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National’s mating dance with the Conservatives

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, June 10th, 2014 - 160 comments
Categories: conservative party, john key, national - Tags: ,

colin craig and john key

There is this strange process occurring in New Zealand politics whereby right wing parties are clearly entering into accommodations and understandings but are denying that negotiations are happening.  The latest example of this involves the Conservatives.

Colin Craig was interviewed on Radio New Zealand this morning.  He and senior ACT politicians have this very frustrating habit of refusing to directly answer questions put to them about potential electoral accommodations.  It is blindingly obvious that deals are being done but in a classic keep the information away from the leaders way so that they can plausibly deny anything is happening.

It seems that not only Craig is in the dark.  Guyon Espiner said that Key had stated that he had not discussed the issue with senior colleagues but clearly National is contemplating a deal with the Conservatives.  Maybe the current state of the National Party is that John Key decides all important issues by himself.

Key has claimed that he is being open by stating that an accommodation is possible with the Conservative Party.  Well he is but he is clearly willing to push current electoral laws to the edge in his pursuit of an advantage.

National’s electoral success is also its weakness. The failure of any other right wing party being even close to becoming viable means that an accommodation of sorts is almost inevitable if National wants to regain power.  There is a strong sense that National is gaming the system.  And to achieve success National will have to sacrifice one of its Members of Parliament.

Colin Craig says that there have been no official discussions between National and the Conservative Party. It seems strange that there should be no understandings this close to the next election given the importance of a deal.

Espiner stated that rumours are rife that a seat on Auckland’s North Shore will be offered to the Conservative Party.  Craig said that his party are not relying on a deal.  Oddly enough he has not decided which seat he will stand in as yet.  Craig confirmed that the Conservatives are polling in three seats, Upper Harbour, Rodney and East Coast Bays.

So who will be the sacrificial lamb?  Will previously proud to be a Westie Paula Bennett’s desire to become a Shore Girl be thwarted?  Will Maggie Barry be put on permanent gardening leave?  Will Mike Sabin Mark Mitchell be perfed out?  Or will Murray McCully’s long career be over?

I hope that it is East Coast Bays that National decides on.  McCully is not called the Dark Prince for nothing.  I do not expect that he will go quietly and a battle over his seat could be fascinating.

But this highlights an issue where well funded puppet parties are being given deals by National in an attempt to game the system.  National clearly is willing to risk undermining support for MMP so that it can hold onto power.  I trust that the good people of the North Shore can see through this charade and refuse to go along with an arrangement that will see extreme conservative values represented in Parliament.

160 comments on “National’s mating dance with the Conservatives”

  1. aerobubble 1

    Collins knew where her husband worked.
    Collins knew what her husbands company interests are.
    Collins knew who was at the special dinner.
    Collins knew the cultural differences.
    Banks, disagrees, he did not knowingly do anything wrong.
    Yet Banks still fell on his sword.
    Yet Williamson still fell on his sword even though he thought he was innocent.
    So does Collins know she did something wrong, is that why she’s is still there?
    Colin Craig is the least of Key’s worries, unless of course, an empty Collins seat…
    …or Craig runs in Epsom.
    But wait, what about the ACT party.
    See More of ACT?
    And the academic whose politic nouse is clearly lacking.
    Who does that, what politician, argues idealism from the point of supremacy of argument metric used in the lofty ivory tower.
    Politics is about the art of the possible, persuading, and you don’t get people off side by dictating how most people are wrong, that neo-liberal myths that are holding them back and their economy, are the only correct way of thinking. That all you need is $20 flick your way and your a believer too.

    • Jim 1.1

      Yes Williamson fell on his sword, will live to fight another day, and his issues are already starting to feel like a distant memory. Banks got pushed onto his sword, will not live to fight another day, smoko’s for workers are now safe and the ACT party is compromised to the extent that it may not be electable in Epson. Collins has not fallen on her sword, and there’s more to come, its the never ending story that keeps on giving. Mean while Teflon Shonky and his team are starting to get the faint smell of corruption. As the saying goes oppositions don’t win elections, governments lose them.

  2. Richard Christie 2

    Yet Banks still fell on his sword.

    only after he was dragged kicking and screaming toward it and forced to to fall.

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    I heard Craig on Morning Report and his language seemed quite odd to me. I didn’t get the impression that a deal of any kind, official or unofficial, had been done, but he did seem certain that he would soon be getting the call from National. If this a dance of the desperate, then Craig seemed to me to be a wallflower, shyly waving across the dance floor in the hope that someone would wave back.

    • ianmac 3.1

      Come on Te Reo Putake. Mr Craig has a direct line to his god. And his god spake to him and said, “You are my anointed one Colin Craig my son. You may choose whichsoever place that suits your godly purpose. Oft spoken by you and you will receive from the orders issued by me and so it will come to pass. Go from the wilderness and you have the blessing of my godly self and that other close contender for my job, Reverend John Key.”
      So you see. That’s how Mr Craig knows that which no one else knows. Got it?

    • Craig Y 3.2

      The Cons are talking crossbenching. They are far from unambiguously fiscally conservative. Dunne hates their guts and their anti-Treaty stance would make it difficult if not impossible for the Maori Party to work alongside them. Remember 1996 and the Nat/ACT/Christian Coalition ? The Nats partner with the Cons at their peril. They risk a social liberal backlash if they take this step.

  4. Tautoko Viper 4

    Mark Mitchell is Nat MP for Rodney. Colin Craig contested Rodney in 2011.

    [Right you are. Now corrected - MS]

  5. Ron 5

    Isn’t McCully going to Washington?

  6. swordfish 6

    Yeah, quite a bit of spin recently from various Tory shills (including Matthew Hooton ?) along the lines that the National leadership had grown tired of Colin Craig’s antics and had pretty much decided against an accommodation. Absolutely KNEW they were talking utter bollocks.

    • Tracey 6.1

      hooton said yesterday that he thought that act, dunne and conservatives would all win a seat

      • yeshe 6.1.1

        Key denied yesterday any accommodation in Southland with the new ACT nominee Don Nicolson who is some big honcho in Federated Farmers down there .. considering the backlash that seems to have arisen against the tobacco lobby Nat candidate, and the fact that Key has denied it .. what does this mean ? Is this their ACT back up plan ? I think it is. Is Epsom not safe anymore ? I am so suspicious of all this … even wondering to myself if it was an early stitch up with the almost-juvenile tobacco Nat candidate just in case Banks was ousted … oh my, I have become so cynical !

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11270697

        • Tracey 6.1.1.1

          bill englishs bro just left federated farmers, wonder where he will turn up next.

    • They were counting on an innocent verdict for Banks, for sure.

      This will get really interesting as I expect that the conservatives would be far more of a confidence hit for a potential National government than Internet-Mana would be for a potential Labour government. Best political move right now for National would be to commit to agressively running to win wherever the Conservatives focus their electoral prospects- but I don’t see that happening. National knows they’ve eaten their allies and pending a 49%+ result at the actual election they’re not getting back into government without the Conservatives.

  7. dimebag russell 7

    John Key is rapidly becoming the George Bush of New Zealand politics. i.e. a rich nitwit. He doesn’t care how much damage he does to the nation and the spirit of the nation when he lets complete wonks like Colin Craig into parliament. The whole country seems to be off its head at the moment where any doolally with money can buy what they like off the National Party.

    • Gosman 7.1

      Why is this worse than KDC trying to buy his way in to Parliament via his arrangement with Mana?

      • ghostwhowalksnz 7.1.1

        Apart from KDC and Colin Craig setting up self funded political parties with millions of dollars, there is nothing the same
        KDC is not a candidate. Craig is really really wanting to be in parliament

        Mana all ready has an electorate seat, it doesnt have to do any back room deals to get one.

        All the ‘best’ seats for Colin Craig have safe national MPs sitting in them, it requires a bit of game of thrones for one of them to make way.

        The end result, if Colin Craig gets into parliament is for the National party , as before, have a small group of Mps , push it over the 50% mark in parliament
        National currently has these micro parties with 5% of the vote in parliament but only 2.5% of the party vote.

        Mana KDC is only likely to have the number of Mps its vote allows.

        • Gosman 7.1.1.1

          Lol! I’m pretty sure the reason KDC isn’t standing might be related to the fact he isn’t allowed to rather than any higher motive.

          • Lanthanide 7.1.1.1.1

            I’m not so sure. Even if he was eligible, he might have the sense that a lot of NZers don’t trust him. Picking Laila as leader of the party was an inspired moved.

          • David H 7.1.1.1.2

            The reason KDC isn’t standing is because he isn’t a NZ citizen so he is not allowed.

      • dimebag russell 7.1.2

        because dotcom is toast and just a sideshow whilst keys like banks purports to have ethics and morals which clearly he doesn’t.

  8. I love the headline – mating dance indeed, very evocative, very apt.

    • mickysavage 8.1

      Thanks Marty. I was trying to think of something which would not get me sued but would insult the parties involved.

  9. greywarbler 9

    Labour got done on toast by I think Espiner as to whether it would consider assisting a minor party when it doesn’t approve of the practice. The fact that it is lawful now and that National have done it successfully was completely by-passed in the shrill questioning of David Cunliffe I think. That was about a week ago. I don’t have link.

    I was not impressed by this searching questioning by Radionz automated interviewer Spiny on an invalid premise. But as I said on another thread this a.m. Will Labour help Mana and its likely partner the Greens now? Or is it still stiff-necked po-faced ‘Ooh we can’t do anything till we get a clear picture of what the voters want’?

    What is needed actually is to give voters something to get their teeth into, like a nice pie, with a smooth fusion of left-wing parties and a fresh taste.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      National gets an easier ride on deals with smaller parties possibly because Key is right up front about being the deal maker and being into making deals.

      Labour on the other hand has all its airs and graces on about letting the voters decide and so no deals will be made to help it win power, even though everyone else realises its no longer FPP any more.

      • veutoviper 9.1.1

        Cunliffe this morning on Morning Report again reiterated his stance that there would be no pre-election accommodations, let the voters decide, Labour will be going all out in the Maori seats etc etc

        http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2599040/labour-discusses-potential-election-deals

        There were loud noises that sounded like rude shouts in my household….

        • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1.1.1

          What deals are you talking about ?

          The Greens, Mana have their own electoral methods which are sucessful.

          Fact : Mana has a stranglehold on its electoral seat so doesnt need an accomodation

          Fact: The Greens are allmost certain to get over 5% so dont need any ‘help’ in wining the seats.

          You are talking nonsense about what Labour could do to increase the number of Mps of support parties .

          In guessing that Flavell, who is a good chance to win his seat will go with labour rather than National, as the previous National deal didnt help the MP

          • Tracey 9.1.1.1.1

            .is a 1000-1200 majority in Te Tai Tokerau a stranglehold?

            • Lanthanide 9.1.1.1.1.1

              It’s a pity the MP refused to enter into talks with Mana about dividing up the Maori seats between them and locking Labour out.

            • mickysavage 9.1.1.1.1.2

              We (Labour) threw everything against Hone in the by election and he survived.

              Doorknocking that electorate gave me a fascinating insight into the politics. Every one knew Hone and Kelvin, many were related to one if not both of them, they all appreciated the argument “vote Hone get Hone and Kelvin”.

              • lprent

                That is why I think it will be a hard ask to get Kelvin (and much as I respect him) into that electorate while Hone wants to be there.

            • Matthew Whitehead 9.1.1.1.1.3

              It’s a pretty solid majority, but I wouldn’t call it a stranglehold.

              I don’t see how Labour running to win in Te Tai Tokerau is in any way a bad thing for the Left. Internet-Mana gets to run a strong campaign there, re-affirm themselves to voters and connect with the electorate, and Labour doesn’t have any of the bad press about standing aside for Hone that National will get about John Banks and any accommodation with the Conservatives. The only way this can backfire is if Hone doesn’t run a good campaign… which I just don’t see happening.

          • bad12 9.1.1.1.2

            Flavell, only a 46% chance of holding Waiariki will ‘go’ with whoever is the Government, should Flavell’s vote be the one to decide who that Government is my opinion is that He will ‘go’ to whomever will toss Him the biggest bone,

            My opinion formed of Flavell is that while left in inclination, the Maori Party voting pattern in the House says so, he like ‘the Hairdo’ Dunne is completely at ease with the ability to trade between beliefs held and personal positions gained…

            • Lanthanide 9.1.1.1.2.1

              If the MP truly were kingmakers and they went with National, they’d be gone at the next election. So I really doubt that’s a likely outcome, were they truly in the kingmaker position.

              • bad12

                Pre-supposing that Flavell can retain Waiariki and my opinion says the only way he can is if Labour fight hard there He may just prove to be more like ‘the Hairdo Dunne’, someone the rumor mill says He gets on fine with, than first thought,

                With both a leaders and cabinet Ministers salary and push, Flavell could spread the sugar in a broader swathe around the electorate whether he gets that sugar from left or right,

                As far as the Maori party being ‘gone’, a few months ago i would have agreed with you whole-heartedly, the candidates in the Tamaki-Makaurau seat now tho would be suggestive, if Marama Davidson were to campaign for the electorate as well as party vote of a three-way split,(i even think Marama has a chance of winnng it),

                Should Sharples, who still has some shreds of Mana left from in the electorate despite the best efforts of some, swallow the dead rat He holds in His mouth in the form of his dislike of Flavell and campaign one last time on behalf of the Maori Party candidate for Tamaki-Makaurau my view would be that He has as much chance of winning it as Marama and the Labour candidate,

                We can thank the Party dithering surrounding the events at TV1 for the odds on nature of the contest in Tamaki Makaurau…

                • RedBaronCV

                  Isn’t the trick with the maori seats trying to create the overhang that favours the left. So candidate vote Mana and party vote labour/ greens. Or candidate vote labour and party vote Mana/ Greens. Just got to watch the double counting so there isn’t half mana seat winners and half Labour winners.
                  And FWIW I don’t see Te Ururoa winning. The Maori seats voted 95% against selling state assets so they are sick of the right.

              • the pigman

                “If the MP truly were kingmakers and they went with National, they’d be gone at the next election. So I really doubt that’s a likely outcome, were they truly in the kingmaker position.

                That’s what we’ve said every election since 2005, unfortunately reality has been slow to catch up…

      • greywarbler 9.1.2

        CV
        I hadn’t thought of that angle. Possibly more amazement from the jono and a desire to drop a plumb line down to the bottom of the well to see what level the game-plan was at or indeed if there was anything there.

    • “What is needed actually is to give voters something to get their teeth into, like a nice pie, with a smooth fusion of left-wing parties and a fresh taste.”

      Plus 1 – I agree with that and a bit of crust is good too to contrast that nice fresh taste.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        Making sure the gravy is thick, delicious and with a surprising bit of both zing and zang!

      • greywarbler 9.2.2

        marty m and CV
        Mmmm, crustiness with true firmness and crispness in the crust, so that it holds the ingredients in and enables them to add their various flavours to the degustation.

        Are we policy wonks or have we been watching too much celebrity chef stuff? Or true gourmets of the discerning type.

  10. Puckish Rogue 10

    :) you guys must really be worried :)

  11. Kiwiri 11

    This is classic John Key’s double talk, double standards and double deceit.

    Make a dirty deal in the backroom while throwing accusations at others, and at the same time arrange to pull up the ‘coat-tails’ (a variation of pulling up the ladder).

    • ianmac 11.1

      Mr McCulley could just stand on the List as has Bill English.
      In the English case they put in a mumpty candidate in his place and we wondered why. Once the ACT man ex Fed Farmer Pres gets nominated and we see the wisdom(??) of the English List positioning. Cunning buggers. Unscrupulous too.

      • Wayne 11.1.1

        I am pretty sure the Nats will be fighting hard to hold Clutha Southland. After all, about 24 years ago the Nats selected a smart young guy with virtually no experience for the seat. I think his name was Bill English.

        • McFlock 11.1.1.1

          Well, apparently my Yorkshire ex-coalmining grandad once proudly said he’d vote for a monkey for sheffield MP if labour put one up as a candidate. Although this was possibly around the time of Thatcher, so probably fair enough.

          I suppose the tobacco lobbyist is the tory equivalent, testing the supporters’ commitment to destruction.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 11.1.1.1.1

            As well the gumboot standing for National is Bill Englishs gumboot.

            The real reason for this arrangement is to give English faction another vote in caucus

        • Tracey 11.1.1.2

          Oh yes, i remember the career bureaucrat with no real world experience…rose through the ranks to lead the nats to 20% in 2002

          • Lanthanide 11.1.1.2.1

            …rose through the ranks to drag the nats down to their lowest election result ever.

            FIFY.

            • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.2.1.1

              Well it wasn’t all English’s fault – there were significant internal factions within National who knew that they weren’t going to win anyway and as a consolation were determined to see him fucked as Leader.

              • Lanthanide

                So how is that not English’s fault? If his caucus stabbed him in the back, it was him they were stabbing…

                • Colonial Viper

                  Well he had a role to play, yes, but he’s only one guy in one faction and his crowd got done that year.

        • northshoreguynz 11.1.1.3

          And look at the debt he leaves behind! Not to mention his stellar performance as leader.

      • yeshe 11.1.2

        So I am not the only one thinking this, thx Ian. I just posted above at 6.1.1. … it has been a stitch up hasn’t it ?

        • ghostwhowalksnz 11.1.2.1

          Not really, hes likely to be way up the ACT list so hopes to get in that way.

          Doubt as ACT organisation on the ground is very strong down south, they have no money to spend in TWO electorates. Epsom will do nicely

        • ianmac 11.1.2.2

          Apologies yeshe. I had read your bit back at 6.1.1 and I guess it took root in my subconscious! But knowing the machavellian (sp) machinations of the Nats we should have a cynical/skeptical regard for any move they make. The cheek to condemn the actions of IMP while quietly plotting in the deep south and readying a McCulley jump onto the List.

      • David H 11.1.3

        So which true blue electorate is going to be told to swallow a dead rat and become the second Sheeple electorate?

  12. Populuxe1 12

    This seems a wee bit too much like reading the tea leaves when in fact no party has said anything concrete about coalition plans and almost certainly won’t until after the election. Obvious machinations? I think not.

    • McFlock 12.1

      Reading tea leaves can accurately tell one whether someone has had a cup of tea :)

      For no discussions to have taken place, but for both parties to weasel on about it, one of four requirements must be absent:

      1. recognition of a need for coalition partner to provide breathing space in the event of support in the 45%-50% bracket
      2. the ability to plan ahead
      3. a willingness to pervert the democratic process and mislead the electorate
      4. both parties are similar enough in principle that their differences to not outweigh their desire of the other party to be in government

      I think 3 and 4 are clearly evident in at least National, 3 in craigslist.

      Fun opportunity to test ordererd lists, too :)

      • Populuxe1 12.1.1

        Nah. I’m really not convinced that the centre-right National Party supporters have a strong enough stomach for the smell of Colin Craig’s socks.

        • McFlock 12.1.1.1

          Yeah, there seems to be an interesting friction going on there between economic vs social conservatism in the nats. But they were happy to use the vote of Banks. He’s not exactly socially liberal (except when it comes to electoral fraud).

          • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1.1

            “He’s not exactly socially liberal (except when it comes to electoral fraud).”

            Don’t forget:
            * Courting ACT on Campus, the numpties who truly are socially liberal. They were ACT’s last bastion of volunteerism.
            * Voting exactly the opposite to the stance he took on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, to again appease the ACT on Campus numpties

        • framu 12.1.1.2

          true – doesnt mean that key wont mind a good sniff though – and by the sounds of it he already has had a good whiff

          my prediction if key ‘gives’ CC a seat, it will spell the death of national for many years if they form the next govt

          CCP will implode in spectacular fashion if they get in govt and shrapnel causes big wounds

      • Tracey 12.1.2

        lets not forget national might need winston…

    • yeshe 12.2

      and I have a bag of flour for you ‘lux that says otherwise ….

  13. headline:..p.m bats eyelashes at e.t-impersonator..

  14. mikesh 14

    I’m not sure that it matters too much how support the Conservatives and ACT receive, since that support will come mainly from National. Similarly, Green and IMP support will come mainly from Labour. The problem for both blocks is to avoid the wastage of votes that would occur if one of the minor parties doesn’t make it into parliament.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      For the Left, the real wastage of votes is the non-vote

      edit – and will someone make sure that Harawira and Sykes get a clear path ahead in their electrorates please.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1.1

        I don’t think IMP will be served any better by being beholden to Labour than Labour by [the mainstream narrative of] their association with IMP.

        The electorate has to make that decision. Labour and IMP are stronger that way. I know you don’t agree.

        • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1

          The Left used to play hard, smart and tactical. I think that’s what Left voters want to see as well – their side determined to win by using every fair and legal means available. There’s no honour or strength in spending a 3rd term on the Opposition benches.

          • Wayne 14.1.1.1.1

            Actually there is merit in spending a third term in opposition. You get to work out what you have to do in a way you don’t in the second term in opposition. I know, I’ve been there.

            And Labour did so in 1996 to 1999, and were all the stronger for it when they got into govt.

            • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Hmmm you’re mildly irritating when you make these kinds of reasoned points, Wayne.

              • geoff

                Let’s continue that reasoning shall we….

                How much stronger could the left be after 4 terms in opposition or even 5! Imagine the strength! Let’s do it!

                • Colonial Viper

                  Well let’s be more specific – this is not about the “Left” it is about Labour re-discovering its historical purpose once more. And however long it takes to do that…

                  • geoff

                    Maybe it’s you that’s the optimist CV. You may argue that there is no middle class in NZ but I would argue there are plenty who think they are. I think people are good relativists and poor absolutists when it comes to placing themselves in a social hierarchies.
                    I am not convinced that a further left stance by labour would bring them victory.
                    I could be wrong but that’s how I see it at the moment.

            • Lanthanide 14.1.1.1.1.2

              To bad if the country get’s fucked in the meantime, eh? Or you have to spend your first couple of terms picking up the pieces?

              • Tracey

                exactly. Wayne is outlining the advantages of losing to a team, not the country.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.2

      Mikesh, the Greens are generally acknowledged as a threat to National’s vote as well as Labour’s. What’s your argument to the contrary?

    • fisiani 14.3

      National being a Centre-Right party has most of its caucus and supporters and voters centre rather than right. There are no Far Right caucus members. The Far Right are few are far between in New Zealand which is essentially a Centre-Left country. There is no equivalent of the Tea Party in NZ and hardly anyone who would be a Republican. The Conservatives could probably garner support from 3-4% of the Right which are currently wasted. These people would not vote for National so they would add to National’s tally. On the Left however it is a mortal combat for every vote. Mata Harre will take knowledge of the Greens polling strategy and use it against them. The Cunliffe will be led by Matt McCarten to become even more attractive to the loony Left. The further Left he goes the more the loons support him.
      I originally thought it would be close in September 51-49% but am now veering to a decisive 60-40% poll in 103 days time. I am picking National to a) exceed 50% thus gaining say 61 MP’s and to form a coalition with UF 1 ACT 2 Maori 2 and Con 4 thus 69 seats and a comfortable majority for THREE MORE YEARS.

      • bad12 14.3.1

        Fis, you should write fantasy for one or other of the soft porn outlets, you certainly have a talent for it…

      • dimebag russell 14.3.2

        what have you been taking fishyanus?
        are you just making this stuff up, do you have a crystal ball are you just in the first stages of bi-polar mania!

        • fisiani 14.3.2.1

          You cannot handle the truth!!!!
          It’s not what you want to hear but it is the truth. I blame Grant Robertson as always. Cui bono?

          • bad12 14.3.2.1.1

            Still being a pathetic little Liar fis, trying to spread mischief with your accusation that Grant is wrecking Labours election campaign,

            Simply gutless lies from a complete and utter arsehole without the guts to put up a shred of proof or argument,

            Grant has been a good soldier since the leadership question was settled by ballot, enjoying Himself in the House by taking out any frustrations He may have felt about not winning on the likes of Colin’s and last week Bridges who genuinely has Grant nearly unable to stand to ask the supplementary questions as like me every time Bridges opens His mouth the urge to laugh uproariously is pretty much uncontrollable…

            • lprent 14.3.2.1.1.1

              I haven’t heard a whisper of Grant being anything except doing his jobs. I’d usually hear something.

              • bad12

                Yeah true lprent, i think Grant has done a good job for the Party, specially recently with the job He did on Collin’s,

                Admittedly he seemed to take a while to warm to the task and i suppose for the ambitious there has to be a period where they come to terms with a loss,(i have that sort of trouble when the girls treat my ham-fisted Romeo attempts with the derision they deserve),

                i watched Him in the House the other week,(befor the Banks conviction) when he asked Bridges whether he thought he was going to pass any more labour legislation in the current Parliament and while Grant was only giggling at the reply i really thought He was going to burst into the same gut busting laughter that i couldn’t help displaying,

                I’ve only met Him the once, in a situation where He could only be Himself and got a laugh out of Him, the regulars at ‘the restaurant at the edge of the universe’,(the Soup kitchen in Tory Street), tell me He is OK and if they judge a ‘suit’ to be ok that’s enough of a recommendation for me…-

                • Colonial Viper

                  Ahhh that place. I lived near there years back when I was a young’un and had no idea what “Tory” meant from a political sense; I had forgotten about the spot. A soup kitchen in Tory St – how fucking fitting.

                  i suppose for the ambitious there has to be a period where they come to terms with a loss,(i have that sort of trouble when the girls treat my ham-fisted Romeo attempts with the derision they deserve),

                  As I wise lad once said to me – “ten no’s and one yes equals yes”

                  • bad12

                    i would split ‘hairs’ here with you CV and tell you where the previous ‘restaurant at the edge of the universe’ was located, that not being Tory Street, but, i have better things to do today than debate for extensive periods such niceties…

                    (History tells us that Tory Street was named after one of the settler ships, which may have been bestowed with the name Tory with no connotations as we attach to the word in the modern vernacular, Whig from recollection being the opposite of the day)…

      • DS 14.3.3

        I think fisiani is typing that one-handed, if you get my meaning.

      • Bearded Git 14.3.4

        fis-Lab 31/32 Greens 11/12 IMP 7/5=49=Cunliffe

      • David H 14.3.5

        Where’s the ‘fiction’ or more like ‘sarc’ tag Fizzy?

  15. rhinocrates 15

    I’m just waiting to see Rat Boy Gower’s disgust and moral outrage at this deal-making.

  16. Sacha 16

    Which Nat would put up the weakest fight to keep their electorate?
    Craig for Rodney it is.

  17. millsy 17

    I think we should all be shitting ourselves at the thought of the Conservative Party anywhere near the levers of power.

    Colin Craig and his cronies have not had the same level of scrutiny that other parties have had in the past few months/years.

    People complain about Labour wanting to take us back to the 1970’s (highest standard of living in the western world!), but the Conservatives want to take us back to the 1870’s.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      If it were the 1890’s it might not be so bad…a few big time property owners could do with a bit of land confiscation by the Crown.

    • chris73 17.2

      Don’t worry about it, National will win and Craig will get something but it won’t be anything that will have a negative impact on NZ because John Key won’t let something like Craig mess up his legacy

      • felix 17.2.1

        Yeah there’s no way Key would ever let corrupt idiots near his govt. :roll:

        • chris73 17.2.1.1

          Oh he’d do that, he just wouldn’t let them any where near real power

          • felix 17.2.1.1.1

            Eh? I thought you were talking about his legacy.

          • Matthew Whitehead 17.2.1.1.2

            Even letting them into the coalition would mess up his legacy. Maybe he could make a polite fiction from it by consigning the conservatives to the cross-benches, but the whole nation would know he made a safe MP stand aside for a bunch of bigots (not even “ex-bigots”, actual current bigots) to get into parliament. It would completely tarnish his image, even with his slippery tendencies.

            • chris73 17.2.1.1.2.1

              Well its the lesser of two evils really, Conservatives in with no power is better than letting the Greens anywhere near the financial levers

              • Pascal's bookie

                Craig has been clear that his bottom line is binding referenda for social issues. So Key’s legacy will be hitting kids, repealing marriage equality, scrapping the Treaty etc etc. But it won’t start till he’s leaving.

                • chris73

                  What do you think Craig will do if it comes down a choice between National having the power and Labour and the Greens having the power?

                • fisiani

                  Colin Craig and the Conservatives know that they cannot veto National and whilst they have some strange policies that is all they will remain, just policies. The Conservatives will not vote with Labour. To vote with National they have to be in parliament. they will get there by winning >5% of the vote and getting 6 or more MP’s or winning a seat and getting 1,2,3,4 or 5 MP’s. John Key can do arithmetic. The magic number is 61. If he needs the Conservatives to reach 61 then he will reach an accommodation with the Conservatives. That is how MMP works.

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    Good grief.

                    If Key says no to Craig, he can go onto the cross benches and gain a veto on every piece of legislation.

                    You know how Key won last time, and most popular ever, and highest vote under MMP and blah blah?

                    And how he just had to abandon his employment law reform?

                    That 61 is for every vote, not just C&S. That’s what a coalition deal gets you, the right to more than just C&S.

              • Colonial Viper

                The Greens shouldn’t have backed down on their idea for the sovereign issue of money; it would have reduced our reliance on expensive bank debt/bank credit issue of money into the general economy.

              • felix

                “Well its the lesser of two evils really”

                Gosh, that legacy is sounding more and more impressive. :roll:

              • framu

                totally ignoring that CCP is a weird grab bag of personalities and policy ideas that is utterly untested vs the third largest party that has many years in parliament under its belt and is widely recognised as having some of the most detailed policy and most professional behaviour in the house chirs

                so yeah – totally accurate and fair comparison your making

      • Bearded Git 17.2.2

        Key is already campaigning on gutting the RMA and tough new pro-business anti working class labour laws both of which he has been unable to force through in this parliament.

        These two things alone should give the electorate pause for thought.

  18. bad12 18

    For now we can thank perhaps the deity, something eaten for His dinner, or, a passed on genetic code for the fact that Colon appears to be to all extents and purposes a functional idiot,

    Why Colon has not had the poster printers running hot from having the perfect election platform gift handed to Him by Jan Logie is beyond me and unless another logical reason is forthcoming i will have to believe that the answer to that little poser lies above in the previous paragraph,

    Perhaps Colon in His lust for power has burned all of His christian bridges while previously under fire and now finds the moral high ground is akin to the bone of a chicken stuck within His craw after an indiscrete bout of gluttony,

    At some point in the next 4 weeks Slippery the Prime Minister HAS to spin the wheel and GAMBLE, do some quite considerable damage within the Party and Party ranks and tell one or other of the Silver Spoon brigade to take a bow and a safe List position and attempt to ‘give’ Colon a seat,???

    ‘Give’ Colon a seat and risk the wrath of Winston Peters driving Him into the arms of David Cunliffe, (yeah sorry about that one, there appears to have been far too much spice in my dinner),???

    Don’t give Colon a seat and risk the left wing and the ‘tactical voters’ hardening a belief that Winston is set to support National after September,???

    The choices are all in front of Slippery, they are all bad ones, no wonder He is currently sounding like a man on some high doses of sedative, how do the risk averse begin to be able to choose the least bad choice…

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      The choices are all in front of Slippery, they are all bad ones, no wonder He is currently sounding like a man on some high doses of sedative, how do the risk averse begin to be able to choose the least bad choice…

      You should re-calibrate your analysis on the starting basis that John Key is certainly not risk averse. He will gamble and he will gamble to win. In this election, as usual, it is Labour who are the risk averse crowd.

      • bad12 18.1.1

        CV, all gamblers believe they are going to win, they would not do so if they had a belief that they wouldn’t, its why i don’t, i can play internet poker and win over a hundred grand, but, only because the bets i was making were for pretend money,

        If Slippery were a gambler in the political realm i fail to see where he has placed any ”bet”, Epsom i would suggest was NOT a gamble, there was no way He could have lost there when even had Banks failed to be elected He would have still formed a National Government,

        If you see any of Slippery’s former life as that of a gambler i do not think you are thinking too deeply at all, He was paid millions of dollars to buy and sell currencies as He was ordered to by those higher up the pecking order and was a, highly paid i must admit, small cog in the grand wheel of the great banking fraud, it sure as hell weren’t His coin that He was trading,

        The only people who take risks are the ‘little people’, the Slippery’s of the world just insert themselves or are inserted in a position where they can take maximum advantage of the risks the ‘little people’ take…

        • Tracey 18.1.1.1

          agree. Take a peek at acts party vote in epsom last election if you need proof of no risk gambling

        • Naturesong 18.1.1.2

          Successful gamblers are past masters at managing risk.

          It’s this skill that has been John Key’s most visable attribute during both his private and public sector careers.

          And lying. I’ve never seen anyone as good as he is; brazen, unashamed, and able to switch effortlessly to another lie, or even the truth when the first lie is uncovered.
          If he wasn’t so destructive to the social and economic fabric of New Zealand, I’d enjoy watching him.

  19. Tanz 19

    They do not hold extreme views at all. Just family based, democratic (as in referendums) and decent, traditional views. Conservative views, at the end of the day. Not extreme. The Greens are far more extreme in their views.

    Three cheers for open democracy. Go Craig.

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Its the chem trails and moon lander stuff which is extreme

    • framu 19.2

      well extreme is in the eye of the beholder i guess – but youve noticed how they have no central or core policy direction and all weve heard so far are poorly researched and thought out policy that doesnt mesh with an overall plan?

    • Bearded Git 19.3

      Tanz. Are you saying that binding pro-child beating referendums are not extreme?

    • millsy 19.4

      Just out of interest Tanz, what is your position on the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 and the place of evolution in our school curriculum.

  20. Tanz 20

    But that has nothing to do with policy making. And chem trails are real. Plenty of evidence for that.

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Is the Old Testament relevant to policy making?

      • Colonial Viper 20.1.1

        By that I mean particularly the Ten Commandments, God’s instructions to and prophecies for mankind, and the world of the view as a literal fight between the Christian forces of Good and the Satanic forces of Evil.

      • Kiwiri 20.1.2

        How about ………

        “At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.”

        Deuteronomy 15:1

    • bad12 20.2

      Interesting Tanz, i think where you err is in the definite statement being remiss with ”Chem Trails”,

      To explain, having on two occassions witnessed these ”Chem Trails” over Wellington, both times from a pair of very high flying planes i can attest to the fact that what appeared as the ”exhaust trail” of these planes differed markedly from other such exhaust trails i have witnessed over the years,

      Normal ”exhaust trails” i have witnessed at high altitude simply appear to retain their altitude at the point of emission and from there slowly spread eventually breaking up into invisibility as far as the human eye can see,

      However, what are termed ”chem trails” behave in an entirely different fashion, from an altitude that to the naked eye looks as high as the previously mentioned ”exhaust trails” these ”chem trails” remain more or less intact as they fall at what seems considerable speed from their previous high altitude,

      The ones i witnessed over Wellington Airport fell through some very low lying cloud at speed at which point not wishing to find out physically if they were in fact what their name suggested i took myself off inside,

      (Later from under a triple layer cloak of tin-foil i did consider for a brief moment whether such could have been the delivery system for H1N1),

      To label these exhaust plumes as ”chem trails” tho there would have had to be a definite capture of part of such and a following testing of the chemical nature of that which were captured which definitively described this capture as something other than the exhaust of jet fuel…

  21. redfred 21

    I can’t see the average National voter in the fringe burbs voting for the nutter Craig. Epsom and Act I think is a different thing there is an ideological underpinning of self interest in that matching.

    Does East Coast Bays (etc) want to be known as the Religious Conservative Mans never been on the moon electorate? I can understand why the embrace has been less than fulsome from National; the Key nod could be ignored because the voters just find Craig to repugnant.

  22. Matthew Hooton 22

    Believes that virgin birth, resurrection etc actually happened

    • Naturesong 22.1

      Old testament:
      Death penalty for all those who:
      Strike their parents
      Curse their parents
      Blasphemy
      … the list of minor infractions which require the death penalty is extensive.

      or New Testament:
      Care for the poor Matthew 25:31-46: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me”
      Unadulterated Communism Acts II: “the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need… No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…. There were no needy persons among them. From time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”

      Jesus being an unrepentant socialist, radical and believer in social justice does put him at odds with the likes of Colin Craig, and in fact most people who cloak themselves in christianity for political purposes.

      I’d vote for Jesus – but that Craig fella, who is diametrically opposed to pretty much the entire body of his teachings; no thanks

    • Tracey 22.2

      Thanks matthew. I kibd of thought those were pre requisites for being christian. So its a devotion to the words of the bible and rites…

      I guess i am struggling with the difference between fundamentalist and devout.

  23. dimebag russell 23

    craig is not a christian. it is just a camouflage for his old testament jewish proclivities. i.e. he wants to be Moses.

  24. Graham 24

    The chutzpah of any on the left to slag off national over Epsom or any other deal
    Have you forgot about the Im party already
    I have seen more balanced people standing on the embankment at Lancaster park

    • Colonial Viper 24.1

      Graham…I agree with you.

      The Left parties should be presenting voters with a united front this election, and that means bringing to the table the best each have to offer as a team. It’s how it is done in Europe. Voters still get to choose who they want to hold the influence, and they can knock back any parties they view as unsuitable.

      Have you forgot about the Im party already
      I have seen more balanced people standing on the embankment at Lancaster park

      But have you seen more unbalanced people in the dock on electoral fraud charges? Or more unbalanced people who are moon landing spotters?

  25. Graham 25

    I have no problem with mps in the dock
    Re banks he was silly and lazy if you or I filled a ird form wrong or a welfare form incorrect ( I am part of the 1% so no welfare form for me) the book could be thrown at us
    I would suggest that n inquiry into lack of prosections as called by mr little wouldn’t be wise as I understand (I could be wrong) that their were 35 complaints of electoral fraud/misconduct etc at the last general election 30 were about green or labour canadates
    But looking forward all mps of all party’s and their staff will have to make sure they follow the law which is a good thing
    Maybe this year the greens will stop doing their silly vandalism and just campaign on there ideas
    Also you guys miss the point about Colin Craig
    Just as the abcs would rather lose than do a deal with hone
    John key would rather move to New York and work for Helen than do a deal with Craig
    Long term the Conservative party needs to destroy nz first that’s where their support base is
    Unless they do that by themselves they won’t have any credibility

  26. NzJackson 26

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    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
  • Bartlett case means Govt must act on equal pay
    The Court of Appeal victory for Lower Hutt caregiver, Kristine Bartlett demonstrates that both the Government and employers have been ignoring and not fully implementing equal pay law, the Green Party said today.The Court of Appeal today upheld earlier rulings...
    Greens | 27-10
  • Rotorua shift for Maori TV a bizarre move
    The bizarre idea to move Maori TV to Rotorua is either poor planning or possible political interference that adds to the perception of a service in crisis, says Labour MP for Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare. “Moving Maori TV to Rotorua...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Second rate deal a no go – Goff
    A second rate deal on dairy in the TPP would totally contradict the agreed purpose of the Pacific trade agreement, Labour’s Trade spokesperson, Phil Goff says. “Both the origin of the trade negotiations and leaders’ statements on its objectives emphasise...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Legal victory a boost for all working women
    Today’s legal victory for equal pay is a much-needed boost for working women at a time when the Government is pushing through reforms which will make it harder for them to get pay rises, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney...
    Labour | 27-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • 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
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • 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....
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  • 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
  • Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Invercargill on Friday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Public now needs to have its say over new tolls
    “I welcome the likes of new tolls and fuel taxes going out for public consultation after these matters have been talked about for 20 years. However the timing is not ideal as it comes on top of the likes of...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis to fight back against TPPA ‘corporate trap’
    New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It's Our Future NZ. This is part of an international...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes NZ First MP’s Resignation
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming NZ First MP, Clayton Mitchell’s resignation from the Tauranga City Council, despite Party Leader Winston Peters' public comments in July that Mr Mitchell would do both jobs if elected to Parliament. The Union's...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Stopping unnecessary roading projects solution to transport
    Today Auckland Council released the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report which claims Aucklanders need to choose higher rates, petrol taxes or tolls to pay for future transport projects, when the real issue is the prioritisation of unnecessary...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Fixing Auckland’s transport
    Today marks a critical step in the most important funding debate Auckland has ever had: whether or not Aucklanders are willing to pay for the transport system this city desperately needs to keep it moving, says Mayor Len Brown....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • The New Zealand Gazette Moves into the Digital Age
    On Monday 20 October, the New Zealand Gazette was published completely online bringing to a close 173 years as a purely printed publication. First published in 1841 as the official government newspaper, the Gazette website gazette.govt.nz , replaces...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • International report shows NZ struggling with child poverty
    A report by UNICEF International shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have scarcely changed since 2008 – this stands in contrast to a number of other countries that managed to significantly reduce child poverty in this time, including...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Dunedin
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Dunedin on Thursday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF Report a Waste of Paper
    In response to the hysteria coming from the far left, Josh Forman of slightlyleftofcentre.co.nz writes the following:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Press Council opens doors to digital media
    The New Zealand Press Council, the body which handles complaints against newspapers and magazines and their websites, is offering associate membership status to news and commentary-oriented digital media including bloggers....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of ‘tolls’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy
    Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Lack of leadership blamed for decline in Gender Equity
    BPW NZ challenges NZ’s lack of leadership with the decline in Gender Equity Ranking...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Richard Falk visit to NZ
    Professor Richard Falk, who recently completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will deliver a public lecture in Dunedin on Monday 10 November....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Apprehension for meat workers as employment law bill passes
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill today will send a wave of apprehension through the workers in the NZ meat industry says the Meat Workers Union....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • “Yes to Children, No to Poverty” Says Commissioner
    Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills will describe impacts of poverty on children, with a focus on local solutions at the Tū Kaha biennial conference for Māori health for the central region DHBs at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF report card highlights need for action
    Unicef’s child poverty report released today shows that New Zealand needs to be more proactive in pursuing policies to protect our most vulnerable members of society....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Children of the Recession: NZ’s shame
    Children of the Recession : NZ’s shame Media release Wednesday 29 October 2014 “It is to New Zealand’s deepest shame that the latest Unicef report on children living in poverty ranks us 16th out of 41 developed countries. “Every day...
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  • UNICEF cautions NZ child poverty rates are “stagnating”
    An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • TPP Too Important for Compromised Finish
    The New Zealand dairy industry is urging Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners not to compromise on the quality of the deal to get it done quickly....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Nelson
    Labour leadership candidates in Nelson The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Nelson on Tuesday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • History is made. Equal pay not just legal but possible!
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota on their historic win. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Kristine’s employer; opening the way for...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
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