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National’s election year strategy and designer jackets

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 2nd, 2014 - 111 comments
Categories: election 2014, greens, Judith Collins, labour, Metiria Turei, national, Politics, same old national - Tags:

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I was not going to post about the recent public spat about designer jackets but on reflection I think that this needs to be said, National’s boorish treatment of Metiria Turei is but a sign of things to come this year.  In the same week that we have a proposal to change the Country’s flag we have a suggestion that Metiria’s jackets are too expensive.

At face value it seemed to be something that just bubbled up and involved Tolley, Metiria and Collins in a media beaten up stoush about the cost of designer jackets.  But when I think about it I can’t help but think that the attack was preprogrammed with a long term goal in mind.

It is not as if it was an accidental utterance said in the heat of debate in Parliament.  It was the ninth sentence of Anne Tolley’s prepared speech in the debate of the Prime Minister’s statement and followed a clearly drafted attack on the Greens.  What she said was this:

I am actually insulted to be lectured on how out of touch I am with average New Zealanders by a list MP who has no constituents, lives in a castle, and comes to the House dressed in $2,000 designer jackets and tells me that I am out of touch.

The content appears to be far too detailed to be spontaneous for Tolley.  And when you look at the video it appears that this comment was part of the written notes that Tolley was reading from.

The reality of course is that the Green Party has, based on its vote at the last election, the thick end of 250,000 voters as its constituents.  These voters are justified in being insulted by Tolley’s comments and should rally around their party and express their disgust.  Metiria may own a building that could be regarded as a castle but it appears to be of very modest value.  And Metiria’s jackets may be of considerable value but I for one am more than happy to forgive her this “sin” because she is absolutely staunch on the issues that matter, and if her jackets help in the cause of removing this National Government from power then they are worth every cent.

If I can criticise Turei over this episode it is for saying that the attack was racist.  While this may have been a motivation it is not clear that it was and it then allows Collins to show photos of her Samoan husband (sorry for the Whaleoil link) and ask how she could possibly be racist.  I think it was a vicious attack designed to create a very unhealthy debate but to call it racist only muddies the waters.

And the right wing blogs are lapping this up.  The sense of misogyny is strong.  Farrar and Slater have run a video showing Turei being involved in a role play battle.  While I personally have never engaged in this activity it looks harmless enough and looks like being a bit of fun.  And at least the Greens are not driving families into poverty or destroying lives.  Besides various National MPs have rather unusual hobbies so they should be careful in what they criticise.

John Key has jumped in and claimed that the Green MPs are the biggest bullies.  He said:

Go back and play the file footage and see who says the hardest often nastiest comments.  Almost always come from the greens they go really hard …

[Question] So they are bullying are they?

Well, I was going to say if it was any way around it would not be on us to them.

[Question] So you are being bullied by the Greens Prime Minister?

Well I don’t feel too bullied but I am just saying that they don’t hold back.

This surely must be a further entry to BLiP’s list.

After I listened to this a word starting with “P” and ending with “illock” sprung to mind.  And I challenge any RWNJ to identify any occasion where the Greens have been personal in an attack.  I agree with Karol about this.  My very strong impression is that they are extremely well behaved and address the issues and not the person.  If only every other party including Labour would do the same.  Key’s comments are a joke and are more likely to be heard in a primary school yard discussion than a serious political debate.

As far as I am concerned it is ridiculous to say that Turei is a hypocrite.  She is someone playing the political game, abiding by the rules and getting dressed appropriately.  Her sin is that she has the temerity to not only tell National that they are wrong but to show them how wrong they are.  Having a comfortable lifestyle does not prevent you from saying that the current system which overwhelmingly favours the wealthy and is destructive of our environment is wrong.  If anything Turei is, in their eyes, guilty of treason rather than hypocrisy.

You can see National’s strategy now, Cunliffe and Labour cannot be trusted and the Greens are hypocrites and nuts.  We are in for a long, vicious, year.

111 comments on “National’s election year strategy and designer jackets”

  1. RedBaronCV 1

    Having a modestly comfortable lifestyle and wanting others to have the same. Nothing wrong with that. Isn’t that what this election is about?

    • felix 1.1

      That’s the funny thing, RedBaronCV.

      Collins, Tolley, Key and the rest are all very comfortable at the top end of a very unequal society. They understand this full well, and their entire political philosophy is based around keeping it that way.

      Metiria’s only real crime, in their eyes, is that she won’t kick the ladder out. The Nats think that if you’re well-off then you should be working to protect the interests of the well-off.

      If you’re well-off and you work for the interests of all of us, the Nats call it hypocrisy. Because you’re not being selfish enough like they think all well-off people should be.

      • emergency mike 1.1.1

        Well said felix.

        Classic black or white thinking from the Nats. Either you’re in the rich club with us our you’re not. If you’re in it what the hell are you doing making noises about helping the poor?

        Us vs them – class war.

        Also they are fully consciously aware that a large enough number of their voters has a shallow enough grasp of reason to fall for the ‘u dun like drilling for oil but u iz driving a car lol’ kind of argument such as this.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      The Left Don’t Want Leftovers; Or Why Metiria Should Keep Her Jacket!

      However it did highlight another issue, the misconception amongst the political right that activist groups and political parties concerned with fighting poverty and inequality, such as the Greens and the Alliance, demand austerity – that we believe that no one should have any fun or treats or own nice things.

      Quite the opposite is true. We want everyone to have nice stuff! We want everyone to have the sort of lifestyle that means they can live comfortably and even splash out on some really nice clothes, or a plush new sofa, or an overseas holiday now and then.

      Copied over from previous thread as it seems to fit better here.

    • dave 1.3

      national don’t want to talk about why the dollar has lost 2/3 of its purchasing power in the last 30 years or why asset and commodity prices have out stripped income or why there neo liberal economic policy s have failed or why there looting the country. Well guess what national we do!

  2. Disraeli Gladstone 2

    I would say all the Greens (particularly Julie Anne Genter) are exemplary in their behaviour… except Russel Norman.

    Norman does occasionally get personal. For instance:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10887884

    It’s not particularly jarring. It’s not up to the level of Key’s “Greens are the biggest bullies”, but it’s also not a case of that the Greens -never- go personal. Or Norman at least.

    • Naturesong 2.1

      Not sure that highlighting Keys corrosive and divisive behaviour (and backing up the argument with specific examples) is a personal attack.

    • Chooky 2.2

      …think Russell Norman has done a damned good job as an Opposition Leader !…..hard hitting but not offensively personal….he plays the ball not the person!…..his criticisms and attacks are justified imo

  3. annkerr 3

    I totally agree. Part of a strategy to assassinate the character of those on the left. Hone (never in Parliament), Cunliffe “tricky” and now Tuerei re her clothes etc). I think expect more of this. There should be a joint party response to this where whoever is attacked points this out “here is the National Party strategy of attacking the person and not addressing the real issues. This is the only strategy National have as they can’t defend their actual performance over this issue. I am going to ignore that. Lets get back to discussing poverty etc”

    Just a thought!

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 3.1

      +1 Yes a very good thought – I hope members of the Opposition parties are reading this – this approach would stop the Nat’s strategy in its tracks and refocus things back where it needs to be; letting the public work out what political party is [or combination of parties are] going to be addressing our issues in the most effective way and for the greatest number of people.

    • fisiani 3.2

      What Anne Tolley said was the truth. The truth sometimes hurts. Turei is a hypocrite.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 3.2.1

        “I am actually insulted to be lectured on how out of touch I am with average New Zealanders by a list MP who has no constituents, lives in a castle, and comes to the House dressed in $2,000 designer jackets and tells me that I am out of touch.” – Tolley

        This doesn’t state that Metiria is a hypocrite (it may be implied) – this states that Tolley does not think that people with lots of money to buy expensive clothes and castles can be in touch with average New Zealanders.

        This might be correct.

        There is certainly a good reason to believe that Tolley – in the highly paid profession she is in – does not believe that issues such as poverty – which is an issue effecting ‘average New Zealanders’ – should be addressed by her ilk.

        Tolley’s comment makes a great case for dropping parliamentary members payrates .

        The part of Tolley’s comment about ‘not having constituents’ is wrong – I contact my local Green MP alongside those that have stood as local representatives (not just those that have ‘won’) in my district when I want to address a matter with a ‘local’ central government politician. I feel confident others’ would follow the same course of action.

        • Murray Olsen 3.2.1.1

          Metiria’s castle didn’t even cost a lot of money. She paid $137,000 originally and it uses a lot of recycled materials. Even so, it manages to not be cheap and nasty like Collins’s tweets.

      • appleboy 3.2.2

        Another facile comment from this right wing nut job.

        The truth? Oh really. Which bit was truth? $2000 jackets, NO. castle? NO.

        So, two lies and a personal opinion from a biased failure constitute truth. No wonder the RWNJ’s see the world the way they do.

  4. Bill 4

    I’m only vaguely aware of all the to’s and fro’s on this. (Watched some TV3 vids?)

    Anyway. A castle – ie, an actual castle, and a $2000 jacket could be a sign of somebody being out of touch – if that was backed by other, substantial evidence of them being out of touch.

    Way I see it, Metirea’s response has been a bit unfortunate. She should have stuck to some a variation of an incredulous and dismissive ‘fuck off’. End.

    The charge of racism and sexism only kicks the whole thing on by giving it oxygen. And opens up the opportunity (taken from what I’ve seen) for Collins and Tolley to repeat or modify their attack…she wears ugly clothes (so what – style is always a matter of opinion). The reaction to that (charges of sexism and racism) comes across as over the top and ushers in the next step …sensitive sausage, or whatever it was.

    And all adds to the negative image National probably wants to build around the Green and Labour Parties and their mps.

    I hope a lesson is learned. Stay focused on what you’re in parliament for. Remember that <it's not about you. Don’t let it be made about you. Stay a million miles away from such stramashes. Side step them, dismiss them or stomp them with a positive reference to what actually matters. Failing that, be very careful on the counter charges you throw out there and don;t throw any out if you lack the street smarts. (Ugly jacket, sexism and racism don’t naturally and easily connect btw)

    • weka 4.1

      Problem there is that if the attacks are say sexist and no-one stands up to them they just carry on and parliament remains a less safe place for women. Look what happened to Helen Clark. I also trust Maori when they say it’s important to deal with the racism. Turei’s points about racism weren’t aimed at NACT, or probably even Pakeha left wing voters. They were there for Maori.

      I think Turei knows what she is doing. Look at what she has followed up with.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11195535

      and compare that to Kere Woodham’s bit on the same day, where she tries to frame Turei as a rich bitch out of synch with the Greens unlike Fizsimmons who was a true green hippy (subtext: not only can uppity Maori not talk about poverty if they want to be in the big boys club, but hippies have to know their place too).

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11195478

      Turei has just shown that she walks her talk, and is a smiling, self-confident, non-arrogant woman, who uses her increased income intelligently, is connected with her community and who speaks up for Maori and low income people despite working in that corporate-unformed, political world. She has also just sent a strong message of support to women who are larger sizes. Good for her.

      • Bill 4.1.1

        …if they are say sexist…

        Then sure, stomp on it, and stomp hard. Same for racism. In this instance, I don’t think that’s an easy and obvious connection though. Meaning that making the charge leaves plenty of room for ‘street smart’ to run amok.

        On the other hand…

        You don’t like my jacket? Fuck off.
        You don’t like me speaking for the poor? Fuck off.
        You don’t think you are out of touch? Bwah-ha-ha – get fucking real! (And follow up with an obvious example or three)

        Or maybe that too is street smart?

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4.1.1.1

          @ Bill
          Yes, I agree with your comment (your initial one included).

          The fact of the matter is calling the comment racist does muddy the waters because any racism involved in that comment is obscure and secondary – if it is involved is not the obvious weakness in the rubbish comment Tolley made.

          The obvious weakness of Tolley’s comment was that it was wholly illogical, an ad hominem attack and not focussed on the issue at hand – sexism is more obviously involved than racism and that is also secondary to these other points.

          Metiria created a diversion to the comment by responding in the way that she did.

          These rubbish attacks from National need to be seen for what they are petty and diverting from the real issues of the day.

          These attacks could be worn as ‘badges’ by any party and certainly a party such as the Greens – they have gone from being scoffed at by the National party – to being taken as a very serious threat (and quite rightly so).

          Metiria was attacked because she is a co-leader of a party that is on the up and up, this party is a direct threat to National – not least because the Greens have been effectively and directly speaking – in a very reasoned and well researched manner – against the rubbish that has been carrying on in this country – and gaining credibility for having done so. In my view these are the reasons for the attack; her ethnicity has very little to do with it.

          I will be keeping an eye on the party that appears to threaten this Government the most and that will most certainly be factored into who I vote for.

      • Macro 4.1.2

        Turei has just shown that she walks her talk, and is a smiling, self-confident, non-arrogant woman, who uses her increased income intelligently, is connected with her community and who speaks up for Maori and low income people despite working in that corporate-unformed, political world. She has also just sent a strong message of support to women who are larger sizes. Good for her.

        Absolutely agree weka.

      • Chooky 4.1.3

        +100 thanks for that Weka….the interview with Metiria Tuei is very very good!

        ….makes me admire her even more, not just as a consummate professional

        …. but as a person with a big heart and the owner of a wonderful unpretentious recycled house …a loved work of art ‘castle’ home ….. which did not cost a fortune

        …..and the interview gives a real evidential based perspective….. to the depth of lying and slander by NACT in their attack on her

  5. One Anonymous Knucklehead 5

    Politics of envy much? Or is it ok when Tories do it?

    Tolley’s stupid attack on Turei and MMP demeans her office, as Turei’s measured response points out. Just as her grossly inappropriate and insulting lectures to the teaching profession demeaned the last office she held.

    On the other hand, given that the National Party’s last target was a grieving family, perhaps this represents an improvement.

    • weka 5.1

      Improvement or intentional distraction. Notice how quickly things moved away from focus on Slater and his connections with NACT.

    • KJT 5.2

      Well. Tolley certainly made it obvious that, she, doesn’t care about poverty.

      With her thousand dollar clothes.

      Points to Met.
      I would not be capable of her daily patience and temperance. Having to counter the unthinking fools, bamboozled by being allowed to play with the “big boys” into fronting NACT’s more evil polices and attacks, that hang on Nationals parliamentary skirts would drive me to drink, or worse..

      Brownlee, Tolley, Bennett and Parata are too silly to realise that they will be dumped, as soon as their hatchet job is completed. Like all hatchet-men.

  6. Will@Welly 6

    Metiria Turei really should epitomize what National stands for – someone who climbed the ladder and bettered herself. Huston – we have problem !! And it isn’t a nice one.
    In “The Herald” today, they have a reprint from the ODT regarding Metiria’s house. In no way does it look like a “castle”. It cost her $137,000, up in Auckland, a smaller “house” is expected to sell for around $500,000. If Metiria took her home upto Remuera or Ponsonby, the neighbours would want it demolished, as it is quirky, not some mansion-like castle, that the toffs up there like to preen about in.
    As for clothing, we all have our own personal tastes, and if every colour/style was appropriate and fitted, then we’d ever only need one shop. Thank goodness we like variety, otherwise life would be bland.
    This is typical National spin, picking on the “brown-skinned brothers/sisters”. Think back to the “dawn raids”, the “81 Springbok Tour”, Don Brash’s infamous propaganda “Kiwi, not iwi”. Our history is littered with further examples if you look below the surface.

  7. Wendigo Jane 7

    Insults about what a woman looks like and/or how she dresses still goes down very well with many NZers. Look at the way some people STILL go on about Clark’s appearance and the “airbrushed” billboard etc. However, it is slightly problematic for males to slag off females in this way – there is a risk of being (correctly) labelled a sexist, etc instead of a funny and cool bloke as intended/believed. So, problem: good points still to be scored by slagging off women about their appearance, but risks attached if males do it. Solution: get other women to do it, preferably with an “us tough chicks over here” affect, knowing Labour and Green women would not sell out and attack other women in this personal way about appearance etc (or for not being married, not having babies, etc etc). In this way sexist attacks can continue from the Right directed at women on the Left, but it can be claimed this is not sexism, because it’s women saying it. They’re testing the waters to see whether it’s open season for this kind of shit to be dished out and whether the snigger-snigger “get over it”, us-over-here-is-tough-chicks-and-real-women antics continues to go down well and how far they can go.

    • weka 7.1

      Very smart analysis Jane and it fits with what micky is saying too. NACT are trying things out. It will be interesting to see what teh Greens do. It is a chance for them to show strength and integrity.

  8. Tiger Mountain 8

    There is a volatility out there that the Crosby/Textor memos and memes both rely upon and encourage. The tory shit sprayer seems to have been twin turbo’ed with oversized nozzles this past week.

    Everyone on social media has an instant opinion but not necessarily an informed one. This really emerged as fact in recent times during the Hobbit debacle. Helen Kelly’s chronological account http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1104/S00081/helen-kelly-the-hobbit-dispute.htm
    depicted how the public “NZ is Middle Earth”, and industry workers were played to perfection by the Key gang.

    As Micky points out this is only going to continue so it is just going to be part of our daily work to “clear the desk” of the latest attacks on the left. The facts always do surface in the end.

    Collins has links to Whalespew so hopefully will go down to the bottom with him eventually. Tolley is already packing her bags so gets to run a few of these diversionary lines for her masters.

  9. QoT 9

    to call it racist only muddies the waters.

    I disagree. I think Turei very clearly explained why she said it was racist – “I think they seem to think it is all right for them to wear perfectly good suits for their professional job but that a Maori woman from a working-class background is not entitled to do the same. I think it is pure racism.”

    Of course there will be huge numbers of people who say “ooh but they never said the n-word so how can it be racist” but those people are hardly likely to vote Green anyway.

    I also think it’s relevant to point out the race factor in this, because when people say “how can someone in designer clothes comment on poverty” the first person you think of is Paula Bennett – who despite having some Tainui ancestry (according to Wikipedia) will read to most people as Pakeha. Apparently it’s okay for her to comment on poverty, so what’s different about Turei?

    I think we can see how election year’s going to go. David Cunliffe lives in Herne Bay, Jacinda Ardern doesn’t have children, Metiria Turei wears fancy jackets. Next it’ll be Russel Norman’s Australian, Holly Walker hasn’t taken PPL, Julie Anne Genter drives a car, which Labour MPs own second houses or have trusts, who meets Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge but wrote a pro-republic column in their varsity paper.

    Call their shit out, and have good clear policies which show why the left is the best option for our country.

    • Anne 9.2

      “I think they seem to think it is all right for them to wear perfectly good suits for their professional job but that a Maori woman from a working-class background is not entitled to do the same. I think it is pure racism.

      Couldn’t agree more. Perhaps Metiria should have called it covert racisim but that may have been way too hard for many in the MSM to get their head around. It certainly would have bypassed whatshernamenow Kerre oncewas Woodham.

      Lets get it out in the open. The NAct party have four principle bully girls and in order of ‘bully’ precedence they are:

      Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, Hekia Parata and Anne Tolley.

      There are a probably a few waiting in the wings for their turn too.

      They are no different to the teenage girls who beat up class mates with their fists just for the fun of it. The four NAct bully girls do it with their tongues.

      Anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of a bully girl (bullies of both sexes in fact) in adult life will know just how much damage they can do to the victim’s personal and professional life – especially if that victim has no position of power or authority and can’t fight back. In this instance Metiria can fight back and should…

      QoT is right:

      Call their shit out, and have good clear policies which show why the left is the best option for our country.

      I would emphasise the word clear Labour. No more badly worded documents open to misinterpretation!

      • weka 9.2.1

        “Perhaps Metiria should have called it covert racisim but that may have been way too hard for many in the MSM to get their head around.”

        Actually that’s a good point, I think putting the term covert racism or similar out there would help shift the debate. It’s never going to get through to someone like chris73, but there will be Pakeha who start to go, hang on what does she really mean there? and that’s a good thing, to get people thinking.

        Micky, the fact that Tolley has a Samoan husband, and that there are Maori MPs just demonstrates that anyone is welcome if they play the game right. Your Maoriness becomes irrelevant so long as you don’t talk about it or talk about poverty or your constituents.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.2.2

        whatshernamenow Kerre oncewas Woodham

        The four NAct bully girls do it with their tongues

        QED

    • Tracey 9.3

      Remind me again who used the word talliban in relation to the greens and point me to keys condemnation of it?

      • weka 9.3.1

        I reckon we need a BLiP list, mark2, of all the personal shit that NACT have said, alongside the criticisms from the GP.

    • Ad 9.4

      “Calling their shit out” needs some expansion.

      Firstly, how you appear in politics, including what you wear, your tone of voice, your phrasing, your Facebook/Vine/Twitter/Blogs/Findsomeone accounts, the full extensions of your public realm, are a major part of your political life and political being. You will be held to account for it, and you should expect that.

      Secondly, politics is a value-laden business, and those values aren’t portrayed evenly. In National and Act, it’s good to be rich, that’s a core of their political values. The media prefers people who are successful, and very few advertisers or sponsors want anything to do with the losers of society. So they tend to value those who are a success, and have the trappings of money. We should always presume that the MSM prefers those who like wealth – it’s the way their business works.

      Thirdly, it’s unfortunate that election year voting decisions are rarely about policy. Study after study tells us how many people make up their mind within the last 48 hours to polling day. A voter may turn against you because you are too fat, have bad hair that day, have a strange accent, stumbled, mispronounced something, look distasteful for an unfair reason. So that means there’s a natural tendency for candidates to dress in a conformist manner and avoid much deviation from the televisual norms.

    • OneTrack 9.5

      In other words, when a Maori and/or a women is losing an argument, it is required that they cry racist and/or sexist?

      • Arfamo 9.5.1

        Meh. Metiria’s probably already moved on from pushing the “racist” line. It was never going to fly with most people but probably scored points with a few Maori so she lost nothing by doing it. She’s won the battle with Tolley and Collins already, with her home now seen to be exceptionally modest and quaintly quirky – far removed from the wealthy aristrocrat picture Tolley tried to paint.

        No doubt die hard National supporters think the Nat’s girly goblins scored hits, but I think they’ve scored own goals. I reckon any but the really nasty hard-core Nat voters are ashamed of Collins and Tolley over this.

      • QoT 9.5.2

        :roll: Fuck off, derailer.

    • Chooky 9.6

      QoT and Anne +100

  10. MS: link to the video of Tolley’s speech is wrong – goes to a parliamentary question from 2011.

  11. Kevin Welsh 11

    What this whole episode says to me is that the current government genuinely fears a Labour/Green coalition.

    There has been enough talk from David Cunliffe/Russell Norman saying that we need to try a new way rather than a perpetuation of the Neo Liberal experiment, that has put the shits up National and their backers.

    They genuinely FEAR what will happen to their cosy winner-takes-all economy and the thought of having to share the wealth is anathema to them.

    I think we are well-and-truly into an American style election campaign and the hatred and bile is now starting to be shown. Whether-or-not the public accept it is another matter. I am sure Nact are doing some serious research right now to see if these early salvoes have hit the mark.

  12. Paul Campbell 12

    I visited the ‘castle’ at new year’s eve for a friend’s funeral/going away event – yes it does have castle walls, crenelations even, but the walls are built in part from recycled fridges and washing machines. I think however a better word for the edifice is probably the more traditional “folly”. It’s about as much a castle and the Waitati Militia is a stand in for the NZ Army, and in much the same vein

    Here’s the ODT article on it:

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/290154/metiria-opens-castle-doors

    And here’s an article (and video) of the NYE festivities, you’ll notice from the picture half way down the page that the castle wall that it is well defended by gargoyles ….

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/286986/video-militia-mayhem-and-madness-waitati

  13. bad12 13

    Yes i can fully believe that Tolley’s attack on Metiria Turei came form a prepared speech,(probably prepared up on the 9th floor of the Beehive),

    To a certain extent, aided admirably by the compliant media only too happy to run with the ‘lives in a Castle’ lies, National have achieved for the week exactly what they set out to do, that being to take the Country’s minds off of the Policy and focus everyone’s thinking solely on the Personal,

    A modest two bedroom rock and tin dwelling with a quirky ‘turret’ attached has since when been a castle and Collins ‘how could i possibly be racist’ comment make this attack by National both bizaare and ludicrous,

    If Mets modest dwelling features on tonight’s six oclock news National will surely have lost this absurd debate with even their ‘wing-nut’ supporters narrowing their focus of support for Tolley’s lies down to the level of pin-head dancing National are likely to find that a week’s relief from the bombardment of some excellent Policy aimed squarely at measures which will go some way to relieving child poverty will demand a price electorally that they cannot afford to pay,

    Slippery the Prime Minister, and some would surmise the prime mover in what appears to be a premeditated attack on Metiria Turei in an attempt to bury the Green Party’s policy announcements, is in danger of creating a ‘doctor dullard election campaign’ where Don Brash neatly divided the country with the Iwi/Kiwi campaign winning Him a week of glory among the ‘wing-nuts’ and ‘red-necks’ but ultimately seeing Him fail at the final hurdle as Normal Kiwis said no thanks…

  14. Found the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAKRHnMswFU.

    Certainly does seem to show a deliberate, planned attack. I had the impression from the media that Tolley had responded to some criticism from Turei, but it was actually written into her prepared speech and seemed to have no basis other than that the Greens had announced education policy based on addressing child poverty. It’s a ridiculously long stretch from that to “I’ve been personally insulted by Metiria Turei” – so, anything but spontaneous.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 14.1

      A crafted, prepared Ministerial clumsy stupid personal attack. It’s also good to hear that some of Tolley’s best friends are poor.

    • bad12 14.2

      Psycho Milt, nice link, expect far far more of the media spinning as fast as they possibly can leading up to the election,

      Being hit heavily by two dove-tailing pieces of Policy from both the Greens and Labour in a two week period has obviously stung National where it really hurts, electorally, and, having zero policy as an answer, except crumbs off of the table, to such Policy we have to expect an orchestrated and vicious response from the silver spoon brigade…

      • srylands 14.2.1

        “Being hit heavily by two dove-tailing pieces of Policy from both the Greens and Labour in a two week period has obviously stung National where it really hurts,”

        Dude, seriously that is fucked up deluded!!

        • bad12 14.2.1.1

          SSLands, the only one round here with serious delusions is you, now F off with your pathetic snippets of abuse…

    • weka 14.3

      Does anyone have a link to what Turei said originally that sparked all this off?

      • Zorr 14.3.1

        I think you’ll find that it was the “State of the Nation” presentation that Tolley was “responding” to

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 14.3.2

        @ Weka,

        “Does anyone have a link to what Turei said originally that sparked all this off?”

        What a very good question

        I just looked that up today and have posted what I found [a longer version] in today’s [3 February] Open Mike.

        From the debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement

        I note that John Key talked about how he was a child who grew up in poverty and how he was able to escape that poverty because of the support that he got from the State and the great, free public education that he received. When I asked him whether he will guarantee that all of today’s children will have access to exactly those same services, to secure State housing, to a universal benefit—remember the family benefit—and to a free public education, he said no. He said no and he sat down, because he will deliberately deny today’s children the same opportunities that he had as a child to escape poverty and to do well. – [Metiria Turei, 29 January 2014]

        Sounds to me that she hit Mr Key’s sore spot – I’m guessing Tolley was requested to say the things she did by her Dear Leader.

    • Tracey 14.4

      Pm

      I took had the impression turei must have said something to prompt the report. Not once did the media describe it as an unprovoked attack on turei. One additional word would make the world of difference… and be more ac urate.

      No squealing from tbose who said cunliffe misled or lied.

  15. Tigger 15

    I assume there are dress standards for the House. Has any media outlet covered off this aspect?

  16. Papa Tuanuku 16

    Tolley having a Samoan husband does not mean she is not racist or engages in racist behaviour, and you have bought into the idea that having a Samoan husband gives her non-racist cred. Telling a Maori that raising racism ‘muddies the waters’ isn’t very nice as you have to walk in brown owned shoes to appreciate our experiences.

    Other posts have talked of racist behaviours to the non-direct sphere as it’s harder to call out, but the effect and damage are the same. Racism and sexism are not being employed against Tariana, Hekia and Paula as they are compliant and propping the rich and powerful (although Tariana was miss unpopular herself when she advocated strongly for maori). See how positions change?

    • Arfamo 16.1

      Tolley and Collins engaged in a petty, personal attack of a type that most people see as just plain being nasty. They are both senior National Party Cabinet Ministers. They have shown the voting public just how nasty they are. They have done all the other parties a favour. Most kiwis are fair-minded people and can clearly see how dirty Tolley and Collins and the Nats can get. I hope they keep it up.

    • mickysavage 16.2

      you have bought into the idea that having a Samoan husband gives her non-racist cred.

      Hi Papa I definitely do not think that and I meant it to sound like the old “but I have friends who are Maori” line that you hear from rednecks.

      Telling a Maori that raising racism ‘muddies the waters’ isn’t very nice as you have to walk in brown owned shoes to appreciate our experiences.

      I apologise for this. The attack by Tolley was for Turei being a list MP, owning a castle and wearing designer jackets. Race was not overtly a factor in these criticisms although I accept that there is a sense of racism in the attack.

    • Murray Olsen 16.3

      Thank you, PT, except that I think it’s Collins who has the Samoan husband, although I have no idea about Tolley’s relationship status. I have known plenty of white racists with Maori partners. I also trust Metiria to recognise the continual racist attacks that have been made on her by the standard bearer of casual racism in our country, the NAct party.

  17. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 17

    Turei has succeeded in doing exactly what National probably wanted her to: talking about herself, her clothes, her dress sense, her sensitivity to racism, her house, her whateverthefuckidontcare.

    Note: not talking about policy, poverty, education.

    She got trolled and took it hook, line, and sinker. Now all anyone will remember from the past week is that Cunliffe doesn’t have a head for detail, Ardern can’t be trusted with a simple policy statement, and Turei’s a hypocritical little princess.

    This was the best week ever for National. And it could have been so different with just a little bit of fucking preparation by Labour and the Greens.

    • Arfamo 17.1

      Nope. I reckon Metiria’s come out on top with the voters. You’re mis-reading how most voters will take this incident. She’ll score points with voters for being a decent person. Tolley and Collins will lose points for being rich-bitchy. Simple as that. You don’t see it because you’re like them, not her. But most people will sympathise with Metiria. All she needs to do now is ignore the Nats’ bitchiness and get on with her job.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 17.1.1

        Scoring points with voters, being a decent person, sympathy for this person, being like that person. You’re talking personality politics. National LOVES the thought of this year being about personality politics because they’ve got something no other party has: John Key. The most popular personality in NZ politics.

        People may not like National but they sure as fuck love John Key.

        Every second the opposition parties spend on personality shit is a second not spent on policies and issues. Every second that the opposition parties spend on personality shit is a fail because John Key has the personality game already won.

        Nope. I reckon Metiria’s come out on top with the voters. You’re mis-reading how most voters will take this incident.

        The fact that the voters are thinking about this incident AT ALL is evidence of the Left’s total inability to stay on-message this week. THIS WAS THE WEEK OF DAVID CUNLIFFE’S BIG SPEECH. You know, the policy announcement that was going to take Labour to the election?

        • Arfamo 17.1.1.1

          Oh, I hope the Nats really go hard on the personality politics. I think the opposition parties will benefit enormously from their doing so this year.

          Cunners made a right pigs ear of a start to the year. Still, he’s got a lot of time left to improve the performance.

          Instead of leaving the country to dwell on Cunners’ stumblings’ Tolley and Collins decided to make us focus on how rich and bitchy they were to Metiria. Keep up the good work girls. You’ll make lots of people dislike you.

          • North 17.1.1.1.1

            Interestingly, what I hear is that in one newsroom in the country there is discussion that maybe someone needs to have a look at Judith Collins’ place, that is to say, stake it out, film it, put it on the telly……..could be interesting. Doubt we’d see a hovel. Hey, maybe KDC will offer the use of his chopper.

        • Zorr 17.1.1.2

          Who is this “Left” you speak of? Why should the Greens be carrying Labour’s water? As far as I can tell, Labour has been doing it’s own thing but the media has chosen instead to focus on this rather than anything that might require anything beyond one brain cell.

      • fisiani 17.1.2

        No one cares about either comment

        • felix 17.1.2.1

          Except that you’re here taking about it fizzy. If you really don’t care then off you’ll fuck.

    • emergency mike 17.2

      “Note: not talking about policy, poverty, education.”

      SHG So you admit that the Nats desperately want distractions from the issues that actually matter to real NZers trying to live their lives, and you applaud this “you’re wearing a nice jacket so shut up about poverty” bullshit as good strategy?

      Nah to you it’s Lab/Green’s own fault for not being as big an arsehole as Nat. Do you ever look in the mirror and say “Oh, I’m a bit of a dick really?”

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 17.2.1

        So you admit that the Nats desperately want distractions from the issues that actually matter to real NZers trying to live their lives

        National is very good at ensuring Labour and the Greens provide distractions when distractions would be of benefit to National. During this week we should have been hearing about nothing from the Left other than glowing analysis of the policies outlined in Cunliffe and Turei’s speeches. Instead hardly anyone even REMEMBERS that they gave speeches because Labour and the Greens happily went off-message and now Cunliffe looks like a muppet and Turei looks like a sensitive widdle pwincess.

        That Turei has spent the past two days crying about racism, defending her four-figure designer outfits, and taking reporters around her house to clarify the word “castle” is unmitigated stupidity, and it’s her own damn fault. She got trolled and she fell for it. That she allowed herself to be so easily used in a bit of media manipulation must call her leadership competence into question.

        Bottom line: the National party is far better at POLITICS than the Labour or Green parties.

        • mickysavage 17.2.1.1

          SHG saying that National is better at politics than Labour or Greens is like saying that National is better at lying and cheating than Labour or the Greens. Is that something that you think they should be proud of?

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 17.2.1.1.1

            Cunliffe and Turei are politicians. Based on this week’s performances, not very good ones.

            • emergency mike 17.2.1.1.1.1

              Yeah they wouldn’t get my bullshit artist vote either SHG. But then that’s not how I choose who I vote for.

        • emergency mike 17.2.1.2

          “The National party is far better at POLITICS than the Labour or Green parties.”

          Yep I’d have to agree with that, their propensity for spin, distractions, lies, misdirections, gaming the system, cheap headline grabbing personal attacks, and dog-whistling to their redneck base with bene-bashing and a bit of cheeky racism is clearly the best in town.

          The thing is there are some of us who have this old-fashioned belief that a government should be about governing with policies that are in the interests of everyone. For us SHG, the Nats low ploys to avoid serious discussion of these things is disgraceful and suggests a selfish agenda.

          For you it’s all about your team winning at all costs. This isn’t a rugby game dufus. For some of us it’s about the issues that help real people, you know, the issues that you just said you’re stoked, for some strange reason, that we’re not talking about.

          “The National party is far better at SELF-INTEREST than the Labour or Green parties.”

          FIFY.

        • Pasupial 17.2.1.3

          SHG

          “She got trolled and she fell for it.”

          Yeh – I know how that feels! But, if you have any integrity, it is difficult to let error go uncorrected.

  18. annkerr 18

    I wouldn’t pretend to have a background in political strategy. Having written my comment earlier about ignoring the personal attacks from National, I have read others thoughts and found them interesting.

    I still wonder if having a collective response from the Left might be effective. One that highlights what NACT are doing.

    For example ” I have taken note that Tolley (Key, Collins, Joyce etc) has just raised the issue of my jacket (called me tricky or say I am not in parliament much etc, etc). Lets stay on track with the actual issue here then I will address their criticism of me personally in an email, which I will copy to the media. Now 150,000 children live in poverty etc.

    The email should be very formal and factual. While I agree its very important to address issues of sexism and racism, MSM are hardly champions of doing so. They are likely to use this against Hone, David etc. So what Meteria did, clarifying her “castle” and her wardrobe and what David did “I take responsibility for my mistake” was great. Then point out how National are using this strategy to divert from real issues. And that this is the 3rd time they have done it this week and the 50 time (by April) they have done it this election year. Keep a paper trail. That is what I have always been told when dealing with bullies.

    Anyway, these are just some thoughts to put into the mix!

    • veutoviper 18.1

      Excellent points in my opinion, annkerr.

      I particularly like the collective approach and the keeping count. Lets hope they take your very good advice.

  19. Blue 19

    Go back and play the file footage and see who says the hardest often nastiest comments. Almost always come from the greens they go really hard …

    If you go back and watch Question Time over many years, the biggest arsehole in the House is always John Key himself. Closely followed by Judith Collins, Gerry Brownlee and Chris Finlayson.

    The Greens are without exception the party most focused on the issues and the least interested in the ‘political theatre’/backstabbing that goes on.

    Key is always rude, dismissive, arrogant and tries to get as many nasty remarks in as he can.

    Either he’s been spending too much time on Planet Key or he’s just doing his usual dump of bullshit on idiots who won’t call him on it. The Greens must really have National scared for them to launch an attack like this.

    • Bearded Git 19.1

      +1 Blue.

      I can never see what people see in Key. “The most popular PM NZ has ever had” line seems to be more Nat Party spin. It must be as Hooton keeps saying it.

  20. North 20

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11195130

    My Goodness………Joan Rivers is in town. Boy she looks pissed – what’s that all about ?

    Great to see though that Attorney-General and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is so up on gals’ gears.

    From the article – “Attacks on Mrs Turei’s choice of clothing began almost a year ago when Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson hit out at her for lecturing National on social justice “resplendent in her Adrienne Winkelmann jackets”.”

    That’s what he’s paid for after all !

    • greywarbler 20.1

      Thanx North informative background. Who is next on the NACT knock-the-rock star’s clothes roster? Finlayson, Tolley, Collins so far.
      What other waspish WASP is in line to do his/her duty?

  21. McFlock 21

    So in lieu of policy the nats have a hitlist with prepared, individualised personal attack lines.

    Good. Shows tories for the people they are – it’s a double-edged sword. Even if this time they got what they wanted, every time they do it they risk over-egging it like slaterboy did.

    ps:

    I’d much prefer a Cabinet filled by high-income folk who are trying to help the poor, rather than a Cabinet filled by high-income folk who don’t give a shit. :)

  22. annkerr 22

    Just another thought about my earlier suggestion. Whoever has been personally attacked, should say ” I will reply to this in due course, once the media has covered the issues I am raising, such as Best Start, Child Poverty etc” Once the public have been given this important information, uncontaminated by these comments, I will respond”.

    Then respond about a week later when the heat has gone out of it.

    • McFlock 22.1

      I disagree – the nactoids want the personal discussions going on for weeks.
      This makes politics looks even more petty, and thereby increases the nonvoting proportion.

      I reckon Turei hit the right response. Sure, the wingnuts are having fun pretending blindness to the covert racism, but that’s cool. If everyone else they attacked responded in the same way, calling each attack for what it is, it would begin to taint the nats quite badly.

    • greywarbler 22.2

      +1

  23. greywarbler 23

    Everything that lefties do is wrong. If Metiria didn’t dress tidily, she would be scruffy and bringing the House into disrepute or such, she would be said to truly represent those the RWNJs think of as The Great Unwashed or other disparaging terms. Seeing she does dress tidily and attractively, some other fault must be found.

    A man’s quality suit can be very expensive too, (also remember Tau’s tie and somebody else’s underpants about $75 each). I looked on-line and a Rembrandt man’s suit is available for $600 ($800 elsewhere) and Hallensteins have a Merino Suit for $300 and tailormade from $170. So a range from cheap to medium with quality to match I guess. Men can buy their uniform reasonably cheaply. Women’s fashion on the other hand, if going by the weekend magazine inserts can be expensive, t-shirts for $70, skirts for $250, designer jeans with slashes and holes at the knees $200. But to buy well-made clothes at a good price has always been the advice and then to have numbers of shirts or tops for variety.

    Metiria dresses well and suitably for her job, and that is used to lambast her? She may be wearing lamb, llama, leather or polyester, woven flax with sparrow feather lining (native birds being too precious), or..? She or other opposition women will always be the subject of the short sharp knives and long sharp tongues from the class-ridden, entitled.

    NACTs learn to sneer and disdain and alienate before their esteemed primary, secondary and tertiary education. Just the updated version of that story of Katherine Mansfield’s that comes to mind when snobbery appears, from her story The Little Lamp. The Kelveys, two poor girls, Lil and “our” Else…are of a much lower social class than Kezia Burnell and for that reason often excluded, yet despite that she invites them to see her special Doll’s House, but an adult intervenes and commands them to go considering them poor trash from a solo mother,a ‘spry, hardworking little washerwoman’.
    The children, with so little themselves, are charmed by the beauty and intricacy of the House and filled with wonder from their brief view; little Else murmurs ecstatically ‘I seen the little lamp’.

    http://www.lamaquinadeltiempo.com/mansfield/04dollh.htm (the story)

    (And a youtube showing La Maquina del Tiempo or The Time Machine about a world library of everything accessed through an all-knowing hologram)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qgc3Yb1c60

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2010/dec/07/margaret-drabble-katherine-mansfield
    guarian podcast of Margaret Drabble reading the story

    • Bearded Git 23.1

      But surely Grey you know only blue rinse, twin-set and pearls are acceptable in parliament…

  24. BEATINGTHEBOKS 24

    Welcome to election year. Parliament might as well be a school play ground. Please Miss those white girls over there said my expensive jacket was ugly. Don’t worry dear they are definitely racist (tui ad)

    Possibly they are. But whats really happening is a criticism of the elites who are at the top ( nats, labs and greens), trying to bleat on about improving poverty when they fritter away their own money ( sorry the taxpayers money we pay them) on whimsical indulgences. They all do it, men on suits, women on fancy jackets , shoes and hand bags whatever. And they are allowed to spend their money on whatever they want. But if your personal mission statement was to end child poverty blabbing on about buying shit (to wear) that could pay the mortgage for two months, makes you a soft target, it makes you sound stupid, and hypocritical. Perception matters.

    Opinion people that insult someones clothing and totally ignore the guts of the argument are useless c__ts. They should not be tolerated in parliament, lets get rid of that pointless distraction, its such a waste of all our time.

  25. Whatever next 25

    “You learn all you need to know in kindergarten”.
    never more appropriate than now. The children with the dad who has the biggest car are suddenly less cool, and in desperation grasp at straws to regain power, give them enough rope… Comes to mind

  26. ianmac 26

    Just had a thought. How would you like to be Mr Collins when asked, “Does it make my backside look big?”
    It does very much so, but what would the poor beggar answer?!!!

    • felix 26.1

      He’ll give the correct answer if he wants the NZ public to keep paying for his car and petrol.

      Hmm, wonder why the Taxpayers’ Union haven’t said anything about that…

  27. tricledrown 27

    Fishy areshole she paid only for aound $ 250,000 built by a do it yourself builder it wasn’t pretty rough on the inside the value of thr property is mainly land value .
    Your house in remuera is worth way more fishy.
    House prices in dunedin are very reasonable you can still get a dooeruper for under $100,000.

  28. JK 29

    Brilliant story in this morning’s Herald – about Metiria’s cheap “do up” recycled castle, and her wardrobe – not just the expensive business suits, but also the basic “around the house” gear from The Warehouse

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11195535

    • KJT 29.1

      I think this is the wrong framing.

      Basically it is almost apologising for being well off. Feeding the hypocrisy line.

      The right framing should have been, something like.

      “Yes, I have done well, like you, I have been lucky, but, unlike you, I am leaving the ladder there for others to climb”.

      Remember what I said, about our own memes.

      In the 1960’s a cleaner/caretaker campaigned an A class(large) racing yacht. In the 2010’s the same person would not make enough to feed his kids, working at two jobs………

      The brighter future the neo-liberals promised us.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 29.1.1

        Yes, I agree – bit of a tricky situation for Metiria/Greens because while it has merit to convey that the plain facts of the ‘castle’ comment were wrong – Metiria ends up answering to the wrong-minded logical fallacy that Key [spoken through Tolley*] put forward and thereby lends it more weight than it deserves.

        *See my comment at 14.3.2

  29. Philj 30

    Xox
    Collins and Tolley. What’s your house worth and what’s in your wardrobe? Who cares? Clearly an organised , pre meditated slur and distraction. Really sad and disturbing that our Ministers stoop to this behaviour.

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    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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