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No details, please, we’re gallery hacks

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, January 31st, 2014 - 174 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, john key, labour, making shit up, Media, Politics - Tags:

The situation David Cunliffe has found himself in this week over Labour’s new early childhood policies neatly demonstrates one of big problems with Labour’s communications strategy – information overload.

Perhaps it is something of a hangover from the days of Helen Clark, who was on top of every little detail at any given moment, but Labour seems to think that producing screeds of information on their policies is both necessary and desirable. They think people will be impressed by how clever they are.

In fact, all they are doing is giving the media more rope to fashion a noose for Labour’s neck.

Political journalists do not require any special qualifications. They go to journalism school to learn how to structure an article and avoid being sued. There is no test you must pass to become a Gallery hack proving that you understand policy, economics or statistics.

Gallery hacks don’t know any of this stuff because they don’t need to. Their job is write ‘colour’ pieces about the ‘cut and thrust’ of politics. Long, boring wordy stuff with charts and numbers is both too much for their brains to handle and not what they are looking to write about anyway.

Put simply, a political reporter is only interested in one thing – who is winning or losing. The way they decide who is winning is based on what they decide public opinion on an issue is. Their opinion is not shaped by facts or charts or graphs, but on behaviour. They watch for every little stumble, every umm or aah, every nervous tic or slight change in the tone of a voice. They don’t really care who is right or wrong, only who looks and sounds convincing. When they smell uncertainty they start circling like sharks who’ve spotted a bleeding surfer.

Contrast National’s media strategy on their recent education announcement. John Key rocks up, announces something out of the blue, gives a bare minimum of detail and saunters away. The media spend their time frantically ringing around getting opinions from people and typing furiously about how National’s policy will be received. Hardly anything is known about how this policy will actually work in practice, but no one cares. The media pronounces it a winner because the people they have rung for comment by and large support it.

No journalist spends much time dogging Key with questions about the detail, because they have gotten what they wanted and moved on.

Labour, on the other hand, puts out a great deal of detail, leaves itself open to an easy attack by John Key, the journos smell blood and start ripping chunks off Cunliffe and he starts playing their game, apologising and promising to be more careful in future. Then he gets defensive and starts complaining about their bias.

Reactions like these get you nowhere with the media. Being meek marks you out as a victim for the slaughter and being defensive leaves you looking like a sore loser. The John Key playbook – acting like you’ve done nothing wrong even if you have committed a howling error – is a much better move here. Confidence marks a person as a winner, no matter what the facts are.

If Labour is going to win the election this year then they need to smarten up their game. No details, please, we’re New Zealanders.

Blue

174 comments on “No details, please, we’re gallery hacks”

  1. Paul 1

    A corrupted corporate media

  2. lprent 2

    Looking at the front page today, we seem to be having a media morning. No, it isn’t some vast conspiracy – just happens to be what turns up.

    In this case the reaction of the media to Labour this week was somewhat marked when compared to their credulous awe they displayed in the previous week at Nationals completely vague announcement about paying star teachers more.

    Somehow I never saw ANY journalists asking the obvious question. With all of these 5000 or so teachers partially removed from the schools that they are working at. Then where the schools are going to get the money to pay for reliefs whilst the stars are off elsewhere. That didn’t appear to have been part of Nationals announcement?

    It is hard enough for schools to get teachers already without pulling a pile of them off into some kind of mentoring/training role. Are we going to train more teachers to fill this gap?

    But then I guess few journalists have had to actually run an organisation with all of the basic management involved with missing staff eh?

    They really do appear to be just as shallow in their depth of understanding of the real world as Blue suggests. I suspect that his prescription is correct. Feed them less information and count on them being too over-worked or just damn lazy to dig for anything more.

    • Hayden 2.1

      Then where the schools are going to get the money to pay for reliefs whilst the stars are off elsewhere. That didn’t appear to have been part of Nationals announcement?

      I vaguely recall seeing something about schools being funded for replacements, both for teachers and principals. It didn’t address where all this relieving capacity was coming from, or how parents might feel about their “best” teachers being taken away.

      • PapaMike 2.1.1

        Am unsure how many of the “top” teachers actually now take classes.
        Our local Primary Head is more an Administrator, so am unsure how good he will be visiting/working in another school, as he is out of practice.
        I understand that there are many recently qualified teachers who cannot get a job at present, so more opportunities present themselves to get integrated into the system.

        • alwyn 2.1.1.1

          If that is the case then he won’t be one of the teachers chosen will he?
          As I understand the scheme they are going to be the ones who display great results in the classroom. If he isn’t doing that he won’t be an appropriate choice for an “Expert Teacher” or “Leader Teacher” roles.
          He could, on the other hand be eligible for an “Executive Principal” or “Change Principal” if he is good enough. They will be expected to be Administrators.

      • lprent 2.1.2

        I think that it was that they were going to talk about it. But if there are no funds allocated for it, then it can be considered to not exist. What is the bet that the schools will *eventually* be told after the election that they will have to take it from their own budgets.

        In which case, think of the economic reasons to keep a overpaid part-time teacher compared to firing them and getting a cheaper fulltime teacher.

    • Matthew Hooton 2.2

      I think the details of the government’s education announcement are to be worked out in consultation with trustees, principals and teacher unions. That is why there wasn’t much detail – although some in the education sector argued that not even the broad outline of the policy should have been announced without prior consultation with the unions and other groups.

      When it came to the opposition announcement, I don’t think it was the provision of detail that was the problem but that the speech misrepresented the detail. The guest poster is surely not arguing that the policy details should have been kept secret and the erroneous speech been given and not corrected?

      • lprent 2.2.1

        …surely not arguing that the policy details should have been kept secret…

        You mean like National did? There is no difference between keeping implementation and budget as secret and “…to be worked out in consultation with…” when what was announced has less than half of the required costs attached to the aspiration.

        Labours policy could have been expressed as being aspirational with a similar (near criminal?) lack of detail. I think that is what Blue is suggesting should have happened…

        • Matthew Hooton 2.2.1.1

          Yes there is. It seems that decisions have not been made how to implement the government’s policy – that will be worked out in good faith in consultation with the profession. So there is nothing to keep secret. The prime minister announced all there was to announce at this stage.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.2.1.1.1

            Be better that National don’t bother wasting money on fleshing out that dreg of a policy – National’s own spin will be used against them on this one – creating greater bureaucracy and more ‘middlemen’ is not the answer to the problems with our education system.

            • Matthew Hooton 2.2.1.1.1.1

              I agree with you on the substance of the policy, which I oppose and criticised in the media. But the point is, it wasn’t that they held back detail – they are promising to develop the detail in consultation with the teaching profession – so that the detail does not yet exist. That is very different from the Cunliffe issue where he misrepresented the detail.

              • Tracey

                You are right. They didnt hold back detail. Tbey had none. But which news channels radios and newspapers Pressed that with the pm or concluded it was empty and Redundant cos it is Nothing more than an idea. Thats right. None.

              • Draco T Bastard

                So what you and the other political journos should have been doing in relation to Key’s education announcement is demanding where’s the money rather than giving them a free-ride.

          • Tracey 2.2.1.1.2

            So key should have said… we have an idea but dont know anymore than that yet. He made it sound concrete.

          • KJT 2.2.1.1.3

            Translation. “It will be worked out with some in the profession, who can be bought to go along with their policy.

            • TightyRighty 2.2.1.1.3.1

              yes, the teacher unions will be sure to be silent on that one. given the outcry over national standards from that quarter i don’t think it likely that the patsies will be given an easy run.

              How about this. maybe it could actually work?

              as far as performance pay goes, it is a model that would work very well for the private sector. i like the fact nothing is entrenched. it’s all about making sure that performance is sustained and consistent. if the unions are cautiously agreeing, having them at the table with input will surely benefit the entire sector.

              Coaching programs could be offered by the union to struggling members to help them achieve the pay bonuses?

              it’s all a bit to much effort for the old work shy KJT though

              • KJT

                Try and keep up, TR.

                If you kept up with the management literature, you would know that top performing companies have long abandoned individual performance pay. Because it doesn’t work in the private sector, either.

                The companies with the highest paid executives are the worst performers overall.

                A glaring example of the effects of performance pay, in the form of share options, was ENRON.

                Solid Energy, is, of course, a local example.

                • TightyRighty

                  Oh yeah, I forgot that only company wide bonuses reward those who perform the strongest.

                  ENRON? are we even in the same century. if i wasn’t a touch over thirty i would have no idea what the hell you are talking about.

                  please explain how google, vying with apple for most valuable company in the world, best place to work pretty much since it was founded only reward all staff when the achievements of a few really create the wins?

                  Oh that is right, they don’t. GMAIL team? BSD’s. innovative, forward thinking, killing it on the bonus front. Google+? yeah, nuff said.

                  Those who can are managing and earning bonuses. those who can’t are writing books telling those others who can’t why bonus’ suck and don’t work. no surprise you are quoting them.

                  ENRON! LOL. you all right there old timer? bet your still reading your “latest” management literature in a book.

                  I find it weird you’d do that? that would involve actually showing enough initiative to go the book store or wherever the fuck you purchase dead trees from

          • emergency mike 2.2.1.1.4

            “It seems that decisions have not been made how to implement the government’s policy – that will be worked out in good faith in consultation with the profession.”

            Translation – no one’s got a clue how this is going to work.

          • Tautoko Viper 2.2.1.1.5

            Since when have National negotiated in good faith with teachers?

          • lprent 2.2.1.1.6

            Matthew: So if I understand you correctly, you are agreeing with Blue?

            Key didn’t have to release details because work was required to finalize those details.

            Because following that same logic, Cunliffe should have not have released any details because it would have (as they said) required working out in the basis of the budget at the time.

            Or you could simply be saying that you apply a double standard – which would be somewhat hypocritical eh?

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.2.2

        “When it came to the opposition announcement, I don’t think it was the provision of detail that was the problem but that the speech misrepresented the detail.”

        ….And nothing to do whatsoever with the fact that the right-wing went into overdrive to condemn the only thing that they could with regard to a good policy that will be popular…./sarc

        “The guest poster is surely not arguing that the policy details should have been kept secret and the erroneous speech been given and not corrected?”

        Logical fallacy alert: Strawman

        • Matthew Hooton 2.2.2.1

          There is no fallacy or straw man. If Labour’s policy was that people on PPL would only get 26 weeks of the $60/week payment then that is what the speech should have said. The poster seems to be saying the speech was ok as written and the problem was that the details of the policy were released – i.e., the erroneous speech should have been released but not the correct fact sheet (or at least its second version).

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.2.2.1.1

            You questioned and implied that the guest poster was arguing that the policy details should have been kept secret and the erroneous speech been given and not corrected.

            This is nonsense that Blue would be doing this.

            Perhaps you don’t understand what the strawman fallacy entails – I did supply a link for you to follow:

            “By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone’s argument, it’s much easier to present your own position as being reasonable, but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.”

            • Matthew Hooton 2.2.2.1.1.1

              No, the poster, Blue, said the political mistake was that Labour issued the details. S/he says they should not have. But that was not the problem. The problem was that the speech doubled the value of the handout compared with what the detailed policy statement did. So, really, Blue’s post should have been “Labour must not exaggerate value of policies in summary speeches” rather than attacking the media for reading through the material provided and finding that the speech was inaccurate. It is like the Budget. Vast amounts of detail are provided and the Minister of Finance’s speech must accurately summarise that. If, say, a National government was cutting tax and the minister said the tax cut was worth $2000 a year to a family when the true amount was $1000, that would be appalling. It would be no good to say that the problem was that the media bothered to read the detail and discover the misrepresentation or lie.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                Ah! I see where you are coming from – yes you have a point – you are taking what is offered by Blue and following through on what might have occurred had Labour taken Blue’s approach and on rereading Blue’s post I would agree, that certainly can be read into what Blue is saying.

                This doesn’t explain the angle of the error being promoted as a ‘deliberate lie’ nor the requirement that the media has for Labour to cross all its ‘i’s’ and dot all its ‘t’s’ while JK gets to lie wholesale to us on a regular basis.

                Nor does it acknowledge that the people missing out may not need or care about missing out on $60

                However you have a point – my apologies for the accusation.

                • Matthew Hooton

                  If the people who might miss out on the $60 may neither need it or care about it, why on earth would you tax other people to pay it to them in the first place?

                  • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                    People on paid parental leave may not need it and they are not being paid it – that is the error that was ‘discovered’ by the media – isn’t it??

                    • Matthew Hooton

                      My point is that if $60 a week is going to solve or significantly reduce child poverty then getting it for 26 weeks or 52 weeks must matter. If it is argued that it really doesn’t matter that the people concerned won’t be getting it for the first six months, then how can it matter whether or not they get it for the second six months? And of course it gets cancelled just as soon as the baby gets old enough to start costing series money.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      Because those on paid parental leave are receiving another greater payment therefore don’t qualify for it in the first six months. They then lose that greater payment and therefore require it for the next 6 months – [perhaps encouraging a parent to stay at home for longer - which has proven advantages for the child.]

                    • Colonial Viper

                      So you would speak in favour of it being a full 52 weeks for struggling parents then Matthew?

                      Or would you prefer it to be zero weeks? Please be honest.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      @ CV

                      It is interesting how even the most deceptive people have difficulty telling direct lies.

                    • bad12

                      Dance wee Matty dance, careful tho lest you slip off of the head of the pin upon which you spin…

      • Anne 2.2.3

        You’re ‘misrepresenting’ again Matthew Hooton. He didn’t misrepresent the policy.

        Were you there? Doubt it. I was. His explanation of the detail was clear enough for me . I knew what he meant and I bet the vast majority of the audience did too. Sure, there was room for improvement, but I suspect at least some of those gallery hacks also knew what he meant but it suited them to turn dirty on Cunliffe on the ‘implied instruction’ of lover-boy, J Key. And my God, listen to who is talking. Key can hardly string two sentences together without committing every grammatical and diction error in the book.

        … Labour seems to think that producing screeds of information on their policies is both necessary and desirable. They think people will be impressed by how clever they are.

        There’s certainly an element of truth in that Blue but it goes back further than Helen Clark. I can remember LP people making the same accusation back in the 1970s. Helen Clark was on top of every detail, but by and large she simplified her explanations for public consumption. Cunliffe has the same ability to be on top of detail, but maybe he needs to learn to be more simplistic in his public utterances. Sounds insulting I know, but for many of the punters out there they only seem to understand simplistic language.

      • QoT 2.2.4

        “We don’t have the solutions, we don’t know how it’s going to work or how we’ll implement it, but we definitely know it will cost $359 million.”

        That’s National Party “governance” for you.

    • greywarbler 2.3

      lprent
      It must be annoying for knowledgable people to hear their topic bandied around in a misinformed or misleading manner. Perhaps some of the progressive academics could be asked if they would like to put a paragraph opinion piece that would give some hard base to discussion. Either to lead some, or to add to some already under way. Have you had that in mind Lynn? I envisage it would go up with the body of the post under their name perhaps with a disclaimer if they felt that was best. Or even a thinkpiece by anonymous who had some years experience and a point that was illuminating.

  3. McFlock 3

    Perhaps it is something of a hangover from the days of Helen Clark, who was on top of every little detail at any given moment, but Labour seems to think that producing screeds of information on their policies is both necessary and desirable. They think people will be impressed by how clever they are.

    to be fair, if labour don’t produce screeds of information on each policy, they get shit for being too vague and allegations that any gap in the policy description is incompetently handled and an indication that some people will be neglected.

    I suspect the main issue at the moment is that one particular hack has his knickers in a twist about not being sucked up to. But he’ll either get over himself or get reduced to being as useful as a soggy teabag left over from the 2011 Cup of Tea

  4. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4

    I think your article has relevance, Blue, however I think you are being too charitable toward what has recently occurred in the media.

    The issue over Mr Cunliffe ‘lying’ came straight out of John Key’s mouth and the media continued to repeat it. This is more than simply looking for the winner – this is an attempt to create the winner.

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    If a journalist insists on “reporting” a story as if he works for News of the World, sanction them. As I mentioned yesterday, cut their access back and give their competitors exclusives and information first.

    • This should be trialled on Gower.

    • weka 5.2

      Years ago Tariana Turia started to refuse to speak to the MSM because they were so completely shit at reporting on Maori issues. She instead talked to Maori media. This seems to have worked. As the mP gained power the MSM had to take Maori issues more seriously and get to grips with how to report them. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re doing well with that, but I do think her actions forced change.

    • alwyn 5.3

      I hope that you don’t work for the CIA.
      If you do that talk of “sanction them” may really get people scared.
      Wasn’t that the polite way of saying “poison the bastards” in JFK’s time?

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5.4

      @ CV

      I suggest that Labour, the Greens & any other decent party that understands the importance of accurate information for democracy to function to use some of their resources to go behind the scenes and investigate the connections as to why our media are choosing to act in this way.

      There is very little doubt in my mind that there is major corruption going on with this current government and our media

  6. Skinny 6

    As you rightly point out some of them couldn’t really give 2 hoots and it’s all about the ratings and their own ego. I stay friendly with a number of the ones that are useful to hang one on National like a sloppy Minister, provided the oil you have will be of interest to the public and boost the jurno’s esteem. If you line up a few opposition party MP’s in on the act your away laughing. The beauty is a good journalist never reveals their sources.

  7. Murray Olsen 7

    I think I agree with this. The detail can be given in supporting documents. Of course, one problem is that while our cringing Tory hack journalists will accept this from their side, they’ll push against it when it comes from the left. In any case, I think we can and need to do better.

    • weka 7.1

      The irony there Murray is that apparently the press gallery were given an edited, shorter version.

      btw, is that version in the public domain yet?

  8. Tracey 8

    Little repeated fact about the building consent rjse which national attribute to its policies. Did national orchestrate the earthquakes? Thats the only way their misleading statements today make sense. Twyford spoke well but didnt say smith is being deliberately misleading.

    ” Westpac Banking Corp senior economist Michael Gordon said in a note. “The Canterbury rebuild continues to dominate the totals, but the re-emergence of the Auckland apartment market is a notable recent trend.” “

  9. greywarbler 9

    The ‘cut and thrust’ of politics.
    Stream of consciousness. Sort of amusing, strangely.
    (I just had an inkling about this strangeness, and it’s that most of us have a bit of neanderthal in us, our past people before they found out what a past participle was, interbred so they could get some cool jeans, I mean genes, so they could cope in cooler climes after having come out of Africa. True, this was an interesting piece quoted from magazine Nature I think)

    What does cut and thrust bring to mind :
    The pen is mightier than the sword.
    Ultimate fighting.
    He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.
    Sounds like a job working in a butcher’s shop or an abbatoir.
    A job for those interested in blood sports, and not smart or quick enough to take on the sport of fencing, rather than putting up enclosures on farms.
    It’s for people who need people, they’re the loveliest people in the world.
    Entitlement, one feels the need to try and show the lower classes where they are going wrong.
    It’s passing that course in business law and defamation, most important to get good marks there.
    Need to be able to drink, and take a p..sss together, that’s important for getting the best scuttlebutt.
    That’s for men usually, but women aren’t precluded, no sirree. Did I tell you the one about the femme who could drink everyone under the table, and when she got you under there….well!
    Have to be able to read and write, type, and use all manner of technological devices, some more vice than deee. Know what I mean, nudge, nudge.

    Cripes mate. There is hardly any room in this CV for being able to understand political ethics, policy fashions and foibles, the various shapes of organisations for running countries, hegemony, anything about money and where it comes from, (and where it goes nudge, nudge again), and the needs of the modern society, trading patterns, medical and nutrition effects on longevity and fertility and morbidity, and population growth, and the population drift through war and climate disruption and………….

  10. weka 10

    The satire tag is missing.

    Fuck the gallery hacks, and fuck letting them choose the next govt because they’re too lazy to do a good job. I and many others here are old enough to remember when journalists served the common good. We should be fighting for that.

    “Hardly anything is known about how this policy will actually work in practice, but no one cares”

    I care. I do agree that Labour need to sharpen their act up, but they’re getting better. That the policy detail was online pretty much as soon as Cunliffe’s speech was finished was good and improvement on pre-DC Labour.

    Yes, they fucked up re the PPL thing, but that we all know what the policy is this week, in detail, is a good thing.

    Maybe the real problem this week was that the MSM was thrown by a Labour party being an actual labour party. Yeah Labout made a mistake, but they also produced something bloody interesting. The gallery reaction to the mistake allowed everyone to see what a complete tosser Gower is. The more that kind of shit is made visible the better. Time to stand up to that kind of sloppy, self-serving, egotistical jonolism.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.1

      +1 I agree with all you say here apart from ” and fuck letting them choose the next govt because they’re too lazy to do a good job.”

      As I said above – I think this is far too charitable with what is going on in our media. It has got beyond the point of ‘laziness’ – it appears to be a very ‘energetic’ push to promote the right-wing parties’ policies and keep them in power; of encouraging right-wing interests (i.e. the very small group of very wealthy peoples’ interests) to keep their self-absorbed, narrow-minded, mean and greedy hold on this country.

      Someone should be tailing Gower and his ilk and finding out the connections between him and the National party. What has occurred in the last week and since Nat have been in power reeks of right-wing government influence of our information sources and we need to know how this is occurring.

      The media wasn’t excellent prior to this government coming into power – it has degenerated severely since it has been in power, though. Recall all the informative channels we have lost TV7, SBS One & Two, Stratos – all these channels had good informative programmes and we have lost all but a very few of those programmes.

      Here is a starting point for making the connections: TV3 got a big handout from this government and it is the worst TV channel for right wing bias.

      • weka 10.1.1

        The lazy bit was simply that the information they wanted was already online and none of them bothered to check.

        TV3 also have Campbell Live.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.1.1.1

          My point being:

          It is not laziness that lead them to promote this angle on Cunliffe and Labour – this was right-wing spin- and they were very energetic in promoting such.

          • weka 10.1.1.1.1

            I suppose I’m not willing to assume that all political journalists are as you describe, despite some being so.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.1.1.1.1.1

              I would agree with that – TV3 is the worst and appears to be where most of the trouble is originating. As for newspapers – don’t read a lot out of them – because I can’t stand the bias, opinionated unsigned articles and inaccuracies I always find in them when I do.

          • fisiani 10.1.1.1.2

            The problem for The Cunliffe is that now the year has begun with him saying one thing and then admitting he was wrong not once but now three times, PPL, tax credits and antenatal care. The Cunliffe has lost any last vestige of credibility with the media and the public. Watch for The Cunliffe fake Polynesian accent video clip of 2011 to be replayed over and over. The only question is what digit will follow the 2 in the next poll. Not even I can expect that it will be what digit follows the 1.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.1.1.1.2.1

              Sometimes it is interesting to read the thoughts of someone lost in their own fantasies, Fisiani, thanks for that.

    • Matthew Hooton 10.2

      But the gallery, particularly TV3, wasn’t lazy and did do a good job. They read all the background material and found that Cunliffe had misrepresented his own policy, deliberately or otherwise.

      • Colonial Viper 10.2.1

        Of course. Its merely investigating John Key’s policy spending claims where they get lazy.

      • Hayden 10.2.2

        …deliberately…

        If you believe that you probably also believe that he’d falsify his CV in a way that could be easily checked, perhaps by asking his old employer, examining time-sheets, that sort of thing.

        Here, I’ll fix the speech:

        There is no year more critical than the first. That’s why today, I am announcing that for 59,000 families with new-born babies, they will all receive a Best Start payment of $60 per week, for the first year of their child’s life.

        becomes:

        There is no year more critical than the first. That’s why today, I am announcing that for 59,000 families with new-born babies, they will all receive a Best Start payment of $60 per week, for the first year of their child’s life, once Paid Parental Leave entitlements have ended.

        Seven words; bit of an oversight, hardly a sustained campaign of disinformation.

        • Matthew Hooton 10.2.2.1

          Quite an important seven words though. Your first par would be untrue and the second would be true. The first par doubles the true value of the handout, which is not trivial.

          • Hayden 10.2.2.1.1

            No-one said it was trivial, but it’s easy to miss seven words out of 2510 (as published) words, and it’s one point out of a whole lot of points that was missed.

            If you really want to play games with semantics, you could argue that it was left unsaid that the Best Start payment would have an abatement rate of 100% against Paid Parental Leave. An important omission, but not technically a lie.

            • Matthew Hooton 10.2.2.1.1.1

              Usually politicians are more careful or honest when it comes to the key paragraph in a speech announcing a policy. Finance ministers, for example, summarise dozens of policy and spending changes in their Budget speeches without making this sort of “error”.

              • KJT

                Like “we will not raise GST” Key?

                You are a joke, Hooton, Though rather a sick one.

                • fisiani

                  Want to find a citation for that. People tried and failed in 2011. I challenge you to find any evidence of him stating “we will not raise GST”. Note the closed quotation mark. Find a clip with his quotation finishing at that point . You are simply misquoting by selection of 5 words in sequence without allowing people to remember the rest of his answer. Typical Leftist attempted smear. Didn’t work in 2011 and will not work in 2014.

                    • fisiani

                      Epic Fail blue leopard. Want another try? Still not a shred of evidence of those 5 words in isolation and no acknowledgment that the response was to a different question.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      What is wrong with it? I am on dial-up so couldn’t check – although I tried.

                      The article quotes Mr Key

                      “In the video, taken during a press conference in 2008, Mr Key was asked to rule out a hike in GST after suggestions the next government would have no choice but to raise GST to 15 per cent, and raise taxes.

                      Mr Key’s response to the question was: “National is not going to be raising GST. National wants to cut taxes not raise taxes. We acknowledge the point [made], which is that there is a decade of deficits facing New Zealand. But that comes back to our core point …the fastest way to eliminate those deficits and get New Zealand back into surplus is to get New Zealand growing again.”

                      Are they misquoting the video?
                      Sounds reasonable to assume that National are not going to be raising GST from that quote.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      Gee…is that all you’ve got for your ‘he didn’t really say it’ theory??

              • Tracey

                Lololololol

                • fisiani

                  Blue Leopard again EPIC Fail. You have misquoted yet again.

                  • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                    I haven’t misquoted anything – that was a direct cut and paste from Stuff- if you have a problem with what they reported perhaps you might want to lodge a formal complaint to them.

                    Your argument is obscure Fisiani and if you don’t want to explain – it is going to stay that way.

                    That is one hell of a way to make a point you’ve got there; one where no one apart from yourself understands what you are wittering on about.

              • Hayden

                170,000 jobs?

              • McFlock

                surplus?
                cost of asset sales?
                income from asset sales?

              • Anne

                Unlike most Tories Matthew Hooton, David Cunliffe is able to make a full speech without notes in front of him. He made a mistake leaving out a handful of words, but what he subsequently said adequately explained what he had previously omitted in error. Just as well isn’t it, those hacks don’t apply the same blow torch to their beloved master, John Key. Phew, that must be a relief given the unforgivable lies Key frequently utters.

                You see, Cunliffe made it clear – and I paraphrase – that no-one was going to be allowed to rort the system, and only one ‘payment’ would be available to parents at any given time. That was my understanding anyway.

              • mickysavage

                Usually politicians are more careful or honest when it comes to the key paragraph in a speech

                Careful Matthew. Remember when you had to apologise for calling David a liar previously? Details are at http://thestandard.org.nz/matthew-hooton-apologises-sort-of/ if you forget.

                Do I sense a campaign of denigration attacking David’s honesty? After all the reality does not matter, all that is important is the creation of an illusion …

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.2.2.1.2

            Whilst clarifying information is good – I think compared to what people are receiving on paid parental leave it is a very trivial point for the mainstream media to be making a big song and dance over.

            Or do you think that those receiving paid parental leave are in such great need that an extra 60 bucks is substantial ‘loss’ for them?

            • Matthew Hooton 10.2.2.1.2.1

              For the 270,000 children Labour claims are living in “poverty”, I would have thought the difference between PPL+$3120 and PPL+$1560 – an average of $30 a week in that first year or life – would be material. It is odd for anyone in Team Cunliffe to be saying that it wasn’t an important enough issue for the media to be highlighting because $1560 a year is not all that much.

              • McFlock

                Wow, so suddenly a nat spin doctor cares about making a [positive] difference for the poor.

                labgrn are beginning to look like the harbingers of real [positive] change…

                • Matthew Hooton

                  I am neither claiming to care nor not care. It is just that if you announce a policy you claim will end poverty for 270,000 children it is material whether or not the handout is $3120 or $1560 – and if you say the former when the truth is that latter, you can hardly bleat about media bias when they point out your error.

                  • McFlock

                    I am neither claiming to care nor not care.

                    Hooten refuses to confirm or deny caring about the poor.
                    Got that.

                    It is just that if you announce a policy you claim will end poverty for 270,000 children

                    bold claim for a policy that only affects ~59k babies a year, I agree. Got a source?

                    Your real difficulty with this policy is (that regardless of whether it’s $1500 or $3000) poorer parents still know that it’s $1500 or $3000 more than you bastards will ever do for them.

                  • Hayden

                    policy you claim will end poverty for 270,000 children

                    Speaking of inaccuracy…

                    • Matthew Hooton

                      Ok, fair enough, if you claim it will materially address child poverty …

                    • McFlock

                      if you claim it will materially address child poverty

                      in that case, either $1.5k or $3k will “materially address child poverty”. So no problem, because it’s still more than nactoids would do.

                  • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                    @ Matthew Hooton

                    Do you think that those in the 270 000 children category are receiving paid parental leave?

                    I assumed paid parental leave comes with well paid jobs – not poorly paid ones

                  • emergency mike

                    “you can hardly bleat about media bias when they point out your error.”

                    If they had ‘pointed out an error’ that would be fine Matthew, it’s the anguished, outraged, over the top reaction from certain corners of the media that is objectionable.

                    Key announces an education policy which despite being apparently costed out to the nearest $10m is horribly vague and devoid of any meaningful details, and the media pack calls it a good un’.

                    Nah no media bias here.

          • Puddleglum 10.2.2.1.3

            Matthew, it’s actually less than seven words astray of your sudden and selective logical stringency over sentence formation and truth value.

            Simply change the word ‘will’ to ‘can’ and it’s true. (PPL is an entitlement that does not have to be taken).

            Did you fail to notice – despite your deep and genuine concern over truth value in relation to political speeches – that in John Key’s speech (and consistently repeated in Hekia Parata’s subsequent interviews) there were completely untrue statements to the effect that research overwhelmingly shows that teacher quality is the most important influence on student achievement?

            Do you agree that that statement fundamentally misled the New Zealand public? Also, given that it represented the rationale for the policy – rather than ‘merely’ a detail of the policy – don’t you think it represents a far more worrying misrepresentation?

            • Hayden 10.2.2.1.3.1

              Yes, it’s about #54 on the Hattie (PBUH) Index, isn’t it?

              • Hayden

                To answer my own question, it’s #56:

                http://visible-learning.org/hattie-ranking-influences-effect-sizes-learning-achievement/

                “Pre-term birth weight” is #38, and “Not labelling children” (goodbye National Standards!) is #20. I expect David Farrar to be on this any minute now…

              • Matthew Hooton

                Are you sure Hattie doesn’t say teachers are the most important influence on student achievement than students themselves? Read this: http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/webdav/site/education/shared/hattie/docs/teachers-make-a-difference-ACER-(2003).pdf

                But it teacher quality doesn’t affect student achievement, then the Treasury will be delighted because they can all be sacked and replaced with minimum-wage baby-sitters and the students will be no worse off!

                • McFlock

                  Once again a tory shill thinks that “not the most important” means “completely unimportant”.

                  Either than, or once again a tory shill turns out to be a barefaced liar and unprincipled sophist.

                • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                  How about you read this article from Puddleglums – ‘The Political Scientist’ BlogSpot Mr Hooton and tell me why the media didn’t pick up on this error in Key’s State of the Nation speech:

                  “A mountain of evidence shows that the quality of teaching – inside the classroom – is the biggest influence on kids’ achievement.” [- From Key's SON speech]

                  [....There’s a slight problem with this statement...]

                  “A study published earlier this month by researchers at North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California-Irvine, for example, finds that parental involvement — checking homework, attending school meetings and events, discussing school activities at home — has a more powerful influence on students’ academic performance than anything about the school the students attend. Another study, published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, reports that the effort put forth by parents (reading stories aloud, meeting with teachers) has a bigger impact on their children’s educational achievement than the effort expended by either teachers or the students themselves. And a third study concludes that schools would have to increase their spending by more than $1,000 per pupil in order to achieve the same results that are gained with parental involvement….”

                  “So parents matter — a point made clear by decades of research showing that a major part of the academic advantage held by children from affluent families comes from the “concerted cultivation of children” as compared to the more laissez-faire style of parenting common in working-class families….”

                  “In fact, the Prime Minister didn’t even have to read “decades of research” or go to sociology conferences to discover this point.”

                  Research on student learning consistently shows that the largest source of variation in student learning is attributable to differences in what students bring to school – their abilities and attitudes, and family and community background – factors that difficult for policy makers to influence, at least in the short-run.

                  Perhaps John Key just ‘mis-spoke’ on that claim that “[a] mountain of evidence shows that the quality of teaching – inside the classroom – is the biggest influence on kids’ achievement“. Perhaps he meant to say “[a] mountain of evidence shows that – inside the classroom – the quality of teaching is the biggest influence on kids’ achievement“.

                  Or maybe not.” – Puddleglum

                • Hayden

                  It’s just a little joke about DPF claiming that Metiria Turei was lying about the effect on poverty on the change in educational achievements, apparently arrived at by counting the items on the list. To be consistent he should be jumping on anyone who claims the most important factor in education is anything other than “Self-report grades”.

                  If you look at the graphic on the linked page it’s essentially meaningless in terms of comparing one influence to another, for example the list also contains “Drugs” and “Mathematics”.

                  By the way, from your link:

                  Students which account for about 50% of the variance of achievement. It is what students brings to the table that predicts achievement more than any other variable. The correlation between ability and achievement is high, so it is no surprise that bright students have steeper trajectories of learning than their less bright students. Our role in schools is to improve the trajectory of all these
                  students, and I note the recent PIRLS and TIMMS studies which have shown
                  that our trajectory for the not so bright students is one of the flattest in the
                  OECD worlds.

                  Home which accounts for about 5-10% of the variance – considering that the major effects of the home are already accounted for by the attributes of the student. The home effects are more related to the levels of expectation and
                  encouragement, and certainly not a function of the involvement of the parents
                  or caregivers in the management of schools.

                  Teachers who account for about 30% of the variance. It is what teachers know, do, and
                  care about which is very powerful in this learning equation.

                  (italics mine)

                  So the home and the student are largely inseparable, and together have nearly/exactly twice the influence of the teacher.

                • Matthew,

                  My point was that research shows that teachers are not the most important influence on student achievement.

                  As all researchers in the area know, the most important influences on achievement are outside the school. If National had $379m it wanted to spend on improving student achievement over the long-run it would have been far better to spend it on those external factors.

                  As for what Treasury knows, here’s an extract from their Advice on Lifting Student Achievement in 2012:

                  Research on student learning consistently shows that the largest source of variation in student learning is attributable to differences in what students bring to school – their abilities and attitudes, and family and community background – factors that difficult for policy makers to influence, at least in the short-run.

                  [BTW, it is highly debatable that such factors are "difficult for policy makers to influence" and, in any case, such a claim goes against most of the welfare reforms instituted by this government. Those reforms are based on the belief that you certainly can change the "family and community background" and, indeed, the "attitudes" of individuals to make them more 'responsible'. But that's another argument.]

                  Perhaps John Key just ‘mis-spoke’ in his claim that “[a] mountain of evidence shows that the quality of teaching – inside the classroom – is the biggest influence on kids’ achievement“. Perhaps he meant to say “[a] mountain of evidence shows that – inside the classroom – the quality of teaching is the biggest influence on kids’ achievement“.

                  But I know that you’re against people retrospectively adjusting the sentences in politicians’ speeches, so we have to conclude that Key misled New Zealand with his statement.

                  A very serious case of misrepresentation of the rationale for a policy, don’t you agree?

                  Edit: I see that extracts from my post on this have just been extracted by blue leopard.

                  • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                    @ Puddleglum

                    An excellent point that you make – yet more evidence our media are blatantly biased – it is very telling that Hooton doesn’t answer to your point.

                    Excellent article, by the way, Puddleglum, thanks.

                  • Tracey

                    Oh dear… johnny lied and matthew ran away from answering.

                    Ssdd

                • Tautoko Viper

                  reductio ad absurdum argument, Matthew.

                • KJT

                  Hattie himself said he was excluding outside school influences for the purpose of that study.

                  But you know that don’t you, Hooton?

                  I hear you are now part of the “party for individual responsibility” the one whose members never take individual responsibility for anything.
                  Including their own criminal ACT’s and, the disaster, their policies have inflicted on New Zealand, for 3 decades.

                • Tracey

                  Is one person a mountain of research or evidence

      • weka 10.2.3

        “But the gallery, particularly TV3, wasn’t lazy and did do a good job. They read all the background material and found that Cunliffe had misrepresented his own policy, deliberately or otherwise.”

        Yeah, nah. The version I read online was up soon after the speech. What happened on ts is that we read or listened to the speech, and then we started asking questions. Some of us went and found answers to those questions by looking at the Labour Party website. The thing about the $60/wk starting after PPL ends is on the front page of the main document. It wasn’t hard to find, and many of us had already read it before Gower started his little ego trip.

        If the Press Gallery had access to different material, and wanted to know about whether the child payment was on top of PPL, all they had to do was ask. Or go online. I’m sure some of them even have smart phones.

        Gower made it into a big fucking issue, and as per usual, made shit up. That’s not doing a good job. Do you really think that it serves NZ for the focus to be on a Labour Party communications mistake and for that mistake to be spun into lies, or on the actual policy?

        • Matthew Hooton 10.2.3.1

          So when a party leader stands up and announces in a major policy speech a policy that s/he says is worth $3120, and then the press gallery reads the background documents and finds out it is worth only $1560, then they should say “oh well, no big deal, at least it was correct in the fact sheet” and decide it is not news? Disagree with you sorry. That sounds like lead story material to me.

          • Tracey 10.2.3.1.1

            So you agree the media has failed to make alot of le
            ad stories about key’s misleading statements… given you think such things are not trivial.

          • weka 10.2.3.1.2

            I didn’t say that, so stop spinning that line.

            Gower spun that Cunliffe had deliberately misled the media and the public. But at the very same time he was doing that, the actual policy was online for anyone to see. If you really think that Cunliffe was trying to mislead everyone intentionally, please tell me how that planning session would have played out, I’d love to know.

            It was mistake. By all means point it out. But don’t tell lies.

          • emergency mike 10.2.3.1.3

            “they should say “oh well, no big deal, at least it was correct in the fact sheet” and decide it is not news? Disagree with you sorry. That sounds like lead story material to me.”

            No Matthew, they should point out that Labour has made a slightly embarrasing error in the presentation on their policy, ask for clarifiaction, and move on. Hysterical claims and attacks about Cunliffe ‘deliberately misleading’ at the same time as the correct information is freely and clearly available, not so much.

            • TightyRighty 10.2.3.1.3.1

              slightly embarrassing that he got caught out lying.

              • emergency mike

                Whatever works for you righty, I’m sure those parents who miss out on the $60 per week in the first 6 months are totally gutted to realize that they’re only getting paid parental leave. Oh that sneaky ol’ Cunliffe.

          • Skinny 10.2.3.1.4

            The problem for Labour is they don’t have many paid staffers around them to act quickly when a slip up is made. Of course on the other side of the fence there is countless paid spin merchants such as yourself Matthew to pick up any flaws. Bit average the caucus didn’t pick it up or did they?

          • BLiP 10.2.3.1.5

            So when the PRIME MINISTER stands up and announces in a major policy speech a policy that HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW WILL IT WORK OR HOW MUCH IT WILL COST, and then the press gallery reads the background documents and finds out JOHN KEY IS LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH ABOUT ALL SORTS OF THINGS THROUGHOUT THE SPEECH, then they should say nothin and decide it is not news? Disagree with you sorry. That sounds like lead story material to me.

            Yep, sure does.

          • RedLogix 10.2.3.1.6

            So when a party leader stands up and announces in a major policy speech a policy that s/he says is worth $3120, and then the press gallery reads the background documents and finds out it is worth only $1560,

            Only in the case they have already chosen to receive PPL. I went to the DoL web calculator: http://www.dol.govt.nz/paidparental/

            I entered the details for an employed mum who had been working for 3 years with the same employer on $45,000 pa. and the result was:

            You are entitled to (unpaid) statutory parental leave of:
            special leave (up to 10 days during your pregnancy e.g. for doctor visits)
            maternity leave (up to 14 weeks – up to 6 before the birth and the balance of the 14 weeks after the birth)
            extended leave (up to 52 weeks, including the 14 weeks maternity leave and including any extended leave taken by your partner – this entitlement may be shared with your partner).
            If you choose to take parental leave, you are entitled to the statutory parental leave payment. Your payment will be $488.17 per week before tax. This will be paid from the start of your parental leave until the earlier of the following:

            the end of 14 weeks; or

            the date you return to work; or

            if you resign, the date you resign.

            Whichever way you cut it, all new parents will be at least better off by $60 pw under either of these schemes. I repeat Mathew – why would anyone think it reasonable to doubled-dip Best Start and PPL?

    • Tim 10.3

      +1 !
      Ignore the hacks and simply deal with the genuine 4th Estate.
      (e.g. Maori Television and parts of RNZ – and occasionally TV3 where it is directed to specific programmes)

      Engage in ‘live’ debate with the likes of gower and other lazy, egotistical, Max Headroom, self-promoting hacks only – i.e. ‘live and direct/real time’ in a forum that doesn’t allow them the luxury of their applying lack-lustre interpretive skills (they have none).

      Live Morning Report, Live Checkpoint, Live crosses, Live Campbell Live, Maori Television, etc.
      Ignore Gower doorstops and so on – except to say …. “Paddy, I’ll speak with you live and direct”

      I mean if Key can do it – why not others (note …. Key is too gutless to front up on RNZ most times – especially with the likes of Kim Hill and others – he simply goes with the lazy and the ‘sympathetic/pathetic).

      ….. even issue a press release explaining the policy stating that certain in the media appear to be intent on misrepresentation, and the safest way to avoid that is to front up ‘live’.

  11. Jan 11

    Gosh, weka, you must be positively ancient if you can remember when journalists served the common good!
    In the early 1970s my then partner was a parliamentary journalist. My observation was (and I had plenty of opportunity to observe – the Nats, especially were only too ready to pour alcohol down their throats on the slightest of excuses) that they were a right wing bunch, some worse than others, who quite unashamedly wrote biased pieces almost as a matter of course and thought they were jolly clever fellows! The major difference between then and now seems to me to be a matter of degree – they were quite a lot more subtle about it back then. Just as now they weren’t terribly bright, really – I think journalism attracts a lot of dross.

    • weka 11.1

      I was speaking more generally Jan than just the parliamentary reporters. I remember when Gordon Campbell left the Listener, and the general shift that occured in the 80s. I’m not that old ;-) I’m also thinking about the shift to celebrity journalism and what happened with the coming of Paul Holmes.

      Do you think that even in the 70s where there was obvious bias that there was a different set of ethics. I actually don’t have a problem with bias so long as its explicit. What Gower did wasn’t political bias so much as turning political reporting into his own little high drama circus.

      What the post here seemed to be arguing is that this is the way jonolism is, so political parties should accept that, and adapt their strategy. I’m saying there is a limit to how much that should happen, and jonolism shouldn’t be left to set the agenda.

      • Jan 11.1.1

        In a way that 1970s bias was more harmful than what is happening now – it wasn’t explicit, it was quite subtle, at least as far as ‘man in the street’ was concerned. . Hopefully Gower’s ‘circus’ is so blatant as to be outrageously obvious, if not now , then eventually.
        The only difference in ethics that I can see is that back then they forbore to uncover the sexual indiscretions of members of both sides of the house (and they were many and varied!). A sort of gentleman’s agreement, if you like ????????????
        Celebrity journalism was another ball of wax – it was who they chose that was the insult to our intelligence. Ethics had very little to do with it, either personally or professionally.
        And don’t even get me started on the decline of the Listener!

  12. Matthew Hooton 12

    “Perhaps it is something of a hangover from the days of Helen Clark, who was on top of every little detail at any given moment.”

    Yes, that is probably right. Helen Clark was a hard worker who would have read through and understood all the details of the policy before approving and giving her speech. David Cunliffe does not appear to have her work ethic.

    • McFlock 12.1

      Well, he’d have to work fucking hard to be as lazy as U-key-lele.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 12.2

      How jolly, Cunliffe doesnt have her work ethic ?

      Meanwhile, you would wouldnt dare state what is common knowledge in Wellingtom, John Key has the attention span of a spider and has absolutely no interest in details.

      Rodney Hide famously described him as lazy in cabinet- and has paid the price by not getting a government job for the last couple of years.

      Does Key pay a price- well he avoids any sort of serious interview, and if trapped will offer up any old nonsense, but never be held to account.
      No doubt if any journalist tried to pin him down, they would be accused of “politicking” and using the “labour partys lines”

    • idlegus 12.3

      im pretty sure you said sometime last year that you worked with cunliffe on that car park tax thing & you found cunliffe to be hard working. that was during your “shit stirring with shearer vs cunliffe” phase.

  13. TightyRighty 13

    So, your saying the public believe national is winning and labour is losing?

  14. captain hook 14

    well hooton if $1500 is not that much then what is donkeyote and his gang of pennypinching high rollers going to do about it.
    Where are the jobs?

  15. Hayden 15

    This just in: the mountain in question is only 1192m* high. When will David Cunliffe stop lying?

    * I made that up

  16. Hami Shearlie 16

    Is it David Cunliffe’s fault that Patrick Gower is incapable of thoroughly reading Labour’s Policy notes online? Is it David Cunliffe’s fault that Patrick Gower is so ill-informed? Maybe Mr Gower should spend less time in the toilet providing crude sound effects for youtube, and more time actually reading and digesting Labour’s policy announcment! Time for Mr Gower to acknowledge HIS failings instead of attributing his mistakes to others – I’m not holding my breath though – Gower is as crazy as a rabid dog, but not as beautiful!!

  17. Matthew Hooton 17

    But Gower is capable of and did in fact read the detail which is how he was able to report that Cunliffe has misrepresented his own policy.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.1

      What I want to know is what reward does he receive from the small groups of wealthy businesspeople for the work he does for them? How much is it, Hooton? How much is it these days to betray the general public in the way he does?

    • Lanthanide 17.2

      And then Gower himself misrepresented Labour’s mistake as some sort of deliberate deception.

    • Tim 17.3

      Read above Mattieu – Gower is also intent on arse licking and misrepresentation – I mean ASIDE from the self-promotion and little dickery that he’s obviously afflicted with.

      When you think about it ‘in the long term’ – it’s not really a smart thing for them to be doing.
      NZ’s mainstream media as a 4th Estate is ekshly almost defunct. In the not too distant – it will be restored and various audiences will be able to see what they’ve been missing out on.

      30-40 years ago, I was appalled at the state of Australian media as a recent arrival (comparing it with NZ at the time).
      We’ve overtaken them in terms of brain-deadism. We’ve utterly outdone them.
      I suspect in a few years, there’ll be a Gower or two hawking their CVs around various Australian and other ‘FOX-style’ media organisations – an of course when he does he’ll be quite disappointed.

      Today …. EVEN right leaning MSM in OZ (such as Skoi News) don’t pretend as to their journalistic credentials. They may be right leaning, but at least they’re more open and honest about it. And at least there are forums such as “The Nation” and various other FTA programmes that are live and direct whereby an opposition can state their case without Max Headrooms monopolising the debate.
      (Ekshly to the extent that their gubbamint is running SO scared, they’re about to construct ‘an inquiry’ into PSB – and their loyalty to “The Australian People”).

      Christ!…. If Gower were a decade or so younger and fronted up to one of the most basic journalism courses at a former Wgtn Polytech – he’d achieve a D+ at best! – and even that’d be from a certain right-leaning ‘professor’ !).

      • Tim 17.3.1

        Ekshly Mattieu – I don’t expect a reply from you anytime soon. maybe when you’ve thought about it and come up with some smarmy smart-arse retort – one which, of course is considered, and bland enough so as not to be too offensive such that it jeopardises any cute little media slot where you appear as a sage for a ‘fee’.

    • mickysavage 17.4

      Matthew do you see the irony? In a previous comment in this post you said that David Cunliffe said the policy would solve child poverty when he clearly did not.

      So do we take it that you were blatantly misrepresenting his position or should we accept that you were mistaken?

    • Anne 17.5

      Crosby/Textor been on the phone Matthew?

      Keep using the word misrepresentation over and over again. Doesn’t matter that it isn’t true. Keep saying it…. misrepresentation misrepresentation misrepresentation misrepresentation misrepresentation. The more you say it the better. Eventually people will think it might be true.

      Is that what its all about Matthew? The old transference trick?

    • RedLogix 17.6

      I’m utterly baffled by this entire episode.

      In exactly what universe did anyone think that they would be able to double-dip on both PPL and Best Start?

      Like for more than 200 msec?

      • Lanthanide 17.6.1

        It doesn’t matter whether it’s “reasonable” or “correct” or whatever, in your or anyone else’s opinion.

        What matters is that Cunliffe’s speech was crucially wrong, to a very large degree, in how the policy was outlined.

        Basically what you are doing is excusing the error because “reasons”. Actually I’d rather point out that there was an error, and that it’s not good enough, not matter what party it comes from.

        • RedLogix 17.6.1.1

          The error could only arise in the mind of someone who imagined it was going to be possible to double-dip both provisions.

          I’ve listened to the speech twice and the second time through I listened to the pertinent paras with the PPL question in mind.

          If you want to make an unreasonable literal interpretation of DC’s words (in other words you are being an pedantic dickhead) then yes you can have a go like Gower did. But any reasonable person would understand exactly what DC meant.

          You’ve fallen for Gower’s dickhead framing. Never ever give their hatred of us any oxygen Lanth. Never.

          • Lanthanide 17.6.1.1.1

            “The error could only arise in the mind of someone who imagined it was going to be possible to double-dip both provisions.”

            There’s no “imagining” necessary there, because Cunliffe’s speech out-right states that you get $60/week payment and they are also lengthening PPL to 6 months.

            Actually I think it is you who is trying to re-interpret Cunliffe’s speech in the best possible light after the fact. He has in fact already admitted to the mistake and taken fair cop on it, so he believes it was wrong even if you don’t.

            “But any reasonable person would understand exactly what DC meant.”

            I mustn’t be be a “reasonable person” then, because when I read in the online FAQ sheet that you don’t get the $60 payment until after the PPL period ends I was surprised but that is not at all how I understood it from Cunliffe’s speech (which I read, not watched). That was before any of this was caught and blown up by the media.

            “You’ve fallen for Gower’s dickhead framing.”

            No, not at all. As above, I discovered this myself before Gower did. If you read my other comments on this matter, you’ll also see that I consider this to be a minor footnote of the policy and Gower has massively overplayed the issue. But it IS an issue.

      • gem 17.6.2

        But a person is entitled to Super, and still earn a wage or salary, so isn’t a similar assumption reasonable with PPL and Best Start? Yes the reaction has been histrionic, and there was clearly no intent to mislead, but it was a mistake to omit it.

        • RedLogix 17.6.2.1

          @gem & Lanth

          I think the clue is in the term “Universal Superannuation”.

          If Best Start had been designed and named as a “Universal Child Allowance” then you would have a fair point.

          Instead Best Start is intended to rather modestly fill in the gap for those people who cannot access PPL – in which case it’s rather obvious that there was no intention to allow double-dipping.

          Imagine if Best Start was universal in the sense you are thinking of – what then? Gower would have attacked it as ‘double-dipping’, ‘middle-class’ welfare. No winning with dickheads like him.

          Incidentally it’s this sort of political nonsense which always arises from targeted benefits/tax credits. Which is one of the reasons why I’m personally so very strong (ideological even) on the idea of a clean, non-targeted UBI across the board.

          • gem 17.6.2.1.1

            Best Start cannot be a universal entitlement, because that would highlight the huge amount of wealth locked at the very top.
            Labour is not going to target the financial elite apart from a modest tax increase. The 1% are not part of the community in any meaningful sense, so the ”near universal” Best Start is not about them.

            ”In 2013 the wealthiest 1% of New Zealand adults own three times more wealth than the
            poorest 50%.”
            (Source: Service and Food Workers Union Living Wage fact-sheet)

            • RedLogix 17.6.2.1.1.1

              Yes – we’re on the same page there. The 1% (or more realistically the top 0.01%) are not on the same planet as the rest of us.

              But in real terms if you did make Best Start truly universal who cares if a family with a net worth over $10m or more and an income in excess of $1m pa gets an extra $60 pw for a year or so? It’s of zero significance anyway you look at it, either in terms of the impact on that household or the total amount paid out.

              In the big picture it’s a tiny, insignificant ‘so fucking what’ moment. In the big picture that wealthy household should have paid a fair old whack of tax, therefore who cares if they get a tiny fraction of it back? It just does not matter. The only reason we can’t go there politically is because of unreasoning arseholes like Gower.

              The real point to get here is that tory pricks like Gower are the enemy. You can never, ever win with them. No matter how carefully you frame the policy, or word the speech. The only thing he understands or respects is a greater force – maximum deliverable smackdown.

              Everytime.

              • gem

                ”But in real terms if you did make Best Start truly universal who cares if a family with a net worth over $10m or more and an income in excess of $1m pa gets an extra $60 pw for a year or so?”
                Of course it makes little difference to the very wealthy, and it wouldn’t have cost the state much more to make it universal. That’s not the point.
                If universality was proposed, the political debate would encompass the very wealthy, which would have been very interesting. So, at the moment (putting aside the silly business of what was and wasn’t disclosed about the eligibility criteria) the political debate is focused on the rights and wrongs of whether households earning up to $150,000 should receive Best Start. So it neuters the debate because it exempts those at the top from scrutiny.
                An opportunity has been lost to start a discussion about inequality and citizenship.

                • RedLogix

                  Oh I see your point now.

                  Yes I agree totally. I would have indeed made Best Start universal for exactly the reasons you outline – albeit if I can see it in hindsight.

                  At the same time if Cunliffe had been going down the universal path I would have expected him to have clearly, loudly signaled that in the speech. Which of course he didn’t – so no-one had any reasonable basis to assume otherwise.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    I’m still concerned that policy calls are being made from the perspective of the Thorndon Bubble.

                    i.e. what makes sense and seems clever from inside the Bubble, is actually at best deficient from the perspective of ‘real NZ’, or at worst, a complete clanger.

                    For instance, I am now hearing feedback from strong Labour supporters that they are peeved with the $150K pa threshold – far too high and untargeted they say.

                    In a way gem has a very good point the discussion which could have been had should universality have been used.

            • Anne 17.6.2.1.1.2

              Labour is not going to target the financial elite apart from a modest tax increase.

              I (partially) disagree there gem. I think Cunliffe is brave enough to stick it to them. Not as much as we might like, but it will be more than modest.

              Why do you think the Right are behaving the way they are? They’re in full panic mode and its not just because they see some power slipping from their fingers.

          • Lanthanide 17.6.2.1.2

            “Gower would have attacked it as ‘double-dipping’, ‘middle-class’ welfare. No winning with dickheads like him.”

            You keep focussing on Gower, as if it’s somehow Gower’s fault that Cunliffe didn’t get the details in his speech correct.

            Gower is irrelevant to whether the speech was correct.

            By all means, talk about Gower’s reaction to the details being wrong – he’s a dickhead and made a massive deal about this, including saying that it was a deliberate deception by Labour.

            But don’t use Gower’s response as a way to minimise what happened – Cunliffe made a mistake in his speech. Labour screwed up and gave reporters a cut-down version of the fact sheet that didn’t show that the $60 payment started after the PPL ended. Jacinda Ardern authorised printed material the likewise implies that everyone simultaneously receives $60/week payment and also PPL at the same time.

            • RedLogix 17.6.2.1.2.1

              But don’t use Gower’s response as a way to minimise what happened – Cunliffe made a mistake in his speech

              The mistake was not in the speech. It was in leaving a tiny loophole for a gumball like Gower to exploit.

              Gower would have found something to attack no matter how carefully worded the speech was. He would smeared Cunliffe no matter. You only have to go back to Gower’s treatment of Cunliffe at Labour’s 2011 Convention to see exactly the same pattern. That behaviour lies with Gower, not Cunliffe.

              Arguably the only mistake Labour made was in handing out a fact-sheet in the first place. As more than a few people have pointed out that when dealing with arseholes it’s better to keep your mouth shut and give them as little ammunition in the first place.

              The only way to respond to the likes of Gower is to take it back to them. Can you imagine Key ever, ever apologising? First rule of the corporate shark-pool – never admit to a mistake.

              • KJT

                I find it refreshing that a politician has the guts to say, “I fucked up”.

                An apology from those, in Labour, who participated in the great 1984 shafting, of New Zealanders, would be nice, though!

    • BLiP 17.7

      But Gower is capable of and did in fact read the detail which is how he was able to report that Cunliffe has misrepresented his own policy.

      Sure, Gower is capable. He displayed that when working for the New Zealand Fox News Herald. Trouble is, he’s become lazy and captured, and not God’s brightest little candle. The “media celebrity” ego doesn’t help much. Meanwhile, a journalist would, after having read the background material, sussed it wasn’t right and sought comment from the source to clarify. A journalist with contacts in the world of WINZ or ACC customers would know silly little loop holes like he imagined just do not exist. Instead, Gower, in an act of confirmation-bias, found his angle and went out full tit in repeating the line cunts like you have been whispering in his ear since last year when you called David Cunliffe a liar. Bit of meme, eh?

    • Hami Shearlie 17.8

      The pages he supposedly read seem to differ from what others have read! Maybe he was lost in a cloud of cannabis smoke that day – he does seem to be obsessed with it at the moment!

  18. Whatever next? 18

    Mathew Hooten, you remind me of Sarah Palin, so passionate and convinced by her own words, forgets to consider she is wrong, and therefore not worth the time of day( politically that is)

  19. RedBaronCV 19

    Look Matty, there is a vaste difference between the two policies:

    JKey has chucked some money on the table and is leaving it there until he figures out who can be bought to do the Nact dirty work for him, or something very like that.

    David Cunliffe has put a policy on the table that values children and those who bring them up – of course people want as much detail as possible and more than you would get in a speech, hence the desire to know more. That doesn’t make Cunliffe a liar, it makes him many times more principaled than the opposition and those who seek to denigrate the policy.

  20. Bill 20

    Journalists work for right wing institutions. That’s what the corporate msm are. Within those institutions there is a ‘natural’ self selecting censorship with regards what stories and angles are permissible or favoured. It’s not conspiracy. Along with the censorship, comes a flow on selection process for journalists. No thinking person with left wing political views who is a journalist working in a msm institution will be so for long.
    Put simply, they won’t get to cover the stories they think are important. Neither will they get the opportunity to do in depth pieces. Then there are the cut-backs in organisations on top of all that, and the need to ‘fill copy’ with fewer staff and resources. And so it goes.

    The good thing about all this, if it can be called a good thing, is that the media can become as out of touch with common sentiment, reality and feeling as most politicians already are. Most people don’t really ‘believe’ what the 6 O’Clock news or whatever is saying on a number of fronts at the moment. If the msm go negative on stuff that people are generally well disposed towards (perhaps Labour Green policies?) then what they may well achieve is a groundswell of extra support for the Labour/Green parties. Is it so far fetched to imagine a backlash against the msm and the Tories they identify with, and who identify with them, arising from a small but critical increase in the already widespread cynicism felt with regards the integrity of our so-called news sources?

    • Bill, I was agreeing until you said “Most people don’t really ‘believe’ what the 6 O’Clock news or whatever is saying …”

      Matthew Hooton is fun isn’t he. Such a nice conservative who takes the time to discuss but can’t see the wood for the trees, can’t see his own mistakes. Reminds me of earnest religionists knocking on the door.

      So Matthew, were you misrepresenting, as micksavage said? I’d love to hear an apology.

      • weka 20.1.1

        “So Matthew, were you misrepresenting, as micksavage said? I’d love to hear an apology.”

        What leads you to think you might get an apology when its his job to misrepresent? ;-)

    • Jan 20.2

      Thank you, Bill, for that superb piece of logical analysis – I would love to think that there will be a backlash, but where will it come from?

      • Bill 20.2.1

        It’s already under way. I think it’s fair to say that most people take the information coming from ‘the news’ with a pinch of salt where they have any knowledge on what is being said. Years back, people took the news as gospel.

        Next step along the route we’re on is where people grab a bag of salt for anything coming from the msm. I don’t think that point is too far away, and in NZ, with a small, fairly tightly packed population (small geography) that is more ‘in touch’ with itself (communication wise) due to our society being ‘shallower’ and therefore easier to penetrate, it should be a quicker process than will be for the say 60 odd million in the UK or the hundreds of millions in the US.

        Maybe. ;-)

    • gem 20.3

      There are some good points here, but it should be acknowledged that before all the buy-ups, cutbacks, and consolidation, the media largely bought the Rogernomics shock doctrine.
      This removed a potential hurdle for the Labour Party’s programme of a fire sale of assets, corporatising the public sector, introducing GST, slashing personal income tax for the wealthy, embedding structural employment in the name of monetarism, decimating rural NZ.
      An out of touch media is nothing new.

  21. newsense 21

    How much is Hooton getting paid to be here? At least he can’t shout over us here

    • rhinocrates 21.1

      At least we don’t have that fool Williams saying “Iagreewithmatthew” to his every post.

  22. freedom 22

    Reading the above comments, I count a half dozen framings of the same question to Hooton.
    Not one of them has he even attempted to answer.
    The question is [paraphrasing]:

    If it is good that journalists gather like emaciated hyena and pick apart policy announcements from Labour and the Green party, why do they not give the exact same attention to National party policy?

    • well I never 22.1

      “……..why do they not give the exact same attention to National party policy?”

      Exactly, that is what we are asking, but asking the guys that are doing it will not yield anything, is there anyone impartial left to raise the question with? Sky seems to be paying alot of retainers for questionable returns to people with a voice/sway with the electorate

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