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McVicar’s homophobia

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, January 20th, 2013 - 88 comments
Categories: you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

Remember the great crimewave that followed legalisation of homosexuality in the mid eighties?

Neither do I but Garth McVicar may remember otherwise. In his submission to the select committee on Louisa Wall’s marriage amendment bill, McVicar has declares

:

I see the marriage ammedment bill as being a further erosion of what
I consider to be esential basic values and morals that have stood the
test of time for centuries. Furthermore the bill represents a further
decay and erosion of the traditional family [mother & father] that
society has ben founded on. While many of the proponents of this bill
also decry the escalation of child abuse, domestic violence, violent
crime and corresponding prison population they fail [or choose to
ignore]to see the connection of the social demise caused by the
policies they promote and the outcomes.

While much good work has been done recently to reduce crime and
ensure better treatment of victims this bill has the abilty to
destroy that good work.
The marriage ammendment bill will not benefit society at all and will
ultimately have detremetal effect on crime at all levels.

Y’get that? All his good work will be undone by Teh Gayz! Frankly this submission is the work of a paranoid and perverse mind. But are we really surprised? This after all, is a man who came out in support of a child killer, and who may well be funded by private prison lobbyists.

It would be funny if it weren’t for the influence this creep has gained by exploiting crime victims families.

88 comments on “McVicar’s homophobia”

  1. millsy 1

    Nasty, but predictable. I knew the guy was homophobic in some way, shape or form.

    The underlines the fact that Louisa Wall’s bill MUST pass. This is just like the 81 Springbok tour. The old order v. the new generation. If the bill fails, it is un-reconstructed bigoted, racist, homophobic neanderthals like McVicar, McCroskie, Rankin, the SPCS, Ken Orr, Laws, Prosser and the like who win, and they will have the confidence to seek to destory the rest of the social and sexual freedoms we enjoy, like abortion, divorce, the ability to consume alcohol in premises with the opposite sex, sex outside of marriage, women being able to vote, etc and so on. They want to turn this country into an Islamic-style theocracy like in Iran or Saudi Arabia.

  2. Dinosaur stuff.
    Party at mine on extinction day.

    Are his comments not hate speech?

    • Murray Olsen 2.1

      Everything McVicar says is hate speech. He hates a world where Maori can call Pakeha men by their christian names, where they can live in the same towns, and where they can look a Pakeha in the eye. He is nostalgic for a world where his type had status because of their skin colour and their ownership of a bit of land. He is a scum sucking dinosaur and I cannot understand why the media give him any prominence whatsoever. What worries me even more is that there are people below the age of 70 who agree with some or all of his views.

  3. QoT 3

    He has a point, you know. I do totally fail to see a connection between allowing loving couples to marry on an equal footing with other couples and raise children together in a loving, committed family unit … and the “erosion of the family”.

    I now invite responses from any hetero people who feel that their personal ability to love, commit, and raise children will be irrevocably damaged by the knowledge that Adam and Steve or Wilma and Betty are able to do the same thing.

    • kiwi_prometheus 3.1

      Why do you limit it to couples with no explanation of why? Aren’t you discriminating against consenting adults who want to be in a marriage with more than 2 participants or less that 2? If so, how does your definition of what marriage is justify your discrimination and violation of their ‘rights’, QoT?

      • QoT 3.1.1

        Still mimicking Family First’s talking points, k_p? Interesting.

        Maybe you could explain why exactly the same argument doesn’t work for the current situation. If I can legally marry one man, why not two?

        • kiwi_prometheus 3.1.1.1

          Still mimicking pro gay marriage talking points, QoT?

          “If I can legally marry one man, why not two?”

          Monogamy is a requisite in the current understanding of “marriage”, therefore no polygamy.

          • QoT 3.1.1.1.1

            Yes, k_p. Well done! So now you, as the person constantly talking about polygamy, have the burden of explaining why changing the gender portion of the legal definition of marriage automatically endangers the monogamy portion.

            (You might also like to have a word with the many cultures on this planet who do not include “monogamy” as a “requisite” of marriage).

            • kiwi_prometheus 3.1.1.1.1.1

              No QoT, the burden is YOURS.

              Geeze you really are squirming around aren’t you?

              “why changing the gender portion of the legal definition of marriage automatically endangers the monogamy portion.”

              You’re not “changing a portion”, you are redefining marriage that leaves no argument for monogamy or any other kind of limitation if you bother to actually consider what you are trying to do. How do you come to the belief that you are only changing a “portion”.

              That’s just bizarre but not surprising coming from a Feminist.

              “(You might also like to have a word with the many cultures on this planet who do not include “monogamy” as a “requisite” of marriage).”

              Not interested in your multicult crap, QofT.

              Go to the NZ public then and say “hey us gay marriage advocates are actually redefining marriage to allow for polygamy and even marrying yourself, but I’m sure you will all still give your whole hearted support to us because its all about the freedom to love who you want!”.

              Good luck.

              • QoT

                Dude, do you understand how much you pwn your own argument when you spend this much time whinging that marriage is a big special unique institution … and then dismiss all other cultures’ and historical periods’ alternative definitions as “multicult crap”?

                If I’m squirming it’s because it hurts to laugh this hard.

              • Pascal's bookie

                You’re not “changing a portion”, you are redefining marriage that leaves no argument for monogamy or any other kind of limitation if you bother to actually consider what you are trying to do. How do you come to the belief that you are only changing a “portion”.

                Err, read the legislation. It is changing a portion.

                Your argument, such as it is, is that any change made implies that any other change could be made.

                But so what? That has always been the case. The fact that a change has been proposed, and other changes made previously, confirm that. You’ve got nothing k-p. Nothing at all.

          • Populuxe1 3.1.1.1.2

            [IB: In case you missed it, you've been banned until next Saturday (26th) for accusing an author of lying]

          • xtasy 3.1.1.1.3

            kp – you appear to be “married” to a degenerate mindset.

        • kiwi_prometheus 3.1.1.2

          Please stop avoiding the question and answer it.

          Here I will put it to you again, QoT

          “Why do you limit [marriage ] to couples with no explanation of why?”

          • QoT 3.1.1.2.1

            Because that’s the law change on the table, k_p. Don’t you read newspapers?

            Sure, there’s a really interesting conversation to be had about family structure and alternative relationship styles, but the simple fact is this: you don’t give a fuck about alternative relationship structures. You’re exploiting them to derail the current moves towards marriage equality.

            You want to derail this entire societal debate away from the simple fact that there are loving, committed same-sex couples in this world who deserve the same legal recognition as two hetero flatmates getting hitched for the student allowance benefits.

            You’re only bringing up polygamy because your team’s previous arguments, i.e. “why can’t I marry my dog”, have been definitely laughed off stage.

            That’s why I’m not answering your piece of shit “question”, k_p. Because I’m not playing your sad little homophobic game.

            • kiwi_prometheus 3.1.1.2.1.1

              “That’s why I’m not answering your piece of shit “question”,”

              It’s a very straight forward philosophical question, QoT.

              You can’t give a reasoned, coherent reply, that’s why you aren’t answering it.

              Your argument is seriously flawed, unsalvageable. As a result it will damage/undermine the institution of marriage if it wins out.

              Therefore gay ‘marriage’ would be socially corrosive.

              • QoT

                I won’t answer a bias, derailing question … ergo gay marriage is socially corrosive.

                I fucking love how you think logic works.

              • fatty

                Therefore gay ‘marriage’ would be socially corrosive.

                Can you please detail possible corrosive outcomes to society?
                Just list them 1-5, from most corrosive to least…

                Didn’t think you could…lame again KP

              • xtasy

                “Socially corrosive” is a bad mentality and mob mentality, like some hating minority or other groups for gender and sexual orientation, looks, race, colour, culture, mindset, personal opinion, political views, dress habits and whatever else may come to mind.

                kp, you are constantly seeking to pick arguments with many here, just to create division and diversion from what really matters.

                Get a life, you apparently have none, as you come to a forum that largely disagrees with you, that does not share your views, and that apparently goes up your nose.

                Some never learn, I am afraid, so for your own well-being, take a “get a life pill” tonight.

  4. vto 5

    When I saw this in te paper this a.m. it induced cringe and head-shaking. He is off the planet. Rather timely in a tiny wee way given the recent bash I’ve had at this issue. But it highlights the difference in approach to the issue, imo.

    The approach suggested the last couple of days by me was imo positive to the hetero marriage group and neutral to the gay marriage group (all rights equal etc), whereas McVicar here is completely negative to the gay marriage group and neutral to the hetero marriage group. Hopefully the subtle but real difference is apparent.

    Anyways, to those who made the homophobia accusation, here is your real villain. And believe it or not I’m on your side. Society does not need neaderthals like this, but it has them like it has extremists at the ends of every political spectrum.

    Fight the good fight.

    Out. Summer is calling.

    • One Tāne Huna 5.1

      “the hetero marriage group”

      To be clear – you are referring to the group who want to have their own “hets only” definition of marriage, am I right?

      I think they’re a tiny minority (now you’ve excluded Garth McVicar perhaps you need a smaller phonebox) who don’t own the institution of marriage and therefore have no business demanding anything.

      I’ve yet to see any kind of rebuttal.

  5. muzza 6

    Don’t get caught up in the blatant distraction that is GM and his comments, which are timed/designed for emotive purposes, to keep the fires stoked!

    What is needed is to see GM and co as the *faces/mouths*, of those, who allow them the vehicles/platforms of public view.

    If anything, his comments are so ridiculous that perhaps some will begin to question his, and the SST’s operational function!

    • QoT 6.1

      Just checking, muzza, is this your actual opinion or part of your personal research project?

      • muzza 6.1.1

        Now, now Queenie, Felix and McFlock have branded me, so if you have faith in their conclusions, then you will be able to answer your own question, with confidence.

        http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-20012013/#comment-575834

        In case you missed my question above, take a look – It requires an urgent assessment, there could be innocent victims, digesting unnecessary amounts of self doubt/hatred while you deliver a verdict on the *abuse*!

        • QoT 6.1.1.1

          You’ve been branded by nothing but your own unequivocal statements made at another blog, muzza.

          • muzza 6.1.1.1.1

            I think you will find that is not entirely accurate QoT (yourself aside), there were explicit accusations of bigotry.

            My comments elsewhere have nothing to do with the accusations, which were made by Felix/McFlock, here, on The Standard!

            • QoT 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Well I guess you’ve got a cast-iron defence ready, muzza – your bigoted statements were probably just part of your social experiment, right?

            • felixviper 6.1.1.1.1.2

              muzza, the trouble you’ve run into is that as soon as you admitted that you’re here in the capacity of an experimenter, there’s absolutely no reason for anyone to take anything you say as an honest opinion.

              You made your bed, so you can lie in it (which it’s now quite reasonable to assume you’ve been doing all along.)

  6. mike e vipe e 7

    I thought he would have advocated for gay people to have their honeymoon in prison!

  7. Policy Parrot 8

    SST = Sexually Sentencing Types.

  8. Nick 9

    Garth McVicar is an idiot – I agree that the media shouldn’t give him oxygen on this or anything else he has to say.

    • Roy 9.1

      On the other hand, the media showing him up as an intolerant old bigot can only help to make more people realize that he should not be listened to on any subject, including sentencing of criminals.

  9. NickS 10

    Urge to verbally flense rising…

    And what’s worse, homosexuals are at higher risk of being the victims of crime due to homophobia, but hey, I guess teh gays can’t ever be the victims right?

    • Roy 10.1

      I’d hazard a guess that McVicar would not campaign for longer sentences for people who bash gays.

  10. NZ Femme 11

    I’m totes going shopping for matching balaclavas for me and my honey.

  11. PlanetOrphan 12

    Sounds like McVicar is repeating his Nazi Transgendered mothers’ , delusional lies.
    Hiding from his/her Nazi past ….. it’s amazing that the kids of those people can never face the truth.

    • xtasy 12.1

      McVicar plays the naughty Vicar at night, blowjob here and there, and in return, but keep it hush hush, please. Naughty Vicar, always in the confession box.

  12. tracey 13

    i think this will damage his so called victim crusade in the minds of average kiwis. does this mean he wldnt campaign for a victim.og gay bashing… or would he assist the defence with provocation arguments?

  13. kiwi_prometheus 14

    Gay ‘marriage’ is socially corrosive.

    In your revision of the definition of marriage you lot a destroying it.

    As I’ve pointed out before, what argument do you have to stop polygamy, brother marrying sister or grand ma and her grand daughter?

    After all according to you lot its all about consenting loving adults asserting their rights.

    One nutter on here gives polygamy the thumbs up. I watched a university student of philosophy acknowledge that yes it is acceptable for an individual to marry them-self according to the pro gay marriage argument, though she thought it would be a bit of a joke – but then gay ‘marriage’ is a joke.

    Of course none of you can give a reasoned response.

    That’s why you need and love McVicar – you can wail, sob, beat your chests, pull your hair, scream “FUCKING BIGOT!” – make yourselves out to be the righteous defenders of good – demonise anyone who isn’t “On board”.

    All to hide the fact your concept of marriage is a philosophical car wreck.

    • Descendant Of Sssmith 14.1

      You mean if we don’t support a Catholic / Anglican / Presbyterian definition of marriage there’s something wrong with us.

      I’m quite comfortable with broader definitions of marriage than that – in simple terms it’s a public declaration of commitment that also engenders some legal rights.

      That’s hardly a philosophical car wreck.

      To try and pretend that a Christian-like definition is the only acceptable one for a modern multi-cultural world is nonsense.

      Marriage existed before Christianity and the Anglican Church for example predominantly rose out of a need by those in power to re-define the definition of marriage away from what it formally was – even though it was quite common for royalty to have mistresses.

      Here’s some examples of different marriage customs:

      http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/ATLAS_EN/html/marriage_in_non_western_societ.html

      While in general you can argue that New Zealand society was significantly based upon thinking gained from a Western Christian ethic some aspects of that have been found wanting ( e.g. the right to beat your wife and children for discipline) and many other parts of our society have come from non-religious thinking and in some cases from standing up to the abusive power of religious leaders.

      The religious bigots, like you label McVicar ( I have no idea if he is religious and it’s a long time since someone’s name indicated their profession – otherwise I’d be shoeing horses) would have us remain in a frozen time warp of stupidity – no different from the Taliban or those who think mountains are ancestors or spirits whatever part of the world they come from.

      Remove the religion out of marriage and there’s no reason why two men or woman can’t marry each other any more than there was no reason I couldn’t marry my wife when I don’t have a religious bone in my body.

      Of course the religious bigotry that abounds should be objecting to that too or is my marriage somehow acceptable even though I think god is a crock of superstitious shite.

      • RedLogix 14.1.1

        Indeed if there is one thing more remarkable than anything else in human society it is the enormous range of forms families can and do take.

        Personally I’m one of those ‘nutters’ kp refers to … I’ve very little time for the institution of marriage as defined in traditional terms. What we’ve learnt in the last few decades about human sexuality and genetics, strongly suggests that the idea of lifelong, single partner heterosexual monogamy is a very poor idea indeed.

        Personally I can see the next century marked by a lot more flexibility around family structures.

        • kiwi_prometheus 14.1.1.1

          Its all ready incredibly flexible.

          High divorce rates, kids not being raised in a stable home with their biological father and mother.

          What a mess, and you obviously think it is ‘absolutely fabulous’.

          • TightyRighty 14.1.1.1.1

            You believe though that a loving couple, consenting adults, should not be allowed to marry? What about the same legal rights as a normally married couple even if it isn’t “marriage” by the same name?

        • kiwi_prometheus 14.1.1.2

          “What we’ve learnt in the last few decades about human sexuality and genetics, strongly suggests that the idea of lifelong, single partner heterosexual monogamy is a very poor idea indeed.”

          [ citation needed ]

          • QoT 14.1.1.2.1

            *snort* Oh, someone thinks he’s clever. But you’d do a damn sight better demand other people’s credentials if you weren’t constantly shooting off without providing any of your own.

          • RedLogix 14.1.1.2.2

            At this point I could introduce some interesting ideas; but I doubt kp would read any of them.

            the critical factor in such cases is the emotional cost of admitting that the decision to buy the stock, adopt the belief system, or make whatever other mistake is at issue, was in fact a mistake. The more painful it is to make that admission, the more forcefully most people will turn away from the necessity to do so, and it’s safe to assume that they’ll embrace the most consummate malarkey if doing so allows them to insist to themselves that the mistake wasn’t a mistake after all.

            http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/the-road-down-from-empire.html

            Personally kp I’m a fairly vanilla and boring old white male het, whose been a one partner at a time sort of bloke all my life. But looking back I’m not all that convinced it was the best thing I could have done with my life, and the evidence I can see about me … as you can see for yourself kp… there is plenty of evidence that the ‘standard monogamous nuclear family’ model is fraught with failures.

            Do I have a set of ready-made answers? No. But I do have a bunch of questions and a curious mind.

      • kiwi_prometheus 14.1.2

        “You mean if we don’t support a Catholic / Anglican / Presbyterian definition of marriage there’s something wrong with us.”

        Why do you assume that all opposition is religious in nature? I’ve put it to you that the pro gay marriage argument allows a free for all – that’s a philosophical argument not a theological one.

        “I’m quite comfortable with broader definitions of marriage than that – in simple terms it’s a public declaration of commitment that also engenders some legal rights.”

        So you give polygamy 2 thumbs up? Along with someone marrying themself? Or Grandma marrying her grand daughter?

        Your definition of marriage certainly allows for it.

        “That’s hardly a philosophical car wreck.”

        Yes it is – it makes a complete nonsense of the concept of marriage.

        Funny how the pro gay movement gets enraged and defensive when opponents claim polygamy will be allowed next. Because they know the public would reject them if they declared it was all sweet.

        But here is another pro gay marriage number seemly giving the thumbs up to all kinds of bizarre arrangements as “marriage”.

        • RedLogix 14.1.2.1

          You’re strawman construction crew is going to be demanding double time…

          A cursory examination of the huge range of family structures found in the thousands of various cultures in the world show that people are remarkably adaptable … while at the same time are quite sensible about avoiding breeding with excessively close relatives.

          • kiwi_prometheus 14.1.2.1.1

            So you are all for polygamy and grandma marrying grand daughter?

            “avoiding breeding with excessively close relatives”

            Why do you believe marriage must necessarily involve a sex act?

            You lot claim defining heterosexual sex as the only type acceptable to marriage is descriminating towards gays.

            So you want to be more ‘inclusive’, redefine marriage to include homosexual sex acts.

            But what about people who don’t want to have sex at all but want to get married. Surely that is discrimination, a violation of their right to get married?

            So remove sex from the definition of marriage all together.

            • RedLogix 14.1.2.1.1.1

              So you are all for polygamy and grandma marrying grand daughter?

              Polygamy is defined as one male, multiple females and reflects a power structure not a family one. There are other forms of polyandry and polyamory that are equally possible. None of these are impossible, indeed there is every reason to think humans evolved for millions of years using a multi-male, multi-female mating system .. as do our closest genetic relatives the two chimpanzee species.

              As I’ve said before, the vast majority of human societies seem to have also followed an instinct to avoid having sex with their very close relatives. No-one here is suggesting anything different and it’s an utter strawman of the worst kind to keep bringing it up.

              Why do you believe marriage must necessarily involve a sex act?

              What you are now talking about is a form of relationship that is more about friendship, property management and social form. Marriage can of course be completely asexual … but in that case why are you concerned about the sexuality of the couple?

            • felixviper 14.1.2.1.1.2

              “Why do you believe marriage must necessarily involve a sex act?”

              RL has already addressed this, but I think I should remind everyone that a few months ago k_p’s primary argument against gay marriage was that marriage was all about procreation.

              btw, he never did answer my question “where do babies come from?” but I assure him the answer isn’t “marriage.”

      • xtasy 14.1.3

        I met a fair few “Christians” – and honestly very many were just out-right bigots and hypocrites.

    • QoT 14.2

      Gay ‘marriage’ is socially corrosive.

      [citation needed]

    • The Al1en 14.3

      I did ask the other day and I’ll ask again, if having multiple partners were legal, would you object to homosexual polygamy, and if so, on what grounds?

    • Populuxe1 14.4

      “Gay ‘marriage’ is socially corrosive.”

      Capitalism is socially corrosive: true. People used to say mixed race marriages were socially corrosive, as it turned this is false. As is your statement.

      “In your revision of the definition of marriage you lot a destroying it.”

      That’s like saying no longer treating wives as chattels or getting rid of prima noctu, and outlawing concubinage destroyed marriage. Hollywood divorces have inflicted more damage on marriage than gay marriage ever possibly could.

      “As I’ve pointed out before, what argument do you have to stop polygamy, brother marrying sister or grand ma and her grand daughter?”

      Straw man and slippery slope fallacy in one. The number of people who want polygamous or polyandrous marriages is so slight as to be irrelevant. And generally speaking incest is generally frowned upon because consanguineous relationships often lead to genetically damaged children.

      “After all according to you lot its all about consenting loving adults asserting their rights.”

      Yes it is.

      One nutter on here gives polygamy the thumbs up. I watched a university student of philosophy acknowledge that yes it is acceptable for an individual to marry them-self according to the pro gay marriage argument, though she thought it would be a bit of a joke – but then gay ‘marriage’ is a joke.

      Of course none of you can give a reasoned response.

      That’s why you need and love McVicar – you can wail, sob, beat your chests, pull your hair, scream “FUCKING BIGOT!” – make yourselves out to be the righteous defenders of good – demonise anyone who isn’t “On board”.

      All to hide the fact your concept of marriage is a philosophical car wreck.

    • Copperhead 14.5

      Im sorry Mr Prometheus, but own goal again, the only chest beating going on is by cavemen like you who are afraid of teh big bad gays. Get out of the house and join the 21st century.

      Edit, this was directed at kp above, not sure how it got here

  14. Galeandra 15

    peanut hammer

    • kiwi_prometheus 15.1

      Is that for the pro gay marriage and polygamists on here?

      • locus 15.1.1

        Oh bravo kp, but I do rather think it was directed at the many rational well reasoned comments that have taken apart your feeble and unpleasant rhetoric

      • xtasy 15.1.2

        NO, it seems to be a “hammer” meant to hit the top of your skull to re-arrange some braincells in need to have a reality check, perhaps, I only presume, it is well-meant too by the way.

  15. Dr Terry 16

    Marriage, I thought, was based upon “love”, and is there a difference if it happens to concern a gay couple? Clearly, McVicar is, then, opposed in this instance to such loving relationship. (I am sure there is no shortage of real evils for him to oppose with such ardent vigour!).

    How much do people know about this man? He is a long-time Hawkes Bay farmer whose formal education stopped at the age of 16. He has no qualifications in law. psychology, or criminology. He is not a “beast with horns”, but a quite pleasant fellow (“decent bloke”), a man of good old “family values” (which are so often questionable!) who possesses “natural intelligence” which does not spare him from delusional ideas. He is (God spare us!) undoubtedly “well-meaning”, (just misguided).

    He founded the Sensible Sentencing Trust in 2001, promoting harsher court sentences and penal policies in the belief that this will reduce crime, popularising the notion throughout the country. A number of commentators have pointed out the close connection with the National and ACT parties on (punitive) policies of law and order. McVicar acknowledges a “close regular contact with Don Brash, and the SST often works with the Christian Right.

    Professor John Pratt of Victoria University says SST leads to the puruit of penal policies to win votes rather than reduce crime or promote justice”. A recent commentator wrote, “What Mr McVicar stands for isn’t really clear, but it certainly has nothing to do with justice”. CJ Shian Elias has stated that she believes NZ has developed “a pervasive culture of blame”.

    Enlightened justice reformer Kim Workman of “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” offers a more evidence-based approach to criminal justice in NZ (with analyses of the social context and causes of criminal activity). He says, “Victims become trapped in their grief by the SST and are unable to ever reach peace. These victims are being filled with this retributive agenda from McVicar and from politicians trying to oust one another to be tough on crime. It’s just alienating and full of hate.”

    It is reported that 50 international studies involving over 300,000 offenders concluded “None of the analyses found imprisonment reduced recidivism . . . Longer sentences were associated with an increase in offending” (a view ignored by SST).

    McVicar produced a book for which he employed a ghost-writer, Michael Larson (whose name appears not on the cover). He happily confesses “I haven’t read the whole book through” (though we must charitably suppose him literate).

    Now in full grandiosity McVicar presumes, with absolutely no evidence, to connect gay-marriage with criminal conduct. What will come next??

    • kiwi_prometheus 16.1

      “Kim Workman of “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” offers a more evidence-based approach…

      …He says, “Victims become trapped in their grief by the SST and are unable to ever reach peace. These victims are being filled with this retributive agenda from McVicar and from politicians trying to oust one another to be tough on crime. It’s just alienating and full of hate.””

      Excuse me, but where is the evidence for the above personal opinion?

    • QoT 16.2

      Don’t forget, Dr Terry, he’s also a blatant hypocrite. Longer sentences! Harsher penalties! Oh, wait, not for white businessmen who get “frustrated” and stab other people to death, that’s different.

  16. To tell the truth I am fed up to the teeth with McVicar and his Fascist monkeys. I ask again where the hell does he get his money.Has he ever worked for a living ?

  17. millsy 18

    KP should piss off to Saudi Arabia. Im getting tired of people like him who thinks that people should be dictated to about why they should marry, sleep with etc and when.

    And what is wrong with polyamory? Not for everyone, but it seems that those that pratice it do all right. Same with open marriages and swinging.

    His foot must get tired of kicking down all those bedroom doors all the time.

  18. He is fairly old, hope this dinosaur pops off soon. Hopefully he takes a few evangelicals with him.

  19. karol 20

    Interesting post by LudditeJourno on her past encounter with Mr SensibleSentencing. I guess McV’s criminality-inducing-gaydar isn’t that good.

  20. Populuxe1 21

    Why are all my comments going into moderation?

    [lprent: you're listed as having a week ban. Presumably from Irish. ]

  21. xtasy 23

    So the growth in crime is to be blamed on gays or homosexuals being “an erosion” to society???

    Whoa!?

    I actually stated my views on Wall’s bill before, and I do not see the bill as a high priority. I feel the present arrangement under the law is sufficient, but I am otherwise not affected and not too concerned about the bill as such.

    What pisses me off though is, that some go on about all this being some “threat” to society.

    There are a heck of a really serious threats of causing harm in society. I see no harm being committed by homosexuals, who generally obey the law as heterosexuals.

    Any person disputing that is an IDIOT, a BIGOT perhaps, or any other kind of extreme, possibly FASCIST bastard, that should the hell shut up and not get any bloody media attention.

    Sadly we have a shit media, tending to give too much attention for all kinds of jerks, but real issues are not looked at, not reported about, not even noticed, so the society continues to be dumbed down, which is really bloody incredible, in an age where the internet is meant to provide for more freedom and information.

    Please prick my skin with a pin, so I know I am awake and in the real world, I am starting to think this is just another endless nightmare.

  22. in a way, main stream media have done the right thing and reported mcvicar’s remarks, give him enough rope and he will hang himself( and that would be poetic justice!!!)

  23. McFlock 25

    Lol
    SST are disowning his comments.
    I wonder if that’s genuine, or whether garth is putting on another hat to disown whet he said without a hat?

  24. PlanetOrphan 26

    Time to start the “I’m Married to a Maggot” campaign …..

    Everyone in NZ who is Married to a Maggot is Welcomed by the GAY community.

    Change your life for the better today
    Divorce the Maggot and live free !!

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    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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