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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%.

    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?)

    IT’S PEOPLE POWER TIME!!!!

    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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    TV3's decision to broadcast the Vodafone Music Awards live to air was a great call. Not that I was able to actually watch it, but being able to read tweets both from Vector Arena and the living rooms of home certainly...
    Public Address | 23-11
  • Sunday music: Talking Heads on cities
    A blast from the past: the Talking Heads’ ode to urbanity, “Cities”. This is from the band’s fantastic concert film Stop Making Sense: The Talking Heads emerged from 1970s New York. The city itself wasn’t doing so well at the...
    Transport Blog | 23-11
  • Our social betters
    by Michael Roberts In a great new book, Billionaires: reflections on the upper crust (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120092/billionaires-book-review-money-cant-buy-happiness), Darrel M West outlined various social surveys that show the richer a person is, the less likely they are to redistribute some of their wealth...
    Redline | 22-11
  • More details on the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path
    Auckland Transport have released more details about the route for the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr shared path that they and the NZTA are going to build over the next few years. The $30 million path will be built between 2015 and 2018 in four...
    Transport Blog | 22-11
  • Headline of the week
    Original. To quote our very own Lamia, “Maybe the Maori Party should have included a history lesson in their confidence and supply agreement.”...
    On the Left | 22-11
  • Who or What Was Onboard MH370, That Someone Doesn’t Want Found?
    239 people (including crew) were onboard MH370 when it mysteriously disappeared on March 8th this year.  Not one single piece of confirmed wreckage has ever been found, nor has a definite crash area been identified. I, like I am sure...
    An average kiwi | 22-11
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47B
    Acid maps reveal worst of climate change Buffalo mega snowstorm tied to climate change? China will place a limit on coal use in 2020 Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013 Fossil-fueled Republicanism  House Republicans just passed a...
    Skeptical Science | 22-11
  • For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle
    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog | 22-11
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left | 22-11
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road | 21-11
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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