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The momentum of expectation….

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, August 26th, 2013 - 115 comments
Categories: accountability, david cunliffe, democratic participation, Economy, human rights, labour, Social issues, sustainability, telecommunications, vision, workers' rights - Tags:

Grant Robertson  seemed to grab the early attention by announcing he is standing for the Labour leadership first.  However, Cunliffe seems to be taking a more considered approach.  Expectation is mounting – news is dripping out that he intends to make an announcement in his electorate at 2.30pm this afternoon…. there’s a certain amount of tension developing around this: surely he will stand….. or won’t he?

The MSM reporting on the launch of the leadership contest, had most jonolists stating that Robertson was the early frontrunner.  But on what evidence?  The vote is to be by the wider membership, and Robertson’s support seems to be largely with some of his caucus colleagues.  It has not yet appeared in any popularity polls.

Andrea Vance and Vernon Small on the expected announcement from Cunliffe this afternoon:

David Cunliffe is expected to throw his hat in the ring this afternoon for the Labour party’s leadership.

The leadership race was sparked by David Shearer’s surprise resignation on Thursday, following stubbornly low polls for the party.

Deputy leader Grant Robertson put his hand up last night, and Shane Jones has now also confirmed his intention to run.

Auckland sources said Cunliffe’s announcement was likely at 2.30pm in New Lynn but so far he has not confirmed that.

The MP has played a careful hand so far, leaving it to his rivals Robertson and Jones to come out of the blocks early.

The momentum seems to be building for Cunliffe after a TVNZ-Colmar Brunton poll yesterday showed him with with almost three times the support of his nearest rival Robertson on 10 per cent. Jones was slightly ahead of Robertson on 11 per cent.

There are also signs that the so-called anti-Cunliffe faction in the caucus is waning, with some leading lights now indicating they have an open mind on who would be the best leader.

I will be watching the leadership contest, not just to see who will win, but how they will win.  I am hoping Cunliffe’s caution is showing a well-planned approach, while keeping in mind that it could be a platform for, not only the 2014 election, but for how a Labour-led government will be managed.

Disclaimer: I am a Cunliffe electorate voter, for reasons I explained here.

Cunliffe’s webpages here, showing a certain amount of awareness of the importance of digital communications.

I will update this post later after the anticipated announcement.  I will be looking to see how it is pitched and managed.

[Update] “new hope, new vision, new beginning”, is the slogan the above linked Stuff article is now attributing to Cunliffe’s bid. The updated article now says (h/t Bunji):

Cunliffe will hold a media conference at his New Lynn office at 2.30pm to announce his bid, which includes the slogan “new hope, new vision, new beginning”.

So far, the considered approach seems worth the time taken.

[Updates....]  Surrounded by women, especially Pasifika women, Cunliffe announced he is standing for Labour leader. Iain lees galloway and Nanaia Mahuta signed the nomination forms.  Paddy Gower lead the media questioning, trying to show himself as a touch and challenging Jonolist  journalist.  Sue Moroney, Louisa Wall, Carole Beaumont in support.  Moana Mackay and Su’a William Sio caught in traffic on the way from South auckland, sent support.

Report from New Lynn, coming up….. (and I’ll see if any of my pics are publishable).

Report from New Lynn:

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be allowed into the announcement, but I just joined behind the group of people walking with Sue Moroney and I was in, to a very crowded room.

Cunliffe arrives

Cunliffe arrives to make announcement

After arriving, Cunliffe is greeted by Pasifika women

After arriving, Cunliffe is greeted by Pasifika women

Cunliffe delivered his speech, seated.  he was emphatic, and animated

Cunliffe delivers speech

Seated, Cunliffe delivers speech – animated, decisive, a lot of smiles.

Mahuta and Lees Galloway sign the nomination forms

Mahuta and Lees Galloway sign the nomination forms

Cunliffe was pretty good at responding to difficult questions.  Gower challenged him over living in a rich street, his “arrogance” etc.  Cunliffe said it was up to his caucus, under the newest rules, to select a deputy.  Asked if, under the STV system he would endorse either Robertson or Jones, Cunliffe said that’s up to voters.  However, he did say more than once, that Robertson should have a senior position.   No mention of Jones in the senior team.

Cunliffe said it was very unlikely that a Green MP would have the finance portfolio in a Labour led government – pretty much ruled it out.

Asked if a Cunliffe led government would raise taxes, Cunliffe said that it would be possible, but he wouldn’t commit to details.  He said that Labour was for a progressive tax system, and those who gained a big share of money should pay a fair share of taxes.

A journalist stated that Cunliffe had shifted from the right of the party in the Clark government, to being championed by the left. Gower asked if Labour would take a Labour government to the left.  Cunliffe said “left” was a matter of interpretation.  He would implement core Labour values – support for hard working Kiwis, and those on low incomes, as well as decreasing the wealth/income gap.

Asked what his message was to John Key, Cunliffe said something about him looking forward to packing his bag for a long stay in Hawaii.

Cunliffe painting left of photo below:

Cunliffe painting

115 comments on “The momentum of expectation….”

  1. One Anonymous Knucklehead 1

    If he stands, I think allowing time for Robertson and Jones’ candidacies to sink in was a great strategy. Several lacklustre media appearances later…

    The momentum of expectation indeed.

  2. Takere 2

    Well after listening to Shane Jones this morning … I think he’s the right man for the job to get kiwi’s to realise that the Gorrilla is really a monkey! He is the only candidate amongst the frontrunners to be able to tap into the 880,000 of potential voters! Going after the 5% of swing voters will only get the party to come in 3rd at the next election. Remember, the labour party hierarchy aren’t that good at maths. Shearers polling of about 33% is better than the 27.5% in the 2011 election. Cunliffe won’t change that. He won’t bring in the vote from the biggest potential voter pool. If the front bench had got off there collective arses and done some work, the party might not be in this position?

    • weka 2.1

      For every disenfranchised vote Jones brings in, another leaves or stays away (women, voters who want Labour to go with the GP or actually win the election, anyone who finds him an offensive, dominating boor).

      • Takere 2.1.1

        Cunliffes announcement yesterday was an absolute embarrassment! Tell him to pull out now! That kind of performance bumbling through like an amature will just scare voters away in droves! Something labour can’t afford. Jones & Robertson is the only choice now.

        • Tracey 2.1.1.1

          Yup, Jones announcement was much more polished and full of how he will change the country.

          He’s lucky NZ has grown up so much, haven’t seen a single discussion of his race in the way I have seen discussions about Robertson’s sexuality. He sure is lucky those who oppose him have more maturity than he. Example calling women “geldings”.

          Of all the people I have seen posting you seem to know the most about Jones. Can you outline for me what he stands for and what policies he supports for NZ? Specifics please.

          This is fun, how will we know who won this cool new game?

    • Ant 2.2

      Doubt Shame Jones is going to get people out to vote.

      • lprent 2.2.1

        He never has before. Why should he start now?

        • Takere 2.2.1.1

          So much for unity in the Labour party aye?

          • lprent 2.2.1.1.1

            I’d thought that I’d made my views about Labour’s predicament perfectly clear already – “Why I will party vote for the Greens“. I may be still be a member because I haven’t bothered to cut off my VFL but I’m more than a little uninterested in that they’re belatedly addressing the complete screw up in Wellington.

            The fact that Shane Jones was still in the caucus is a symptom of the underlying problem and I’m not inclined to stop pointing out the problems. The NZLP still hasn’t really addressed them yet…

          • Tracey 2.2.1.1.2

            I’m not a labour party member so can’t contribute to unity or disunity within it.

    • Pete 2.3

      Jones is damaged goods, and we all know it. Too much of a pal to Sealord, too dismissive of Labour’s natural coalition partners. Not a friend to women.

    • Boadicea 2.4

      Jones was awful on TV this morning. Instead if talk g to people he us actually talking to his own reflection in a mirror.
      He was pompous, arrogant , dismissive , rude.

      Lousy body language too. Bad posture and kept closing his eyes.

      If that is the best spoiler the ABCs can throw up, they are fucked.

    • North 2.5

      Takere – congratulations on the robustness of your support for Shane Jones. As admirable as it is it is patently inadequate to prove your claim re 800,000 potential voters which claim cannot be distinguished as better than wishfulness. You talk like Jones is some sort of working class hero – yeah right. Further, who are you to say what and to whom Cunliffe’s appeal will be ?

      Tell me……..why would Key and the tea partiers who sit behind him not make unconscionable use of that little bit of baggage Jones (like it or not) carries ? Why would they not ? Performance in the House is vital. Jones would be constantly mocked and thus hobbled. Shearer’s bank account was nothing compared to what that spectacle would be.

      Finally, your comment about the front bench getting off their collective arse. Ummh……I believe that latterly Jones has been closely associated with the front bench. Cunliffe has not.

      • Takere 2.5.1

        North, and that hasn’t happened to date? … and Jones has dealt with it every time. It’s good to go through the motions because eventually for some with a brain, it becomes a non-issue but for the few that have nothing better to do and don’t get out much, it gives them something to moan about. There’s a saying about poms? You are petty/pathetic North is all I can say. Take your pick?

        Harvard rings a bell?? Cunliffe, when has he worked in a working class role?? Ummm, never. His mum & dad pulled him out of state school because he was too scare of the maoris, so they sent him to a kiddie fiddler school.

        And this is the guy you think can unite the party & the country?? Get a grip.

        880,000 non votes. Look it up at the electoral commission website, its not hard to find.

        Front bench, exactly! You wouldn’t know who they were because of their absenteeism even when key was lobbing them an easy issue to deal with so Jones stepped up. Unlike most.

        • Tracey 2.5.1.1

          Was my question too hard?

          You speak scoffingly of Cunnliffe and use Harvard attendance as an example.

          Didn’t Jones go to Harvard?

          I am trying to find out the working class roles Jones has had but so far he seems to have been a career bureaucrat with a stint as Chair of Sealord (altho not mentioned in his LP blurd) where he (apparently) oversaw Ukranian getting jobs over locals, including Maori.

          This from the labour party website.

          “Shane Jones was born on 3 September 1959 in Awanui, Northland. His tribal links are to Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto and he has Welsh and Dalmatian heritage.

          Local elders raised money to send him to board at St Stephens College in Bombay. From there he went to Auckland and Victoria Universities to study politics.

          Between 1988 and 1990 (when he was 29-31) Shane set up the Maori Policy Unit at the new Ministry for the Environment and later did a year in the PM’s Department under Geoffrey Palmer. With four children in tow he then spent a year at Harvard completing a Masters in Public Administration degree on a Harkness Fellowship.

          He returned home in 1992 just as the Maori Fisheries Settlement deal was being completed and was appointed to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. He took over as chair in 2000. His task was to get approximately 70 iwi to agree on how to divide up the fisheries assets. This was completed in 2004 when the distribution legislation was passed.

          Shane entered Parliament in 2005. Before being promoted to Cabinet in November 2007 as Minister for Building and Construction, he was chair of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee He was re-elected to Parliament in 2008 and is a member of the Transport Select Committee, and Finance and Expenditure select Committee. Shane is spokesman for Regional Development and Māori Affairs and associate spokesperson for Finance.

          Shane’s interests include sport, reading, gardening and spending time with his family.

          • karol 2.5.1.1.1

            Didn’t Jones go to Harvard?

            Cunlife acknowledges he has climbed the “ladder” and acknowledges his background, while saying he won’t be pulling up the ladder for others.

            Jones tries to pass himself off as working class smoko guy and tries to pretend he doesn’t have a Harvard background.

            Spot the difference.

          • Takere 2.5.1.1.2

            Thanks for posting Jones history ….. I didn’t know you knew him so well. Thats great stuff to know.

        • Greywarbler 2.5.1.2

          takere
          he was too scare of the maoris, so they sent him to a kiddie fiddler school.

          You sound as if you would be better shouting your comments from the side of a rugby field. You don’t impress me as being able to discuss the issues when coming out with coarse remarks such as ‘kiddie fiddler’, You and Jones are of the same mind perhaps.

    • Rodel 2.6

      Takere
      Nice try but really amateurish.

      • Linz 2.6.1

        I agree. I think Takere is a Nat stooge.

        [lprent: Mildly nuts under her/his various handles back to 2011 - but that is pretty normal. But unlikely to be a Nat stooge. ]

        • Takere 2.6.1.1

          Arrhhh no I’m not. Here’s a story for you to get your fragile little heads around ….. when I was little, my mum & dad use to take me to see my grandad campaigning for the labour party in Papakura in the 70′s. Rain or shine on the hustings all around Hunua, Papakura railyard, Puke on market days, Sundays ect ….. he’d speak to the Working Class, Maori & pakeha from the back of an old bedford flat deck truck through a PA or even by shouting so everyone could hear. People would turnout in their work clothes or dressed up before going to church. Working Class actually meant Working Class then! Not the lot the party have now! So for all you twats wanking on how great Cunliffe is and how bad Jones is … have look at yourselves?? Working Class? You wouldn’t know what a hard days work is if you saw it!
          This party is nothing like what it should be and under Helen it still didn’t return to its roots. Cunliffe isn’t Working Class!
          It needs a new chapter & Cunliffe isn’t the one to write it.
          Jones & Grant would be a great ticket, both highly intelligent, both able to tame the gorrilla in the house and on the hustings too as well as on the TV ….. they could both pour on the pressure to have key crack more and more, Cunliffe can’t do it, he lacks confidence and doesn’t have the character or tenacity needed to engage the opposition and make them look foolish on lamestream tv where unfortunately many voters get their lead from.

          Cunliffe wins, that’ll be the end of the labour party because the unions can’t deliver/turnout a decent percentage jump in votes needed and they won’t be coming from the Nat’s or the Greens. Labour will bleed.

          • Tracey 2.6.1.1.1

            Why do you think Jones is working class? Icant find anything to point to him being working class?

            John Key was brought up in a state house, does that make him working class?

            • Greywarbler 2.6.1.1.1.1

              takere
              As for bringing the working class back into the Labour government what about Andrew Little? Merely having a working man leader won’t be enough to help working people into jobs and better pay and houses and a good working economy.

              If working people really had nous they wouldn’t have sat back and left the middle class take over. Your father showed it requires a lot of work outside of working hours to really support and grow the political party. Perhaps less time at the pub and riding round in 4WD would be needed from working men. And then taking an interest in the rest of the country, not just how much each silo union was getting for its members would have ensured the continuation of a smart and honest Labour serving all ordinary people and encouraging the big employers too.

              Now we need people like Cunliffe who know how to match the wide boys in NACT, and have judgment about what good for the whole country including both pakeha and Maori. When it comes to a good honest Maori Hone Harawira will I think match your expectations. And he could match your buzzwords too, if you went nose to nose.

          • karol 2.6.1.1.2

            I make no claims for Cunliffe leading a brand new direction for Labour. I have said in other comments, he is the best of the current crop of Labour MPs to lead them right now. If he wins the leadership, I don’t propose to give Cunliffe or any other opposition leader or MP a free ride. Democracy means continually holding our politicians to account.

            Jones has little in his record to show he’d be a good leader. Robertson has a stronger record and would make a better leader than Jones. Robertson will be valuable on Labour’s front bench and/or as deputy. However, he is too neoliberal for me and, one of the reasons I am still looking at party voting Green or Mana.

        • Takere 2.6.1.2

          No I’m not a stooge or a Nact stooge.

      • Takere 2.6.2

        Haha Rodent. I can learn lots from you I take it? With a contribution like this, it’ll take some time? Haha!

  3. weka 3

    “I will be watching the leadership contest, not just to see who will win, but how they will win.”

    Spot on Karol.

  4. Redbaiter 4

    C’mon Damien.

    O’Connor is real Labour.

  5. weka 5

    “Cunliffe’s webpages here, showing a certain amount of awareness of the importance of digital communications.”

    Comparing Cunliffe’s website with Labour’s tells us much about who might be best to lead a win in the next election ;-)

  6. Lanthanide 6

    Don’t forget this important site: http://catsthatlooklikedavidcunliffe.tumblr.com/

  7. vto 7

    Maybe Cunliffe will do what Robertson did and let a numpty take the leadership into a doomed 2014 election thereby opening up a more certain option for himself in the 2017 election.

  8. Chooky 8

    Labour needs a lean mean machine…and the 50% women vote ….. to WIN against Key and Nact !

    This rules out the flabby egotistical wannabes of Jones and Robertson…each dragging their own bags of liabilities to the polls.

    There is no more time!…Labour cant afford any more mistakes and muckups in choosing the next Leader !…

    It is the NZ voter who counts in the winning for Labour! ….not caucus machinations!

    The next Labour leader has to be Cunliffe ……(and ideally to grab the women vote… Ardern as Deputy).

    ( Note the panic already in Nact spin master Matthew Hooton’s voice at the prospect of Cunliffe as Labour Leader!…….. This says it all!)

    • Tangee 8.1

      I agree since we are trying to promote women in Parliament so it would be great to have a woman as a Deputy and who better than Adern.

      • Bill 8.1.1

        Keep seeing Ardern’s name pop up and it confuses me somewhat. Isn’t she very much a part of the (oh – let’s not talk of the past) ABC cabal?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.2

      Grab the women? Wouldn’t you be better off supporting Jones?

      Badum chh! :)

  9. tracey 9

    Takere… how bout jones for deputy.

  10. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 10

    Cunliffe’s webpages here, showing a certain amount of awareness of the importance of digital communications.

    Site 401 and unavailable. That “certain amount of awareness” must be pretty small – not even a placeholder page. Noobs.

  11. Roflcopter 11

    ”new hope, new vision, new beginning”

    Seriously? That’s the best he can come up with?

    [lprent: Use blockquote or italics/em for quoting. Don't use bold, it is too noisy (which is why moderators use it - we need you to see our notes). It is a tossup if it is easier to just ban people using it to excess (ie forcing us to waste time correcting it) or to disable the ability for comments to use b/strong.

    This is the third one I've fixed today. Personally I lean to the banning option - it is more *fun* ]

    • Roflcopter 11.1

      no probs, saw it in the editor post, thought it was generally ok…. will switch.

    • weka 11.2

      “Use blockquote or italics/em for quoting.”

      The blockquote html isn’t that obvious. I’ll do a test now.

      The blockquote html isn’t that obvious. I’ll do a test now.

  12. tracey 12

    Please post yours in 6 words or less

  13. Colonial Viper 13

    Come on down to the New Lynn electorate office if you can!!!!

  14. Treetop 14

    Cunliffe has the confidence to make a clean break from the Clark era and to sort out any caucus member who thinks they can recreate the Clark years.

    • Bill 14.1

      That would be my sincere hope. The thirty odd years of destructive bullshit allied with a penchant for a collective sticking of the head in the sand has to end. It would have been better to have happened 20 years ago, but now we have to settle for there being no better time than right now.

  15. yeshe 15

    tvnz news just confirmew he is standing — HURRAY DAVID CUNLIFFE !!!!!!

    • veutoviper 15.1

      Great! I was wondering whether he was not going to stand due to the silence. And like what he said.

  16. jaymam 16

    with Nanaia Mahuta as deputy??

    • veutoviper 16.1

      As discussed in other various places on TS in the last few days, the Deputy position is not in the equation at present – the Deputy will be chosen by the Labour Caucus after the election of the new leader.

    • Chooky 16.2

      @ jaymam…..Nanaia Mahuta would be great as Deputy also …need to have a woman to inspire the woman vote….an added advantage that she would also inspire the Maori vote

      • jaymam 16.2.1

        Jacinda Ardern is a woman too, and would get more votes I think.
        Labour should encourage the Maori roll voters to vote for their choice of candidate and party vote Labour.

      • Takere 16.2.2

        Chook, you’ve got to be joking? She’d have to do some work??

        • Tracey 16.2.2.1

          and you advocating Jones and accusing someone else of laziness???

          • Takere 16.2.2.1.1

            That is an affliction them bloody Nga Puhi have …. you can’t help that. I’m sure theres plenty of other labour party MP’s that are lazy …… most of the front bench and the tail end of the MP’s on the list.

  17. Ant 17

    Watching the conference: off the bat he’s awesome.

    Can there be any doubt that he should be the leader?

  18. AmaKiwi 18

    I was at the announcement as Cunliffe demonstrated again he is a political pro.

    Damn. My vacation from politics through the 2014 election was just cancelled. The historic battle between Key and Cunliffe has commenced.

    For the sake of future generations, we must not lose.

    • karol 18.1

      Yep. Cunliffe seemed to handle it effortlessly. And he obviously has a lot of local support.

      I thought it was a historic moment to experience.

      • Ray 18.1.1

        Excellent work and pictures karol
        Be interesting to see how network tv cover this tonight

      • AmaKiwi 18.1.2

        David’s electorate committee and local support is strong enough that in the 2014 campaign they will be able to deliver safely New Lynn for Labour while he is campaigning around the country. His LEC has a lot of experienced talent

        Helen had that strong an LEC, too. Cunliffe is thorough.

  19. lurgee 19

    new hope, new vision, new beginning

    Oh, puke. It’s going to be one of THOSE contests. All very Blairite and nuLabour.

  20. Murray Olsen 20

    David Cunliffe standing for Labour leader has given me some hope, not because I think Labour will solve all our problems, but because the broad left needs a stronger Labour to get rid of the sadistic bunch of Tories running us into the ground. For the life of me, I cannot understand how anyone can promote the terminally bland Robertson or the priapismic Sealord Jones as realistic options.
    We need Labour to lead a government with a strong Green/Mana component, which means we need a leader who shares at least some values with Green and Mana. Robertson’s economic policy, as stated by him, is to not intervene in the market. Well then, fuck off to ACT. Jones’s policy, as demonstrated by him, is to chat with the blokes in the smoko room about the last porn video he got off to. Well, Mr Slave Sailor Jones, the smoko room has moved on since the 1960s. What a bloody shame you haven’t.
    In the meantime, we keep organising, educating and fighting. We will not run, either to the hills or to Hawaii.

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      There’s a fucking electoral storm a comin’ I feel it in my socialist bones.

      • yeshe 20.1.1

        Cue Queen soundtrack at end of marvelous day ….

        “Thunder and lightning, very very frightening …. “

    • the pigman 20.2

      Murray, there is little point painting the other candidates in such broad(ly negative) strokes. Although it might be a step too far to expect this contest to be a clean and uniting experience for Labour, ripping into the others so viciously straight off the bat is exactly what Shyster Smile n Wave DunnoKeyo wants you to do, and he’s telling the media all about it.

      Don’t play into their memes, for once.

      • Murray Olsen 20.2.1

        How do you unite with someone who thinks slave workers on fishing boats is a good thing? Or that the market is sacred? I’m more interested in a rebirth, a cleansing. The trash needs to be put out. It can be dumped in the bin along with John Key. In this case, I’m not a fan of recycling.

        • red rattler 20.2.1.1

          Pigman, you must not be noticing the way this contest is being set up with Robertson trying to keep the ABC at the top and Jones playing the spoiler. This is a desperate attempt to stop Cunliffe blocking with the members to take control of the party away from the Rogernomic rump.
          Because they know that they won’t win the party members they are insulting them by launching their campaign using the media to shift the contest from the party to ‘middle NZ’ where personality politics and bullshit talkback memes fly around.
          They know that Cunliffe will win the party, and a strong minority of caucus.
          He will also win the ranks of the unions. Assuming that the delegates stick to their mandates, he will also win the unions.

          Cunliffe did the opposite. He staged his launch in the heart of his electorate.
          Having a solid number of the best MPs representing young, female, Maori and PI in support did a lot to shift the ABC ‘populist’ framing of the contest back to the party ranks.
          Gower had to ask his gutter press questions in front of enthusiastic electorate supporters.
          This allowed Cunliffe to show that this is a contest to be staged for labour enthusiasts not for opinionated media stars to bullshit the public.
          Garner on Radiolive was so chagrined that Cunliffe had upstaged the media that he had a fit of pique on his program.
          Both the launch and the media followup made Robertson and Jones look like cheap self-promoters.
          That is already a victory for Cunliffe.

          • the pigman 20.2.1.1.1

            If you were asked, could you identify the members of the so-called ABCs as a faction within caucus? It has been attempted by many (especially Bomber), but I don’t think it cuts so cleanly since there appear to be 3 factions, the one that was promoting Shearer was the largest, and the one around Robertson is the smallest.

            In this construction, those who previously touted Shearer in 2011 (the “Rogernomic Rump” you spoke of, Goff et al.) appear to now be touting Jones as their best shot. Those around Robertson (who were previously thought to include Lees-Galloway – clearly not given he signed Cunliffe’s nomination form) are a relatively small faction in caucus. If Goff n co. do indeed stick with Jones (as suggested by the back-slapping surrounding Shearer’s resignation) then I don’t think it’s as simple as you say.

            Anyway, one thing for sure is that, whoever is elected at the end of this process (and I am on record as firmly supporting David C) will have the work with the rest of the Labour caucus, so the less heat you try to stoke up, the lower chance of burning bridges that will be needed later on.

            • red rattler 20.2.1.1.1.1

              The ABC faction is the one around Shearer of which Goff is the elder statesman and Robertson the point man. That’s why its called the ABC. Or more to the point, anything but (membership power over the) caucus!
              Most of Shearers votes will switch to Robertson because he stands for the Blairite Continuity. Neo-liberal lite by bureaucratic beltway rules OK.
              Jones supporters are the rightwing. His task is to keep the talkback rednecks personalising their attacks on Cunliffe to make Robertson the compromise ‘unity’ candidate.
              That’s why its not all about Cunliffe but about the members as I pointed out.
              Your idea that post election unity is important overlooks what is at issue.
              Its not about diplomacy, that can only weaken any move to the left.
              Its about policy and the support of the membership to continue to take their party back from the Blairites.
              Labour’s ACT throwback to increase the age of pension eligibility has to be thrown out.
              The living wage is a good start.
              The CGT has to have some real bite.
              Get rid of tax evasion.
              Getting rid of the crony capitalist regime and the new gentry has to start now!

        • Takere 20.2.1.2

          Murray. The irony is? Its a working class party and yet none of the MP’s have done any real work?? Including the union MP’s. They’ve talked themselves into positions of power by manipulating the workforce in the sectors they’re from. They got their tertiary education paid for from the fee’s workers have paid for membership and in return get f…kall except a bunch of dead-weights sitting on cushy MP incomes! How sad. Oh how times have changed and the definition of “Work” too.

          • Tracey 20.2.1.2.1

            Including Jones who you are championing. In fact after being asked numerous times to state what he actually stands for and how he can be regarding as working class, you have been completely silent. Why eschew the opportunity to put some facts on the table about him?

            Jones got his scholarship to Harvard through US interests…

            • Takere 20.2.1.2.1.1

              Nah tracy, you’re just a bigoted bias moron …. thats all. Maybe you should get to work and help your partner out while you’re up to bugga all … do some housework even.

  21. Tracey 21

    “Born in Tatong, Victoria, Australia, Savage first became involved in politics while working in that state. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1907. There he worked in a variety of jobs, as a miner, flax-cutter and storeman, before becoming involved in the union movement. ”

    It was also a very different world he grew up in.

    It is VERY hard for warehouse workers and miners and others viewed as “working class” to get into politics other than through a union.

    Apart from anything else many are working long hours and trying to cover big mortgages and bills…

  22. Takere 22

    What more can I say?? Cunliffe really is a moron. He should’ve just asked Grant to write one for him? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11114681

    • Colonial Viper 22.1

      Simple operational hiccup. Probably a clipboard/cut and paste error between documents. Nothing to it.

    • Tracey 22.2

      and your spelling improves again. I think you keep forgetting the role you are playing on this site.

      • felix 22.2.1

        It’s not easy keeping up 5 or 6 appearances at a time.

      • Takere 22.2.2

        And what role might that be …. I’ve forgotten? It’s obvious tracy hasn’t worked much in her lifetime. Probably spent most if not all of her time getting educated off backs of the working class. But hey, thats what some pakeha’s do and have done to workers, exploited them and used them to advance themselves.

        • the pigman 22.2.2.1

          What is a “pakeha’s do”? Pimms on the lawn and a bit of punting? Let’s not go nuts with the cultural and gender stereotyping just yet.

          Rather than a pissing contest about who has done the most “real work” in their lives, hard luck stories and candidate smear, why don’t you just get solidly behind your guy and let readers know how he will champion working class interests, employment rights, etc., because his narrative currently has some big gaps.

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    Mana | 20-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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