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Mana vs Maori Party

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, May 1st, 2011 - 127 comments
Categories: mana-party, Maori Issues, maori party - Tags: ,

Yesterday marked the launch of the Mana Party (see their open letter to supporters here). In a move that surprised many, Hone Harawira announced that he would resign as MP for Te Tai Tokerau and trigger a by election. Now Newsroom has the following headline:

Truce Over, Game On – The Maori Party has pronounced dead the truce with its former MP Hone Harawira after he announced he would force a by-election in his Te Tai Tokerau electorate.

How lightly the Maori Party has cast aside its word! So they’ve bought themselves a fight, no holds barred in Mana vs Maori Party. I guess we now get to see whether the Maori electorate supports the Maori Party’s virtual assimilation by National or not…

127 comments on “Mana vs Maori Party”

  1. Zorr 1

    I think that was Harawira’s plan with this move. Get a poll of the community that actively matters pre-election. The Maori Party can only hope to come out even in this by-election, whereas Harawira has everything to gain and nothing to lose.

    • Zorr 1.1

      Another note here as well. I spend a lot of time listening to NatRad and they had a small interview with Flavell where he was moaning that Harawira was stealing the young Maori vote and splitting the overall Maori vote with his actions. All I could think in response was “Cry me a river you moron” because they have made their bed with National and now they have to sleep in it.

      • Lanthanide 1.1.1

        Yeah, basically he was saying “we deserve to get the maori youth vote, even if we don’t actually have any policies that benefit them”.

      • Blighty 1.1.2

        the Maori Party’s arrogant attitude to the the Maori vote has always pissed me off. Remember how Turia bitched about the Greens running candidates in ‘their’ seats.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Harawira and his advisors have shown some gutsy political moves thus far. Bravo to them for re-energising interest in this election year and good luck.

    • Edge 2.1

      Yo ! I’m with you there, Viper !

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      It might be more a case of re-energising interest in politics overall. I’m hoping that it will spur more than 80% of the population to vote.

      • swordfish 2.2.1

        Actually, that’s a good point. This might be the best opportunity in a whole generation to mobilise young Maori to vote – and, what’s more, to vote for the Left.

        If the Centre-Left can mobilise traditional non-voters then, of course, we don’t need so much of a swing from those who moved to the Nats in 08. Add to this the fact that some of the latter may well swing back to Labour in response to Brash and this election might just end up a damn sight tighter than some have been predicting.

        Call me old-fashioned, but there it is.

  3. gobsmacked 3

    Harawira has everything to gain and nothing to lose.

    Well, nothing to lose except the election. The real one.

    But hey, why focus on stopping a National/ACT nightmare in the second term, when there’s a civil war to be won?

    I’m sure we’ll be very excited on November 27 when we wake up to find that the Mana Party has gained a list seat from the Greens, and the Maori electorates have been split between three parties, and it’s all very interesting and …

    oh bugger, Key and Brash are running the country.

    Plus, MMP has been rejected in the referendum. Something to do with voters being sick of “minor party squabbles”, apparently. Gosh, who could have predicted that?

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      If the current Left were doing such a good job of catering to the electorate, how is it that Harawira’s new party even has room to exist let alone breathe?

      If the current Left were doing such a good job of catering to the electorate, how is it that Harawira’s new party has managed to attract so many serious, highly experienced left wing activists?

      And if NZ’ers remain such sheeple that they cannot tolerate uncertainty and ambiguity, and only want ‘strong clear leadership’ from just a couple of entrenched major political parties, instead of a plurality of parties representative of the actual make up of society, then yeah, they should reject proportional representation.

      The people get the Government that they deserve, and vote for, at the end of the day.

      Even the Greens will have to cope with the idea that they too are becoming a standard part of the political establishment, and that new, fresher up and coming parties will turn up from time to time.

    • QoT 3.2

      This may come as a shock, gobsmacked, but there are plenty of people who feel that if Labour is going to continue to fuck around and waffle, if the Greens are going to drop the ball somewhat on social justice issues, then maybe the country needs a second godawful NACT term so the “left” can get its shit together.

      I would rather have a Key-led second term where his increasing need to appeal to moderates and maintain the smile&wave persona acts to limit the damage the right can do than a Goff-led single-term government with no fucking vision buddying up to Peters/Dunne/Turia and stiffening the public’s belief that harsh rightwing measures must be the only viable approach to our economic situation.

      • gobsmacked 3.2.1

        No, it’s not a shock.

        There have always been people on the “left” who were prepared to sacrifice other people’s jobs for the Greater Cause, while heroically preserving their own.

        The “godawful NACT term” will be quite bearable for those whose livelihoods allow them the luxury of letting it happen. Hone Harawira, for one.

        The rest of us have more pressing concerns. It’s hard to be an armchair leftist when you can’t afford an armchair.

        • QoT 3.2.1.1

          It would help to read the whole fucking comment, g. Those who are going to be fucking hammered by a second-term NACT government are going to get it a shitload worse if we all just vote Labour like good little sheep and let a waffling, no-direction, no-clear-vision Phil Goff convince middle NZ that the left is completely out of ideas. Yay, unprivileged people can have three years of Labour doing fuck-all to actually help them and then the joy of a resurgent, able-to-be-entirely-up-front-about-their-rightwing-agenda NACT government who don’t have to lie about asset sales, who don’t have to swallow any dead rats, who don’t even have the vague restraint of the Maori Party at the Cabinet table.

          You’re right, we should all just fall into line and assume that the last two and a half years of evidence that Phil Goff hasn’t changed his neoliberal viewpoint, has no fucking idea how to build a strong left movement, and has seen no problem relying on advisors who figured agreeing with National on almost everything, is going to magically turn around if we just hand him the reins of power again.

          Also, trying to attack me for being privileged enough to not have to worry about the consequences as much as those living in poverty would be a lot more successful if I didn’t own it.

      • Jenny 3.2.2

        “Depending on the numbers”

        As seems likely the Maori Party plus the new Mana Party will have the balance of power after the elections.

        Last week’s Sunday Star Times poll reveals the makings of a Labour led coalition is becoming possible.

        But does Labour have the political will to take the lead?

        As many suspect Labour would rather not lead than have to make any concessions to either the Maori Party or Mana.

        Hone Harawira interviewed by James Garner on working with Labour

        Garner “And just in terms of you know trying to make progress you have a Labour Party and a National Party that have ruled you out, I mean arguably you’re completely ineffectual aren’t you because no one wants to work with you.”

        Harawira “Look I’m always keen to work with the Greens, and I think given the number of Labour MPs who’ve said that they’d be more than happy to work with me, I think Phil Goff is realistic enough to know that after the election everybody rings everybody else depending on the numbers, and I’m open to that.”

        In my opinion the next National Termed government will be the most damaging to the fabric of this country ever. Mainly because though the Nats would dearly love to launch their attacks on welfare unions and public services now, the truth is they don’t have a mandate for this sort of extremism at present.

        But achieving a second term will be spun as giving the Nats the mandate to launch a full right wing enslaught.

        Therefore it behoves all politicians who claim that they are opposed to neoliberalism to do all they can to keep the Nats out.

        If political leaders of the left or centre don’t understand this then they don’t deserve to lead,

        I have said this before; If Goff refuses to read the numbers, and tries to overthrow a majority will for a Labour led administration post election, then he should immediately be replaced by someone who has the determination and the drive to be Labour’s next Prime Minister.

        • PeteG 3.2.2.1

          “If Goff refuses to read the numbers, and tries to overthrow a majority will for a Labour led administration post election”

          A majority will for a Labour led administration is very unlikely to happen. You can’t presume the will of people voting for small parties.

          • Jenny 3.2.2.1.1

            “You can’t presume the will of people voting for small parties.”

            PeteG

            If the majority don’t against a National Party government, you don’t then stitch them up National Party led government.

            You can, but it is not democracy.
            Such a government has absolutely no mandate for imposing extreme right wing policies that have been rejected by the majority of the electorate.

      • Deadly_NZ 3.2.3

        Only one problem with that scenario, and that is if Shonkey and Brash get their own way then in 3 years there will be nothing left All the silver will be owned by the rich mates of the greedy fuckwits in power. SO yes its all good to say wait 3 years but that’s like saying let the building burn a little more, we will put out the fire before it reaches the ground floor. Yeah right in your dreams, they will burn it to the ground and sing and dance as they distribute what little is left among the privileged.

    • I don’t see how the Mana party picking up a few seats leads to the loss of the election for the broad ‘left’ (or, more realistically, how it decreases the chances of a win).

      So far as I can see, a reasonable proportion of the Mana party’s vote will come from former MP supporters which, if anything, would decrease the possibility of a National-led government. It may be that some Green and Labour voters (and Alliance voters) from the last election will vote Mana but all that would do – presuming Hone wins the by-election – is redistribute the (represented) votes on the left. Perhaps not good for the Greens or Labour but, then again, that isn’t the point at issue (i.e., how Mana affects the chances of blocking a National-led government).

      Also, it’s quite possible that some people who did not vote last time would be encouraged to vote because they feel that there’s a party that would, indeed, represent their interests. There’s always more potential on the left to pick up the politically disaffected than for the right, I’d guess (most far right people would probably vote even if they didn’t think that there was a party that truly represented their interests. It’s the ‘potential’ left vote that gets marginalised/alientated from the electoral process, usually.).

      I think you’re right, gobsmacked, that this could be used to argue against MMP. That’s something that might happen but for which there are simple arguments available to refute it – most obviously, that this is primarily an electorate based scenario, not an MMP one (i.e., even under FPP this battle would both arise and continue between Mana and the MP – Edit: Not unlike Winston creating NZF). On the point about the Maori electorates being split between three parties, well, if it happened, I don’t see that that would undermine the prospects of Maori interests being well served. With three parties seriously vying for your votes (four with NZF) that gives you (as a voter) wide-ranging influence over policies – i.e., you won’t be ignored by all parties bar one.

      • Lanthanide 3.3.1

        The electoral maths really punishes fractions of votes that aren’t enough to secure a seat. If you win an electorate seat, you then need 1.66…% of the party vote to get a second member. So if you only get 1.65% of the vote, then you’ve wasted votes. So instead of splitting the vote evenly between 3 parties and having each of those 3 parties fall just short of getting seats, you gave 2 of the parties exactly the vote required to get a single seat, and the rest of the votes to the 3rd party, and you’d come out 2 seats ahead.

        This is exascerbated further by parties that overhang, eg the Maori Party at the last election. Parties that win multiple electorate seats, for whom the resultant party vote means nothing – in that case you’d be better off using the party votes for another party on the left that needs them. It remains to be seen how many electorates Mana will be able to win, so this may be less of a factor for them.

        The other thing specifically for the Mana party, is Phil Goff stupidly came out a couple of months ago and said he wouldn’t work with Hone, or a Hone-lead party, after the election.

        • Jenny 3.3.1.1

          “….Phil Goff stupidly came out a couple of months ago and said he wouldn’t work with Hone, or a Hone-lead party, after the election.”

          Lanthanide

          Goff needs to be told in no uncertain terms, to work with anyone who could help him keep the Nats out.

          If Goff refuses to do this, and tries to sell the country to the Nats for a second term – not only should Goff be demoted, but he should be expelled from the Labour Party. For to hand the electorate over to the Nats when a Labour led coalition is at all possible, would be an act of treachery to Labour’s mainly working class constituency, who, by this action will be be left open to unprecedented right wing attack. For the constituency that the Labour Party was created to defend, to be left open to this sort of attack can not be allowed.

          All political wisdom says that to change a leader so near to an election is a death wish and I think we should do everything we can to see a Labour win.

          This is why I support Goff all the way through the election. But my support is conditional on Labour taking the Treasurey Benches. If after the election Phil Goff refuses to try and form a coalition with whoever possible. Then I think some other Labour MP needs to step up to role, if he refuses to take it on.

          In my personal opinion I think that this person would need to be someone with the necessary ambition and drive, and the determination to take the lead if Goff falters. This person should have the street fighter toughness to be able to argue Labour’s case in negotiations with junior coalition partners while at the same time facing down the Nats. and corporate lobbyists. Someone who puts the fear of God into the right. Someone with 21st C. internet savvy, but with long experience in government.

          In my opinion, the only Labour Party leader with all these necessary traits is Trevor Mallard, I hope Trevor is ready to take his chance if it comes, that is if post election Goff tries to sell us to Brash/Key rule.

          • Jasper 3.3.1.1.1

            I think that Labour need to put the vote of the Leader to members at the Congress which I think is due to be held sometime this month.

            It’s all well and good to tell people “I have the support of my caucus” but the harsh reality is, it’s not the support of the caucus that Goff needs to be the next PM – it’s the support of the public.

            So if Goff doesn’t have the support of Labour members, and is indeed excelling in driving former Labour supporters into the arms of the Greens, then how the hell is Goff supposed to garner the support of the voting public?

            I say put his leadership to the membership vote. If the members want him, then he’s safe. If they don’t, then let the membership decide on the next leader. There’s a calculated risk in doing so, but the only thing that’s going to happen between now and the election are;

            1) Goff constantly firing the gun at his feet and;
            2) The media constantly bringing up “leadership coup” rumours every time there’s a whiff of an outburst from Labour.

            Labour can ill afford to allow the media narrative to continue on this path. If Goff has the support of members from the floor, then the media essentially have nothing to base their allegations on. If Goff doesn’t have the support, well, then there’s the opportunity for Labour to get the incessant Leadership coup rumours off it’s back.

            • Colonial Viper 3.3.1.1.1.1

              Get with the programme, the Labour membership does not get to vote for the leader of the Labour Party, the caucus does. That’s the constitution.

              And by the way Goff is our man for victory in 2011, so get over it and move on.

              • QoT

                You know, I’m pretty sure that was Jasper’s whole freaking point, that it *should* go to the members but currently doesn’t. But hey, let’s just assume critics of Labour and Goff are stupid, that’ll totally help dispel the whole “Labour think they know better and refuse to acknowledge their own failings” idea.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Possibly, but which parties in parliament have their leader chosen directly by the members? Do the Greens?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Reading Jaspers posts is almost like reading PeteGs.

                • Jasper

                  Thanks QOT. My main point here is that while Goff is telling us that he has the support of the Caucus, it’s not the caucus that need to be convinced Goff is the man for the job – tis the nation that need to be convinced. If the nation isn’t convinced that even Labour party members back Goff, then what hope do Labour have in convincing voters that aren’t even party members?

                  For the record, I cancelled my Labour membership after Phil flatly ruled out working with Hone (you just don’t copy Key, no matter what) and will be putting the $15 p/w I was gifting Labour towards the Mana party.

              • PeteG

                And last time by the sound of things Helen Clark arranged and proposed Goff as leader and the caucus rubber stamped it. No contest.

                • Samuel Hill

                  I may as well be open about everything, considering I’m one of the only people around here who chooses to use his real name. I think you should all consider voting for New Zealand First this election. If you actually want to get things done, and get the wage gap closed without destroying New Zealand businesses – NZ First is probably your best option. I will be giving them my vote.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    I’m really looking forwards to Winston firing the game up this year. But a little concerned that NZ First remains a party with a highly visible leader at the top but a much weaker team than it should have coming up underneath.

                    • PeteG

                      Last time I looked on their website there was no team, just one Winston. Unless there is a major change (probably of leader) and a strong team put forward I will pass on NZF.

                    • higherstandard

                      Yes we need Winston to run in this year’s election to truly bring high farce to a new level.

                    • Samuel Hill

                      I’ll have you know that the processes are all taking place right now to build a strong team for NZ First.

                    • PeteG

                      Funny thing, he was looked to for providing some interest in a boring looking election, and he’s not needed for that now. I guess he will add a but of entertainment, and yet more convolutions as people add up the seat possibilities.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yes we need Winston to run in this year’s election to truly bring high farce to a new level.

                      Too late…listening to Rodney Hide saying that he was fine with his old friend Don Brash stabbing him in the back, and that he was quite happy to leave the leadership of ACT and it was all for the best anyway as he was proud of the way everything had gone because humiliation was a state of mind but not his state of mind, already blew the farce meter sky high.

                    • felix

                      It’s like Brash took Winston’s toy away.

                      Poor Winston, he was gonna have so much fun with that toy.

                    • Samuel Hill

                      Peters is only going to look better to the left when he makes Brash and Key both look like his toys. Not everybody is going to like Brash’s capitalist ignorance, nor Key’s controversy-avoiding, smarmy style, and all the leaders of the left have failed to damage Key significantly since he has been Prime Minister.

                      The underlying strategy for the entire left should be to attack Key and the government, and offer their own economic growth plans, forcing the Prime Minister and National into a position that separates them from Brash’s mantra. With Brash out in cold on the right, whoever lays the the most damaging attacks on ACT will likely gain a bigger portion of the floating ‘swing’, from both the left and the center voters.

              • Jenny

                “And by the way Goff is our man for victory in 2011″

                Colonial Viper

                But will Goff be allowed to turn that victory into a rout?

          • Deadly_NZ 3.3.1.1.2

            Jenny, I have given up on Goff he should have gone along with Helen, And to hear himon Nation admit to still talking to Helen and then admitting that even his caucus members are doing this as well. I have to ask him “DO YOU WANT TO WIN THIS ELECTION? ”
            Because I don’t think he wants to win. I think that Phil has read one too many polls, and has already admitted defeat.

            • PeteG 3.3.1.1.2.1

              His body language told a different story to his mouth when he was saying he was going to win in November. Not convincing at all.

            • lprent 3.3.1.1.2.2

              Hey, I talk to Helen. Admittably it mostly consists of figuring out why her computer or network isn’t working when she returns to it after three or four months. But there is some politics, and even a touch of social chitchat (even if my interests in that usually make seven of nine look social).

          • Deadly_NZ 3.3.1.1.3

            “In my opinion, the only Labour Party leader with all these necessary traits is Trevor Mallard, I hope Trevor is ready to take his chance if it comes, that is if post election Goff tries to sell us to Brash/Key rule.”

            Sorry Jenny But when This shambles that is the labour party rebuilds after the next election then they NEED to cut free all of the OLD mob like Goff, Dalziel, Dyson, Mallard and the rest, you need young and savvy blood in there and if you want to scare Shonkey and co just let Cunliffe loose. He has been gagged for too long.

            • Colonial Viper 3.3.1.1.3.1

              Don’t you wail on Mallard mate, he’ll wail right back on you :)

              Yes, Cunliffe’s been sticking it good to English good all year!

            • felix 3.3.1.1.3.2

              Mallard’s still got plenty to offer.

              Don’t buy into the right-wing propaganda, they paint him as old and useless because they’re scared of him, and they’re scared of him because he runs rings around anyone in the house and shows them up.

          • M 3.3.1.1.4

            Goff will have to outwardly have support to give the left a chance but as you say Jenny I think Mallard is the only one from the old guard with the necessary moxy and debating skills that can zero in one someone like Key. Goff is just far too polite, which although lovely in a social setting, just won’t get the job done in the House – I want to see Key wincing every time Mallard opens his mouth.

            Hone has had the honesty and decency to call the right, his former party and Labour on their lack of care and concern towards the poor and I hope he does well in November – I’ll have to see if Mana is standing a candidate in my electorate.

    • Harawira has everything to gain and nothing to lose.

      Plus, MMP has been rejected in the referendum.

      Harawira probably wants MMP rejected. Under first past the post, there’d be 13 Maori seats.

  4. PeteG 4

    Harawira said Mana would appeal to intelligent Maori voters, but in the following interview I thought Sharples sounded more intelligent and consistent.

    Having a by-election where Harawira has to do well, closely followed by a general election where he has to do better on a wider scale to make any gains, will severely test Mana fundraising. Unite have been struggling to pay their tax bills, they won’t have anything to contribute. They will have to appeal to all the poor and oppressed to dig deep.

    Someone said mana is earned, not just a label you can co-opt. It will be hard earned.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      I thought Sharples sounded more intelligent and consistent.

      Sharples is certainly better educated. But also seen as a leader of the Maori Party sell out to a white man dominated National front bench.

      • PeteG 4.1.1

        As Sharples says, you can have a lot more influence from within cabinet compared to sniping on the sidelines, which is the best Harawira can hope for.

        Minority parties in coalition won’t have many outright wins but they can put on pressure for movement towards their preferences in policy decisions.

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          As Sharples says, you can have a lot more influence from within cabinet compared to sniping on the sidelines

          Yes just like one can influence the Devil by following at his side, I see. And as you suggest, the pay is far better in that position as well.

        • Zaphod Beeblebrox 4.1.1.2

          Yeah, I think the Free French in Vichy France in 1941 used that argument too. Don’t worry about what or who you are supporting.

      • QoT 4.1.2

        Remember that fucking prison Christmas dinner story? Jesus Sharples, just stick a sign on your forehead saying “utter sellout”.

  5. millsy 5

    This ‘Mana Party’ is going to be a Hone Harawira one man band – a vehicle for his ego. I can understand John Minto signing up to it, he would sign up with the Mickey Mouse and Goofy Party if he thought that it would help him bring about the Revolution, but Sue Bradford and Matt McCarten? I thought they knew a little bit better….

  6. Jenny 6

    R0B, I have gone to the link at Newsroom but I cannot read it as I cannot get past the pay wall.

    I have not been able to find any other reference to this story repeated anywhere else.

    Can you tell me who in the Maori Party has released this statement?

    This decision by the Maori Party makes no sense.

    In the end sectarian narrowness is always self defeating.

    To my mind the Maori Party has everything to lose and nothing to gain from ripping up this agreement. There is no way that the Maori Party can challenge Harawira in Tai Tokerau. But Mana supporters up and down the country are just itching to stand in the Maori seats nation wide.

    For instance, the Maori Party would be on a hiding to nothing standing against a high quality and popular candidate like Annette Sykes. Even if Sykes didn’t win, it is possible that in a contest between Flavell and Sykes, the Labour candidate could come up through the middle. In this case the Mana Party would have lost nothing but the Maori Party would be seriously wounded.

    You must wonder what has got into the Maori Party that they are so blinded by sectarianism that they are prepared to damage their own chances for seats in the house.

    If the Maori Party could only see over their enmity, they would realise that there are more advantages for them to abide with this agreement, the end result could be many more MPs in parliament to advocate for Maori right across the political spectrum.

    • PeteG 6.1

      Sharples said the agreement was for Harawira to stand next general election as an Independent, and both forcing a by-election and setting up a competing party contravene the agreement.

      Interesting that the TVNZ news site under Q+A has links on both the Brash and Harawira interviews, but have nothing on the Sharples interview.

      • Blighty 6.1.1

        just takes time to transcript.

      • felix 6.1.2

        Interestingly it’s the other way around for me – there are videos of Brash, Sharples and the panel but no Hone.

        Also, New Rule:

        If you live in NZ and you can’t pronounce a Maori name as simple and commonplace as “Hone”, you don’t get to voice an opinion on anything Maori. I’m looking at you, veteran Australasian stunt co-ordinator Dick Johansonson.

    • Pascal's bookie 6.2

      Especially given that Pita said they can work with Brash.

    • r0b 6.3

      Sorry Jenny, I can’t add anything. I haven’t seen another reference either, and I don’t pay for Newsroom access. But I don’t recall Newsroom ever being wrong on a simple statement of fact before.

    • Hollyfield 6.4

      Jenny, I haven’t seen any written release, but on Q+A this morning Dr Sharples said that the Maori Party’s agreement with Mr Harawira was that they would not stand a candidate in the next general election against him as an independant. Dr Sharples’ view was that Mr Harawira has broken that agreement by standing for a party rather than as independant, and by forcing a by election instead of waiting for the general election, and therefore their agreement no longer stands.

      • Colonial Viper 6.4.1

        Damn convenient.

        An all out stoush in the Maori electorates then!

  7. millsy, theres no chance that the Mana Party will be a one man band. Theres a plenty of strong, and capable maori women already involved. Anette Sykes being one of them. I think this development is a very exciting one for the left especially Maori.

  8. Sookie 8

    I just joined the Greens so I won’t be voting for Mana or slinging them some cash, but I wish Harawira all the luck in the world. I just hope he completely guts the Maori Party and doesn’t steal votes from the Greens. Most NZers sit firmly in the middle and there’s not many people who will vote for the ‘loony left’ parties. Unless they’re completely pissed off with Labour and very unlikely to vote for the Nats because of Monty Burns taking over Act. It will be a very interesting election this year.

    • Shane Gallagher 8.1

      Great to hear Sookie! There are a lot of lefties (the older ones mainly) who just can’t bring themselves to vote Green – eg. the Alliance people and a fair number of Labour people – so I guess the Mana Party will be perfect for them. And Hone keeps saying he wants to work with the Greens first and foremost, so I don’t think there is too much to worry about.

      • Sookie 8.1.1

        Yeah, I can imagine that there are some grumpy old lefties who don’t like ‘yogurt knitters’ as my Dad calls the Greens :) I was Young Labour in the Nineties. I’m looking forward to getting involved in politics again as it is quite fun, and I wanted to something beyond bitching on The Standard and boring friends and family with rants.

  9. Yep very exciting year. Looks like the main election issue so far is privatisation (and the rising cost of living). Wonder what the other issues will be?

    Also be interesting the environment policies of labour, the mana party and the green party. Who will be the greenest? it will be a far more interesting election this year, especially in the wake of the uprisings in the middle east and post the large anti mining march down queen st which happened one year ago.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Vicious income inequality and the declining prospects for youth should feature prominently as well.

  10. bomber 10

    Well, the Mana Party that some here claimed wouldn’t happen has happened and is happening. The Maori Party will hold to the truce, they have more to gain taking the electorate seats while Hone maximizes the party vote. His aim is the 85 000 party votes from a pool of 640 000 benneficary and minimum wage worker electorate. His 5 MPs could change the Parliamentary Math. The Greens and Labour will benefit from moderates fleeing a Key-Brash Government while the hard right leave National and go to Brash’s new ACT. The Maori Party can’t do a deal with Brash, their future is to the left. A Labour/Greens/Maori Party/Mana Party can beat a Key-Brash Government.

    The message has to be a vote for John is a vote for Don.

    • PeteG 10.1

      “His aim is the 85 000 party votes”

      That’s a big ask considering the MP got 55,980 party votes last election. Harawira seems to be appealing to tactical voting, it’s possible they will pick up new voters but it’s a lot of hope for an untested theory.

      “A Labour/Greens/Maori Party/Mana Party ”

      No Winston First? Not available or not required?

  11. sdm 11

    This notion that ‘moderates’ will want to avoid Brash can equally be applied to the Mana Party. It will scare the shit out of middle NZ, far more than Brash I suspect.

    In the meantime, the taxpayer is burdened with a $500K bill for a complete waste of time. Hone said he would cancel the America’s Cup funding – resulting in the government being sued, and costing even more money. But I suppose Hone would describe the law as a bit ‘fussy’.

    Maybe Unite can pay for the by-election, given the tax they owe.

    Plus you have Goff ruling them out. Either a) Goff is lying or b) Mana is irrelevant.

    Indeed if Goff is telling the truth by ruling them out, and Mana pull 3%, doesnt that make it harder for the left?

    • Pascal's bookie 11.1

      Goff ruling them out counters the fear middle NZ might hold, numbnuts.

      Key says Brash is an extremist but won’t rule him out.

      So the higher ACT gets in the polls, the more extremist a Key led government starts to look. Key at the moment holds the center, Goff doesn’t. Goff doesn’t have any centrist votes to lose. Key has plenty of centrists votes to lose, and is aligning himself with extremists, while Goff is ruling extremists out.

      That’s the dynamic.

      • PeteG 11.1.1

        “Goff doesn’t have any centrist votes to lose.”

        Maybe not, but doesn’t he need to try and win a few? Especially if Mana rob some off the left of Labour.

        Or has Labour given up on winning back anything and are just sitting back hoping potential coalition partners pick up seats to gift Labour a coalition?

        • Pascal's bookie 11.1.1.1

          Goff needs to win centrist votes.

          Key, on the other hand, needs to defend his centrist vote.

          Key is saying that he will work with an extremist party.

          Goff is saying he won’t.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.1

            Key’s not just working with an extremist party, he resurrected the extremist party using his own long time National Party boys.

            • Pascal's bookie 11.1.1.1.1.1

              He was happy to be the finance spokesman in a party led by the self same economic extremist.

              • Mac1

                Who was extremist in 2005. “Wait till the second term, boys,” was the cry then, too.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Exactly, National is just as extremist as Act. People have forgotten that but I’m sure all that National have done and are promising to do will remind them.

                  • neoleftie

                    some factions of national are as extreme right wing as ACT. Point is Key has afinely balanced party now and with the new look / lead ACT party looking for top table minsterial places things are going to get a tad unsteady in the Tory camp.

    • Colonial Viper 11.2

      Hone said he would cancel the America’s Cup funding – resulting in the government being sued, and costing even more money.

      we’re the fraking Government, remember that anyone who wants to sues us goes against the resources and intransigence of a state power, so don’t be such a wuss.

      • sdm 11.2.1

        So the state can just over-ride commercial contracts at will. Far out….

        • Colonial Viper 11.2.1.1

          Of course it can, its a state power. If the state can frak over night time care workers with regards to the minimum wage and their employment contracts through the courts, why should it be afraid of taking on a commercial organisation through the courts too? Of course as you pointed out the other party can try and take the state to court. Did you see how well the Australian banks did against the IRD? So good luck to them.

          Gutless.

  12. Samuel Hill 12

    Hone Harawira says that Phil Goff is gone after the election – but if the Mana Party is part of a coalition that governs New Zealand following the election, he will have to be a part of a Labour Party led government that PHIL GOFF would have led to victory. Hone Harawira says he wants to stand up for the rights of the working person, but at the same time wants to create a separate parliament for Maori! How confusing.

    Hone Harawira has his heart in the right place – sort of. His staunchly left wing economic politics is admirable in that it is so antagonising to the National and ACT parties. He needs to terminate his ideas he has of setting up a separate Maori parliament, and learn to work together with the Pakeha who have been here for many generations now, and were born long after the processes of Capitalist Elitism began.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      What are you talking about a separate Maori Parliament, you are full of ****. Making up policies on the hoof for the Mana party now are you Samuel Hill.

      • Samuel Hill 12.1.1

        Excuse me Colonial Viper;

        Tino Rangatiratanga insists on Maori governance. The Maori seats is only a starting point for what the Tino Rangatiratanga movement is about. If Mana didn’t believe in this, they wouldn’t need to exist, and they would surely be split between the Green Party and the Maori Party.

        From a 2005 article in the Northern Advocate;

        http://www.northernadvocate.co.nz/local/news/from-maori-radical-to-key-player-in-parliament/3653236/

        Meanwhile, Mr Harawira has already broken ranks, saying during Saturday’s victory speech he wanted to reinstate a separate Maori Parliament. It would comprise all Maori MPs and have its first meeting at Waitangi. Mrs Turia played it down, saying the concept could be an ideal in 50 years time, but had not been discussed by the party.

        Watch this, Harawira says that a separate government has been the “dream of our tipuna for a long time”

        http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=WIftCtWNSEM

        Here is a quote from Q+A today:

        GUYON I wonder if this party itself isn’t a compromise. I mean, you came into Parliament saying you were there to defend and advance Maori rights. You’ve talked about a separate Maori Parliament. You’re even on record as saying that you didn’t really care what Pakeha voters think. Now you team up with these Pakeha guys – are these the same ones who have been colonising NZ and, you know, the mother-effers who’ve been ripping us off and raping our land for 160 years?

        HONE No. Actually, these are the people who have been defending the Maori right to defend Maori land, to defend Maori forest, to defend fisheries, etc, etc. We talk about the sort of Pakeha who want to be involved in what it is that I’m talking about here. There’s two groups, really. There are the very very strong activist group right throughout the country, and two, there’s the ordinary NZer who just don’t buy Phil Goff as the champion of the poor any longer, as the defender of the faith and as the person who’s gonna fight for their right to live a decent life in the land of milk and honey.

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          Excuse me Samuel Hill

          I am sure I will be able to find a relevant quote from Harawira, but the idea of Tino Rangatiratanga insists on Maori governance.

          1) Go on *where* then is this “relevant quote” from Harawira speaking as the leader of the Mana Party?

          2) Where then has the Mana Party said that Tino Rangatiratanga is one of it’s core party policies and in its manifesto?

          And you’ve included a quote where fucking Espiner mentions a Maori Parliament (not Hone), and when he does, Hone says NOTHING about a Maori Parliament. If you read your own quote, Hone has a go at Goff instead, and says NOUGHT about a separate Maori Government.

          You’re still making shit up for the Mana Party off the hoof.

          Put a capital L on your forehead mate, I’m of course happy to apologise if you find a quote from the Mana Party saying that they want a separate Maori Parliament. Good luck with that :twisted:

          • Samuel Hill 12.1.1.1.1

            So you think that Hone Harawira is just going to become a new person with a new ideology now that he has started the Mana Party? What a complete load of shit. Thats the whole reason he started this bloody party.

        • Samuel Hill 12.1.1.2

          Just as it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that John Key and the rest of National will push their Privatization agenda to the extreme as soon as they know their political capital is up, I find it just as dangerous to allow mis-informed people like Hone Harawira to be at the center of any debate with the likes of Don Brash and Bill English. The right wing will attempt to shape the debate so that the entire anti-privatization left wing is thrown into the same group as Harawira.

          The fact is however, that Mana is a better option for Maori than the Maory Party. I would rather than Mana had 6 seats than the Maori Party had any. They have turned their back on their people in the most simplistic way. The Maori Party doe not understand that for all their work getting programmes to have a Maori ‘feel’ to them, all that will count for nothing if the capitalist elites of this country are allowed to push through their agenda – and whats more, the Maori Party will and already are finding that they are politically expendable.

          • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.2.1

            Oh so now you’ve given up with the quotes and are just going to keep making things up?

            Keep the L on your forehead mate until you explain why Espiner talking about a Maori Parliament suddenly makes policy for the Mana Party to implement :twisted:

            The right wing will attempt to shape the debate so that the entire anti-privatization left wing is thrown into the same group as Harawira.

            Seriously who gives a shit what the Right are going to do? It’s the Left’s turn to seize the initiative with the formation of Mana, the Right can keep playing their games resurrecting National undead from the 1990’s.

            • Samuel Hill 12.1.1.2.1.1

              Sorry if I pushed enter before I was finished. Your political Naivity about who has to win this election is quite stunning. Good luck with that.

              • Colonial Viper

                Cheers.

              • Samuel Hill

                I think the Maori seats alone is separatism enough for me.

                Ya know, I’d really love to see you applying this same logic eleswhere. You seem to believe that Harawira is absolved of anything he has said in the past. Imagine if you applied that same logic to Don Brash now that he is the leader of ACT.

                Its worth thinking about.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Forget the Maori Seats, those are ho hum, its the wealth-poverty gap which is the real apartheid in this country.

                  And it is widening by the day thanks to National, ACT and the Maori Party.

                  But you know, don’t let me put you off continuing to try and paint Hone as a Maori separatist and Maori Government break away activist.

                  Its worth thinking about.

                  No its not, its a waste of time.

                  • Samuel Hill

                    Yes. And there are a host of parties who wish to close that gap.

                    Labour
                    New Zealand First
                    Greens
                    Mana

                    I have no doubt that if we are to have a left or center-left government after this election that these parties will have to work together. All of them. If one of these parties misses out, then that will be the end.

                    For the last five years, Labour have been stuck in a political quagmire. Labour can attack National and ACT economically, but lack any ability to distinguish themselves from the other parties on the left economically. Socially it would seem, there are few differences between the status-quo of National and Labour. This is one of the key reasons as to why the emerging key feature of this election is one of very basic re-distribution of resources, as opposed to the last election which was one of populist and media antipathy towards the Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First. Phil Goff will have a tough time gaining more votes than Helen Clark. The crazy thing for the left is that Phil Goff can not move to the right, and can basically only attack the government. This is basically the same strategy National had at the last election, the difference being this is National’s first election as government, not their third – and there is little apathy towards them currently. Any moves by Labour to the left with a more socialist approach will see Goff mocked for his lack of political conviction. He was not only part of the last Labour government, but was a part of the neo-liberal Labour regime in the 1980s. Phil Goff is probably the easiest target for the National Party to attack, and when Goff’s best political strategy is as simple as ‘stop asset sales’ and a negative campaign to attack John Key – I think Labour are in serious trouble. The politically informed members of the electorate are begging for alternative ideas.

                    One particularly alternative party is of course the Green Party, who still act as the conscience of New Zealand politics. They may be apparently lacking in business sense and are ultra-liberal socially, but their stand for human rights and the environment is admirable to many. However, most people understand that it requires more than a heart to run a government, and even with an excellent campaign and a big gain in votes, the Greens will not likely gain more than 10% of the vote. They are a party which has a strong message, and one whose brand is unique from the other parties. Whilst they will always clash with the parties of the right, it would be wise for other parties from the left to think very carefully about how they position themselves to the Greens. It will require support from the Greens to form a government without National. It is an interesting point to examine that the Greens are the only smaller party that manges to be re-elected without winning an electorate. Mana, Labour and New Zealand First could all gain votes from the Greens if they can build some kind of trust with voters, and offer some progressive environment policy. Without a secure electorate seat, the Greens could one day miss out on parliament completely – just as New Zealand First did in 2008.

                    The Mana Party sits at the far left of New Zealand Politics, they stand out from other parties in their preference to a planned economy and their calls for Māori independence. They are likely going to gain some traction, however their call for a by-election is a political risk. They will be targeted by many for inefficient use of tax-payers money – $500,000 apparently will be needed for the by-election. However with nothing really happening politically at the moment this is the story of the moment. I would think based on history and their views on the Maori seats that National and New Zealand First are unlikely to stand, however ACT despite their views, ironically did stand in Te Tai Tokerau in the last election. The by-election will suck funding from the Maori Party, the Greens and Labour who will all likely stand candidates. However, being involved in a campaign prior to the General Election could also strengthen these parties networks in Te Tai Tokerau, raising political awareness for their parties in the region, and potentially throughout the rest of New Zealand. Harawira should win this seat, and the ramifications for Maori electorates in New Zealand could be massive. Mana will be competing with the Maori Party, the Greens, New Zealand First and Labour for votes, and it may result in a truly passionate left-wing party, the danger for this party however, is alienating voters through their calls for Tino Rangatiratanga.

                    The one party that I believe is positioning itself as a real alternative to the status-quo is New Zealand First. Winston Peters was vilified by politicians and the media in the last election, and he himself was drawn into a damaging battle to defend New Zealand First’s electoral financing. New Zealand First was later proved innocent on all counts, but the New Zealand First campaign was heavily demoralised with Peters losing his Tauranga seat to National, and the party vote falling to slightly over 4%. With New Zealand First out of parliament, the alternatives on offer to the government look very incapable, and Labour and the Greens have lacked the charisma or powerful message to encourage support from the public. Winston Peters stand against elites, perks and corruption has been sorely missed. The opposition parties look decidedly weak when it comes to debating, and John Key’s honeymoon has really not ended yet. It has been a pathetic two and a half years of National leadership, yet the media are still obsessed with Key’s personable style, refusing to challenge him on National’s policies. The almost 4/100 who gave their party vote to New Zealand First at the last election and fail to be represented in parliament today, will need to be raised to 5/100 if they are are to be elected to parliament this year.

                    • Carol

                      People keep saying Goff was part of the neoliberal RogerNomics government as though that’s where he started. This was looked at on The Nation on TV3 this weekend, and the story is not quite like that. He actually started out as a more radical leftie in his younger days.

                      They showed Goff as a young activist when he was critical of corporate bludgers etc. He was quizzed quite extensively by Plunkett about his role in the Lange government. Really, Goff was from a working class background, was first an activist for workers and the working class, then got into parliamentary politics when the neoliberal rollercoaster got going. He now says flat tax etc was a mistake, and he was always for improving state housing, not selling them etc.

                      There’s way more to Goff than the way he’s painted by many as an out-and-out unreconstructed neoliberal. I wasn’t in NZ in the late 70s, 80s & 90s, so I have been taking people’s word for it that Goff originally was a neoliberal… not true at all.

                    • Samuel Hill

                      Sure. Thats why he privatized our universities whilst he was the Education Minister. Phil Goff introduced and passed into law legislation which opened the door to international fee-paying students, fees which were needed to run our universities as companies. Thats why he signed the Free Trade Agreement with China while he was the Trade Minister in 2008.

                      Actions from Goff which favour profits over jobs? Yes I think so, don’t you?

                      Phil Goff has never been a politician of conviction. He has followed the moves of the most powerful members in order to survive. First Douglas, and then Clark. Now that he is the leader he may be finally expressing his true beliefs.

                    • Jasper

                      You’ll find it was actually David Caygill that introduced the beginnings of the absurdity that was student loans.

    • Rich 12.2

      What if:

      National 57 seats
      ACT lost Epsom and gone
      Dunne lost Ohairu and gone
      Maori Party 2 seats
      Labour 49 seats
      Greens 8 seats
      Mana 4 seats

      What does Goff do? Form a government with Mana and the Greens, or allow National/Maori to form a minority government by abstaining on confidence and supply?

      I’d reckon the latter, which is something for Labour supporters to think about.

  13. george the awesome 13

    i am totally agaisnt the maori party all they are for is business to make money

  14. FromTheSidelines 14

    I’ve lived a few decades, and met a lot of people from the North to the South of NZ.
    I still can’t get my head around anyone thinking that one party could represent all Maori in Parliament.
    Being from the genetic pool of one ethnicity or two or three, is only ONE aspect of a person.
    Their political bent is also only one aspect.

    Add in age, sex (male or female) sexual orientation, education, experience, social standing, work habits (industrious or lazy), health, career aspirations, self esteem, family or not, ……………….. I’m sure you could think of a lot more factors that influence who a person would believe could represent them best.

  15. higherstandard 15

    As extremist seems to be le mot du jour I’m interested in getting peoples views on what about ACT and/or the Mana party see as their extremist policies.

  16. Descendant Of Smith 16

    I’m still waiting for Labour to release it’s policies – unless they reverse the tax cuts for those of us earning a decent income, add some additional taxation to increase the take from speculation and trusts (trusts should have the same rate as normal income – just lift it) increase benefit rates by at least the twenty dollars per week taken in the 80’s , increase the minimum wage – both of which will put money into every local economy in the country and have a clear commitment to job creation by keeping government work in NZ and where practical in local communities (tendering everything out just favours big business over small local businesses) they are not likely to get my vote.

    I’d much rather vote very, very left to get movement on these sorts of things at some point in the future.

    Bonus points for universal family benefit, increased funding to public schools, income testing of NZS super from 70 years up – get it no questions asked for the first five years, have a register of all primary beneficiaries of all trusts, ensure drawings from trusts are counted as income for all government assistance and ensure that income from trusts at a minimum must be drawn on before seeking any state assistance – if a trust is set up to provide for your welfare it should do so..

    • Jasper 16.1

      How about a 90% tax on every dollar earned on income that is over 25x the median wage? So once you earn $712,500 per year, every dollar over that is taxed at 90%.

      The last time we had such a phenomenal tax rate was in the 50/60’s when income inequality was low, the standard of living was high, crime was low, the PM knew the names of everyone on the dole, education standards were high, and it was a golden era of prosperity and success for all.

      Scrap trusts, they are non producing entities that offer little benefit to the country. People were fine without trusts before the 1960’s when they came into being (and punishingly high tax rates started getting lowered)

      • neoleftie 16.1.1

        How about bring the average income up a tad and take out the true extreme outliers.
        I have no trouble accepting that some necessary professional person is due by their skill alone a hefty salary. What i have trouble understanding is extreme wealth being generated by the blood and sweat of the masses for the very few elites.
        Surely time for productive SOE to be unleashed and given the necessary regulation to be able to expand.

        • Deadly_NZ 16.1.1.1

          Also to repeal any and all trade agreement signed in secret.
          To Reverse any benefit to Telecom, and to remove the ridiculous 10 year holiday. Actually no Fuck it just Nationalise Telecom using security as an excuse.
          Invest in Alternative transport. Get rid of Joyces follies. Get rid of the Car mentality, ( I live in Levin and I HAVE to have a car to get anywhere Especially PN hospital.) Yes there are shuttles But my Partner is 8 mths pregnant (high risk) and we would like it to go to term, not hurried up by being stuffed into a van , on the lovely bumpy roads we have here.

          Sorry neoleftie you DO NOT want to increase the average wage that’s how Shonkey lies about the wage increases he uses the average. easiest way to shift an average bring in a bigger number. You have to bring up the mean wage the bucks that are paid out.

          I do agree that some of the salaries paid to the big boss at the top are obscene, and there’s no way you can do that job properly whilst being paid to be a director here and a board member there. and still find time to fiddle your tax and spend your money.

          Yep but is there still any SOE’s left that have not been gutted like a fish? and if the jobs are scarce here then all that talent is gone, lost to Aus, GB, and other countries

          • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1.1.1

            Actually no Fuck it just Nationalise Telecom using security as an excuse.

            You’d have to nationalise all of the telcos to make it worthwhile. Of course, telecommunications should never have been deregulated as it’s a natural monopoly. The act of deregulation and sale of Telecom has cost us billions.

            and if the jobs are scarce here then all that talent is gone, lost to Aus, GB, and other countries

            We can start again, start to train people up to fill the roles that have been exported etc. More expensive than a continuance but it’s where we’re at unfortunately.

      • Colonial Viper 16.1.2

        How about a 90% tax on every dollar earned on income that is over 25x the median wage? So once you earn $712,500 per year, every dollar over that is taxed at 90%.

        Music to my ears

        And if the Corporate Captains want to be paid more…they can figure out how to increase the median wage :)

        PS the median wage is closer to $40K pa, the median income (including beneficiaries etc) is around $28K p.a.

        • higherstandard 16.1.2.1

          I’m still waiting to hear what people think are extreme within the ACT or Mana party policies.

          The ‘extremist’ tag seems to be the new capitalist/socialist/communist tag that is being thrown around this year…… unless everyone’s going to get on the bandwagon with Hone’s Godwin absurdity this morning and people are going to compare each other to historical bogeymen this election.

          • felix 16.1.2.1.1

            I get what you mean. It’s like with the major parties worshipping at the altar of the non-existent “centre”, everyone else by definition is “extreme”.

            • Colonial Viper 16.1.2.1.1.1

              Centre = Mediocre
              Centre = Stagnation
              Centre = More of the Same

              • Blue

                Centre = where most of voting New Zealand lives. They don’t live on the fringes, they and their families despise extremes and extremists. Thats why they don’t vote for ACT or the Alliance or the Socialist freedom party (an oxymoronic title I know) , or whatever else is left on the left. A canny politician would realise that.

          • PeteG 16.1.2.1.2

            Apparently, I’ve just been called an “extreme leftist” on Kiwiblog, first time since Redbaiter was banned. Extreme is a term used as stupidly as troll.

        • Jasper 16.1.2.2

          Isn’t it the average (mean) wage that’s around 40K and the median wage around 28,500?

          I’m basing that 712,500 on a median wage of 28,500.

  17. Jum 17

    Penny Bright in her wee speech after the march in Queen Street today talked about the 500,000. That is small potatoes when considering the corrupt Pansy Wong interlude and all the other NAct corruptions, both politically and financially that the taxpayer has had to pay for, Samuel.

    Blame the media; we need to start turning up at the tv offices with placards showing they are a Pinochet run organisation. They must be because this current government is being run along the same lines.

  18. Samuel Hill 18

    The thing with all these small parties. Mana and Green Party are basically the same party. Somebody explain to me the difference in their policies? If Hone wins Te Tai Tokerau I would almost suggest that Mana and Green Party merge so that the votes go to one party, rather than the potential situation where both parties end up with 4.9% at the Genral Election, or something silly like that.

    The Maori Party are ideologically defunct. Pita Sharples said today that they would work with ACT. What kind of people are these guys? They are achieving nothing real for improving Maori lives in parliament.

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Mana and the Greens are the same party? Maybe you should ask McCarten, Bradford, etc if they agree with you, and if not why not.

      I think you will find that the Greens cater a heck of a lot to middle and upper middle class environmentalists who have very little in common with worker socialism.

    • felix 18.2

      Notice when asked what are the real tangible gains the Maori party has scored via being in govt, Sharples had to list fighting to raise the min wage to $15 and trying to get GST taken off food.

      Did get that flag on the bridge once a year though.

  19. Samuel Hill 19

    I’m sure that would be an interesting discussion to have. The fact is that with still 7 moths before the election, one of these parties is going to get damaged heavily. I can’t wait to see how the Leaders Debates play out. We should all petition to make sure that the leaders of all parties actually get a fair debate including the leaders of the two main parties this time.

  20. William Watson 20

    In terms of the differences between the various left parties, I was interested in the comment reported in the Herald from the Mana launch talking about nationalisation of various targets, but also of “housing”. Although the text from the Herald has been copied and pasted to various sites, I’ve never seen any real detail, or a source, for this comment. Is anyone aware of its source?

  21. grumpy 21

    Oh look, a party supported by MacCarten, Bradford, Harawira, Tanzcos, Minto…..

    How many votes will they get and from who….?

    Goodbye Greens….

    Unite must have plenty of cash, first MacCarten’s party, then Harawira’s.

  22. Who paid for the Brash coup? There is definitely a lot of money floating around… maybe those that want to buy the state assets that John and Don want to sell… are investing in Act… could pay off very well…

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    On the Left | 22-11
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road | 21-11
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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