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Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, April 15th, 2013 - 104 comments
Categories: john key, Judith Collins, leadership, national, Steven Joyce - Tags: , ,

I didn’t see Key’s Q+A interview on Sunday, but it seems to have been an interesting one. Speculation about the leadership of the Nats appears to be growing:

Mr Key said speculation that he would be replaced as the National Party leader before the next election was untrue. He said he was “actually enjoying” the job.

Team Joyce or Team Collins? Should be fascinating, in a morbid sort of way. From the same interview:

Mr Key told Q+A the fact that the State Services Commissioner had publicly supported his role in Mr Fletcher’s appointment had not been properly reported by some media.

Still blaming the knuckleheads – that’s going to help.

“My reputation matters to me because I am honest and I am upfront,” Mr Key said.

Sorry John – that ship has sailed. You’ve been caught in too many lies, evasions and “brain-fades”. If you have to be claiming in interviews that you are “honest and upfront” then it is because you know that people don’t believe it any more. Time to look to your “legacy”:

“As Prime Minister, what are they going to remember when they look back? The answer is going to be is the economy stronger, does the education system work better, does the health system work better, is New Zealand a stronger, more confident country,” Mr Key said.

“I’ve been Prime Minister for four-and-a-half years, my own personal view is that we are building that sort of New Zealand.

And it will remain your “personal view” too, because there is no data to support it. Just ask the record numbers of unemployed and Kiwis who are leaving to Australia.

104 comments on “Nat leadership speculation”

  1. One Anonymous Knucklehead 1

    “We are building that sort of New Zealand.” The one that’s “stronger better and more confident”.

    In the meantime it’ll be weaker, worse and cowed under National.

  2. Plan B 2

    It sounded to me to be a lot like a ‘so long and good night’ kind of message.

  3. tc 3

    Hell no don’t go, the fun’s not over yet Shonky.

    It’d be just like the weasel to F off after the geneartors are flogged, SCF bond holders were bailed out including interest and gift duty was abolished so potentially billions of assets can be shifted/hidden without incurring tax. Job done as far as he’s concerned.

  4. karol 4

    “Honest and up front”: Yeah right.

    And the evasions around Fletcher’s appointment, Kim Dotcom, etc?

    Judith Collins is probably watching with interest. Joyce seems to be biding his time.

    • Jim Nald 4.1

      I understand that one of the tactics is for Joyce to use Collins as a stalking horse for the power play.

      If so, that is a far more polite turn of phrase than that used in more private circles.

  5. felix 5

    “Mr Key told Q+A the fact that the State Services Commissioner had publicly supported his role in Mr Fletcher’s appointment had not been properly reported by some media.”

    Lolz, that’d be the role he told parliament didn’t exist.

  6. ghostrider888 6

    gee, I wish I could html like the oak above

    “is the economy stronger?”-the casino floor is.
    “does the education sytem work better?”- teachers, parents and students marching.
    “does the health system work better”-what when ya effectively cut money out of it and suture up the Rich Food and Beverage Lobbies
    “is NZ a stronger, more confident country?”- perception of police integrity low, defence force moral low, with training and equipment weaknesses, Border Security leaking, increases in psycho-active medicines uptake, Drug and Sexual Offences up…core infrastructure being parceled off…

    “after 4 1/2 years my own “honest and upfront” view is that we are building that sort of NZ.”

    to mirror your own turn of phrase john, you are in “la la land” and nowhere as educational as a Tele-tubbie.

    • felix 6.1

      Hi ghostie, if you want to make links like OAK’s ones I wrote a quick guide here that seemed to help a couple of people.

      • Kevin Welsh 6.1.1

        I always though it would be easier if there was a table as part of the comments panel with a list of the common html formatting used. That way it would be easier to cut-and-paste into your comments.

    • Tim 6.2

      ….. and, as someone else has already pointed out, after 4 1/2 years in the pursuit of additional FTA’s and agreements – as the okkers would say: “Where the bloody hell are they?”
      WHAT exactly have we delivered, as against WHAT we promised – populist bene-bashing aside and all that kaka – and in terms of what a trad Nat might expect. Christ! there are even farmers considering handing over the keys (Key-s) to the farm to their bank managers.
      In some ways, it’s actually quite good we have a vacuous, unintelligent, egotistical, self-promoting philistine holding the reins and riding the crest of a wave that’s close and closer to breaking against a granite cliff face. Not even a Blinglish is going to prevent that one.
      PLEASE! let a Collins come to the rescue (and btw, if and when that happens, watch a Bent try and change her leopard spots – which is ekshly what she’s spent her entire time in parliament trying to do)

  7. veutoviper 7

    I didn’t see Key’s Q & A interview as I could not face seeing him in person, but here is the transcript of the interview, thanks to Scoop.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00148/qa-corin-dann-interviews-prime-minister-john-key.htm

    The fact that Dann actually raised whether Key would still be Nat leader by 2014 is interesting, but I would not be surprised if this was being discussed behind the scenes within National.

    But Key’s statement that he is honest and upfront really takes the cake – he may believe it but IMO more and more people are finally seeing him for what he is -fFor example, the increasing number of comments to this effect on opinion pieces in the Herald online over recent weeks.

  8. fabregas4 8

    ‘does the education system work better?’

    Not according to just about every Principal and teacher in the country. And almost every education and assessment expert would also offer a resounding NO!

    It makes me wonder though – what part of the education system does Key actually think is working better. Night Schools? Ever stretched universities? The School’s in Christchurch? The school’s pay system? those bullied into a National Standards system that is failing over the world? Any part that Parata is involved in?

    If he really believes this statement, and particulary if he thinks it is one of the things that his party has done really well and will be a positive legacy, then it is truely time to go. If he is just saying it then he is a liar again

  9. ianmac 9

    Mr Key is under threat.
    Notice that his puppet backbenchers seldom laugh enthusiastically at his very “funny” remarks in the House.
    Judith Collins is putting on weight for her bid.
    Government backbenchers are increasingly aware, given their knife edge hold on power, that they would lose their seats should Mr Key’s popularity slide further.
    Rumbling around the House suggest a change at the top.
    Note: MSM Knuckleheads. Please carry out your usual rumour mongering.

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    “My reputation matters to me because I am honest and I am upfront,” Mr Key said.

    This is like someone saying that they are a lady (or a gentlemen).

    If they have to assert it out loud, they almost certainly are not.

    • freedom 10.1

      from the transcript
      “My reputation matters to me because, you know, I am honest and I am up front. ” that “you know” is a big tell

      also from the transcript
      “I do two or three stand-ups a day, and I’m asked questions about a huge number of issues. ”
      and that’s just the bathroom, the mirror in the bedroom gets really tough

    • felix 10.2

      People perceiving me as honest and upfront is important to me because I have my reputation to consider.

  11. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 11

    That’s right, it’s the Nats who have a leadership problem. Jay-sus!

  12. Matthew Hooton 12

    I think you all know that there isn’t any speculation about National’s leadership except for some fantasy on the left. But if there was a vote, Joyce wouldn’t be a player. He is seen as entirely a creature of Key with no independent power base. Imagine, as a rough parallel, that Heather Simpson had got into parliament and Helen Clark had made her a senior minister. She would have been incredibly capable and powerful but her power would not have outlived Clark’s resignation.

    • Kevin Welsh 12.1

      The mere fact that are here dismissing it, Matthew, just adds fuel to the fire.

    • Gosman 12.2

      You do realise that you have now solidified the view of many hard core lefties that there is indeed a leadership issue within National simply by you denying it don’t you?

      • Matthew Hooton 12.2.1

        Yes, that was my intention. It should be interesting watching them try to get to the bottom of the conspiracy over the next few days

        • felix 12.2.1.1

          What a pity no-one gives a damn what you think.

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 12.2.1.1.1

            ..except Kevin and Gosman, apparently.

          • Matthew Hooton 12.2.1.1.2

            Surely Felix, you’ll be asking the writer for a link to or other evidence of the “growing speculation” about key’s leadership?

            • Gosman 12.2.1.1.2.1

              Felix only bothers with pointless comments if it is in the cause of battling the ‘evil’ right wingers who occasionally post here. It seems to makes him/her feel all superior for some reason. I suspect felix needs this feeling of superiority as it may well be missing in the real world.

              • felix

                Seeing as Matthew finds it so confusing that I think people should take responsibility for their statements – which admittedly must seem a bit odd to a professional bullshit artist – let’s see you provide a link to where I’ve ever talked about “the evil right wingers”.

                • Gosman

                  Ummmm… felix did you note the use of the word ‘seems’? Any normal person, (which admittedly poses an immediate issue in your regard), would take this to mean the statement was an opinion not a statement of fact necessarily. But by all means continue to pontificate about irrelevancies. I do so enjoy your rather childish method of discussion.

                  • felix

                    “felix did you note the use of the word ‘seems’?”

                    Nope, that was in the bit where you speculate on my motivation. The bit I asked you about is this and I quote: (see how easy it is?)

                    Felix only bothers with pointless comments if it is in the cause of battling the ‘evil’ right wingers who occasionally post here.

                    This isn’t the first time you’ve accused me of describing things as evil, and it’s not the first time I’ve asked you to back it up, which so far you have never been able to.

                    I’ll be impressed if this turns out any differently.

                    • Gosman

                      I use the term ‘evil’ right wingers to express the way I perceive how some irrational left wingers react to anybody who comes from a more right wing perspective than they do. I include people like you in that irrational camp. Whether you have ever used the exact term or not is irrelevant to the point I am making.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Nice, felix! I think Gosman’s only possible semantic defence is that he, not you, thinks tht some right wingers are evil. But that would be a step too far for Gossie, even to save himself some more embarrassment.

                    • Gosman

                      This is the sort of attitude that I regard as leftists regarding the right (or major aspects of it) as ‘evil’

                      http://thestandard.org.nz/standing-up-for-freedom-for-the-sexually-adventurous-right/#comment-502903

                    • felix

                      Righto Gos. So you acknowledge that I don’t actually describe things as evil., but you like to imagine that I think they are.

                      Is that getting closer to it?

                    • felix

                      If that’s what you mean, Gosman, then why don’t you write “felix always goes on about the ‘money-grubbing’ right-wingers”?

                      Why do you repeatedly accuse me of describing things as evil when you admit that it’s not based on anything I’ve ever said?

                    • Gosman

                      Ahhh… no I don’t.

                      I equate your irrational and simplistic breaking right wingers into either bigots or ‘fuckjobs’ (which I presume you acknowledge you do don’t you?) as putting them in the ‘evil’ category.

                      You are free to argue bigots and ‘fuckjobs’ are not ‘evil’. Would you care to do that?

                    • felix

                      “your irrational and simplistic breaking right wingers into either bigots or ‘fuckjobs’ (which I presume you acknowledge you do don’t you?) “

                      No, I don’t acknowledge that at all. You are mistaken.

                      “You are free to argue bigots and ‘fuckjobs’ are not ‘evil’. Would you care to do that?”

                      I don’t see why it’s incumbent on me to argue for or against that as I’ve never said anything of the sort. You already acknowledged that above when you searched for a quote and couldn’t find one, and admitted that your accusations of me describing things as evil are nothing but a perception on your part.

                      But for the record, I don’t consider the presence of evil to be a necessary condition for the existence of either old-fashioned bigots or neo-liberal fuckjobs.

                    • Gosman

                      And I don’t care if you do or not use the term directly . I use the term ‘evil’ as a catch all for the irrational simplistic view of right wingers which I have illustrated hard core leftists such as yourself display. It is plain to me that you think merely having a right wing view makes you a bad person . I would never be stupid enough to make the same generalization about left wing people. You however do look to be that stupid and small minded.

                    • felix

                      “I use the term ‘evil’ as a catch all for the irrational simplistic view of right wingers”

                      Good. Then you own it. But you know what Gos? I’m getting a bit sick of you calling people ‘fags’ all the time.

                      “which I have illustrated hard core leftists such as yourself display.”

                      lolz where was that? Hey Gos I read story the other day called “The Three Little Pigs”. It’s a disgrace, the author clearly thinks all the animals in the world are either pigs or wolves. Such a simplistic view of animals. Better illustrated than yours though.

                      “It is plain to me that you think merely having a right wing view makes you a bad person”

                      Again, all in your imagination unless you care to quote me. Basic set theory applies, Gosman. I may well think you’re a fuckwit AND I may also think you’re a right winger.

                      “I would never be stupid enough yo snake the same generalization about left wing people.

                      Of course not. Now give that strawman one more right jab and you’ll just about take him down. But try to keep yo snake to yoself, eh?

                    • framu

                      is it just me or is this particular exchange from gosman getting very pete georgeian?

                    • felix

                      They always are, framu. They always are.

            • r0b 12.2.1.1.2.2

              The link is in the post Matthew, and the source is John Key. “Mr Key said speculation that he would be replaced as the National Party leader”….

              He is now at the point of denying this speculation in TV interviews. Did he need to do that a year ago? No. Why does he need to do it now?

              • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                “..appears to be growing”. From no-one to one person. Put that in a percentage and it’s shocking.

                • r0b

                  You seem a bit sensitive on the issue GF – not like you. Why not take it up with Q+A? They raised the subject, I’m just spreading the love.

              • Matthew Hooton

                r0b, in answer to your question:
                Because the Labour Party was successful last night (Sunday night) in planting the idea of “Key under threat” in the minds of a handful of MSM journalists. Which was why I was called last night by some MSM media outlets and asked to give commentary on the alleged risk to Key’s leadership.
                This may suggest improved skills by the Labour spin machine in media manipulation. Although, the theory is so outlandish it hasn’t really caught on. Which suggests it wasn’t very good Labour media manipulation after all.

            • ianmac 12.2.1.1.2.3

              But Matthew. As you well know there is often little to prove a leadership challenge. But Political journalists and Commentators indulge often. Just a whiff is enough to set Paddy off. And my guess is that there is at least unease amongst some in National.
              Look to your swords chaps. And watch your backs. And sound out just who would best suit your interests just if, maybe …..

          • muzza 12.2.1.1.3

            Hoots is a classic, he must actually believe he has inside track about the heading NZ in on, and will somehow be insulated against fallout!

          • infused 12.2.1.1.4

            I do.

      • KJT 12.2.2

        Well. You can pretty much rely on any statement by Hooten being RWNJ bullshit.

        Ever read him in NBR. Talk about a parallel universe. Or is it the same as “planet Key”.

    • Possion 12.3

      “Joyce wouldn’t be a player. He is seen as entirely a creature of Key with no independent power base.”

      Agreed he is not very clever, having being selectively culled from Vet school,and as being a sheep he would be dog tucker.

    • fender 12.4

      Haven’t you got a restaurant to promote? There’s some free food in it for you.

      Have you tried the tobacco companies? They may sponsor you.

    • tc 12.5

      here here matty, I’m looking forward to Key’s continued presence on the overseas second tiers leaders tour.

    • Tim 12.6

      Mathew, I heard you on “from the right…. and from the right” this morning. It’s become inbuilt with you huh? Never miss an opportunity to out the boot in to something you’re philosophically opposed to. There were references to “helen” et al, (today no reinventing history though – I grant you), but I’m just left wondering why the fcuk it is you seem to see the need to comment here when most have your number.
      Are you really just a masochist? …. a victim? – What the fcuk gives?
      It seems you are/have become ENTIRELY media driven: “I think you all know that there isn’t any speculation about National’s leadership…” et-frikken-cetera….
      Does that mean (seriously – given my obvious ‘prejudice’), that the likes of Jude and others aren’t a-wishin and a-hopin …. etc).

      BTW – I was interested to hear the remark from you about your ‘SIS’ acquaintances giving you the dose of “the reality is” kaka.

      Keep pushing the barrow aye. You’re fast running out of other options unless you reinvent yourself.
      Josie P might be able to give you a few pointers.

      • North 12.6.1

        Sum him up Hooton’s a vain, somewhat prissy, too old Young Nat with, for radio, a catty verbal sneer. Ryan and particularly Williams (given his billing) indulge the oftentimes shrieky wee dork far too much actually. To the point where 11-11.30 on RNZ Mondays is becoming a bit missable.

        Guess he’s hopeful of convincing everyone that he’s connected like no one else. “Go-To-Man”. Maybe fancies it’s a good look for business beyond “Yes Minister”.

        Gotta say the claim of a free pass to Spookland was a clanger. There’s the proof of the vanity. A very callow and stupid “look-at-me” thing to say especially in these times of leak sensitivity.

        • Anne 12.6.1.1

          Gotta say the claim of a free pass to Spookland was a clanger.

          My reaction too. Attention seeking I’m so important even the spooks want to know me immature pratt.

      • felix 12.6.2

        “I’m just left wondering why the fcuk it is you seem to see the need to comment here when most have your number.”

        He usually likes to try out a few lines here and see how easily they’re shot down. Then he modifies them accordingly for broadcast.

        Other times he just lifts comments and opinions straight off the blogs and repeats them as his own. Last week he did that with Eddie’s post, today I heard comments I’d read on WhaleOil.

        His media gigs are a bit of a laugh really. He’s found a bunch of people to work for who are just far enough behind the times that they think he’s Johnny on the spot.

    • TruthSeeker 12.7

      That’s funny, Matthew. Some of your staff I have spoken to seem convinced of it.

    • millsy 12.8

      Joyce is more an enforcer than a leader.

  13. But Rob you have not mentioned the leadership prospects of Aaron Gilmour. Any minute now I expect him to burst into contention as his abilities are recognized.

    Interestingly the Nat MP website does not list him as an MP. Obviously this is the work of a competitor keen to minimise the influence that he has by preventing the country as a whole from being exposed to his brilliance and talent …

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 13.1

      Nanaia Mahuta stood for the Labour leadership so talent is clearly no pre-requisite. If further evidence of this is required, look at the leader Labour have now.

    • Matthew Hooton 13.2

      Stop putting Aaron down. It is just as likely he will lead National into the next election as Collins, Joyce, English or anyone else other than Key. But of course I would say that given my leading role in the [DELETED] coup attempt.

      • ghostrider888 13.2.1

        national candidates; all class, NOT. (have you ever, objectively, looked at their backgrounds and motivations, and then, objectively, watched their presentations; at least candidates on the left of the spectrum attempt decency; having met a wide range of felines over the duration, these national pollies, as a generalization, could not lie straight in bed; essentially it is the outrage at their “senses” of entitlement and authority that are horrifying even the sleepy out of the forest).Time and time again, unsolicited, people tell me what a joke they think John Key and national are; politics for privilage, that is what they represent. They make us feel, and actually be, sick. And if your discourse is all that is required to “succeed” in PR and marketing punditry, we lament for the majority. now lets look into that shiny corporate rubbish of yours and see what comes out in the wash… (maybe, God willing, you’ll grow up into a man with natural backbone one day!)

        • KJT 13.2.1.1

          The really scary thing about many in National is they believe their own bullshit.

          One of the things that helps a successful salesperson is that self belief.

          Makes the lies much more convincing if those parroting the lies actually believe them.

          Still havn’t worked out if Key is a crook or an unthinking mouthpiece. Tend towards the latter at the moment. I’ve met so many middle/sales managers like him. Who have never read anything except get rich quick books.

          • Colonial Viper 13.2.1.1.1

            Rich Dad Poor Dad

          • ianmac 13.2.1.1.2

            KJT: I think Mr Key might be a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing. Every so often you see the steel behind the boyish grin. He uses the pragmatic response to the little things that don’t really matter while very quietly using incremental progressions to further the Right agenda. The boiling frog approach over Economy, Education, Social Welfare, Law and Order. Look not at just the obvious things but watch the tiny creeping shifting agenda. Had Ruth Richardson been as subtle, the Mother of All Budgets would have passed as just another boring old budget. And then she could have slipped through those nasty actions, to quietly demolish the Welfare system.
            And to maintain that grip on his party John Key must have something pretty strong steel behind the boyish grin.We rubbish him but he just keeps grinning even if the grin does not meet his eyes.
            Perhaps we should assume that Key is a very strong, clever politician?

      • tc 13.2.2

        fair enough, if he does it says alot about your confidence if it’s not a current senior figure like Collins/Joyce etc.

        Blinglish, come on Matty try amd be serious, even the Nat’s can’t afford the decimation that would bring about after his last attempt.

  14. Anne 14

    I think Matthew knows if there is speculation about National’s leadership it isn’t confined to the left. It is more likely a fantasy coming out of the Beltway of which Hooton is an integral part. Is he defining himself as a leftie now?

    Like his observation on Radio NZ this morning – when explaining the failure of Key to tell the truth over the GCSB debacle – he correctly pointed out that Key should do what Helen Clark and Jim Bolger always did and that was to refuse to comment. He went on to talk about how Helen Clark used to say:

    “I’m not going to say anything about that blah blah”

    as if she was guilty of hiding something, when my recollection is she simply made the same response every time and never deviated from it:

    “No comment”.

    A misleading technique MH is fond of using.

    • Matthew Hooton 14.1

      Anne, you are so right.
      During a live radio I interview I deliberately said that Clark used to say “I’m not going to say anything about that” rather than “no comment” because I calculated that N2N listeners would be aware of the subtle difference and henceforth would be much less likely to vote Labour.

    • Colonial Viper 14.2

      I think Matthew knows if there is speculation about National’s leadership

      If Key found that he had to make comment on this issue, then yes, you can be reasonably certain that some National Party powerbrokers (i.e. not just rank and file membership) have been having conversations.

  15. gobsmacked 15

    Key isn’t going anywhere before the election.

    He has been under pressure lately … from Labour’s deputy leader, from Winston and the Greens. But that’s not who he’ll be facing in the election campaign, so why would he walk away from a free ride?

  16. infused 16

    You lot could only hope. It will be after the election.

  17. TheContrarian 17

    I’d have serious doubts there’ll be any sort of leadership challenge. The only reason the Nats are enjoying popularity is because it is John Key who is popular. He is their best asset

    • Jim Nald 17.1

      and liability.

    • felix 17.2

      True. He’d have to really, really fuck up to be in the same league as Joyce or English or Collins.

      To borrow an expression from Chris Rock, if Key woke up tomorrow with Collins’ popularity he’d kill himself.

  18. Agora 18

    I have been pleasantly surprised to see this government function effectively without Key’s daily histrionics.

    I think he has lost his novelty value.

  19. Blue 19

    John Key leaving would have the same effect as replacing Shearer with Cunliffe. A Labour victory. National is too smart to do that, Labour – well, make your own minds up on that.

  20. TruthSeeker 20

    Despite what Hooton says, senior Nats have been speculating about the possibility that Key might go before the election. Nobody is doing the numbers but nobody is taking Key for granted anymore. I reckon the chances are 50/50. It depends whether or not Dotcom can deliver a killer blow.

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      The “killer blow” being Dotcom’s testimony sinking Key’s popularity by a mere five percentage points.

      That’s how close this game is. But Key is a gambler, he’s going to play this until the end.

      • TruthSeeker 20.1.1

        Yeah, I agree with you. But he’s knackered and his health is starting to pack in. Maybe he’ll tough it out, but I wouldn’t put money on it at this stage. We’ll see how things are looking in a few months.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1

          I have no doubt that warm Honolulu sun is sure going to be attractive in a couple of months.

  21. Whatever next 21

    Do I remember reading Mr.Key facilitated a bill ensuring PM’s who serve 5 yrs get an even bigger pension?? Not long to go……..

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    Phil Quin put a post up yesterday chiding Grant Robertson for what he sees as an overly cautious approach to political messaging and urging him to be more warlike in his phraseology because New Zealanders clearly have a deep, deep...
    Pundit | 20-10
  • United Nations: friend or foe?
    Many well-intentioned people still see the United Nations as some kind of alternative to imperialism. Below we’re reprinting an article that first appeared in issue #2 of MidEast Solidarity (Autumn 2002), the Middle East bulletin of revolution magazine. The anti-imperialist...
    Redline | 20-10
  • United Nations: friend or foe?
    Many well-intentioned people still see the United Nations as some kind of alternative to imperialism. Below we’re reprinting an article that first appeared in issue #2 of MidEast Solidarity (Autumn 2002), the Middle East bulletin of revolution magazine. The anti-imperialist...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Every day’s a rainy day
    Sarah’s cat, Carina *nb* This is a repost from Sarah’s site writehanded.org. This week, my best friend – otherwise known as a slightly rotund adopted moggy called Carina – decided that she would enjoy no less than three visits to...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • 10 Key Facts about Labour’s Leadership Election
    Plans are proceeding for the Leadership Election, and at this stage I thought it might be useful to have a heads-up on some of the key aspects from the perspective of members:...
    Labour campaign | 20-10
  • SellShed shedding money?
    This is not how you are meant to do it: Online seller SellShed starts up The seven-person firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars building a website and free iPhone app and was now on the hunt for “smart...
    Lance Wiggs | 20-10
  • John Key on Iraq: A timeline
    No New Zealand forces to Iraq, says Key. Stuff, 18 June 2014: Prime Minister John Key has ruled out sending special forces soldiers to Iraq as the United States mulls options in response to the unfolding crisis there. Speaking in...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • New Fisk
    With US-led strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Carbon News 20/10/14: Chile’s carbon tax, soil SOS and more pressure on d...
    Chile’s new tax could open carbon doors for NZ Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr. The $US5-a-tonne carbon tax slipped into...
    Hot Topic | 20-10
  • National doesn’t care about crime by the rich
    National likes to make a lot of noise about benefit fraud. Meanwhile, they've buried a report into the social costs of economic crime:At the beginning of last year the then Minister for the SFO, Anne Tolley, was reported as saying...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • New kiwi blog
    On The Left - a collective of lefties....
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Habemus Parliament
    So, a month after the election, we finally have a Parliament. Good. meanwhile, people seem to be noticing that the associated ceremony - white wigs, fancy dress, oaths of allegiance to a foreign monarch - isn't very kiwi (and tomorrow,...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    frogblog | 20-10
  • NZ elite win seat at UN Security Council – don’t celebrate, organise!
    Among its past services at the top table of the UN, New Zealand chaired the sanctions committee on Iraq; their sanctions killed at least a million Iraqis, half of them children by Philip Ferguson The New Zealand elite is slapping...
    Redline | 20-10
  • NZ elite win seat at UN Security Council – don’t celebrate, organise!
    Among its past services at the top table of the UN, New Zealand chaired the sanctions committee on Iraq; their sanctions killed at least a million Iraqis, half of them children by Philip Ferguson The New Zealand elite is slapping...
    Redline | 20-10
  • The case for free-market urbanism
    In the National Review, a conservative American magazine, Reihan Salam takes a look at the confused state of the American debate over intensification. His article, entitled “The Great Suburbia Debate” criticises the position taken by Joel Kotkin, a long-time campaigner...
    Transport Blog | 19-10
  • Why the SPCA’s position on 1080 threatens thousands of native animals
    By Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Once again the SPCA has shown it has no empathy with conservation in NZ – they just don’t get it. We already know about the environmental vandalism caused by their trap neuter return policy....
    Gareth’s World | 19-10
  • The challenge for NZ’s political youth
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) In my experience as a politically engaged young...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • The Privatisation of Solid Energy
    by Jeanette Fitzsimons When Solid Energy went belly up with huge debts and failed businesses like its briquetting plant in Southland, the Government was forced to drop it off the list for privatisation because it was no longer fit for...
    Coal Action | 19-10
  • Manufacturing Terrorism
    Domestic Terror: Police constables and detectives outside the Wellington Trades Hall, 27 March 1984. After 33 years of vilification directed at trade unionists, at least one of their enemies finally made the leap from words to deeds, and an innocent caretaker,...
    Bowalley Road | 19-10
  • NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores US military warning of “...
    So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to...
    Hot Topic | 19-10
  • Improving AT’s Patronage Reports
    This week we should learn about the patronage results for September and with this post I want to explore whether Auckland Transport are delivering the results to the public in the best way that they can. Currently we get patronage results a...
    Transport Blog | 19-10
  • Experts Condemn Possible TPP Trade-Offs as Talks Resume
    Press Release – AFTINET Mps, Public Health And Copyright Experts Condemn Possible TPP Trade-Offs as Talks Resume in CanberraMps, Public Health And Copyright Experts Condemn Possible TPP Trade-Offs as Talks Resume in Canberra When: 11 AM Monday, October 20Where: Parliament...
    Its our future | 19-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Press Release – iPredict Andrew Littles probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New...
    Its our future | 19-10
  • Secrets, Lies and Revelations
    There is a lot this National Government doesn't want us to know. They have made it clear that we shouldn't measure child poverty, that we don't need independent environmental reporting and any official information requests are delayed indefinitely, especially if...
    Local Bodies | 19-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #42
    SkS Highlights Another "lightening rod" article by Dana, Dinner with global warming contrarians, disaster for dessert, drew the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. If you have not already done so, be...
    Skeptical Science | 19-10
  • Putting people at the centre of policy
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Leftist politics puts people at the centre of...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • Alpaca Metropolitan – Episode 67
    For the rest of Alpaca Metropolitan, check out the tumblr comic....
    On the Left | 19-10
  • Meaningful compassion
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) My mum sometimes tells the story of when...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • If you didn’t vote, please complain!
    This image from youth voter turnout group RockEnrol (who did some great work), while humourous, is an excellent example of the problem. There’s a particular refrain commonly heard around election time – both in the buildup, as an exhortation towards...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • We have lift-off!
    Welcome to On The Left! We’re happy to be here. OTL was born when a couple of lefty comms people got together for coffee and decided that the NZ blogosphere was lacking an accessible, well-written, interesting and above all fun group...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • DEALING WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS
    How can foreign investors in New Zealand be sure that we will treat them fairly? If they are not sure perhaps they will not invest here, even though their investment may be valuable to us. (I do not believe all...
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Cunliffe and Labour
    I didn't cover the election, long story short; the country is still being run by a banker and someone who was in charge of the National Party got its lowest percentage in recent history. Although if Cunliffe gets finance we...
    Topical | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • AT’s Get on Board with Jerome Campaign
    Auckland Transport recently launched a new campaign featuring Jerome Kaino encouraging people to use PT and HOP. It seems to be primarily an online campaign focused on the videos below however I’ve also seen a few ads on the backs of buses...
    Transport Blog | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
    Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
    CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach,...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
    Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
    Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
    NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for answers after it was revealed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Prime Minister’s office routinely flouts its obligations under the Official Information Act. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
    NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
    The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
    Heinz Watties redundancies a result of putting profit over good business Heinz Watties workers are shocked by the announcement made late last night that up to 100 jobs are being cut from the company’s New Zealand operations. No information was...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
    Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence
    The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have: uranium....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ
    The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release
    This year the UN World food day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Support from Production, Recreation and Environment.
    When it comes to water quality not many organisations can claim to have the support of major bodies representing production, recreation and the environment, yet this is exactly what NZ Landcare Trust has achieved. The Trust's upcoming 'Communities...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Law Society supports Malaysian Bar Peace and Freedom Walk
    The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its support for a planned Walk for Peace and Freedom by Malaysian lawyers protesting against continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Malaysian government....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
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