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MRP sale fail numbers

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 am, May 9th, 2013 - 192 comments
Categories: john key, national, Privatisation - Tags: , , ,

Here are the numbers that sum up the MRP sale fail:

113,000 Kiwis actually bought shares. But the government spent between $100 Million and $300 Million on the process ($100 Million to a single Australian bank alone). Let’s be generous to the Nats and call it $1,000 spent per Kiwi investor. What a criminal waste.

113,000 Kiwis actually bought shares. But Treasury predicted and prepared for up to 250,000. In other words – fewer than half the investors they expected showed up.

113,000 Kiwis actually bought shares. But that’s less than 3% of the population. So much for “Mum and Dad” investors.

113,000 Kiwis actually bought shares. But the sell off of Contact Energy in 1999 attracted more than 225,000. Kiwis are obviously wising up.

113,000 Kiwis actually bought shares. But that’s less than a quarter of the 440,000 who registered an interest (by John Key’s “logic” 75% of pre-registrations were fraudulent and the whole process is a rort).

113,000 Kiwis actually bought shares. But there are 292,000 valid signatures (with more to come) on the petition calling for a referendum – almost three times as many opposed to the sales as actually bought in.

The 113,000 bought an average of $8,200 in shares. The typical family has less than $2,000 in the bank. Does that sound like ‘mum and dad’ investors to you?

The MRP sale has probably soaked up much of the interest and spare cash from those likely to buy, making it likely that the uptake from future sales will get progressively worse. Hey Nats – take the hint and quit now. The assets are ours already – they are not yours to sell…

192 comments on “MRP sale fail numbers”

  1. Maui 1

    This looks like a defeat for John Key.

    What happened to the salesperson from Merrill ?

    What would happen if these results are extrapolated to the next election ?

    Has the sparkle gone ?

    These are all valid questions for the media and others to ponder.

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      Don’t hold your breath waiting for the ‘big chooks’ to ask such questions, with the likes of Dann and Gower running around like they work for Key’s 9th floor PR department. Mind you, at least Gower comes up with his own lines, whereas Dann simply parrots those given him by his political masters.

      For example, he even went as far, last evening on the 6 o’clock news, to describe the GCSB legislation as a “dog’s breakfast”. Not sure what is so unclear about the following excerpt from the Act to deserve that description?

      “Neither the Director, nor an employee of the Bureau, nor a person acting on behalf of the Bureau may authorise or take any action for the purpose of intercepting the communications of a person (not being a foreign organisation or a foreign person) who is a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.”

      Unless you are Johnny Sparkles and it suits your political purposes to describe it as such, and to have the political editor of the primary daily news show repeat it as fact. And they call it journalism?

      Perhaps it is time for a register of pecuniary interests for the gallery?

    • David H 1.2

      And now what is needed is all those who opposed the sale, and are MRP customers, to change companies, now that would send a real message to the thieves.

  2. Rich the other 2

    Looks like the green/labour tactics have worked and deflated the share price .
    The actual effect has been to rob ordinary hard working taxpaying NZers of their wrightful return on the asset that was sold on there behalf.
    Lets hope green/labour stay out of the next sale and a good price is achieved.
    At least its1.8 BILLION we don’t have to borrow and we still own 51%.

    • Paul 2.1

      You must be be gullible if you repeat all that government spin.

    • Why are all the wingnuts that show up here unable to spell?

      It robs their comments of all moral force and makes you think that they are 12 year olds …

      • Richard 2.2.1

        “Wrightful return…”
        Was John Wright planning a comeback?

      • Rich 2.2.2

        They *are* 12 year olds, in mental age at least. Oh for a tory-free liberal-left site…

        • Rob 2.2.2.1

          Yes , lets herd them all together and brand them so we can identify them for later abuse , eh Rich.

      • rob 2.2.3

        If they could spell or write grammatically they would be able to think for themselves
        This would enable them to show a little insight and question our current
        orthodoxy
        That would make life very hard wouldn’t it?

    • BM 2.3

      Yep, thanks labour/greens.
      Scoring political points is so much more important than the country getting a good return off the partial asset sales.
      Anyway It’s only money, you can just print some more or raise taxes.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.3.1

        I vote that we return our property to its rightful owners without compensation: enough is enough. It’s time to get tough on Tory maggots.

      • framu 2.3.2

        it was never a good return – even treasury thinks it was going to cost us in the long term

      • freedom 2.3.3

        How is some central private bank pulling notes out of thin air and charging us interest on it better for us, rather than doing it for ourselves at no interest?

        • BM 2.3.3.1

          Because that’s the way the system works.
          If everyone decided to do it their own way it would be anarchy, the world economy would collapse.

          • freedom 2.3.3.1.1

            You poor mindwarped shadow of a human being, you really are lost to reality aren’t you?

          • Draco T Bastard 2.3.3.1.2

            Because that’s the way the system works.

            Except that it doesn’t – work that is as the GFC conclusively proved.

            If everyone decided to do it their own way it would be anarchy, the world economy would collapse.

            From where I’m sitting, that wouldn’t be a bad thing as the world economy has been designed by the rich to benefit the rich leaving everyone else worse off.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.4

      2.9% of the population. Are the rest of this tiny minority of money-grubbing maggots as illiterate as you are?

    • Te Reo Putake 2.5

      It wasn’t sold on my behalf and I will get no benefit from the money paid. It will continue to be soaked up by tax cuts for the rich and corporate welfare for, er, the rich. We’ve been robbed.

      • Chrissy 2.5.1

        Exactly! And not by Robin Hood. We won’t be seeing any monetary gains that they get going to the poor.

        • David H 2.5.1.1

          And whats this ‘Future Fund’ it’s going into?? More like a Filcher Fund.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.5.2

        +1111

        That’s it exactly and that’s why those shares need to be returned with no compensation.

    • Ennui 2.6

      to rob ordinary hard working taxpaying NZers of their wrightful return wtf did the “w”in rightful come from…I digress.

      The rightful return to tax paying NZers is already there, we collectively own this. Cant idiots like yourself get the mindbogglingly simple concept that “hard working NZers” include those who dont earn enough to purchase what they already own. Those who can afford are being invited to profit more from “rent” at the expense of hard working NZers.

      Those people buying shares are self interested parasitic scum, robbing ordinary NZers.

      • Tim 2.6.1

        I reckon it’s partly because the word “state” is something they see as not their own. They don’t understand that that state ownership=public (i.e. you&me) ownership.

        That was always part of that neolib ideology going back to the 80s – the othering of the state.

        “State” is a dirty word. The programme was necessarily to associate ‘state’ with any form of totalitarianism that was going.
        I well remember when we had the likes of Ralston referring to TVNZ as “State TV”.

        We should be referring to SOEs as POEs or even NOEs (Nation owned enterprises)

        • Ennui 2.6.1.1

          Concept of the state Tim, thats very valid…its the enemy.

          • Tim 2.6.1.1.1

            In a similar vein, just imagine if the GCSB were called the STATE Communications Security Bureau (which is of course is about to become a misnomer under current legislation). It’ll be more correct to name it the “NZ Communications Interception Executive”

            • Ennui 2.6.1.1.1.1

              True, interestingly the “state” bit does not matter for the new improved GCSB….their role is all about protecting “property rights” of offshore corporations under the “free trade” agreements our corporatist governments (of both left and right) have signed up to.

    • framu 2.7

      bullshit with a side order of extra bullshit

      something like 1% actually pulled out after the policy was announced
      the share price is still high
      there was no evidence that all the people who expressed interest were real.

      This was always going to pan out this way – and doesnt the fact that you could express interest without having to prove you were real tell you something here?
      The nats all know its an unpopular policy. The lax sign up system was a deliberate ploy to inflate the reported interest numbers – both to influence opinion leading up to the sale to counter the petition reporting – and as a stick to beat labour with when the final numbers came out.

      If NZ power wasnt announced we would now be hearing that it was the fault of labour and the greens using tax payer $ to scare off investors via the petition.

    • Egalitarian 2.8

      @Rich the other, I thought National like to promote themselves as the party of ‘self responsibility’? Now that the sales process has failed dismally rather than blaming Labour/Greens should the government not (paraphrasing John Keys comments a few days ago) ‘apologise to New Zealanders and pay back the money’?

      Blaming Labour/Greens for this is shameful and cowardly. National knew it was selling these assets against the will of the majority of New Zealanders. They knew they were willfully doing this before the referendum which they publicly said they would ignore anyway. It does not take a genius to work out that if you implement unpopular policies in a democracy that when the opposition next take office they may reverse it.

      I don’t just want Mighty River Power back. I want the $100 million plus back from National and their Bank and PR firm buddies. This wealth transfer reeks of the rich lining the pockets of the rich at the expense of everyday New Zealanders.

      *PS – Don’t quote me but it was my understanding that National had the option to cancel the sale if it failed to attract a good return/sufficient investors???? The fact that they choose to go ahead and even hail it as a success suggests that they don’t see it as a failure caused by Labour/Greens. In fact if they think that spending $100 million of Tax Payer money to transfer this wealth from 97.5% of us to 2.5% of us is a success it leaves no illusions about what their intentions were.

      • Rich the other 2.8.1

        Your in denial,
        Election pledge , stage one completed.
        What would voters say if they hadn’t honoured one of there mainstay policies from the last election ?.

        • Egalitarian 2.8.1.1

          I know what I hope voters say now that the HAVE honoured one of their mainstay policies!

        • framu 2.8.1.2

          what would voters say?

          “thanks for listening to us”

          • Egalitarian 2.8.1.2.1

            @framu That might be what the 35.7% of registered voters who actively gave their party vote to National, ACT & United Future in the 2011 election ‘might’ say*.

            Remember only 2.5% of New Zealanders signed up for these shares so even if you translate this into registered National voters you will see that very few National voters took the offer up.

            What National need to fear like the devil himself is the 38.5% of people who actively cast their party vote against them in the last election and the 25.8% who didn’t vote at all. I don’t feel sorry for those who didn’t vote, but it was a historically low turn out and National can’t count on that next time. Yes many of these may have been National voters but international data suggests that it is more often than not the young and economically disadvantaged who are more likely not to vote. The very group who have been the most impacted by this blatant transfer of wealth to the rich.

            If these people take umbrage to National lining the pockets of the Banks, Share Brokers, PR firms with Tax Payer money and selling these valuable assets out from under 97.5% of us then the election of 2014 may show National what kind of ‘mandate’ they really have.

            *These are the figures I have used as the basis of the figures above. I’m no statistician, correct me if I am wrong.

            Source: http://www.electionresults.org.nz – 2011 Election

            Registered Voters: 3,070,847
            Total Party Votes Cast: 2,257,989
            National, ACT & United Future Party Votes: 1,095,968 (Nat 1,058,636, ACT 23,889, UNF 13,443) = 35.7%
            Party Votes for Parties Opposing Asset Sales: 1,183,021 (2,278,989 – 1,095,968) = 38.5%
            Non Voters: 791,858 (3070847 – 2278989) = 25.8%

            • framu 2.8.1.2.1.1

              yep – i was more meaning that many voted national YET were opposed to sales
              The thinking that they liked most of what the nats proposed, but thought they would back down on sales

        • Shaz 2.8.1.3

          The policy of a government whose majority was effected only by gaming the voting system (in Epsom) standing a long-standing National Party member under the name of another party supported by a man whose party (United Future) said that it was against asset sales.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.8.1.4

          What RtO is saying is that he provided a service to the National Party and in exchange they promised him our stuff.

      • David H 2.8.2

        So if you tack in what they have spent on the theft of this asset, they only got about 1.35 Billion. A hell of a lot less than the 1.7 they are crowing about.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.9

      The actual effect has been to rob ordinary hard working taxpaying NZers of their wrightful return on the asset that was sold on there behalf.

      The sale is what’s robbing most of us of our rightful return from owning these assets. That return will now go to 113,000 parasites.

    • Macro 2.10

      Did you know “Rich” if you say “Gull i ble” really slowly it sounds like “banana”!

    • mikesh 2.11

      It was the government who sold thee MRP shares. They didn’t actually have to sell, so if anybody “robbed ordinary taxpayers of their wrightful (sic) return” it was the government.

    • Matt 2.12

      “Looks like the green/labour tactics have worked and deflated the share price .”

      Huh? Maybe it just means the banksters and 1% paid less for their stakes. JK and his ilk should be celebrating.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    113,000 Kiwis actually bought shares. But there are 292,000 valid signatures (with more to come) on the petition calling for a referendum – almost three times as many opposed to the sales as actually bought in.

    Once again, this is not true. Signing up to hold a petition does not mean you oppose the asset sales. It means you support a referendum on the topic. That’s it.

    • Te Reo Putake 3.1

      You are technically correct, Lanth, but my experience was the majority of signers were opposed to the sale. I only had 3 or 4 people who said ‘I voted National, but …’ And good on them for putting the country first, but they were certainly in the minority.

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        Of course, but that doesn’t mean we should go around blindly saying such obvious untruths. All it needs is a realistic temper: “But there are 292,000 valid signatures, the majority of whom would oppose asset sales…”.

        Otherwise we’re no better than National, who are claiming that everyone that voted for them supported asset sales.

        • Rob 3.1.1.1

          Also , families (or collective entities) have purchased one share package , as opposed to all individuals of age being able to sign the petition, so I wouldn’t use that one any more either.

  4. Appleboy 4

    4.4 million people in NZ.

    NZ Stats shows about 25% are children.

    That leaves 3.3 million adults

    113,000 bought shares.

    The government gives a commission higher to brokers selling off shore.

    What a sham. The public have been conned.

    I bet within these figures there’s a significant figures of actual ‘mum and dads’ with a few thousand only, but the vast amount will have gone to the super rich, Key’s real target.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      I bet within these figures there’s a significant figures of actual ‘mum and dads’ with a few thousand only, but the vast amount will have gone to the super rich, Key’s real target.

      Exactly what I was thinking.

    • freedom 4.2

      (roughly speaking)

      113K bought shares
      Nat voters = 1.2 m
      so taking the extreme view that only National voters bought shares:

      Only 10% of National voters bought shares
      so 90% of National voters were against the sale?

      and this is only the first sale . . .
      how can those numbers possibly improve ?

      This con gets worse by the minute

  5. Ross 5

    It’s strange that there is scaling. Tony Ryall reckons scaling is necessary because of the high demand. That is bogus because Treasury predicted a much higher rate of take-up. So, despite the low number of buyers, some are not going to get what they asked for.

    • freedom 5.1

      They started at the top of the table I bet, carving the meat generously. Once all the fat orders were filled, a few scraps that had been put aside were dutifully tossed to feed the 2K guarantee and what was left is the soup bone, shared amongst all the hungry mum’s and dad’s.

    • Foreign Waka 5.2

      I think they all will get what they are asked for – the government was counting on a lot more money then they got out of it. It will be interesting whether the 15% ceiling of foreign hold shares can be held and controlled- all eyes on that I presume.

  6. ak 6

    The unbelievable gall and arrogance of the Arrant Gilmore Party.

    Take $300mill off hard-working taxpayers to persuade them to give what they already own to the richest 3% and foreign fatcats who will then continue to pocket more out of every power bill from now on.

    Call anyone who raises objections a mass murderer and spy on them at will.

    Sad, sad day. Don’t rush home kids, the dying farce aint over yet.

    • Rich the other 6.1

      The govt needs a kick up the ar?.
      If your figure of $300 mill is correct ,they could have gotten much better value from it ,they could have sold it all for the same price.

  7. Te Reo Putake 7

    Barely a mention of the share sale on the online front page of either Stuff or the Herald. Underwhelming could be the word of the day.

    • Rich the other 7.1

      A dead issue ,
      it’s what voters voted for.
      Labours biggest issue at the last election , they got hammered.

      • Te Reo Putake 7.1.1

        It’s what the minority of voters voted for. And, as mentioned elsewhere, a percentage of Tory voters don’t support the sales anyway. A biggish percentage, actually, if the failure to get buy in yesterday proves anything.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.1.2

        A dead issue? You think a tiny 2.9% minority of scum can shit on the rest of us and there won’t be consequences?

        You’re delusional.

      • framu 7.1.3

        “it’s what voters voted for.”

        really? how does that then match with every poll ever taken by anyone shows a consistant 70-80% opposed to assets sales?

        The two dont equate, and they never will – so could people have voted nats for a variety of reasons?

        • infused 7.1.3.1

          It doesn’t matter. I don’t know how you guys are so thick. National campaigned on selling assets, Labour did the opposite. National won.

          Forget the polls, that’s the cold, hard truth.

          • framu 7.1.3.1.1

            so how do you explain the disconnect?

            like ive said (and many others have said before me) elections arent single issue decisions

            we dont know why anyone picks a particular party and we never can

            your the one being thick in insisting that every vote had asset sales as the core decision

          • lprent 7.1.3.1.2

            If National were confident that was the case, then I’d see them backing a referendum on that one point.

            So looking at the enthusiasm of National MP’s and supported for the referendum….. Duh! They appear to be missing.

            It was one of National’s policies like it was one of Labour’s to oppose it. Apart from morons, people never vote on a single issue. They vote on a package.

            And at best you can say that something like a quarter of the population voted for National’s package, and about a third of the voters. Hardly any kind of a mandate because most people didn’t vote for either the package or the policy. So they get opposition. That is what the nature of democracy is about.

            From what I have seen recently, there are a lot of right wingers whining about a policy. If Labour/Greens get government next election and implement it (as I suspect they will do), I presume that you’re going to be your usual inconsistent self, and will whine that they don’t have a mandate? I bet you do.

            You really are kind of stupid. But I guess that is just the nature of the right. Self-interested, self-involved, and kind of dumb when it comes to thinking about anyone else apart from themselves.

          • Foreign Waka 7.1.3.1.3

            Not quite, Labour was unfortunately in the process of changing leader and defining itself again. Because of that they were too slow off the bat to get a coherent response together. The Greens had not yet done any homework either. So be the time some opposition was voiced, the election was way over. Of cause National knew this and build their campaign on that tread. It was clever, but also deceitful on many levels. It also showed the true character of the main party members – and it ain’t pretty.

      • Hayden 7.1.4

        it’s what voters voted for.

        Unfounded assertion. It might have been Labour’s biggest issue, but unless they have some sort of mind control device it doesn’t make it the biggest issue for voters.

        they got hammered

        Parties other than Nat/UF/ACT actually got a majority. NZ almost never votes out a first-term government, so 47% with none of its coalition partners making the 5% threshold isn’t that impressive.

        And in 2002 (which is the most valid comparison, being National’s last election as a first-term opposition) the nation voted for Bill English to fuck off, (21%, anyone?) yet here he is still stinking up the joint.

  8. vto 8

    So more people don’t want to sell than people want to buy.

    About 3,900,000 people now don’t own MRP as it was. That is slack. I thought Key said one of the purposes was to increase NZ ownership, but in fact the obvious was always gong to happen and now has. Less kiwis now own MRP.

    Talk about shit for brains.

  9. Nick K 9

    Invested $100 million which returned $1.8 Billion. That’s impressive.

    • Hayden 9.1

      What’s more impressive is that at 8.22 am you’ve made what is probably the stupidest comment of the day.

      • Nick K 9.1.1

        It’s the truth. Does that hurt you? They spent $100million and got $1.8 Billion from the sale for schools and hospitals. Why do you hate money being spent on children and sick people?

        • framu 9.1.1.1

          how much dividend (over time) have the also lost Nick? – your maths is sub par

          • Nick K 9.1.1.1.1

            That’s hypothetical as it is subject to many many variables. No one knows the answer to that. But I do know that the Crown account today is better off to the tune of $1.7 Billion.

            • framu 9.1.1.1.1.1

              but you cant leave it out, it still part of the equation isnt it – i hope you dont do the household budget

            • thatguynz 9.1.1.1.1.2

              You complete twat.. The asset side of the govt balance sheet has also diminished by somewhere in the vicinity of $1.7B… The dividend is also not a hypothetical – future dividends may be but the historical dividends are in fact very real and very quantifiable..

              Accountancy 101…

            • freedom 9.1.1.1.1.3

              great to hear Nick, so our international liabilities are only 150 billion dollars !
              what are we all so worried about

        • Te Reo Putake 9.1.1.2

          It’s not going to be spent on the sick and the young it’s going to be wasted on the rich. Wake up, fool.

          • BM 9.1.1.2.1

            More cake and caviar for me, Bwhahahahahahahaha.
            None for you though.

            • felix 9.1.1.2.1.1

              You’re breaking character BM. Maybe time to focus on one of your other handles and give this one a rest, eh?

              • freedom

                he certainly performs better in the tweed
                dinner jackets just don’t suit his lumbar curl
                I think it’s the way his cuffs catch the undergrowth

        • Hayden 9.1.1.3

          They’ve sold $1.8 billion worth of assets (more or less, who would know?) for $1.8 billion (what happened to $1.7b as of yesterday) and paid $100 million for the pleasure. They haven’t “invested” shit. It’s as if I’ve “invested” $59 to sell a $40k caravan on TradeMe and claimed that the $40k is a return on the original investment, when in reality my nett position hasn’t changed.

          • Hayden 9.1.1.3.1

            And by the way, if it is $1.8 billion for $100 million in fees, that’s 5.56% (rounded) of the value of the shares spent selling them.

            Put another way, it’s $110 per $2000 block. You could have put each $2000 block on TradeMe, and paid $89 ($79.50 + 1.9% of amount over $1500). And yes, I know that’s a silly comparison.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.4

          Money that could easily have been spent if the government hadn’t given tax cuts to the rich while leaving us with our assets.

        • Foreign Waka 9.1.1.5

          Nick, firstly the assets belong to all NZlanders. If it had to be sold, every taxpayer should have at least a number of shares assigned. Now that would have been fair and reasonable. Imagine, it would have been a win win. Still can if so few have taken up the offer. To keep the cap of 15% on foreign ownership, then this would be a prudent way that benefits all.

      • lprent 9.1.2

        He is talented that way..

  10. Winston Smith 10

    So as of this moment National have:

    Secured 86% NZ owned
    1.8 billion in extra cash
    Still getting dividends

    Whereas Greens/Labour (and yeah that is the correct order)

    Would have 100% NZ owned
    No extra cash
    No dividends
    $6 a month savings on power bills

    Points decision to National on this one

    • Hayden 10.1

      Still getting dividends

      Well, 51% of dividends.

      No dividends

      Not true, probably lowered, but certainly not zero.

      $6 a month savings on power bills

      In the first year. Power companies seem to add a cent or so to each unit every year with little justification, extrapolate 10 years and it will be a lot more (assuming generation and transmission costs aren’t increasing 5% per annum).

      • felix 10.1.1

        Nope, that’s $6 a week in the first year. Never trust trool numbers.

      • Winston Smith 10.1.2

        Thats why I think its a points decision as opposed to a knockout. Still its not a bad decision overall for NZ.

        A win-win in other words

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.2.1

          No, it’s a win – loss. A win for rich people and a loss for everyone else.

          • Enough is Enough 10.1.2.1.1

            Exactly Draco, a win for National and their backers.

            A loss for the rest of us!!!

            • Rob 10.1.2.1.1.1

              How exactly are you affected by this, please explain?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Upwards redistribution

                Although I doubt if you’ll understand it the reality is that 97% of NZers just got poorer so that a few thousand bludgers can get richer.

                • Rob

                  Mate you point me to some other blog. How have I got poorer as my family are certainly in a 97 percentile of this population.

                  • freedom

                    49% of the dividends no longer go to our nation’s coffers you fool

                    • Rob

                      Freedom, obviously your need to insult people is due to your anger. Try and control it , as most people have recognised that angry people calling other people fools are just telegraphing their own intelligence level.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    This government has just sold our assets that were making a return to us for less than they were worth (That’s they only way such assets can be sold BTW as they’re too expensive for private owners to pay for them). On top of that we lose the return and we lose the ability to govern ourselves (that latter is what happens as we become ever more serfs to the ownership class).

                    So, yep, you just got poorer courtesy of this government.

                  • freedom

                    dear Rob,
                    damn right I am angry, want the list?

                    but get real mate, calling someone a fool is indicitive of nothing
                    other than suggesting that someone is a fool

                    49% of hundreds of millions of dollars every year, year after year, gone.
                    does that compute?

    • framu 10.2

      “Secured 86% NZ owned”

      no, theyve reduced ownerhip from 100% to 86% and theyve halved the dividend

      with an expected and deepening loss as time goes on

      • Hayden 10.2.1

        Plus that 86% isn’t guaranteed beyond the first minute the shares are on the open market.

      • Winston Smith 10.2.2

        Labour were prepared to have no dividend payouts so halved payouts is better than none.

        • framu 10.2.2.1

          doesnt make you claim any more truthy though winston.

          where did labour say they wanted no dividend? – reduced dividend – of course. But the plan was to reduce profit, not remove it. Whose the shareholder in SOEs again?

          also the expected and deepening loss as time goes on is going to really bite. Potentially ending up at even worse reductions in revenue than NZ power would have incurred

        • Draco T Bastard 10.2.2.2

          And I still say that power should be run as a government service rather than a profit making enterprise. It would cost us less and be more responsive.

      • infused 10.2.3

        As opposed to Labours option of virtually 0 dividend. Because that’s not important.

    • felix 10.3

      Hi Winston. How did you come up with “$6 a month savings”?

      Everyone else is talking about $25 a month or so for an average household.

      • Hayden 10.3.1

        And I quoted it without noticing… :(

      • Nick K 10.3.2

        $25 a month! Man….that’s…..$300 a year!! Or, .82c a day. Flippin hell – 82c. I’m voting Green!

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.3.2.1

          How lucky for you that it means so little to you. That’s all it is by the way: luck. You probably delude yourself that riches are related to merit, or intelligence, or hard work, but if that were the case nurses and academics would all be rich instead of maggots like you.

          • Nick K 10.3.2.1.1

            Maggot? Nice to see you’ve lost the argument already and have reverted to name-calling.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.3.2.1.1.1

              What “argument”? You haven’t articulated one – just a bunch of empty rhetoric. No wonder they say stupidity predicts for conservatism.

          • donmcdazzle 10.3.2.1.2

            Are you being serious? So nurses and academics (of all people why the hell would you choose academics) should be at the top of the pile? What do you put that down to?

            ‘Academics’ are so undeserving it isn’t funny. Reading books and coming up with theories is something almost anybody could do, but unfortunately we are out producing things to contribute. ‘Academics’ contribute nothing other than idealistic theories.

            Nurses do a great and admirable job. Unfortunately they don’t create any profit for anyone so value isn’t placed on them.. that is something I agree is an issue. Highest pay goes to the people who create the most profit. In some cases this is down to luck, in an equal number of cases it is down to hard work and merit. Nepotism does exist but so does a meritocracy. In a bank trading dept for example it doesn’t matter who your dad is just how much money you make the bank, so I strongly disagree with your luck theory.

            I do however agree with the issue of pretty important jobs like nurses or carers not being valued because they don’t create profit.. How do we remedy that though? It certainly isn’t getting angry at the people who do create profit. And academics don’t belong in the same group.

            • framu 10.3.2.1.2.1

              “‘Academics’ are so undeserving it isn’t funny”

              go off and stand in the corner with the other anti-intellectuals

              that you think academics have nothing to offer is a bit sad – the results of academic pursuits arent as easily visible – but they play a vital part in developing our society in the long term (scientifically, culturally, politically and economically

              • donmcdazzle

                “Anti-intellectuals” – what does that even mean? I’m not against people being intellectuals at all and agree that academic pursuits are hugely beneficial. Maybe I should clarify my meaning, I did word it rather poorly. I’m meaning ‘academics’ in the sense of the types who read books, write theses and theories on the issues of society etc.. not scientists or the like actually working on tangible things.

                If you can give me examples of tangible things ‘academics’ (as I have framed them, you may well have a different interpretation of what that word means to you) have done to further society in a meaningful way then I will happily accept it and change my position on the matter. I am of the opinion that these types don’t contribute much at all, and we would be far better off if they used their intellect in a more meaningful manner.

                • ghostrider888

                  really

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Academics provide an example of how intelligence doesn’t lead to riches. Nurses demonstrate that it isn’t hard work or merit either.

                  I note that you are expressing your opinion on a computer that would not exist without academia. Perhaps you think DNA was discovered by an investment banker or something.

                  Oh, I see, you just don’t like the types who read books, write theses and theories on the issues of society

                  Like Charles Darwin for example.

                  • ghostrider888

                    just sigh, shake your head and rattle on OAKY, that’s what I do with commercials.

                  • donmcdazzle

                    You’re missing my meaning. You are trying to tell me that the discoverer of DNA or the inventor of the computer wasn’t financially well off? I’d say that they very much would be. I thought you were talking about the BA in women’s studies type ‘academics’ who wouldn’t be rich at all, and my point was that they don’t deserve to be as they don’t add anything of value. Charles Darwin was certainly wealthy, so obviously isn’t the sort of academic you were referring to in the first place.

                    Nurses do a great and admirable job, but they don’t necesarrily work any harder than any other profession. It isn’t hard to become a nurse so how much of a meritocracy is the profession?

                    • framu

                      i think your extremely confused about a great many things here.

                      its not meant as an insult – its just a lot of your terminology is a bit jumbled so its hard to make much sense of what your getting at.

                      eg: of course darwin was wealthy – but thats not a very good example of a modern day academic, and his wealth has little bearing on his academic contributions

                      also – people doing their BA arent really academics – theyre more at the beginning of their journey to becoming an academic. Every great phd or what have you was doing a BA at some point

                      “Anti-intellectuals” – what does that even mean”
                      Anti-intellectualism is hostility towards and mistrust of intellect, intellectuals, and intellectual pursuits, usually expressed as the derision of education, philosophy, literature, art, and science, as impractical and contemptible.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Oh, so what you meant was you don’t like the sort of academics you are prejudiced against, with a side order of thinly veiled misogyny, and you’d like to nitpick rather than acknowledge that wealth is delivered by chance, not hard work or intelligence or merit.

                      So your crowing about the lack of value (to you) of $25 reveals little other than the boasts of a boorish self-aggrandising braggart.

                    • donmcdazzle

                      No not at all. I was referring to your post about academics not being financially rewarded. My point is that those academics who aren’t financially well off do not deserve to be. The ones who do valid things for society (like the ones you mentioned – discoverer of DNA, inventor of the computer) would indeed by well paid and I agree they should be. I’m asking for you to please tell me why those who aren’t financially valued deserve to be?

                      Like I mentioned, wealth is not delivered by chance in all cases. My father left school at 14 to work as he had 8 younger siblings he needed to help his parents support. He did manual labour most of his life, saved, made good decisions, invested wisely and is now pretty well off and owns his own business. Is that luck or hard work? The great thing about NZ is the ability to make something of yourself no matter your background (as my father has done). Some may have to work harder and go further than others sure, but it is very possible. I guess it is easier to give up and say it is too hard, and that those who have made something of themselves are just lucky.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      It’s luck, since (as has already been pointed out to you why do we need to go over this again? Are you a bit cognitively challenged or something?) plenty of people work hard but are not similarly fortunate.

                      Please note that there’s nothing wrong with getting lucky, but there’s nothing admirable about it either.

                      Your opinion of academics is worthless. Who the fuck do you think you are trying to define validity?

            • Murray Olsen 10.3.2.1.2.2

              Get off the internet that was made by academics. Throw away your computer that was invented by academics. Get a merchant banker to design you a new one. Bye.

        • Hayden 10.3.2.2

          That could be running a 2kW heater for 2 extra hours a day, which would probably make a difference to some people. Not you apparently, which is nice.

          • freedom 10.3.2.2.1

            i miss my heater,
            i miss being warm
            i miss being employed,
            i miss having an income,
            i miss being treated as a person

        • felix 10.3.2.3

          For most people, 25 bucks off a powerbill is significant. Your comment only shows how out of touch you are.

          • Rob 10.3.2.3.1

            Yes just like $25 off a tax bill.

            • Colonial Viper 10.3.2.3.1.1

              Silly billy, you might save $25 off your tax bill, but then your kids end up with $25 less health care and education.

              • McFlock

                Actually, you lose more than $25 in healthcare and education. More customers in the private sector boosts the price and also limits economies of scale.

                That’s why dentists are so cheap these days /sarc

      • Winston Smith 10.3.3

        My bad, I meant $6 a week.

    • Egalitarian 10.4

      @Winston Smith “So as of this moment National have” – I love the way you prefaced your comment with the caveat “as of this moment”. It suggests you are well aware of what has historically happened to NZ ownership of privatised shares over the long term.

  11. jcuknz 11

    I pulled out because I prefered not to gamble and the return on shares when you consider the price paid for them is not that wonderful in most cases. If I was going to get the shares at face value it might have been worth the gamble but at <40% sorry no thanks. Then there was the hairbrained GreLab idea of saving consumers money to add to my doubts.

  12. Santi 12

    I’m voting for Norman, I mean Shearer, I mean Robertson.

    • BM 12.1

      Actually, you’re voting Little.
      If by some miracle, Greenbour manages to get over the line at the next election, expect to see Shearer get Bolgered within the year and replaced by Little.

      • Te Reo Putake 12.1.1

        As far as I can tell, that’d be fine by just about everyone here, BM. Do try and keep up.

    • felix 12.2

      The irony is that even though you’re being facetious and funny, when you vote Key in 2014 you actually have no idea who will take his place come 2015.

      National are way better at keeping the lid on though, I’ll give you that.

      • Te Reo Putake 12.2.1

        If there is an opportunity to vote for Key in 2014! I’d say a snap election this year or Key’s resignation in the face of a humiliating defeat are just as likely possibilities.

      • BM 12.2.2

        Yes I do, it will be Judith Collins.
        NZ’s version of Maggie Thatcher, she will build on the great economic platform created by Key propelling NZ to even greater heights.
        She will also launch a successful assault on Norfolk island bringing the island under the NZ banner, where it rightfully belongs.

        • framu 12.2.2.1

          best joke of the day that. – oh wait…. your being serious arent you

        • thatguynz 12.2.2.2

          I’d suggest a change of medication. It would seem the synthetic marijuana doesn’t agree with you. I can’t actually pick out which part of your comment is the most ridiculous…

        • ghostrider888 12.2.2.3

          pit cairn

      • Rob 12.2.3

        Just like what happened with people who voted for Goff. Wonder if any of them even thought they were going to end up with Shearer.

        • felix 12.2.3.1

          Eh? If Labour had formed a govt, Goff would still be leading now.

          It’s a given that Key is out of here if he loses – he said so himself. I’m saying they’ll pull the old switcheroo if he wins.

  13. Hayden 13

    I predict there’s going to be a lot of “schools and hospitals! SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS!” today, which apparently is the new spin line. Perhaps we should be asking, “Which schools? And which hospitals?”. I mean, obviously this plan is so well thought-out that these facts should be readily available. And if they mean charter schools, they can just fuck right off.

    We might as well be hearing “puppies and rainbows… Why do you hate PUPPIES AND RAINBOWS?!”

    • framu 13.1

      well rainbows ARE gay :-)

    • Foreign Waka 13.2

      Is that the same hospital where a 82 year old was waiting with a bleeding bladder for 7 or more hours only to be taken home by his kin without treatment? I can see what the next savings platform will be, kill all the old people by ignoring their need. What a great society, so caring….

  14. 113 thousand kiwis bought shares, lets hope for 113 thousand kiwis the share price goes up.

    It would’ve been more kiwis buying them, but the Greens decided to play politics.

    They will pay come the next election.

    • framu 14.1

      what should a political party play brett? tiddlywinks?

      “It would’ve been more” – there is no evidence to support this claim

      • Brett Dale 14.1.1

        Of course there is evidence, you dont think the greens and labour doing what they did, stopped people from buying shares? Hell before they announced it, the reason I didnt buy shares, because I knew labour would try and interfere like they did with Auckland airport.

        • framu 14.1.1.1

          well… where is it brett? – put up or shut up

          • infused 14.1.1.1.1

            Try listening to Talkback this morning. It was all positive from people, and many who didn’t buy shares (pulled out) specifically because of Labour.

            People are not stupid, they saw this for exactly what it is, Labour/Greens being retarded as usual.

            • Paul 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Are the people who ring right wing talk back shows representative of the population?

              • Arfamo

                Why would people pull out if they thought National will continue to govern? Obviously they think the writing is on the wall for the Natsy rorters at the next election.

                • felix

                  Exactly. As I’ve been saying for ages and Dr Norman pointed out in Parliament today, blaming Labour and the Greens for the sad take-up of the share offer only makes sense if you accept that the market expects Labour and the Greens to form the next govt.

            • framu 14.1.1.1.1.2

              ooh talk back is evidence now? – and just up thread you called people thick

              well… where is it infused? – put up or shut up

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 14.2

      Or alternatively (more likely too), the Greens will increase their share of the vote as more evidence of how irrelevant you are.

      • Brett Dale 14.2.1

        The greens wont increase their share of the vote, sure they may poll between 13-15% before the election and heck some polls may have them as high as 20%, come election day they will get around 9-10% in the next election.

        Rena helped them last time, because it got people thinking about the environment.

        • Colonial Viper 14.2.1.1

          You really think there won’t be another environmental or conversation disaster between now and next election? I’ll give you a clue: National are enacting a tonne of anti-conservation moves which are going to help the Greens very nicely thank you.

          • Brett Dale 14.2.1.1.1

            The odds are there wont be another one just before the election, like last time, the Rena must of given the greens at least another 2% in the party vote.

            Again they will poll between 13-20%, the actual election they will get just over 10%

            • fender 14.2.1.1.1.1

              How lucky it is we have such a wise person like you with your ability to see into the future. Since your 10:56am prediction of 9-10% and your 11:59am of ‘just over’ 10% there’s been an almost 1% increase, that good for only 1 hour, please come back in a few hours and give another update.

              Some may see your name and say ‘oh no not Bread Stale’, but not me, I know a genuine clairvoyant when I see one.

          • Rob 14.2.1.1.2

            There may well be, odds on its probably very likely. However we now realise that the green rhetoric is as empty and based on grandstanding as everyone elses. So what new policy actually came out of the Rena disaster, how did they use it to influence NZ in a postive way. All we saw was major of flapping of hands as it was pronounced that this was NZ worst eclogical disaster and would leave a stain on BOP for decades. So what is the update on supposedly NZ’s worst ecological disaster.

        • Rich the other 14.2.1.2

          Greens won’t get even 9%, people are waking up to there desire to stop almost any development.

          Beware ,they have a new cowardly tactic , this to oppose new developments under a different name as demonstrated by the appeal against the kapiti/Levin freeway, its actually the greens in disguise.

          The same tactic is being used on the west coast in an appeal against a mining venture,

          • framu 14.2.1.2.1

            you havent actually bothered to read any green policy have you – the whole anti development thing proves it. Its the calling card of the ignorant

        • felix 14.2.1.3

          Hey Brett, what were you predicting for the Greens last election? 7% wasn’t it?

          And how’d they do? 14% wasn’t it?

          This new prediction of yours is very exciting…

  15. Dv 15

    Another way to look at the numbers
    1million? on advertising attracted 73,000 ‘new’ investors (although I dont really know how they got that number)
    OR
    $140 per investor.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      What are you talking about? $1M spend? Dream on – the marketing campaign alone cost roughly 30x that.

      • Rob 15.1.1

        You do realise that $1M media spend in a tight timeframe is actually quite a lot CV and gives a lot of TARP’s.

  16. Dv 16

    I thought the tv/new was 1m
    If it is 30m, that is $4200 per new investor!!!!
    Yikes.

    • Chris 16.1

      You might want to check your maths in both places you’ve done it.

      $30m over 73,000 investors is $411 per investor.

      Also the new investors figure would have come from the number of purchasers who needed an investor number or whatever they are called.

  17. Enough is Enough 17

    r0b

    You have a habit of testing National’s success and failures against your beliefs and morals.

    Guess what National don’t really give a shit about the low price or low amount of kiwis took up the offer.

    Their goal was to sell our assets to their mates. Big tick. They have suceeded, and we have failed.

    There will be champagne bottles being popped in the glass towers of Auckland today and at Nat HQ in Wellington.

    They have managed to do what they were put in government to do. They have stood strong to huge opposition and pushed this through.

    We can learn a lot from the way they stick to their principles.

    The bastards

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      You make some good points.

      John Key’s mates will be well pleased that the share price is relatively low, and that they got a larger proportion of the shares than expected because there were so few Kiwi investors.

      So agreed…hardly a “failure” for the National Party constituency.

    • Murray Olsen 17.2

      Half the Labour caucus also do their best to stick to National’s principles. They should just join up and get out of the road.

  18. Saarbo 18

    I’m sure National expected over 300k people to purchase MRP shares. This is a major fail. MRP is the jewel in the New Zealands power generators, it has a good mixture of hydro/geo thermal generators and has exciting developments in wind and overseas investments. This float should have had a lot more investors than Contact. This is a major FAIL and will be beautiful fodder for the Greens and Labour when things settle down.

    I reckon as far as what the Left needs to do is we have to get the 16500 signatures, I guess we have to be a bit more discerning and careful when signing up because when I collected signatures I had the uncomfortable feeling that there were MRP sale supporters entering bogus details to derail, easily fixed this time, we just need to ask for a drivers license to make sure we get the details correct. I’ve already got a lot of signatures , in fact it seems even easier now as anyone who hasn’t purchased shares are pretty keen (97.5% of New Zealander’s).

    I reckon that National hoped to get most of their supporters buying, I imagine that they expected numbers well in excess of 300k investors. This was their policy that was going to change everything for them, they were relying on this. FAIL. Quite funny really.

    • ianmac 18.1

      I had made a modest collection from family and friends. Acknowledged.
      What happens if we reapply?
      And if the Parliamentary Services just did sampling how would we know:
      1. Whether we had been discounted.
      2. That they know if my new submission was a duplicate or not?

      • Saarbo 18.1.1

        Well I think 16500 new signatures cant be that hard to find, even if we stop Genesis then we have held some more strategic assets with in government. All signatures have to be new to the petition.

    • infused 18.2

      The referendum is pretty much lost now. If it had stacked up 1st time round, I think it would have had quite a huge affect, but now it’s a fizzer.

    • Rich the other 18.3

      sarbo ,
      the real FAIL is the petition and just to be helpful , 23000 is the target.
      .

      What’s more by the time the sales are complete the govt will have about $5 billion to play with, that’s $5 billion they don’t have to borrow.

      But wait there’s more , unemployment down
      .
      The left are about to start panicking.

      • Colonial Viper 18.3.1

        Fascinating ideas.

        However, MRP represents the absolute high tide mark for the asset sale programme. It’s all down hill from here.

        • Colonial Viper 18.3.1.1

          I’ll add – I’m expecting a massive global equities crash before the end of the year. World stock markets have been hyperinflated well beyond how the real global economy is doing.

    • ianmac 19.1

      I watched fibre optic ultra fast broadband being connected free to my neighbor courtesy of Telecom. I contacted my new provider Vodapone (ex Telstra) who knew nothing about it “but when it became available in our street they would let me know.”
      “But it is here! I can see it.”
      “No. We will let you know when it arrives.”
      (I can’t afford it anyway.)

  19. peggity gwes 20

    Renationalise on day 2 of the next green/labour government.. we need one day to celebrate before getting down to business.

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Labour won’t renationalise; or if they do it will be in a way which provides massive profits to the private sector.

  20. aerobubble 21

    Drunk on power, Key impressively rewards those at the top who have left a global wasteland of debt and near disaster, feed them more, when we should be right royally condemning their works.

  21. Prove It 22

    Can you provide evidence to support the $100m to $300m cost assertion – other than links to unsubstantiated claims?

    Hint: Read page 238 of the Prospectus.

    [Bill English admitted today that the cost of selling Mighty River alone was $100m. Nice try though. Eddie]

    • Prove It 22.1

      Fair enough, thank you for the link (although technically the question/answer seems to relate to costs across the process so far, so not just MRP).

      So, the $300 million cost assertion in this post is therefore wrong?

      And, the $100 million asserted payment to Lazard must therefore be wrong too (unless all other Government advisers have been working for free)?

      • Prove It 22.1.1

        Just watched a bit more of the video you posted Eddie – you are right – it seems the $100m figure in context may relate just to MRP.

        However, RN does seem to be factoring in $25m of “loyalty bonus shares” into his $100m – which is not a “cost” in terms of cash out the door, so lets say $75 million.

        $75m in costs = what, $250 per Kiwi … OP going to be corrected?

        • Te Reo Putake 22.1.1.1

          Which bit of the post do you think needs correcting? If you are talking about the cost per investor, then, on your figures, its $750 per investor. I heard one pundit suggest a $110 mil spend already (ie bugger all left for the other floats). If that figure’s correct it’s near as damn to the thousand dollar figure in the post.

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    I'm not sure if you've noticed the mainstream media, after a grueling 2014 general election, are too engrossed with their continued promotion of brand Key to bother properly reporting on matters of more importance like Climate Change events.While the international...
    The Jackal | 21-09
  • The deconstruction – what went down
    So, in the end it wasn’t even close. Unless the special votes are dramatically out of kilter with the votes counted on election night, National has the numbers to govern alone. The worse-case scenario now for National is that they...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-09
  • Reality-adjacent
    John Key and David Cunliffe both spent much of the election campaign talking about the dreaded “things that New Zealanders really care about”. But Key, under direct attack, was much more disciplined about sticking to those things. The metacampaign, Dirty...
    Kiwipolitico | 21-09
  • The lurch to the right begins
    John Key is busily constructing the smokescreen for his third term, and the key phrase is going to be “centre ground“. “Obviously there are some things we want to do; RMA (Resource Management Act) reform, employment law reform, but they’d...
    Boots Theory | 21-09
  • Who’s to blame for National
    After the huge number of advance votes placed in the lead-up to election day, the overall turnout was shockingly low. It’s easy to imagine that this would follow pre-existing trends in favouring the right. National actually got fewer votes than...
    The little pakeha | 21-09
  • This is not an election advertisement
    The laws we have around Election Day are just a bit silly. Yesterday everyone’s Twitter feeds were a bit like this: um…er…ahh….ummm….dum de do………ahem…….18 hours 53 minutes to go………nice weather we've been having?……….um……. — Election Satire (@2014satire) September 19, 2014...
    Boots Theory | 21-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-09
  • The best result John Key could have got
    John Key got his best result: a majority on his own or with young David Seymour if National’s vote drops on the special votes as much as the half per cent it dropped in 2011. He didn’t need the Conservatives...
    Colin James | 21-09
  • Economics and the Puhoi Warkworth Board of Inquiry
    The final decision from the Board of Inquiry confirming the Puhoi to Warkworth toll road was published on 12th September but, what with one thing and another, I’m only now getting round to writing about it. The final report is largely unchanged from the...
    Transport Blog | 21-09
  • Bugger!
    This election campaign was a roller-coaster of unexpected revelations and controversy. For the Greens this meant our strategy of running a clean campaign, sticking to a clear plan and releasing properly costed, practical policies never made the impression it should...
    Local Bodies | 21-09
  • Fair Play
    Article – Alexander Lowe The Australian Football League (AFL) has cancelled a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Royal Brunei Airlines. AFL had earlier this year pledged to combat eliminate homophobia in sports so discovery of sponsorship...
    Its our future | 21-09
  • Gordon Campbell on Labour’s very bad year
    While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left. Even the victory by Labour’s Stuart Nash in...
    Gordon Campbell | 21-09
  • Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose
    I see suggestions that the National Party somehow manipulated results to gain their unprecedented win as an extension of “dirty politics”. I have no doubt that there has been a vindictive streak in ministers’ ranks for some time as this...
    Closing the Gap | 21-09
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #38
    "Today, we march... In Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm, Paris, Madrid, Porto, Geneva, Ljubliana, Budapest and so many other places." - 350.0rg SkS Highlights As to be expected, Dana's The 97% v the 3% – just how much global warming are...
    Skeptical Science | 21-09
  • Hard News: Five further thoughts
    1. Christ, what a shellacking. Click around Harkanwal Singh's Herald interactive. In electorate after electorate, polling place after polling place, National won at least a plurality of the votes. Even where voters collectively chose to return their Labour MPs to...
    Public Address | 21-09
  • The law of unintended consequences. Data security edition.
    This report from Flashpoint: ‘Measuring the Impact of the Snowden Leaks on the Use of Encryption by Online Jihadists’ (available here as web page or PDF) concludes (SPOILER:) Meh, not so much. The Flashpoint report recounts how the use of...
    The Paepae | 21-09
  • A healthy dose of humble pie
    I got one thing right about this election. I managed not to do anything as misguided as publicly state a prediction that National would get anything like as low a vote total as 44% ... as for instance, did Bryce Edwards. Yep,...
    Pundit | 21-09
  • Alas no mystery – it’s voter apathy
      There once was a PM named Key Re-elected with a majority The left fell flat What happened Matt? Alas  it’s voter apathy...
    Politically Corrected | 21-09
  • Labour must change
     Labour's problems can't just be fixed by a switch at the top. Change requires more than that. It must challenge the intellectual, organisational and cultural fundamentals of what it means to be Labour....
    Pundit | 21-09
  • Looking Ahead
    Win or lose, there are never any final battles in politics. A defeat simply means the firing of the starting gun for the next round in a never-ending struggle. And, especially for the left, it is the struggle that matters....
    Bryan Gould | 21-09
  • Left in tatters.
    A while back I wrote a post arguing that the NZ Left was in serious disarray. Various Left pontificators fulminated from the depths of their revolutionary armchairs against my views, denouncing me for being defeatist. I responded as politely as...
    Kiwipolitico | 21-09
  • Psephology-o-rama: Hangover nerdery edition
    I was really privileged to be able to work with the TV3 election night team last night, providing some quantitative analysis on the results as they came in. One of the things we put together was a tool that could...
    Polity | 21-09
  • The Key to a 4th term
    The coming days will see a welter of words on the reasons for the spectacular success of National and the failure of the broad left. As a 'pundit', I might as well add my views....
    Pundit | 20-09
  • Democracy 101
    Earlier this week Scottish voters participated in their independence referendum. There are many, many points to be made about this. Most notably, however, is the fact that the percentage of people turning out to vote in this democratic process was around...
    My Thinks | 20-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Unity in Action
    Yes the Left have taken a drubbing, but never mind, time to pick ourselves up off the floor, patch up our wound pride, dust ourselves off, cast around for our friends and allies, and re-enter the fray. Lots of work...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • LGNZ congratulates National
    LGNZ congratulates National Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) congratulates re-elected Prime Minister John Key and the National led government on winning their third consecutive term following Saturday’s general election. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • The Letter – 22 September 2014
    John Key’s win is historic. In the history of MMP elections – worldwide – ever – no government has won an absolute majority. MMP was imposed on Germany to make sure that country never had another Hitler. It is designed...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election Coverage – None Better Than Trans Tasman
    To get a steer on what was going to happen in the election - away from the histrionics of the mainstream coverage - the best place to go was The Main Report Group’s weekly political report Trans Tasman....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Federated Farmers intemperate
    For the second time in a week Federated Farmers has made intemperate and provocative comments on environmental issues, says EDS....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • MP’s Stolen Items Recovered
    Following a complaint to Parliamentary Services today [ September 19 ], items which had been stolen from NZ First MP Andrew Williams’ Wellington parliamentary office have been recovered and returned....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election results bad news for those on benefits
    Beneficiary Advocate Kay Brereton says, “ The election result holds no good news for people on benefits, National campaigned successfully with their beneficiary bashing agenda, and will now believe their punitive treatment of beneficiaries has the support...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Opportunity to progress water infrastructure
    “National’s re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change,” says Andrew...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Wellington City joins the global call for 100% clean
    At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors of Wellington gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the millions strong call for a 100% clean future....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Hikoi with us from Cape Reinga to Auckland Oil Conference!
    Monday 22 September 2014: Maori from different tribal areas along the western length of Northland are organising a hikoi starting on Saturday to a Government oil conference in Auckland to make sure that Norwegian oil giant Statoil gets the message:...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls
    Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
    Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
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