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Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, November 13th, 2012 - 69 comments
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NZ Herald: ‘David Shearer is brushing off a crescendo of calls for him to step down by left-leaning bloggers and commentators, saying it is “nonsense” and should be ignored.’

69 comments on “Nonsense”

  1. Tom Gould 1

    When will David Shearer wake up to the fact that he has had 11 months to close the gap with Key as preferred PM. How long does he need? Heck, his predecessor had 3 years. And the one before him took 6 years to gain the country’s confidence. So 11 months is plenty long enough, surely.

    • gobsmacked 1.1

      Actually Tom, if you look at the preferred PM ratings, you will see that Shearer has gone backwards:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_next_New_Zealand_general_election

      Of course Key is losing support. After a year of miserable failure, how could he not? If the Labour leader had spent the last year in a coma, Key would have lost support. The Labour leader might have gained.

      • Tom Gould 1.1.2

        And the guy before the woman before had 3 years. However, the guy before that only had 13 months. So there is precedent. Besides, it’s the Labour way. Sit on your backside and moan, and when someone else doesn’t get it done, sack them and find someone else who can. Saves getting up off your backside, I guess?

        • Rhinocrates 1.1.2.1

          That was then, this is now. Times change, media changes… and it’s not Shearer that’s the problem; that buffoon’s only a symptom. It is Labour that’s sick and it’s been four solid years of stagnation now, not eleven months. I can imagine them electing a sack of potatoes and saying, “Give it enough time…” followed by a sack of turnips, and saying “It’s been three terms now, but it’s just about to come into its own, any year now”, followed by a sock (give it a chance, at least it’s warm and fuzzy), then a washing machine (Ha! Look, it dealt to the sock and let National make as many suds!), then… ah, who cares…

          Sorry, history is bunk (attr. Henry Ford). New century, new mores, new media, new timescales.

          That’s the nature of the media environment now. I can’t say that I like it either, but I want a party of triumphant heroes, not martyrs.

  2. gobsmacked 2

    Again Tom, all noise, no sense.

    “The Labour way”? False.

    Who was the last Labour leader who was not given the chance to fight at least one election? Palmer. Over 20 years ago.

    It would be a very rare exception. But Shearer is an exceptionally poor leader.

    (NB this was a reply to Tom Gould’s second comment, which has now disappeared)

  3. Bill 3

    Hmm, the poll on that page which has apparently had between 2500 and 2550 votes as of now runs at 70% or respondents saying it would be a good idea to explore other options or emphatically saying it’s time for him to go.

    Absolute nonsense, of coourse ;-)

  4. Descendant Of Smith 4

    From my observation there seems to be four schools of thought
    Yep for shearer
    Nah for shearer which also may or may not be for cunliffe
    Do not care who it is policies we want to know about
    Does not matter cause it is all screwed anyway

    None of those viewpoints should be dismissed as nonsense

    Dismissing them reflects the same arrogance national show to voters. You can acknowledge points of view without agreeing with them.

    I feel monthy python arguement clinic despair.

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    Whoever is guiding Shearer’s media strategy has no idea whatsoever.

    • Rhinocrates 5.1

      They have an idea, one idea: Blairism.

      “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hedgehog_and_the_Fox

      Or in other terms, as was said of the Blimpish* “Bomber” Harris, they confuse “advice with interference, evidence with propaganda and criticism with sabotage” (an attitude that seems to be the basis for the Jackal’s thought).

      They think that acknowledging any other idea is losing. It’s a tragedy that the hedgehog’s one big thing is a fog.

      *Apologies to the cinematic Major General Sir Clive Wynne-Candy, who learned better.

      • Jackal 5.1.1

        Not at all Rhinocrates… What I actually said was that criticism can be damaging and commentators should be aware that they could have a detrimental affect on the broader aspects of what they believe in. This is true of both right and left political commentary.

        Advice is usually not made public btw, and whether it’s merely interference in order to sabotage is entirely dependent on the amount of propaganda being expressed. I thought most of the articles on David Shearer were reasonably balanced, the comments however not so much.

        You might have noticed that I have acknowledge lots of other ideas, some of which I agree with and some that I don’t. You might not be aware that both jackals and foxes are animals that come from the Canidae family; they are therefore inherently not Hedghogs.

        Please don’t try to draw me into such a silly debate again Rhinocrates… I find your pontificating rather boring.

      • Rogue Trooper 5.1.2

        yet, sometimes i really enjoy and value Rhinocrates commentary

  6. ak 6

    At last eh? A good clear decisive sound-bite, no hint of umming and erring – along with the Pagani purge, great progress. (told you he reads the ole Stan’ ;) )

  7. Dr Terry 7

    Please refer my comment (pertaining to the Herald report) under another Heading: “At Conference, vote for a member’s democracy”.

  8. Tim 8

    OK David (Shearer)…….anything you say. After all yu da boss and we jiss gonna lay down and take another round. Ooooooooh yea Kimu savee! We knows you the sage…the experinsed UN man. Why yea…. me umm gonna vote for yo ma man! Strum us a tune will ya – why yea – we be with ya!

    (Yea right!)

    • King Kong 8.1

      I may be getting the wrong end of the stick, but even I find mimicking the language of a deferential negro slave quite racist.

      • Murray Olsen 8.1.1

        I thought he was mimicking Key having a bro chat with King’s College First XV.

        • David H 8.1.1.1

          :-)

        • Bob 8.1.1.2

          More like David Cunliffe rallying for votes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvenqcfX1j8
          Imagine how often this would be played if he became the new Labour leader!

          The comments that have been left don’t paint a happy picture of him either.

          • fatty 8.1.1.2.1

            oh dear…Bob, you got sucked in. All those comments are from right wingers who are scared of him. The video was talked about on radio live, whaleoil and kiwiblog. Labour voters have made it quite clear what they think of Cunliffe, and they don’t reflect most of those comments.
            Its becoming painfully obvious that the torries are shitting themselves at the thought of Cunliffe running Labour…Better luck next time Bob.

            • Bob 8.1.1.2.1.1

              Haha, you crack me up fatty, great satire “All those comments are from right wingers who are scared of him”, brilliant. Couldn’t be that the sight of a condescending ‘rich prick’ trying to talk down another ‘rich prick’ while, as King Kong would put it “mimicking the language of a deferential negro slave” is not really becoming from the potential future leader of a major NZ political party. Nah, that can’t be right, must be a right wing conspiracy cos they’re scared aye bro.

              “Labour voters have made it quite clear what they think of Cunliffe”, quite right, Labour went from having a 60 vote Party majority in the New Lynn electorate in 2008, to a 749 vote majority to National in 2011.

              • Colonial Viper

                Cunliffe increased by over one quarter his personal majority from 4025 to 5190. In a year that the party vote tide went out against Labour in a very big way.

                • Bob

                  Or you could say he regained some of the 4,000 vote majority he lost (8000, down to 4000) from 2005-2008.
                  Lies, damn lies and statistics.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    And Cunliffe successfully did so in a year that the tide went out on Labour in almost every other general electorate contest.

              • felix

                WTF are you talking about, Bob?

                Weird how right wingers get so upset over a white man pronouncing a few maori words correctly.

                And no, nobody said anything about a conspiracy. You guys are all quite capable of being idiots off your own bats.

              • fatty

                -Couldn’t be that the sight of a condescending ‘rich prick’ trying to talk down another ‘rich prick’-

                Why do you assume that the left considers all rich people to be ‘rich pricks’? You are wrong. A rich prick is a person who is rich and doesn’t care for those that suffer from the same system they benefit from. Its simplistic thinking, and stems from the assumption that our economic system is natural, and that the left are jealous. Or, to be more precise, your thinking probably stems from kiwiblog and whaleoil.
                I’m guessing that Noam Chomsky is fuckin loaded…do you consider him a rich prick too? There are a few rich prick in the Labour Party, no doubt about that, but in most people’s eyes, Cunliffe is not one of them.

  9. Craig Glen Eden 9

    Ive thought about this for a while, they tried to paint Shearer as a a nice moderate caring type but to think you could lead the Party after being a MP for less than a term he must have one huge ego or be seriously deluded!

    • Blue 9.1

      I’m going with arrogant and deluded. I’m beginning to think that the ABC club have created more of a monster than they know.

      Shearer seems to be putting it over quite clearly that he has no intention of stepping down and will have to be dragged out kicking and screaming.

      It seems one of the many political instincts he lacks is knowing when it’s time to go. That doesn’t bode well for the future. If the worst happens and he’s entrenched as Labour leader going into the election and Labour loses, he might very well ignore the convention of falling on his sword after a defeat and actually try to lead the party even after that.

      That would give the ABC club a bit of a shock…

    • leftriteleft 9.2

      CGE: You might need to read this:

      http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/people/john-key

      As you can see, it’s about the wanker who is f**king this country, as we argue who’s got the mettle to be Leader of Labour.

      • karol 9.2.1

        With a photo of “Kiwi of the Week” Fred Evans along side Key. Could the contrast be more stark?

      • Luke 9.2.2

        Well said, that ‘wanker’ is becoming smarmier by the day. His sarcasm and arrogance in parliament is intolerable. HE is really becoming quite obnoxious. What is more concerning is he is getting away with it, but I am not sure if it is the ineffectual leader we have, or all this bickering… Whatever happens, we need to take an affirmative decision after the conference and stick with it, or we will be self destructing into oblivion.

  10. karol 10

    Bryce Edwards has done a round-up  of the calls for and against Shearer.  But first this comment by Edwards….?
     

    The Standard blog – which is normally slavishly pro-Labour and its leadership – is suddenly publishing incredibly frank and fierce calls for Shearer to go.

    Edwards sums up, thus:

    Labour’s problems relate to its confused identity and ideology. Shearer perhaps epitomises this, but he is hardly alone. The rest of the Labour caucus also have problems projecting a vision of how a Labour government would differ significantly from a National one. So, if Shearer was replaced by Cunliffe or Robertson, would Labour really be seen as a credible alternative to the current government? While there is a fair perception that David Shearer is unable to manage his caucus and that he has failed to look like a prime minister, could Robertson or Cunliffe really come up with or promote any compelling policies or sell Labour as something different to National?
     

    A similar point is made by Lynn Prentice on The Standard in his post, Shuffle the caucus deck

    As Edwards reports, it seems Richard Long has come out in favour of Shearer.  With endorsements like that….? 

    • Rhinocrates 10.1

      As Edwards reports, it seems Richard Long has come out in favour of Shearer. With endorsements like that….?

      He long has, and he’s advised Shearer against restructuring his front bench. Likewise Hooters claims that he’s the best Labour leader and goes bugfuck over Cunliffe. Indeed, with endorsements like that…

      (It always amuses me that Hooters tries to market himself as an independent shaper of opinion to his Nat clients on left-wing blogs by writing such transparently disingenuous crap).

    • hrrumph 10.2

      Also Fran O’Sullivan, DPF, and and…

      Also their was a massive profile on a ‘leading Labour’ figure in today’s Herald…um, no it wasn’t a Steve Maharey add, it was famous for…I don’t actually know…Josie Pagani! The Labour who gets more coverage in the Listener and Herald than Richard Prebble (only slightly) and whose ideas seem to be somewhat to the right of his.

      Why on earth does she get any publicity? How is she a commentator? Why don’t they ask any of the other myriad of falled Labour MPs….?

  11. Sam 12

    Seriously? This post is one sentence long and is a link to and a quote from a Herald article?

    At least Farrar has the ability to write something in between his swathes of copy-pastas from internet news sites. No wonder nobody reads this blog anymore.

  12. Funny, I think the bloggers feel the same way about Shearer. ;)

  13. millsy 14

    Remember: David Cunliffe said in 2008 that he had private health insurance, and before the 2011 he said that he would continue with public service layoffs.

    Suggest you think about that before fantasising about a cloth capped Cunliffe in the PoA picket lines rousing up the workers.

  14. I was surprised at Andrew Little’s reply to a reporter today about blogs, “The blogs dont get to vote in the labour party,so we dont pay much consideration to it ”
    Clayton Cosgrove also said “Blogs,who cares about blogs”
    The attitude is shocking, are us, as voters, surplus to their requirements because they have the
    ability to work without the ‘people’ factor being involved or having an opinion about policy
    or personalities that we vote for,it’s as if we, the voter,the supporter,the long time champion
    the labour party should have no say or opinion ,in their eyes.
    Instead of welcoming the internet age,the blog sites,modern media,the current
    labour stalwarts cast aside the opportunity to connect to the average person and answer
    their queries about what bothers them,with inclusion in mind,this is the disconnect that
    many are feeling.
    I for one will pay the next ‘shearer says’ blog with the attention it deserves.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      I was surprised at Andrew Little’s reply to a reporter today about blogs, “The blogs dont get to vote in the labour party,so we dont pay much consideration to it ”

      Revealing, considering that the only people who get votes which count in Labour at the moment is caucus.

    • karol 15.2

      Andrew Little’s reply to a reporter today about blogs, “The blogs dont get to vote in the labour party,so we dont pay much consideration to it ”Clayton Cosgrove also said “Blogs,who cares about blogs”

      Yes.  Unbelievably dismissive!  So I’m not a Labour Party member, but my party vote is up for the getting if a party shows they are democratic and working for the people, inclusive, etc.  I am still not seeing anything to encourage me back to voting for the Labour Party.

      Those two have definitely gone way down in my estimation.  Guys, get a clue!  Everything you say via the media has an impact, one way or another. 

      • anthony bull 15.2.1

        they are correct – the few hundred people who read political blogs are already hardcore left or right leaning and what they read on the blog only serves to reinforce their voting lean – what is discussed or published on the blog has no impact on voting numbers whatsoever.

        MSM sites have several orders of magnitude more influence on voting.

    • Blue 15.3

      Are you really surprised that the people who elected David Shearer as their leader are arrogant, stupid and really enjoy shooting themselves in the foot?

      Let’s say for a moment that you are high up in a political party, and there’s this blog where many of your party members and activists, the people who form your LECs, put up your hoardings, doorknock, make phone calls, get the vote out on election day, tell everyone they know about said political party and what it is doing etc. hang out, and where thousands of politically aware people come to find out about your party and what it’s doing (especially when the MSM ignores you).

      Do you:

      (a) Treat this as a valuable resource to keep in touch with the grassroots of the party and politically informed voters; or
      (b) Ignore, denigrate and offend these people, tell them their opinions are worthless and you don’t give a shit about them.

      Blogs don’t vote, Andrew Little, but both the bloggers and the people reading them do. And guess what? Many of those people will get a vote if the party’s rules are reformed and the membership gets a say in who you sad sacks elect as leader.

  15. Saarbo 16

    This just shows how f$#@#n dumb Shearer is, he is possibly the dumbest politician since Bob Clarkson. Saying this just before the Conference…he has no political sense at all. The ABC brigade better be ready this weekend, because members are unhappy that they have selected the dumbest arsehole as leader and have basically handed National the election in 2014…good work! Fu$#@n dick heads.

  16. Labour needs to take electorates from National (especially in Christchurch) and the Greens are great for the party vote; the only problem is that Labour isn’t telling us what it will do once it returns to power. I don’t think I would be wrong to say that most New Zealanders don’t know what Labour even represents any more, beyond a different name and workers rights. That will pose a problem in upper middle class households and above, which might vote Green but might not trust Shearer having a union background.

  17. Luke 18

    I am one of the people who have been on the ‘get rid of Shearer’s bandwagon, but you know what? Just like his mate and former leader, Mr Goff. David Shearer is a hell of a nice guy, and I think his flaw, if anything is that he is too nice and too trusting. Simply put, I think Mr. Shearer’s people are doing a shit job promoting him, advising him etc. Let us look at Ms. Clark, she was elected leader in 1993, and didn’t beomce prime minister until 1999. Hard work and perseverance paid off. I think Mr Shearer needs a couple of full time advisers that can master him in the art of media, and public speaking. A little coaching can go a long way. I would love to see David give Bryan Edwards a call, or someone just as media savvy. I like Mr Shearer, and I think he can engage people who are not into politics, we just have to give him a chance, and I am talking 2-3 years not a meagre 12 months. I am happy to eat my words and stand by my leader, if and only if he gets some better people behind him!

    • Saarbo 18.1

      No way, he is too Dumb. Simple as that. He must go if Labour is to have any future.

    • Colonial Viper 18.2

      I think Mr Shearer needs a couple of full time advisers that can master him in the art of media, and public speaking. A little coaching can go a long way. I would love to see David give Bryan Edwards a call

      Ummmmm. Perhaps you should read the following mate.

      fellow media trainer Bill Ralston joked about Shearer, ‘He should have had some media training.’ But it was a joke. Media training would have made not an iota of difference to Shearer’s fortunes. He would have proved untrainable.

      That sounds harsh, but it is not intended to be. Shearer is simply miscast as the leader of a political party in opposition. To change his image, he would have to change his personality and that, in human terms, could only be a change for the worse. Shearer is genetically challenged as a Leader of the Opposition. The killer instinct and the showbiz gene are both missing. He can be reasonable but he can’t project.

      http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2012/04/on-david-shearer-and-wisdom-before-and-after-the-event/

    • gobsmacked 18.3

      Luke

      I think your points are valid, but – too late. Remember: David Shearer became leader after a high-profile media contest, in which he showed that he was nowhere near ready.

      Fortunately, it didn’t matter much, because it was December, and politics shut down for a couple of months in summer.

      So Shearer did … nothing. There was an obvious problem, and he waited half a year (!) before going to Ian Fraser for media training. That simply beggars belief. It indicates a lack of self-awareness and poor judgement. Or picking the wrong advisers – which is the same thing.

      He had a chance to hit the ground running, and he wasted it. I have no idea why.

  18. Luke 19

    I wonder if this time next week anything will happen. The caucus are cowardly and will not take any action because they know they will implode. Shearer, as you all put is not the man for the job, then who the hell is? Because if you remember Cunliffe’s lack of loyalty during the Goff debate with Key.. Remember the numbers. Who needs enemies when you have Cunliffe in your corner… And you think he will be a better leader. Well it clearly indicates that he has Key’s and perhaps Clark’s traits, slippery as a fish. Then there is Grant Robertson, another one of those people that when the leader turns their back, Robertson is either getting ready to stick the knife in or heading for the hills. I truly believe that if Shearer is to go, we will have this same discussion in a year. It is funny, because I cannot see any credible alternative, well I can but she does not want the job!

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Because if you remember Cunliffe’s lack of loyalty during the Goff debate with Key..

      Oh FUCK OFF. How do you figure blaming Cunliffe for Goff not remembering the numbers under intense debate pressure???

      • Luke 19.1.1

        Hmmm, from what I recall the numbers came out later, but his finance team were vague on the details… Oh and by the way, don’t swear at me or other people, You have no respect for anyone, you shouldn’t abuse people who have different points of view from you, not cool, you are a bully!

        • Colonial Viper 19.1.1.1

          I’m sorry, I meant to say that, IMO, it is quite unreasonable to blame Cunliffe for Goff being unable to recall numbers associated with the PREFU, while Goff was under the extreme stress of a live debate situation.

          Can you please explain why you would choose to blame Cunliffe for this incident.

        • starlight 19.1.1.2

          When you think about it if Goff went into such a crucial debate,then he should have been schooled up on everything himself, it’s called responsibility,he was doing ok too,i thought,
          he did hold his ground,it’s a shame ‘show us the money’ is not used now against key and co.

    • fatty 19.2

      “Because if you remember Cunliffe’s lack of loyalty during the Goff debate with Key.. Remember the numbers. Who needs enemies when you have Cunliffe in your corner”

      What do you mean?…it was a debate live on TV and Goff messed up – How the hell is that Cunliffe’s fault?
      All Goff had to do was shoot down Key by saying he would reverse the tax cuts to the rich that weren’t working, then reverse the conversation into an argument about Key trickle up policies. You can’t blame Cunliffe for that. Jeeze. You must be having a laugh

    • Saarbo 19.3

      No you are wrong Luke, any Leader worth his/her salt should have the high level numbers sussed before he/she goes into a major debate. If Goff went into this debate without the numbers then he was not up to the job. Cunliffe has been made a scape goat for Goff’s ineptness. 

  19. Luke 20

    He was the fiance person, right…  It was apparent that he did not inform Goff or brief him on the numbers, before or after the debate.  Remember they asked Goff to provide numbers?, and he eventually got back to the media, but it took a while and it gave the impression that therte was no conhesion in the party.  Moreover, it was asked on the Radio New Zealand Politics Weekly podcast ealier this year, much of what Cunliffe denied.  I have spoken to a couple of people who all thought the same thing.  It is well known that he is not trusted in ABC’s circles, he is percieved as a man on the outer, all for himself.  These are not my words, this is what is percieved by many people.  Anyway… I heard what you had to say and I am still going to stick by Shearer, and if they do replace him, I hope they do it quick and effectively. 

    • fatty 20.1

      “Remember they asked Goff to provide numbers?, and he eventually got back to the media, but it took a while and it gave the impression that therte was no conhesion in the party?”

      Nah, it was not about cohesion in the party…it was about Goff floundering around in front of the cameras like a dying fish. My last post says how I think the situation could have been handled. Numbers then were irrelevant, Goff could have, and should have shot that down with ease. By the way, that ‘show me the money’ moment will happen again in 2014 if Shearer debating Key live before the election…except this time it will be way, way worse. On the other hand, Key would be shitting himself if he had to step up against Cunliffe, especially since the economy ain’t going nowhere in the next 2 years…Cunlife would own him, and Key’s preppy school-boy quips would be useless.

      “It is well known that he is not trusted in ABC’s circles”

      Cunliffe not trusted in ABC’s circles? For real?

    • Benghazi 20.2

      Luke you don’t know what you are talking about. If Goff wanted a briefing from Cunliffe all he had to do was ask. He made a habit over three years of not asking Cunliffe. Cunliffe was kept on the outer. This was a pure power play by the right faction in caucus, headed by Annette King. Goff had had the numbers for a long time – he had the relevant economic briefing paper. The numbers were not new. Stop spinning the ABC nonsense.

  20. Luke 21

    Look at this transcipt, read and it clearly indicates that there were murmurs of Cunliffe not playing with a straight bat.  Seriously surprised that you did not hear this, or want to I guess…
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1112/S00025/cunliffe-on-the-nation.htm

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Oh Luke. You’re still blaming Cunliffe for Goff not being able to recall the precise numbers under the pressure of a live debate? AND you’re blaming Cunliffe for Goff not being able to improvise a rebutt to Key to push back on the PM?

    • fatty 21.2

      I’ve got no idea what part I’m supposed to be reading, or if I should be reading between the lines, or what…
      You’ll have to be more specific in pointing out how Cunliffe is responsible for messing up a debate that he didn’t take part in.
      Is this the part you are referring to?

      “David: Well he did have the numbers, the numbers that he was specifically asked there were around the Capital Gains Tax taxflows, they were public from the middle of July. I’m not criticising Phil in any way for the bounce of the ball in that debate….He had the same team briefing him that were briefing me and working with me, I had my phone on and computer on all that day, I didn’t get any request for anything extra from his team.

      Sean: Okay so you’re essentially saying Phil Goff mucked that one up all on his own.

      David: I’m not criticising but I would very flatly reject any suggestion that I let Phil down or worse, that I was in any way disloyal, that is just not true, and you can imagine that it’s somewhat hurtful.”

    • lprent 22.1

      Bomber: I don’t know why you bother. It is going to turn up on the feed on the right of the screen on whatever cycle that is running on. But don’t spam it across posts or I will start trashing it.

  21. lurgee 23

    I’m willing to bet all the money in the world that if Cunliffe had won the Labour leadership, the party would be in exactly the same position and – apart from swapping names around – the same squabbles and arguments, backbitings and underminings would be taking place here. And National would still be looking forwards to a third term as the left eviscerates itself.

    Wasn’t it just a couple of months back that an upwards blip in the Roy Morgan numbers sent The Standard into paroxysms of delight at the prospect of a Red-Green coalition? And already, the baked meats of Shearer’s political wedding banquet are to furnish forth his political funeral table! Frailty, thy name is something or other!

    • Colonial Viper 23.1

      I’m willing to bet all the money in the world that if Cunliffe had won the Labour leadership, the party would be in exactly the same position

      Perhaps, but with the slight difference that 5,000 hard core activists up and down the country would already be setting the ground work for burying Key under a 2014 landslide.

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    And their lowest paid colleagues Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 44 Last week the State Services Commission announced the total remuneration for chief executives and vice-chancellors at public tertiary education institutions. Prof Stuart McCutcheon earned at least $660,000. That is...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten most popular stories of 2014
    This Tertiary Update’s top ten most read stories for the year included, at number ten, the massive job cuts at Manukau Institute of Technology and at number two the petition opposing those job cuts. Two more of our most read...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten branches that recruited the most new TEU members
    Waikato Institute of Technology – of 142 members in September 41 joined in the last 12 months = 28.9 percent Tai Poutini Polytechnic – of 54 members in September 14 joined in the last 12 months = 25.9 percent NorthTec...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten rights the government will take away next year
    …but that TEU plans to protect Next year several new laws will come into force that will remove some of your rights. It is more important than ever that you protect your rights by being active in a strong union...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten Te Kaupapa Whaioranga wishes for the New Year
    For the tertiary education worker who has already got a partridge in a pear tree, and a pair of socks, here are other ten things they’ll be looking for. Sadly you will need to campaign for them rather than be gifted...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten of our favourite TEU photos for the year
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    Tertiary Education Union
  • City Centre Priority Cycle Routes
    An update to the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board (page 25) provides some new information about improvements to cycling planned for the CBD and include some artist impressions of just what they might look like – although unfortunately because it comes from a...
    Transport Blog
  • Males only?
    Like Vaughan Rowsell I get asked to facilitate or be on panels and speak at events a fair bit. Actually not quite like Vaughan – he’s incredibly popular, and for good reason. Vaughan’s publicly announced that he will not accept...
    Lance Wiggs
  • An OTL milestone
    I have no idea how this happened, but this is the 100th post on On The Left! Things are probably going to slow down a bit around here over the holiday break, but thanks to all our bloggers and readers...
    On the Left
  • It’s nearly Foodmass
    Christmas is coming. The halls are decked with boughs of holly (plastic), and decorated with snow (artificial). Tips for Christmas (stress-free) have been appearing since November. Children are over-excited and desperate shoppers are looking for the perfect presents for people...
    Pundit
  • No justice in the UK
    Four years ago, G4S guards killed Jimmy Mubenga by restraining him inappropriately during a deportation - effectively asphyixiating him. But today, a British jury refused to convict them:Three private security guards who restrained the Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga have been...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key wants arbitrary detention
    That's the only conclusion that can be drawn from his comments today about the need to lower the threshold for detention:Prime Minister John Key said the Sydney siege gunman highlighted the conundrum for authorities over protecting citizens against potential terrorism...
    No Right Turn
  • Futility: Educating an IED
    Through this year, I have sadly been lured into spending energy trying to teach Martyn Bradbury about modern political science, and what it means for modern politics. He appeared misinformed about what polls are and how they work, so I...
    Polity
  • The OIA Review
    Yesterday, the Ombudsman announced that they had begun their review of OIA compliance. They'll be looking closely at 12 central government agencies, and surveying 63 more, as well as all 27 Ministerial offices. They'll also be soliciting submissions from the...
    No Right Turn
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    frogblog
  • Equality, Efficiency and Economic Theory (Social Journal Europe)
    Dani RodrikIn the pantheon of economic theories, the tradeoff between equality and efficiency used to occupy an exalted position. The American economist Arthur Okun, whose classic work on the topic is called Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff, believed that public...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon
  • New Fisk
    Peshawar school attack: Massacre of the innocents born of ambivalence towards Taliban...
    No Right Turn
  • How we pay for a universal basic income – Whiteboard Wednesday.
    Lots of people like the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), but can we afford it as a nation? In this Whiteboard Wednesday Geoff looks at the three parts of the Big Kahuna package – Unconditional Basic Income, Flat...
    Gareth’s World
  • This will go down well
    Back in September, Mexican police arrested a group of 43 student teachers who had been travelling to Iguala for a protest against the local government. They handed them over to a local drug gang, who murdered them. Since the massacre,...
    No Right Turn
  • AT Metro Launched
    Last week we mentioned about how Auckland Transport was launching a new PT brand. That occurred yesterday and as well as new look buses, they have also launched a new brand for their public transport operations – AT Metro. Auckland Transport has...
    Transport Blog
  • Whales, dolphins, and ‘gunshots’
    I've just returned from seven days on board SV Vega as part of a small team monitoring the impacts of seismic testing on marine mammals off the west coast of Northland. No research has been done in this area, so...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • Meat workers need Jobs that Count
    The CTU is supporting todays Meat Workers Union campaign to combat insecure work in a core New Zealand export industry. Photo:  ...
    CTU
  • 2014: A Venture Capital Odyssey
    Fresh off the wire from Hong Kong, from your friends and mine at io9: Hong Kong based venture capital firm Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV) has appointed a machine learning program to its board. Called VITAL, it's an "equal member" that...
    Polity
  • Buzzfeed takes the Herald
    Here's a Herald article this week, titled (I kid you not): 20 somewhat horrible things I do to my kids that I don't feel guilty about [Facepalm] I want the Herald to be good. I really do. I know some...
    Polity
  • Sad
    There's a lot of non-cheery news out there in the lead up to Christmas. There's the Taliban school massacre, the Sydney siege, the US Torture Report, and - at a much lower level, and closer to home - the Treasury's...
    Polity
  • “I said surface, not surplus”
    Here are ten explanations, excuses or distractions Bill English might like to employ over the coming days in response to news that his long promised budget surplus looks to have disappeared....
    Imperator Fish
  • Talking terror
    [Content note: discussion of terrorism and violence] Last month I wrote about the aims of ISIS as NZ’s terror legislation ramped up, how their structure and organisation has become almost impossibly fluid, adapted to social media and the internet in...
    On the Left
  • Letter to the editor – Time to milk a tragedy again, by our Dear Leader
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz> date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The Editor Dominion Post . Once again, predictably, our esteemed Prime Minister has exploited a tragic situation for his...
    Frankly Speaking
  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics
    A transient political scandal which has been dealt with, resolved and thoroughly moved-on-from with no hard feelings at all has somehow been named as the Public Address Word of the Year 2014."I honestly can't understand how this has happened," said...
    Public Address
  • Station Boarding Stats for 2013/14
    Late last week Auckland Transport provided me with some fascinating stats related that broke down rail patronage results by station. The data is for the previous financial year -so from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 – and covers 10.05 million...
    Transport Blog
  • US drones: target one, murder twenty-eight
    U.S. drones kill on average 28 unidentified people for every intended target, according to a report published by Reprieve, a group that represents civilian victims of drone strikes. The CIA launched two drone attacks, claiming it was trying to kill...
    Redline
  • US drones: target one, murder twenty-eight
    U.S. drones kill on average 28 unidentified people for every intended target, according to a report published by Reprieve, a group that represents civilian victims of drone strikes. The CIA launched two drone attacks, claiming it was trying to kill...
    Redline
  • The Sydney siege: the day after
    One of the several different faces of Man Haron Monis by Jeff Sparrow Unfortunately, we have now sufficient experience of terrorist incidents to formulate a simple rule: namely, almost everything said in the first few days after the event will...
    Redline
  • The Sydney siege: the day after
    One of the several different faces of Man Haron Monis by Jeff Sparrow Unfortunately, we have now sufficient experience of terrorist incidents to formulate a simple rule: namely, almost everything said in the first few days after the event will...
    Redline
  • Two degrees: Will we avoid dangerous climate change?
    This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Simon Evans Limiting warming to no more than two degrees has become the internationally accepted target for climate policy, as we saw in  the first blog of our series of pieces looking...
    Skeptical Science
  • Terrorist Threat Increases Alarmingly!
    The terrorism threat is mounting in New Zealand, the Prime Minister claims there are up to 40 people here who are capable of repeating the sort of action tragically experienced in Sydney. New Zealand's terrorist threat has has been upgraded...
    Local Bodies
  • The state of the working class in New Zealand today
    Redline’s readership has, since we began, grown consistently and substantially. At the same time, it can be quite daunting going to a website for the first time and reading a few things on the home-page and then wondering what to...
    Redline
  • The state of the working class in New Zealand today
    Redline’s readership has, since we began, grown consistently and substantially. At the same time, it can be quite daunting going to a website for the first time and reading a few things on the home-page and then wondering what to...
    Redline
  • Media Link: The Sydney Hostage Crisis.
    Amid the flurry of media interviews I did as a result of the Sydney hostage crisis, this one may not have received the attention other outlets have received....
    Kiwipolitico
  • Good old-fashioned Kiwi values
    [Content warning: contains links to and quotes from violent and anti-Muslim hate speech.] David Farrar has some … interesting ideas about how to tighten up immigration policy in the wake of the Sydney “siege”. I think countries such as Australia,...
    Boots Theory
  • My letter to Santa Claus
    In which I urge Santa Claus to consider a number of reforms....
    Imperator Fish
  • On the Sydney siege
    The piece below was written yesterday, before the death of the gunman and several of the hostages.  It is taken from the newspaper site of the Australian Marxist group Socialist Alternative. by Ben Hillier Much remains unclear regarding the hostage...
    Redline
  • On the Sydney siege
    The piece below was written yesterday, before the death of the gunman and several of the hostages.  It is taken from the newspaper site of the Australian Marxist group Socialist Alternative. by Ben Hillier Much remains unclear regarding the hostage...
    Redline
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to...
    Greens
  • Energy users need answers on Vector share plans
    Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says. “It...
    Labour
  • Turning up the heat on working conditions
    A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Organised by the Meat Workers Union, the campaign aims to put the spotlight on job insecurity in the meat processing industry....
    Labour
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    Greens
  • Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk
    Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says. "National’s failure to rebalance the economy is further exposed in projections from its...
    Labour
  • Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity
    John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says. “The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review...
    Labour
  • Bill English’s face is redder than his books
    The Government owes New Zealanders an apology for failing to deliver the surplus it spent four years and two election campaigns promising, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English’s face is redder than the Crown accounts. This is the...
    Labour
  • Is the Health Minister accountable to the public? He doesn’t seem to thin...
    Lately I’ve been involved in a sort of farcical standoff with the Health Minister, who seems to be under the illusion that I have no right to ask questions about conflicts involving Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich, and...
    Greens
  • Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit
    National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic...
    Greens
  • Minister closes down dissent on climate change
    Minister closes down dissent on climate change In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. “In...
    Labour
  • Heartfelt sympathy for Sydneysiders
    The Labour Party has offered its heartfelt sympathy to the people of Sydney after the hostage situation in the city, says Labour’s Acting leader Grant Robertson.  “Our thoughts are with all those who went through this horrific and traumatic experience....
    Labour
  • Farewell at Phillipstown
    Last Wednesday, I attended the farewell for Tony Simpson, Principal of Phillipstown School. It was a very emotional event where many of us in the large crowd shed tears. Bagpipes and tiny tamariki performing kapahaka brought the house down and...
    Greens
  • The CIA Torture Report
    Earlier this week, the United States Select Committee on Intelligence released the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The report, which was five years in the making, looked into the CIA’s interrogation techniques from 2001...
    Greens
  • Haere Rā 2014
    We’ve almost reached the end of the Parliamentary year so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of my highlights of the term in this blog post. It’s been an absolutely hectic year juggling an election campaign...
    Greens
  • Labour applauds High Court decision on Ruataniwha
    Today’s decision by the High Court on the Ruataniwha scheme is a victory for NewZealand’s environmental groups, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson RuthDyson....
    Labour
  • A welfare system for the 21st Century
    Today Child Poverty Action Group released a background paper on ‘The complexities of ‘relationship’ in the welfare system and the consequences for children.‘ The report includes 16 recommendations to modernise our welfare system which is no longer fit for the...
    Greens
  • Welfare system out of date and out of touch
    A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare...
    Labour
  • NZ should formally recognise Palestine
    New Zealand should follow the lead of Sweden, and now recognise Palestine as a separate state On 30 October, Sweden’s new government formally recognised the state of Palestine, only the second Western country to do so, after Iceland. Down here...
    Greens
  • James Shaw’s adjournment speech on behalf of the Green Party
    It is a great honour for me to speak on behalf of the Green Party in this adjournment debate. I thank my colleagues for the privilege. I became a MP only 12 weeks ago, a period of time that seems...
    Greens
  • Time to end legalised cruelty of factory farms
    We can ensure that animals are kept in safe and ethical conditions. Claims of economic impact and practicality as justification for animal cruelty just don't stack up.Use our easy e-letter to write to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy...
    Greens
  • Government can’t rely on geothermal to grow itself
    While Electricity Authority figures showing geothermal has risen from the fourth to the second highest source of power generation are a promising sign for a geothermal renaissance, there can be no cause for complacency, Labour’s Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says....
    Labour
  • Big bickies for bosses despite subpar performance
    While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional...
    Labour
  • Consent should come before research grants for phosphate mining
      The Government’s decision to make a grant by Callaghan Innovation to Chatham Rock Phosphate is highly questionable, says Labour’s Science spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “The fact is that the company still has to get a marine consent to mine the Chatham...
    Labour
  • A Tale of Two Farms
    Pig farming has yet again been thrust into the public view with two programmes this week on Campbell Live highlighting the very different conditions for pigs on two very different farms. The first programme exposed the awful conditions on a...
    Greens
  • Dirty Dairy Accord failing to clean up rivers
    The first monitoring report of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord fails to show progress on cleaning up our rivers since the Accord was introduced, the Green Party said today. The Accord's targets for stock exclusion are weaker than the previous...
    Greens
  • The Indignant Kiwi: Why we need to do more to protect our national bird
    A kiwi, about to be released into the wild, was first introduced to Prime Minister John Key and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on her recent visit to New Zealand. By all reports, Dr Merkel was delighted to meet the rather indignant...
    Greens
  • Conflicted interests and health promotion; my opinion.
    As it happens, I know quite a bit about health promotion. It was an area I worked in prior to becoming an MP. What differentiates health promotion from the strict biomedical model, or from health education, for example, is its...
    Greens
  • Transparency on foreign buyers register needed
    News that Overseas Investment Office officials have been working on a register of foreign buyers of New Zealand homes is a welcome surprise, but Land Information Minister Louise Upston now needs to be clear on the details of the project,...
    Labour
  • National moves on state house sell off
    The Labour Party understands the Government has decided to move ahead with a mass sell-off of state houses. Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says he has been told by sources that Cabinet agreed the plan for their sell-off this week....
    Labour
  • Back-down on expert teacher plan welcomed
    News that the Government has backed down and returned to the drawing board on its flagship ‘expert teacher’ policy will come as a welcome Christmas present to schools and teachers, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Teachers throughout New Zealand...
    Labour
  • John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases
    Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today. “As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now...
    Labour
  • An astounding disregard for Māori Affairs
    I have sat on the Māori Affairs Select Committee for most of the last 12 years. I love the committee, its work, its constituency and I especially love how it works differently than other committees, with a strong commitment to...
    Greens
  • Plunging dairy payout will hit regions hard
    The plunging dairy payout will hit New Zealand’s provincial towns and farm service industries hard, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Farmers have been bracing themselves for this expected announcement but it will be small towns and those who...
    Labour
  • Reducing inequality creates a stronger economy
    An OECD report finding New Zealand has one of the fast growing rates of income inequality shows “trickle down” economics has failed and that everyone is better off under a stronger economy, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “The Government should...
    Labour
  • Government surplus target turning sour
    The Government’s golden surplus target is under threat with today’s Crown accounts showing the deficit is $260 million worse than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is two blows in one morning for the Government’s economic credibility after...
    Labour
  • Greens call for end to cruelty of factory farming
    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
    Greens
  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
    Labour
  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
    Labour
  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Treasury says failure to cut emissions could cost $34,000 per household
    Treasury figures, released by the Sustainability Council today, show failing to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions will cost between $2,000 and $34,000 per household, the Green Party said. The Sustainability Council has obtained figures previously redacted from a...
    Greens
  • Greens call on the Auditor General to investigate serious conflict of inter...
    The Green Party has asked the Auditor General to investigate serious conflicts of interest over Food and Grocery Chief Katherine Rich's membership on the board of the Health Promotion Agency (the Agency)."I've asked the Auditor General to investigate because the...
    Greens
  • Central Govt to blame for Auckland rail delay
    The National Government is delaying Auckland's rail development, while pushing ahead with the expensive Puhoi to Wellsford motorway, a motorway with declining traffic volumes, benefiting fewer people and business, said the Green Party today.Yesterday, Mayor Len Brown proposed to push...
    Greens
  • Govt grants mining licence in marine protected area
    The Government is making a mockery of our marine protections by granting a mining licence for Chatham Rise Phosphate to mine for phosphate in a marine protected area, the Green Party said.Chatham Rock Phosphate was granted a mining permit today,...
    Greens
  • Letter from Pakistan
    I was in Peshawar last week. It is a vibrant city with a real energy to it. It is my favourite place to be in Pakistan. You feel the energy as you drive around the city. I am in an...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
    The Daily Blog
  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
    The Daily Blog
  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
    The Daily Blog
  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
    The Daily Blog
  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
    The Daily Blog
  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
    The Daily Blog
  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
    The Daily Blog
  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
    The Daily Blog
  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
    The Daily Blog
  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
    The Daily Blog
  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
    The Daily Blog
  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
    The Daily Blog
  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
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  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
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  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
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  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
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  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
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  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
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  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
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  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
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  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
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  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
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  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
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  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
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  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
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  • Holiday home hazards revealed
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  • Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace
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  • RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege
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  • Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges
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  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
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  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
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  • Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer
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  • Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines
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  • New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live
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  • CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown
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  • Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ
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  • MIA Welcomes Review Findings
    The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles....
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  • Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies
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  • Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report
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  • Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble
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  • WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death
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  • Rainbow Wellington urges further change from Blood Service
    This week the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announced the implementation of the agreed changes to blood donor deferral. For men who have sex with men (MSM) this primarily involves a reduction of the deferral period from five years to...
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  • New Zealand Government signals reversal of fortune
    The Government’s robust $372 million forecast surplus from Budget 2014 will turn into a $572 million deficit, according to the 2015 Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Policy Statement. Imports are cheaper and good export prices...
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  • Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry
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  • Protest at killing of schoolboys – Vigil 17/12/14
    A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014....
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  • Social housing provider opens development in Johnsonvillle
    Social housing provider, Accessible Properties, will be opening eight new social housing units in a new housing development in Johnsonville tomorrow....
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  • NCWNZ Wins Court Case
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  • Cuts in public services likely fromBudget Policy Statement
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
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  • Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices
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  • A safety message for the festive season from Housing NZ
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  • Charity Wins in the High Court
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  • Government cutting back health services to dangle tax cuts
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  • Christian Network calls for prayers and understanding
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  • Labour congratulated on withdrawing bill
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  • Largest ever control campaign knocks back predators
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  • Brazil introduces 10-year validity, NZ overdue
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  • National lead down after Little takes Labour leadership
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  • Part V of Te Urewera Report Released
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  • C17 Fantasy Not for New Zealand
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  • MFAT Spends $9 Million on Four Day Conference
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  • State Services Commission Staff Highest Paid in Govt Sector
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  • EPA 1080 annual report released
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its seventh annual report on the aerial use of 1080. Findings are again consistent with previous years. The 1080 regime is working as intended with the benefits of using 1080 being seen while...
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  • Bruce Jesson Awards
    • The Senior Journalism Award of $4000 for a proposed work of "critical, informed, analytical and creative journalism or writing that will contribute to public debate in NZ on an important issue or issues" was awarded to Max Rashbrooke for...
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  • More money for your Christmas break
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