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Nats try to muscle the Waitangi Tribunal

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, August 3rd, 2012 - 67 comments
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A stockmarket float can’t happen at just any time. It needs to be close to the annual report or late enough in the new year to allow new numbers to be made after the Christmas break. So 2 windows a year. 5 to the election. Treasury says the stockmarket can only handle 1 asset sale a window, preferably 1 a year. The Nats know they will lose the next election. So they can’t afford to lose this sales window if they’re to do all the sales by the election.

That’s why they’re trying to muscle the Waitangi Tribunal into giving its full report on the water rights issue by August 24th, allowing the government the time it needs to put the sales process into action for a float in late October, early November. They’re essentially threatening to push on regardless if they don’t get the finding by then.

A few reasons this attempt at bullying is a bad idea.

The judiciary reacts really badly to attempts by politicians to curtail their actions. The Tribunal has said it will report in September, and it will be September. If it’s earlier, the Tribunal will be subjugating itself to the political imperatives of the government of the day, and lose all its mana.

Even if it did report early, any sign that its determinations had been rushed by the government’s deadline would be fuel for the Maori Council’s high court injunction. As would any move by the Nats to push ahead with sales before getting the Tribunal’s report.

And nothing in bullying the Tribunal addresses the actual problem for National, which is the coming injunctions. They will easily suspend the sales through the end of this year and possibly well into the next. If National was smart, they would be cutting a deal with the Maori Council and the iwi that are likely injunct. But, they don’t want to be seen doing deals with Maori. They could have quietly done it months ago, but it’s too late for that now.

National’s determination to sell all our assets before they lose the election has set them an incredibly tight timetable. Hence their attempt to subvert the Waitangi Tribunal. Fortunately, for New Zealand, it won’t work.

67 comments on “Nats try to muscle the Waitangi Tribunal”

  1. tracey 1

    I cant see them wanting the float moved closer to christmas…. Most “mums and dads” are trying to find money for christmas festivities…

  2. Pita and Tariana, do you think this is mana enhancing behavior by the Key – Banks Government?

    • Jim Nald 2.1

      “National’s determination to sell all our assets before they lose the election has set them an incredibly tight timetable. ….. Fortunately, for New Zealand, it won’t work.”

      Yes, quite frankly, the case to sell doesn’t stack up and the government is looking more desperate with each passing day.

      • vto 2.1.1

        There was a brilliant point made in the Press this morning.

        A reader asked what Gerry Brownlee would do to pay for the Chch rebuild if all the Christchurch City Council assets had been sold back in the 80s and 90s, when Councils were pressured to sell them, and so had no assets to sell now…

        Maybe Gosman would like to answer that one …………

        please indulge us gosman

      • Georgecom 2.1.2

        My words to myself exactly, starting to smack of a bit of desperation. Want to get the sales done in the next 2 years because they can see the chance of bring turfed from office.

    • Wyndham 2.2

      Just where does the Maori Party stand on this issue? Does anyone know?
      They were “going to their iwi for discussion” but so far there does not seem to be any conclusion drawn from these ‘discussions’.

      • Shane Gallagher 2.2.1

        Those ministerial limos are VERY comfortable…

        • grumpy 2.2.1.1

          I hear Darien Fenton is so envious, she hires one at the airport rather than just catch an ordinary taxi…….

          • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1.1

            I always figured you could buy your way into one of those Ministerial Beeamers

    • Dr Terry 2.3

      tracey, by the time they have met again with their master, I dare say they will emerge pacified once more. Would Key really care a damn about mana (or anything else to do with getting his own way? He continues to count on Pakeha good will).

  3. vto 3

    The Banks-Key government are trying to flex their muscle (does John Key have muscles?) down Christchurch too. Foisting the most lavish stadiums and convention centres and facilities they could wet dream up and then harranguing (sp?) ratepayers to up their rates and sell their assets to pay for their wet dreams…

    For fucks sake, Key is like a drug dealer – just try some of this, you’ll love it. Can’t pay for it? Don’t worry fulla, that will sort itself out. Come one, come on, buy it, spend it, borrow it. We’ll lend it to you ee he ehe he (evil laugh).

    But you know, I loves situations where bully boys come along. They are in fact the easiest of all pressures to resist. You simply stand up, look them square in the eye and tell them to fuck off. Call their bluff 100%. Challenge them to carry out their implied threat. It is extremely rare that the threat is carried out. Then you close the deal by quietly showing them a back door where they can scurry away without losing all face / mana.

    I would have thought that the Waitangi Tribunal would have no problem in choosing this path.

  4. tracey 4

    But but but he loves ritchie mccaw, how cld he not want to pay for a big grand “house” for him? When the assets turn out to not be a panacea for the economy what is the next step, no one demands answers on this yet it is more crucial than the sales themselves

  5. Added to that the Euro is in eminent danger of collapsing in September and that would mean the end of the banking system as we know it with the banking elite exposed for the bankrupt (Both financially and morally) criminals that they are. Not a good time to buy real world assets with fake money.

    • lanthanide 5.1

      Ahh, the “financial collapses always happen in the 3rd quarter” meme again – just like AFewKnowTheTruth warned us about last year.

      • vto 5.1.1

        Yes lanth, but that’s because they do always happen in the 3rd quarter.

        But yep people should just ignore all these warnings because the world is never going to have another great meltdown, and certainly the interlinking that globalisation has brought will have no additional effect, and the great bureaucrats and money-printers in the northern hemisphere have it all under control.

        do you really believe that lanthanide?

        • Lanthanide 5.1.1.1

          Make up a bunch of stuff and ask if I believe it? No, I don’t believe what you said there.

          Just that we’ve been hearing about how the economy was going to crash every 3rd quarter since 2007, and it hasn’t happened yet. I’m not saying it won’t ever happen, or that it won’t happen this year, just that that ZeroHedge site doesn’t have a lot of credibility when it comes to predicting these things.

          • vto 5.1.1.1.1

            Well ok, but it aint that hard to see and predict this stuff. Plenty of people have done it before.

            Bear in mind it is easier in fact to dismiss as loony anything which doesn’t fit into various preconceived ideas. There is stacks and stacks of evidence for these predictions.

            Gonna bet the family stash on it happening Lanthanide? We have.

            • Kotahi Tāne Huna 5.1.1.1.1.1

              “It’s not hard to predict this stuff”.

              Yes, that’s right, any witless cretin can do a Ken Ring and predict it so often they’re bound to be right once or twice. And there’s no shortage of breathless dupes getting all excited about it. So there’s a match made in heaven – idiots, meet idiocy.

              • vto

                Thanks kotahi for confirmation of my sentence 2 above.

                I aint talking about people who predict the end of the world each and every year, or people who predict earthquakes each and every year. Though I note that Ken Ring and the links travellerev generally provides do neither of the things you claim.

                This was always going to be a double-dip. I even said as much to mine bank manager back in 05. Too much debt leading to debt system failure (happenned), followed by politicians desperate to shore up the system and their power ride in to the rescue (happenned), followed by obvious inability and lack of capacity on governments parts to solve the debt system problem (happenning now), followed by the second and biggest dip / crash (about to happen).

                Without drifting off into loonies and conspiracy theories (I know humans never engage in conspiracies) and end of the world waste of time stuff ….., what do you think of that outline in the para above, given what has happenned already since 06 and the state of play today in the financial system? How do you see it playing out? And Lanthanide, how do you see the world financial system playing out over the short term?

                So many people seem to ignore this

                (apologies for the threadjackage)

                • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                  ROFLMAO – did you just argue that Ken Ring has some credibility? Were you expecting to be taken seriously? You poor thing, please accept my deepest sympathy.

                  • vto

                    you’re a waste of time.

                    But maybe you’re right… not only do humans never engage in conspiratorial behaviour but gravity has no effect on the planet.

                    duh

                  • vto

                    and tell me oh great wise one – what happenned on march 20 last year, when Nick Smith famously had a picnic on the port hills. Do you know? Do you have any substance to your hot air disappearing into the ether? Or do you just spout empty derogatory nothingness as in each of the above?

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      On the contrary, you are the one demanding to be acknowledged as the “wise one” – desperately seeking a tiny shred of agreement with your ravings. Lanthanide said it all at 9:57.

                      Christopher Hitchens knew the best response to this crap. I like the part when the truther whines that “he’s insulting me!” It sounds like he’s about to start blubbing, wouldn’t you agree?

                    • vto

                      great contribution.

                      “1. Yes, that’s right, any witless cretin can do a Ken Ring and predict it so often they’re bound to be right once or twice. And there’s no shortage of breathless dupes getting all excited about it. So there’s a match made in heaven – idiots, meet idiocy.

                      2. ROFLMAO – did you just argue that Ken Ring has some credibility? Were you expecting to be taken seriously? You poor thing, please accept my deepest sympathy.

                      3. On the contrary, you are the one demanding to be acknowledged as the “wise one” – desperately seeking a tiny shred of agreement with your ravings. Lanthanide said it all at 9:57. Christopher Hitchens knew the best response to this crap. I like the part when the truther whines that “he’s insulting me!” It sounds like he’s about to start blubbing, wouldn’t you agree?”

                      zero

                      you have said nothing.

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      To recap – the “predictions” you find so compelling are no more credible than those made by Ken Ring. The echo chamber does the rest.

                      I’m sorry if you don’t like these observations, but there they are.

                    • vto

                      “To recap – the “predictions” you find so compelling are no more credible than those made by Ken Ring.”

                      Again kotahi, you simply make a bald zero statement. (and you have no idea of how compelling I find them – that is just your silly assumptions)

                      Got any evidence for your statement above? I have outlined events in support of my statements. You haven’t. Again.

                      Bald and empty. Zero. Waste of time.

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      Christopher Hitchens was right – the only way to win this stupid game is not to play.

                    • vto

                      again.

                      that’s quite unbelievable.

                      stupid troll.

        • Te Reo Putake 5.1.1.2

          ” Yes lanth, but that’s because they do always happen in the 3rd quarter.”
           
          I’d love to see some evidence for that. From memory, the Great Depression’s two crashes weren’t in the 3rd quarter; stockmarket in October, banks the following Feb/March.

          • Lanthanide 5.1.1.2.1

            When challenged on it last time, AFKTT came up with a bunch of examples. I believe wikipedia is about 50/50 split on 3rd quarter vs the rest of the year, when it should be 25/75 otherwise.

            There is something in it – because it’s the end of the northern hemisphere summer, but in general I think it’s well overplayed.

            • Te Reo Putake 5.1.1.2.1.1

              Cheers, Lanth. I suppose the gloom of a northern hemisphere winter might drive some bankers and stockbrokers to despair, but I’d put it down to a statistical anomoly, unless someone can come up with a rational reason, such as it being triggered by earnings reporting season or some similar trigger.

              • vto

                try human nature and the swing of the seasons and the cycles etc, the most rational and predictable of the lot, surprisingly.

                a bit of internet searchery will locate it.

                • Oh dear,

                  I didn’t have a lot of time this morning so I didn’t link to some interesting stuff you might want to read up on.
                  I was not suggesting it would happen in September because Financial crisis always happen in the third quarter although there is a tendency for them to do happen in the autumn.
                  I meant it would likely happen in September because Spain only has about 30 days of money left in their coffers and needs $300 billion just to make ends meet before they have to borrow more as the interest rate on their debt eats up most of what they borrow.

                  Germany is now 300% in hock having paid Greece a bundle and is not keen on paying more. In Italy almost every major city is going bankrupt and Italy needs even more than Spain in order to keep tugging along. All these debt mount up and with Greece once again needing a bail out the pressure is on.

                  If Greece goes and return to the Drachma (Something Geithner predicts and hopes for will be around the 20th of August) there is no incentive for Spain to pay back their debts and neither is it for Italy.
                  Every bank exposed to the CDS they sold all these big hedge funds, Pension funds and to each other will have to pay up to the tune of anywhere between $ 500 Trillion to $ 1.5 Quadrillion which they don’t have because they are leveraged between 30 to 80 times. I mean we’re talking around about 20X the global GDP here.

                  In other words they are insolvent.

                  China, Russia, Brasil and Iran are making deals to exclude the US $ from their trades and that means the US $ loses status fast as the global reserve currency. (Sorry you’ll have to google as I don’t want to overstep my quota of links as that means I get put in purgatory)

                  The Syrian situation is not going as planned and if they can’t destroy the Syrian army (With Russia and China drawing a line in the Syrian sand and Russia bringing nukes to Cuba invading it like they did Libya is not really an option) they can’t get to Iran.

                  That means game over.

                  So what I’m trying to say here is that it’s a perfect storm and the US and NATO are in the middle of it and judging by the sequence of events September seems a likely time frame for some serious turmoil.

                  • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                    In other news, I saw a wolf! Yes, I know I saw one yesterday and the day before that and the day before that and the day before that but this one’s real. Honest.

                    • vto

                      you are consistent in your ability to say nothing aren’t you

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      Implying that Cassandra is crying wolf, again, is not nothing: you just don’t like the message.

                    • vto

                      see if you can answer with logic and reason, some of the points people make. If they are as loony as you keep making out then it should be a doddle.

                      Can you take on a doddle?

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      Yes. To recap: if you predict disaster all the time eventually you’ll be right, just like Ken Ring’s earthquake predictions. That’s logical, but there’s a reason people will dismiss your ravings out-of-hand, since the source has proved itself wrong and delusional on so many occasions.

                      Further, you will always be able to find a chorous of like-minded Chicken Littles, and together you will echo one-anothers’ meanderings until you’re all thoroughly convinced, just like right-wing policy development.

                      Once in a while you’ll probably quote something credible, but it will be lost amongst all the other garbage, and when people respond with ridicule and contempt, you’ll get all blubby like the truther in the Hitchens video.

                      I think that about covers it.

                    • vto

                      Not that obssession of yours you silly egg…

                      The actual points raised. Like ev’s points about debt limits and Spain and Greece and the fact that it hasn’t been domsday for ever and ever like you suggest, but only a few short years. Like my points about the double dip logic. The actual point of the posts – that doddle. Take that on. Answer her points with logic and reason.

                      Who cares about your cassandra points… bloody hell. Everybody knows that palava. And Ken Ring doesn’t say there will be earthquakes every week of every year like you suggest. Ev doesn’t say the world has always been on the edge of the brink edge for years and years and years.

                      So take aim at that doddle again because you missed the first time, which is hardly surprising.

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      I will watch it with interest: will the indebted nations grow spines and issue arrest warrants for fraudulent banking practices? Will they continue the lemming-like austerity kool-aid? Will they simply default?

                      And please educate yourself about Mr. Ring and his parasitic behaviour.

                    • vto

                      I don’t mean just watch. I mean this is a bloggy thing where people make points and others answer them, not just pull faces at them.

                      Both above and below our squabble here, travellerev has laid out a whole bunch of points backed up some evidence. That is the doddle to answer – each of those points and claimed facts.

                      Come on, it is a doddle, give it a crack. After all, it is all just loony stuff so it should be easy to debunk.

                      Remember though kotahi, you are on your third strike now.

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      You really aren’t paying attention are you? I had a bit of a look through Travellerev’s comment at 2:10, for example, where I found this little gem:

                      “The Syrian situation is not going as planned…”

                      Can you see why that remark might lead me to suspect that Travellerev is full of shit?

                    • vto

                      ssttttrriiiiiiiikkeee …..

                      you’re out

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      Oh, sorry I didn’t realise you were the umpire. Come to think of it, you aren’t, are you? You’re just some random who thinks Europe is about to end and drag the world down with it, or something, but as Te Reo Putake neatly illustrates below, it won’t, and as I’ve pointed out, when your source is Travellerev and your analytical method is by Ken Ring, why should anyone pay the slightest attention?

                      Sob.

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    Cheers, Ev, that’s a pretty comprehensive summary. I can’t say that I disagree with your logic, though obviously things are bound to happen out of sequence.
                     
                    For me, the big question is what happens next. Even if there is a complete collapse of the banking system, Europe goes kaput etc. , I still think capitalism will re-emerge, because without a credible alternative, that system will fill the void. So what I think will happen is that the world economy will shrug its shoulders and move on. As it has done in every financial crisis for the last thousand years.
                     
                    So, while I think many of the things you point to will happen, I don’t think its ‘game over’ at all. But I would be interested in what you think the world post September will look like. How do you see it?

                    • You know, I don’t recall ever having said Next month is when the Shit could hit the fan. I have pointed out many times that the situation is unsustainable and will collapse at some moment in time.

                      So no I have not been crying wolf but rather there is a lot of wolf shit around and therefore there must be wolfs. Now I’m saying I smell wolf, hear wolf and there is seriously warm fresh wolf shit on the sole of my booth so the wolf must be very close.
                      In a post September world we could face bank holidays as banks can no longer service their debts and can’t keep up with bank runs as have been happening in Greece, China and Spain in the last couple of months.

                      With banks collapsing people might lose their savings, won’t be able to pay their bills the computer systems might shut down as happened in England recently and with Westpac in NZ.

                      Countries bonds might become worthless overnight as countries are no longer able to pay the interest or only cents on the dollar as happened with Russia defaulting.

                      The Cullen fund will be reduced to zero as it turns out that the crappy Derivatives they invested in really are worthless.
                      That’s $19 billion dollars and the future pensions for the baby boomers and their offspring gone. (Provided the manipulated zero LIBOR rates of the last 4 years haven’t done that damage already)

                      The $ 112 Billion in derivatives  this government has amassed on borrowed money will be gone leaving us with an odious debt only payable in our resources just like Greece, Spain and Italy are facing now.

                      And that is just the beginning. No money, no oil. No oil=no industry, no farming, no nothing.

                      We’re not talking a local collapse here which as you point out has been happening throughout history. We are talking a global collapse of an intertwined financial system.

                      In Greece farmers donate their produce to stop Athenians from starving. Prisoners are starving in their cells because the government can’t afford food any more and in Spain hositals can’t pay their staff and old age pensioners homes are closing. fire fighters and police are fired. In the US San Bernadino just filed for bankruptcy (as so many cities have down already and in Detroit whole areas have no more running water or streetlights and California is on the verge of collapse because the whole facebook pump and dump is coming down like a ton of bricks.
                      Here is a nice list of disasters befalling the US population which by the way is now almost 16 trillion in debt. That is 10x their GDP with a 100 million people out of work or 30% of their population while the the six Wall mart heirs own more than the bottom 40%.

                      China now has 65 million empty houses. They build those to keep the illusion of growth going but they too are experiencing bank runs and social unrest because the US and Europe aren’t buying any more.

                      I suggest you google these items. I did but don’t have the time to put them in as I am going to weed my veggie beds.
                      But googling may also help you to wean yourself off the denial teat. You need it.

                      Because there is not just one wolf. There is a whole pack gnarling at your door. If you can’t smell them, hear them or see them mate you deserve to be eaten by them but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Yeah, cheers, Ev. No need for the snide comments, by the way, I was asking a genuine question about your economic views, not your other obsessions. And your first sentence (“You know, I don’t recall ever having said Next month is when the $h1t could hit the fan”) is somewhat contradicted by your comment at the start of this thread, which says exactly that! But never mind.
                       
                      My inner anarchist is kinda looking forward to the imminent collapse, probably as a result of reading too many Jerry Cornelius books as a teenager. What I’m trying to work out is what difference it is going to make to the world. My house will still be there, my garden will still grow food. I’m guessing there will be a period of instability, but people will still go to work, the schools will still be open, the sun will continue to shine. For the starving millions in the third world, well, I’m picking there’ll be no difference at all. Life will still suck.
                       
                      My gut feeling is that if the western world economy collapses, it’ll quickly be replaced by western world economy 2012 (in receivership) Ltd and it’ll be back to the beginning again. But I may be wrong. Again, I’m keen to know how you think this will actually affect people on a day to day basis. I certainly don’t think riots are going to break out or we’ll revert to cannibilsm or anything apocalyptic, because the fundamentals of functioning society will remain, whatever happens to printed money or shares.

                    • Tiger Mountain

                      TRP, you are talking systemic continuance but for how long. I see an uneven result inline with how human society has developed thus far in countries and regions. Certain rural and third world communities may keep on truck’n for a while as usual, but imagine in Auckland, the ATMs are out, ‘just in time’ supplied foodmarkets empty, toilets backing up,Watercare switched off like some land bound cruise liner with power failure.

                      What are middle class working for families pussy types or even rough tough types gonna do? We are all more vulnerable to a nasty societal breakdown than is comfortable to think about.

                    • TRP,

                      You are right. Today was the first time I actually set a time limit on when the SHTF.
                      Please explain why me saying that Syria isn’t going as planned makes me full of shit. Oh I forgot you don’t do any research yourself you just like bullshitting someone else’s.
                      Syria is not going as planned because until now the US and NATO have not been able to bully China and Russia into compliance like they did with Libya.
                      Russia is preparing troops for battle in Syria and has battle ships lined up to confront NATO and the US and a report today said they were transporting Nukes to Cuba. And they have not been able to convince the rest of the world that bombing the shit out of millennia old cities for a bunch of al Qaeda aligned Christian, and Shia killing extremists (The ones we were going to exterminate in Afghanistan if I’m not mistaken) is a good idea..

                      They are losing their window of opportunity because if they can’t attack Iran in October as Israel wants them too they will be to late to use their carefully branded maniacal Iranian leader who wants to return to teaching at the Tehran University as the law does not allow more than 3 periods for a President. The university were there are two female students for every male studying those typical female studies such as Physics and engineering.
                      Yesterday it was announced that the high speed cable to Australia and the US promised by our government was cancelled. A couple of years ago shell sold their ges stations  to the muppets of the Cullen fund I recall because the economy was “mature” that is oil company speak for on the verge of collapse.

                      Our young are either unemployed, in low paying jobs or burdened with huge study debts. Jobs have been all but exported to China and other low wage countries and able bodied men and women are leaving NZ by the tens of thousands for a better future in Australia.  

                      I think that we are better positioned than most but it’s not going to be a walk in the park either.

                      With regards to social unrest. In the US more and more kids are organising themselves in looting mobs, gangs (In Chicago 500 to 1 gangs versus police) and empty houses are robbed of copper and other useful things to a point were the police doesn’t even interfere any more.
                      You may think that a collapse is easy and even fun to survive but judging by the fact that the homeland security fascists in the US are arming themselves to the teeth against their well armed citizenry I sort of think that Mad Max is going to be tame compared what is awaiting the average Joe over there and if you think that kids or guys with no hope of a reasonable life are going to be taking it lying down you’ve got another thing coming.

                      And yep that goes for New Zealand too.

                  • Shit, Purgatory!!!!

                    • Pukeko

                      Kei te mōhio i a tatou te āhua o te pōrangi, kua ngaro ngā whakaaro, kua kore e mōhio ki te pai ki te hē.

  6. ad 6

    Contemptible behaviour from Key and English.

  7. Even if it did report early, any sign that its determinations had been rushed by the government’s deadline would be fuel for the Maori Council’s high court injunction. As would any move by the Nats to push ahead with sales before getting the Tribunal’s report.

    Very true. In the previous paragraph mention is made of the potential for the Waitangi Tribunal to “lose all its Mana” – that is not a reality, or even a potential reality.

    and i love how the msm always go to certain commentators – for instance this ex ACT party lawyer. Frankly he is dangerous – especially to those wanting equality.

    A leading public lawyer and former MP, Stephen Franks, says he is “heartened” by threats from the Crown to push ahead with asset sales this year.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7404750/Ex-MP-backs-new-deadline-for-tribunal

    piss off back to ACT I say franks the last thing this debate needs is your imput IMO.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 7.1

      Disagree: the ravings of ACT loonies don’t enhance anyone’s credibility or mana. The National Party likes to present itself as “centre-right” – because they know their true doctrine renders them unelectable. The more their vandalism is associated with the fundamentalist minority fringe, the better.

      • marty mars 7.1.1

        Yes but he is not presented as “the fundamentalist minority fringe”, he is presented as a reasonable person, ooh and a lawyer. I do agree that the more the two parties are entwined the better.

  8. captain hook 8

    the nats want to muscle everybody.
    that is the way they are psychologically constituted.

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    In 2008, already privatised Contact Energy doubled directors fees and increased their prices 12%.

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    If we can get thousands of Mercury Energy customers to SWITCH OFF / SWITCH FROM Mercury Energy – then the share value of Mighty River Power will drop thus make any proposed investment less attractive. (Remember Facebook?)

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    Please help to spread the word!

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  10. AmaKiwi 10

    Thank you to Penny Bright (posting 9 above.)

    Stop posting and DO SOMETHING.

    Switch power companies NOW. (I am a Genesis customer.)

    “SWITCH OFF / SWITCH FROM Mercury Energy!

    “Switch to whom?

    “Publicly owned Meridian Energy ( Powershop Ph 0800 1000 60) http://www.powershop.co.nz )

    “Publicly owned Genesis Energy ( Energy Online Ph 0800 086 400 http://www.energyonline.co.nz )

    “THE CONTACT ENERGY PRECEDENT!

    “In 2008, already privatised Contact Energy doubled directors fees and increased their prices 12%.

    “In 6 months 40,000 customers left Contact Energy and their profits halved.

    “If we can get thousands of Mercury Energy customers to SWITCH OFF / SWITCH FROM Mercury Energy – then the share value of Mighty River Power will drop thus make any proposed investment less attractive. (Remember Facebook?)”

    Thanks, Penny.

  11. captain hook 11

    send out for some pillars and cecil b. demille
    the sun is not yellow it’s chicken.
    b dylan
    1966

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    Yesterday I spoke at the International Association of Democratic Lawyers congress in Brussels. In the audience there were over 500 hundred progressive lawyers from over 50 countries. Many of these lawyers focus on human rights issues. I called on the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 18-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Date of Release: Friday, April 18, 2014Body:  The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions."Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    First Union Media | 17-04
  • Could this man be Prime Minister of New Zealand?
    If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know that I have in the past written some pretty scathing posts on Labour’s Shane Jones. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’ve dismissed him not only as...
    Brian Edwards | 17-04
  • Movies, feminism and postfeminism
    So, a confession: I've never really liked biographical movies about women I otherwise admire. I'm not entirely sure why - there's something about the cliches they indulge in, the Hollywood-isation. (She lapses into total vagueness revealing, yet again, that she...
    The Hand Mirror | 17-04
  • Barabbas – An Easter Story
    "All I know is that he died and I live. Maybe it’s what lies at the heart of that day."  “YOU’RE A HARD MAN TO FIND!”, exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine upon the table. “I’ve...
    Bowalley Road | 17-04
  • Low Traffic Forecast For Costly Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz Previously I pointed out that the NZTA produced...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To...
    Real Climate | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Judith Collins explains
    Judith Collins explains what really happened at that dinner, and why it's no big deal....
    Imperator Fish | 17-04
  • Citibanker: the age of renewables is here
    Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy...
    Hot Topic | 17-04
  • Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
    I did interviews on TV 3 and Radio NZ about the drone strike that killed a Kiwi dual citizen in Yemen last year. There are many questions raised by the incident, but time constraints precluded addressing all of them. The...
    Kiwipolitico | 17-04
  • Photo of the Day: Lorne St
    A quick shot of Lorne St in front of the library. It appears Brobdingnagian gardeners have dropped by with some seriously big pot plants. I love them! About the only criticism I every heard about the shared space in Lorne...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • National: American lickspittles
    Yesterday we learned that America had murdered a New Zealand citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. Today, the government was closely quizzed about its views on this in Parliament. Steven Joyce (standing in for the PM) was very clear:...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • A $130 million gift to the rich
    When the government announced that it was selling off Genesis Energy, it deliberately underpriced it, with a discounted price, generous bonus scheme, and huge dividend. And today that has had the expected result, with Genesis shares leaping almost 20% on...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • New Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Labour’s manufacturing plan
    David Cunliffe has launched Labour's policy to get more manufacturing jobs back in New Zealand: Labour leader David Cunliffe launched the policy to an Auckland business audience this morning, adding the depreciation and procurement policies to the known suite of...
    Polity | 17-04
  • Easter PT shutdown
    It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works. Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break....
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts
    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Against secret "justice" in NZ
    Last year, in response to a series of court cases challenging its control orders or claiming compensation for human rights abuses by its intelligence services, the UK passed the Justice and Security Act 2013. The Act introduces a "Closed Material...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Massey chancellor sets up company in opposition to university
    Massey Chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the board of a company that intends to be New Zealand’s largest private training provider (PTE)...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Gibbs, Hayek, Canterbury and the free market for degrees
    The New Zealand Herald notes that philanthropist Alan Gibbs is about to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury today. One of the many institutions Alan Gibbs has donated his money to...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day
    As readers will know, I have long embraced the internet music revolution. The ability to discover and download new things pretty much as they're being made has reinvented and refreshed my lifelong relationship with popular music. But I still really...
    Public Address | 16-04
  • Great Sorkin Parody
    Aaron Sorkin (SportsNight, The West Wing, The Newsroom) makes a very particular style of TV. Some good parts to that, some really silly parts. Amy Schumer' Comedy Central parody of Sorkin is pitch-prefect and hilarious. Enjoy: Inside Amy SchumerGet More:...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Photographic proof
    Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and...
    The Hand Mirror | 16-04
  • Our future lies in science
    This is not a column on global warming, climate change or whether humans are or aren’t having an impact....
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Gordon Campbell on drone strikes and Judith Collins‘ last stand
    Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as “bug splat” – mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has...
    Gordon Campbell | 16-04
  • Revealed: Steven Joyce’s select committee submission
    Dear Education Select Committee, Well, there are less than two weeks for people to get their submissions in to you on my proposals to remove staff and students from university and wānanga councils. You...
    TEU | 16-04
  • World News Brief, Thursday April 17
    Top of the AgendaTensions Rise in Ukraine’s East Ahead of Talks...
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Northern Europe looks to end fixed-term agreements for academics
    Long strings of fixed term employment agreements are not just a problem here in New Zealand but Sweden too, according to Education International. But the Swedish Association of University Teachers (SULF) has a plan to solve this. It is turning...
    TEU | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Date of Release: Thursday, April 17, 2014Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today.The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, Christchurch Yarns, go into...
    First Union Media | 16-04
  • Collins: More contemptible lying
    Yesterday, Judith Collins treated New Zealand's media and people as if we were all complete fools. Here is what she said (via this morning's Herald): Ms Collins said she was unaware Oravida was having any problems getting its products into...
    Polity | 16-04
  • The Downside of Park and Ride
    Flicking back through older Atlantic Cities posts led to one from last year about Park and Ride catching my eye. It’s a fairly well reasoned cautionary tale which highlights the pitfalls and potential perverse outcomes from something that would appear...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Heartland logic: More people have heard of Fidel Castro than Michael Mann, ...
    This is a guest post from Narahani.   Or is happening and is good for you, or has stopped happening, or is caused by CO2 but only a little, or is about to reverse due to lots of yet-to-be-discovered negative...
    Skeptical Science | 16-04
  • Submission
    Below is my draft submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill. I'm primarily interested in the freedom of information issues; I expect other groups to be focused on the reporting itself. I support the aims of the Environmental Reporting Bill of...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Government’s ‘rock star economy’ throws hospital staff ou...
    The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star...
    PSA | 16-04
  • Lip service: it’s all climate action ever gets from Key & Co
    As expected, the New Zealand government’s response to the IPCC’s Working Group 3 report on mitigating climate change pays lip service to the science, while maintaining that NZ is doing all that can be expected. Climate change minister Tim Groser’s...
    Hot Topic | 16-04
  • Progress of FCV “slave ships” Bill is good news – but much work remai...
    The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the progress of the “slave ships” Bill in the New Zealand Parliament is good news – but much work remains to be done....
    MUNZ | 16-04
  • Judith Collins’ reputation dependent on Slater’s scandals
    Judith Collins' reputation as the possible next leader of the National party is in shreds. Her reputation as a minister of the crown in the Key owned National party caucus is in tatters. A resignation is the only honorable thing...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 16-04
  • Photo of the Day: Red III
    Learning Your Stripes, 2013, Regan Gentry, Papatoetoe. Commissioned by Auckland Council aer  ...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • The cost of tax cheats
    How much do corporate tax cheats cost? In the US, over US$180 billion a year:US taxpayers would need to pay an average of $1,259 more a year to make up the federal and state taxes lost to corporations and individuals...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Cats cavorting through capital – Morgan
    The capital’s cats are cavorting through Wellington properties at a rate of 49 million trespasses a year, according to a new study by anti-cat campaigner Gareth Morgan. Island Bay and the rest of the Southern Ward turned out to be...
    Gareth’s World | 16-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
    Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke Hugh Pavletich Performance Urban Planning Christchurch New Zealand 16 April 2014 The Housing Accord entered in to today between the Government and the Christchurch City Council, can only be described as a joke. Christchurch...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
    Infographic from Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2013 A Global View Of Giving Trends (click to see full size version)...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
    “There is a bizarre notion among bureaucrats, politicians and others that if they say something then it must be so - despite all evidence to the contrary” said David Tranter, Health spokesman for Democrats for Social Credit....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
    In its oral submission to the Health Select Committee today, UNICEF NZ expressed its strong support for the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill as a measure that will help reduce the uptake of smoking, and urged parliament...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
    Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
    The Smokefree Coalition is disappointed Imperial Tobacco did not win the Roger Award for Worst Trans-national Company operating in New Zealand, despite manufacturing products that kill 5000 New Zealanders every year....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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