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Mighty River Power is buying back shares

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, October 10th, 2013 - 45 comments
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It has just been announced that Mighty River Power is to stand in the market and buy back up to 2% of its company shares over the next 12 months.  Chair Joan Withers says this will happen as part of its capital management plans “reflecting the Board’s view that the purchase of its own shares is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders”.

The buyback is said to be a “prudent use of capital”, will provide a return above MRP’s cost of capital and will be “value-enhancing” for its shareholders.  It is a shame that the Government did not see things this way and hold onto the shares.  As has been said many times this would have provided a return above the debt being paid back and would also have been value enhancing for all of us.

The purchase can happen from October 15 until October 14 next year. The shares bought back will not be cancelled.

The current price for MRP shares is $2.20.

The effect will be to at least maintain that price, and quite possibly there will be a surge in the price.  As at the time of writing the share price has jumped 5c to $2.25.

This announcement is coincidentally occurring at the same time that retail applications for Meridian shares are being accepted.  Retail offers close on October 18, 2013.  A deflated MRP share price would dampen the expected price that Meridian shares could demand.

Rod Oram has tweeted

MRP buys back shares – this is classic, desperate strategy of companies with excess profits, no growth opportunities and ailing share price

It also smacks of a desperate strategy to keep the privatisation process on track.

45 comments on “Mighty River Power is buying back shares”

  1. Rogue Trooper 1

    lolz, “lower than forecast capital expenditure FY2013…and the lower capital expenditure planned for FY2014″.hmmm

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      Thats so they can announce ” record profits”, once they are out from under the ‘yoke’ of State control.

      Its theatre of the absurd

      • Tom Gould 1.1.1

        Withers says they have a found a spare hundred million under the mattress? These Tories really are a bunch of amateurs. They are selling, then the are buying, while they are selling? And the power price goes up while demand is flat or falling? Bring on NZ Power.

  2. Ad 2

    They have also just got rid of all their major growth opportunities. This is a stale company.

    Perhaps the logical way to prop up their price is not to burn their own cash at it, but to require the Government’s own investors in EQC, ACC, and NZSuper to step in with higher shareholding.

    Maybe the market just said that renationalisation of MRP is necessary.

  3. Plan B 3

    they will be buying their own shares with debt. That is the most likely option.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      Silly me I thought the idea of the sale process was to pay down debt …

    • Colonial Viper 3.2

      In other words, they will supply debt sourced dividends to the National Government, while keeping that same debt off the National Government’s balance sheet.

      • Ant 3.2.1

        Pretty much, and they defer as much capital expenditure as they possibly can until after the election…

  4. tc 4

    How much debt did they add the the sector when Genesis borrowed to do a station swap with meridian ( get a Hydro station for a carbon burning one) which was turned into a one off govt dividend, as I recall.

    Also those adds claim meridian only generate from clean green renewable sources, does that include the carbon emitting one Herr Brownlee made them take from Genesis ?

  5. Paul Campbell 5

    Buying back shares raises the value of shares – but only the liquid 49% trading on the NZX the 51% still owned by the govt, because they’re not on the market they only have a nominal value – one that can’t be realised, unless the nats are planning on selling off the rest

    An obvious alternative to spending the money to buy back the shares would be to use the money to pay dividends – if they did then 51% of the dividends would go into the government’s coffers benefiting all of us rather than 100% going to the NZX rich crowd

    • RedBaronCV 5.1

      Exactly

    • Tamati 5.2

      As a result of this investment, the government will get about 52% of future dividends. It’s quasi-renationalisation on a very small scale.

      • Colonial Viper 5.2.1

        That’s a crying shame. The NZ taxpayer should have been receiving 100% of future dividends, not 52%.

        • Tamati 5.2.1.1

          But you’d prefer 52% over 51% right?

          Can’t you at least give the MRP board a tiny bit of credit? Maybe they are all DC’s mates from back in his management consultancy days?

        • fender 5.2.1.2

          +1 CV

          But then the 2% won’t get the other 48% worth of dividends to pay their power bills with, how unfair.

  6. Neil 6

    I find most of the comments pretty incomprehensible. Whether you like it or not, the future need for new power sources is not great in NZ. Therefore they have surplus capital which could be used as a dividend or reducing the number of shares on the market.
    What MRP(Not the government) has done is commonly used in the USA in particular. Reducing the number of shares increases the earnings per share.
    Better that than the dividends as they have in the past gone into the great unknown and spent badly by Labor governments.
    Using Rod Oram in this situation is like communists approving Stalin’s purges. Rod Oram is not a supporter of current government policy, however he is used by the left wing to justify their positions. As an investor, Rod Oram is the last person I would take any notice of.

    • karol 6.1

      I can see why you find most of the above comments incomprehensible, neil.

      Oram equated with approval of Stalinist purges? Now there’s a stretch.

      • lprent 6.1.1

        You’re charitable. Bearing in mind how mild that Oram is on his analysis, I suspect that this loon is of the redbaiter political fraternity. That is to say one who considers that Genghis Khan was a bit of a pinko because he concerned himself about roads across his military empire.

        “Neil” looks like a survivalist grade of human – homo erectus with a pretension of a having a rifle.

    • fender 6.2

      Good one Neil

      • Rogue Trooper 6.2.1

        as the page was ‘turning’ on this old notebook I wondered if That was where the link was leading. “gotta new motor?”

    • bad12 6.3

      And now for the Truth Neil, Mighty River power will from September to next September be in the market to buy back 2% of the company’s public shares,

      Mighty River WILL NOT be cancelling those shares, which simply makes all your blather about reducing the number of shares for a higher dividend yield a load of utter Bullshit,

      There can be only 2 logical explanations for the actions of Mighty River in buying back shares,(1), in an effort to get the share price back to the original retail price so investors can unload without being burned,(and taking that out on the National Party who sold them half a Lemon in the first place, OR,

      (2), Mr and Mrs Ma and Pa, the 2% who fell all over themselves to purchase this half a lemon,(in spite of being warned what Labour/Green planned for electricity pricing),have been slow to take the financial loss that was always on the cards for them,

      Such tardiness, in the vain hope of at least getting ‘their money back’ has resulted in the big players from off shore not being able to feast on what should have been a ‘panic sell’ by Mr and Mrs Ma and Pa and they have become impatient enough to pull on the chains in their well connected network so as to get the Mighty River shares moving at a timely rate onto their balance sheets,

      Hence Mighty River Powers buy in, and NON-cancellation of the 2% of shares they have announced as the initial ‘buy-back’, those shares aint going to reside at Mighty River for too long, little firms like Goldman Saches want their pound of flesh and the Mighty River buyback sure as hell from here looks likes the means by which they will get it…

    • Colonial Viper 6.4

      Whether you like it or not, the future need for new power sources is not great in NZ. Therefore they have surplus capital which could be used as a dividend or reducing the number of shares on the market.

      So please justify why this “surplus capital” didn’t go into the public purse, but is being spent on feeding private investors.

      Oh yeah. Tories helping out their bankster mates again. All part of the plan from the start, I suppose.

      Let’s just remember that investment banksters aren’t looking for “investments” they are looking for quick rorts to hit their quarterly bonus levels.

      What MRP(Not the government) has done is commonly used in the USA in particular. Reducing the number of shares increases the earnings per share.

      Did it ever occur to you that the financialisation games of the USA markets is not where we should be going?

      They are a “diminishing superpower” and not an example to follow.

    • Francis 6.5

      You neglected to add the third option, which is to give the surplus back to the consumers they have been excessively ripping off ever since electricity supply had been marketised back in the 1990s.

  7. bad12 7

    Sniff, sniff, i smell the stench of burning liquidity, who borrowed heavily, gambling that the Mighty River share-float would result in a share price 10-20% above the initial retail offering in the weeks and a few months after the sale,

    Kiwi-Power is coming, hopefully in the batch of Legislation the incoming Labour/Green Government will introduce to the Parliament in it’s first 100 days of office,

    Spending the profits on share buybacks which we all assume Bill from Dipton, the Minister of Finance, is happy with, is an act of sheer desperation, not necessarily on behalf of Mighty River, it’s share price having little to do with pofitablity,

    What this looks like to me is the profits, 51% of which are still owned by you and me being used in an effort to prop up the Mighty River share price so the 2% who fell all over each other to purchase our power company can attempt to bail out without losing their shirts,

    Come 2014-2015 and the advent of Kiwi-Power those Mighty River shares are going to have a market value of around a dollar, and those who borrowed heavily to buy in are all going to be spilling red ink all over the carpet…

  8. Nick 8

    “MRP buys back shares – this is classic, desperate strategy of companies with excess profits, no growth opportunities and ailing share price”

    Good that the government got 49% of it off its books then eh??

    • mickysavage 8.1

      What I would like to know is why did we pay millions of dollars to sell a company that was holding a spare hundred million in its coffers. This money should have been paid as a special dividend before the sale occurred.

      • tc 8.1.1

        Thats destined for all those new shareholders mickey, MRP was first for a reason.

        • Chooky 8.1.1.1

          @tc…funny money..I am confused also……shouldnt the spare hundred million dollars have gone back into the public purse for power rebates to those poor who can scarcely pay their power bills?…..or pay off national debt?…or go into investments into solar energy technology to make everyone’s power cheaper?

          …surely it wont be going into the coffers of Goldman Sachs and other big investors…John Key’s mates?

          ….am I stupid? …or is this a scandal?

          • Tamati 8.1.1.1.1

            It’s not unusual for companies to retain earnings. It’s cheaper and less risky than funding investments through debt or equity. Apple have several billion sitting in foreign bank accounts. Not really a scandal

            • Chooky 8.1.1.1.1.1

              @ Tamati( you have a nice Maori name…but is it real?)…Apple is not owned by the tax payer …it is not a state or public owned asset built up by the NZ taxpayers over many years….Apple is a private American software company

              “Not really a scandal” ….what is that supposed to mean?

              How are all the elderly and those on very low incomes or unemployed…. who have gone without power …been cold….because the prices are too high and have been increasing…. going to feel when they realise that that Mighty River Power has been charging them too much and has been sitting on $100 million of their hard earned money ?

              …..and John Key and Nact have now flogged their State Owned Asset off ( against the wishes of the vast Majority of NZers)…including all the money eeked out of their suffering( for paying for overpriced power)……to their rich share owning mates, their blind trust accounts and overseas investors with the predatory reputations of Goldman Sachs?

              I ask again….am I stupid?……. or is this a scandal?….are ordinary NZers ( who cant afford shares) being taken for Fools and to the cleaners?

              • Tamati

                I’m just saying that a company retaining earnings isn’t a scandal. Most companies do it to varying degrees, it’s cheaper and less risky than debt or equity funding. Solid energy should have done it a few years back!

              • Tamati

                Thanks, middle name. I have a nice Irish name too.

                • Chooky

                  I am not convinced..no matter what your name…how many Maori are going to be winners out of John Keys and Nact ‘s dealings ?

                  • Tamati

                    My point is that companies retaining earnings instead of paying dividends is in no way scandalous. Pretty simple really.

                    I guess Maori will be able to have their say on John Key in about 12 months time.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      More private sector troughing. Exactly why the Tories flogged off the public asset for cheap.

                    • Chooky

                      So it is the SCANDAL of Nact pigs (insult to pigs,sorry)… representing their private sector friends and troughing it at the expense of ordinary NZers public assets…which they have flogged off for cheap

                      ….thanks for clarifying that CV ( us Chooks have difficulty with funny money)

            • tricledrown 8.1.1.1.1.2

              Tahmatey thats the several billion they have avoided paying taxes in every country they operate in!

    • Chooky 8.2

      @ Nick…to the mug buyers?

    • felix 8.3

      The share price is nothing.

      The real value of the company is not in its share price or its dividend stream or its future growth potential or its customer base or its market share or its profit centres.

      The only real value is the ability to generate energy. The rest is meaningless.

  9. ScottGN 9

    I’m confused. Weren’t we being told just last week that the energy price rises we’ve had over the last year, in spite of increased supply, falling demand and low inflationary pressures were necessary because the energy companies needed the money to make capital investments? Now we learn that not only does MRP have wads of cash lying around but they can’t really see anything much in the future that they might need to spend it on.

  10. Mike S 10

    In my opinion this is possibly because of low participation in Meridian buy up so far. Potential investors are attracted because they see the MRP share price going up and that if the share price goes down, the company will buy up shares thus increasing the share price and dividend. Essentially it puts a floor if you like on the low end share price. Another example of rent seeking or subsidising or bail out by stealth or whatever else you want to call it.

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    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Wise heads want wise response
    Labour accepts the challenge laid down by the Wise Response group to protect and future-proof New Zealand’s environment and economy. A petition calling for urgent action was presented to Labour’s Environment and Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey at Parliament this...
    Labour | 09-04
  • Greens support high profile Kiwis’ call for climate action
    The Green Party fully supports a group of high profile Kiwi business people, lawyers, academics and commentators delivering a petition to parliament today calling for the Government to take the threat of climate change more seriously.Wiseresponse, a group of over...
    Greens | 09-04
  • Mayor’s jobs initiative shows up inactive Govt
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the Auckland Council are to be congratulated for providing opportunities for young people to get into work, but it stands in stark contrast to the National Government overseeing spiralling youth unemployment, Labour’s Employment, Skills and...
    Labour | 08-04
  • National discovers public servants needed after all
    New figures released today show National has done an embarrassing U-turn after discovering it actually does need the public service, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Wellington now has the most public servants it has had since 2000. Figures...
    Labour | 08-04
  • School closures about saving Hekia, not kids
    The National Government's decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston schools is another disaster for Christchurch and proves this Government is more interested in saving face than in what is best for children, the Green Party said today."Hekia Parata's stubborn refusal...
    Greens | 08-04
  • Cosgrove writes to invite Countdown to Committee
    Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove has today written to the Chief Executive of Progressive Enterprises Dave Chambers, asking him if he would accept an invitation to appear before the Commerce Select Committee. “Yesterday National MPs blocked my motion to invite...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Phillipstown will get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour government will allow Phillipstown School to stay open, with a review after two years, Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “Hekia Parata has failed the Phillipstown community with today’s decision to close the school. “It is disgraceful...
    Labour | 08-04
  • State Housing waiting lists go through the roof
    The waiting list for State Houses has risen by over a thousand in the past three months, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Low income people are feeling the sharp end of National’s housing crisis. A shortage of affordable houses...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Hekia Parata fails to answer basic questions
    Education Minister Hekia Parata’s inability to answer even the most basic questions about her proposed new Executive Principal roles will have alarm bells ringing in school communities all around the country, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools are already concerned...
    Labour | 08-04
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • TV News Geography
    TV News Geography...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The best bit about gay sex
    The best bit about gay sex...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 1
    On not voting 1...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 2
    On not voting 2...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour on trucks
    Labour on trucks...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
    Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett… David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’ Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
    Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
    Graphic: shutterstock.com Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
    Racist Cartoon by Al Nisbet sums up the casual racism NZers enjoy The New Zealand government must consider United Nations rebukes on their indigenous rights record as ordinary and unremarkable by their casual reaction to the latest indictment - delivered through the clear and clinical...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: What has ACC Minister been doing? Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Judith Collins has made such little progress on ACC’s unacceptable privacy practices and needs to be held to account for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: SPEECH: Institute of Directors LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour LeaderSpeech to the Institute of Directors15 April 2014, Auckland It’s a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: More Oravida endorsements from John Key The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in recei...
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in receivership News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have been driven to the wall by a...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Boots Riley to perform live in Auckland
    Press Release: Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Comparing Maori Party $5000 per ticket John Key Fundraiser at sexist Northe...
    So MANA can’t contemplate an alliance with Kim Dotcom because he is wealthy and MANA is not and that’s a terrible hypocrisy. Shock. Horror. So what is one to make of the Maori Party holding a $5000 per ticket closed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • David vs Goliath – Key’s housing affordability TV debate challenge
    John Key allowed his frustration to get the better of him at yesterdays press conference when he responded to a question on housing affordability by shooting back that he would debate David Cunliffe on the issue. Cunliffe has accepted. The...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Deborah Manning joins Team Cunliffe
    Deborah Manning is a very good friend of mine and seeing her join Team Cunliffe in Wellington is just another example on top of Matt Mcarten and Clint Smith’s appointments that Cunliffe is serious about putting together the best strategic...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?
    If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000
    A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Comparing Key to Snowden
    Comparing Key to Snowden...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Latest Banksy
    Latest Banksy...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Valuing Teachers
    Valuing Teachers...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth
    Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • TPPA is corporate thuggery
    TPPA is corporate thuggery...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Why we need feminism
    Why we need feminism...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • 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 morni