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National has no intention of ever enforcing ETS

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, July 3rd, 2012 - 59 comments
Categories: climate change, ETS, farming, john key, national - Tags: , ,

As many of us expected, National has no intention of ever enforcing the ETS in the area where it makes the most difference to NZ emissions – agriculture. Key likes to spin our “all sectors all gasses” scheme when he’s posing overseas, but it’s not going to happen on his watch. “Market signals” and “market forces” are things that you use to bludgeon the poor with, they are not things that you apply to your farmer mates.

Here’s a typical piece of utterly dismal reporting on the topic:

Nats soften emissions blow for businesses

No, they abdicate their responsibility for trying to avert an environmental blow which will be catastrophic.

Wary of a backlash from farmers and households a year out from an election, the Government has moved to further soften the impact of its climate-change measures under the emissions trading scheme.

A year out from an election? Backlash from households?

Transitional measures rushed in by National after it won power in 2008 and due to be phased out next year will now be extended for another two years at least – and Prime Minister John Key has signalled that the most controversial among those measures, delaying the introduction of agriculture to the ETS, could be pushed out even further.

Farmers applauded the move and said New Zealand’s ETS remained one of the most punitive in relation to agriculture in the world, even with the delay – but the Green Party said excluding agriculture put New Zealand’s clean-green brand at risk and passed the cost of pollution on to taxpayers.

Mr Key confirmed taxpayers would have to pick up the $80 million tab as a result of the reprieve for business and farmers announced yesterday, but insisted the measures would minimise the impact of the ETS on “households, exporters and employers”.

This is obviously the new spin, but how exactly does it “minimise the impact” on households to have them pay for other people’s pollution? It’s utterly shameless. And as for the cowardly backdown on agriculture itself, how utterly lacking in leadership, how spineless, how completely and predictably National…

59 comments on “National has no intention of ever enforcing ETS”

  1. ghostwhowalksnz 1

    A zero budget , but not apparently in paying for farmers carbon outputs

  2. Interesting that a Government that has shown a total disdain for protecting existing jobs, let alone creating new jobs, is willing to sacrifice the world’s environment to allegedly save jobs.

    • higherstandard 2.1

      How is the government sacrificing the world’s environment ?

      • mickysavage 2.1.1

        Climate change is probably the biggest threat the world is facing and National does no more than pay lip service to the issue.

        • higherstandard 2.1.1.1

          Thanks for that MS, but can you answer the question posed ?

          “How is the government sacrificing the world’s environment ?”

          • mickysavage 2.1.1.1.1

            I said the Government is willing to sacrifice the world’s environment and that is by doing exactly, precisely nothing to address climate change.

            • higherstandard 2.1.1.1.1.1

              So how does the government doing nothing sacrifice the world’s environment ?

              What should the government do to save the world’s environment ?

              • Draco T Bastard

                As we’re working in a market economy the government needs to regulate to ensure that all costs are properly covered. Pollution and GHGs are a cost and thus need to be covered.

                • higherstandard

                  Unintelligible political wankspeak DTB

                  The question was for MS and it was …..

                  “How does the government doing nothing sacrifice the world’s environment ?”

                  and

                  “What should the government do to save the world’s environment ?”

                  • RedLogix

                    What I love is how righties are all for “price signals” and “market mechanisms” when it suits them….

                  • I know HS.  Your next question will be that as NZ contributes so little to the world’s GHG generation how can it matter what NZ does?

                    All that I can say is that if we do not pull our weight in what has to be a world wide effort we can have little expectation that any other nation will pull their weight. 

                    • higherstandard

                      “All that I can say is that if we do not pull our weight in what has to be a world wide effort we can have little expectation that any other nation will pull their weight.”

                      That’s fair enough, but it certainly is some way away from the government doing nothing is sacrificing the world’s environment.

                      As you know our GHG emissions profile is quite unlike most other countries with quite a skew towards methane. I would have less of a problem with an ETS hitting this area of our economy if it were a level playing field with every other nation pulling their weight.

      • No, It’s nuffin to worry about. It’s all a big have like Y2K.
        Google James Lovelock.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 2.1.2.1

          Monique Watson I googled Lovelock, and it turns out he has not published a single paper on Climatology. Not one. You are so full of shit.

        • felix 2.1.2.2

          Y2K was a “big have”?

          Jeez Monique, Y2K was a real problem and it was solved. It didn’t affect you precisely because engineers, companies and governments all over the world cooperated to avert a potential disaster, exactly the opposite of what you’d have us do now.

          If they’d listened to people like you instead, the potential disaster would’ve been allowed to occur. Because you managed to find a mathematician who said that 2+2=5.

    • Rob 2.2

      Why do you think  adding cost and tax reduces polution?

      • millsy 2.2.1

        The less they pollute, the less they will have to pay. Simple really.

        Or are you one of those people who thinks that poisoning our air and water is OK?

        • Rob 2.2.1.1

          So they keep polluting and pay more tax, great initiative Millsy.  Net result nothing changes.

          As for your second comment ,pfffft.

          • millsy 2.2.1.1.1

            Whats your suggestion then? Let them pollute? Cool.

            • Rob 2.2.1.1.1.1

              You know Millsy , if you had left your answer to the first sentence, then I might have engaged with you, but you just decided to assume and fill in the blanks yourself.

              If you think taxing more will reduce overall net pollution then i think you are wrong.  It will probably result in even more off shoring of what is left of NZ’s manufacturing environement.  The way this stuff shifts is not announced by massive closures or huge layoffs.  It is in the continual reduction in local made parts and processes that  restructures many businesses from being fabricators, assemblers & marketers to warehouse / marketing organisations buying in locally designed but off shore manufactured goods.

              • millsy

                Good to know that businesses want to pollute then.

              • prism

                Rob
                You should consider the matter of moving on environmental change from these viewpoints-
                1 a probability of a critical and then hostile approach to NZ lack of action on pollution limitation and diminishment and
                2 country-wide amounts of pollution from transporting our exports from the end of the world to our far markets and
                3 from aware and demanding buyers of primary products overseas such as supermarkets not buying any more our 100% pure and greenwash, and
                4 from a use of economic levers whereby a mix of higher taxes and costs cause emitters to make a shift to systems that would avoid these costs, and also there is introduced tax relief on the cost of changing and the new systems required.

                You are getting mixed up with the problem of diminishing jobs and the likelihood that higher costs from pollution controls will increase this. The stick and carrot approach to taxes will help with this. But jobs will be lost and lifestyles decline more in the future if we don’t here in NZ take action that is clever and forward thinking. In the meantime jobs will continue to be lost in the short time because of the way that the free market has been allowed to lay waste to otherwise thriving economies and the recession that this sh..tty system has engineered that is a result of criminal negligence.

                Meantime the climate continues to decline – important interview on this a.m. Radionz about 8ish and also one on the result of NZ not doing anything but constantly delaying acting from this wishy-washy government.

                • Rob

                  What about this for another way and I will use tertiary ACC assesement levels for OH & S.  So we have a manufacturing plant employing 100+.  4 years ago we talked a lot about H & S , but people were still getting hurt and were unwell etc.  So we really engaged on a new way – lean maufacturing etc driving great efficiancy and healthier outcomes.  It cost usd with people, processes and technology , but it works and we are fitter and healthier as a result.  We also get audited yearly by ACC and are accredited therefore saving on ACC premiums.

                  The rational being is why are not good businesses rewarded and incentivised for change, rather than just been made to be less effective by an additional cost burden, which if they work really hard at they get to go back to where they were.

                  These people are not the enemy , believe it or not.  These organisations provides many great things for the people engaged with them. 

                  • prism

                    Rob
                    I think we agree on the idea of incentivising business to do what is right – what is needed. That’s what I was trying to suggest – giving a price signal as Tom Gould refers to, with taxes that encourage change to a better system. Plus, this would be essential, assist the business to do this with tax reductions grants etc to help finance that change which will enable the business to continue in a new advanced environmentally improved approach and continue employing NZs in NZ so everybody wins.

                    It is achievable but someone with brains that can climb out of the bunker that NZ pollies and advisors are presently skulking in is necessary.

                  • These people are not the enemy

                    Who said they were?   The problem is that to much GHG is being produced and the world needs to get serious about it.  Businesses work on market economics.  All that the ETS does is introduce a market signal.  It is amazing that businesses think that market signals do not work.  

                    Or is it only when it costs them that they do not work? 

              • Tom Gould

                Rob, you are just being silly. It’s called a price signal. Key often uses the term. Look at his tobacco tax. It goes like this, according to John. Hike the tax, hike the price, buy less smokes. Just like pollution. Hike the tax, hike the cost, pollute less. Pretty simple really and can be applied to just about any circumstance to your best advantage. Except when you can get the taxpayer to pick up the tab. Then it becomes hike the price of polluting, fewer farm profits, poorer farmers, fewer votes. It is really pretty simple, Rob. Just adjust the logic to fit, the brain dead MSM will report it as undeniable fact, and bob’s your uncle.

                • Rob

                  You know Tom, I dont think price has been the driver of people smoking less, I think the change is societal, a little like P addiction now comming down from the growth curve, as it is not acceptable now to sit in a bedroom at parties and smoke a glass pipe, it really did use to be seen as edgy and a little cool when people were not fully educated on the whole P addiction thing.

                  All I see with these continual cost increases with smokers is boiling frogs.  They sort of recognise that the heat is going up, but really do not do anything about except moan about the cost while they stand outside buildings, shivering their pointy bits off.

                  • prism

                    Every time the price of tobacco goes up the quit organisations report a rise in clients. I think this can only work for a while though. I think that the idea is to go on till the cigs are $20 a packet. Seems crazy and puritan and doesn’t bring the economic view which would bring up the use of substitution. It might be better to have some smokers doing so legally at a fairly high price than substitution by other, worse, drugs and also not have a high price floor encouraging illegal non-tax paying suppliers coming in with lower prices at street level.

                    So incentives and disincentives should think along both economic, business and human behaviour lines, with moral hazards considered (in environmental matters this could be finding cheaper ways giving the appearance of following legalities which are ineffective or just a scam for appearances). So important, is to get away from the idea of non regulation, voluntary regulation, industry-choice regulation but have legalities and controls which are discussed through nation wide meetings and then, on the bill produced, through select committees, and ensure that it includes a monitoring system that is not captured by the interests being monitored (moral hazard, human behaviour concerns again).

              • Draco T Bastard

                It will probably result in even more off shoring of what is left of NZ’s manufacturing environement.

                And we could work with that by putting tariffs in place to prevent importation of goods made in locations that don’t have either an equivalent ETS or tax.

      • prism 2.2.2

        Rob at 9.10 a.m.
        Why can’t you spell pollution? Why not answer your own question by reading information then discuss on this blog from an informed viewpoint you time waster.

        • Rob 2.2.2.1

          I dont know why I cant spell pollution Prism and I dont think that adding extra costs and tax will reduce pollution at all.

           So Prism what do you do if you are an expert on everything pollution, I am really curious?

          • prism 2.2.2.1.1

            Rob
            See mine at 10.02 a.m. I am not an expert but have tried to inform myself. Why don’t you.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.3

        Because I believe in market and price signals. Don’t you?

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 2.2.4

        “Why do you think adding cost and tax reduces pollution?”

        Because of the improvement in air quality in the USA. Just one example.

  3. BLiP 3

    .

    Not surprised. Give John Key and his National Ltd™ business buddies a “trading scheme” . . . of course they were going to game it, that’s all they know. The cowardly backdown came from Labour when it should have imposed a Carbon Tax. And banned Genetically Engineered foodstuffs. And closed Pike River. And, and, and . . .

  4. marsman 4

    Welfare for farmers. Drug test farmers.

  5. prism 5

    John Key is so concerned about jobs!! Some long term factories closing down recently that have been adding value to our primary product – what is Jokey Hen doing about that? He could use his understanding of international trade and economics to do something to limit volatility in our exchange rate away from us buying and selling our own currency!

    But no, this guy is a talking parrot for National’s business backers. He is as real a Prime Minister as a cardboard erection of a police car or person. Time weathers the thin film with the image on it till the cracks show the base material underneath. We can see this now with King John of Charmalot.

  6. Blue 6

    The party for business and farmers decides it will tax everyone but business and farmers? I’m shocked.

    All sectors, all gases is ashpirashunal.

  7. Do you think it is a great look for Gareth Hughes to be heading off Business Class on the speakers tour, feels like “do as I say not as I do”? Squeeze into Economy Gareth; a little less Carbon is burned back there with the unwashed masses.

  8. captain hook 8

    its all just some huge nocturnal emission!

  9. Dv 9

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/7210513/America-bakes-as-records-shatter

    >>More than 2,000 temperature records have been matched or broken in the past week as a brutal heat wave baked much of the United States, and June saw more than 3,200 records topped, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says.

    Thats good news. ONLY 2000 temperature records broken in a week.

  10. ETS is bollocks, we are gone burger regardless of what we do.

  11. MrSmith 11

    Federated Farmers chief executive Conor English, will be pleased, yes that’s Bill English’s Brother. This lot are beyond contempt.

  12. jack 12

    IF New Zealand didn’t exhist, there wouldn’t be any change to the pollution. I think the ETS is a scam to make a lot of money for certain people. Infact, Carbon trading will be worth more than trading oil. What you people don’t seem to realise is there is a receission and the average family can’t afford the increase in cost of living it will create. I am for tax credits for electric cars or creating another alternative for the combustion engine. I hear a Stan Meyers ran his car on water.. by product is water. Unfortunately, he’s dead. But instead of looking at the politics of this scam, why not create a way to convert cars on other source of energy. Too much hypocracy with the ETS. Is pollution the real cause of global warming?? There isn’t any proof of this.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      What you people don’t seem to realise is there is a receission and the average family can’t afford the increase in cost of living it will create.

      You obviously don’t understand pricing signals. The whole point of increasing the cost is that the resource gets used less. One of the pricing signals is, of course, wages. If wages aren’t enough to cover expenses of the workers then it’s obvious that that workplace should disappear.

      Is pollution the real cause of global warming?? There isn’t any proof of this.

      Better than 90% probability it is and yes there is. Listen and read what the climatologists tell you and not what lord monkton and other deniers say.

    • Colonial Viper 12.2

      IF New Zealand didn’t exhist, there wouldn’t be any change to the pollution.

      So we should fully clean up our waterways instead. Because then there would be big beneficial changes in pollution for us.

      (BTW it would sort out our GHG emissions too).

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 12.3

      “Is pollution the real cause of global warming? There isn’t any proof of this.”

      Is pollution the cause of AGW? Yes. CO2 creates a dipole when it bends and stretches (like three snooker balls connected by two springs). What does a dipole do when it moves through a magnetic field?

      “There isn’t any proof of this.” Someone has been trying to confuse you, and it looks like they’ve succeeded: science deals in probabilities, not proof, which is the province of mathematics.

      I would prefer a direct tax on carbon emissions to the ETS, but it has to be acknowledged that cap-and-trade has been very successful in improving America’s air quality.

  13. muzza 13

    The game is communicating
    climate change; the rules will
    help us win it.

    –Maybe you can ask these guys to bend a few ears!

  14. Julian 14

    I am a large scale farmer who tentatively supports the ETS scheme, has its flaws. What I do support is changing the way our nations farmers feel they must farm, wasting energy in fertilizer production, transportation to far off lands etc etc is unnecessary and foolish. Tax those wasteful farmers so they are forced into alternative farming methods and markets with low energy input requirements. These wasteful farmers are destroying our beautiful country !!!

    • mike e 14.1

      couldn’t agree more Julian.I have visited many farms over the last 10 years i haven’t come across one well managed farm!
      Most 90% of these farms mainly dairy are very poorly run.
      Problems listed .
      Very poorly trained farmers especially in personnel management.
      Poorly trained staff nearly all dairy farms have not invested in staff training to cut costs.
      So the down stream effects are huge loss’s in productivity.
      Animal management is bordering on Neglect and abuse on most of these dairy farms.
      Pollution control happens occasionally.
      Farm workers are treated like Korean fishing boat slaves over worked never paid for overtime.and worked into the ground.
      Dairy farm production needs to be regulated just like the fishing industry.
      I would mean more profitability for these farms as better use of resources would occur .
      Most farms would increase their profitability by at least 50%.

  15. Blue 15

    I also think the ETS is “bollocks”. For the reason that it will not prevent 1 gram of carbon getting into our environment. If a carbon producer wishes to conitue to add produce execessive emmsiions, they can continue to do so as long as they purchase an off-setting carbon credit. At best its neutral. It will merely add costs to those that do, and these will be passed onto the consumer, many of whom will be low and middle income earners and it will impact them more harshly than anyone. Surely there are better ways to address this issue with smart environmental and industrail legislation that is not financially punitive to the consumer. Things are tough enough. There is no incentive to reduce emmission from an ETS, unless we legislate on maximum emmissions, pollutants etc that go into the environment and rigourously enforce these provisions.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 15.1

      If what you say is true, how is it that air quality in the USA was improved by exactly the same market mechanism? Your logic may sound fine to you, the problem is it fails the reality check.

  16. spammer 16

    I thought the whole reason John Key delayed implementing the e.t.s on farmers was because they had no viable way to reduce the methane output of cattle?
    As far as i can see they still don’t. It’s all well and good saying making them pay more will reduce emissions, but how? Fertilizer/nitrogen pollution could be reduced but that has nothing to do with greenhouse gases.
    The only way i can see to reduce these emissions is less cattle which is obviously not economically viable for farmers.
    I would be happy to hear of solutions though.

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  • Why the Greens’ Abortion Policy Is So Important
    By Dr. Morgan Healey, President ALRANZ Note: Alranz exec members wrote two op-eds that were submitted to The New Zealand Herald (APN) and The Waikato Times (Fairfax) on 8 June, two days after the Green’s policy was announced. They weren’t...
    ALRANZ | 08-07
  • Labour’s Education Policies A Must For All Caring Parents – Even John K...
          Need I say more?      Of course National (other than John Key who has already admitted smaller class sizes are better – as per photo) are saying their policy of paying a handful of teachers and...
    An average kiwi | 08-07
  • Robert Reich on the 7 big lies told by neo-liberal politicians.
    This video is worth watching and listening to as Robert Reich exposes the fallacies that underpin the neo-liberal economics so beloved by John Key and his asset stripping cronies. http://youtu.be/mM5Ep9fS7Z0...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 07-07
  • The extraordinary use of extraordinary powers
    Here in Christchurch, we’ve grown used to the government exercising the extraordinary powers that they’ve had since the quake. While they were granted so that they could get the recovery moving, they seem to have been mainly used so that...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 07-07
  • Beth Heke vs Jake Heke: 1-1?
    There has been some troubling discussion of domestic violence this morning, with David Farrar among others pointing to an Otago University study to argue that, for many, but not all forms of family violence, women are about as bad as...
    Polity | 07-07
  • The toughest issue for the next term
    Two senior cabinet figures talked international affairs last Wednesday, one all crisp intellect, one a conversational amble. No prize for guessing which was Tim Groser and which John Key. Both made the optimists’ trade case, Groser with a wide span...
    Colin James | 07-07
  • Gordon Campbell on the BNP Paribas case, and Dotcom
    Column – Gordon Campbell So the extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom has been delayed until next February. In another long running drama, a final deal on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact is hoped for by years end. If a...
    Its our future | 07-07
  • iPredict Election Update: Maori Party in serious trouble
    Press Release – iPredict Maori Party in serious trouble, with 57% chance of leaving Parliament Combined Labour/Green vote rises Conservatives up at expense of NZ First, but not expected to win seat National now expected to win Palmerston North and...
    Its our future | 07-07
  • Carolyn McKenzie stands in Hamilton East
    Press Release – Democrats for Social Credit Accomplished curator, art reviewer and consultant Carolyn McKenzie is standing for the Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) in Hamilton East. MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 8 July 2014 Carolyn McKenzie stands in Hamilton East...
    Its our future | 07-07
  • Palau first to start work on climate and disaster plan
    Press Release – SPREP Palau – Palau is the first island nation to begin work on a project to develop Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans for national broadcasters through an emergency management for media course that was completed on Thursday.Palau...
    Its our future | 07-07
  • Public service glad to help revitalise Christchurch CBD
    The Public Service Association (PSA) is welcoming the announcement that public sector workers will be returning to the Christchurch CBD...
    PSA | 07-07
  • Better waste practices to showcase Samoa as: green, healthy
    Press Release – SPREP The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Health and the Samoa Tourism Authority, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), have embarked...
    Its our future | 07-07
  • DSC selects Mischele Rhodes for Hamilton West
    Press Release – Democrats for Social Credit Patient’s Rights Advocate Mischele Rhodes has been selected as the Democrats for Social Credit Partys candidate for Hamilton West. As Vice President of Patient’s Rights Advocacy Waikato, Ms Rhodes says she is “passionate...
    Its our future | 07-07
  • Tim Groser: Address to the India NZ Business Council
    Speech – New Zealand Government Address to the India NZ Business Council Around the world, friends of India, strategists, business groups and others are all starting to ask a rather important question. With the landslide victory of the BJP over...
    Its our future | 07-07
  • Will National drop 6% in three months? A less than serious analysis…
    Rob Salmond at Polity notes that in the 2008 and 2011 election campaigns, National has dropped 6% in the three month campaign window. His analysis is fairly simple: All I did was find any published poll where the field dates included...
    Occasionally erudite | 07-07
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    John Key has left many with the impression he will repeal marriage equality if elected into Parliament again, said the Green Party today. Reports have emerged that at a meeting with Pacific church leaders in Mangere, on Tuesday, many attendees...
    Greens | 11-07
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    The inquiry into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian diplomat must investigate all the actions taken by Murray McCully during this fiasco, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.A Ministerial inquiry has been launched into...
    Greens | 11-07
  • Government punishes beneficiary babies
    Papers released to the Green Party shows that the Government turned their back on babies of beneficiaries against official advice, said the Green Party today. Documents released by Treasury to the Green Party under the Official Information Act show that...
    Greens | 10-07
  • Te Hamua to do ice challenge so others can survive cancer too
    At noon tomorrow in the Kaiti Mall in Gisborne, Te Hamua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti, is taking on the ice challenge to raise awareness of the importance of getting regular health checks for testicular cancer and raise funds...
    Mana | 10-07
  • National breaks promise to insulate every state house
    National has broken its promise to insulate every state house by the end of 2013, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today."Of the 68,386 houses under Housing New Zealand's management, 30 percent have not been insulated. That is a dismal...
    Greens | 09-07
  • McCully should stand down while review considers his actions
    The Green Party is calling for the review into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian Diplomat to be expanded to cover actions of Ministers, and for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to stand down while...
    Greens | 09-07
  • No place for user pays in our classrooms – Minto
    “Labour’s education policy announcements last weekend have several welcome features which would be supported by Mana but we are concerned at the “user pays” proposal for children to get the educational benefits of access to the internet,” says Mana Education...
    Mana | 09-07
  • Internet Mana – “the Roadtrip!”
    Internet MANA will change the Government because it’s time to create an inclusive and independent Aotearoa. We are not afraid to disrupt the status quo, to fix what is not working and innovate with new ideas. Let’s reconnect New Zealand,...
    Mana | 09-07
  • Greens challenge Police to protect people on bicycles
    Evidence heard in today's inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly highlights the Police's ongoing failure to protect people on bicycles, the Green Party said today. The Police decided not to prosecute the driver involved in a fatal collision with...
    Greens | 09-07
  • High cost of storm damage sign of things to come
    New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of the year are a reminder of what we're up against with climate change, the Green Party said today.According to the Insurance Council of New Zealand,...
    Greens | 09-07
  • SkyCity’s commitment to preventing harm non-existent
    National has done a deal with a company that continues to flout New Zealand's gambling regulations, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said today.In a media sting earlier this year, an elderly man was allowed to play pokie machines continuously...
    Greens | 09-07
  • Please explain Minister… yet again
    Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Our exports of partially processed casings to China have been halted and no...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’
    A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Information Technology issues, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Reporting directly...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high
    There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its highest level this century, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “New Zealand once valued itself as the...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Government in denial over income inequality
    Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “The report shows income inequality has increased over the past year and remains higher...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes
    National’s decision to cut nearly $2.5 million from adult and community education in Canterbury over the past five years was short-sighted and Labour is committed to restoring funding for the sector, Labour’s Associate Tertiary Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “The...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis
    Latest Government data proves John Key is not working for all New Zealanders as the incomes of the poorest half of kiwis stayed the same in the 6 years under National, while the top 20 percent's rose by thousands, the...
    Greens | 08-07
  • Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour
    Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. "I was pleased to meet with social service, youth, justice and health providers who...
    Labour | 08-07
  • No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy?
    Another significant shortfall in the Government’s books suggests the economic recovery may have already passed most New Zealanders by, Labour’ Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “With unemployment still high, wage rates stagnating and inequality widening, only the lucky few are...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Survey shows parents want smaller class sizes
    A new survey finding most parents believe class sizes are too big shows Labour is right to reduce them, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Post-Primary Teachers' Association survey of 750 people conducted by UMR Research found 54 per...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions
    Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers...
    Labour | 07-07
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners in the regions are facing declining equity in their properties, while in Auckland and...
    Labour | 07-07
  • Housing figures National’s shame
    The number of Auckland households in urgent and serious need of housing has increased tenfold since March 2012, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.The Ministry of Social Development, which took over Housing New Zealand's assessment responsibility for social housing...
    Greens | 07-07
  • Fed Farmers leading wrong way on water
    Federated Farmers needs to show greater leadership on water quality, the Green Party said today. The Green Party is responding to claims by the outgoing and incoming Federated Farmers' dairy section chairs that 'there is no need for urgent action"...
    Greens | 07-07
  • John Key must get whaling assurance from Abe
    John Key must seek a concrete assurance from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan will not flout the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) ruling on whaling, the Green Party said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is meeting with...
    Greens | 06-07
  • HAVE A KITKAT DAVID, THERE’S A LONG WAY TO GO YET – Harawira
    “Internet MANA is not ruling out the possibility of a entering into coalition with Labour after the election”, said Internet MANA leader Hone Harawira with tongue firmly in cheek, after Labour leader David Cuniliffe said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that...
    Mana | 06-07
  • Government underfunding jeopardises recycling
    The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today. The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to...
    Greens | 04-07
  • Whaling must be top of agenda for Japan PM visit
    New Zealand must make protecting whales a priority during next week's visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week...
    Greens | 04-07
  • ACC investments risking native species
    The National Government has invested in a gold drilling company whose activities threaten a critically endangered native frog species, the Green Party has revealed today.Despite being a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)...
    Greens | 03-07
  • Small class sizes and school meals get another big tick in schools report
    “Congratulations to the Child Poverty Action Group for making it crystal clear what’s needed to ensure kids from the least well-off communities can get the best out of school” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau. ...
    Mana | 03-07
  • Government’s bottom lines for water create a licence to pollute
    The Government has pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, the Green Party said today. The Green Party was commenting on the Government's national bottom lines for water quality released today by...
    Greens | 02-07
  • Green Party’s answer to climate Big Ask
    The Green Party has welcomed a Gen Zero report calling for concrete climate commitments from all parties ahead of the election."Gen Zero's Big Ask report is a timely reminder about what real climate action looks like," said Green Party Climate...
    Greens | 02-07
  • Shots fired at Mana office – Harawira
    “I get threatened with violence and I get death threats, but when somebody starts taking shots at my office then that’s another matter altogether”,  said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira after shots were fired at one of...
    Mana | 01-07
  • Protecting Papatuanuku a Priority for MANA – Harawira
    “Big ups to Greenpeace for their Climate Voter initiative http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/”, said Hone Harawira, MANA leader and MP for Tai Tokerau. “Letting people see which parties stand up for Papatuanuku and which parties stand for overdevelopment and pollution should help focus their...
    Mana | 01-07
  • Ae Marika! 1 July 2014
    I got a really good response to last week’s article about forestry safety, including this gem from an old mate - “Back in the early 70′s our Maori bush gangers showed you the ropes. You never forgot a thing they...
    Mana | 30-06
  • Green Party MP Holly Walker to step down from party list
    Green Party MP Holly Walker has decided to withdraw from the party's list in the upcoming election and will not seek a second term in Parliament. Ms Walker was number 12 on the Green Party list."Unfortunately, a recent unexpected change...
    Greens | 30-06
  • Pasifika Immigration Plans for Labour- too little, too late – James Papal...
    The Labour Party has recently announced that it has plans to speed up family reunification for Pasifika people. “I have seen these plans and I believe that these are too timid” says MANA Pasifika vice President, James Papali’i. “After waiting...
    Mana | 30-06
  • Support for USA in Iraq “not a deal to die for” – Harawira
    “When John Key says ‘New Zealand fully supports the current steps announced by President Obama (in Iraq) 100%’ he is one step away from committing our troops simply to get a good trade deal with the USA,” said MANA Leader...
    Mana | 24-06
  • Ae Marika! 23 June 2014
    Another key spot for me to meet people is Auckland Airport, on my way back from parliament to either go to Waitakere or the North Shore, or to catch link flights to Whangarei, Kerikeri, or Kaitaia on constituency business. Every...
    Mana | 23-06
  • There is a war being waged on NZ men… at least according to this Facebook...
    Men’s masculinity is under attack in New Zealand and four people, one of whom is a woman (it always stings that little bit more when a woman is pushing anti-feminist ideas), have created a Facebook page to do something about it....
    The Daily Blog | 11-07
  • Dear hysterical NZ Men – Women’s rights are no threat to our masculinit...
    How insecure in your masculinity must you feel to buy into believing Labour are declaring a war on men? This Facebook site, The Labour Party’s War on Men, is a real voyage through the psyche of angry men angry at...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07
  • Education reforms – there is a choice
    To have the Education Minister and the sycophantic mainstream media constantly asserting that the only way to improve the education our children get is to reform the system by privatisation, performance pay, and the collection of a few data sets...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07
  • Not That Different After All: Some thoughts on Neoliberalism
    OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS,  the neoliberal ideology has been adopted by virtually the entire Right. Certainly, there is no serious right-wing political party – either here in New Zealand or elsewhere in the developed world – that does not...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Hone Harawira
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07
  • #TeamKeyJr
    #TeamKeyJr...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07
  • Random Thoughts on Random Things #7 – the fate of the Maori Party
    . . Watching Pita Sharples interviewed on TV3′s ‘The Nation’ on 5 July, two things occurred to me. 1. There is every likelihood that, come election day,  the Maori Party is doomed. If they are really, really, really lucky, they...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07
  • Every bomb Israel drops on Gaza creates 10 new ‘terrorists’
    The latest round of horror Apartheid Israel is using to justify their latest disproportional response seeds from a couple of events. America’s need to talk to Iran because of Iraq has spooked Apartheid Israel into manufacturing a new crisis that...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD 10 July 2014 CPAG says high child poverty rates have become normalised and New Zealand’s poorest children should expect a far greater...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • How can New Zealand help defend the Palestinian struggle?
    FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no better than to believe Israel was a small, plucky state standing up to big, thuggish neighbouring bullies....
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • “I got an apology”… said no survivor of rape or gendered violence eve...
    When I was 15 my cousin who lived with me and my mum would come home black and blue. Her dealer and boyfriend, Nick Ge used to beat her for whatever reason, for whatever justification he saw fit. Men who...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • NZ – Inequality and poverty measured
    The Household Incomes Reports by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) are providing powerful evidence that New Zealand is a deeply unequal society with intractable levels of poverty that includes many with jobs as well as those without. The reports which are...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Child Poverty Action Group – Those with the least left furthe...
    This week a delighted – and no doubt relieved – Minister of Social Development gave us the news we had all been waiting for: under her careful watch, child poverty has fallen 3%. The figures are in the latest Ministry...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Charter Schools are working, why not ...
    Tomorrow is the third anniversary of the day Parliament dumped the TVNZ Charter, ceremoniously, by 64 MPs to 56.   The Broadcasting Minister of the day, one J Coleman, said without too much of a smirk that the removal of the charter would have little...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • Greens challenge Police to protect people on bicycles
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens challenge Police to protect people on bicycles Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Motorists passing people on bicycles and other vulnerable road users owe them a high duty of care.”...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • High cost of storm damage sign of things to come
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: High cost of storm damage sign of things to come Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 | Press Release New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • SkyCity’s commitment to preventing harm non-existent
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: SkyCity’s commitment to preventing harm non-existent Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 | Press Release National’s deal with SkyCity means that a company that flout’s New Zealand’s gambling regulations has the opportunity to greatly...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Please explain Minister… yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Please explain Minister… yet again Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says....
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’ A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Murray McCully must go: sign the petition to demand his resignation
    Sign the petition to demand Murray McCully resign and stand with Tania Billingsley and the thousands of women who have survived sexual assault in New Zealand. Tania Billingsley, who is at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat case, has lifted her own...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • More mining our protected places
    Today is the last day for submissions on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s (CRP) marine consent application to mine the seabed in a protected area, in our most productive fishery. I just got my submission in which you can read here. This...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Poverty and inequality denial are no reasons for celebration
    The headlines proclaim that concerns about poverty and inequality is just a lot of left wing PC guilt squawking because according to cherry picked statistics there isn’t really any inequality or poverty. Cue a rousing round of ‘we don’t know...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • National breaks promise to insulate every state house
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National breaks promise to insulate every state house Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | Press Release “It’s not just a broken promise, it’s poor economics.” National has broken its promise to insulate every...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • “World Class Welfare System” My Arse. Come Clean Nathan Guy!
    Pigs are not safe in New Zealand. How many farms do activists have to film before the Ministry of Primary Industries comes clean and admits their accreditation scheme is an absolute failure? Do activists need to do the job of...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Tania Billingsley – hero
    The astounding courage exhibited by Tania Billingsley last night on 3rd Degree should put the Government to shame. Her criticism of those charged with upholding her rights is to the bone and righteous… The woman at the centre of a...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • McCully should stand down while review considers his actions
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: McCully should stand down while review considers his actions Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | Press Release Mr McCully would never have considered a TV apology good enough for the Prime Minister and...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, why I love John ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • If Oprah had been the ref for the Brazil-Germany game
    If Oprah had been the ref for the Brazil-Germany game...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • No place for user pays in our classrooms – Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: No place for user pays in our classrooms – Minto  Posted on July 10, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press Releases“Labour’s education policy announcements last weekend have several welcome features which...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • 7 reasons why online voting isn’t a solution
    Online voting is being waved around again as a means to increase participation.  Here are the 7 reasons why I think online voting is a bad idea. 1 – 21% of those asked why theory didn’t vote in 2011 gave ‘didn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Greg Presland – National and Pacifica
    John Key and National have recently been claiming that Pacifica are leaving Labour en masse and are heading towards National.  I am sorry John but there is no chance of this happening.  But Key and co have been able to get the...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Police sweeping domestic violence under the carpet?
    Pressure to lower stats – MPPolice were under government orders to “minimise” the number of domestic violence charges they lay to make crime statistics look good, Labour MP Andrew Little claimed yesterday. This latest allegation of Police downplaying domestic violence...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Invite: AGM & Political Forum
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Invite: AGM & Political ForumCPAG AGM & Election Year Political Forum 08 July 2014 When: Wednesday 30 July Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland RSVP here! Please...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Housing figures National’s shame
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Housing figures National’s shame Monday, 07 Jul 2014 | Press Release “These figures are a shame on the Government. All New Zealanders deserve secure housing, whether renting or owning.” The number of...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: QV figures show two-track housing market The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • GUEST POST: Michael Wood – Just Structures
    The headline number at this weekend’s Labour Congress was a very good speech from David Cunliffe, the centre-piece of which was the well-received announcement on class sizes. The Congress ended on a high note, with delegates energised and positive media...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Cunliffe vs Key
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • A letter to Hekia
    A letter to Hekia...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Animal abuse unacceptable for pigs and consumers
    I was a kid on pig farms in the 1970s. Piglets were castrated using a scalpel without anaesthetic, wire cutters were used to trim their teeth and cut off their tails. Wire was forced through their sensitive snouts. Row upon...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • A better Canterbury and a better NZ
    Labour’s first 100 days is going to be a busy time – we’ve got a lot to change!  Kick-starting the Canterbury recovery is going to be a crucial part of those first 100 days.  Labour has announced several Canterbury specific...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Dear Leader loves you! Our cult of no personality
    .   The Cult of Dear Leader . It was inevitable. The poll-rated ‘popularity’ of Prime Minister has evolved into a full-blown, carefully-choreographed, Cult of Personality the likes of which this country has never before seen. The recent National Party...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Low income families hit hardest by global crisis and high housing costs
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Low income families hit hardest by global crisis and high housing costs “The effects on families of the global financial crisis, lack of adjustment of the accommodation supplement and high housing costs show...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Low income families hit hard
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Low income families hit hard Council of Trade Unions – Media Release Low income families hit hardest by global crisis and high housing costs “The effects on families of the global financial...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Government in denial over income inequality
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Government in denial over income inequality Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says....
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes National’s decision to cut nearly $2.5 million from adult and community education in Canterbury over the past five years was short-sighted and Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 | Press Release The latest Household Incomes Survey shows income inequality widening further under National, but that it is...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy? Another significant shortfall in the Government’s books suggests the economic recovery may have already passed most New Zealanders by, Labour’ Finance spokesperson David Parker says....
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • NZ Police to spy on people in pubs? We like our fascism casual thanks
    Ummmm. What? Undercover cops to ‘spy’ on bar patronsAn ”outrageous” initiative will see undercover police officers ”spying on patrons”, Hospitality Association chief executive Bruce Robertson says. Southern district police last month began stationing plain-clothes officers in licensed premises to ensure...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Lisa Owen interviews Paula Bennett
    Paula Bennett says Government won’t raise benefit levels, disagrees with Children’s Commissioner that current levels do not allow children to participate in society....
    Scoop politics | 12-07
  • The Return of the Worm : Introducing The NZ Election Reactor
    Scoop Independent News has formed a partnership with leading polling company, Roy Morgan Research, to bring the original Worm back for the NZ 2014 Election....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Brazilian tourist behind bars for cocaine smuggling
    A 20-year-old Brazilian tourist will not see much of New Zealand, after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court today for trying to smuggle around $656,000 of cocaine into the country. He will be deported after...
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Naenae College to benefit from ACC’s Mates and Dates pilot
    National Candidates Lewis Holden and Chris Bishop welcome the news that local students at Naenae College will directly benefit from being involved in ACC’s Mates and Dates pilot programme against sexual violence....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Mr Ismail’s bail conditions
    Mr Ismail was required by the Court to surrender his passport by 5.00 pm on 12 May. By this time, Police had been able to confirm with MFAT that he had diplomatic immunity and therefore the bail conditions were unenforceable....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • What Stops People Moving Out of Poverty
    Speaking For Ourselves is the title of a new report drawn from ground-breaking research that follows 100 families for one year. The families are long-term users of the Auckland City Mission’s food bank and have contributed their experience of what...
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Police continue to build pressure on the Headhunters Gang
    Three patched Head Hunter Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) members and an associate have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery following the conclusion of a successful Police covert operation....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • The Nation 12,13 July: Poverty, Offshore Drilling, Regions
    Then as it tries to balance environmental concerns with jobs, Labour energy spokesperson David Shearer reveals his party’s new policy on offshore drilling....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Sexual and reproductive health in the Pacific
    Today on World Population Day, the New Zealand Parliamentarians Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) calls on governments in the Pacific to urgently invest in sexual and reproductive health, particularly family planning, to improve the choices...
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Its the economy stupid
    A poll being conducted on the Massey Birdwood Settlers website asks the question - Its Election Year - what will you base your vote on?...
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Global Thinking Needed to Spark New Zealand’s Digital Future
    Giving Kiwi digital innovators the tools to help them think globally from day one is how New Zealand will become world-leader in the digital economy, says the Internet Party....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Seafood Industry Strongly Opposed to CRP Mining Application
    The seafood industry strongly opposes Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine the Chatham Rise, saying it will have “significant and irreversible adverse effects on the marine environment.” In its submission to the Environmental Protection...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Māori Parenting Course already a hit
    Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has commended programmes that rise up out of the community that work ‘with’ families, as opposed to interventions that do things ‘to’ families. She was speaking as guest of honour at the recent launch...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Royal visit no king hit
    Support for a Kiwi Head of State is still high after April's royal tour....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Captioning to give hard of hearing community greater access
    New Zealand political programmes on TV will soon be accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Able is pleased to announce that from Wednesday 23rd July, it will be providing closed captions for TV ONE’s Q+A, TV3’s 3rd...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Conservatives Law and Order Policy Based on Mythology
    “The Conservative Party’s Law and Order current slogan ‘Stand for Something’ should be changed to ‘Stand for Anything’ says Kim Workman, Rethinking Crime and Punishment, in its latest ‘Smart on Crime’ blog....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Billingsley reminds us that sexual abuse can be prevented
    Tania Billingsley’s choice to have name suppression lifted and to talk about the wider issue of rape culture that facilitated her assault has highlighted the prevalence of sexual violence in New Zealand and reminds us that it can be prevented....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • 90 jobs lost in the Waikato as NZ Post closes mail centre
    New Zealand Post has confirmed that 90 jobs will be lost when it closes its Waikato mail processing centre. The confirmation comes after NZ Post announced in June last year that it would be closing its Waikato, Wellington and Dunedin...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Award for excellence in International Development journalism
    VSA is proud to launch its award for excellence in International Development journalism. VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in International Development....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Marchers Keep Maui’s to the fore
    After successful marches around the country, Maui’s dolphin campaigners continue their pressure on the Government with a march to John Key’s electorate office in Kumeu on Sunday 13 July at 10am, leaving from the Kumeu Arts Centre at 10.30, 300...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • ESC announcement ‘shamefully late’, says safety campaigner
    The government announcement that Electronic Stability Control will become compulsory on new vehicles is effectively locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. Electronic Stability Control detects...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Susan Devoy urges New Zealanders to stand up for the refugee
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy urges New Zealanders to stand up for the refugee. “Let’s replace the barbed wire of refugee camps with our own No. 8 wire mentality. Let’s be there for some of our planet’s most vulnerable...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Internet Party Wades in to Fix Sick Waterways
    New Zealand’s waterways will be cleaned up and much higher standards set on water quality in a 10-year plan to be introduced by the Internet Party by 2016....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Time for Kiwis to start punching above weight in Humanity
    Acknowledgments and warm greetings to you all. I would especially like to welcome the relatively new representative from the UNHRC Thomas Albrecht..welcome to our part of the world, the Deputy CE for Immigration Nigel Bickle and the Ian Axford...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • SSC Releases Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) Reports
    The Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) reviews released by State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today include the full reviews of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Treasury....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Will new farming leader jeopardise NZ’s GE-free advantage?
    The recent election of William Rolleston as president of Federated Farmers could mean a push towards genetic engineering (GE) in farming, warns the Soil & Health Association. Dr Rolleston has for many years been a proponent of GE, and some...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • President of PGA to attend Workshop for Arms Trade Treaty
    Labour’s Associate Disarmament Spokesperson and Parliamentians for Global Action (PGA) President Ross Robertson will be attending a Workshop next week in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to promote signature and ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Calls for Government Intervention Premature But Inevitable
    The Taxpayers’ Union is reacting to calls for a Crown Manager to be appointed to shepherd Auckland Council through its budget crisis, with disappointment. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Seeking Sanctuary
    What would you do if you were forced to flee your home because of war or persecution?...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Entrenched child poverty no cause for celebration
    Child Poverty Action Group says high child poverty rates have become normalised and New Zealand's poorest children should expect a far greater level of ambition for their well-being....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Cyclists want answers from political parties
    Cyclists are calling for better protection, following the Coroner's inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly, held in Hamilton this week. Mrs Farrelly was killed after being struck by a truck near Taupo on March 16 last year....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Malaysian embassy employee
    Police are continuing to support Tania who has recently applied to the court to vary the automatic name suppression given to her based on the charges involved. Police did not oppose this course of action as we wanted to support...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Christchurch Chep workers strike for national pay parity
    Workers at the Chep pallet plant in Christchurch are going on strike on Thursday 10 July, demanding pay parity with Chep’s Wiri pallet plant in Auckland, according to FIRST Union, the union for workers in the transport and logistics sector....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Margaret Mahy boat unveiled on anniversary of ship bombing
    Greenpeace is naming a new boat after one of New Zealand’s best known children’s authors, Margaret Mahy, at a ceremony today on the 29th anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing in Auckland harbour....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • ACC announces schools in sexual violence prevention pilot
    ACC has announced the nine secondary schools and facilitators who will pilot its new sexual and dating violence prevention programme....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • PISA results shed the spotlight on financial literacy levels
    PISA financial literacy results shed the spotlight on financial literacy levels for young New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • NZPI urges Government to consider planning principles
    The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) is urging the Government to consider a suite of NZPI-developed guiding principles on freshwater quality issues when it implements its upcoming freshwater reforms....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Labour Party Policy a Mixed Bag
    The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) would welcome any review of insurers’ response to the Canterbury earthquakes, rejects the Labour Party’s proposal for another regulator of the industry and supports its policy of transferring levies...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
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