web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

National’s failure: 400,000 wanting work

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, November 9th, 2012 - 201 comments
Categories: jobs - Tags:

Remember when Key’s excuse for rising unemployment was that it was a “lagging indicator” and the numbers would soon fall? Well, that was 3 years ago and its been lagging a hell of a long time because, since then 25,000 more Kiwis have become unemployed. And remember when the HLFS was “notoriously volatile”? That was a year and a half ago – unemployment is up 20,000 since then. So, what was the excuse yesterday with the shocking unemployment numbers?

And they are shocking:

13,000 more unemployed in the last quarter. That’s 1,000 people per week. That’s 200 jobs lost a day.

175,000 unemployed – the highest in 20 years.

The unemployment rate up to 7.3%, the highest since 1999.

The jobless (the unemployed plus those who have basically given up actively looking) up to nearly 300,000 a massive 115,000 increase under National.

When you add in the people who want more hours, there are now over 400,000 Kiwis looking for work – and that’s up by 150,000 under Key.

Key blames the statistics. Insinuates that they’re wrong. His proof – ‘anecdotal evidence’. He says we’ll have to wait for future HLFSs to see if there’s really a problem… of course, if they’re bad he’ll make up excuse about them too.

Did you see that cringe-worthy bit in the US election coverage where, just after all the major networks had called Ohio and, therefore, the election for Obama, Karl Rove was on ranting and raving that the statistical models were flawed and it was all going to be OK? Key is over Karl Rove.

The guy’s head isn’t in the sand. It’s up his arse.

Joyce, he blames the rest of the world, says the weak economy elsewhere is hurting New Zealand…. except, the facts show otherwise.

In 15 of the 34 OECD countries, unemployment has dropped in the last year. The only countries to have an increase of our size or larger: Greece, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain. Illustrious company we’re keeping under National.

This government is a failure. It has failed in its basic duty to run an economy that creates work for those who want to work. And all the excuses in the world can’t cover that failure up.

201 comments on “National’s failure: 400,000 wanting work”

  1. Dem Young Sconies 1

    Is it time we follow the lead of Iran to create NZ manufacturing jobs?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/7926568/Iran-bans-luxury-imports

    We could solve the job crisis overnight by banning the import of luxury goods, but not the import of component parts. It’s time to get back to us producing the goods we use, instead of importing ourselves to poverty.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Oh I wouldnt ban them, just double GST on imported luxury items, and create a billion dollar fund to help start up and expand NZ manufacturing.

      • infused 1.1.1

        I love your simple examples CV. No thought required.

        • felix 1.1.1.1

          Oh there’s thought there. Essentially he’s thinking about a desired outcome and then thinking of a mechanism to achieve it.

          The “no-thought” alternative would be to leave every possible every decision to be made by market forces.

        • Frank Macskasy 1.1.1.2

          “I love your simple examples CV. No thought required.”

          As opposed to National’s job creation policies?

          How’s that working out, ‘infused’?

          At least CV has thrown some ideas into the ring. How ’bout you contribute a few suggestions instead of taking cheaop shots from the side?

          • Jackal 1.1.1.2.1

            Although I shouldn’t really try to clean up infused’s spray and walk away, it’s basically because he, and the party he supports, has no ideas Frank Macskasy. They’re scraping the bottom of their barrel, and have done so for a long time. The problem is that they’re blinded by their own idealogical propaganda that has been proven wrong so often that only somebody with their head firmly planted up their own arse would believe it.

            In contrast to this epidemic of denial from the right in order to retain the status quo, we have many on the left wing promoting ideas that could resolve problems that have been largely ignored by politicians.

            I have to disagree with CV though, it’s not about increasing GST on anything. It’s about identifying the things we can make and ensuring the system promotes and protects those industries. It’s about ensuring that any imports that could impact on our productive industries don’t gain an unfair advantage through a lack of legislature, or worse yet legislature devised to undermine our production. It’s also about making sure international trade agreements are devised so that they benefit workers, and not just investors, traders, and speculators etc.

            Protectionism shouldn’t be a dirty word, especially when it could largely halt the steady decline in the quality of our lifestyles.

            The main problem is that globalisation has ensured countries are divided against the common good. We’re seeing the extreme end of this in some European nations, somewhat as a result of tactical maneuvers by the US to weaken the Euro. We see it in slave wages throughout Asia and the Middle East, and we’re also feeling it here in little old New Zealand through deregulation and environmental damage.

            Having said that, there’s a lot to be gained from globalization, but presently the negative effects of over-exploitation and resource depletion as a result of a lack of governmental control of right wing fringe interests is having a widespread and largely irreparable impact on most countries. Let’s hope New Zealand manages to buck that trend from 2014 and beyond.

            • Frank Macskasy 1.1.1.2.1.1

              Jackal, +1

              And I especially luv this bit,

              “Having said that, there’s a lot to be gained from globalization, but presently the negative effects of over-exploitation and resource depletion as a result of a lack of governmental control of right wing fringe interests is having a widespread and largely irreparable impact on most countries. Let’s hope New Zealand manages to buck that trend from 2014 and beyond.”

              I concur, 100%.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.2.1.2

              You don’t have to raise funds by raising GST, but you will have to raise taxes of some description if you want to create a multi-billion dollar fund for starting up new manufacturing industries.

        • mike e 1.1.1.3

          CONfused CV would make a good PM then!
          put GST on all imported items under $400 would be a good idea CGT on all property FTT then our dollar would drop exports and employment would increase and the Govt woudn’t have to borrow!

      • Steve Wrathall 1.1.2

        Do the expensive foreign luxuries we can no longer afford include Keynsianism?

        • McFlock 1.1.2.1

          that’s a necessity. And it makes money for everyone, not just casino traders.

          • Steve Wrathall 1.1.2.1.1

            You mean prints money

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1.1.1

              It’s not actually necessary to print money these days Steve, you just electronically credit it to the nation’s bank accounts.

              You know, like Japan, China, USA, UK, ECB, etc.

              Alternatively, if you really don’t like “printing” we can just tax the wealth back from those who already have it.

              Which would you prefer?

              • Draco T Bastard

                I’d prefer both. Government printing the money and then taxing it back off those that have accumulated it.

            • McFlock 1.1.2.1.1.2

              Nope. Because when you actually build infrastructure (not holiday highways, but really useful stuff), and invest in productive industries (not bailing out Gordon Gecko wannabes), and indeed finance it sensibly (rather than giving yourself a massive tax cut and pretending that the economic benefits will trickle down), the returns are many times the initial investment.
                     
              Of course you’d already know you were talking bullshit if you actually paid attention to reality rather than living on Planet Key (40 minute timeshare slots available, they supply the heroin you bring the needle). 

            • Frank Macskasy 1.1.2.1.1.3

              “You mean prints money”

              Why not?

              Hell, our trading partners are doing it, hand over fist. Including that “paragoon” of the Free Market, the US of A.

              Maybe, Steve, the last 30 years Friedmanite economics has resulted in this mess and just maybe we need yto look at alternatives.

              It took our Russian cuzzies 70 years to learn the their economic system wasn’t delivering. How long are you prepared to wait to admit that market economics is not much better than it’s reverse-mirror-image, marxist economics?

              • Steve Wrathall

                USA is a “paragoon” of free enterprise? The same USA where New York recently criminalised the selling of soft drinks above a certain volume? Don’t make me laugh.

                Not even under Brezhnev did it reach such idiocies as we are seeing in Obama’s SSR.

                • McFlock

                  That’s a twofer: snidely taking advantage of a typo, and wildly hyperbolic comparisons with totalitarian regimes. You must be in a bunker with Chuck Norris, cowering in paranoid terror as the “thousand years of darkness” descend because of Obama’s re-election.

                • “Not even under Brezhnev did it reach such idiocies as we are seeing in Obama’s SSR.”

                  Resorting to hyperbole to win a debate?

                  *tsk, tsk*

                • mike e

                  Silly Wanker Fundamentalist Fwit Funny Bloomberg is a republican with brains you naive idiot even Adam Smith said the govt should step in when the market fails!

                  • mike e

                    Steve WrathallThe US UK Australia NZ have the highest rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes which if we don’t do anything the right wing nut job fundamentalist default policy, our hospitals and medical system are going to be inundated!Costing Taxpayer many times more money at the bottom of the cliff than an ounce of prevention at the top of the cliff user pays directly for sugary crap drinks that I don’t or buy for my family so why should I subsidise the coca colas of this world when they have plenty already and don’t want to take responsibility for the problems they cause!
                    You need a weeks holiday in the pike river mine and wake up to your economic neanderthalism!

            • mike e 1.1.2.1.1.4

              Sill Wanker like Shonkeys $10 million windfall when Merrill Lynch was bailed out with Printed Money !
              Which ML has managed to loose again and may require another bailout Weird that

            • Frank Macskasy 1.1.2.1.1.5

              “You mean prints money”

              What do Friendmanites use – coloured beads, muskets, and IOUs?!

        • onsos 1.1.2.2

          It pans out that Keynesianism was critical to NZ weathering the GFC at all. If Labour hadn’t run significant surpluses during the 2000s government debt would be beyond critical. But I guess it’s easier to caricature Keynesianism by arguing that it is simply being profligate.

          • Steve Wrathall 1.1.2.2.1

            If you’re going to defend Keynsianism then Labour should have massively cut back govt during the global good times of the early ’00s. You know. Counter-cyclic spending and all that. Instread they went mad with the chequbook. Labour-lite have continued this.

            So it seems the answer is always increase government spending?

            • McFlock 1.1.2.2.1.1

              oh bullshit.
                   
              Government is not just about “counter-cyclic spending”. A well-funded public service does shit like recommend improvements in mine regulation, gets the numbers right when talking about how many buildings a school has, or keeps rail links going to save money on road maintenance.

              And in case you didn’t notice Cullen left the economy in good stead and a parting gift of $10b in tax cuts. Whereas all this government have done is shut down the economy and ballooned debt. 

              • Steve Wrathall

                “A well-funded public service…”

                Any other type?

                “… does shit…”

                with you so far

                “… like recommend improvements in mine regulation…”

                it was the Greens’ opposition to open casting that meant the Pike River coal had to come out in a much more dangerous mine.

                “… gets the numbers right when talking about how many buildings a school has…”

                Why shouldn’t schools close/merge if there are massive population movements due to earthquakes or any other reason?

                “… or keeps rail links going to save money on road maintenance….”

                Spend $5M repairing Gisborne line plus ongoing maintenance, so it carried the equivalent of 5 truckloads of goods per day. Makes as much sense as a sack full of hammers.

                • Colonial Viper

                  But none of your assumptions are true Steve.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Doesn’t it hurt your head to not only live on Planet Key, but to spout lies all day long? If you’re not careful you’ll become like the Republicans, blaming their electoral butthurt on everyone except themselves.

                • McFlock

                  Fuck you’re a moron, Steve.
                     
                  As demonstrated by:

                   “… gets the numbers right when talking about how many buildings a school has…”

                   Why shouldn’t schools close/merge if there are massive population movements due to earthquakes or any other reason? 

                        
                  The numbers were wrong: Buildings that didn’t exist and had never existed, long jump pits counted as liquefaction, intact buildings counted as damaged, and so on. The numbers were obviously wrong, and badly so. That has nothing to do with rational school mergers to deal with a changing population. The report that estimated the situation was a goddamn embarrassment, and wouldn’t have happened if they’d had decent checking systems in place.

                • mike e

                  SW $1.8 billion on not listening to treasuries warning about SCF
                  $30million for doing nothing on coastal disaster insurance!
                  29 lives because Kate Wilkinson Shelved mining recommendations and laughed at media Questions!
                  Austerity is forcing our dollar up govt take down seriously damaging our economy
                  so we have idiots like you trying to defend failed 1920’s 1890’s economic policy !

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    29 lives because Kate Wilkinson Shelved mining recommendations and laughed at media Questions!

                    Actually, that was Gerry Brownlee followed by Kate Wilkinson.

            • Frank Macskasy 1.1.2.2.1.2

              “If you’re going to defend Keynsianism then Labour should have massively cut back govt during the global good times of the early ’00s. ”

              Not so, Steve.

              You forget the 1990s, where National cut back health, education, police, housing, etc. The state sector was a mess.

              Labour’s tax increase for top earners and increased spending on state services was to correct National’s “razor gang” policies.

              Remember the deaths that happened on hospital waiting lists? Remember Southland farmer, Colin Morrison?

              Unfortunately, most New Zealanders seem to have forgotten the mess than Bolger/Shipley left this country…

              Here, let me remind you; http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/learning-from-history/

            • mike e 1.1.2.2.1.3

              SW lies govt spending Fundamentalist BS Every other major trading block does it you naive idiot Right wing govts do it as well well you have absolutely no Idea look at the US under Reagan he even improved welfare benefits Australia under Howard why has the lucky country left us behind!
              Do some research or shut up and stop pedalling your Fundamentalist tea party BS!
              Look where it got the Tea Party Fwits They were decimated!

          • Frank Macskasy 1.1.2.2.2

            Good point, Onsos

          • mike e 1.1.2.2.3

            SW Not to mention the $20 odd billion that the Cullen fund saved
            +the $14 biilion in ACC which has made Borrowing bills english the worst finance minister we’ve had since the 1920’s look good $1.6 billion gain in the last year if Cullen hadn’t saved that money we would be needing a Greek type bailout!
            Steve get you facts right or Fuck Off!

        • mike e 1.1.2.3

          Steve if you keep repeating a lie people will eventually believe your bullshit show me one country or one state in the US that your naive policies work!
          Countries don’t work the same as this simpleton home budget that you and the likes of sarah palin Act Thatcher etc portray! its an utter failure !Show me contrary research their is noneE

          Modern economic research has proven it fails ie Argentina 1997-8 Act policy was put in place by the IMF (CIA revenge for Falklands) and Argentinas economy went down the gurgler
          Unemployment skyrocketed the pegged dollar destroyed their economy!
          Luckly they ditched your policy told them to fuck off with their lis and BS like I’m telling you!
          Fuck off Steve Come back when you know something about economics other than how to balance a house hold budget!

      • David H 1.1.3

        + strengthen up the rules on making those who hide money in Trust Funds also pay their share.

        Increase to tax rate to 50% on say 300-500k
        then 60% 500-750k
        and 75% on over 750k

        And you can say that’s excessive as if you look at some other countries they have way higher tax rates for the top incomes (I can’t call them earnings because they do nothing for the money).

  2. RedLogix 2

    On top of this you have to add in the 50,000 odd thousand who’ve been leaving for Australia annually. That more than doubles these numbers James.

    The ONLY businesses doing well in this country are the banks.

    As for Key’s response … I’ve said it before … you wouldn’t take this shit from a four year-old.

    • Chris 2.1

      If you include the people leaving by the same logic you better take off the number of people arriving in NZ.

      From my experience in general people haven’t left NZ for Australia because they can’t find a job here. More go because they can go to Australia and do the same job (or less) for more money. While that is a serious issue too it is not directly related to unemployment.

      • RedLogix 2.1.1

        The simple point is that if they stayed they would add to the total labour workforce one way or another. And sure there are arrivals … but we know that on balance we are loosing more people than we are gaining.

        Either way without Australia as a safety valve these appalling numbers would be substantially worse … and there’s no way to wriggle out of that.

        • Chris 2.1.1.1

          We are currently only losing 3,000 people per year hardly a significant amount.

          If there was no migration I would expect the numbers to be about the same. While I agree the people who are leaving would be added to the amount. I suspect the new arrivals are currently over represented in the unemployment statistics as 99% of them will not have a job when they arrive.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1

            We are currently only losing 3,000 people per year hardly a significant amount.

            Not sure how you can say losing all your friends and family overseas, and skilled NZ professionals who know the systems of this country, is not significant.

            Your trying to equate 1 NZ family leaving with 1 foreign family turning up as cancelling each other out is disingenuous.

            • Chris 2.1.1.1.1.1

              In the context of what we are talking about it is not significant. Whether it is my friends or not has no bearing on these statistics. It is far more disingenuous to bring that kind of emotion based argument into it.

              I admit that losing skilled professionals will definitely impact unemployment but there is no reason to believe the majority of immigrants are unskilled or inferior to NZ trained people.

              • Colonial Viper

                It is far more disingenuous to bring that kind of emotion based argument into it.

                What’s wrong with bringing an emotional argument into it?

                Why should the emotional life of this country and of NZ families not be reflected in its political and economic discussions?

          • Frank Macskasy 2.1.1.1.2

            “We are currently only losing 3,000 people per year hardly a significant amount.”

            Would it be a “significant amount” if Labour was in power?

        • Wayne 2.1.1.2

          Actually, having skilled people leave probably makes the problem worse. They tend to go to Australia for higher paying jobs – Australia is 25% wealthier than we are, so clearly that will be an attraction, and on top of that the mining sector is probably 50% higher than NZ. By and large the people leaving have jobs, but their replacements are probably not as productive at least in the short term. In addition the people leaving remove demand out of the economy.

          When NZ has higher overall population growth our economy does better (say more than 1% per year). That has been the long run experience.

          • thomas 2.1.1.2.1

            “When NZ has higher overall population growth our economy does better”. You are confusing cause and effect. When our economy grows faster the effect is an increase in population growth. Population growth in itself does not necessarily result in economic growth…

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Population growth in itself does not necessarily result in economic growth…

              Actually, it does because that increase in population requires a proportional increase in services and resource use.

              • thomas

                Thanks, but please note the term “necessarily”. I was also referring to per-capita growth (which I did not make clear). However, a proportional increase in services and resource use is only possible when resources are unlimited…as we are discovering they are not.

            • Wayne 2.1.1.2.1.2

              In the early 1990’s the increased migration from Taiwan and Korea was a major factor in pulling Auckland out of recession. They boosted demand for housing, consumer goods and of course their general expenditure.

              A moderate level of population growth in developed countries (around 1%) is generally good for growth, at levels greater than the population growth. Conversly static population (which is pretty much NZ at the moment) mean less dynamism in the economy.

              This is one of the long run problems for much of Europe and also Japan.

              • Colonial Viper

                The demand for Auckland housing through that time was massively damaging to the NZ economy. It helped cause billions of dollars worth of liabilities for the Govt and for local councils.

                Boosting the demand for consumer goods – thats a laugh. Japanese and Korean immigrants coming in and buying from Bond and Bond Japanese and Korean made consumer goods is a real boost to the NZ economy.

                This is one of the long run problems for much of Europe and also Japan.

                Let me clue you up here.

                Population growth has been used as a ponzi scheme accelerator to economic growth. You know how a ponzi scheme works right? The scam can only be sustained if you continually add more people to the pyramid at the bottom.

                Once that growth stops – the thing fucking falls over.

                • Wayne

                  Well that is the point. When you have static population, growth does tend to stop. But not really Ponzi, since each person makes a real contribution to the economy.

                  In regard to the comment by Thomas, Auckland has had reasonable GDP growth in the last little while. An unemployment rate of 8.6% is pretty high. It was 6.8% just 3 months ago, so that implies a 25% increase in just 3 months, which would be almost twenty thousand people. Is that likely?

                  • lprent

                    Looking at two points on a statistical measurement is rather daft. The sample error rates are too high to derive much significance. And I seem to remember June seemed abnormally low…

                    Ummm 7.3% 3 months ago if you’re looking at Table 6 of the September quarter spreadsheet. I think you mean the rate the previous year – which was 6.8% in September.

                    2010 Sep 7.4
                    2010 Dec 7.8
                    2011 Mar 7.9
                    2011 Jun 7.3
                    2011 Sep 6.8
                    2011 Dec 6.7
                    2012 Mar 7.9
                    2012 Jun 7.3
                    2012 Sep 8.6

                    Absolute sampling error is 1.2%

                    It isn’t particularly far out of range. More likely that June was low. Not looking good in Auckland from the anecdotal conversations I get involved in (when I can’t avoid them).

                    • Wayne

                      Yes, I did get the wrong June figure; I just looked at a news report, rather than the actual source. An increase from 7.3 to 8.6% (a 16.5% increase), is high, but a bit more believable. It will still be more than 10,000 extra unemployed in Auckland.

                    • lprent

                      I usually just look at rough and ready deltas when I’m doing a quick by eye look. In this case there is significant bounce on the 3 month (delta column 1), but looking 6 months back from each point (delta column 2) tends to smoth out the trend (which is all you can really do on so few points). That shows a pretty big layoff after xmas and a continuing slow increase in unemployment since.

                      2010 Sep 7.4
                      2010 Dec 7.8 +0.4
                      2011 Mar 7.9 +0.1 +0.5
                      2011 Jun 7.3 -0.6 -0.5
                      2011 Sep 6.8 -0.5 -1.1
                      2011 Dec 6.7 -0.1 -0.6
                      2012 Mar 7.9 +1.2 +1.1
                      2012 Jun 7.3 -0.6 +0.6
                      2012 Sep 8.6 +1.3 +0.5

                      Which is what people are telling me. It is a damn sight harder in Auckland this year than it was last year.

              • thomas

                “A moderate level of population growth in developed countries (around 1%) is generally good for growth”

                Please explain then why the unemployment rate in Auckland has risen 1.8 percentage points to 8.6% yet population growth in Auckland is well over 1% (1.5%)?

          • mike e 2.1.1.2.2

            Wayne 37% wealhtier

    • Sunny 2.2

      @RedLogix…”you wouldn’t take this shit from a four year old”…

      Oddly,we demand that children tell the Truth but allow politicians to lie.

  3. Logie97 3

    Apparently you can have a top paying job with a department like WINZ and suddenly leave and get a “very generous payout thank you very much”.

    But if you are just an ordinary employee in this country – it’s a different story. You’re surplus to requirements. Sorry you’re on your bike …

    • AsleepWhileWalking 3.1

      They are looking at changing the system so if you are made redundant by one government department, but then employed by another government department you don’t actually get any redundancy. I got this from the September(?) PSA newsletter which is online somewhere…

  4. IrishBill 4

    The nats policy is doing exactly what they want it to. Their (un)employment policy and welfare policies are simply an extension of their labour policy – they’re designed to suppress wages. It’s what you do when you represent capital. Their problem is that they can only get away for pretending otherwise for so long.

    I think that time is running out. 

  5. Tracey 5

    I thought he was going to say “unemployment has gone up because of all the bludgers we have kicked off the dole, so it’s a good sign. Nothing to worry about here. Now, what will I wear to meet Chuck and CamCam”?

  6. marsman 6

    7.3% unemployment, same as the late 1990s when surprise, surprise the same nasty incompetent trougher Bill English was doing his best to help the vile Jenny Shipley shaft the country.

    • Got it in one, Marsman.

      The similarities are too numerous to mention. Which should be no surprise; same Party, just a few different players.

      • anthony bull 6.1.1

        The same similarities such as our third largest city being destroyed by two earthquakes and a worldwide global financial meltdown?

        Hold on – we’re actually doing pretty well compared to most countries out there. Whoops.

        • felix 6.1.1.1

          That’s the line we’ve heard non-stop from the Nats for the last couple of years; everything is the fault of the earthquakes and the gfc.

          Serious question, anthony: What specifically do you imagine National would be doing differently had there not been any earthquakes or a gfc?

        • Frank Macskasy 6.1.1.2

          That might work, Anthony, except National doesn’t apply the same excuses for those made redundant or solo-mums (but never solo-dads)…

          When people hold National to account – it’s the GFC.

          When National hold the unemployed to account – it’s a lifestyle choice.

          Sorry, this time the Nats are being held to account and made responsible for their own policies. Even the business sector is not terribly impressed by John Key’s incompetance,

          “Business NZ sees no economic plan”
          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10763014

          When your own constituents question you, you know it’s serious.

        • Jackal 6.1.1.3

          Absolutely wrong anthony bull. Many countries that were impacted to a greater degree by the global financial crisis are doing a lot better than New Zealand. Therefore policy that’s already been shown to have failed is the most likely cause.

      • mike e 6.1.2

        One National govt was led by a macho women and the other a effeminate man weird that!

  7. vto 7

    So, is it correct that at each of the two times of highest account deficit (or some such measure) and highest unemployment in the last twenty years it has been Bill English at the helm?

    • mike e 7.1

      Don’t forget the biggest exodus to Australia ,Manufacturing decline,increasing suicide rate etc,etc
      The only thing you can say about the double dipper is that he is Consistent
      In Fucking up the New Zealand economy with his blind adherence to Austerity!

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        English doesn’t actually believe in austerity, and he isn’t actually conducting austerity (beyond some fairly mild retrenchment here and there).

  8. Rogue Trooper 8

    in round figures; for every 1000 people of employment age and capacity, 75-150 are unable to obtain appropriate employment, depending on region or ethnicity.(the comparison is probably greater if youth are considered)
    and with a quick glance at the representation of the social, environmental and economic landscape in todays daily national “rags” one can only shake one’s head and walk on…….

    • Vicky32 8.1

      75-150 are unable to obtain appropriate employment, depending on region or ethnicity.(the comparison is probably greater if youth are considered)
       

      The older workers are having a hard time too! Today, I saw two teachers at the school where I was relieving, lose their jobs, to a trio of very young women . Another two are plannning to leave, as the jerk who bought the school as a going concern, gutted it, and fired most of the staff, wants to retain these two, but pay them considerably less than they are worth ( and than they have been getting).
      I have not been able to get permanent work in 4 years, and I’ve just turned 59 years old. One of the women (for whom I was relieving) is in her 50s, and I had to phone her and tell her that Keith has decided that she shouldn’t come in on Monday.
      Of the two he wants to retain, one is in her 40s, but has irreplaceable skills, and the other is in his 50s, but has similar skills.
      The new teachers he introduced to the (angry) students, are probably 25, 23 and 18 years old. One has been in NZ from the USA for 2 weeks – so how is it even possible that she has a work permit?
      Obviously this new boss is confident that he will get away with what he has done, simply by saying “It’s a new company, and who  the previous owner had hired is irrelevant” (that’s what he said to me). As a reliever I had nothing to lose, so I ranted at him. The young women were so smug I wanted to slap them, and that’s one of many reasons why I am fed up with hearing about the poor dear wee young people. Providing they’re prepared to accept a low pay rate, they can gloat about taking older peoples’ jobs away, and believe me, they did gloat!

      • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1

        Obviously this new boss is confident that he will get away with what he has done, simply by saying “It’s a new company, and who the previous owner had hired is irrelevant” (that’s what he said to me).

        Actually, there’s laws preventing exactly that.

        • Vicky32 8.1.1.1

          Actually, there’s laws preventing exactly that.

          Oh, do you have details? Where could we find out? Because some of the former staff are still interested in fighting this mess..

  9. RedBat 9

    Had to have a look, I could hear the baa-ing from afar.

  10. Uturn 10

    Yes, in our modern reality, people become unemployed for any number of external or personal reasons. In a short video, we have a Labour party manipulation of who is a worthy unemployed person – how their approved cultural goals were interrupted. Just imagine how NZ could have profited if the character (because once this little snippet video becomes a vehicle for Shearer’s politics, it isn’t anything to do with the person called Darryl anymore) could have kept on working to pay for his home renovations?

    He could have sold up at a profit, maybe moved to the city and started in on the investment property market. Maybe he could’ve stayed where he was, raised his kids, encapsulated by the local culture. Positives and negatives: Imagine the effect of his time away from his growing young family had he stayed employed. He could feed them, pay for unexpected health emergencies, better their education so they could become managers at the mine. Anything could have happened to exalt his social status. Would family relationships suffer? Are relationships worth anything anymore? Can the emotional gaps be filled by any stranger wandering past?

    But the problem is that he’s now at risk of becoming the unemployed scum, as defined by his own culture. Oh, he’s ok now, but if David comes back in a year and Darryl hasn’t found a new job, he’ll be lazy bludging scum. David won’t see him, then. It might happen sooner in the eyes of his neighbours. Labour say he is worthy, right now, because he wants to work and he owns property. He was trying to live the dream. He wasn’t on a sickness benefit, struggling to renovate his house with a tin of paint. His skin is white, from a district with good strong white values. He doesn’t live in an urban garage, wear the clothes of another culture or have any apparent disability. He isn’t a hopeless case, David and Labour can save this one – and you – if only people who fear becoming the imaginary, manipulated “Darryl”, vote Labour.

    Who here has been unemployed? Plenty, by my memory of comments. Did you learn anything about yourself while you were unemployed, or did you just focus on the house renovations and the ideals of the white middle classes.

    Did you hope that one day soon the things you lost would be handed back in the face of a smiling employer’s handshake. Were they ripped from your metaphorical hands despite your best attempts? Were they never available to you? Did you just not try hard enough, not want it enough. Did you really, really, really, try to believe, sifting through all the self help and employment books in the library; all the free course and endless job vacncies; until you couldn’t think of anything else anymore and the practical decay of your lifestyle and the internal misery forced you to let go?

    Did you fall into the cycle of destructive self-fulfilling beliefs comfortable people use to protect themselves from your reality: the longer you are unemployed, the less likely you are to be employed. You just don’t want to work, isn’t that right. You are starving yourself to death purposely. It’s not our fault. Our culture trumps the idea of respect for human life. Nothing we can do. We need to go renovate the house.

    Maybe you instead arrived at Auckland airport at 3am, afraid and surrounded by people chattering in a language you didn’t understand, carrying your emotions from a hellish place you, somehow, seemed to have just woken up from. Forget everything you are. Here, embrace this… can’t you see I’m smiling at you while I speak? That means we have great plans for your future. If I talk slow enough, the culture within my words will transfer themselves to you, smothering your identity in favour of mine and I will once again be comfortable. I expect there will be no problems at your end.

    Who are you, now that the people around you think you’re unworthy, beyond help, don’t want to work and just plain scum? Have you found any positives inside yourself? Tell us, is life here just the dream of house renovations or is there something else the employed and accepted will never know exists? Which Party has a plan that includes you – other than one of dismissal, demonization, condescension and presumably, eradication? How does it feel to be a political convenience? Who will you vote for now?

    I don’t expect too many answers from a website largely populated by comfortable whites. It’s just the limitations of our reality. But we could ask ourselves if our beliefs about unemployment and the associations we’re trained to make are a gross misunderstanding of life and a direct contravention to the Human rights we often harp on about. I’d suggest that any politician that talks about “the unemployed” is a dangerous fool. We are people, we lead different lives, not everything is within our control. That one person doesn’t enjoy another’s reality or preferences doesn’t give them the right to oppress and destroy. Our social welfare system has become an excuse. Our political rhetoric has become an excuse. If we ever had them, we’ve lost our understanding of basic principles of living together in harmony.

    • Bill 10.1

      Okay, I’ll say it.

      Job cultures are viscious and demeaning. Jobs rob us of our dignity while the prevalent propaganda would have us believe the opposite is true. Most people have a job in order to live rather than living to have a job (the ‘proper’ view to hold). Most people, if they have been ‘habituated’ through having many years wasted doing jobs, don’t know what the fck to do with themselves when they suddenly don’t have one…and I suspect the psychology that plays out isn’t a million miles away from any other addiction withdrawal.

      Is holding on to a broad view of what it means to be a person in this narrow world of homo-economicus much different today than what might have been experienced by an aethiest in a world dominated by the expectations of the church a few centuries back? I’m guessing the villification, fear and pressure to conform would stand comparison…

      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1

        +1

        In a world where all that is needed to live a good life is readily available jobs should not be the defining feature of that life.

      • muzza 10.1.2

        Jobs rob us of our dignity while the prevalent propaganda would have us believe the opposite is true.

        Apply exactly that line of thinking to almost anything that has been learned/taught or otherwise, and then we can make real strides into understanding the nature of very interesting questions about life!

        Most are slaves, and totally unaware of it!

      • Tim G 10.1.3

        You know many people on this blog will actually smile, nod and pat you on the back while you make these kinds of claims.

        But seriously Bill (and Draco T too) where have you ever seen a functional example of the utopia you dream of where we are all free from wage slavery?

        Sharing these fantasies doesn’t do much for the public perception of your working class and unemployed (but wanting to work) friends, either.

        • McFlock 10.1.3.1

          Fair point to a degree, but the flipside is that we simply accept the status quo. From what I’ve seen over the past 20 years or so lifestyles have begun to revolve more around work, and being beholden to work, than around family and community.

          It used to be that if a club wanted to have an event on the weekend, almost all members could attend. Now many members are working random hours, and unemployed members are often unable to maintain membership fees. Even at a party I attended a couple of weeks back, a few people were rostered to work Saturday so couldn’t attend, even though they really wanted to.

          That is one of the problems, as I see it. I believe much of it is because workers can’t negotiate for better conditions or rosters with the same power as the employer can dictate, especially with unemployment at the levels it is now. It’s not all the fault of ECA/ERA, but some of it is a cost of what tories like to call “more flexible employment”. A little tweak there would certainly be a start at reducing the wage-slavery we have inflicted upon ourselves (something like not allowing employers to match individual agreement conditions to collective agreements negotiated by unions).

        • Bill 10.1.3.2

          But seriously Bill (and Draco T too) where have you ever seen a functional example…

          Saw it, experienced it and basiclly lived it through the late 80’s – early 90’s…no boss, no individual wage earning necessity. There was work in it’s broadest sense and income earning work organised on democratic principles (average 8 hours per week per person) that brought in a collective income…enough to pay off the mortgage on 18 houses and supply us all with our material needs.

    • kiwicommie 10.2

      “Who are you, now that the people around you think you’re unworthy, beyond help, don’t want to work and just plain scum? Have you found any positives inside yourself? Tell us, is life here just the dream of house renovations or is there something else the employed and accepted will never know exists? Which Party has a plan that includes you – other than one of dismissal, demonization, condescension and presumably, eradication? How does it feel to be a political convenience? Who will you vote for now?”

      The Democratic Party, and I leave this year. They certainly don’t view people like me as ‘scum’, just people that need a helping hand. Why is it that city councils raise rates, blow all their money on fancy art works, and in the case of rural towns blow it on waterworks. Do you know what cities in the US are doing to create growth, they are spending their money on training people for work and cutting unemployment; rather than just adding a few shells to the seashore. I will never understand this world you live in and I am from an upper-middle class household, even when I was employed I donated to the red cross and went out of my way to help people; it is a pity you don’t do the same…but I guess NZ is becoming a rip off Bioshock. Is this New Zealand or Rapture?

      We have the lack of compassion and empathy (as well as the social divisions) that would have horrified the Liberal party of the 19th century and the early Labour and National parties. I have friends from Europe that are suffering from and fighting austerity, so I don’t feel alone at all. I feel united in the fact that hundreds of millions alongside me are suffering and fighting against a political hierarchy that doesn’t care; as well as the cozy group in jobs that despise those in need, even if those in need would help you if you were in their position. Businesses can’t create jobs without investment or stimulus, GDP growth doesn’t come out thin air; and raising GST and taxes on the poor doesn’t get people out of poverty.

      Get off Planet Key. Even the IMF has had to relent. Austerity has failed. The sooner John Key packs his bags, and National loses office; the sooner austerity can end and New Zealand can recover from what has to the worst economic disaster since the 70-80s. There is no such thing as growth through a thousand cuts, New Zealand elected a semi-Romney in John Key, he might not be homophobic; but he is already bashing the 41%.

      • karol 10.2.1

        While I agree with your comments on Planet Key etc, kiwicommie, where is the evidence for this?
         
        Do you know what cities in the US are doing to create growth, they are spending their money on training people for work and cutting unemployment; rather than just adding a few shells to the seashore.
         
        I am hearing very bad reports on such issues from some people in the US.  It may depend on the city.

        • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1

          It will be extremely state by state and county by county dependent. A number of municipalities in the US have been bankrupted, and in others cuts to police, fire services and even street lighting and road repairs have occurred.

          North Dakota seems to be doing fine however…

        • kiwicommie 10.2.1.2

          Compare the states, obviously many have higher unemployment rates and statistics are gathered differently, but despite that there are clearly states in a better position than New Zealand (taking into account GDP per capita, state debt levels and declining unemployment figures): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_unemployment_rate
          Examples of programs are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathways_out_of_Poverty

          • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.2.1

            North Dakota lowest unemployment rate. Damn I’m good :P

          • karol 10.2.1.2.2

            Curiously, New Mexico is a pretty poor state and has a lower unemployment rate than NZ. California, a pretty wealthy state in general, has a higher rate than NZ.

            • kiwicommie 10.2.1.2.2.1

              Yep, it depends where you are; some states are doing poorly but they also receive federal assistance like the Pathways out of Poverty program. I think there is really no excuse for National not to be funding training for green jobs and jobs in general; the current training courses in New Zealand do not provide skills for work beyond licenses and cv writing skills. We don’t know the full success of such programs in the US yet, but if you followed the link you have to admit a 80% getting work rate [in some of them] is pretty good. ;)

    • Draco T Bastard 10.3

      +10000

      Bloody well said.

    • pete 10.4

      The right idea. The right time.

      We need doctors free from the burden of “a job”. And nurses. And electricity workers who supply the hospital with electricity. And the bus drivers. And those who maintain the roads. And those who pay the welfare checks. Those who maintain the computer systems to pay welfare checks. And those who mend the drains.

      Sure, our organic gardens may flood, and ruin our crop, but we’ll have a jolly good try at fixing the drains. With our hand-made tools. So hard to get the real thing when factory workers walked off the “life sucking job”. Best we don’t cut ourselves, either, as the pharmaceutical workers left their “demeaning jobs” years ago.

      People should do what they want, when they want. If they feel like “mucking in”, they can do so. If they feel like chillin’, they can do so. They can’t talk on the internet. No one working to keep it going, of course. Computers. Meh. All you need is a good potato.

      No way work, man. No way serving other people. Unite brothers!

      The only thing you have to lose is your credibility.

      • Colonial Viper 10.4.1

        People can be their own bosses in these organisations and the necessary work and economic output will still get done. And instead of having more money flow to shareholder profits, they will flow into self-set wages and salaries.

        • pete 10.4.1.1

          So…..that’s still working, isn’t it? Bill (with Draco in support) suggest that “Jobs rob us of our dignity”. A job is still a job if you’re self-employed.

          • Colonial Viper 10.4.1.1.1

            You need a deeper understanding. I’m not just talking about being self-employed, I’m talking about being self-directed, an independent owner-worker in the true sense of the term.

            This moves people beyond “jobs” and even beyond “careers”.

            • pete 10.4.1.1.1.1

              What does “self-directed” mean? I do what I like, when I like?

              What is an “independent owner worker”? A contractor?

              • Colonial Viper

                What does “dictionary” mean? What does “google search” mean?

                essentially yes – the worker-owners as a group would decide what work, how that work gets done, when that work gets done, and what happens with the profit.

                • pete

                  Self directed: Directed or guided by oneself, especially as an independent agent. Could you explain how this works in practice?

                  Independent owner worker: I couldn’t find an exact definition, but it sounds like a contractor. Are you advocating people become contractors?

                • pete

                  You altered your reply to include “essentially yes – the worker-owners as a group would decide what work, how that work gets done, when that work gets done, and what happens with the profit.” after I posted.

                  Well, you could start a company using this structure tomorrow. Have you read a book called “Maverick”? I think it can work well.

                  I’m less sure how well this would work in, say, a doctors surgery. Not many doctors I know like being on call, but accept they must do it as part of their job, given there is a community need for this service. This would still be done under your model, I take it? In which case, I don’t see how it’s different from what happens now.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    I’m talking about the Government providing hundreds of millions in support for worker owned co-operative enterprises.

                    I’m less sure how well this would work in, say, a doctors surgery.

                    This is in fact what happens now in many group GP and dental practices.

                    • pete

                      Why wait for the government? Loans are cheap. Each worker simply raises part of the money.

                      Government would need to get that money from somewhere. Where? And if it did get it, then would it hand it to anyone who wished to form a workers collective, no matter how inept?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Details mate, the details can be worked through.

                    • pete

                      They’re important. Else it’s too easy for others to write it off as a utopian fantasy if you can’t demonstrate how it works in practice.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      “Maverick” which you referred to, gives some details.

          • Draco T Bastard 10.4.1.1.2

            Working to make someone else richer is a soul destroying job and is what National and Labour are talking about when they talk about people being employed. Working to improve society is a normal and life enriching experience but it shouldn’t be all of a persons life.

            And the bit that you don’t understand is that we could have all that we have now with far less work if the few people at the top didn’t take all the wealth created by others.

            • pete 10.4.1.1.2.1

              “Working to make someone else richer is a soul destroying job ”

              So start your own business or workers collective.

              “And the bit that you don’t understand is that we could have all that we have now with far less work if the few people at the top didn’t take all the wealth created by others.”

              Sounds nice. I look forward to joining your workers collective.

              • Colonial Viper

                it needs to be scaled up rapidly, allowing tens of thousands of workers, and eventually hundreds of thousands, the opportunity to transfer into new work arrangements.

              • Draco T Bastard

                So start your own business

                That would just be propagating the failed system that we have now.

                Sounds nice. I look forward to joining your workers collective.

                And that statement just proves you stupidity and lack of imagination.

                • pete

                  I think it proves I look forward to joining your workers collective.

                  I look forward to self-directing, like not actually turning up. Or just doing the fun stuff. Will I be fired? What happens to me then? Join another workers collective?

                  • McFlock

                    No familiar with the co-operative business model, are you.

                    • pete

                      Not directly, no.

                      These are valid problems you will encounter under such a model. Presumably, you’re aiming for full-employment. Well, what do you do with the people who just don’t work very hard? People who take the path of least resistance? They are self-directing, they’re just not self-directing in a way that is terribly productive. Presumably, you don’t want significant wage gaps as that will only lead to inequality. So it’s going to be difficult to motivate using wage differentials.

                      So, what do you do with the people who take the rational action of doing very little? If you fire them, then where do they go?

                    • McFlock

                      You act like there aren’t thousands if not millions of cooperatives working around the world today. They seem to address the issues you raise just fine.

                      Fonterra, or credit unions, for example. Or worker cooperatives.

                      Try wikipedia next time.

                    • pete

                      “They seem to address the issues you raise just fine.”

                      Right. They fire people.

                      But if you’re doing this on a national scale, where do they go?

                    • McFlock

                      Into a role they are suited for.
                             
                      And if there genuinely is no work they are suited for or find tolerable, do you really care if they just go onto the dole until they find their way?  
                           
                      Basically, you’ve reduced the problem from one worker alienated from their current job into someone who is alienated from every possible position (paid) in the country.
                         
                      I’m not sure that this is a realistically significant problem, given that most people want to do something (even if that “something” is not currently deemed to be of value under the current system).

  11. Steve Wrathall 11

    “It has failed in its basic duty to run an economy that creates work for those who want to work….”
    Yes, by carrying on with Helen Clark’s policies: WFF, IF student loans, next to no change to RMA, etc, etc.

    • One Tāne Huna 11.1

      Have the the first idea how stupid you sound? You’re talking about the policies that produced the lowest unemployment rate in NZ history.

      I mean, seriously, doesn’t the cognitive dissonance register with you just a little?

      Doesn’t the fact that your faith-based “policies” (although “clusterfuck” would be a more accurate term) have been exposed as a bath of pigshit every single time they’ve been implemented make you question them at all?

      Are you really so cretinous?

      • kiwicommie 11.1.1

        Are you trying to reason with the Key cult? It is about as effective as arguing with the Reagan cult? ;)

      • Steve Wrathall 11.1.2

        Are you really so cognitively dissonant that you cannot see the effect of loading extra costs onto employers (higher min wages, longer parental leave, and the rest of the Lab/Green wish list) will make them less willing to take on extra staff?

        • Chris 11.1.2.1

          I agree to a certain extent with your second post, but I am far more interested to hear your argument about how WFF and IF student loans stops jobs being created.

          • Steve Wrathall 11.1.2.1.1

            Contribute to high taxation and govt spending which discourage work and crowd out private sector spending.

            • PlanetOrphan 11.1.2.1.1.1

              Bollocks M8!

            • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1.1.2

              How does it crowd out private sector spending Wayne? Because to me this is a cute Reaganomics one-liner which is nothing more than paff.

              If the private sector is not creating jobs and spending into the economy, there’s a very simple solution – have the public sector do it.

              [lprent: I presume that was Steve that you were replying to.]

              • Steve Wrathall

                So if the private sector were humming along nicely you’d be happy to cut back the size of the state?

                • One Tāne Huna

                  Earth to Wrathall: government spending is now a larger proportion of GDP than at any time between 1999 and 2008. So much for the smaller government meme. It’s dead. If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch it’d be pushing up the daisies. The policies you have learnt to parrot are a litany of failure. Get over it, move on with your life.

                • Colonial Viper

                  (Thanks lprent)

                  So if the private sector were humming along nicely you’d be happy to cut back the size of the state?

                  1) If the private sector were actually pulling its weight, which it is not, state spend as a % of GDP would naturally be much lower.

                  2) The “size” of the “state” is a bullshit Americanism. The only valid question: is Government delivering the quality and quantity of services that people require.

            • framu 11.1.2.1.1.3

              yet…

              WFF is essentially a subsidy that enables business to keep wages down
              Reduced govt spending (via job cuts, raising GST etc) has sucked money OUT of the economy
              People on the whole dont refuse a pay rise or refuse more work because of the tax they might incur
              Many private companies in the current growth restrained climate would love a govt contract

              – explain further, cause at the moment your talking simplistic slogans

              • Steve Wrathall

                A subsidy from where? Like all middle class welfare, WFF relies on the delusion that we aren’t being robbed blind from our pay packets and at the checkout. Then when the ticket-clippers return a small fraction we should be pathetically grateful?

                • WFF was a targetted tax cut. Not well targetted, but targetted nevertheless.

                  It made a change from National’s tax cuts for the rich…

                • Draco T Bastard

                  A subsidy from where?

                  The workers. The rich have tax dodgers that they utilise to not pay the tax that they should be.

            • Draco T Bastard 11.1.2.1.1.4

              Actually, government spending would encourage work and if the private sector can’t compete with the public sector then we have found the more efficient form.

              • Colonial Viper

                lolz. Spot on.

              • Steve Wrathall

                So you’re willing to let the private sector compete with the public in health, education, superannuation, accident compensation…?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Sure why not.

                  We’ll take the gloves off the public sector and see what the privateers can do in competition.

                  You want to start a private prison. Build it with your own money

                  You want to start a private school. Build it with your own money.

                  This public competition will also apply to banking, telecommunications, etc. mind you.

                  The governments ability to borrow money at under 3% to build this infrastructure will be a key factor in giving NZers cheaper services.

                  • Steve Wrathall

                    And I can take the tax I would have paid to a state provider and pay it to the provider of my choosing.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Sure, thats fine as well, as long as no private firm uses any assets, infrastructure or educated people who have come through the public funding system as that would be public subsidy of private business and basically, corporate welfare.

                    • Steve Wrathall

                      Why shouldn’t they? They’ve helped fund them already.
                      Or by the same argument, state organisations shouldn’t use the fruits of capitalism.
                      Such an unreasonable restriction on private enterprise means you actually don’t believe they should be allowed to compete fairly against State providers at all.

                    • framu

                      your the one that wants to opt out buddy.

                      or is it opt out when it suits – but sponge off the state when your ideology wont cover the bills? (just like saint rand)

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Steve, you want the private sector to fend for itself without Government support, so be it.

                      Then you can try and compete against the Government building your own parallel infrastructure and services.

                      Good luck mate.

                      Also, fuck this “fair competition” concept. It’s dog eat dog in the market place don’t you know?

                      If the Government has competitive advantages over the private sector, like pre-existing infrastructure, cheaper sources of funding, etc. it should use those to the full. Not give lame private sector performers a head start.

                      If you can’t compete mate you shouldn’t survive. Fuck off.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Why waste the time and money as the private sector has already proven that it can’t compete.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  So you’re willing to let the private sector compete with the public in health, education, superannuation, accident compensation…?

                  You do realise that it’s the opposite that’s happening don’t you? The private sector doesn’t allow the public sector to work because if they did they wouldn’t be able to compete. So they whinge about it to government and lobby the politicians and spread the bullshit that the private sector is more efficient simply so that they can have the public sector shut down.

            • mike e 11.1.2.1.1.5

              Thats a silly myth Steve those govt workers spend the money in the private sector take them away as bill Double dipstick is doing and you have a downward spiral as happened last time he was in power as well FACt!
              The US UK EU China Japan you name it all know that that cutting damages your economy you seem to be the only one that doesn’t understand.
              The right wing govt’s overseas just hide that fact spin their way round that one and spend their way out of recession ie Reagan Both bushes hid their borrow and spend in the armed forces you are dumb enough to be sucked into the dogma New Zealanders have given up on that policy a long time ago if you haven’t noticed Rumplestiltskin ACT is polling at less than 1% !
              So that put you in the fundamentalist basket case category!

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.2

          I think small employers should have banking and transaction costs greatly reduced.

          And money needs to be pumped and circulated into the economy – too many wealthy people and organisations are simply hoarding cash right now.

        • framu 11.1.2.3

          longer parental leave wasnt an extra cost for business – it was merely the govt funding a bigger portion of the leave people are already entitled to

          • Steve Wrathall 11.1.2.3.1

            Rubbish. Forcing a business to hold a position for twice as long with an inexperienced temp, changeover and getting-up-to-speed costs (at both ends) plus still accruing holiday pay for the absentee, plus the uncertainty of whether they’ll actually come back ARE significant costs. Why should they be borne by an individual business, when the purported benefit of an extra worker 20 years in the future is totally socialised?

            • McFlock 11.1.2.3.1.1

              Um – the temp should be getting the hang of the job after 10 weeks, the changover costs are the same largely regardless of duration, so by your measure you’re looking at 6% holiday pay accrual as the total expense. Which is not exactly going to break the bank – or if it is, PPL is the least of that business’s worries. 

              • Steve Wrathall

                This is the normal socialist trick. Claiming each extra cost on business “won’t break the bank”. But this isn’t the only extra cost that Lab/greens are proposing. Is it?

                • McFlock

                  Funny thing being that business will also reap the benefit of a society that has fewer un/underemployed people, better infrastructure and well-supported local industry.
                      
                  Overall they’d be much better off, but then you know that. But keep on with the spin-doctoring on Planet Batshit.

            • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.3.1.2

              It helps generate employment and gives work experience to new workers. All good things mate.

              Why should they be borne by an individual business, when the purported benefit of an extra worker 20 years in the future is totally socialised?

              And individual businesses aren’t part of society now? They aren’t benefitting from socialised benefits now?

              Well if that’s the case, maybe they should move their businesses outside of society mate.

              • Steve Wrathall

                Increases the number of jobs? Absurd. By forcing higher costs onto businesses there is less money to employ others.

                And you still haven’t explained why this benefit to society of having an extra worker in 20 years should be borne by a specific business now. Why not by you. You’re a “part of society”. Aren’t you?

                • framu

                  you still havent explained how business costs increase when the state covers a greater amount, (as a portion of the total leave available remember) of the parental leave a worker is entitled to

                  im waiting

                • Would you rather that there are not enough jobs and the unemployed becomes a social cost?

                  High unemployment is not just a drain in terms of welfare. It is a waste of human resources; extra pressure on families; forces New Zealanders overseas; increases crime… ad infinitum.

                  There is more to unemployment than your book-keeping bottom line. There is a harsh social cost involved.

                  Hence why job creation is a social issue, not just economic.

                • mike e

                  Silly Wanker Shifting costs from business’s on to the taxpayer by having lax safety laws. Michael Cullen reduced company taxes twice during the 2000’s as well as sped up capital depreciation!
                  You are an uninformed economically naive idiot!

            • framu 11.1.2.3.1.3

              again – explain yourself

              according to the text here all it seeks to do is extend the entitlement that you can receive from the govt

              you can take a lot more than that though its not covered by the govt info here

              look at items
              Extended leave of up to 52 weeks and Paid parental leave.

            • mike e 11.1.2.3.1.4

              Thats up to businesses to pick the right staff as I have been an employer before I look long and hard to find the right person rather than rush in and get some one not suitable.
              I all so have good skills with people which makes it a lot easier!
              A lot of employers just expect people to be able to do the job people are not machines and need a lot of thought training and the right management and communication!
              New Zealand by and large is still in the 1800’s when it come to employment!
              Businesses have had huge tax cuts for a long time as well as the 90 cool off period and unemployment is still going up !
              business owners have had huge tax cuts will they ever be happy!
              I’ve just come back from Australia and the difference is stark most employers have much better relationships with their workers than we do here!
              We have the old Elitist boss attitude by and large in Aussie they don’t pull that BS Narcissistic stunt and they get better allegiance from their workers!

        • One Tāne Huna 11.1.2.4

          Wrathall, are you so ill-informed that you don’t know that NZ has slipped a place on the “ease of doing business” ranking since 2008, from 2nd to 3rd?

          After nine years of your left wing bogey-man, The World Bank placed us second. It seems reality is biased against you…

        • mike e 11.1.2.5

          Silly wanker Those businesses will have customers with money with your policies Australia is ending up with our costumers you idiot!
          Higher wages are better for businesses that are producing not ones that speculate so much .
          Companies that have no regulation shift the cost of damages they do pike river leaky buildings SCF to other businesses and taxpayers!

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.2.6

          Are you really so disconnect from reality that you can’t see that the costs are there no matter what and that if they’re not paid by the business then they’re paid by the community?

  12. PlanetOrphan 12

    When someone spends long enough in prison they become “Institutionalised”

    Welcome to the “Institutionalised Economy”, All the idiots running back for more Gnat punishment.

    • kiwicommie 12.1

      The idiots need a short, sharp, shock (they keep saying that is what New Zealanders need). It is called losing an election. ;)

      • PlanetOrphan 12.1.1

        Exaclty, torture worked for me …… Didn’t it?

        Yes John Torture works for you, now headbutt the wall again there’s a good boy !
        Remember to smile afterwards kid :-D

        • kiwicommie 12.1.1.1

          A wall? You realize that John took that away too, Canterburians can’t hit themselves on walls of rented homes, that is if they have a home at all; especially when he takes the city from the people and turns it into some cheap copy of the Auckland Supercity. ;)

          • PlanetOrphan 12.1.1.1.1

            “Hells Angels” for Government … We Understand anarchy M8!

            What is a “made” man?
            (I’m talking about ShonKey and his Media by the way :-) )

  13. Tiresias 13

    “Did you see that cringe-worthy bit in the US election coverage where, just after all the major networks had called Ohio and, therefore, the election for Obama, Karl Rove was on ranting and raving that the statistical models were flawed and it was all going to be OK?”

    The reason for Rove’s optimism that Ohio was still in play was because he believed Romney was going to win in Hamilton County—where the votes were “counted” on machines made and maintained by Hart InterCivic, a company effectively controlled by Romney’s family. (The same machines were also used in Williams County.)

    The privatisation of the voting process, where votes are recorded by machines supplied and maintained by private companies who refuse to reveal the software on the them and which makes any independent review of votes cast impossible, is surely completely unacceptable with a democratic process to anyone with half a brain, yet is widely accepted in the US. Unbelievable.

    For a machine brazenly altering a vote for Obama as a vote for Romney, see:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7CA9TZngQs

  14. You forget John Key was selected by the National Government to get New Zealand ready for sale and he has nearly finished that.

    The Citizens of New Zealand has never been his personal responsibility and anyway he will be off soon to some new position in the world of finance, he’s okay who else is there to think about?

    • muzza 14.1

      The people of NZ have not been any governments responsibility since sometime around the middle of last century!

      Key is the latest leader of the the government charged with continuing the plunder.

      NZ is not many steps away from it almost being completed!

  15. Tracey 15

    Agreed @ selected to ready NZ for sale. Voting him out next time won’t change the sales that have already gone through… and as for buy them back. Watch the miracle of increased value between them being sold in 2013 and then sold back at a significantly higher price…

    People seem to forget that Fay Ritchwhite left NZ because we held them accountable as taxpayers. The tried the biggest rort in our history by communing witht he Cook Islands, when it failed they left… Then Fay has the audacity to come back all “New Zealander-ish) over the Crafer farms. Bollocks he saw another profit grab in the making.

    • anthony bull 15.1

      Hold on – hasn’t land sale to foreigners in NZ rapidly declined under the current government, from all time highs when Labour and the Greens were in?

      • The Greens have never been in coalition with Labour (outside of the Alliance).

        As for land sales under Labour – fair call. It’s a problem Labour has to address or else risk losing more electoral support.

        • felix 15.1.1.1

          Actually they’ve never been in coalition with Labour inside the Alliance either – The Greens left the Alliance before the 1999 election.

          • Frank Macskasy 15.1.1.1.1

            Indeed, Felix. I stand corrected.

            • fisiani 15.1.1.1.1.1

              The Greens and Mana are the only parties in Parliament that have NEVER been in government. Just shows how silly it is for Greens to side only the Left unlike the sensible Greens in other countries.

              • Jackal

                Really? Although I’m not sure what examples you might provide of Green party’s around the globe siding with right wing policies in order to gain power, I personally believe the strategy of putting principles ahead of compromising on issues such as sustainability and the economy is the right one.

                It appears that your talking out your own arse again fisiani, but what else is new?

              • felix

                “…how silly it is for Greens to side only the Left… “

                An oft stated sentiment fisi, one I had a convo with a friend about last night. What you and he are both missing is that Green policy is all about putting the long term social, economic, and environmental interests of the many ahead of short term profits of the few.

                Protecting the commons is inherently left wing. Who do you think it needs protecting from exactly?

              • mike e

                fishy business theirs nothing stopping any one doing business with greens and national have worked with the greens you idiot or are you still stuck up the boss’s ass!

              • xtasy

                fisiani: “sensible Green in other countries”

                Hah! Where do you get your information from?

                The Greens in Australia are supporting the Labour government there, as far as I know, and they have no intention to ever support dicks like Abbot and his right wing jerks.

                There are Green parties in a number of countries, but I know of NO Greens to have supported a conservative or right wing government anywhere.

                In the one European country, where they have a long history, have been very successful and popular, which is Germany, they have also ever only supported the SPD equivalent of a Labour type party in government, not the conservatives. They tried a coalition government in the state of Hamburg, but it did not last long, as the differences were too substantial for that to have functioned.

                Greens are generally rather more “progressive” and towards the left spectrum in political parties and movements. I invite you to correct me on this.

  16. Fortran 16

    Hone Harawira was on Radio this morning saying that in view of the unemployment figures for Maori that this will make many more Maori go to Australia.
    Only if they do not have a criminal record as they would not get in !

    • mike e 16.1

      Fartrain only if they have had a conviction of 12 months in jail nor more not time served but time sentenced!
      Remember it was a convict settlement!

      • mike e 16.1.1

        Fatrain You are a racist bigot as well,I have Maori relatives in Australia . My cousin who came from Melbourne Married into a family from Kaitaia Nga Puhi you wouldn’t meet nicer people,
        Her husband was the poorest member of the family after a divorce left him with the house only worth 600,000 A$ They are now worth many times more that and will be retired in 2 years at 48 and 54 respectively!
        The sister from Kaitia is worth several million as she has built up a dairy farm from scratch the next oldest brother is worth Aprox A$5 million after selling his Queensland dairy farm, Then the next older brother is worth in excess of A$50 million dollars after marrying a rich socialite model he is still a male model and the oldest brother and the nicest one magnanimous fellow he is is worth in excess of A$ 500 million yes that’s right .He has worked his way up from the ground floor of an old English company that was founded 350 years ago to eventually buy out the parent company with a partner!
        They would have never stood a chance with the bigotry we have from the likes of you Fartrain!

        • xtasy 16.1.1.1

          mike e: With ALL respect, do NEVER count people in MONEY figures, please! You are going down a dangerous track no matter where you come from.

    • xtasy 16.2

      Hne is onto it there, but he misses the point in some other areas.

      Truth is: Tangata Whenua are taking a solid, strong foothold now in Australia, while their homeland is getting sold off to overseas interests. It is a bizarre story of re- and de-colonisation, of the worst kind, perpetrated by the initial offenders, mostly just out for quick money, profits and cheap gains.

      It never ceases to amaze me, that there have been so many mixed marriages between Maori and Germans, Swiss, Austrians, Scots and the likes, and less with English and others. Maybe those other cultures appealed to Maori more, due to their more integre culture and honesty?

      Just a bit of a tangent thought! So what does “Te Tirity” mean again? Any “English” translator???

    • xtasy 16.3

      Fortran: STUPID comment, what are you trying to prove? Thousands get there, so they also mostly do better there than in their OWN country, that tells you something, buddy! Maybe NZ is more backward than AUS. And racism is not that much of an argument either anymore, as most Australians are rather fair minded folk. Go dig your hole in shame and cover above, please!

    • Murray Olsen 16.4

      Never let the facts get in the way of a racist wank, eh Fortran?

  17. xtasy 17

    ANY INTELLIGENT PERSON in NZ would not want to bother to work for the crap condtions here, unless they would have to, forced by coercion by a punitive, draconian benefit system, which forces almost every one to work and work and work, whether it makes sense what they do or not.

    The pay here is crap, it is often shit working conditions, where you have small time Donald Trump style little capitalist entrepreneurs thinking they are so shit hot and smart, they deserve slaves to do all they expect.

    Work places in NZ are only in part OK, many are total crap, and this comes from a migrant who learned it all over 20 years. They sucked the shit out of me in the beginning, once I got PR they started to hate and resent me, as I was not easy to exploit.

    I never had a well paying job from a NZ employer, it was one from a European country close to mine, who paid me the first decent wage in NZ. That tells you about so many shit NZ employers. They actually love flexible migration, as they want to get it all cheap and shit on workers. They have too little management and organisational skills, so they can only “power on” by playing the master and slave game.

    NZ employers are mostly the worst kind of crap bosses I have seen anywhere on the planet, full of inferiority complexes, incompetencies and dishonesty, too busy cheating IRD, MED and MSd.

    So that is my resume on this!

  18. xtasy 18

    What? Whoa? “Revolution”, ahem, ha, hey, what the hell? Don’ t want to even think of it. Lifestyle show is on in two hours on prime tv, do not hassle me, bud?!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKRQbQ1DfEk&feature=fvs

    What a totally different culture from continent to continent, is it not?

    Some love the laid back sheeples life, and rather retire into domestic refuges, even if rents in Auckland for a 1 brm is $ 300 to 360 a week, or $ 350 to 450 a week for a 32 brm, and up to 500 or 600 or more for a 3 or 4 brm place.

    Ha, hum, bugger, fuck off, leave me alone, will manage somehow, leave me alone, we all have to struggle and cope somehow, well maybe throw in a relly or mate here on the couch? So what is the problem, some ask.

    The problem is: YOUR DUMB ATTITUDES HERE!

    Ignorance, complancency and cowardly conduct, rather putting up with slavery than challenging the mean master, that is your main problem in NZ, but hardly anybody gets it and dares to take a stand, aye?

    Who fought the last two great wars? Your grandfathers! For what, I bloody ask? You deserve all you get with your lack of backbone! What would their voices from their graves say to the crap going on here?

    • kiwicommie 18.1

      The old NZ is gone, back then we had Maori bashing and colonialism; now that most of that is over with we have right-wing rich snobs and Ayn Rand acolytes who don’t judge by race, religion or sex; they bugger us all equally. ;)

    • kiwicommie 18.2

      The old NZ is gone, back then we had colonialism and Maori bashing; today we have right-wing rich snobs/Ayn Rand acolytes who take it out on everyone, regardless of race, religion or class.

Links to post

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road | 21-11
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • The week in politics vs. Gilmore Girls
    This week in politics: Andrew Little became leader of the Labour Party. Julia Gillard spoke at the University of Auckland about gender and politics. Gerry Brownlee was fined for breaching airport security. Tony Abbott threw down with Vladimir Putin at APEC....
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Whither the class line?
    In 1995 I published a book that explored the interaction between the state, organised labor and capital in the transitions to democracy in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The book was theoretically rooted in neo-or post-Gramscian thought as well as the...
    Kiwipolitico | 19-11
  • This video shows the pain caused by NZ’s current benefit system
    Darryn bravely talks about the stigma that comes with being on the benefit, and how that has affected his life. This stigma is just one of the many problems our current benefit system creates. These problems would be removed if...
    Gareth’s World | 19-11
  • Climate change: The cost of past inaction
    For the past 20 years, New Zealand's climate change policy has been one of inaction and delay. While we've seen no less than four failed attempts at putting a price on carbon (including the current ETS), we've never really tried...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • Policy of fear
    Community groups have a vital role in New Zealand. In addition to speaking out on social problems such as poverty, mental illness and addiction, they also often have a direct role in fixing them via government funding. Unfortunately there's an...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47A
    A carbon tax could bolster wobbly progress in renewable energy A dam revival, despite risks Congress is about to sabotage Obama’s historic climate deal David Cameron urges Tony Abbott to do more on climate change G20 pledges lift Green Climate...
    Skeptical Science | 19-11
  • ‘Consult on promotions policy’: TEU to Auckland VC
    TEU is asking the vice-chancellor of the University of Auckland to engage in a process of consultation on the university’s Academic Grades, Standards and Criteria policy and other policies so the two sides can avoid further litigation. Earlier this month the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Asia-Pacific plans for gender equality
    New Zealand is one of the few countries who have not sent a government minister to an Asian and Pacific conference on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Thailand, but it has sent TEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb.  The conference...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • TEC, Ministry and Treasury want new funding model
    The government should consider a radical shift in tertiary education funding policy according to advice from the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Education and the Treasury. All three agencies advise the government to shift tertiary education funding away from...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • The awkward question of New Plymouth
    It’s rather common knowledge that Andrew Little wasn’t exactly a star in New Plymouth. He stood in the former Labour Party seat in 2011 and 2014, losing ground in both the electorate and party vote on each occasion. Overall, the...
    Occasionally erudite | 19-11
  • Academics say academic freedom getting worse
    Nearly two-fifths of academic staff say that their level of academic freedom is worse than when they started work, according to a survey on the state of the tertiary education workforce. AUT’s Work Research Institute undertook a State of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Academics say academic freedom getting worse
    Nearly two-fifths of academic staff say that their level of academic freedom is worse than when they started work, according to a survey on the state of the tertiary education workforce. AUT’s Work Research Institute undertook a State of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
      US Politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere