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Mana Maori?

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, July 1st, 2013 - 39 comments
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There’s a lot of talk about a reunification of the Mana and Maori Parties after the Ikaroa-Rawhiti result. The claim that, because the Mana and Maori candidates’ joint total was higher than Labour’s, they could have won the seat if they were united is, of course, moronic – you can’t assume the absence of one of those candidates would have seen all his votes go to the other. Nevertheless, a united Mana Maori would be more powerful than the two divided. So. what are the chances?

Poor.

Let’s look at the two options: full reunion or a truce whereby the parties divide up the Maori seats and don’t run against each other.

Tariana Turia has said that she would support the two parties reuniting. It would bring back the activists that they lost to Mana and reboot her discredited political movement. But she’s retiring any way and, she’s the female co-leader so her job isn’t on the line here. Pita Sharples and Te Ururoa Flavell are much less welcoming of a reunion.

There can be only one male co-leader (if they don’t want to be a laughingstock) and that person would be Hone as part of any Mana Maori union. Sharples is likely to retire soon, so it’s really a question of whether Flavell would support a union. Flavell has said that people are welcome to talk about a union but it’s just talk. So, that’s a big fat ‘no’ from him. He wants to be co-leader and he’s not going to give that up easy.

Of course, there’s a chance that the Maori Party would go ahead with a union with Mana without getting Flavell on board,but he would probably throw in the towel at that point. And that would mean that all 3 sitting Maori Party MPs would be gone… so in what sense would that be a union? It would be more like Mana taking over a shell of a party.

There’s also a timing issue with any union. Hone won’t work with National. Turia and Sharples won’t give up the ministerial limos. So, any formal union could only come into effect at the next election. Key might find it prudent to strip the Maori Party of its portfolios and dissolve the C&S agreement before that whenever an agreement to unify is agreed.

What about the two parties dividing up the Maori seats between them? Well, three of them are in Labour’s hands and they’re not going to lose them to either of Maori or Mana (or, I suspect, a united Mana Maori). That leaves Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Tai Hauāuru, Te Tai Tokerau, and Waiariki. Mana isn’t going to settle for just one of those seats, not when it can potentially take more.

So, in a truce, the Maori Party would have to give over at least one more seat to Mana. The obvious one is Waiariki. Mana’s number 2, Annette Sykes ran there and came a credible second last time, reducing Flavell’s majority by two thirds. She could win it next time regardless of any deal). Waiariki is the only one where the Maori Party stepping aside would assure a Mana victory –
Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Hauāuru wou.d likely go Labour without a Maori Party candidate.

So, you can see what the barrier is to any truce deal, eh? The same as the barrier to any union of Mana and Maori. Flavell. He’s not going to agree to giving up his seat for the sake of a truce any more than he will agree to giving up the co-leadership to Hone for a union.

So, it comes down to this: is the Maori Party prepared to jettison Flavell for a union or truce with Hone?

I don’t see it happening.

Instead, I see the Maori Party dying off – down to 1 seat in 2014 with the loss of Tāmaki Makaurau and Waiariki to Labour and Mana respectively. And the lone survivor – Turia’s replacement in Te Tai Hauāuru – going over to Mana when the Maori Party goes below 500 members some time in the next term.

And that’s no more than the Maori Party deserves for deserting its principles in favour of trinkets from National.

39 comments on “Mana Maori?”

  1. Yes eddie the chances of unification are in my view slim indeed. It is interesting to note that when Hone left them they were all about describing the divisive nature of him and now that divisive nature is still there which shows that it wasn’t Hone at all that was divisive.

    • saarbo 1.1

      Yes good point MM. Divisiveness seems to be all part of the territory when it comes to politics though, where personal ego’s are more important than the Party that these people represent. Labour are in the same boat. If Mana and Maori were to merge, who would lead Waiariki, Sykes or Flavell? and so on. It is probably easier to let the two party’s fight to the death than deal with the mighty scrap that will ensue when dealing with these issues.

  2. BLiP 2

    ManaGreens seems more likely to me.

    • Lightly 2.1

      isn’t Mana more useful as its own force? I don’t see what the Greens would gain from that, except taking on branding that they don’t want.

      • BLiP 2.1.1

        I guess, but from a strategic point of view, Mana could suggest its voters hand their party vote to the Greens, thus ensuring, if nothing else, a stronger oppsition should the worse come to the worst. Doesn’t mean the Greens won’t be campaigning for the party vote in the Maori seats, but working together could help with campaign costs and generate focus on real issues – which unite the two parties – instead of manufactured media pulp.

        • marty mars 2.1.1.1

          Both Mana and the Greens are going for different constituents – there is advantage in working together for them both I think but they must remain separate and unique to really bring the votes home. Two ticks for Mana is the best way to keep the Mana Movement momentum going imo, the Greens will get their ticks from labour and hopefully the gnats.

          • weka 2.1.1.1.1

            But isn’t it technically possible that Mana and the GP splitting votes could cost the left the next election? (am thinking it’s something to do with Mana getting more seats than its share from the list vote. Haven’t done the maths though)

            • marty mars 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I just don’t subscribe to that worldview – ‘cost the left the next election’. People vote for who they want and the politicians get in because of that. There is no costing the left – there are just voters and their choices. If the left can’t get the votes, they don’t get the treasury benches – that is it. So the focus for me is on helping the left get the votes not worrying if this or that combination will make a difference. I understand others have different views and see the ‘tactical’ or ‘strategic’ voting as important, I just don’t or maybe less important is more accurate – even if it ‘costs the election’.

              • Pascal's bookie

                word.

                There’s way too much of citizens thinking and acting like politicians. They shouldn’t.

                • weka

                  So you are both ok if NACT get another term because Mana and the GP split the vote somewhere? Really? Why is that better than Mana and the GP working together and the left forming govt?

                  “There’s way too much of citizens thinking and acting like politicians. They shouldn’t.”

                  Maybe, but for me I don’t really have any useful choices to conscience vote or ethically vote, so I vote tactically (which is a form of ethics).

                  • McFlock

                    The thing is that as far as I can tell that eventuality occurs only if the vote is very close.

                    But with 7-9% spreads between the polls, it’s really undetectable whether the voter will be better off voting for their own party, or their competition. Because if they vote for the party they don’t fully support, then they’re actually reducing the leverage that their own party has in either government or opposition.

                    • For me the journey is more important than the destination especially if to reach the destination sacrifices have to be made, and they often do. A classic example is The Maori Party – they got to their destination and lost everything along the way. Labour are another example where the treasury benches are everything and everything can be pragmatically sacrificed to get them. I hope The Greens understand this because the evidence so far for me is that they are becoming fixated on getting into power and they, like labour, will do whatever it takes to get there – but I hope I’m wrong about the Greens. The Mana Movement can grow and build and concentrate on integrity along the way, concentrate on the journey – because when they do get to power they will have a difficult job not to be seduced by the trappings like every other party in history. I believe in the kaupapa of Mana and that kaupapa is the best protection against ‘pragmatically’ making decisions and the folly of getting to the destination and losing everything you believed in and hoped for.

                    • McFlock

                      Treasure of the Sierra Madre syndrome :)

                    • weka

                      I hope The Greens understand this because the evidence so far for me is that they are becoming fixated on getting into power and they, like labour, will do whatever it takes to get there – but I hope I’m wrong about the Greens. The Mana Movement can grow and build and concentrate on integrity along the way, concentrate on the journey – because when they do get to power they will have a difficult job not to be seduced by the trappings like every other party in history. I believe in the kaupapa of Mana and that kaupapa is the best protection against ‘pragmatically’ making decisions and the folly of getting to the destination and losing everything you believed in and hoped for.

                      I hope you are right marty. Unfortunately for me I’ve seen the GP do exactly what you are talking about and stay out of govt and not achieve their goals. They stuck to their kaupapa, preserved their integrity, and Labour fucked them over repeatedly, to the detriment of the country (imagine where we would be now if Labour had chose them over Peters). After a handful of election cycles of that, they made some changes. It’s true there was still a choice to hold their integrity and honour the journey, but IMO they’ve made the right one by surrendering some of that (but not all). I don’t want to sit and watch Labour and NACT spoil the country further, and possibly beyond repair (and I appreciate that Maori have a different perspective on this, esp re time, but for me it comes down to the approach of PO/AGW and us needing a certain level of democracy and economic integrity to manage transition well).

                      I know bugger all about the people involved in Mana other than those that make it into the news. Of those, Harawira and Sykes impress me, and I’d be happy to see them and Bradford and Minto as MPs. But they don’t strike me as being any better than the GP was a decade ago (or possibly even now) in terms of integrity and a vision on how to make political headway and effect real, meaningful change within NZ. My main hope for Mana is that they are building something at the grassroots level that is currently out of the mainstream eye. Otherwise I can’t see how their fate is any different than that of the GP.

                    • weka

                      “The thing is that as far as I can tell that eventuality occurs only if the vote is very close.

                      But with 7-9% spreads between the polls, it’s really undetectable whether the voter will be better off voting for their own party, or their competition. Because if they vote for the party they don’t fully support, then they’re actually reducing the leverage that their own party has in either government or opposition.”

                      How many people fully support the party they vote for? I think that is naive in the extreme. I could easily vote Mana or Greens. I’d be hard pressed to vote Labour give I have some other choices, but if it were only Labour and NACT, I would vote Labour. The alternative is to not vote at all, and look where that got us.

                    • Politics is dirty in more ways than the obvious. Look at labour – a group want them to stick to the values that created the party even though the party has been hijacked and doesn’t hardly resemble the original anymore, sadly the Greens are likely to suffer the same fate – when large numbers join and want their voice heard and the values begin slipping to be pragmatic and retain the ‘power’. All parties are susceptible to it even Mana. But if the kaupapa is always front of mind the slippage can be held off long enough to get through that phase. The Greens with their big middle will struggle to do that imo. The Mana Movement if it builds from the bottom up may be able to do better in the long run especially if desperate times create desperate alternatives – that’s revolution not evolution. As for peak oil and global warming and mitigating those effects – I am of the view that community is the answer to that and getting ready for the inevitable is the only solution – that’s why I like JMG the Archdruid, because he talks about actual solutions as in preparations and that is the way it will go imo.

                      And to bring it all the way back – that is why two ticks for Mana is the best option rather than trying to do deals, or stitch up ‘tactical’ or ‘strategic’ voting.

                    • McFlock

                      How many people fully support the party they vote for?

                      True, but some some voters certainly seem to attach emotionally to some particular party over all the others, even if they are not entirely supportive of the entire policy platform.

                      There will always be a difference between what the individual would like to see being done, versus what the party policy or leadership actually is, because parties involve working with other people. The difference between the individual’s goals and those of the party would basically indicate how much the voter is for that party, or simply supports some shopping basket of generally acceptable parties they could vote for.

                      I mean, if a voter doesn’t particularly care about the distinction between Mana and the Greens anyway, fair enough. I guess it comes down to finding a balance between how much one supports a particular party over the others, and how likely one thinks a compromise vote would be the difference between a “left” government and a “tory” government.

                    • karol

                      I’d like to see Mana and the Greens work together more. I like Mana’s flax roots, focus on working with those on low income and their down-to-earth style.

                      I am a little wary of the fact that, the excellent Sykes and Bradford not withstanding, Mana seems to be a fairly male-dominated outfit so far.

                      I am really keen on the way Metiria Turei has been working with Marama Davidson. I’m less excited about Russel Norman, but there’s some other solid Green MPs.

                      More collaboration between Mana and the Greens would be ideal for me. And it may help counter any attempts to pull the Greens more to the centre.

                    • The Fan Club

                      “Labour had chose them over Peters” — when? When did Labour have this choice? I mean, this is the problem with the narrative you’ve got here: it presumes facts that are very much not in evidence.

                      In reality, the Greens were never able to bring enough votes to the table to allow Labour to snub Peters/Dunne. That’s a big part of the reason for the shift, and it has nothing to do with choices Labour did or didn’t make.

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    “And the lone survivor – Turia’s replacement in Te Tai Hauāuru – ”

    I would think that this seat is going Labour at the next election, particularly if the 2011 candidate, Soraya Peke-Mason can be convinced to stand again. Soraya did an excellent job of shoring up both the candidate and party votes, despite the overall dismal showing of Labour under Goff. She has the all the skills, and the enthusiasm needed, and she is widely respected in Ratana and the wider electorate.

    The MP are going to have to find a remarkably good candidate to win the seat. And their stocks are running pretty low at the moment.

  4. Wont work, two different ideologies.

    Mana is extreme left, even too left wing for the greens.

    While the Maori party is what they say they’re, a party working
    for Maori.

    Maori and Mana dont mix

    Green and Maori dont mix.

    Green and Mana, dont mix.

    Socialist Aotearoa and Mana, maybe?

    • fender 4.1

      Maori Party are a right-wing crutch, a party working for their retirement nest-egg.

      fixed another one of your errors Brett.

      • Brett Dale 4.1.1

        A right wing crutch for a party with 48-49% support, hate to see what a party that supports a party with 30% is.

        • fender 4.1.1.1

          National got 47%

          Without the MP, Act, UF crutch to hold them up there would be no majority.

          • Brett Dale 4.1.1.1.1

            fender

            And what type of crutch would labour need at 30%

            Has asny political part every become government with only getting 30% of the vote?

            • McFlock 4.1.1.1.1.1

              yup.
              And even the Nats in ’96 if you go to 33.9%.

            • felix 4.1.1.1.1.2

              “And what type of crutch would labour need at 30%”

              At 30% they won’t get away with a couple of crutches like National have now.

              At 30% they’ll need a partner, a proper one with a discernible, measurable level of support. In my humble opinion that would be a much healthier state of affairs than the shambles of disgraced one-man/woman-bands propping up the current lot.

    • weka 4.2

      Who is talking about mixing Mana and the GP?

      And wasn’t the whole point of Eddie’s post to show how Mana and the MP don’t mix?

      I expect that when the MP eventually dies, many of the workers within the party will migrate to Mana.

      “Mana… even too left wing for the greens.”

      Nah, I think you will find they’re pretty comfortable next to each other.

      • weka 4.2.1

        On second thoughts, I suspect that Brett didn’t read the post, only the headline.

    • BLiP 4.3

      You don’t know what “extreme left” looks like.

      • Brett Dale 4.3.1

        Yep they’re the people that throw eggs at Israeli tennis players, they’re the people that celebrated when 9/11 happen, (just like annette skyes did) they’re the ones that march down the street at the age of 17, telling people what life is all about, but they dont own a passport.

  5. DS 5

    I wouldn’t describe Mana as far-left (its focus is on “Maori”, rather than economics), but it certainly has a far-left component, mostly those people who think that since Hone is brown, that somehow means he can’t be racist.

  6. Delia 6

    No, the Maori Party would totally undo Hone’s work. Avoid at all cost, grow support with people who do not sell out Maori, Hone.

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    The 2014 Household Incomes Report, released yesterday, has been cherry picked by Government and opposition alike to show that the statistics match the story they have been telling. The Government uses a comparison with 2 years ago and shows things...
    Closing the Gap | 09-07 7:07 am
  • Of Angels and Angles
    Jim Anderton writes in the Herald in a very strong column about saving the Cathedral: The picture of the ‘ruin’ that has been put on television and on the front page of the Christchurch Press on dozens if not hundreds...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 09-07 3:07 am
  • Polling and cellphones – sorry, Frank, salvation does not that way lie (p...
    Part 1 of this post was in response to a post on the Daily Blog by Frank Macskasy entitled “TV3 News on Polling Cellphone Users – Only A Year Late“. Part 1 dealt largely with the methodology issues that polling companies...
    Occasionally erudite | 09-07 3:07 am
  • A great use for drones
    Here is some of the most beautiful fireworks footage ever shot, thanks to drone / UAV technology. Who knew! Enjoy. (H/T: IFLScience) Filed under: fun...
    Polity | 09-07 2:07 am
  • YESTERDAY’S RUBBISH..why is a minimum wage different from Free Trade?
    Andrew WattGermany’s first post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer is usually held to be the origin of an often-quoted phrase „Was kümmert mich mein Geschwätz von gestern?“. Roughly: why should I be concerned about the rubbish I talked yesterday? Whatever the rights...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 08-07 9:07 pm
  • Enhancing New Zealand – Japan cooperation
    Press Release – New Zealand Government The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon John Key and the Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe met in Auckland on 7 July 2014. Prime Minister Key welcomed Prime Minister Abe...
    Its our future | 08-07 5:07 pm
  • Polling and cellphones – sorry, Frank, salvation does not that way lie (P...
    At the Daily Blog, Frank Macskasy is back on one of his favourite hobby horses, which is essentially that you can’t trust the polls because they don’t call people’s cellphones. Mr Macskasy lives in the hope that a vast conglomeration of the young...
    Occasionally erudite | 08-07 6:07 am
  • I’m sorry Mrs Powel of Philadelphia, you couldn’t.
      In the last couple of days, German publication Das Erste released a story and some source code of an application the NSA use to collect data on a large group who they classify as ‘extremists’. Journalists, researchers, activists and...
    eropei | 08-07 4:07 am
  • Why the Greens’ Abortion Policy Is So Important
    By Dr. Morgan Healey, President ALRANZ Note: Alranz exec members wrote two op-eds that were submitted to The New Zealand Herald (APN) and The Waikato Times (Fairfax) on 8 June, two days after the Green’s policy was announced. They weren’t...
    ALRANZ | 08-07 4:07 am
  • Labour’s Education Policies A Must For All Caring Parents – Even John K...
          Need I say more?      Of course National (other than John Key who has already admitted smaller class sizes are better – as per photo) are saying their policy of paying a handful of teachers and...
    An average kiwi | 08-07 1:07 am
  • Robert Reich on the 7 big lies told by neo-liberal politicians.
    This video is worth watching and listening to as Robert Reich exposes the fallacies that underpin the neo-liberal economics so beloved by John Key and his asset stripping cronies. http://youtu.be/mM5Ep9fS7Z0...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 07-07 11:07 pm
  • MANA announces its general seat candidates in Tamaki
    MANA is pleased to announce its general seat candidates in Tamaki for the 2014 election. We have 10 seasoned community campaigners keen to bring MANA’s full set of big, bold policies to the election campaign,” says MANA Leader and MP...
    Mana | 14-07 6:07 am
  • Media Advisory- MANA Youth Ambassador
    MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, and recently-appointed MANA Youth Ambassador Wairangi Koopu, will be available to speak to the media on the first day of the Internet MANA Road Trip. The Road Trip starts at Cape...
    Mana | 14-07 6:07 am
  • National muddying waters and needs to come clean
    The Government's inaccurate response to the Green Party's clean rivers policy shows it is scared of the Party's plans that will actually make rivers clean enough to swim in, the Green Party said today. Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce,...
    Greens | 14-07 12:07 am
  • NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
    The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror in Gaza, the Green Party said today.Thousands of civilians in Gaza have fled their homes as Israel has continued an offensive to destroy Hamas rocket sites...
    Greens | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    Ex New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu has joined the MANA strategy team as the new MANA Youth Ambassador in another game changer move for the MANA party. “When we say we want more...
    Mana | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimmin...
    The Green Party has announced today that its number one environmental priority for this election is making our rivers clean enough to swim in again and keeping our beaches safe from oil spills. The Green Party will make a series...
    Greens | 12-07 11:07 pm
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    John Key has left many with the impression he will repeal marriage equality if elected into Parliament again, said the Green Party today. Reports have emerged that at a meeting with Pacific church leaders in Mangere, on Tuesday, many attendees...
    Greens | 11-07 4:07 am
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    The inquiry into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian diplomat must investigate all the actions taken by Murray McCully during this fiasco, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.A Ministerial inquiry has been launched into...
    Greens | 11-07 3:07 am
  • Government punishes beneficiary babies
    Papers released to the Green Party shows that the Government turned their back on babies of beneficiaries against official advice, said the Green Party today. Documents released by Treasury to the Green Party under the Official Information Act show that...
    Greens | 10-07 10:07 pm
  • Te Hamua to do ice challenge so others can survive cancer too
    At noon tomorrow in the Kaiti Mall in Gisborne, Te Hamua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti, is taking on the ice challenge to raise awareness of the importance of getting regular health checks for testicular cancer and raise funds...
    Mana | 10-07 3:07 am
  • National breaks promise to insulate every state house
    National has broken its promise to insulate every state house by the end of 2013, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today."Of the 68,386 houses under Housing New Zealand's management, 30 percent have not been insulated. That is a dismal...
    Greens | 09-07 10:07 pm
  • McCully should stand down while review considers his actions
    The Green Party is calling for the review into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian Diplomat to be expanded to cover actions of Ministers, and for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to stand down while...
    Greens | 09-07 9:07 pm
  • No place for user pays in our classrooms – Minto
    “Labour’s education policy announcements last weekend have several welcome features which would be supported by Mana but we are concerned at the “user pays” proposal for children to get the educational benefits of access to the internet,” says Mana Education...
    Mana | 09-07 6:07 pm
  • Internet Mana – “the Roadtrip!”
    Internet MANA will change the Government because it’s time to create an inclusive and independent Aotearoa. We are not afraid to disrupt the status quo, to fix what is not working and innovate with new ideas. Let’s reconnect New Zealand,...
    Mana | 09-07 6:07 pm
  • Greens challenge Police to protect people on bicycles
    Evidence heard in today's inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly highlights the Police's ongoing failure to protect people on bicycles, the Green Party said today. The Police decided not to prosecute the driver involved in a fatal collision with...
    Greens | 09-07 5:07 am
  • High cost of storm damage sign of things to come
    New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of the year are a reminder of what we're up against with climate change, the Green Party said today.According to the Insurance Council of New Zealand,...
    Greens | 09-07 4:07 am
  • SkyCity’s commitment to preventing harm non-existent
    National has done a deal with a company that continues to flout New Zealand's gambling regulations, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said today.In a media sting earlier this year, an elderly man was allowed to play pokie machines continuously...
    Greens | 09-07 12:07 am
  • Please explain Minister… yet again
    Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Our exports of partially processed casings to China have been halted and no...
    Labour | 08-07 10:07 pm
  • Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’
    A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Information Technology issues, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Reporting directly...
    Labour | 08-07 8:07 pm
  • Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high
    There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its highest level this century, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “New Zealand once valued itself as the...
    Labour | 08-07 5:07 am
  • Government in denial over income inequality
    Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “The report shows income inequality has increased over the past year and remains higher...
    Labour | 08-07 4:07 am
  • Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes
    National’s decision to cut nearly $2.5 million from adult and community education in Canterbury over the past five years was short-sighted and Labour is committed to restoring funding for the sector, Labour’s Associate Tertiary Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “The...
    Labour | 08-07 3:07 am
  • Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis
    Latest Government data proves John Key is not working for all New Zealanders as the incomes of the poorest half of kiwis stayed the same in the 6 years under National, while the top 20 percent's rose by thousands, the...
    Greens | 08-07 3:07 am
  • Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour
    Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. "I was pleased to meet with social service, youth, justice and health providers who...
    Labour | 08-07 2:07 am
  • No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy?
    Another significant shortfall in the Government’s books suggests the economic recovery may have already passed most New Zealanders by, Labour’ Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “With unemployment still high, wage rates stagnating and inequality widening, only the lucky few are...
    Labour | 08-07 2:07 am
  • Survey shows parents want smaller class sizes
    A new survey finding most parents believe class sizes are too big shows Labour is right to reduce them, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Post-Primary Teachers' Association survey of 750 people conducted by UMR Research found 54 per...
    Labour | 08-07 12:07 am
  • Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions
    Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers...
    Labour | 07-07 11:07 pm
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners in the regions are facing declining equity in their properties, while in Auckland and...
    Labour | 07-07 7:07 am
  • Housing figures National’s shame
    The number of Auckland households in urgent and serious need of housing has increased tenfold since March 2012, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.The Ministry of Social Development, which took over Housing New Zealand's assessment responsibility for social housing...
    Greens | 07-07 5:07 am
  • Fed Farmers leading wrong way on water
    Federated Farmers needs to show greater leadership on water quality, the Green Party said today. The Green Party is responding to claims by the outgoing and incoming Federated Farmers' dairy section chairs that 'there is no need for urgent action"...
    Greens | 07-07 1:07 am
  • John Key must get whaling assurance from Abe
    John Key must seek a concrete assurance from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan will not flout the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) ruling on whaling, the Green Party said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is meeting with...
    Greens | 06-07 10:07 pm
  • HAVE A KITKAT DAVID, THERE’S A LONG WAY TO GO YET – Harawira
    “Internet MANA is not ruling out the possibility of a entering into coalition with Labour after the election”, said Internet MANA leader Hone Harawira with tongue firmly in cheek, after Labour leader David Cuniliffe said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that...
    Mana | 06-07 8:07 am
  • Government underfunding jeopardises recycling
    The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today. The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to...
    Greens | 04-07 2:07 am
  • Small class sizes and school meals get another big tick in schools report
    “Congratulations to the Child Poverty Action Group for making it crystal clear what’s needed to ensure kids from the least well-off communities can get the best out of school” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau. ...
    Mana | 03-07 2:07 am
  • Shots fired at Mana office – Harawira
    “I get threatened with violence and I get death threats, but when somebody starts taking shots at my office then that’s another matter altogether”,  said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira after shots were fired at one of...
    Mana | 01-07 9:07 am
  • Protecting Papatuanuku a Priority for MANA – Harawira
    “Big ups to Greenpeace for their Climate Voter initiative http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/”, said Hone Harawira, MANA leader and MP for Tai Tokerau. “Letting people see which parties stand up for Papatuanuku and which parties stand for overdevelopment and pollution should help focus their...
    Mana | 01-07 2:07 am
  • Ae Marika! 1 July 2014
    I got a really good response to last week’s article about forestry safety, including this gem from an old mate - “Back in the early 70′s our Maori bush gangers showed you the ropes. You never forgot a thing they...
    Mana | 30-06 7:06 pm
  • Pasifika Immigration Plans for Labour- too little, too late – James Papal...
    The Labour Party has recently announced that it has plans to speed up family reunification for Pasifika people. “I have seen these plans and I believe that these are too timid” says MANA Pasifika vice President, James Papali’i. “After waiting...
    Mana | 30-06 12:06 am
  • The Badge In Our Flesh: Some Thoughts on Masculinity
    WHAT REALLY BAFFLES ME about the reaction to David Cunliffe’s “I’m sorry I’m a man” remark is how proud so many men are of their masculinity. It’s a mystery, because to be a man – even in a secular liberal...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 6:07 am
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Has John Key changed his position or was he just changing his tune...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release The inquiry needs to be wide enough to investigate whether or not Mr McCully was guilty of incompetence or...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Government punishes beneficiary babies
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Government punishes beneficiary babies Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release “This is exactly why the number of children living in poverty has grown by 35,000 under this National Government, but yet...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Gaza crisis has to stop
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Gaza crisis has to stop The rising death toll in Gaza is alarming and is likely to worsen with escalating violence from both sides, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Only...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Deaths should prompt change
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Deaths should prompt change Eight adverse reports relating to rest home care in as many months, resulting in several deaths, cannot go unchallenged, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. In the latest...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ministerial Inquiry investigates everything but the Minister
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Ministerial Inquiry investigates everything but the Minister The Ministerial Inquiry into the waiver granted to a Malaysian diplomat deliberately avoids putting the Minister under scrutiny, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Digital economic upgrade to boost jobs and incomes
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Digital economic upgrade to boost jobs and incomes A Labour Government will support the ICT sector to make New Zealand a tech-savvy nation and put ICT at the heart of our economic...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Smart meters are plain dumb
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Smart meters are plain dumb New Zealand has some of the dumbest electricity ‘smart’ meters in the world, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Imagine being able to set washing machines, dryers,...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Review of Whanau Ora will highlight what works well
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Review of Whanau Ora will highlight what works well Labour’s review of Whanau Ora will identify models that work well throughout the country, what best practice looks like and how this will...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Canterbury’s future must be Canterbury’s choice
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Canterbury’s future must be Canterbury’s choice A Labour Government will restore the right of Cantabrians to make their own decisions about the future of their communities, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “For...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to extend Russia stay
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to extend Russia stay As US Edward Snowden seeks to extend his stay in Russia, Amnesty International called for effective international protection for whistleblowers. “Edward Snowden...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ethiopia: End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ethiopia: End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International said today, after the arrest of four more opposition party...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Myanmar: Media workers imprisoned in crackdown on free expression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Myanmar: Media workers imprisoned in crackdown on free expression The sentencing of five media workers in Myanmar each to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labour for “disclosing state secrets” makes today...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Why Maori Party and ACT will both crash out of Parliament at the election a...
    If the Left’s strategy of knocking National’s coalition partners out using MMP is successful, Key can’t form a majority and is forced to culling McCully in East Coast Bays for Colin Craig. National are terrified of requiring Craig as their...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Call for Government to step up in North
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Call for Government to step up in North The Government needs to step up and help local councils fix infrastructure problems highlighted by the recent Northland storms, Labour MP Kelvin Davis says....
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 12:07 am
  • National muddying waters and needs to come clean
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National muddying waters and needs to come clean Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | Press Release New Zealanders want to be able to swim in their local river, but National’s plans offer nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 12:07 am
  • NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Urgent call from Gaza unions: Act now!
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Urgent call from Gaza unions: Act now! Palestinians mourn victims of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 12 July. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • So Judith Collins was aware of Police ghost stats? What if David Cunliffe h...
    So not only was Judith Collins aware of the Police ghost stats, she didn’t bother informing anyone else??? Leak about police error political says CollinsFormer Police Minister and Papakura MP Judith Collins was told there might be a problem with...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • Media’s amplification of terror threats facilitates passage of bad legisl...
    When I saw the NZ Herald headline, “France foils plot to blow up Eiffel Tower” I was immediately suspicious. It is now standard for police and intelligence services to come up with a terrorist scare when they are promoting legislation...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Few New Zealand Firsts
      Last week, Trade Minister Tim Groser made the curious statement that it “wasn’t New Zealand’s place to position itself out ahead of where international negotiations were at”. He’s speaking in the context of climate change, of course; but as was quite...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • The Royal Visit and endless photo ops for Dear Leader
    . . From a Radio NZ report, The Royal visit cost several hundred thousand dollars more than the Government originally said it did. The Duke and Duchess visited eight centres, and the Department of Internal Affairs said that cost taxpayers...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • Names of those killed by Israel (thus far) since Tuesday
    Names of those killed by Israel (thus far) since Tuesday....
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • Media Release: Parental Tax Credit Discriminatory
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: Parental Tax Credit Discriminatory 14 July 2014 Child Poverty Action Group says the government should disentangle support for children from work incentives for parents, and support all low...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 12:07 pm
  • No payouts for Pizza Hut call centre staff
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: No payouts for Pizza Hut call centre staff Reprinted from the Herald on Sunday, 13/7/14By John Weekes At 74, Nora Scott-Mackie has lost her job at Pizza Hut ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… A 74-year-old office...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 9:07 am
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira Posted on July 13, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesEx New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimmin...
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimming Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party has a vision for New Zealand where families can head down...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 11:07 pm
  • National’s ghost crime stats
    Police made burglaries vanish Police altered official crime statistics to make hundreds of burglaries disappear, a Herald on Sunday investigation has found. A damning report obtained by the newspaper reveals the burglaries were instead recorded as more minor crimes, or as incidents,...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Verbal assurances not good enough
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Verbal assurances not good enough A damning report showing that burglary statistics were doctored in Counties Manukau over three years, warrants more than a verbal assurance from Minister Anne Tolley that it...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Key thought you said Maui’s golfing not Maui’s Dolphin
    Key thought you said Maui’s golfing not Maui’s Dolphin...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 8:07 pm
  • Media Take: Brown-washing
    First there was Media7, then there was Media3, now the Russell Brown appreciation society is called Media Take and screens on Maori TV at the traditional NZ On Air niche-funding dump time of 10:30pm, on the niche-funding mid-week dump day of Tuesday, with a repeat – also at...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 8:07 pm
  • Herald on Sunday Guest Column: Women – your votes are vital this year
    My latest guest column for the Herald on Sunday is here...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • Blaming Palestinians for Hamas rocket strikes while ignoring Israel’s occ...
    Since the violence between Israel and Palestine escalated, I’ve been avoiding the major news outlets such as BBC and CNN because I already knew what they were going to say and how they were going to frame the events. It...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • A brief word on Murray McCully’s inquest into nothing – nobody was expe...
    Ummmmmm, what? Diplomat case: Attacks on sex inquiry’s terms of referenceThe inquiry into the Government’s mistakes in its handling of the alleged sex case involving a Malaysian diplomat is being denounced for not specifically putting the roles of Foreign Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • National MPs – giving us the finger in election year
    . . National MPs and ministers have been busy this year with more botch-ups, scandals, an attempted smear campaign, and spinning bullshit to cover their arses with multiple policy failures in health, education, the environment, child poverty, etc, etc, etc…...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • The Nation review: Paula Bennett on drama queen domestic violence stats
    You really have to see the train-wreck of an interview Paula Bennett pulls off today on The Nation. With Judith Collins and Hekia Parata’s demise, National need to promote one female talent and this has prompted a very head girl...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 am
  • Labour MP offers flood aid
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour MP offers flood aid Labour MP Kelvin Davis has offered his Whangarei office as a coordination centre for people needing help as a result of the recent flooding throughout Northland. As...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 5:07 am
  • How can New Zealand help Palestine?
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: How can New Zealand help Palestine? By John Minto FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 2:07 am
  • There is a war being waged on NZ men… at least according to this Facebook...
    Men’s masculinity is under attack in New Zealand and four people, one of whom is a woman (it always stings that little bit more when a woman is pushing anti-feminist ideas), have created a Facebook page to do something about it....
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 10:07 pm
  • Dear hysterical NZ Men – Women’s rights are no threat to our masculinit...
    How insecure in your masculinity must you feel to buy into believing Labour are declaring a war on men? This Facebook site, The Labour Party’s War on Men, is a real voyage through the psyche of angry men angry at...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 8:07 pm
  • Education reforms – there is a choice
    To have the Education Minister and the sycophantic mainstream media constantly asserting that the only way to improve the education our children get is to reform the system by privatisation, performance pay, and the collection of a few data sets...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 7:07 pm
  • Not That Different After All: Some thoughts on Neoliberalism
    OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS,  the neoliberal ideology has been adopted by virtually the entire Right. Certainly, there is no serious right-wing political party – either here in New Zealand or elsewhere in the developed world – that does not...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 7:07 pm
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Hone Harawira
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
  • #TeamKeyJr
    #TeamKeyJr...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
  • Random Thoughts on Random Things #7 – the fate of the Maori Party
    . . Watching Pita Sharples interviewed on TV3′s ‘The Nation’ on 5 July, two things occurred to me. 1. There is every likelihood that, come election day,  the Maori Party is doomed. If they are really, really, really lucky, they...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
  • Every bomb Israel drops on Gaza creates 10 new ‘terrorists’
    The latest round of horror Apartheid Israel is using to justify their latest disproportional response seeds from a couple of events. America’s need to talk to Iran because of Iraq has spooked Apartheid Israel into manufacturing a new crisis that...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD 10 July 2014 CPAG says high child poverty rates have become normalised and New Zealand’s poorest children should expect a far greater...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • How can New Zealand help defend the Palestinian struggle?
    FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no better than to believe Israel was a small, plucky state standing up to big, thuggish neighbouring bullies....
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • Forest & Bird welcomes aspects of new Internet Party policy
    Forest & Bird welcomes several aspects of the Internet Party’s new environment manifesto. Its policies cover fracking, deep sea oil drilling, and freshwater management - amongst others....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 5:07 am
  • The Letter 14/07/2014: 60 Days to Go
    National in the Pundit Poll of Polls has broken 50%. Labour has dipped below 30%. In the month prior to the last election both major parties saw their support drop – National to 47% and Labour to just 27%, where...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Young NZers call for parties to act on children’s rights
    Fifty young people (aged 15-18 years) who attended the UNICEF NZ Youth Congress in Christchurch at the weekend, have called on political parties to address six priority issues including youth unemployment, poverty and mental health....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 4:07 am
  • Maori Party Aiming for All Seven Seats
    The Maori Party is aiming to win all seven Maori electorate seats in Parliament at the forthcoming General Election....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • ASB says “No” to homophobia in corporate sponsorships
    ASB has affirmed the Bank’s commitment to diversity and to supporting athletes, teams and other groups regardless of factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • ipredict Election Update #26
    • Labour’s probability of leading next government continues to recover as Greens make further gains...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • Winston Peters Would Have Rail to the Moon
    Responding to New Zealand First’s transport policy announcement , of diverting $300 million from regional road projects to support Auckland’s City Rail Link and the troubled Napier-Gisborne rail line, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • Hamilton woman praised for calling out racial stereotyping
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has thanked a young Hamilton woman for going public after being subjected to racial stereotyping by supermarket workers in her home town. “Sadly what happened to Rikki Cooper isn’t new but it highlights...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 2:07 am
  • Experts Appalled at Oil Survey Threat to Maui Dolphin
    Monday 14 July 2014: Following yesterday’s rally at John Key’s electorate office in Kumeu, international dolphin experts are appalled that that the Government has allowed seismic oil surveys to occur in the protected area for the world’s smallest...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Cold Comfort for Victims of Burglary
    The New Zealand Herald yesterday revealed that Counties Manukau Police have altered their records to misrepresent the number of burglaries committed between 2009 and 2012. They have understated the number of burglaries in their area by 700....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • ALCP Announce Justice and Compensation Policy
    The Justice and Corrections budgets will make a saving of well over $100 million annually under ALCP policy....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Give all low-income children equal support says CPAG
    Child Poverty Action Group says the government should disentangle support for children from work incentives for parents, and treat all low income children equally....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Compulsory Te Reo – good idea but must go further
    Māori Party Tai Tokerau candidate Te Hira Paenga today welcomed the Labour Party endorsement of the Māori Party policy for te reo to be taught as a core subject in schools....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Iraq’s displaced families to receive ShelterBox aid
    This week Hastings fire officer and ShelterBox New Zealand response team member Mike Peachey will deploy to Iraq Kurdistan to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees as part of a response by the international disaster relief organisation, ShelterBox....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Maui’s March to Key’s office one of the electorate’s biggest
    About 300 marchers walked to John Key’s electorate office yesterday (Sunday 13 July) calling for better protection of Maui’s dolphins, in one of the biggest marches in the history of his electorate....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Waste Watch: 100k Curtain for Devonport Library
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council’s decision to spend $100,000 of ratepayer money on a silk curtain for Devonport’s new library. The discovery comes at a time when Len Brown needs to find savings of $860 per ratepayer to...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • NetHui discusses the potential for online voting
    Debating the potential for online voting in New Zealand saw a room divided at day two of NetHui, with some calling it an essential and inevitable next step for democracy, and others concerned it was unworkable due to problems with...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • DSC lodges complaint over grossly inaccurate TVNZ news item
    “A section of TVNZ’s 6pm news bulletin last Thursday about bank profits was a disgraceful piece of inaccurate and misleading reporting,” Democrats for Social Credit (DSC) Leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, said today....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • McVicar’s Murder Statistics Geared to Instill Public Fear
    Garth McVicar’s claim that murders in New Zealand had risen from 2 to 3 a year up to 160 a year is seriously wrong, says Kim Workman, spokesperson for Rethinking Crime and Punishment....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • One Law to Rule us All
    The Conservative Party is continuing it's intensive newspaper campaign with full page advertisments today and tomorrow advocating that the best way forward for New Zealand is as one united people who are treated equally under the law, and by the...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Can Obama Achieve Checkmate for TPPA by November?
    ‘The most opaque round of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to date ended in Ottawa yesterday. The odds of President Obama achieving his goal of a meaningful document by the APEC leaders’ summit in November hangs in the balance’,...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Treaty Historian to speak at Conservative Party Conference
    Historian and Treaty of Waitangi specialist Professor Paul Moon will be one of the keynote speakers at this weekend’s Conservative Party Conference in Auckland, with his speech scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday 19 July....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Forest & Bird launches On the Block campaign
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is putting up for sale signs to highlight the ongoing, unprecedented sell-off of the rights to frack, log, drill and mine New Zealand’s public conservation land....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • EDS welcomes Green Party freshwater policies
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the Green Party’s freshwater policy, which was announced this morning in Hamilton....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Greens need to get on the water policy bus
    Instead of attacking policy that will massively improve New Zealand water quality, Federated Farmers says the Green Party would be more credible if it showed a lot more bipartisan leadership in supporting that policy....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • Judith Collins on Q+A – Sunday 13th July
    Justice Minister Judith Collins told TV One’s Q+A programme that Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully are ‘very angry’ over the handling of the Malaysian diplomat and allegations of sexual assault....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • ACT announces Party List to contest 2014 election
    “This list represents all the best elements of the ACT Party,” says ACT President John Thompson. “It blends young talent and experienced leaders, all outstanding in their fields of expertise and all sharing ACT’s vision of a free and prosperous...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Internet Party to Stop High-Risk Resource Extraction
    The Internet Party wants a moratorium on fracking, the dumping of oil wastes, deep-sea and undersea extraction and other risky energy and mining industry practices....
    Scoop politics | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour’s David Shearer
    David Shearer says Labour’s policy backs oil drilling and indicates not keen to be swayed by the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 12-07 9:07 pm
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