ..good timing won’t save crap material..

                ..in the past i have ‘heh!’ed to yr quips…

                ..my confidence is now shaken..

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  There are people on the left whose views I find difficult to reconcile with my own. Trevor Mallard is one of them. Sometimes.

                  You are demanding the impossible.

        • Its a sad state our country has got into under this ghastly government when we are unable to laugh at a great have on.My wife and I really enjoyed the joke we are still laughing.
          Poor old Nats cant see the fuuny side of anything .They would have been a pain in the ass in a situation lile the Blitz. When bombed Londoners still managed to see the funny side of life.

  4. Sanctuary 4

    Valiant attempt at a defense and a very generous interpretation of Mallard.

    However.

    Moas, cycling, biathlons, lazy in his portfolios, listless and bad tempered behaviour in the house, a massive generation gap with his own party – Trevor Mallard comes across as the archtypical time-serving office cynic, petrified of reform primarily because someone might discover how lazy he actually is or he’ll be made to do some real work for a change. He is a walking, talking poster boy for term limits – a completely institutionalised lazy bastard, a dinosaur from another political era who is keeping better talent out of the parliament because he thinks the country owes him a living.

    Mallard is an utter self-serving has-been.

    • George 4.1

      Haven’t seen him at the Lower Hutt Riverbank Markets yet.

      You forgot the punch-up and the endless Twitter idiocy. Tau Henare is his equivalent, but the difference is that Key has had the numbers in his caucus to winnow a large number of the many National Party MPs who are absolutely useless. Cunliffe has no such luxury.

    • TE 4.2

      Sanctuary, That is the very best interpretation of the duck, ever.

      • gobsmacked 4.2.1

        Sanctuary +1

        Mallard’s message to the voters has been the same for years: “I’m here for me, so indulge me”.

        He has screwed up under four successive leaders, and will continue to help Labour’s opponents until he gets the boot he deserves.

        Frankly, defensive posts like MickeySavage’s don’t help Labour one bit. Tell the old guard like Mallard where to get off, call them out instead of covering for them – or stay in opposition.

        • mickysavage 4.2.1.1

          GS I think that humour has a very important place to play in politics. The more that it is branded as a “problem” by people across the political spectrum the more it will become one and I do not see why it has to become one.

          My post is in part an attempt to point out the fickleness of the media and the general population and what the left is up against.

          • Sanctuary 4.2.1.1.1

            You’ve got to do the hard yards first before you can get away with being a wise guy.

            Otherwise, you are just a jerk trying to be funny.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Mallard’s views don’t align with mine either, but just one minor point: how many times have you won an electorate seat for the left?

              Where are your ‘hard yards’?

              • he lucked into a safe labour seat…

                ..that didn’t take any particular skill..

                ..that’s like going..’wow!..what a star!’ about mccully..

                ..just ‘cos he has/had (heh!) a safe seat in east coast bays..

                ..(that hotbed of progressive-thought/ideas..)

                ..and i wonder what the poorest in mallards safe labour seat feel about how labour has treated them since rogernomics..?

                ..with mallard in all that shit up to his neck..

                ..a poster-boy for that uncaring/fuck-the-poor!-neo-lib/rand-ite-labour..

                ..i wonder how many non-voters are in mallards’ seat..

                ..that could be quite illuminating/a barometer..

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Yes, I’d like better MPs too. Read Nandor’s valedictory: they don’t call it the worst possible system apart from all the other ones for nothing.

              • Sanctuary

                @One Anonymous Bloke 1 July 2014 at 4:24 pm

                Did you see the news? One shot of Mallard hanging himself by repeating his stupid idea,. a vox pop of five government minister getting free shots, Cunliffe saying it wasn’t a goer and Mallard contradicting him. FFS.

                Look, Mallard was once a fine MP. The operative word there are “was once”. He was clearly burnt out by the time Labour lost in 2008. Generationally and ideologically he belongs in a museum. He has been completely ineffective in opposition, he hasn’t fired a shot. He has not had a fresh policy idea or shown any enthusiasm for his job for six long, useless years. Worse, his weird demeanor, speech and general attitude indicates he now inhabits a surreal reality of his own making. Classic symptoms of an institutionalised inmate.

                What is really telling about this Moa episode isn’t that he came up with the idea – it is that he somehow thought it would be taken seriously by the public or the media.

                Finally, where the fuck is his discipline? He is like some strange guy rambling off message about fuck knows what. And you and me and everyone reading this is paying that clown to sit there and take the piss out of his employers – us.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Yes, let’s accept right now that the election is all about Trevor. With associates like you, who needs friends?

          • Nakiman 4.2.1.1.2

            Good to see Labour concentrating on the important stuff.
            Cunners was not happy with another distraction from Mallard and Mickey makes a feeble attempt to try and spin this as some sort of joke and blame the media.
            Labour are the joke.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1.2.1

              Nakiman provides yet more evidence that authoritarian followers cannot cope with anything other than Stalinism.

              Read all about it.

          • Clemgeopin 4.2.1.1.3

            Don’t know for sure what was going on in his active brain. Mallard is a very clever man. May be he wants to keep his Wainuimata residents eager, proud and happy so that they may continue to vote for him for another 50 to 100 years, or may be he is a little bit pregnant longing for a very large hot cup of small moa soup some day. Who knows! In Trevor’s case, ANY publicity IS good publicity!

    • alwyn 4.3

      And that is the good things about Trevor from Sanctuary.
      Now, how about telling us about his negative qualities?

    • Karen 4.4

      +1 Sanctuary

    • fisiani 4.5

      Mallard is part of the ABC faction. Do not think for a moment that this was not a deliberate ploy. For the first time he has a candidate who will thrash him in the meet the candidates meetings. You do not appear on Seven Sharp with a loony idea unless you want to take the focus off your leader. The Cunliffe was blindsided by this. He is a saboteur.

  5. freedom 5

    The Moa was always going to make an appearance in the house today.

    But who would have thought it would expose the heart of the National Party so vividly.
    The PM’s very first mention of the Moa, was for it to be consumed.

    “the special will be a Moa Burger”

  6. fender 6

    I think it’s rather charitable of Mallard to give Key a new subject to bang away on in his attempt to get laughs during his question time stand-up routine.

  7. really..?..really..?

    ..not a brain-fart..but just some jolly-hijinks..?

    ..you put this clown-routine next to his immigration policy release on sun..

    ..where nobody told the media it was happening…(!)

    ..and that’s a good-look..?

    ..you reckon..?

    ..a good look for labour..?

    ..at this particular point in time..?

    ..when you hardly have gravitas to burn..?

    ..send mallard on a cycle-tour until the election is over..

    ..and take his mobile phone off him..

    ..and there he sits in parliament..reveling in being the butt of nationals’ serial-one-liners..the centre of attention..

    ..he’s been there for so long his past-use-by date sticker has yellowed..and peeled away…and fallen off..

  8. gobsmacked 8

    Look at the photo in this link:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/10219380/Top-five-reader-comments-moa-edition

    It wasn’t an off-the-cuff remark, a “wisecrack”. It was in his speech, prepared, planned, deliberate.

    So, a senior Labour strategist and spokesman sat down and thought: “This will be good. This will get publicity. This is what my party needs.” And then he acted on that thought. Yes, really.

    I can’t be bothered to explain yet again how stupid this is, since so many of us said it all in 2011. Nothing has changed. He must go.

  9. infused 9

    Well. That’s one way to spin it.

  10. Tautoko Viper 10

    Lighten up , everybody. Remember, we are fighting against the Blue team. FFS we don’t need to waste our energy scrapping with each other. Eyes on the ball will help. The referee (media) is blind. Just keep playing until the whistle blows.

    • gobsmacked 10.1

      But Trevor’s not fighting for the team. That’s the whole bloody point.

      Please don’t tell us to do unpaid what MPs won’t do for us.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.1

        Bollocks – media driven bollocks to boot.

        Are all Labour’s public speakers to dull their speeches down to “media-acceptable” levels then?

        • gobsmacked 10.1.1.1

          No, just to campaign-acceptable levels.

          Fill in the blanks: “To all Labour MPs: from the leadership team

          Today the campaign will focus on …… , we will be talking to the media about …… , and the leader would like all MPs to support this by focusing on …..”.

          If the missing word is “Moa”, then Trevor was working for the Labour election campaign. Maybe there was a memo, who knows?

          But I’m guessing there wasn’t, otherwise Cunliffe would be backing his man. Sadly, Trevor doesn’t care about the team, and it shows.

          The media reported Mallard’s comments because he wanted them to. Labour don’t. National do. That’s the problem, right there.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.1.1.1

            Yes, because that would totes work, because the media is so impartial the way to win elections is to bypass them completely.

            Clearly, Jonolism is Trevor Mallard’s fault.

            headdesk

            • gobsmacked 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Where did the story come from? Who provided it? A journalist’s imagination?

              See link at #8.

              You think it was a good idea. I think it was a bad one. You think the media are to blame. I think the guy who gave it to the media is to blame. I think election campaigns should be disciplined and smart. You think “Whatever”. I think 2011 was a self-inflicted disaster, Mallard was in charge, and now he should STFU.

              Fine, we disagree.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Yes, and let’s be clear about what we disagree on: I don’t think the left has the motivation, the philosophy, let alone the resources (for fuck’s sake) to employ sycophants who toe the party line, and therefore partisan media will be able to lampoon our MPs for independent thought in much the same way as they report on the behaviour of David Garrett and Graham Capill and Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson and John Banks and the stupidity of Simon Bridges and the mendacity of John Key and the incompetence of Hekia Parata and Gerry Brownlee and Bill ‘Double Dipton’ English (who gets a special mention for incompetence and corruption).

                Take a deep breath and remember that Trevor will be Trevor, and Jonolists will strive to rise to Paddy depths.

                • Sanctuary

                  “…Take a deep breath and remember that Trevor will be Trevor, and Jonolists will strive to rise to Paddy depths…”

                  Dude, WTF?? What do you think parliament is, Hogwarts? I haven’t got time for “Trevor to be Trevor”. Taxpayers working bloody hard don’t fork out the thick end of 200K PA so Trevor can swan around being Trevor. He is there to do his fucking job, for Christ’s sake. Talk about a sense of entitlement. Do you really believe the taxpayer owes “Trevor will be Trevor” Mallard a fucking living?

                  Labour MPs are not put there to be indulged like brats at a posh boarding school. They are put there to do a job for the poor, the marginalised, the sick, the battlers, the low paid working three jobs. Those people – does Trevor even remember them? Or is he to busy picking a new $5,000 bike to help with his new personal best time?

                  Get outta there Mallard, and let someone else who appreciates the privilege of serving the people and will take the job seriously have a go.

                  Trevor Mallard is a relic from the 1980s, a waste of space that is blocking better talent and new ideas.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Nah, I’m more concerned about John and Bill and Hekia and Judith and Paula and Simon just at the moment. You want to make the election all about Trevor? Way to go.

                  • blue leopard

                    I actually think that was a set-up by Labour – not just Mallard. Injecting some light-hearted distraction – as in distracting the media from attacking Labour. It worked too. Keeping their faces on the news, yet in for a light-hearted reason is all good. Nothing like coverage that is a bit out of the ordinary to get people noticing you.

  11. Adrian 11

    Bring back Haasts Eagle, I reckon. Just imagine, very obedient kids ( something really scary to frighten the little buggers with ) great for the tourist industry, not so good for the trampers though and would completely fuck sheep farming but that’s rooted anyway.
    But boy, what a sight!!.

    • mac1 11.1

      +1 Adrian.
      The we could have a Four Eagle Day and watch HE at play. I’m on the border of Wales, about to visit Dylan Thomas’s haunts and perhaps see a ‘hawk on fire’ above Sir John’s just hill.

      Anniversary of the Somme today, on a more serious note. Warfare- that’s something I wish we could lose the DNA for.

    • Stuart Munro 11.2

      And you they’d love to hunt in spaces like golf courses …

  12. greywarbler 12

    Think outside the square. It sounded silly and time-wasting to me first, and then I thought what a game-changer. And it is not about money spent or sleeping partners. Mind you a little bit of moa goes a long way. But keep it going a while Mallard, you’ve hit a six there.

  13. Puckish Rogue 13

    Well its Mallard so its not like anyone takes him seriously anyway

  14. Clemgeopin 14

    I think some of you here and in the media are missing the most subtle point here:

    The media has hardly given any publicity to so many of the important policies announced by Labour so far, whereas Key and National get enormous publicity to their few unremarkable announcements.

    However, a statement by Mallard (not the Labour party) gets huge publicity, the media and the posters going crazy! This moa has taken a big flight here! That is the point. A dig and a wake up call to the media and the public to pay more attention to the REAL serious policies of Labour which have either been ignored by the media or have received scant exposure, unlike those of National. Isn’t the media irresponsible, biased and unfair to the country, its people and democracy? Take a look at the Labour party website to see the number of policies already released so far and compare them to the scant exposure they were given by our wonderful print and TV media to see the point I am making.

    Perhaps this flying moa will help cause some much needed better take off for Labour now. Here is hoping!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1

      +1

    • McFlock 14.2

      pretty much.If you can’t get the point across because they won’t give you serious exposure, you might want to make a point any way you can.

      Mallard suggests that sometime in the future we might be able to bring the Moa back from extinction. While the nats are willing to make Maui’s dolphins extinct for a quick buck. Illustrates the left/right divide, in my opinion.

      • poem 14.2.1

        +1000 McFlock
        Interestingly there are other countries that do take this seriously, Australia want to bring back the Tasmanian tiger and Russia have already brought back an extinct flower.

    • poem 14.3

      +1000 Clemgeopin and there some on here that need to lighten up !!

      • blue leopard 14.3.1

        +1

        It kept the airheads in the media happy. It was good natured and I don’t think it was solely conducted by Mallard as others appear to have assumed – I really think we need moa of this type of stuff 😉

        [yeah, o.k sorry, I just couldn’t resist; corny as it was….]

        • poem 14.3.1.1

          Yes, and I agree with you Blue Leopard, Mallard most definitely didn’t do this on his own, he would have the support of Cunliffe and team.

          I loved it when Mallard said he only wanted small ones, so he could pat them on the head !! Lol Warm fuzzy !!

    • miravox 14.4

      +1 quite subtle

      It’s a bit of a reminder that Labour hasn’t forgotten the local issue that Hutt is a science base through the endangered CRIs, which increasingly have a commercial function. The rest of the speech got sod-all coverage and probably wouldn’t have got any at all without musing about moas.

  15. dimebag russell 15

    SEE YA SAMOA!

  16. One Anonymous Bloke 16

    If Mallard’s joke one day comes to fruition, think what that would mean. Would the neo-Moa be a genetically modified organism? Would it make sense to bring back Haast’s Eagle to prey on them (why not?), and more importantly, would this lead to parents being able to increase the IQ of their offspring despite the fact this would be bad news for the National Party?

  17. thecard 17

    ha ha what a jolly jape.

  18. JK 18

    Right on, Clemgeo. and Mickey for highlighting this. Maybe some posters need to go looking for their sense of humour !

  19. Clean_power 19

    What is Trevor Mallard trying to achieve? Heard him on the radio saying he is serious about the moa.

    His undermining of the party continues. he needs to be think again or be kicked out.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 19.1

      Your concern has been noted and is now being used as toilet paper.

    • dimebag russell 19.2

      clean power sounds like he uses tooooo much soap.
      never mind he will never in a million years be able to wipe away the stench of corruption and evil that hangs around the national party.

    • Nakiman 19.3

      “His undermining of the party continues. he needs to think again or be kicked out.”
      Clean_power you cant tell the truth like that you will upset the deluded left who want to blame others for Labours clusterfuck.

  20. dimebag russell 20

    that sounds great coming from someone that was hatched on a piece of corrugated iron in the son.

  21. notowenglenn 21

    David Cunliffe resurrected the Mallard so anything is possible. Hopefully cloning is out of the question.

  22. vto 22

    he who laughs last laughs best…

    so the saying goes..

  23. lurgee 23

    Awesome. Labour waste precious airtime with waffle about extinct indigenous fowl.

    Carry on setting the agenda, you colossal hopeless cuticles. You’re doing the workers and poverty stricken children proud with you moa-mooning moronical musings.

    I think Mallard was really suggesting not that the Moa should rejoin the modern world but that Labour should join the ranks of extinct species.

  24. fisiani 24

    The Moa became extinct 600 years ago. Mallard becomes extinct on September 20th.

  25. fender 25

    Apparently Key wanted to bring back a dinosaur, until it was pointed out that he already had one as Finance Minister. So he set his sights on bringing back feudalism instead..

  26. Scott1 26

    In the end – the first country to breed an extinct animal will have the lead in an incredibly valuable industry as well as getting a massive tourism boost.

    If you laugh at it as being impossible you are clearly just wrong. If you laugh at it as being something that one cannot support (maybe with some tax breaks or supporting policy) again you are clearly just wrong. And if you find it immoral then you are a dinosaur and are in need of a bit of reincarnation..

    As a political move I think it is OK, it is a bit of a distraction and, those that are idiots or Luddites get a chance to stamp idiot or Luddite on their heads, good for them.

    • so..anyone who don’t support mallards ‘i had a dream..about 50 yrs into the future’..

      ..is a ‘luddite/idiot’..?

      ..and we should hurriedly allocate funds/tax-breaks/policy to make mallards dream come true..eh..?

      ..right ho..!

      .you’re onto it there..scott..!

      ..heh..!

      ..(you’re funny scott..!..you can keep on hanging around..

      ..just keep those laffs coming..eh..?..)

      • Scott1 26.1.1

        Trevor isn’t proposing tax breaks.
        Can you try to engage with the argument as opposed to just being a laughing fool?

        • phillip ure 26.1.1.1

          well..y’see scott..to ‘engage’ with any degree of seriousness..with this particular brain-fart..

          ..would indeed label me as a ‘fool’..

          ..so i’ll just keep on ‘laughing’ at those who do..eh.?

          ..and i believe you piled on even more idiocy..with the tax-breaks call..

          • Scott1 26.1.1.1.1

            It isn’t a call for tax breaks – my point was that there are things one could do to assist in planning for the future. A tax break is an option but to decide to do that one would need to look at the facts of the matter.

            If you are saying you would oppose a the government having policy (or even stating an opinion) even if the facts of the matter proved it was highly beneficial – then I don’t know what to say… You should join the libertarianz party I suppose because only they would be that stupid.

            As far as I can tell that is what you are saying…

            • phillip ure 26.1.1.1.1.1

              “.. one would need to look at the facts of the matter…”

              well..there’s yr problem in one there..scott..

              ..’cos it being just a mallard brain-fart..

              ..means there are really no ‘facts of the matter.’..eh..?

              ..aside from that brain-fart-stain on on the inside of his cycling-cap..eh..?

      • Scott1 26.1.2

        As to what I can make out of your argument I’ll just say – I think it would be nice if we did have some consideration for the long term (and were willing to at least debate it seriously) – but apparently you don’t seem to believe in that.

        • phillip ure 26.1.2.1

          do i ‘believe in’ mallard..?

          ..no scott..no i don’t…

          (see comment number four..for why..eh..?)

          • Scott1 26.1.2.1.1

            Even from a straight pragmatic perspective – labour can deal with this all by themself with a quiet little “yeah it was interesting but we won’t be doing anything” if that is the thing they think will work politically.

            I find it hard to imagine they will get seriously hurt by it UNLESS phillip ure unleashes his scathing attacks and tears the heart out of the party.

            In the end the problem as per OAB is when media are going through your speeches with a fine tooth comb for stuff to laugh at you don’t want to play the game at all. Anyway, better to be mentioned and laughed at than never mentioned at all.

      • Clemgeopin 26.1.3

        I suspect that people would have made similar points/objections as yours when scientists and visionaries first proposed ideas years and years ago for space exploration, moon and mars landing etc.

        May be for computers, telephone, radio, live pictures picture images on TV, automobiles, printing, driverless cars, human organ transplants, sheep cloning, round Earth etc too?

        May be in 50 to 100 years. along with the cryogenically still preserved Walt Disney Trev Mallard may himself, be brought back to life laughing all the way to Bee Hive once again as the new young Trev the moa man. Who knows!

  27. Bob 27

    “Politics can be a brutal, overly serious business sometimes. We should tolerate the odd occasion when our elected representatives break out of their shell and make the odd wisecrack”, an interesting point you make Mickeysavage, yet you don’t seem to take the same stance when it comes to our Prime Minister….

  28. Mr Tank 28

    Trevor did not come up with the idea. That also explains why he had no idea how to present it and no idea as to the context in which it should have been used. The heat it generated is indicative of just how useful it could have been if done right. The next time someone catches a whiff of one of my ideas I suggest they talk to me before shooting their mouths off. Incidentally, I would NEVER have run that up the (public) flag pole without making sure that my colleagues knew enough to help make it fly. Ambushing your own is not a smart move…

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    It’s time for an inquiry into petrol companies as margins are once again at the high levels that prompted concerns late last year, says Labour's Energy Spokesperson Stuart Nash. "Over the December January holiday period, petrol importer margins jumped to… ...
    2 days ago
  • More talk as Auckland congestion worsens
    The main impact of the Government’s agreement with Auckland Council today will be simply to delay still further decisions needed to relieve the city’s traffic congestion, says Labour’s Auckland Issues Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “Government has been aware for more than… ...
    3 days ago
  • Serco inquiry extended
    A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “My office received a tsunami of complaints so I’m not surprised the terms… ...
    3 days ago
  • Truck Shops ignore consumer laws
    A damning Commerce Commission report out today highlights the failure of the Government to protect poor and vulnerable families from unscrupulous truck shops, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer. “The report found that 31 out of 32 firms it… ...
    3 days ago
  • Taihoa at Ihumatao says Labour
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has called on the Government to rethink its controversial Special Housing Area in Māngere. Auckland Council is today meeting to discuss the development which borders the Otuataua Stonefield Historic Reserve. This project is to get… ...
    3 days ago
  • Figures suggest National deliberately excluded farming
    Figures showing the dairy industry would be categorised as high risk if there were a further five severe injuries within a year, strongly suggests National designed its flawed system to deliberately exclude farming, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway… ...
    3 days ago
  • Bleak report on the state of our children
    A damning conclusion by the Children’s Commissioner today that ‘we don’t know if children are better off as a result of state intervention, but the indications are not good’ should make fixing CYFs a top priority for this Government, says… ...
    3 days ago
  • Dodgy data used to justify axing KiwiSaver kickstart
    National’s agenda to run down KiwiSaver has become even clearer from a scathing critique of the Government’s justification for axing the $1000 kickstart, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Since National came to power they have not only continually undermined… ...
    3 days ago
  • Unsecure website risks Ashley MoBIEson hack
    Experts have raised security concerns that vulnerabilities in MoBIE’s half million-dollar website could lead to a possible Ashley Maddison-style hack, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark. “The real issue here is not what data is immediately available, but what… ...
    4 days ago
  • Democracy still the loser in Canterbury
    The Government has demonstrated once again how arrogant and out of touch it is in denying Cantabrians the same democratic rights as the rest of the country, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Environment Canterbury Bill which has been… ...
    4 days ago
  • Waiver cost still a mystery
    The Government still has no idea what it’s going to cost community and voluntary groups to get a waiver from the fees police will charge to carry out checks on their staff and volunteers, says Labour’s Community and Voluntary spokesperson… ...
    4 days ago
  • China exports fall 27 per cent in a year
    Exports to China have fallen by 27 per cent over the last 12 months - showing that the looming economic slowdown should have been expected by the Government, says Labour’s Economic Development Spokesperson David Clark. “The Chinese economic slowdown should… ...
    4 days ago
  • National should support all families for 26 weeks
    Families with multiple babies, and those born prematurely or with disabilities, are the winners from moves to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks but the Government must give all babies the same head start in life, Labour’s spokesperson for… ...
    4 days ago
  • National’s health and safety shambles puts school camps at risk
    Reports that schools are considering scrapping student camps and tearing out playgrounds highlights just how badly National has managed its health and safety reforms, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools have been left completely in the dark about the… ...
    4 days ago
  • National’s asset stripping agenda hits schools
    National’s fire-sale of school houses and land is short-sighted, mean-spirited, and will have huge unintended consequences that we will pay for in years to come, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Documents obtained by Labour show the Ministry of Education… ...
    4 days ago
  • Takahe massacre supposed to get all New Zealanders involved in conservation
    The Minister’s claim that a  botched cull of one of New Zealand’s rarest birds was a way of getting all New Zealanders involved in conservation is offensive and ludicrous, Labour’s conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.  “An email from Minister Maggie… ...
    5 days ago
  • Serco circus rolls on with revelations of fight club practice
    Further revelations that a Serco prison guard was coaching inmates on fight club techniques confirms a fully independent inquiry needs to take place, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The Minister’s statement today that a guard was coaching sparring techniques… ...
    5 days ago
  • Government targets put ahead of students’ education
    The Government must urgently reassess the way it sets NCEA targets after a new report found they are forcing schools to “credit farm” and are undermining the qualification, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “A PPTA report released today says… ...
    5 days ago
  • ER patients in corridors as health cuts bite
    Patients are being forced to wait for hours on beds in corridors as cash strapped hospitals struggle to keep up with budget cuts, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “People coming to the emergency room and being forced to wait… ...
    5 days ago
  • Not too late to fix Health and Safety for New Zealand’s workers
    The Government and its minor party supporters are showing an arrogant disregard for workers’ lives by not agreeing to a cross-party solution to the botched Health and Safety bill, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “Yesterday I wrote to the Prime… ...
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Council of Infrastructure Development
    Tēnā Kotou Katoa. Thank you so much for having me along to speak today. Can I begin by acknowledging John Rae, the President, and Stephen Selwood, the chief executive of the Council for Infrastructure Development. ...
    6 days ago
  • Reserve Bank points finger at Govt inaction
    In scathing criticism of the Government’s inaction, the Reserve Bank says Auckland housing supply is growing nowhere near fast enough to make a dent the housing shortage, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Reserve Bank deputy governor Grant Spencer today… ...
    6 days ago
  • Chickens come home to roost on climate change
    The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. “The release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Facts and Figures Report for 2014 on the ETS… ...
    6 days ago
  • Website adds to long list of big spends at MBIE
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s $560,000 outlay on its new website is further evidence of excessive spending by Steven Joyce on his pet project super ministry, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.  “Hot on the heels of… ...
    6 days ago
  • Brownlee warned over EQC repairs but ignored them
    Gerry Brownlee was warned that EQC’s underfloor repairs weren’t being done properly by industry experts, the cross party working group and in public but he arrogantly ignored them all, says Labour’s Earthquake Commission spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.  “Today’s apology and commitment… ...
    6 days ago
  • Serco wants in on state house sell off
    The Government must keep scandal plagued outsourcing company Serco away from our state housing after their disastrous record running Mt Eden prison, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Today it has emerged that at the same time Serco was under… ...
    1 week ago
  • Come clean on Pasifika education centre
    Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iinga needs to come clean and tell the Pasifika communities if he’s working to save the Pasifika Education Centre or shut it down, Labour’s Pasifika spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.  “I’m gutted the Pasifika Education Centre funding… ...
    1 week ago
  • Time for NZTA to work on alternatives to flyover
    The High Court decision rejecting the New Zealand Transport Agency’s attempts to build the Basin Reserve flyover must now mean that NZTA finally works with the community on other options for transport solutions in Wellington, Grant Robertson and Annette King… ...
    1 week ago
  • Shiny new system leads to record truancy
    Record high truancy rates shows the Government’s much-vaunted new attendance system is an abysmal failure, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Data released today shows truancy rates have spiked more than 15 per cent in 2014 and are now at… ...
    1 week ago
  • Woodhouse wrong about quarries
      The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse was wrong yesterday when he said limestone quarries were covered by the farcical Health and Safety legislation, says Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “He said he ‘understood’ limestone quarries… ...
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers money spent on culling one of our rarest birds
    It beggars belief that four endangered takahe were killed by incompetent cullers contracted to the Department of Conservation and the Minister must explain this wanton destruction, says Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It must not be forgotten that there are only… ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing NZ must immediately move family
    Housing New Zealand must immediately move a Glen Innes family whose son contracted serious and potentially fatal health problems from the appalling condition of their state house, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Te Ao Marama Wensor and community workers… ...
    1 week ago
  • No understanding of the value of overseas investment
     The Government has now admitted it has absolutely no idea of the actual value of foreign investment in New Zealand, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “It is crucial that the Government starts to understand just what this overseas… ...
    1 week ago
  • Another bridges bribe from Simon Bridges
    Simon Bridges is embroiled in another bridges-for-votes controversy after admitting funding for a replacement bridge in Queenstown is “very much about… the 2017 election”, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Transport Minister is today reported as telling Queenstown locals… ...
    1 week ago
  • Saudi tender process reeks of SkyCity approach
    The tender process for the $6m investment in a Saudi sheep farm reeks like the SkyCity convention centre deal and once again contravenes the government’s own procurement rules, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker. “The $6m contract… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Maori Party should stand up for workers
    The Government’s proposed Health and Safety Reform Bill does not go far enough to protect those in specific industries with the highest rates of workplace deaths, says Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “We are told that Maori workers are more… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister must explain budget blowout
    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must explain a budget blow out at Te Puni Kokiri, after the organisation spent more than 2.5 million dollars over their budget for contractors, says Labour’s Associate Māori Development spokesperson Peeni Henare.  “For the… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Successful effort to raise the issue of GE trees in proposed standard
    Many thousands of people submitted on the proposed National Environmental Standard –  Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).  A vast majority of the public submissions were particularly focussed on the NES having included GE trees in its mandate. People want these provisions removed,… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Fair Share Friday – Thoughts and Reflections
    As part of our Fair Share  campaign, Green MPs have been doing a series of visits to community groups across the country to have conversations about inequality in New Zealand and what communities are experiencing on the ground. I visited… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Crucial Auditor General investigation welcomed
    The Auditor General’s decision to investigate the Saudi sheep scandal is important, necessary and welcome, Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Parker says. “The independent functions of the Auditor General are a cornerstone of the New Zealand system of… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • KiwiSaver sign-ups continue to fall
    New KiwiSaver sign-ups in July were 45 per cent below the monthly average, despite John Key saying axing the kickstart “will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver”, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Contact bows to pressure
    Contact Energy’s decision to cut its pre-pay rates to be in line with its customers who pay monthly is good news and the company deserves credit for responding so quickly, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer.  “Two months ago… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • I’m pushing for a ‘fair go’ for solar
    My Fair Go For Solar Bill was pulled from the Members’ Ballot last week and is set for a vote in Parliament. In this blog post I explain some of the background to the bill and how it aims to… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Key must explain why Health and Safety Bill pulled
    John Key must explain why his Government is delaying the Health and Safety Bill when Pike River families have travelled to Wellington specifically to register their opposition, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Yesterday afternoon John Key suggested the bill may… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Diving for sustainable scallops
    Last week, there were calls for scallop dredging to be banned in the Marlborough Sounds, following scientific report saying that 70% of the Sounds had been lost from dredging, trawling, and sedimentation from forestry. At the same time we see… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Backdown whiff in state house leasing option
    Bill English’s admission that the Government is looking at leasing large numbers of state houses to non-government providers has the whiff of a backdown, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “This is an acknowledgement by Bill English that he has… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing crisis downgrade threatening banking sector
    The out of control Auckland housing market is now threatening the banking sector, with Standard and Poor’s downgrading the credit rating of our banks out of fear of the bubble bursting, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Today we have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Good money after bad for failed experiment
    The National government are throwing good money after bad with their decision to pump even more funding into their failed charter school experiment, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There are already major problems with several of the first charter… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National borrows Labour’s idea on urban development
    Labour's Associate Environment spokesperson Phil Twyford says he welcomes the Government's adoption of Labour's policy for a National Policy Statement on urban development, and has called on the Government to take up Labour's offer to work together on these issues.… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Toothless OIO never refused a single farmland sale
    The Overseas Investment Office has approved more than 290 consents from foreign investors to buy sensitive land in New Zealand, but has not turned down a single application says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash  “The Minister of Land information,… ...
    2 weeks ago

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