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Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, November 27th, 2012 - 69 comments
Categories: Environment, john key - Tags: , ,

There are some similar things between McDonald’s and New Zealand – they’re both currently run by a clown at any rate – but I didn’t think cynical marketing was one of them.

Apparently Key is “lovin’ it” how our rivers and lakes are far from “100% Pure”.  At least he’s not “lovin’ it” all the time, you’ve got to take these things with a pinch of salt you understand.

Is this a new standard of information from the New Zealand Government?  When Key says he didn’t know Dotcom’s name before that day of the MegaRaidTM, he only means most of the time?  Should we take that with a pinch of salt?  What about when he says he’s forgotten most of the facts about Dotcom?  How ‘salty’ was it when he said he voted for the drinking age to stay at 20?  Or those promises to get the Pike River miners‘ bodies out?  Is this all just acceptable marketing, and people don’t expect the truth all the time?

Notably the New Zealand Association of Scientists don’t take their “facts” with a pinch of salt:

“The clear statement is that the potential damage to New Zealand’s reputation, and economic benefit of “big-spending American tourists” outweighs the need for truth in public debate. This is an issue that the association takes very seriously.”

Ah, truth, do we have to be brought back to that?

As one of many facts that Key dismisses because he “knows” otherwise, the unemployment rate couldn’t possibly be so high (7.3% – a record since Bill English was last Finance Minister…) because there weren’t enough people on the jobseekers benefit.

And now we have a good example of why: Winz telling eligible beneficiaries they can’t apply because they haven’t yet spent all their (union-negotiated) redundancy and then some…

“They said I have to wait for my redundancy [pay] to run out and then I have to wait another four to six weeks until I have actually gone broke,” she said.

When we won’t even give unemployed people desperately seeking work the unemployment benefit it may be less of a surprise why your stats don’t add up…

69 comments on “Marketing Clown”

  1. Descendant Of Smith 1

    Here’s an earlier post and links to WINZ policy around stand-downs.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/john-key-business-to-blame/#comment-378022

    It’s sad that not only mis-information is floating around but that WINZ staff can’t get their own policies right.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      Anyone know if these claims are back-datable?

      My dad got a very hefty redundancy payout from his last job in 2009 and was told by WINZ he wasn’t eligible for unemployment benefit because he had to use it up first. Any chance he could back-claim for that benefit?

      • Descendant Of Smith 1.1.1

        It is possible the rules were different then. In the 80s redundancy pay was treated differently and I’m not sure of all the changes since then.

        The policy linked to is the current policy.

        A local advocacy group could find out the policy that applied at the time your father was made redundant. Check too how much of the redundancy was holiday pay retiring leave etc. those count as days still working.

        Also see what evidence exists in your fathers or their records e.g. Record of phone call.

        You generally have 3 months to review but can go outside of that for good reason.

        It is always better to apply and get a decision than simply take verbal advice. That’s the most important advice I ever gave as an advocate. Still holds true.

  2. Equating ‘Loving it’ and ‘100% Pure’ is classic Key-think, the former being subjective and the latter quantitative, but that doesn’t matter to Key, he can find plenty of other experts who will say the opposite and anyway, a shrug heals all hurts and he’s not bothered.
    The sad thing is that people seem to swallow Key’s bullshit as it it was Farex.

  3. vto 3

    Yep this government is a total circus.

    Never more so than in Christchurch. Watch as the real people participants in the Christchurch rebuild are beginning to step back and say “lets just wait and let this bozo circus step up to the plate first”. Bozo Brownlee has created himself a millstone that everybody is beginning to notice. The heat is draining away from the blueprint. The people, sidelined, now watch from the sideline content with their hamper and picnic table. They are now used to the lack of a dining table. Less is beginning to happen. Christchurch is on the road to becoming New Zealands largest ever white elephant. It’s biggest donut.

    The bully boy bozos of this government and their contempt for the people of Christchurch and Canterbury are beginning to have an effect and it is not good. Such a shame.

  4. karol 4

    Good op ed piece from the Manwatu Standard yesterday on branding, marketing and the 100% pure issue.

    Most people understand that advertising is about creating and enhancing desire, pulling a heartstring or two and selling a concept.

    The collision with truth and integrity is where things can get interesting….

    Perfection is a high standard, so it is clever or fortunate that we stay vague about where exactly we’re free of contamination. Completely free, absolutely free – not even a minuscule detectable level of impurity, you understand….

    Well, I do not accept it is to our long-term advantage to promote nonsense, and – even if there is a compelling economic case – integrity is more important.It is also a bad look for any marketing person to lecture anyone else about motives behind messages….

    Talk of Dr Joy being a traitor is silly given that 12-year-old pupils in Palmerston North are capable of coming to the same conclusion he has – that environmental purity has not been achieved in this nation. Nor has it been achieved in any nation, but New Zealand set itself up for a fall by being loose with its language.

    Mr Unsworth was plainly upset Dr Joy dared embarrass the country by questioning a flawed message.
     
    But the negative publicity was inevitable. One way to reduce the chances of being hurt by negative publicity is not to say preposterous things in the first place.

    Grant Miller is the Manawatu Standard’s head of content and a politics junkie.

    • vto 4.1

      “Well, I do not accept it is to our long-term advantage to promote nonsense, and – even if there is a compelling economic case – integrity is more important.It is also a bad look for any marketing person to lecture anyone else about motives behind messages…. ”

      karol, this part of Grant Miller’s piece would seem to encapsulate the integrity (or lack of) of Unsworth, NZ Herald anonymous editorial, and Minister Tim Groser.

      Their modus operandi is on display for all to see. They cannot be believed again.

      • muzza 4.1.1

        Their modus operandi is on display for all to see. They cannot be believed again.

        Oh but they will be, its just that “they” will have a different name, perhaps like Norman, Robertson, Parker , pick a name….people will believe/hope/beg for change!

        This country is run on corruption, (it could not be more clear these days), which propagates because these are people who can be controlled. They can be controlled because they have known actions in their pasts/present, which have/is/will be used against them.

        To think this is not happening is to believe in the tooth fairy!

        • vto 4.1.1.1

          Oh yes you have a point that the last labour lot also ran deception afetr deception to achieve their political ends. There is no doubt.

          But what I see in the current lot is a corruption, as you say, and a deceit that far outstrips the last lot. This National lot are liars and thieves to an extent I don’t think NZ has witnessed probably ever. That is my opinion.

  5. TightyRighty 5

    So it’s not ok to have a marketing campaign that claims that new zealand is 100% pure, but it is ok for labour to run an election campaign based on promises they can’t possibly fund as stated? “show me the money”

    Fun police, those in glass houses, he that is without sin etc

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Weird how the two are unrelated

      Also weird how Righties have to spread a lack of belief in NZers. This time, claiming that we can’t build a pathetic 10,000 houses per year.

      • Rob 5.1.1

        Its not the 10K houses pa, we are building 16K pa now. Its the belief that you can pick up 50,000 odd sections in Auckland for $50K a piece. This is the best bit of comedygold to go down in our smoko room for a long time. People in Akl are not idiots and they understand house prices and land costs.

      • TightyRighty 5.1.2

        Wierd how marketing for the labour party to attract votes has no possible relationship to NZ trying to attract tourists using marketing? yeah I can see how you might think that. But any excuse to attack the government right? It’s so funny how the traditional labour in opposition attack meme’s just aren’t being used at all. It’s like somehow labour and it’s supporters somehow believe that NZer’s don’t care about education and housing, or is it tacit acceptance that national is doing a good job. Such a good job in fact the only attacks labour and it’s supporters can come up with are only slightly connected to the real issues. Like trying to attack a positive marketing campaign in the middle of a worldwide recession where every country is fighting for tourist dollars. Such a smart move.

        NZ can build 10K of houses in a year, the government can’t. look at the insulation and schools program in australia. also under a labour government.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.2.1

          It’s like somehow labour and it’s supporters somehow believe that NZer’s don’t care about education and housing, or is it tacit acceptance that national is doing a good job.

          It could be that and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was that. Labour is, after all, a centre-right party that believes in the free-market almost as much as National and Act do. This is why we really need Labour to become a minor party.

          • TheContrarian 5.1.2.1.1

            Labour is a centre-left party…I know, I know, you’ll produce that same graph again.

            I tell you what though, what don’t provide some evidence from a political scientist or a professor rather than a graph from peoples unknown?

          • TheContrarian 5.1.2.1.2

            For a laff I did the test as I thought most closely resembled Labour’s policies and got well into the left.

    • redfred 5.2

      You can have any sort of marketing campaign you like, but the facts are NZ environment image is unraveling.

      Dam those reporters and scientist for telling the truth.

      We know Planet Key would have that beached whaleoil heading up the Truth Police and carrying out the promised punishments for breaching the official version of truth & reality.

      The Orwellian nature of Keys fudged reality and Unsworth attack on science should scare the hell out of all of us.

    • Tom Gould 5.3

      Or a campaign promising a brighter future then driving the economy into the ground and delivering 170,000 out of work? Is that what you mean, Tighty?

    • Ben Clark 5.4

      a) so your best response is “they did it too” – you admit it is wrong then?
      and
      b) your example is then wrong – labour’s policies were fully costed by independent economists and seen to add up – surplus 1 year later, pay off the debt in the same year.

      Next time, try some facts.

      • TightyRighty 5.4.1

        No, my response is that it is marketing but if you are going to nitpick your own marketing should stand up to the same scrutiny.

        If labour’s policies were fully costed and were seen, through rose tinted spectacles, to add up how come Phil Goff couldn’t show us the money?

        • One Tāne Huna 5.4.1.1

          I always thought Goff’s best response would have been simply to dump a ream of paper in front of the airhead shill and say: “here’s the money, fool.”

          Or were you taken in by the airhead shill pretending that a government budget can be explained in a soundbite?

        • Draco T Bastard 5.4.1.2

          to add up how come Phil Goff couldn’t show us the money?

          He did – just not at the debate. You, being a RWNJ, would have forgotten that minor detail though as it goes against your beliefs.

          • TightyRighty 5.4.1.2.1

            None of figures stacked up, no matter how much the fanbois wanted it to. no soundbites for you though, you haven’t passed economics. How much would the much vaunted CGT have raised by now? how many times over was that same amount spent on different things?

            • Draco T Bastard 5.4.1.2.1.1

              You do realise that Labour’s CGT wasn’t the money earner don’t you? It was the 39% tax rate. The CGT would raise some income for government but it’s real job was to alter the incentives for investment.

    • Tracey 5.5

      what a strange comment. If you really do get upset about campaign promises that can’t or won’t be kept you can’t have voted national for a very long time?

      • TightyRighty 5.5.1

        What’s strange about it? I know your intellectual inconsistency, AKA doublethink, allows you to believe that only the national party in government and a marketing campaign thought up by tourism new zealand should be so perfect and correct while the labour party lies it way through an election with a dubious marketing campaign. I at least am being consistent in my criticism of this criticism, as I am with most things.

        • Tracey 5.5.1.1

          Are you saying you didn’t vote for National in 2008 and 2011? If so then you are correct to state you are being consistent.

          I didn’t vote for labour or National and do not condone lying by either. That seems to have rather put a fly in the ointment of your knowledge of my intellectual inconsistency. So, simple question, did you vote for National in 2008 and/or 2011 TR?

          • TightyRighty 5.5.1.1.1

            I Don’t see how voting National is being inconsistent with my statements today? I accept changes have to be made due to circumstance and not everything promised will be as such. That’s why I can quite rightly critique this criticism. Because it’s bullshit. a cheap and irrelevant attack by individuals and groups grasping at straws. I don’t demand perfection from the opposition, i demand an opposition that has intellectual integrity, I won’t get it till National lose however.

            sanctimony reigns supreme on your posts doesn’t it? Right on

            • Draco T Bastard 5.5.1.1.1.1

              I Don’t see how voting National is being inconsistent with my statements today?

              Because by voting National you show that you’re fine with their lying and not keeping of promises.

              i demand an opposition that has intellectual integrity, I won’t get it till National lose however.

              That’s the bit you don’t get and never will because you’re incapable of believing anything negative about your leaders. I’ll spell it out simply for you:

              National have no integrity at all.

              How do you tell if a National MP is lying? Their mouths are moving.

              • TightyRighty

                I am not demanding perfection of every utterance and every campaign from national. I see DPF posted the herald editorial that makes the point that this “academic” totally undoes there academic argument by indulging in hyperbole. which has been my point consistently. Don’t throw stones in glass houses. Trust lefty, right on, fucktards like DTB to not see the orwellian doublethink they are indulging in.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  I am not demanding perfection of every utterance and every campaign from national.

                  You’re not even demanding mild standards like not lying.

                  Trust lefty, right on, fucktards like DTB to not see the orwellian doublethink they are indulging in.

                  What doublethink?

    • mike e 5.6

      !00% pure BS from the Right!Most of it comes from national voting farmers and ends up in our streams rivers lakes and aqua firs!
      $1billion + on AMI bail out!
      $1billion+ on SCF!

  6. Blue 6

    John Key knows a lot about bullshit marketing. Anyone remember ‘Building a Brighter Future’ or ‘Ambitious for New Zealand?’

    How about ‘Wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones’?

    Best taken with an entire salt mine I think.

  7. BM 7

    All it looks like to the average man/woman in the streets is that once again the left are purposely trying to throw spanners into the works in an attempt to make National look bad.

    Who gives a fuck about the amount of money that will get wasted, the lost job opportunities and creation of wealth that’s badly needed in NZ., if political points can be scored against the evil tories.

    I can tell you who do give a fuck though, the NZ voter.

    • vto 7.1

      Fuck the money.

      I would like to swim in and drink from our rivers. How many rivers and creeks are safe to swim in or to drink from in the developed parts of the North Island?

      Fucking gross man – money money money ….. while living in shit. What would be the point BM?

      • BM 7.1.1

        You haven’t been able to safely drink water from a NZ stream for a long long time.

        Tourists washing out their water filters put an end to that.

        • freedom 7.1.1.1

          i guess the millions of tonnes of toxic crap that agricultural/industrial sectors have dumped into our environment over the last fifty years is just a coincidinky then?

        • vto 7.1.1.2

          “You haven’t been able to safely drink water from a NZ stream for a long long time.”

          Exactly BM. Because people have been dumping the shit from their homes and their businesses into the public estate for far too long. This is now apparent. It is easily fixed but it is not being fixed – especially with the lard arses in this government. It seems you, like them, have no plan to clean up the house.

          So I repeat my question to you “Fucking gross man – money money money ….. while living in shit. What would be the point BM?”

        • Tracey 7.1.1.3

          Where DO you get your information? Are you on hallucinogenics?

    • fisiani 7.2

      Quite right. The NZ voter cannot stand the Hobbit Haters of Labour who will brazenly walk the red carpet as total hypocrites. Grant (…) Robertson will smile and wave and self promote then head for the buffet table and the free wine.
      National is about onwards and progress. Labour is stuck in backwards and nay saying.
      I cannot understand the Labour strategy of constantly bagging every step of New Zealand progress to somehow bring down John Key. It is a spectacular own goal. It is one of the many reasons that the National party vote rose in 2011 from the result in 2008 despite the worst economic circumstances in living memory.
      100% pure is just advertising speak. No one ever dreamed it would be taken literally. The people who did so are perhaps best described as the clowns.

      • Lanthanide 7.2.1

        “National is about onwards and progress. Labour is stuck in backwards and nay saying.”

        I see that you really sucked up that silly ad National ran before the last election with the ‘stop’ and ‘go’ road signs.

        • fisiani 7.2.1.1

          Mining National GO Labour STOP
          Fishing National GO Labour STOP
          Forestry National GO Labour STOP
          Hobbit National GO Labour STOP
          Tourism National GO Labour STOP
          Reform National GO Labour STOP
          Education National GO Labour STOP

          And you call it a silly ad…… it has turned out to be prophetic.

          • Lanthanide 7.2.1.1.1

            :roll:

          • thatguynz 7.2.1.1.2

            You could write Nationals advertising hoardings for the next election Fisiani.  They wouldn’t actually be factual and would appeal solely to the “reality tv” generation but that would be ok right?

          • mike e 7.2.1.1.3

            Mining national 29 dead no new jobs !
            Fishing slaving national not doing anything till 2014!
            Forestry carbon offsets dead in the water!
            hobbit national caved in and paid more than necessary just to break unions!
            Reform means more poverty for more people!
            Education National fuck up education again no benefit for reforms only higher cost to taxpayer!

      • Tracey 7.2.2

        “despite the worst economic circumstances in living memory.” Many people are alive who remember the great depression… Or do you not value the elderly?

      • Draco T Bastard 7.2.3

        National is about onwards and progress.

        Nope, National is about destroying the environment and society for their own personal gain.

      • mike e 7.2.4

        Fishy fool manufacturing the productive sector tourism farming are all down spending is up !
        Housing speculation and shares are heading towards a cliff!

    • Tracey 7.3

      There he goes again, speaking on behalf of the people in the streets. Do you work for a living BM, or maybe you are a busker???

  8. BM – left right ? political points, what the fuck.

    You mean big business trying to have their cake and eat it too? Then getting nasty when the obvious truth gets pointed out.

    How about safely swimming in the water then? Our lowland rivers are full of fecal matter and other toxic shit directly related to dairy intensification. It is about as far away from PURE as you can get.

    Jobs and a fucked environment don’t need go hand in hand, if the spin was a true and accurate picture of what NZ is about then we would be having this discussion.

    I would like us to measure up to the spin; if we worked towards it that would create jobs and wealth that would be sustainable for generations to come.

    • BM 8.1

      We never can, think off hand there’s only 5% of native forest left.
      The rest has been cleared for farming(Colonists), hunting Moa, planting Kumera crops(Maori).

      The 100% clean and green has always been BS, but it provides jobs and money for the country.

      • locus 8.1.1

        unbelievable that supposed ‘marketing’ gurus think it’s okay to say 100% pure and then not give a damn about the environmental degradation going on around them killing their goose. No more golden eggs for NZ tourism.

        Spending a fotune to get here and then finding out your kids get sick if they paddle in the streams, and that you can’t fill your canteen on a bushwalk is news that soon gets around.

        Mind you who gives a damn about tourism if you can increase your profits by not treating the milking shed effluent you’re quietly discharging into the local river.

      • Tracey 8.1.2

        You are wrong. There is a river in Marlborough (Wakamarina) which in 2005 was one of 5% of NZ rivers you could drink from according to WHO standards. What you don’t know (which apparently isn’t much) you make up!

      • William 8.1.3

        You’re also very wrong on your recollection of 5% native forest cover.

        Ministry for Environment place native land cover as 43.7%.

        That page gives the area in various types of native land cover, native forest itself is about 24%, as stated by this DoC page.

      • fender 8.1.4

        You sure have a cheek coming on here making up shit you have no knowledge about B(loody) M(oron).
        So how much land was cleared by the early Maori as they lay in waiting for Moa on the tracks that the huge bird had itself made through the forest?

        I guess this acting the clown was the brighter future we have been patiently waiting for.

  9. BLiP 9

    .

    So, where did we get to, John?

    I’m Jewish/Christian/Agnostic
    1981
    Tranzrail shares
    Lord Ashcroft
    National Ltd™ would have sent troops into Iraq
    Standard & Poors
    “I didn’t say I want wages to drop”
    “I won’t raise GST:
    Capping, not cutting the public service,
    “tax cuts north of $50 a week”
    Privatisation won’t significantly help the economy
    Wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones
    “I never offered Brash a diplomatic job in London”
    National Ltd™ won’t touch Kiwisaver
    National Ltd™ is not going to radically reorganise the structure of the public sector
    Tax cuts won’t require additional borrowing
    National Ltd™ will tender out the government banking contract
    “We [NZ] have grown for eight of the last nine quarters”
    “…we will be back in surplus by 2014-15…”
    “…unemployment is starting to fall…”
    “…we have created 45,000 jobs…”
    “…we are likely to create 170,000 jobs in the next 4 years…”
    “I don’t own a vineyard”
    The Isreali spy killed in the Christchurch quake had “only one” passport
    The Police will not need to make savings by losing jobs
    GCSB x 3 (that we know about)
    “I voted to keep the drinking age at 20″
    New Zealand is 100% pure””

    . . . thanks, dude, I’m lovin’ it.

    • Tracey 9.1

      If you took what Fisiani and BM take you would be happy, at least…

    • rosy 9.2

      Great list, and it’s not like he doesn’t know what lying is

      Lying is that you knowingly and deceitfully mislead people… I don’t lie about anything. I don’t always give you the answer you might want to hear because that’s prudent. But I don’t lie about things.

      Seems to me there’s a sneaky little transition from ‘lying’ to ‘marketing’ in there as well. I’m lovin’ it too.

  10. unicus 10

    Ronald Mc Donald – How apt for a Prime Minister who’s grinning visage screens the activities of the most damaging government since Muldoon’s . Not unlike the real (sic) Ronald smiling and dancing while his corporation destroys the health of children .

  11. gobsmacked 11

    MPs don’t read blogs.

    Here’s what happened in Parliament today (from Claire Trevett, Herald):

    Labour’s Annette King managed to get the last word a bit later – reminding Parliament about the Prime Minister’s recent comparison of the 100 per cent Pure campaign to McDonald’s advertisements.

    “That may be true,” Mrs King mused. “Because the thing New Zealand and McDonald’s have in common is that they are both run by clowns.”

    So, MPs don’t read blogs.

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    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) In my experience as a politically engaged young...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • The Privatisation of Solid Energy
    by Jeanette Fitzsimons When Solid Energy went belly up with huge debts and failed businesses like its briquetting plant in Southland, the Government was forced to drop it off the list for privatisation because it was no longer fit for...
    Coal Action | 19-10
  • Manufacturing Terrorism
    Domestic Terror: Police constables and detectives outside the Wellington Trades Hall, 27 March 1984. After 33 years of vilification directed at trade unionists, at least one of their enemies finally made the leap from words to deeds, and an innocent caretaker,...
    Bowalley Road | 19-10
  • NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores US military warning of “...
    So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to...
    Hot Topic | 19-10
  • Improving AT’s Patronage Reports
    This week we should learn about the patronage results for September and with this post I want to explore whether Auckland Transport are delivering the results to the public in the best way that they can. Currently we get patronage results a...
    Transport Blog | 19-10
  • Experts Condemn Possible TPP Trade-Offs as Talks Resume
    Press Release – AFTINET Mps, Public Health And Copyright Experts Condemn Possible TPP Trade-Offs as Talks Resume in CanberraMps, Public Health And Copyright Experts Condemn Possible TPP Trade-Offs as Talks Resume in Canberra When: 11 AM Monday, October 20Where: Parliament...
    Its our future | 19-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Press Release – iPredict Andrew Littles probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New...
    Its our future | 19-10
  • Secrets, Lies and Revelations
    There is a lot this National Government doesn't want us to know. They have made it clear that we shouldn't measure child poverty, that we don't need independent environmental reporting and any official information requests are delayed indefinitely, especially if...
    Local Bodies | 19-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #42
    SkS Highlights Another "lightening rod" article by Dana, Dinner with global warming contrarians, disaster for dessert, drew the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. If you have not already done so, be...
    Skeptical Science | 19-10
  • Putting people at the centre of policy
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Leftist politics puts people at the centre of...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • Alpaca Metropolitan – Episode 67
    For the rest of Alpaca Metropolitan, check out the tumblr comic....
    On the Left | 19-10
  • Meaningful compassion
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) My mum sometimes tells the story of when...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • If you didn’t vote, please complain!
    This image from youth voter turnout group RockEnrol (who did some great work), while humourous, is an excellent example of the problem. There’s a particular refrain commonly heard around election time – both in the buildup, as an exhortation towards...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • We have lift-off!
    Welcome to On The Left! We’re happy to be here. OTL was born when a couple of lefty comms people got together for coffee and decided that the NZ blogosphere was lacking an accessible, well-written, interesting and above all fun group...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • DEALING WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS
    How can foreign investors in New Zealand be sure that we will treat them fairly? If they are not sure perhaps they will not invest here, even though their investment may be valuable to us. (I do not believe all...
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Cunliffe and Labour
    I didn't cover the election, long story short; the country is still being run by a banker and someone who was in charge of the National Party got its lowest percentage in recent history. Although if Cunliffe gets finance we...
    Topical | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • AT’s Get on Board with Jerome Campaign
    Auckland Transport recently launched a new campaign featuring Jerome Kaino encouraging people to use PT and HOP. It seems to be primarily an online campaign focused on the videos below however I’ve also seen a few ads on the backs of buses...
    Transport Blog | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #42B
    As deaths mount in Nepal disasters, questions about climate change raised Churches go Green by shedding fossil fuel holdings Climate change: it’s only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not Cutting global warming pollution just business as usual at some...
    Skeptical Science | 18-10
  • Dunno what to say about this, really
    Donald Trump and Russell Brand are having a spat on twitter.  It puts me in mind of Oscar Wilde's quip about fox hunting - "The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable."  Though in this case, more a matter of the...
    Left hand palm | 18-10
  • We must join the fight against Islamic State
    We are being confronted with an evil of a kind we have not seen before. An evil we can barely even name. Islamic State? ISIS? IS? ISIL? What the hell do we even call these people?...
    Imperator Fish | 18-10
  • Amazon – the global digital East India Company of the 21st century?
    My trade union is engaged in a long term fight against Amazon for half-way tolerable pay and working conditions in its distribution centres in Germany.  Basic stuff like trade union representation or even a works council, reasonable breaks, being paid...
    Redline | 18-10
  • The Splits: Epsom / Ohariu Split Vote
    Epsom voteAct 2011 Party-Vote 3% (939 votes),   Candidate-Vote 44% (15,835)       2014 Party-Vote 3% (1,023),         Candidate-Vote 43% (15,966)Nat 2011 Party-Vote 65% (23,725),     Candidate-Vote 38% (13,574)       2014 Party-Vote 64% (23,904),      Candidate-Vote 32% (11,716)Lab 2011 Party-Vote 16% (5,716),      ...
    Sub zero politics | 17-10
  • Blinding Flash of the Obvious re composing encrypted emails – Avoid auto-...
    I recently reviewed Edward Snowden’s instructions for setting up and using PGP/encrypted email available on Vimeo: GPG for Journalists – Windows edition | Encryption for Journalists | Anonymous 2013. It’s a good tutorial. One of the points it makes about...
    The Paepae | 17-10
  • An Auckland Urban Redevelopment Agency?
    Details are starting to emerge from the Council’s review of its Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to see if any changes need to be made to them. The CCOs were set up in 2010 by the government as part of the super city...
    Transport Blog | 17-10
  • The rise of China’s workers’ movement
    Over the last six months an average of around 100 strikes and worker protests have been recorded every month in China – and this is just the tip of the iceberg. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko) by Han Dongfang In early September, about...
    Redline | 17-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
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    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
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    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
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    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – shifting focus: towards building an effective ...
    It has now been three weeks since the election, and we on the left are still in the phase of trying to figure out what went wrong.  That can be a useful exercise depending on how it’s done, especially if...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
    Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
    CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach,...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
    Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
    Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
    NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for answers after it was revealed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Prime Minister’s office routinely flouts its obligations under the Official Information Act. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
    NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
    The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
    Heinz Watties redundancies a result of putting profit over good business Heinz Watties workers are shocked by the announcement made late last night that up to 100 jobs are being cut from the company’s New Zealand operations. No information was...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
    Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence
    The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have: uranium....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ
    The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release
    This year the UN World food day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Support from Production, Recreation and Environment.
    When it comes to water quality not many organisations can claim to have the support of major bodies representing production, recreation and the environment, yet this is exactly what NZ Landcare Trust has achieved. The Trust's upcoming 'Communities...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Law Society supports Malaysian Bar Peace and Freedom Walk
    The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its support for a planned Walk for Peace and Freedom by Malaysian lawyers protesting against continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Malaysian government....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Bunnies Offered Protection With New Technology
    SAFE is announcing the spring launch of its “bunny protector” – a new mobile phone app that will help shoppers on the go avoid animal-tested cosmetics products. Suitable for both iPhone and android, the ‘SAFEshopper Cruelty-free NZ’ app will...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Maori Wellbeing – Defying the Oxymoron
    When Mother Teresa was asked how do you achieve world peace, she said, go home and love your family....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
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