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Market not impressed with $30 Million payout

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, August 9th, 2013 - 89 comments
Categories: economy, energy, john key, Privatisation - Tags: , , , ,

Yesterday John Key gave $30 Million of tax payer’s money to Rio Tinto in order to prop up its electricity deal with Meridian – and thus to prop up his privatisation ideology. (I note in passing that Rio Tinto just posted a 6 monthly profit of $4.2bn, but I guess that every little bit helps).

Looks like the “wisdom” of the market was unimpressed – there was a spike in trading of Mighty River Power shares, and a 7c drop in share price. Smart investors getting out?

MRP-price-8-August-2013

89 comments on “Market not impressed with $30 Million payout”

  1. Skinny 1

    Yes of course they are. Our power utilities sell off is still John Keys biggest 
    weakness. The opposition parties need to keep linking as much mud back to this point. Hone in on property and really own this hot issue. Hard hitting bad press like;

    Why the contradiction John Key? what sane mum & dad investor would buy power shares, when the returns on property are rising thru the roof? Come on Mr share market trader don’t tell us your’ve pumped and dumped your (‘our shares’).

     We will force this out of touch Government to ‘understand’ Kiwi’s want the house door firmly slammed shut, on greedy oversea’s investors currently putting our next generations out on the street. 

    And our coalition Government of forward thinking progressives, will brain storm a total overhaul on housing full stop, one that successive generations will be truly proud of.

    I think you all get the drift, back on song. When is the anti assets sales petition result coming out anyone know?             

    • srylands 1.1

      “Come on Mr share market trader don’t tell us your’ve pumped and dumped your (‘our shares’).”

      Just a reminder – all his shares are held in a blind trust. What you are suggesting could not have occurred.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.1

        Just a reminder – he has a “seeing eye” trust that enables him to do exactly that. Didn’t you know?

        • Jim Nald 1.1.1.1

          “all his shares are held in a blind trust” with the “seeing eye”

          John Key’s blind trust means the public is kept blind to the shady operations of his trust.

          And people like srylands foolishly give him their blind trust.

          • felix 1.1.1.1.1

            srylands knows exactly how John Key’s trust network is set up.

            srylands is a liar, not a fool.

      • Skinny 1.1.2

        My banner hit a nerv did it Shrilly?

        Ok now let me think (all of a nano second) hmm wine..no not wine-box, that’s those other 2 money trader mates of his. Umm that’s right, forgetful Mr Share-Trader & his Xmas gifts to his rich masters, the ones who stumped up the loose change to buy the 2.2 million dollar new digs. You know… the one just up the road from the GCSB offices. Talk is, Transport Minister, Mr Who-Ate- All- Pork-Pies, has delayed the build of a Auckland rail tunnel, because Mr ST wants a tunnel to the GCSB HQ built first. Go figure…apparently something about his rights to privacy from the public eye.
        Anyway here is the ‘conflict of interest’ link to refresh you memory Shrilly. http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10647699

        • srylands 1.1.2.1

          “the 2.2 million dollar new digs”

          You mean the slightly run down unremarkable house in Thorndon? It is next door to the Ministry of Education, not the GCSB. It is two blocks away from GCSB. The tunnel would need to be a long one.

          • SpaceMonkey 1.1.2.1.1

            It’s about 100m away… not a long tunnel at all.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Will have a direct line of sight microwave link- its the fastest point to point.

              Just like Dotcomm had from his Coatesville house to the Sky tower

              Seriously though. the house will be used for meetings between donors and ministers.

              That way its off government premises and they can allways say – they arranged to meet but got delayed etc. Just like Peter Dunne said about his so called ‘missed’ meeting with Vance.

      • Mike S 1.1.3

        Hahaha, the only thing ‘blind’ would be you to the real world if you think he doesn’t know what his investments are.

      • Murray Olsen 1.1.4

        Sometimes you can be funny, sorryhands. This one was real ROFLMAO material.

        • srylands 1.1.4.1

          whatever Murray – you can ROFLYAO as you grow old watching electricity generators being privatised. Oh wait, I forgot the New Zealand Left has this sorted. It is the rest of the world that has it wrong.

          • Murray Olsen 1.1.4.1.1

            It was your touching faith in Key that I found funny. Your economic and social theories make me vomit.

            • srylands 1.1.4.1.1.1

              I don’t have any faith in any politician.

            • srylands 1.1.4.1.1.2

              “Your economic and social theories make me vomit.”

              Yes because you have a naive faith in the ability of governments to achieve higher living standards via regulation and control.

              • Murray Olsen

                You have some evidence to back up your claims? Have I written that somewhere? Or are you just making stuff up to justify your own character failings, much like your high priestess, the lovely Ayn Rand?

                • srylands

                  “Have I written that somewhere? Or are you just making stuff up to justify your own character failings”

                  I’m just making stuff up.

              • Colonial Viper

                Only governments can apply and enforce the regulation and control needed to balance societal and private sector needs.

                Not sure why you cannot see the obvious. You should stop going to neoliberal church for a while, methinks.

              • Skinny

                Speaking of Vomit Shrilly, Who were the mugs Joyce contracted to come up with the Nats conference catch cry- ‘Helping Families.’ Are they that cocky their now taking the piss, at the expense of the poor- including white, middle class, swing voters? Or was it simply a typo and should have read ‘Hurting Families.’ Seriously dumb slogan, the whole Country is thinking, actually, ‘that’s more National bullshit’, all this Government is doing, is ‘Helping Rich Families.’

                Classic-I hear big party donators the Talley family provided more than their quota of snapper for the gig. Don’t think Natan Guy will be eating fish, nor Key for that matter.

  2. srylands 2

    You need to get the context right. MRP shares have fallen by about 10% since the float, with about half of that being in line with the NZX index.

    MRP’s long term prospects still look good. The share price should trade around those fundamentals. The biggest regulatory risk remains the WM NZ Power plan. As the election nears you would expect to see some volatility as markets price in the likelihood of a Labour/WM win. I still maintain that NZ Power will never happen whatever.

    I think at $2.15 MRP would be a strong buy. I would be looking to increase my (modest) shareholding at that price. As a shareholder I would be relaxed with the price trading in the $2.00 – $2.30 range for the next year. If it cracked $2 I would reassess.

    I agree that the Rio Tinto subsidy was a bad idea. I would have preferred to see the smelter close fast. Meridian value would then have settled. We could then all have bought our Meridian shares with more certainty in the next float. I have not decided on a Meridian buy. I think it is wait and see.

    • vto 2.1

      Dontcha just love the way ownership of MRP has gone from all New Zealanders to just a few New Zealanders who are all srylandss and gosmanss

      fucked

    • richard 2.2

      What a load of meaningless twaddle. One thing you should ask your lecturers in econ101 is to teach you how to write plain English. Then you won’t have to rely on the jargon and slogans you copy and paste from your textbooks and back issues of the Economist.

    • tracey 2.3

      syrlands I thought your (and Nats and Act) iedology was government out of business. This looks like government is very much in this business (RIO Tinto) and giving our money away and yet you dont seem outraged. Especially as the parent of the smelter is LOADED. I say outraged because “not a good idea” is kind of “meh” and you dont seem worried provided you can profit from the share sale.

      • srylands 2.3.1

        I don’t think getting “outraged” by Government policies is healthy. Governments do many things I disagree with. I could be outraged all day.

        The subsidy is a bad idea. It is the left that has historically supported subsidy to industry. Last time I checked the Greens were in favour of tariff protection. Which is simply a transfer from consumers to business.

        So yes – it was a bad idea, along with 100 other bad things I could list.

        Selling Meridian is a good idea. I’m not going to stop buying shares. The really bad part of the sale process is that the Government is only selling 49% – it should be 100%. Inevitably a future governmnet will sell the remaining 51% of all the SOES now being partially floated.

        The irony is that many people I have discssed the sales with actually think the Government is selling 100% now! – so they may as well have.

        • Tracey 2.3.1.1

          you’ve come across quite emotional on other topics here though Sryland, so you have exhibited the ill health before. I’m glad you think it’s a bad idea but as long as you get the shares at a good price you don’t really care.

          I have no doubt you think outrage is unhealthy because it is outrage that leads to change and stops bad things happening. You’re a staus quo or “good old days” kind of a guy/gal I suspect.

          • srylands 2.3.1.1.1

            “You’re a staus quo or “good old days” kind of a guy/gal I suspect”

            No I am not. I do care. I have worked to change poor public policy for 30 years. The subsidy is a bad idea. But there are many other policy settings that are a higher priority becuse they are more costly. Just one example – removing the remaining 10% tariff on clothing and footwear would benefit lower income New Zealanders considerably. I don’t see the Left lobbying for this removal of a subsidy from consumers (especially lower income consuemrs) to the capitalist owners of clothing manufacturers, many of which are owned by Australians. Over the last decade this subsidy would certainly have exceeded $30 million.

            One moderating factor in the Rio Tinto subsidy is that it is one off.

            • vto 2.3.1.1.1.1

              “I have worked to change poor public policy for 30 years”

              there we go

              for all to see

              1984 to 2014

              hasn’t it gone well

              you confirm all suspicions

              no wonder you cannot see

              start again

              at the beginning

              people first

            • richard 2.3.1.1.1.2

              …removing the remaining 10% tariff on clothing and footwear would benefit lower income New Zealanders considerably.

              Haven’t heard that argument for years. As the only thing an economist has successfully predicted is what has happened in the past, let’s have a look at how tariff removal has worked in New Zealand:

              1. tariff makes imported goods more expensive
              2. tariff enables New Zealand employers to set up factories to make those goods and pay their employees at a rate where they can afford those goods.
              3. remove tariff
              4. low paid workers can now buy more imported goods
              5. low paid workers employer’s factories now can’t compete with imported goods
              6. factories close making low paid workers unemployed
              7. previously low paid workers are on unemployment benefit.

              Yep, tariff removal has been a great success in the past and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t continue with it.

              Edit: would be handy if we could put in bulletted lists

            • freedom 2.3.1.1.1.3

              ” I have worked to change poor public policy for 30 years.” after reading most of your slogan heavy potpurri that now malingers on the pages of The Standard, one could argue that you believe any policy that actually helps the public would fall under that category.

            • framu 2.3.1.1.1.4

              “I do care”

              then why are you so blind to the destruction and harm that your ideology inflicts on society?

              im calling either BS or deluded on that claim

            • Colonial Viper 2.3.1.1.1.5

              I love Shitlands continuing push for income deflation for ordinary people, and continuing upwards wealth redistribution.

              BTW Government is in the business of subsidies and wealth transfer, of getting things done that the private sector is either unwilling to, or unable to. That is one of the main reasons for government’s existence.

              Its also one of the main reasons that neolibs and corporates hate government (unless they are the ones receiving the wealth transfer).

              • srylands

                “continuing push for income deflation for ordinary people, and continuing upwards wealth redistribution”

                Really? I thought the consensus on this thread was that my MRP shares were going to end up worthless?

                “once Meridian shares are dumped on the marke tand (sic) the govt subsidy has gone (Tiwai will close) your MRP shares will be worth nothing”

                Looks like a plan for income deflation for the “rich” (sic)

                New Zealand can’t escape the trend of governments getting out of business. 20 years from now there won’t be any SOEs – all electricity generators will be privately owned (with majority foreign ownership unless we lift productivity).

                Even if the left get into government they can’t renationalise the privatised assets. So the politcial cycle will deliver a shrinking role for the state, even though change will come in spurts. As the population acquires shares, the consensus for further privatisation grows. The debate here now is exactly what we saw in Australia in the late 1980s. But it has now gone. Same will happen here.

                • McFlock

                  we’ll see.

                • freedom

                  “Even if the left get into government they can’t renationalise the privatised assets. ”

                  You confuse ‘can’t’ with ‘probably won’t’.
                  A government can nationalise anything it chooses to.
                  A government’s willingness to accommodate the repurcussions is the main factor seperating the two.

                  • felix

                    You mean a sovereign parliament doesn’t have to play by the rules set out according to srylands’ ideology?

                    Well fuck me.

                    • srylands

                      “You mean a sovereign parliament doesn’t have to play by the rules set out according to srylands’ ideology?”

                      Of course it can. But (back in the real world) it won’t.

                    • felix

                      If it’s a neoliberal fuckjob government, yeah.

                      Your delusion is that that’s the only type we’re ever going to have.

                    • srylands

                      “If it’s a neoliberal fuckjob government, yeah.”

                      No – whatever Government – won’t happen.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      For the moment mate, I agree. All the main political parties in the western world are pretty much right of centre, on the political economic spectrum.

                    • felix

                      I find your lack of imagination disturbing.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Looks like a plan for income deflation for the “rich” (sic)

                  The rich can afford it. And it better reflects their real contribution to society.

                  • srylands

                    “The rich can afford it. And it better reflects their real contribution to society.”

                    Bloody hell – whatever .. NZ probably has about 500 “rich” individuals. An annual income of $200,000 NZD certainly does not qualify close to being rich. Plus you have to work your arse off to maintain it. Plus you pay all the nation’s tax. If you have a couple of kids it requires careful budgeting to make it work.

                    • McFlock

                      ‘For just $547 a day, you can help Emmanuelle get taken to private school in a late model SUV, rather than a used car’…

                      Try raising a kid on a fifth or a tenth of that, and then talk about how life is such hell on $200k.p.a.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      An annual income of $200,000 NZD certainly does not qualify close to being rich.

                      It’s seven times above the country’s median income. So you can fuck off.

                      Plus you have to work your arse off to maintain it.

                      Ahhh, the “life is so hard” cry of the wealthy. Again, fuck off.

                      Plus you pay all the nation’s tax.

                      Hey shit for brains, I know a few thousand people who’d like to make $200K pa and pay all that tax on it too. Maybe if rich people want to pay less tax they should take less of the nation’s income share OK?

                      If you have a couple of kids it requires careful budgeting to make it work.

                      You really are a toff creep haha

                      PS fuck off

                    • srylands

                      “It’s seven times above the country’s median income.’

                      Misleading much? It is 4.6 times median income for those receiving income from wages and salaries.

                      http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/income-and-work/Income/nz-income-survey-info-releases.aspx

                      4.6 x the median hardly qualifies as “rich”.

                      So you fuck off.

                    • felix

                      “Misleading much? It is 4.6 times median income for those receiving income from wages and salaries.”

                      Yes, how misleading to include poor people in the calculation.

                      “4.6 x the median hardly qualifies as “rich”.”

                      lolz

                    • McFlock

                      Once again spylands gives us a glimpse into his fucked up little mind. Poor people don’t count and don’t even deserve to be counted.

                    • srylands

                      “Yes, how misleading to include poor people in the calculation.”

                      Why the fuck would you include people getting government transfers in the calculation??? Low paid workers are included.

                    • felix

                      Because we’re discussing how much more some have than others. What did you think we were talking about?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Hey srylands, as others have mentioned, nice of you to exclude the lowest income 2.25 million NZers in your quoted sadistics.

                      You really are a dick shit.

                    • srylands

                      “Hey srylands, as others have mentioned, nice of you to exclude the lowest income 2.25 million NZers in your quoted sadistics.”

                      Only those receiving government transfers are excluded. They are always going to be poor. No matter what happens to GDP growth. Because they are on welfare.

                    • tricledrown

                      Not easy being on $200,000 a year if you had universal benefits for families like the Mana party promotes it would be easier for you gooseman.

                    • felix

                      Ok srylands, but you also have to exclude all 4th 5th and 6th decile salary earners.

                      Because they’ll always be in the middle.

                      You.

                      Fucking.

                      Moron.

                    • McFlock

                      I’m somewhat horrifically fascinated as to what spylands would regard as “poor”.

                      Probably something like being forced to wear suits that cost less than a thousand dollars.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Off the rack, the fucking indignity of it all.

                    • srylands

                      “Ok srylands, but you also have to exclude all 4th 5th and 6th decile salary earners.”

                      Felix – You are the moron. Of course middle income salary earners will be in the middle but their incomes will grow in real terms with GDP if that GDP growth is driven by productivity improvements. Welfare is indexed to CPI.

                      So – if we get our policies right, real incomes might increase by 50% over the next 20 years. But welfare payments will not. They will simply increase by CPI.

                      You.

                      Fucking.

                      Moron.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Middle income salary earners are in the top 20% of NZers.

            • tricledrown 2.3.1.1.1.6

              goooose an election bribe to rescue failing asset sales with Tiwae will most likely shut down 1/2 its production, so their will be an over supply of power on the market reducing other power companies profits reducing their value for long term. Because the smelter will close in 2016 .Investors they are better waiting for mugs like You SCHRILGLANDS to buy them at full price. then buy them when the price has gone down by 10%!
              You have been duped by your own propaganda!

              • srylands

                “then buy them when the price has gone down by 10%!”

                You are deluded. You only lose money if you sell the shares now.

                If I keep these shares for the next 30 years it is the dividend stream that matters.

                I will buy some more at $2.15. So should you.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Funny how you support the “dividend stream” being transferred away from the commons to foreign investors and privateers.

    • “MRP’s long term prospects still look good. The share price should trade around those fundamentals.”

      It sounds like you’re trying to convince yourself, Sry?

      Don’t forget the market principle when there is an excess of a particular item. What happens to the price…?

  3. tricledrown 3

    Schrilands once Meridian shares are dumped on the marke tand the govt subsidy has gone (Tiwai will close) your MRP shares will be worth nothing
    Meridian are selling power for less than cost causing losses so you bought MRP shares and have lost 10%+ you are a politically Naive dumbarse Troollle Gooosseeman.
    That is the level of National party supporter!
    The partial self off of power companies is over any investor in their Right mind would be looney to part with money!
    Schrilands subsidizing the National parties asset fire sale!

    • srylands 3.1

      “any investor in their Right mind would be looney to part with money!”

      I predict the Meridian float will be over-subscribed.

      • fender 3.1.1

        Dream on, One News did a poll and found a whopping 3% were interested in buying shares.

        • srylands 3.1.1.1

          It said 3% of people are very likely to invest, with another 11% saying they are quite likely. Even 3% is plenty enough when you add in the institutions

          So I repeat – it will be over-subscribed by a very big margin.

          • vto 3.1.1.1.1

            and so too is 3% of foreign landlords being banned plenty enough to have a market effect.

            • Skinny 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes quite right vto, that’s the point. Shrill & his gullible 2 bob-tory mates have been sold a pup for the time being Too much blind faith in their share trading leader.  Now don’t try tell us it’s not a contradiction, the market is too small here to have both competing successfully. So what’s it going to be… power shares or property? Of course it’s property as gutless Key won’t fair up the property market. So what’s a share investors to do, because it concerns a slab of your money? Your’ve pretty much said it! Slink out of the polling booth in 2014, having party voted Labour (never admitting it), justified insurance will keep your conscious at ease.

          • fender 3.1.1.1.2

            Doesn’t matter how many times you repeat the same crap, 3% is a sad result (MRP is lower than that). But it suits National to have only 3% benefiting from this wealth transfer scam.

          • tracey 3.1.1.1.3

            I agree with srylands, in that it wont have trouble selling, but it wont be the mums and dads we were promised for nearly 6 years…

          • framu 3.1.1.1.4

            so 49% NZ ownership transferred to 3% global ownership

            thats just fucking magic innit

            • framu 3.1.1.1.4.1

              ok – that doesnt actually come out the way i meant – but you get the idea

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.5

            So I repeat – it will be over-subscribed by a very big margin.

            And that’s a measure of what? How greedy the capitalists are combined with how impotent they are at creating their own billion dollar assets that they have to nick ones from the commons.

      • tracey 3.1.2

        but not by mums and dads.

  4. Raymond a Francis 4

    The workers (you know the people who vote left) in Invercargill are happy to have their jobs even if the market doesn’t like the payout

    • tracey 4.1

      yup, self interest prevails all round, the right doesn’t have that to themselves.

      I assume there is no guarantee to have those jobs for say 10 years?

      • idlegus 4.1.1

        reported this morning on radio nz is that an announcement is expected next week where the number of job losses from tiwai point will come out. the restructuring that has been going on already, so at the moment up to 800 people are employed there (not 3000 that keeps getting repeated on tv3 & elsewhere), & job losses are expected to number in the 100s, a very shonky deal for nz.

        as an aside, nz post will be announcing their 3 day week sometime in the near future, that will be half the staff made redundant & there are actually 1000s of employees at nz post, will national come to their rescue? i doubt it. even though they can help kiwibank by throwing them some work instead of it all going to westpac.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.2

      So its too big to fail – again.

      Too bad for all the other smaller factories getting the chop. They dont happen to be in or near Bill Englishs electorate

    • Foreign Waka 4.3

      Yes, and anybody who has half a heart will feel with the people. Still, I think this is an election ploy as more job losses should not loom large on peoples minds (via the news, press etc).

  5. infused 5

    Well National have played this one smart.

    If the opposition attack this, then you have ‘think of the workers argument’. Which is bad for the left, since you are meant to be the workers party. Opens the left up for a National attack.

    However, personally, I think this was stupid. They were not going to go, maybe in a few years, but not now.

  6. SpaceMonkey 6

    So when are the Rio Tinto CEO and Board being drug tested? Presumably before they receive their handout…

  7. Huginn 7

    Some background on Rio Tinto’s thinking here, from the Financial Times. It seems that:

    Rio has been trying to divest Pacific Aluminium, which comprises high cost smelters in New Zealand and Australia and an alumina refinery, for almost two years.

    It is one of several assets that Rio has put on the block as it looks to reduce net debt of $22bn and retain its single-A credit rating.

    Rio’s debt burden is a legacy of its disastrously timed acquisition of Alcan. The miner paid $38bn for the Canadian company in 2007 just as the financial crisis hit and demand from industrial users slumped. Impairments have now eaten away at some $20-$25bn of the purchase price.

    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ffcdfab6-ffec-11e2-9c40-00144feab7de.html#axzz2bIvEApxM

    • bad12 7.1

      Listening to Bernard Hickey on RadioNZ national just now i think it might be a long long wait for Rio Tinto if they now plan on holding onto the Tiwai point smelter until demand and prices pick up to pre-2007 levels,

      The Chinese have according to Bernard got enough smelting capacity for aluminum coming on stream in the next four years which will make Rio Tinto’s output look insignificant,

      i would suggest that (sadly), the people of Invercargill had better prepare for the smelters total closure sometime in the next 5 years,

      The Government of course could ensure the future of the smelter by offering Rio Tinto a few bucks for it having already dropped 30 million as a deposit…

  8. tracey 8

    Lol @ remove tariff to help the poor. The warehouse was responsible for more job losses than it created by bringing cheap stuff in.

    if you believe even half of what you write it must be cold in your shoes.

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    There has been talk and conjecture about remote working for years. Borderless work territories, global […] The post The Age of the Remote Worker appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 02-09
  • Reason in a Dark Time
    Dale Jamieson is a philosopher long acquainted with the work of climate scientists. His recently published book was begun 25 years ago, “an avocation that became an obsession”. He used to joke when asked why the book wasn’t appearing that...
    Hot Topic | 02-09
  • Shouty won the debate?
    As you may know, John Key and David Cunliffe squared off again last night at the Press leaders debate 2014. After Cunlffe had won the first debate, largely due to the Prime Minister floundering on some key issues, this was...
    The Jackal | 02-09
  • Political science and politics
    Really interesting article via Vox about the changing relationship between political science and politics, at least in the US. Its conclusion: And so the more that political journalists heard from political scientists, the more they began to listen. Today the...
    Polity | 02-09
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies: Today no. 17 – Capital Gains Tax (2)
     Election 2014 Second Leaders Debate    If you own a home, a family home, and you put it in a trust, it will be subject under Labour to a capital gains tax. And I think New Zealanders will say well that’s...
    Arch Rival | 02-09
  • Speaker: On the upland road
    I spent the first two weeks after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics in a state of anger – how dare our elected leaders and their friends treat us like this? How dare they try to control the...
    Public Address | 02-09
  • Is the baseline transport programme actually OK?
    In the Mayor’s proposal for council’s 10 year budget, there is discussion around how two transport programmes will be consulted on early next year once a draft budget has been fully formulated: A programme which is based on the funding envelope...
    Transport Blog | 02-09
  • Put up or shut up
    It has been amusing to watch John Key attempt to wriggle his way out of the Dirty Politics saga. At first he tried to pretend there was nothing going on and even though he hadn't read Nicky Hager's book, claimed...
    The Jackal | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore...
    PSA | 02-09
  • On arguing by analogy
    Climate blogs and comment threads are full of ‘arguments by analogy’. Depending on what ‘side’ one is on, climate science is either like evolution/heliocentrism/quantum physics/relativity or eugenics/phrenology/Ptolemaic cosmology/phlogiston. Climate contrarians are either like flat-earthers/birthers/moon-landing hoaxers/vaccine-autism linkers or Galileo/stomach ulcer-Heliobacter proponents/Wegner/Copernicus....
    Real Climate | 02-09
  • Unforced variations: September 2014
    This month’s open thread. People could waste time rebunking predictable cherry-picked claims about the upcoming Arctic sea ice minimum, or perhaps discuss a selection of 10 climate change controversies from ICSU… Anything! (except mitigation)....
    Real Climate | 02-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party...
    PSA | 02-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the Greens proposal to gradually lift the minimum wage
    Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose ) or by...
    Gordon Campbell | 02-09
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies: Today no. 18 – Capital gains tax will put u...
      Capital Gains Tax Fact Check  The Reality Labour’s CGT only applies to the sale of assets, it will exclude the family home, and will not push up rents. Every New Zealander should pay their fair share of tax. It is...
    Arch Rival | 02-09
  • Guest Author: The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    - by Jessie Hume . . This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted”...
    Frankly Speaking | 02-09
  • Dunne won’t read ‘muck-raking’ Dirty Politics
    .   . Full story: Dunne won’t read ‘muck-raking’ Dirty Politics Because as we all know, ignorance is such bliss. Eh, Mr Dunne? . . = fs =Filed under: On A Lighter Note Tagged: Dirty Politics, Peter Dunne...
    Frankly Speaking | 02-09
  • Whale spotted off Wellington
    .   . Full story: Whale spotted off Wellington Shouldn’t that be a “Southern Right Wing Whale”?! . . = fs =Filed under: On A Lighter Note Tagged: Whaleoil...
    Frankly Speaking | 02-09
  • A Not-So-Foreign Country
    The Shadow Of The Past: The only positive aspect of Watergate was the way in which the venerable US Constitution was able to defuse what could have exploded into a full-blown “legitimation crisis”. Is New Zealand’s unwritten and historically untested...
    Bowalley Road | 02-09
  • An admission of failure; too little, too late
    The Prime Minister announced today that if re-elected, after the election, he would look to merge CERA into the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. This is an admission that the CERA model – authoritarian, dictatorial and deaf to the...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 02-09
  • Stuart’s 100 #18 A Great South Rd?
    18: A Great South Road? What if Great South Road truly was great? The creation of Great South Road was one of the great formational moves in the early expansion of Auckland. Starting in 1861, some 12,000 soldiers built the...
    Transport Blog | 02-09
  • New Fisk
    Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple...
    No Right Turn | 02-09
  • Waiariki: Marae digi poll has Flavell losing support, Sykes up.
    The Marae digi poll on the Waiariki electorate came out yesterday - for what it's worth. They are notoriously unreliable.  The landline polls are increasingly picking up older householders and skewing to the middle class establishment that still maintain a...
    Tumeke | 02-09
  • Spying on their allies again
    The Intercept has a major new story about the US's intelligence relationship with Turkey, and how the US monitors the Kurds for the Turkish government, even helping them target hit squads. But at the same time as they're spying for...
    No Right Turn | 02-09
  • The Press Debate – tonight, livestreamed on Stuff
    The second big head-to-head between David Cunliffe and John Key will be livestreamed on Stuff from 7pm! The Press leaders’ debate is where Key pulled his “show me the money” quote in 2011. And he’s going to be taking this...
    Boots Theory | 02-09
  • Not business as usual: Key’s leadership style & the bloggersphere
    Two weeks ago I suggested this could turn into New Zealand's first policy-free election; my instinct seems to have been proven correct. While policy debates are still occuring around the fringes, there is no way now that with just two...
    Pundit | 02-09
  • Rock Star or Rock Bottom
    There was a story in the Press yesterday about 14 people sharing a small 3 bedroom house in Hornby after a family of 6 lost their rental and all their (uninsured) possessions in a fire and had to move in...
    Te Whare Whero | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 02-09
  • To drive or not to drive, that is the question: generation Y research
    This is a guest post from Dr Debbie Hopkins, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Otago – she’s currently doing some research for the NZTA on non-drivers. Read on to find out more and see if you might...
    Transport Blog | 02-09
  • Reclaiming the Third Way & why it’s not a sell-out
    During a visit he made to Melbourne in 2000, I joined some colleagues to sit down for a chat with Dick Morris, the self-proclaimed strategic mastermind who claimed to have single-handedly rescued Bill Clinton's flailing presidency and coined the term...
    Pundit | 02-09
  • The Greens on work and wages
    The Greens released their work and wages policy today, targeted firmly at improving living standards and reducing inequality. The headline policy is an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $16/hour, followed by annual increases to reach $18/hour in 2017....
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • America, America ….
    We hear a lot about American exceptionalism – what they lead the world in, what they think they lead the world in, and their unshakeable belief in their god-given right to do so.  The USA has the highest per capita ownership of...
    Te Whare Whero | 01-09
  • The caretaker convention and elections
    There was an interesting discussion on Twitter yesterday between Dean Knight and Graeme Edgeler about the caretaker convention and elections. Dean highlighted the fact that Key had a perfect right to call for whatever sort of inquiry he felt like,...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • A clayton’s inquiry
    That's the only way to describe John Key's proposed "inquiry" into Judith Collins:An inquiry into the events surrounding Judith Collins' downfall will not examine the relationship between her and Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater or the Serious Fraud Office investigation...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • YahooNZ’s news polls
    Another YahooNZ poll': September 1st"Do you think Dirty Politics is distracting from more important issues this election?" Results at the time of writing this:Yes. absolutely77%  (5622)  No, it's important22%  (1619)   I'm not sure1%  (66)    The capitals on 'Dirty Politics' clearly...
    Te Whare Whero | 01-09
  • Vote Choice: ACT’s Jamie Whyte – a ‘Narrow’ Ally?
    This week, the Vote Choice series looks at Dr Jamie Whyte, the leader of the ACT party, and his views on abortion and decriminalisation. A google search of Whyte and abortion provides little in the way of his opinion but...
    ALRANZ | 01-09
  • Who is Carrick Graham?
    Carrick GrahamIn damage control since their campaign officially began derailing a couple of weeks ago, things took another terrible turn for the National party last weekend. Not only did the corrupt Judith Collins have to resign on Saturday because of...
    The Jackal | 01-09
  • Judith, Cam, and the phantom FB messages
    I see that Judith Collins and Cameron Slater believe the hacker has simply invented Facebook conversations between the two of them. Insitnctively I don;t believe the denials, but I have an idea that could help Collins clear her name. Facebook...
    Polity | 01-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoter selfie this election with yo...
    As the importance of democratic engagement starts making its presence felt in the wake of the lowest voter turn out in a century, it’s time to make universal suffrage a goal again. One step towards that is nurturing the future...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • A brief word on hacked celebrity naked pictures
    Of  all the inane bullshit I’ve heard in my life, the one currently saying ‘if you take naked pictures of yourself you should expect them to be seen by everyone’ is possibly the dumbest. Deleted intimate images people take in the...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Daily Blog 2014 progressive voter guide – who to vote for to change ...
    If you want to know how to vote in a way to change this Government,  here is the electorate by electorate guide on how to strategically vote to kick National out of office. There are two votes. Electorate vote and Party...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Are Cameron Slater and Judiith Collins bare-faced liars?
    . . Are Cameron Slater and Judith Collins both bare-faced liars? Both of them. Liars? Here is why I ask… In the latest revelations, information disclosed by Rawshark/Whaledump to the NZ Herald alleges in further leaked sensitive information from  ...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • What has surprised me most about the Ashburton WINZ shootings
    The terrible deaths at a WINZ office in Ashburton took us all by surprise. Staunch poverty campaigner Sue Bradford commented before the deaths were known and was attacked by waves of twitterarti who knew best. Sue apologised but her wider...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kiri Hannifin  – Make domestic violence an election issue
    Violence against women and children continues to be a profound issue in this country.  Despite the stellar efforts of thousands of grass roots workers to support victims of violence every day, we cannot seem to stem the tide. The past...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Factchecking Key’s Leaders debate claims
    There were so many questionable facts Key threw at Cunliffe in last nights debate that I emailed a few contacts to ask if they were true. Here is the very long list of things Key said that simply were not...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • August Blog stats – TDB closing in on Kiwiblog – our final election con...
    The August blog stats are in, and The Daily Blog retains our position as the largest left wing blog in NZ with 416 374 visits last month and 667 411. Kiwi Blog who has been operating for a decade with...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – New Zealand First: Coalition of the Willing...
    There is, right now, an absolute metric truck-tonne of misinformation, lies, and willful distortion flying about on social media, in the blogosphere and even in the media and corridors of power about New Zealand First’s coalition position. Some of this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Judith Collins i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Press Leaders Debate – proof a newspaper can kill the internet
    No more beersies for you Mr Key. Seriously – was the Prime Minister drunk during this debate? I am so sickened by what passed as a Leaders debate, I will make this review short and vicious. Everyone involved in putting...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Voting starts tomorrow!
    On the telly, in the papers, on the Net, billboards on almost every street corner – it’s hard to miss the fact that there’s an election coming up. Everyone’s trying to win your vote on Election Day, September 20, (this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry a whitewash before it has even started
    The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote. Whaleoil won’t be forced to appear, it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Press Leaders Debate – Round 2 – 7pm tonight
    This debate is live in a Town Hall, Key has done well at these in the past, but since the hate politics exposed in Dirty Politics, expect real fury directed at Key. My guess is that Key will attempt to use whatever he...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • MANA hit speed wobbles – why Annette Sykes will win Waiariki
    MANA are my favourites. But of late, their transition from crawling to sprinting has hit some speed wobbles. Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Forestry safety must be taken seriously
    News that Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter over the death of 20-year old Lincoln Kidd shows that forestry safety must be taken seriously, according to FIRST Union. “Lincoln’s tragic death was one of ten lives claimed...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Musicians support artistic freedom
    Wellington musicians are banding together to support artistic freedom and will perform at Cuba Street venue San Fran on Sunday afternoon 14 September. This concert, Off Key, protests the New Zealand Electoral Commission’s view that satirical song and...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • BRANZ welcomes announcement of Science Challenge 11
    BRANZ today welcomes the announcement of the National Science Challenge on better homes, towns and cities by Hon Dr Nick Smith at the Building a Better New Zealand conference. The new National Science Challenge will provide a new approach to...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Roy Morgan Poll September 3
    National (45%) down after ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations, but Labour (26%) also loses support while Greens surge to 16% – highest since April 2012. Conservative Party at record high 3.5% Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a sharp decline...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Labour’s CGT Will Make Housing Affordability Worse
    Labour's capital gains tax, won't do what David Cunliffe says it will, according to the Taxpayers' Union , backed up by a former Deputy Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Robin Oliver....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Young Kiwis follow in Sir Peter’s footsteps
    Six high-achieving young New Zealanders have been chosen for a range of amazing expeditions this summer, including two that will travel to Antarctica, as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Blake Ambassador programme....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • New Doco on Māori Television Examines Social Housing
    A new documentary to air on Māori Television in the lead-up to the election will address the reality of low income housing in this country in a climate of state gentrification and privatisation. WHARE TAPA WHĀ , (loosely translated as...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Thames WINZ arrest should serve as warning to others
    Waikato Police say the charging of a man following an incident in the Thames Work and Income office today should serve as a warning to others that unacceptable behaviour cannot, and will not be tolerated....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Secretary-General’s lecture at the University of Auckland
    I again thank this University of Auckland for bestowing on me an honourary degree in recognition of the enduring value of the United Nations....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • New Zealand First is just too expensive
    “The independent Taxpayers Union now estimates that Winston Peters has made more spending promises than Labour and the Greens combined”, said Dr Whyte, ACT’s Leader....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Adequate family incomes essential to reduce child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says making sure families have enough money to care for their children is a fundamental part of the solution to child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Doesn’t Your Dad Goat Enough?
    A challenge that most Kiwis can relate to in the weeks leading up to father’s day: How do we honour the great men in our life in a meaningful way?...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • At the end of their tether!
    Many in New Zealand will have seen the sight of a lone goat chained on a roadside verge on their travels . Given the job of "lawnmower" these gregarious, highly social, intelligent animals endure a miserable existence denied their most...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • NZratifies new treaty to control the $85bn global arms trade
    New Zealand ratifies new treaty to control the $85bn global arms trade for the first time ever...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Threats against Work and Income staff a disgrace
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the continuing threats against Work and Income staff in the wake of the Ashburton shootings are a disgrace, and must end....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Greens will put tens of thousands out of work
    "The $18 minimum wage championed by the Greens will throw tens of thousands of low skilled New Zealanders out of a job and condemn them to a life on the benefit. At no point do the Greens discuss the employment...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • PGA: Welcomes NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today welcomed the news that the New Zealand Government has ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations in New York....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Forest & Bird releases top priorities for new government
    Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is calling for all political parties to adopt policies to bring about an economic transformation - for the sake of New Zealand and New Zealanders. The call comes as part of Forest & Bird’s...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • More good Questions for Mr. Cunliffe
    Exempting the family home from Capital Gains taxes is harder than it sounds. What if you charge one of the children board? What if it is one of the children’s friends? A boarder? Many South Auckland families share a house....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Why are the Anglican Bishops silent in defending life?
    The Anglican Archbishops in Aotearoa New Zealand have identified four key challenges facing the country in the run-up to the General Election onSeptember 20. These issues are: • Child poverty • Income inequality • Lack of affordable and accessible...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Encouraging the phenomenal growth in the Māori economy
    As the only independent Māori voice in Parliament, the Māori Party’s economic development policy is unashamedly focused on growing the Māori economy....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Bottom line demands by minor parties destabilising
    "Bottom line demands by minor parties are destabilising and undemocratic" said Dr Jamie Whyte. "Colin Craig says referenda being binding is a bottom line and now Winston Peters says a Royal Commission is a bottom line. Polls say the vast...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Victoria students lead youth engagement publication
    A group of Victoria University students are trying to reverse the trend of political disengagement by giving young people a voice....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Green Party commitment to fairness
    NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Green Party's commitment to making work fairer and more equitable, saying it would also result in tangible benefits for children and their learning....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”, said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. “GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National
    MANA Movement candidate, John Minto 3 Wednesday September 2014 “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira. Now we have Slater writing...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Craig And Mcvicar Have Some Explaining to Do
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Garth McVicar and the Conservative Party to explain how much the Party’s ‘tough on crime’ election slogan will cost. On Monday the Party was added to the Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter , but the Conservative...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Political parties to be questioned on needs of children
    Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW). The event has been co-organised...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Voting Period for 2014 General Election Begins Today
    The first votes for the 2014 general election will be cast today, Wednesday 3 September, as advance voting begins ahead of election day on Saturday 20 September. “Election day is September 20, but if you want, you can vote from...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Independent Epsom Candidates ‘One Strike’ Crime Policy
    Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal
    67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch
    “Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed
    Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Association welcomes new Chief Executive
    “The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Young Voters Want Politicians to Grow Up
    Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Climate Voter election debate to get big audience
    Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Edge show disregard for consent
    The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand’s Roastbuster Rape Culture
    The Rock are still displaying without-consent images of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities online. They are making fun of this without-consent action, saying that she was "asking for it", etc. They appear to be supporting this kind of...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer
    Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers , was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • SFO lays charges for procurement fraud
    Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand
    The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Sykes: There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party
    Even the satirical 'Civilian Party' has now offered the Taxpayers’ Union more credible figures for the ' Bribe-O-Meter ' than Winston Peters’ New Zealand First. The Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter now includes, National, Labour, the Greens,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
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