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Maori & Pacific Island incomes plummet

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 am, November 18th, 2010 - 89 comments
Categories: by-election, wages - Tags: , , , ,

Here’s a little something that Kris Fa’afoi and his team might like to being to the attention of Mana voters as they prepare to go to the polls. On National’s watch, the median Maori income has fallen 11.5%. For Pacific Islanders the fall’s 19%. Pakeha are down 2.6%. No tax cut for the rich can cover the gaping holes in those family budgets.

Here’s the table, the data is from Stats NZ table builder adjusted for inflation with the CPI data

Speaking of Mana, look at the picture of Hekia Parata hanging out with her supporters, the Taeaomanino Trust, which is at the centre of corruption investigations. Parata tried to quickly remove this pic from her website yesterday. Not quick enough, Hekia.

Update: Corrected link to Stats NZ data, thanks for pointing that out Matty and Blighty.

Update: And Labour pick up the issue! — r0b

89 comments on “Maori & Pacific Island incomes plummet”

  1. Bored 1

    This whilst the Maori Party cozies up with NACT and votes for lowered working conditions for all workers, whilst the Treaty Settlements bypass Rangi of no hapu or iwi. Peter and Turiana, hang your heads in shame.

  2. d4j. your off-topic comment has been moved to open mike. and i’m not too happy about the borderline racism of it but, by your standards, I guess it’s a good day.

  3. Fisiani 3

    You have gone to a lot of work to produce such wacky and wonky race based figures by neglecting to show that everyone in work has also had a tax cut and that beneficiaries and pensioners were compensated for the rise in GST by rises to their entitlements. Labour brought in GST. Labour raised it to 12.5%. Labour never compensated the poor for this rise. National truly cares about the the sick, the lame and the infirm. National are the party of social justice and fairness.

    • Bunji 3.1

      Wow, must be amazing living in your head.

      Look at how the GINI coefficient has risen in the 90s and with this government, and tell me how that relates to “social justice and fairness”.

    • Marty G 3.2

      not a lot of work, I went to a table on the stats website and did some elementary maths to adjust for inflation

      my figures are correct, you’re welcome to dispute any of the detail if you think they’re wrong but you haven’t because you don’t have a clue.

      yes they are “race-based” that’s the point.

      The tax cuts and the GST hike don’t apply to these figures because they’re for June years. ie. they end in June 2010. Moron.

      • Matty 3.2.1

        Hi Marty,

        I just went through the figures. I didn’t adjust for inflation (but this will affect each of the groups in the same way, and allows me to make a point more easily).

        The nominal change in European median income over the time period is 2.7%, for Maori is 4.3%, and for Pacifika is 8.9%. (The total effect of inflation over the period is about 3.1%). This is completely the opposite effect than you suggest.

        Can you explain this? (Please forgive any economics-ignorance I am displying)

        • Blighty 3.2.1.1

          I can. Marty’s accidentally linked to the table for incomes for thsoe in paid employment, whereas the table he’s provided uses figures for all people’s incomes. Simple mistake.

          this is the actual table: http://wdmzpub01.stats.govt.nz/wds/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportName=Incomes/Income%20by%20region%20and%20total%20response%20ethnic%20group(2008%20onwards)

          You might like to correct the link Marty :)

          Obviously, during a recession it’s the lowest paid who lose their jobs, so the median will rise and that will be especally true for the worst affected groups. That explains why the median for all people will be falling while the median for people who still have jobs will rise.

          [Fixed the link - thanks Matty & Blighty. -- r0b]

          • Matty 3.2.1.1.1

            thanks for that — makes sense now

          • Carol 3.2.1.1.2

            Obviously, during a recession it’s the lowest paid who lose their jobs, so the median will rise and that will be especally true for the worst affected groups.

            That was kind of the answer given by the government minister in the House qu & a today. He claimed the drop in the Maori & Pacfic income was due to them being employed in the public sector, which actually, according to Blinglish and co, weren’t real jobs, so they had to go in the interests of rebalancing yaddayaddayadda *yawn*.

            Someone from Labour Horemia I think, made a point of order saying that for Maori the employment level hadn’t dropped, but incomes had. The PoO was disallowed, but it might be worth checking the rise/fall in employment for these demographic groups, and compare with the drop in income levels.

    • Bored 3.3

      Planet Earth calling Fisiani, Planet Earth calling Fisiani, Planet Earth calling Fisiani, no response…………….

    • Lanthanide 3.4

      I am pretty sure that actually Labour brought tax cuts in at the same time GST was introduced, and when it was raised.

    • Maynard J 3.5

      “National truly cares about … the lame”

      This would be justification for your undying love for them.

  4. Herodotus 4

    Marty, are you really looking after the left or Labour. The left and labour and not fully overlapping. Why should not Matt Mc also be interested in these figures. There are times that some could get confused as to this being the thinking mans version for Labour with the MP’s giving a lighter Lab version on Red Alert.
    Remember that when Lab has been in power (in my lifetime) they did not help the PAYE worker but the rich list. Lab has been shown to display Chameleon tendencies when in power.
    Matt may be the real deal regarding Left thinking and acting to the rhetoric. ;-)

    • felix 4.1

      I reckon Matt is probably fully aware of the facts in the post because he has a genuine connection with the people in the stats.

      Kris (and Labour) on the other hand, could do with a bit more prodding.

  5. M 5

    ‘Not quick enough, Hekia.’

    Nice one Marty, bet it really rips her shorts.

    Saw that news item and you know that people in that situation are dedicated bargain hunters and rarely waste anything. It’s damning that fizzy drinks are cheaper than basics like milk and bread.

    Matt did get a going over though because he didn’t know the prices of bread and milk which was a shame. The item was definitely slanted towards looking at the trees and not the wood because Matt has grasped firmly the hot issues affecting the working poor and unemployed in Mana, that all stem from inadequate levels of income and has actually had the balls to speak out in their defense whatever the cost may be to him.

    The only thing some people will respect is figures and you’ve got them down cold in black and white. I was shocked when I read the median incomes for Asian and Pacific Island people.

    We need at least another 10 Matt McCartens to give some real voice and heft to people’s plight. It’s going to be a nail-biter on Saturday.

    • pollywog 5.1

      “Mana needs Kris Faafoi as its local MP,” Mr Goff said. “He understands the community, he’s alongside the community, he’s working for it.”

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4356725/Leaders-step-up-Mana-fight

      cough*bullshit*cough…Mana doesn’t ‘NEED’ Kris. Kris and Goff need Mana !!!

      how does Fa’afoi understand the community if he’s never lived there and his background is that of a trained MSM suckhole and labour party stooge ?

      how does that demonstrate his position of being alongside the community if hes never got down and dirty with the grass roots community ?

      and how is he working for it if he’s never lifted a damn finger to help it before getting annointed by the equally ineffectual Winnie Laban and is only working to get himself elected to then make a maiden speech in parliament as his significant contributon to working for it ?

      it’s a disgrace that Goff and Fa’afoi can still play this shit off in the media by treating Pasifikan voters in Mana as ignorant and gullible.

  6. big bruv 6

    And your answer is to give them more of my tax dollars?

    No thanks, perhaps these people should have worked a bit harder at school, perhaps they are the result of the Labour government handing them money in exchange for votes, whatever it is I simply do not care.

    I love my tax cut.

    [lprent: You're still banned until the 24th. Moving your profile to spam capture. That will stop the moderators from kindly letting you through. ]

    • Bright Red 6.1

      The answer is jobs. The reason incomes have fallen is the jobs are gone. People wnat to work, they were working, and then the recession came and the jobs went and the government sat on its arse.

      It’s not a matter of “working a bit harder at school” – unless you’re claiming that all Maori and PIs are lazy and poorly educated.

      And even if you believe that it doesn’t explain why their incomes used to be higher.

      • insider 6.1.1

        Be interesting to see whether well paid Maori and Polynesians suffered higher falls in income than low paid and what the differentials were for Euros.

    • felix 6.2

      Yesterday r0b suggested we ignore big bruv’s trolling. I suggest we continue to.

    • pollywog 6.3

      you can work hard as in school, be more qualified and experienced than the next guy for a job, but if Uncle Cracka wants to give the job to his mate or his mates son or anyone who’s name isn’t asian, pasifikan, middle eastern, african or whatever then… tough titty eh bruv

      …these people you speak of should have been born white in a white mans world

      • Brett 6.3.1

        You expect a employer to hire you with that attitude?

      • insider 6.3.2

        One of the great virtues of multinationals/plcs in my experience is they tend not to care about that crap and go for competence. Locally owned businesses I suspect are far more susceptible to following their biases.

        • Colonial Viper 6.3.2.1

          Competence at playing internal political games perhaps, not so much at the front line level but especially once you enter the middle and middle/high levels of management.

          • insider 6.3.2.1.1

            Yes I should have said competence defined as what is important for their needs. Whether we underlings think they are generally competent is different thing :-)

        • pollywog 6.3.2.2

          in interpereting the stats…

          it’s either local business/employers are biased or Pasifkans are dumb, lazy and ignorant

          in both cases the question needs to be asked why and how do we fix it ?

          somehow, i don’t think its a question Fa’afoi is gonna be asking

  7. Colonial Viper 7

    Good to see that Pansy Wong was doing her personal best to help out with Asian income levels. Which of you said that she was an ineffective Minister again?

    I’ll guarantee you one thing: dropping Pansy Wong as a Minister will simply place more downward pressure on Asian median income stats :roll:

    Everyone else sucked…apart from MELAA (who are they again? Looking at the chart I’d like to join them).

  8. deemac 8

    nailbiter? dream on – McCarten’s campaign is a total irrelevance in this two-horse race.
    Meanwhile, back in the real world, Turia is on Radio NZ this morning – people may care to email/text in some questions for K Ryan to ask her!

  9. The elephant in the room is why is it so and what can be done to address it ?

    How do you counter a eurocentric bias in the workplace that always seeks to exploit vulnerable Pasifikans, inclusive of Maori ?

    How does one overcome the predilection for eurocentric employers to hire and promote those sharing their same cultural background ?

    • insider 9.1

      I don’t see much diversity in that pic of Hekia above. Perhaps it’s partly to do with skills and more just good old human nature than anything sinister, because you can see very similar behaviours in the islands but the Pasifikans are the ones displaying the bias.

  10. randal 10

    and dont forget there has been a 20% price increase overall over the last two months under the disguise of a 2,1/2% gst increase.
    first ya see it then ya dont.

    • Lanthanide 10.1

      Um, I haven’t seen the things I pay for increase by 20% over the last two months.

      Don’t know what you’re buying.

      • Daveosaurus 10.1.1

        You obviously haven’t tried to post a letter in that time, then. The post office took the opportunity of the tax rise to increase most internal rates by 20%. Typical government department. Thanks a bunch, High Tax National.

  11. Shamy 11

    That table just shows that natural seletion works….

    • Bright Red 11.1

      Why because disadvantaged group’s incomes drop more during recessions?

      I think you’re just a racist.

      • Shamy 11.1.1

        Its common sense – if you have no skills and therefore by definition you lowly paid then when the job market / economy worsens you will feel the most pain (as you have less unique skills to offer)

        Its natural selection becauses the majority of those that are lowly paid are so because they havent worked hard enough to move up the chain – only themselves to blame for that. Though im sure you lot will blame everybody else

        • insider 11.1.1.1

          A bit simplistic and quite mean spirited. Many Polynesian immigrants won’t have had the educational/qualification opportunities that a middle class NZer like me had. You can work as hard as you like as a cleaner but it’s not going to take you very far financially.

          The genetic dice that dictate your parentage and intelligence also don’t care how hard you work, and they too play a big role in your future opportunities

          • Shamy 11.1.1.1.1

            If you are a cleaner that its your responsibility to educate yourself and move up

            Unless you a verifiable moron then your intelligence isnt going to hinder your ability to step up

            • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.1.1

              No mate dead wrong. Do not blame on the individual what is a societal problem.

              Not only have your NAT friends in Government pulled up the ladder on these people, they have cut adult education opportunities but there are not even good jobs for university graduates out there today in our hollowed out economy.

              And by the way our offices, rest homes, kitchens and hospitals needs cleaners and should pay them a decent wage to do that important work.

            • hateatea 11.1.1.1.1.2

              ‘If you are a cleaner that its your responsibility to educate yourself and move up’

              Firstly: not all cleaners lack education, secondly: not all cleaners are Pasifica, Māori, Asian or any other ‘foreigner’, lastly: someone needs to do the cleaning! Perhaps it is worth discussing whether or not everyone should receive a living wage?

              As a Māori as defined under NZ law, am I responsible for the economic downturn that has seen so many jobs disappear or be downsized? Was I personally responsible for the decision of my employer to discontinue my specialist position or was that and outcome of government policies affecting the education sector?

              I get more than a little tired of my ethnicity being blamed for my current need to depend on state assistance for my survival. There is my age, my gender not just my ethnic identity at work. I am moderately well educated, have been in the paid workforce for more than 40 years but find myself prematurely on the scrapheap. My costs have indeed gone up, far more than the microscopic increase in my benefit so I tighten my belt (literally) yet again and worry that I am probably going to be unable even the smallest of gifts to children and grandchildren.

              Is this what my ethnicity makes inevitable? Who speaks for me and those like me when the statistics are being used to beneficiary bash, ethnicity bash, victim bash?

              We are all the poorer when the most vulnerable in society are increasingly marginalised.

              captcha: votes (I am increasingly convinced that captcha has a sense of humour)

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.2

          the majority of those that are lowly paid are so because they havent worked hard enough to move up the chain – only themselves to blame for that.

          ***YAWN***, the old right wing meme of blaming individuals for things which are very much a societal/class issue. Why should people believe in your bullshit of “Sell enough Amway for us and we will let you move up our chain”?

          Yes people do need to take personal responsibility for moving ahead in their own lives. But when successive Governments have undermined our industrial and technological sectors the blame needs to go on to the highest paid and most powerful in our society not on to the individual.

          Blaming on to the person what is essentially a failure of society is classic right wing BS.

          We need to take responsibility collectively for the kind of opportunities and wage levels we want to see offered to people in our society. If people refuse to take up those opportunities and those jobs then they should be held responsible.

          Frankly, both our political and our business leaders have proven hopeless at creating high paying jobs – and the blame there needs to go not on the individual unemployed by right back at the National Government and their corporate cronies. All of whom prefer a weak labour market within which wages and conditions can be suppressed.

          • Shamy 11.1.1.2.1

            ***YAWN***, the old left wing meme of blaming everybody else for the failing of the individual.

            ….and the left wing solution! the famous concept of a collective that has achieved such great outcomes in every country that went down that path

            • Bright Red 11.1.1.2.1.1

              these aren’t individuals’ incomes – this is a 20% drop in the incomes of the PI ethnic group since National came to power.

              You can’t say it’s due to some moral failing of PIs – their incomes were higher before. Unless you think they suddenly got lazy in the last two years?

            • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.2.1.2

              Yeah, you mean roads, power grids, universities, healthcare for everyone, our entire electricity generation capacity, no beggars on the streets? Good things from collective effort eh?

              Get it into your head, people operate within the context of families, local communities and societies, they do not operate as isolated individuals.

              BTW this country has a massive shortage of good high paying jobs for our graduates, thats why they are all LEAVING.

              • Shamy

                “people operate within the context of families, local communities and societies, they do not operate as isolated individuals”

                I see the flaw in your thought process…people may operate in that context but they are not MOTIVATED in that context. You may work to enrich your family, but you dont work overtime to enrich your community or society. Just as i assume you dont work to make your friends richer (assuming you actually work – I am picking your work in the public sector in some form as your thought processes appear to lack any real world experience)

                If you want to argue that people are motivated within the context of the community / society, then you quickly get down to promoting communism which fails (as do most socialist concepts) due to a lack of understanding that humans are selfish ceatures that are motivated as individuals. You can bleat on about how wrong this this but it the reality of the human race

                PS: and your solution to keeping those who desire high paid jobs …. a rich prick tax. Hypocrites

                • Carol

                  Oh dear oh dear, Shamy. And what exactly counts as the real world in your view? Is someone who works with the sick, disabled etc in the health sector, or who helps ferry people to work on public transport, or who teaches children from a range of backgrounds, also engaging with their families and community not experiencing the real world? Meanwhile someone shut up in an office all day, shifting paperwork for a tobacco company, or some company that makes plastic nick nacks that no-one really needs, or who is stuck in front of a computer making money for financial speculators who contribute towards virtual economies that are bound to crash sooner or later… is experiencing the real world?

                  People can be motivated in their jobs to contribute to the community… to make sick people better, so that they can work in public and private sector jobs, to educate people to participate in the wider world etc.

                  And if society wasn’t competitive, hadn’t constructed agreed systems of monetary exchange and social status, property values etc…. where would the motivation to enrich your family come from?

                  • Shamy

                    Yet:

                    (1) society *is* competitive…any policy that goes against this ingrained characteristic of the human race will fail (ie comunisim)

                    (2) while some people may be motivated purely by helping others, they in the minority.

                    As soon as the left realise the above they can start developing policy that will work in the real world, not the make believe fantasy land of group hugs their current policies are premised on

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The mantra of individualistic competitiveness is a Right wing mantra. It is not an ingrained characteristic of the human race IE you are wrong as usual.

                  • Jeremy Harris

                    @Carol I think money comes from a desire to quantify excess production… I.e. the subsistence farmer wanted to convert the excess grain into something tangible he could use at a later date and instead of trying to trade immeaditely with his immeadite neighbours for various long lasting goods, the farmer (before the grain went off) sold the excess to a regional grain salesman, a medium was needed…

                    People in NZ work more voluntary hours than paid hours Carol and that’s great but people’s first priority will always be for the provision of themselves and their families, in no small part even most voluntary work is individualistic, people do it because their children or realtions are involved or they derive a good feeling from doing it… It’s easy to look at people’s motivations from a first world view where there are few people whose basic needs aren’t met…

                    • Carol

                      Well, yes, Jeremy, there is always that philosophical question about whether doing something for others is ultimately selfish. But, that doesn’t negate the notion that we are primarily social animals. We operate with a mix of co-operation and competitiveness.

                      Sure, I have always been moivated to work in order to support myself, be independent, and have a little left over for leisure activities. But beyond earning a certain level of income, money and a luxurious lifestyle has not been a high motivator for me, the way it is for some others.

                      Hence I have looked for work that would support me, while also providing me with some intrinsic satisfaction. And that means I have mostly taught, because it seems to me to contribute something to society ….. you can call it selfish, but I couldn’t do it without engaging with others in a way that seems to be helpful to them.

                    • Jeremy Harris

                      @Carol, great stuff, the point is you were free to make that choice, many people who post here want to force other people to live in a way they deem in the interest of society and take their assets by force to give to the industries and people they deem most best and/or most needy…

                      Not only do I think that is immoral, I don’t think it works…

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Jeremy there is no such thing as free choice. Over and over again, psychologists have proven that what we think are free choices are in fact extremely contrived.

                      For instance if you tell people that they have a 2% chance of dying from a particular medical treatment, they will almost all opt for the treatment option which gives them a 98% chance of surviving. Even though they are *the same*.

                      Further, in our society, it can often appear that you have a tonne of choice – lets say when you walk into a large shopping mall – but in reality the majority of those choices are only available to the wealthy or the privileged or who are not working during the days. IE another illusion of free choice.

                    • Jeremy Harris

                      You really are descending down the rabbithole (if Alice was a commie), the overwhelming majority of the decision in our life exist in a free choice environment, relationships, friendships, what job we apply for, what business we start, what car we buy, what food we eat, how much exercise we do, whether we drink or smoke (for the time being), where we live, our religion (or lack thereof), etc…

                      I’d say 80%+ of our choices in life are madely freely, you are quite simply incorrect…

                • insider

                  Shamy

                  Half the immigrants from richer countries like the UK and returnees from OEs demonstrate the falseness of your statement that people are not motivated by family, community and society.

                  Many of us gave up selfish financial and career opportunities, motivated by other values such as family. And I know plenty of others who have given up similar opportunities because they believe the wider contribution they make is more important than the personal gain (though you could argue that is them being motivated by self fulfillment)

                  University exams being over is the only reason I can think of for such naivety being displayed.

                  • Shamy

                    Read what i wrote again – I especialy mentioned family as something that does motivate. glad you agree with me on that

                    Do you really want to run the argument that people return from overseas to enrich the community? A few might do that but would be in the minority

                    The only person i can think that has is John Key – turning down millions a year to become prime minister on a token (for him) salary to lead NZ to greatness

                    People move back (or to) to NZ primarily for
                    (1) family reasons
                    (2) lifestyle reasons

                    • Blighty

                      this has nothing to do with lack of motivation. Incomes have dropped because the jobs have disappeared. People were ovbviously taking the jobs and working before, otherwise their incomes wouldn’t have fallen – eh?

                      or do you think that Maori and Pacific Islanders suddenly became unmotivated and uneducated compared to two years ago?

                • Colonial Viper

                  I see the flaw in your thought process…people may operate in that context but they are not MOTIVATED in that context. You may work to enrich your family, but you dont work overtime to enrich your community or society.

                  Gawd you are full of shite, pretending to be some kind of motivational psychologist, when all you are really doing is projecting your own money focussed motivational headspace on to the rest of the world.

                  People don’t work overtime to enrich their communities or their society? Really? Even though we know that they will join their country’s armed forces and DIE for their communities and their society? Or, as NZ’ers did in WWI and WWI nobly fight and die to save the communities and societies of FOREIGNERS?

                  You have no idea of human motivation OR what brings about real change in the real world do you? Refuse 100% to have humanity reduced to a mishapen greedy paycheck hunting homo economicus by RWNJs. Time to kick this friggin lot out of power.

  12. joe bloggs 12

    .

    I wonder if Labour’s Letia Ah Hoi has any pearls of wisdom to offer about this?

    • David 12.1

      Litea’s perils of wisdom is: ” Put it in a bubble and blow it away.” That’s why she is the former Deputy Mayor. Stupid woman.

  13. ak 13

    Top notch Marty. The basic facts on NACT’s raison d’etre that need to be exposed and repeatedly emphasised.

    A brighter future for the rich: keep the brown down. Brace yourselves for the tipping point next year when NACT NEWS realises the MP is gone: it’ll make Winniebash look like a picnic.

  14. randal 14

    money doesnt smell.
    it seems to have no colour either.

    hiding behind ethnicity is just another excuse for grabbing anything you can get and who cares who gets in the way?
    I just gotta have that house in the south of france or a pied a terre in London and you suckers are gonna pay for it!

  15. nadis 15

    i’m not trying to be a dick but can you explain your figures?

    I followed your link and don’t see your numbers for either median earnings or cpi. For instance the european numbers are 759,767 and 780 for median weekly earnings?

    And the cpi deflator – shouldn’t you be using series SE9A which is the broad CPI?

    If you used June figures for that as your deflator your 3 year series would be 1077,1095,1111 which would give you a 2 year inflation deflator of 3.1%.

    The european numbers, deflated would then be

    759, 754.4, 756.1 for a 2 year drop of -0.4%

    The Maori numbers on the same methodology and data would be median earnings from 671 to 700, a deflated increase of 1.1%, ie better than the figures for Europeans?

    What gives?

    These are hurried back of envelope calcs using my phone as a calcualtor so I stand to be corrected but can u please explain your numbers given the links you gave? And your choice of inflation deflator?

  16. Bright Red 16

    They’re talking about your post in the House, Marty.

    the data from it, anyway.

  17. Mika 17

    It’s a good thing that we have someone like Hekia Parata in Mana to advocate real changes for Maori and Pacific!

    In all fairness, the National Party has inherited 9 years of Labours Social Engineering which has left Maori and Pacific more vulnerable and welfare dependent. I’m not a National supporter, but you cannot fool those of us PI’s who have lived in Porirua to see that nothing really changed in Mana, under Labour in 9 years. Still the same old crap statehousing issues – overcrowding, poor health, poor education standards = poor stats.

    All Winnie Laban did for our community was pass the Prostitution Bill, support civil unions and took credit for hard working people of Mana. What we needed was better education standards in Porirua, better housing standards and something to be proud of.

    We need someone like Hekia to pull us out of this!!

    Parata for Mana? HECK YEAH!!

    • Bright Red 17.1

      Mika – did Maori and PI incomes rise or fall under Labour? answers on the stats table builder.

      clue: they went up.

      oh, and benefit numbers pummeted under Labour.

      English’s excuse is that the jobs they had weren’t real jobs.

      And what’s Parata being doing for the people of Mana these past two years while incomes have crashed and unemployment has skyrocketed? – she is the National local MP, after all

  18. Jeremy Harris 18

    If this is a race thing why have Middle Eastern, Latin American and African wages gone up over 5% while Pakeha wages have dropped over 2%..?

    Does the National Party hate Pakehas but favour the Middle Eastern, Latin American and African people..?

    Surely a Ministry of Pakeha Affairs will solve this…

    • Bright Red 18.1

      it’s a low-income/poverty thing. Maori and Paciic Islanders are the most impoverished groups in our society and the ones feeling the sharpest edge of the recession.

      No-one’s saying National is targetting Maori and PI, they’re just neglecting the working class, which is heavily Polynesian.

    • felix 18.2

      Jesus fucking christ Jeremy, did you really need that explained?

    • Lanthanide 20.1

      I linked to Marty’s post about the ministerial housing rort on Red Alert yesterday (as Pete Hodgson was talking about it in an interview on Morning Report). Perhaps that piqued some interest?

  19. Junette Toko 21

    Lol…Im not into the slight racial slurs either, but we all know at the end of the day that if we paint our faces white we would get alot further. In any of the situations that come our way in our country. It’s about time things in this country became a little more balanced between Maori and Pakeha.

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    SkS Highlights Peter Hatfield's video, The consequences of climate change (in our lifetimes), introduced by Rob Honeycutt, drew the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Dana's Climate contrarian backlash - a difficult lesson for...
    Skeptical Science | 20-04
  • Not all photo ops are welcomed events…
    . From Facebook… .   . Nasty. [Hat-tip: Kris] . . = fs =Filed under: Odd, Conspiracies, & Other Weird Stuff, The Body Politic Tagged: Cameron Slater, Dear Leader John Key...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-04
  • Not all photo ops are welcomed events…
    . From Facebook… .   . Nasty. [Hat-tip: Kris] . . = fs =Filed under: Odd, Conspiracies, & Other Weird Stuff, The Body Politic Tagged: Cameron Slater, Dear Leader John Key...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-04
  • Letter to the Editor: The power of the vote
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:38:19 +1200 TO: "Sunday Star Times" <letters@star-times.co.nz> . The Editor SUNDAY STAR TIMES . This year, if every Labour, Green, Mana, and Internet Party supporter finds...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-04
  • Letter to the Editor: The power of the vote
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:38:19 +1200 TO: "Sunday Star Times" <letters@star-times.co.nz> . The Editor SUNDAY STAR TIMES . This year, if every Labour, Green, Mana, and Internet Party supporter finds...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-04
  • High St Crossing Fixed
    You might remember a post from a while ago where Kent outlined a slightly silly situation at the top of High St. He noted pedestrians wanting to walk along Victoria St were forced to wait out a full cycle of...
    Transport Blog | 20-04
  • My name is Brian and I’m a TV addict (not in recovery).
    My name is Brian and I’m a TV addict (not in recovery). I thought it was time to let you in on some of the better  flat screen drugs currently available on the market. You’ll note that there are NO...
    Brian Edwards | 20-04
  • Drones in Yemen; policy in Wellington – ‘conflation’ or global think...
    The news on Wednesday that one of the people killed in a US drone strike over Yemen last year was a New Zealander came as sobering news. The question of how to deal with international conflict in the 21st century,...
    frogblog | 20-04
  • What to do with the Civic building
    News this week that the future of the council’s civic building is uncertain once the council move out of it later this year and move to the old ASB tower on the corner of Albert and Wellesley St. The future...
    Transport Blog | 19-04
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #16
    6 things you need to know about reducing emissions Climate change and desertification a threat to social stability Climate concerns in a time of growing ‘climate fatigue’? Costs of climate change may prove high for future Drunken trees: dramatic signs...
    Skeptical Science | 19-04
  • Time for a local drone strike policy
    A message from Arthur McGee, founder of and spokesperson for the Commonsense Corrections Society...
    Imperator Fish | 19-04
  • AT Bouquets and Brickbats from the severe weather
    There’s a lot that Auckland Transport do that we criticise them for and I so always like being able to give them praise when they deserve it. As such this is just a quick post to say that I thought...
    Transport Blog | 19-04
  • Greens: Everywhere they look, Peters is there
    It's not bad strategy, it's not bad planning. It's not their fault at all. But unless the polls move dramatically in the next few months, the Greens are backed into an uncomfortable political corner. New Zealand First has them by the,...
    Pundit | 19-04
  • Varying explanations
    I had reason recently, in the context of discussion about a disingenuous lobby group peddling some of its “non-partisan” wares, to remember the quote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not...
    The Paepae | 18-04
  • Mighty River Rail: A Fresh Future?
    Looking at a number of separate but current issues got me thinking about the possibility of the return of passenger services on the existing rail lines through the Waikato. These include: The potential appeal of well connected and well designed...
    Transport Blog | 18-04
  • Global warming can’t be blamed on CFCs – another one bites the ...
    A paper published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B by the University of Waterloo's Qing-Bin Lu last year claimed that solar activity and human chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) emissions, not carbon emissions, could explain the observed global warming over the...
    Skeptical Science | 18-04
  • The Road Marking Dance
    A neat video showing two clearly experienced guys painting doing road marking. Note to AT, see how easy it is to mark a street, perhaps you could get some people doing the same thing but instead of saying BUS STOP...
    Transport Blog | 18-04
  • Boundary changes
    The new electorate boundaries which will govern the election came out yesterday, and I have now had a little time to digest the final changes. Here are my three reactions. 1. Meh One of the nice things about MMP is...
    Polity | 18-04
  • There are no human rights on a dead planet
    Yesterday I spoke at the International Association of Democratic Lawyers congress in Brussels. In the audience there were over 500 hundred progressive lawyers from over 50 countries. Many of these lawyers focus on human rights issues. I called on the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 18-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Date of Release: Friday, April 18, 2014Body:  The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions."Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    First Union Media | 17-04
  • Could this man be Prime Minister of New Zealand?
    If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know that I have in the past written some pretty scathing posts on Labour’s Shane Jones. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’ve dismissed him not only as...
    Brian Edwards | 17-04
  • Movies, feminism and postfeminism
    So, a confession: I've never really liked biographical movies about women I otherwise admire. I'm not entirely sure why - there's something about the cliches they indulge in, the Hollywood-isation. (She lapses into total vagueness revealing, yet again, that she...
    The Hand Mirror | 17-04
  • Barabbas – An Easter Story
    "All I know is that he died and I live. Maybe it’s what lies at the heart of that day."  “YOU’RE A HARD MAN TO FIND!”, exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine upon the table. “I’ve...
    Bowalley Road | 17-04
  • Low Traffic Forecast For Costly Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz Previously I pointed out that the NZTA produced...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To...
    Real Climate | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Judith Collins explains
    Judith Collins explains what really happened at that dinner, and why it's no big deal....
    Imperator Fish | 17-04
  • Citibanker: the age of renewables is here
    Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy...
    Hot Topic | 17-04
  • Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
    I did interviews on TV 3 and Radio NZ about the drone strike that killed a Kiwi dual citizen in Yemen last year. There are many questions raised by the incident, but time constraints precluded addressing all of them. The...
    Kiwipolitico | 17-04
  • Photo of the Day: Lorne St
    A quick shot of Lorne St in front of the library. It appears Brobdingnagian gardeners have dropped by with some seriously big pot plants. I love them! About the only criticism I every heard about the shared space in Lorne...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • National: American lickspittles
    Yesterday we learned that America had murdered a New Zealand citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. Today, the government was closely quizzed about its views on this in Parliament. Steven Joyce (standing in for the PM) was very clear:...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • A $130 million gift to the rich
    When the government announced that it was selling off Genesis Energy, it deliberately underpriced it, with a discounted price, generous bonus scheme, and huge dividend. And today that has had the expected result, with Genesis shares leaping almost 20% on...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • New Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Labour’s manufacturing plan
    David Cunliffe has launched Labour's policy to get more manufacturing jobs back in New Zealand: Labour leader David Cunliffe launched the policy to an Auckland business audience this morning, adding the depreciation and procurement policies to the known suite of...
    Polity | 17-04
  • Easter PT shutdown
    It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works. Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break....
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts
    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Against secret "justice" in NZ
    Last year, in response to a series of court cases challenging its control orders or claiming compensation for human rights abuses by its intelligence services, the UK passed the Justice and Security Act 2013. The Act introduces a "Closed Material...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Massey chancellor sets up company in opposition to university
    Massey Chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the board of a company that intends to be New Zealand’s largest private training provider (PTE)...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Gibbs, Hayek, Canterbury and the free market for degrees
    The New Zealand Herald notes that philanthropist Alan Gibbs is about to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury today. One of the many institutions Alan Gibbs has donated his money to...
    TEU | 16-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting polic...
    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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