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Nats: economic failures

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, September 12th, 2012 - 30 comments
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Fresh from having to delay the sale of Mighty River for 6 months because of sheer incompetence and on the back of hundreds of jobs losses in our largest employing sector – manufacturing – Key went overseas to boost our exports. His Russian FTA talks were a dismal failure (wonder why) and, now, he’s re-heating a failed attempt to boost tourism.

Key, remember, took the Tourism portfolio because he was such an amazing deal-maker that he would get the sector growing. 22 months ago today, he announced a plan to boost Japanese tourism. Today, he’s doing it again. How’s it working out?

A 34% fall in Japanese tourist numbers under Key. It’s not restricted to Japan and, to be fair the decline in real terms in tourism revenue started in 2004 and has fallen 24% in real terms since then (14% since 2008). But Key took the role because he’s supposedly so awesome that he could turn things around. He’s done exactly the opposite.

Now, Key’s criticising Australia – the place that 1,000 Kiwis are week are fleeing to because, for the first time in 20 years, unemployment is lower there then here. He says it has ‘Dutch Disease’ – the economic condition where spending up big on the back of a boom in exports of a commodity raises the exchange rate and kills the rest of the export economy, leaving the economy hollowed out when the boom ends. Of course, New Zealand has dairy Dutch Disease. And government policy is to make us more dependent on boom-bust commodities by intensifying dairy and hydrocarbon extraction – just like Australia.

30 comments on “Nats: economic failures”

  1. Has anyone done a follow up of Oram’s article ‘The Jig is Up’ from Sept 9 SST?
    He reports on Geoff Bertrams research that shows (roughly) the electricity SOEs (and the two privatised ones) have acted as a cartel and jacked up their asset valuations and power prices 100% over their value, and also scored a $500 million windfall profit from the ETS.
    Where is Labour’s comeback on asset sales promising to renationalise and put all these SOEs back into one Electricity system and stopping this rent rort?
     

    • grumpy 1.1

      News for you…..they have always jacked up their Asset valuations…….ever since generators and networks were allowed to price based on return on assets……

      • vto 1.1.1

        Being able to price on asset valuations is one of the biggest ripoffs ever.

        Ever parked in an airport carpark? Biggest lying cheating rorting ripoff on the planet. Do you know it costs the same to rent a room for a human to live in as it does to park a car on the asphalt? And that sums it up. Just gotta make sure that, likewise, that social contract thing is all ripped up as well when attending airports – ensure the cost is returned elsewhere on airport property.

        Same thing with dumping rubbish. Do you know in Chch it costs more to dump rubbish per kilo than it does to plant, grow, tend, harvest, package, freight, market and sell potatoes per kilo? Just gotta make sure that, likewise, that social contract thing is ripped up as well when attending rubbish dumps – ensure the cost is returned elsewhere on rubbish dump property (which, ironically, is pretty fucking difficult).

        Fuck the fuckers who fuck ya.

  2. vto 2

    Key, the wonderkid, is steadily being exposed as a one-trick-wonder. And that one trick was gambling other people’s money on money trading. Such an admirable role..

    He has since proved useless. Can somebody name something he has achieved since gaining office?

    I seen this before in people – success at something leads them to believe they will be a success at near everything. Then as time tootles, it becomes clear that they can’t do any other thing. Should have stuck to what they did before.

    Key should go back to being a money-changer.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    I suspect the CHCH and Japanese earthquakes in 2011 both have impacted on Japanese tourism in particular.

    • Lightly 3.1

      the job of being minister isn’t about just pointing out all the challenges you face. It’s doing thing about them. Sure, those are big challenges but what has Key done to overcome or mitigate them?

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        How do you know that he hasn’t done a lot and that without all the things he’s done the numbers would be a lot lower?

        There’s not really a lot the minister of tourism of small country like NZ can really do in the face of massive disasters like that.

        • fatty 3.1.1.1

          I’m pretty sure that if we are going to use the earthquake as an excuse (again)…then we can balance it out with the rugby world cup. The RWC came at the perfect time, in the aftermath of the quake and effectively mitigated any negative effects that the quake may have had on our tourism industry.
          No minister of tourism will get another opportunity like the RWC. Japan was involved, and its a corporate sport in Japan. If we still have had a drop with the RWC, then he is a shit tourism minister.

  4. Tracey 4

    cycleway anyone???

    Didn’t Putin favour a cycleway from Vladivostok to Cape Reinga with a bridge to boot???

  5. insider 5

    Ausralia has seen similar results http://www.tourism.jp/statistics/xls/JTM_outbound20120905.eng.xls

    The japanese are more going to Asia it seems

  6. Kevin84 6

    Perhaps the Japanese followed David Shearer’s and Russell Norman’s advice – to stop sending money going offshore.

    Apparently sending money offshore is terrible, so clearly the Japanese are following sensible advice and not sending their yen off shore by coming here as tourists. By staying in Japan they spent their money at home – which is good ; instead of some foreign NZers rorting them when they come here.

    More countries should strengthen their economies by not sending their money offshore. Aussies should stop coming here as tourists and should stop buying our exports, as they both involve hard earned Aussie dollars going offshore to NZ, and that as we all know is a bad thing. Likewise Poms, Yanks, the Chinese, French, Germans etc…

    If they stop sending their money offshore by coming here as tourists and instead toured their own countries then the global economy will improve. If foreigners stopped buying our exports – thus sending money offshore to NZ, then their economies will improve.

    Its simple logic. I can see why David and Russell sensibly support it.

    • bbfloyd 6.1

      Nice try kevvie, but I’m afraid overcooked sarcasm has been rather worn out for a while now…..Maybe if you didn’t try to be so Cecil B De Mille about it next time you could be amusing…

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        Apparently Kevin84 doesn’t understand that Japan, the first example he uses, built up a massive manufacturing export industry based on having a rock bottom low yen.

        Japan then used that strategy to accumulate massive foreign account surpluses. On a net basis, Japan sucked in currency from the rest of the world, and spent relatively little except for energy and raw materials.

        My opinion of Kevin84 is that he is a devious twisty untrustworthy little shit, trying to miseducate people about the true dynamics of the world economy.

        I doubt that he’s even a NZer at heart.

        And how our leaders are letting billions in wealth get pumped out of NZ unnececssarily.

        • Poission 6.1.1.1

          Japan has a high internal surplus in the banks due to high savings rates.This allows fully liquid Japanese banks to invest in both short and long offshore havens such as AUS and NZ,Whilst they do take long positions,a substantial amount is in arbitrage ( cash and carry)

          The counter-cyclical cash and carry flows are the forcing that has introduced instability into the FOREX and why policy needs to be addressed eg Bollard AUG 2012.

          In a globalised world, big players lowering their domestic interest rates, whether by QE or
          any other tool, will (all else equal) tend to promote capital flows to other countries and
          appreciation of their exchange rates. As a small open economy, New Zealand has often seen
          the effects of carry trades on the exchange rate. This can be distortionary and problematic,
          because an economy relies on its exchange rate as a signalling price.

          The exporters council has released a discussion paper on the issues,which is a little naive in its analysis,but it is a start,the general issues as identified are.

          Concerns in respect to monetary policy settings have, over time, generally focused on four broad issues.

          1 How to support monetary policy achieving and maintaining price stability without the need to raise interest rates substantially – i.e. the need for monetary policy to “have mates”

          2 Issues associated with the Reserve Bank’s sole focus on achieving and maintaining price stability, and the reasons, if any, for having multiple objectives for the Reserve Bank. e.g. employment, growth or other objectives

          3 Dealing with an over (or under) valued currency

          4 Dealing with volatility in the value of the $NZ.

          It also cites Bollards paper

          The Governor’s paper clearly indicates that there are no easy options or silver bullets and underlies the importance of examining policy tools and their implications from a wide range of perspectives. The danger with meddling with the Reserve Bank Act (or other Acts in response to short-term problems) needs to be clearly understood. It is important that any new tool is appropriate to the situation.

          Indeed the knee jerk policy responses as seen only seem to have negative feedbacks,that have increased instability and reduced confidence as a whole in NZ.

          http://www.exportnz.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/54970/Monetary-Policy-Issues.pdf

        • Kevin84 6.1.1.2

          Great, Japan has built up a manufacturing base that required a low resource country to pay far higher food, oil and raw material imports than they would have had they not dicked around with the Yen. I’m sure low-income Japanese loved that on top of tariffs on rice imports, nothing like making the working poor pay more for food; just like how British Tories just loved the Corn-laws, it protected their farming profits and thus their landed-estates, and of course kept food prices high for the poor. Thank good Cobden, Ricardo and Gladstone told them where to shove it.

          I do like how China is keeping the Yuan devalued. It’s like a 15% foreign aid give away in our favour. Because we can get clothes, IPads, IPods, and now even cars at a rate lower than we would have, now many of us have more to spend elsewhere. If I can save $60 on my next Smartphone because of the low Yuan, I can spend that extra left over $60 at my local hairdressers or buy tickets to an All Black game. I can have my Smartphone and tickets to the game. But with a higher Yuan then I may only have my Smartphone, and may have to miss out on the game; so I’m less wealthy overall and local business misses out as well.

          You have to feel sorry for the Chinese though, a low income country where the government keeps your currency down so it’s harder to import NZ baby formula, lamb, beef, milk or even visit NZ as your currency is kept low. You can see why many want China to appreciate their currency, if they did, perhaps far more Chinese can come to NZ and improve out tourism intake, or buy more of our exports, but unfortunately, that manufacturing fetish that so many Chinese leaders have means the Chinese people will just have to go without, as will NZ exporters as the demand for our exports is lowered by a silly manufacturing obsession.

          I can’t wait for Pitcairn to go for a robust manufacturing sector. They will show the world how it’s done; as every country needs a strong manufacturing sector… no matter how small. Boeing and Airbus watch out, Pitcairn is on the march!

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.2.1

            Oh I agree mate.

            If you still have a job and are earning good money in NZ, you can buy cheap foreign made shit to your hearts content with our strong NZD.

            You simply do it at the cost of local industry and local jobs. But what the fuck do you care about that if you are in a position of economic privilege?

            • Kevin84 6.1.1.2.1.1

              So I should only buy goods made in NZ? Allow me to extend your logic further. If Canterbury wants to rebound from the quakes, then it should make logical sense for them to buy goods only sourced from Canterbury as importing goods from outside Canterbury will come at the cost of local Canterbury industry and Canterbury jobs.

              Have fun moving that man made national border. Tell me, was the reunification of Germany a disaster? You know the trade balance between the western German states and the eastern ones disappeared in 1990. Before then people measured it, got worried about it, made press statements about it, called for action… then one day the border went and people had free trade.

              Now even with a border marked on a map why can’t I trade across it? If Canterbury were their own sovereign state would you recommend that they only buy locally? In fact why stop at Canterbury, why don’t the people of Christchurch only trade within Christchurch, hell why stop there, why don’t the people of Riccarton only trade within Riccarton. Why stop there! Why don’t the people of Straven Rd, Riccarton only trade with the local people in that street. WHY STOP THERE! Why don’t the people living in a house on Straven Road, Riccarton, buy local within their own home, grow their own veggies, do their own electrical work, do their own plumbing repairs, painting, computer repairs, make their own couches…. local trade must be good, so let us get truly local!

              • Colonial Viper

                Yeah thanks for your irrelevancies.

                BTW local trade and self sufficiency is the way of the future.

                • Kevin84

                  So you intend to do all the tasks in your home, your never going to get a plumber in or sparky to help fix any issues you may have, even if you have no idea what your doing? Are you also going to source all the foods you enjoy locally? Home kill the meat? What about your salts and spicies – they come from many foreign and exotic places, are you going to go without them? Good luck with that finding salt and pepper seaoning in you back yard. Tell us how it goes.

                  Deep down I think you know all too well what your logic entails – a real decline in living standards.

                  • McFlock

                    So your perspective is that the only two logical options are free trade or hyper-protectionism of the household economy?
                         
                    Idiot. 

                    • Kevin84

                      I see no other option but free-trade. Why do people arbitrarily stop at one border? Australians haven’t limited themselves to their state borders, why can’t we just ignore them. If you use the gravity model in international trade you can see that these borders lower trade and thus lower our overall welfare. We must do more to free up capital, money and labour to move around; so all the people of the world can have an equal share of the world’s wealth.

                    • thatguynz

                      I’m hazarding a guess K84 that you would also wholeheartedly endorse a global currency?

  7. Carol 7

    David Cunliffe delivered a little (print) lecture today on National’s economic delusions. He does a brief over view of the wrong turn taken by NZ & other governments towards Chicago School economics in the 80s, and cautions about people who talk as though there is only one economic viewpoint – as though it’s the “truth”.

    Then he lays into our current government economics and finance spokespeople:

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/2012/09/12/the-cult-of-national-party-economics/

    In the dogmatic world of John Key, Bill English and Steven Joyce there are no lessons to be learned from the Global Financial Crisis. They appear not to care that their obviously failed policies have seen thousands upon thousands of New Zealanders lose their jobs, their livelihoods and their hope of making a future in New Zealand.

    While the USA, the UK and the New Zealand people have moved on, all the National Government does is preach failed ideologies.

    • thatguynz 7.1

      Which is absolutely tremendous – it’s pleasing to see at least one politician demonstrate that they understand the problem.  Not entirely unsurprising that its Cunliffe to be honest.
       
      What I’m more interested in however is what is he going to be doing about it given the Labour party’s economic ideology is not that far removed from National’s in the sense that it isn’t exactly Chicago vs Austrian schools of economics or dare I say it – a different approach altogether…

  8. Poission 8

    His Russian FTA talks were a dismal failure (wonder why)

    Both key and grocer did not understand the Russian position.

    The ex NZ ambassador on morning report stated that the Russian wanted high value trade ie intellectual agriculture property and systems expertise to develop the Russian agriculture potential.

    This would would involve NZ r&d,expertise and cross training at research facilities and an interchange of science.

    Key wanted a short term result ,tariff reduction and painted the RF into a corner,which one Russian commentator described as a kulak mentality.

    Sovnarkom includes the definition of a Kulak as involvement in trade, money-lending, commercial brokerage, or “other sources of non-labor income”

    .

  9. Poission 9

    In QA the opposition seems to have found that English does not understand the problem.

    Hon BILL ENGLISH: I do not have in mind, and I do not think anyone has in mind, a particular level. All the measures of relative values of the New Zealand dollar show that by historical standards it is at high levels. If it was 75c in the US dollar, that would be easier. If it was 70c it would be even easier for exporters, but bear in mind that would also mean a reduction in living standards for New Zealanders. As I said before, either way, we cannot pick the exchange rate. We do not try to pick the exchange rate. We get on with making our exporters as competitive as they possibly can be.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1209/S00184/questions-and-answers-september-12.htm

    Lets put it another way at 70c Tiwai point would be generating profits of around $50m,maybe if he asked either treasury or the RB for some high quality advice rather then his “contractors” he maybe less uncomfortable.

    • Carol 9.1

      And that was after the long preamble where English refused to answer the question (#11), and couldn’t explain or clarify why he had some “discomfort” about the exchange rate…..i.e. English tried to avoid answering the question….. I guess because he doesn’t understand the problem….?

      • Poission 9.1.1

        I guess because he doesn’t understand the problem….?

        English does not understand the problem,which is why his offerings of solutions are illegitimate ie a contradiction of the proposition.

        As the problem is significant some more rigorous questioning by the opposition is required ie multiple party questions and preferably better posed questions.

        • Poission 9.1.1.1

          As the problem is significant some more rigorous questioning by the opposition is required ie multiple party questions and preferably better posed questions.

          A good example would be what is the cost of the appreciation in the TWI to the Government Superannuation assets (which holds around 9b$ in overseas assets) does the appreciation in the TWI

          i) Increase the risk perception of overseas long term investors?
          ii) What is the cost to the taxation base of the depreciation of these assets?
          iii) if as BERL suggested (with a high statistical correlation of r^2 = 97) an increase of 1% in the TWI decrease the value of NZ exports by 0.81% what is the net cost in terms of the overseas trade deficit?
          iv) What is the cost in NZ production by import substitution?

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    Gareth’s World | 29-09
  • Gillard on NZ Labour
    I arrived in Australia a month after Tony Abbott had been elected Prime Minister, a week after Bill Shorten had been elected Labor Leader and a month before Kevin Rudd announced his resignation from Parliament. It quickly amazed me how...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil
    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations. And they are not...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-09
  • Auckland Transport Early October Board Meeting
    The Auckland Transport board meeting is on Thursday and below are sections from the various reports that caught my attention. The first thing I noticed was the huge number of items on the closed agenda with 18 specific items for decision/approval or...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Labour not “part of the communities we live in”
    Labour leadership aspirant Grant Robertson told a blunt truism to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand the Monday after the election. “Politics has to be about more than elections,” he said. “It has to about being part of the communities...
    Colin James | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
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