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Not for sale hikoi arrives in Wellington

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, May 4th, 2012 - 99 comments
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The Aotearoa is Not For Sale hikoi departs from Te Papa for Parliament at midday today. There has been great turnout in towns and cities all over New Zealand. Join in if you can. Also, remember to sign the Keep Our Assets petition and get involved (via Labour or the Greens) in collecting signatures. We can still save our assets.

99 comments on “Not for sale hikoi arrives in Wellington”

  1. james 111 1

    Would be really good if most of them knew the facts ,and what they are actually marching for

    [they know the facts better than you. Eddie]

    [lprent: As Eddie politely said. I'm less polite. You tend to be a bit of a parrot. You repeat the words of others with little evidence of actually ever understanding what you are waffling about. It shows up on the odd occasions when you try to argue in support of "your views". I guess that is why you assume everyone else doesn't bother to think about issues - you are projecting yourself. ]

    • fender 1.1

      Would be even better if you james knew why you were so infatuated with this Nact Govt and all the destructive policies they wish to implement. You are one of their most loyal cheerleaders but you never have a credible reason for supporting their rampant destruction. Like a brain-washed parrot you spew your version of the bullshit you have swollowed. This makes you appear incapable of independant thought and very naive. I wish you could spend some time getting educated on the issues before you rush to condemn others for not knowing what they are marching for.

  2. ianmac 2

    Avaaz.org has a system whereby Petitions can be signed online by individuals. Is there provision for that for the No Sale? Would pick up many more signatures from those who are outside major centres.

    • weka 2.1

      I doubt it – the petition is to the government to hold a referendum and as such I’m guessing they will need the information and signatures to be in hardcopy.

      You could print out the petition yourself (see link above) and post it in though (and get others to sign it!) :-)

      • ianmac 2.1.1

        Thanks Weka. When responding to the Avaaz petitions, it requires email address, Name and address and so on and in this day and age I think such action is regarded as legal as a paper form. Surely some clever chap could find out because the ease of access would allow many more sign ups. No Right Turn perhaps.

        • Deano 2.1.1.1

          No-one should go altering the forms in any way.

          There’s very strict rules around these petitions. If they are altered in any way from the forms approved by the Clerk of Parliament, they will be rejected.

        • weka 2.1.1.2

          Ianmac, I also live in an area where it’s possible I will never see the petition so I know what you are meaning. I think it’s pretty easy to fake email. Does Avaaz generate petitions that can be presented to parliaments? That standard is much higher when it’s for something like a referendum. I’d be interested to hear from some techies whether online petitions are less reliable than hardcopy ones (I’m assuming they are).

  3. Rich 3

    Sadly, I can’t make the hikoi – too busy at work.

    I suspect the petition will be roundly ignored. A better solution might be if everyone chips in what they can afford to a fund to bribe Peter Dunne. Perhaps Pete George could enlighten us as to the usual ‘election contribution’ required – I’m guessing the mid-five figures?

    • Deano 3.1

      if the petition gets 10% of the enrolled population, a referendum is compulsory.

      Let National ignore the results of that referendum – likely to be held a year out from the next election – at their own risk.

      • Foreign Waka 3.1.1

        A referendum may well be compulsory, but is it binding? I do not belief that this Government really wants to listen. The worst part however is, that Mr Shearer is not really offering. any alternative

    • Matt 3.2

      Yes, and split into two parts for ‘anonymity’.

    • bbfloyd 3.3

      sadly.. it would be a waste of money… dunne was on tv last night being utterly dismissive of the hikoi(showing a personal bias toward members of said hikoi).. and making it very clear that he is firmly lodged in amongst johnny sparkles hemorrhoids, and isn’t planning to cut loose any time soon…

      • Tigger 3.3.1

        Apparently Dunne tweeted this: Hikoi on asset sales marches to Parliament on a day when it is not sitting – says a lot about the brains behind them.

        Nice Mr Dunne.

  4. I just watched the Hikoi from my office balcony in Wellington. Quite a large turnout.

    • insider 4.1

      2000 according to stuff

      • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1

        Quite a few folks on twitter saying it’s overflowed the parliamentary forecourt. 2000 my arse if that’s true.

        • insider 4.1.1.1

          Parliament’s forecourt is not that big. I’ve been there when a protest of about 250 was on and it filled quite a bit in front of the steps.the organisers claimed 400 to 500 and it ‘looked’ like that many.

          So 2000 is compatible with spilling over the forecourt IMO. Note that I;ve not seen the protest today so happy to accept 5k as the number.

          • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.1.1

            Are you including the lawn in the forecourt? It’s a pretty big area. You’d fit 2000 in easy.

            • insider 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Looking at the pics on Stuff it doesn’t look like 5k. You get about 500 in between the steps and teh flagpoles. That’s about 1/4 of the area and going to be the densest in terms of people.

        • Gosman 4.1.1.2

          The Policeman I spoke to walking at the end of the protest estimated around 2000 so this figure is consistent with the Stuff figure. I’d say it was smaller than the pro Union protest I saw back in late 2010.

      • freedom 4.1.2

        over 3000 left Te Papa easily over 5000 by the time we hit Lambton Quay

    • ianmac 4.2

      Herald 3:01pm: “A crowd of 5000 filled the Parliamentary lawn in the latest stop of a North Island march “

  5. I’d have thought the protest movement will be very disappointed with the turnout.

    I think the variety of protest issues highlights the reality – there isn’t strong or focussed opposition to the MOM, otherwise that’s where all the attention would be.

    Asset sales always have been and still just are an anti government exercise for some (Greens, Mana and Labour) and and excuse to protest for a few ragtags.

    And the low number of comments on hikoi posts here are another indicator. Most people have other things to worry about and do far more than being political party puppets.

    • Pascal's bookie 5.1

      What would you say would be a good turnout in wellington on a work day Pete?

      And as noted, I’d be careful jumping on that 2000 number. Suspect that’ll get revised. They took at least 1/2 hr to walk past my building.

      • insider 5.1.1

        Stuff now upped that to 5k

      • Pete George 5.1.2

        I’m sure various numbers will be suggested. Whatever the consensus is, I don’t think this will be sending shivers up National’s spine.

        If I felt strongly enough about a specific issue I’d take a day off work to protest. But the hikoi didn’t interest me, and it was just a single island multi message protest anyway.

        If National continue with their plan to break their commitment to a 49% ownership limit I’d go out of my way to protest that.

        • TheContrarian 5.1.2.1

          What struck me from my vantage point was many of the younger protesters were wearing Mana Party jerseys but with that bandanna’s covering their faces in the gangster style. That sort of thing would really turn older voters off the party and doesn’t look particularly respectable. 

          • Uturn 5.1.2.1.1

            Gosh, how awful. Think of all those conservative oldies that are just aching to vote Mana, but can’t. If only Mana supporters would wear the business suits that our corrupt gangster politicians wear, with the strip of cloth tied round their necks instead, our political scene would become respectable overnight.

            • Gosman 5.1.2.1.1.1

              The funniest sight at the march was actually some person dressed up as John Key with paper mache head, suit jacket with tie, and brown corduroy trowsers. Gotta love that sense of style and realism.

              • Pascal's bookie

                Nah, the funniest thing was the distinguished looking older gent cradling a small hand written sign that just said “No. Fuck you”

        • McFlock 5.1.2.2

          Not everyone can arbitrarily ditch an afternoon’s work, pete.
               
          But I tend to agree with your other point. Protests, petitions, polls – National don’t give a shit. I think they’re resigned to losing in 2014 if not sooner.

      • Pete George 5.1.3

        Here’s an indication of part of the problem (they say “hundreds of people” but that looks a bit light):

        They are protesting at Government plans to sell up to 49% of state-owned energy companies and reduce the Crown’s shareholding in Air New Zealand.

        Radio New Zealand’s reporter says groups within the demonstration are also protesting against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, against fracking and in support of saving Maui’s dolphins.

        http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/105002/asset-sale-protesters-rally-at-parliament

        About the only thing missing was “Save John Banks”.

        • alex 5.1.3.1

          @ Pete – By the usual suspects do you mean people who are expressing their right to protest?
          What a patronising man you must be, to talk down to people who dare express a political opinion.

          • TheContrarian 5.1.3.1.1

            “What a patronising man you must be, to talk down to people who dare express a political opinion”

            Really? Are you serious? look at some of the responses to Pete expressing his political opinions round here. Look at the way some of the people on the standard here treat others who disagree, even politely. Even the moderators wander around calling people “dumb” and “dicks” quite frequently and for almost no reason other than not being in total agreement. 

            • felix 5.1.3.1.1.1

              Pete doesn’t generally get much grief for expressing his political opinions.

              Quite the contrary, as it happens. He gets grief when he waffles on for ages without voicing any opinions.

              He also cops a fair bit of grief for making out that everyone’s attacking him for his political opinions when any fuckwit can see that’s not really the case.

              And don’t get on your high horse about politeness while in the same breath attributing motives to others’ behaviour that you just pulled out of your arse. Most impolite of you.

              • I wouldn’t call it grief but I often get nitpicks and niggles regardless of what I say or link to. It’s common for people here to ignore what I say and criticise me regardless of what I’ve said.

                I don’t grieve over it, mostly I laugh at it because it is often idiotic and/or pathetic, and often without foundation.

                • felix

                  “I wouldn’t call it grief but I often get nitpicks and niggles “

                  haha who’s nitpicking now? :D

                  Didn’t mean to imply that you “grieved” over anything btw. Perhaps it’s a colloquialism with slightly different regional meanings. Or I’ve been using it wrong for a long time…

              • he waffles on for ages without voicing any opinions.

                I’m often not here to voice my opiniion, it’s to find out other people’sm opinions. I know that’s an alien concept for many of the instant opinionaters here but it can be useful and also can be fun.

                But felix, I don’t expect you to really understand, especially if all you do is comment under favoured moderation status.

                If you want to understand try doing something like commenting on an even playing field like Kiwiblog. Don’t just dabble, do it regularly for a year or two. Then come back and lecture about me here.

              • felix

                I don’t think I have any special favour here Pete, except the favour that tends to follow good looks and charm anywhere. I get my warnings and unlike many others I take note of them. I observe the boundaries set by the mods and I’m careful with my phrasing so as to stay within them most of the time.

                You’re very good at this too, I’ve noticed.

                As for Kiwiblog, it doesn’t interest me in the slightest except in an archeological sense.

          • OneTrack 5.1.3.1.2

            No he means the semi-professional rent-a-mob who don’t have to worry about taking a few weeks off work to have a happy holiday down the country because they get “paid” anyway

      • deuto 5.1.4

        As someone has noted, Stuff are now estimating the crowd in Parliament grounds at about 5000.

        In my personal experience in the past being a long time Wellingtonian, on a work day many people working in the Lambton Quay, Terrace and Thorndon areas of downtown Wellington (including many public servants working close to Parliament) go straight to Parliament grounds rather than walking from the other end of town. Also, people coming in from the Hutt, for example, by bus or train go straight there as the railway station and bus terminals are directly opposite Parliament.

        From the photos, I would say that there is at least 5000.

        • deuto 5.1.4.1

          PS – the Herald are also reporting 5000.

          At the end of the article, these gems:

          Mr Dunne did not attend the protest, but tweeted earlier in the day: “Hikoi on asset sales marches to Parliament on a day when it is not sitting – says a lot about the brains behind them.”

          A lone pro-National protester, carrying a sign which read “John Key is the best Prime Minister we have ever had”, was moved to the fringe of the protest by police “for his own safety”.

          Wish I had been able to attend, but clashed with a necessary appointment that I was unable to negotiate to a more convenient time.

          • fender 5.1.4.1.1

            Intuition tells me that the lone pro- Key dingbat was james 111.

    • Frida 5.2

      Would have been there if I wasn’t stuck in Auckland for work. And I know lots of people in my position. For some of us Pete, it’s not as easy as ‘take a day off’. We’ve all signed the petition though and will do whatever else it takes. Your boss and his puppet masters have their heads in the sand. And as for your boss’s rude tweets, tell him we are all educated professionals too. With more brains than he has in his last follicle.

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    The ‘usual suspects’ play fast and loose with numbers on most demos but this hikoi in particular is a major worry for them due to what it indicates. The numbers have not been anti mining 50,000 huge but it is a most significant event none the less. Mostly a Mana/Greens faction/hard left event organised on a near zero koha budget at relatively short notice.

    What really loosens the rights guts is the prospect of Māori nationalists and tau iwi lefties and greenies uniting. And whinge on about numbers all you like but in smaller towns for the last several weeks thousands of people (collectively), particularly young ones, have been participating in public political activity, a fightback non parliamentary base is being built. Iwi have been assisting locked out workers, and many tau iwi are finally paying decent attention to the post colonial dynamic and fallout that persists in this country.

    Chris Trotter is correct that several public referendum petitions have stalled short of the required signatures mark, every Standard reader of sound mind and good intent should do their bit to make sure this one does not. Aotearoa Is Not For Sale.

    • Gosman 6.1

      “What really loosens the rights guts is the prospect of Māori nationalists and tau iwi lefties and greenies uniting.”

      Do you have any evidence for this or is this just your loose gut feeling?

    • OneTrack 6.2

      What about New Zealand?

  7. Gosman 7

    I must state that you lefties do have some wacky people supporting you.

    I spoke to some guy who expressed concern about the proposed Open Bank Resolution plan that the Reserve bank has put out recently. He thought it was all about the Government stealing people’s deposits.

    There was the obligatory ‘Fractional Reserve Banking system is evil’ guy. I could have been talking to C.V or DTB.

    Finally some elderly NZ First supporter, (I know the adjective was really unnecessary), who was adament that partially selling assets were Treason. Couldn’t really argue his case why though.

    • vto 7.1

      Fractional reserve banking IS evil gosman. Count me alongside that guy.

      • Gosman 7.1.1

        Yeah, he seemed like a bit of a nut job so probably up your alley there vto.

        Interesting he thought Argentina has withdrawn from the Fractional Reserve Banking system and thought Canada between 1935 and 1974 was outside it.

        I will have to check although I did point out to him that Argentina suffered a beef shortage as a result of dumbass Government policies recently introduced to try and control the price.

  8. vto 8

    And STILL nobody has explained how having foreign landlords is a good thing.

    I suspect nobody ever will.

    • “And STILL nobody has explained how having foreign landlords is a good thing”

      This old nugget again (though last time it was “nobody has explained how having foreign landlords is better than NZ owners).

    • Gosman 8.2

      Because they allow you to pay them in your own currency and you can ditch them if they annoy you and still get to live in the place they rented to you.

      • vto 8.2.1

        Oh look, there we go folks, an explanation. Never mind that its shallowness hardly even dampens the sole of my feet…

        You have convinced me. Hikoi is off everybody – gosman just explained everything.

        • Gosman 8.2.1.1

          So now it has to be a detailed explanation that satisfies your particular standards. Jeeze make you mind up will ya!

          The point is any explanation you get you will simply reject because it fails to conform to your ideological view of the world. Fair enough, that is your right. However it does make you look silly when you keep demanding it.

          ‘I demand an explanation for something that I strongly disagree with which will satisfy my incredibly high standard of proof for an explanation!’. Ya big baby.

          • vto 8.2.1.1.1

            Crap gosman.

            I have seen no explanation which outlines the benefits compared to the negatives in any comprehensive fashion. You know, this is actually a huge issue and its getting bigger. It deserves a decent explanation by those who promote foreign landlords.

            There has been no such explanation and yours then was a piss-take. Or, if yours above is the sole amount of explanation then it is pathetic. As you well know.

            • Gosman 8.2.1.1.1.1

              Mine was a p#ss take it is true, (to an extent), but only because you don’t really want a serious discussion about pros and cons of foreign investment in my opinion. You just have determined you don’t like it and that is that.

              But I will humour you. What is your problem with foreign ownership of anything?

              • “You just have determined you don’t like it and that is that.”
                That is the feeling I got when he kept repeating “nobody has explained how having foreign landlords isbetter than NZ owners” despite not being able to provide any reference of anyone ever saying it was ‘better’.

                Now he has changed it to:  “nobody has explained how having foreign landlords is a good thing”

              • vto

                ” only because you don’t really want a serious discussion about pros and cons of foreign investment in my opinion. You just have determined you don’t like it and that is that. ”

                Crap again mr gosman, and a gigantic and false assumption on your part. I have been at this issue for years and years and considered it in detail and from angles and had discussions and arguments with all types on it. I have come to the opinion that foreign landlords are a substantial net negative. If someone is able to outline how it is a net positive I will listen to it. Why the f#&k do you think I keep asking for someone to explain?

                How about the promoters of foreign landlords explain? Like John Key or Peter Dumme or the Act party?

                • Gosman

                  How about you explain what you particular problem with foreign owenership of anything is first and then we will take it from there?

                  • vto

                    no. done it countless times. Now it is the turn of the promoters of foreign landlords.

                    How about you explain how having foreign landlords is a good thing. Because not a single person has.

                    • I’m not aware of any promoters of “foreign landlords”.

                      Why haven’t foreign interests bought all available listed companies in New Zealand? For similar reasons that they won’t buy all the MOM shares. They won’t be able to even if they wanted to.

                    • vto

                      “I’m not aware of any promoters of “foreign landlords”. ”

                      ffs Pete George, your own party is part of the government which is about to promote these assets for sale to foreigners. When people or organisations do this they are even called promoters. Have a look at the legislation around this.

                      This government is always stating that “foreign investment” is good. And that sales of land to foreigners is good. That is called promotion.

                      That is the party you stood for in the last election Pete.

                      So how about you explain the benfits fo foreign landlords. And don’t bloody nitpick the question like the fools gosman and contrarian, just bloody answer it. Why is it better to have foreign ownership (or landlords, whatever)?

                    • part of the government which is about to promote these assets for sale to foreigners.

                      I call bullshit on that. Your obsession with “foreign landlords” has no proven basis at all. Unless you have some secret proof it’s your paranoia or you scaremongering.

                    • vto

                      Call bullshit all you like Pete – it has no effect on the facts.

                      Fact is this government has already stated there is not the purchasing capacity in NZ to buy all of these so they will NEED be sold to foreigners.

                      As for this “Your obsession with “foreign landlords” has no proven basis at all” Tell that to the 5000 in Wellington today. And what was the Crafar deal if not a foreign landlord? What on earth are going on about?

                      How is that wrong? And how is it not promotion? And what are the benefits to foreign ownership and landlords?

                    • “This government is always stating that “foreign investment” is good. And that sales of land to foreigners is good.”

                      This government is always stating that “foreign investment” is good. yes they did because investment, from any source, is good.

                      “And that sales of land to foreigners is good.” No, don’t think anyone ever said that (within this particular context)

                    • vto

                      Well at least we agree that foreign investment and foreign ownership can be distinguished.

                    • vto

                      which brings us back to landlords. So, how is having foreign landlords overall better, let alone good?

                    • “which brings us back to landlords. So, how is having foreign landlords overall better, let alone good?”

                      I have never stated that foreign landlords are good or better nor have I seen anyone, anywhere, argue that it is good or better.

                    • insider

                      A foreign landlord who maintains and invests is better than a local one who runs his property down? How good were those guys fay and richwhite when they were landlords of the railways? Look how high margins on petrol are since nz landlords took over the largest supplier

                    • rosy

                      I call bullshit on that. Your obsession with “foreign landlords” has no proven basis at all. Unless you have some secret proof it’s your paranoia or you scaremongering.

                      Advertising the sale of Crafar farms singly in China & Singapore but only as a whole group in New Zealand.

                      Potential New Zealand buyers were told the 16 Crafar farms could only be sold profitably by bundling them together but the Star-Times has now learned the farms were advertised for sale individually in China and Singapore.

                      The advertisements, in the South China Morning Post and Singapore’s Straits Times, emerged in documents released to the Sunday Star-Times by the Overseas Investment Office under the Official Information Act.

                      The ads read: “One of the largest and most highly anticipated rural portfolios to ever come to the market in New Zealand is presented for sale. A significant opportunity to invest in New Zealand’s rural and dairy sector. Farms are for sale individually or as a portfolio.”

                      And Insider – comparing ‘good’ foreign landlords to ‘bad’ New Zealand landlords in no comparison at all unless all foreign landlords are ‘good’ and all New Zealand landlords are ‘bad’.

                  • Reagan Cline

                    The problem I have with foreign ownership of lasnd is that I and my people asre inseparable from it. We named it, live from it, bury our dead and our placentas in it and sweat into it, hack at it with tools, love it, fear it. A foreigner who says “I own the land you live on” claims ownership of part of me and my people..

      • Reagan Cline 8.2.2

        So Gosman – generations of Gypsies for centuries have broken your rules and thrived – even Adolf and Jo couldn’t liquidate them – the exception that proves the rule right ?

  9. Meanwhile business as usual – I guess Ngai Tahu weren’t officially represented on the hikoi (apart from the wrong island), they’ve just sold part of an asset.:

    Ngai Tahu sells chunk of its stake in Ryman

    South Island iwi Ngai Tahu has sold down a quarter of its stake in retirement village operator Ryman Healthcare for $31.7 million with the proceeds initially to go towards bank debt but to also help residential subdivision plans.

    Trevor Burt, chairman of the corporate arm, Ngai Tahu Holdings, said the sale was part of the tribe’s diversification of its asset portfolio but also part of a strategy to hold larger stakes in fewer entities.

    The sale was also opportunistic given the recent share price gains by Ryman. Ngai Tahu had been a holder of Ryman shares for 12 to 14 years and seen very good growth in share value in that time.

    There have been some Maori money management messes but Ngai Tahu seem to have managed their’s very well.

  10. Enough is Enough 10

    The ground swell aginst this is gaining momentum daily. The opposition is unprecedented. Has there been a more hated government initiative in the past 50 years?

    The people are speaking and the government can not ignore them.

    There was anger out there today aimed at Key. If he does not listen to the will of the people that anger will boil over in the next six months in London like rioting.

    You have the choice Prime Minister. Do what New Zealand wants or watch the streets around parliament erupt.

    • Gosman 10.1

      “The ground swell aginst this is gaining momentum daily. The opposition is unprecedented. Has there been a more hated government initiative in the past 50 years?”

      Ummmmm…..no, no, and no.

      Technically the groundswell is losing momentum if you take the support for the march in Auckland versus today. The people in the march looked like your usual suspects of Maori Nationalists, Mana Labour and Green party activists with a sprinkling of university students and the odd NZ First supporter looking out of place with their zimmer frames.

      As for the opposition being unprededented I think there might have been more people marching in the 1980′s for various causes. Do you remember the 1980′s Enough?

      Pretty sure the Government’s poll ratings suggest it isn’t as hated as say Labour was in 1990 or Muldoon in 1984.

      • muzza 10.1.1

        As for the opposition being unprededented I think there might have been more people marching in the 1980′s for various causes. Do you remember the 1980′s Enough?

        — You point out a couple of important issues Gosman, well done. People are not marching or demonstrating as much these days, and the reasons are obvious. I don’t need to go into them too far, but higlights are. Student loans = no time to protest, immigration, they dont tend to protest, and people generally so maxed out for time due to servicing their debt, that until hard times land on their dinner table, they think they are safe from any fallout! The biggest protest of course is the >50K people per year leaving NZ, and the million or so who did NOT bother to vote, all thanks to the issues, that those who are not protesting , should be really worried about, and on the streets!
        So in fact what you mean to say is that the visible presence might be losing a little steam for now, but in fact with the rising numbers fleeing the decaying corpse that is NZ, the protest is in fact growing much larger every day!

        Pretty sure the Government’s poll ratings suggest it isn’t as hated as say Labour was in 1990 or Muldoon in 1984.

        —Again illustrating just how poor government is in this country, and it matter not what colour flag they fly. We are being taken for a ride by our parliamentary system, among other things. Voting makes no difference, thanks for pointing that out!

      • Enough is Enough 10.1.2

        Ignore this opposition at your peril Gosman. It is very easy to dismiss this from behind your laptop but on the streets the anger is building.

        The polls show it is is hated policy. I think even the ECA had more support then this nutty idea to sell off the nations jewels.

        The pressure is and will continue to grow. Key is a pragmatist and does what he have to remain popular. He will buckle before this winter of discontent is over.

        PS Auckland is about 5 times bigger than Wellington. One would expect the protest to be bigger there you pea brained goose.

        • Pete George 10.1.2.1

          The polls show it is is hated policy.

          I haven’t seen any polls that says that. It seems clear there’s a majority who would prefer MOM didn’t happen, but the lack of overwhelming support (and the election result) suggests that most opposition is quite mild.

          The loud protest seems to be a few whohaven’t gotten over last years’s election defeat.

          • Enough is Enough 10.1.2.1.1

            We will never get over last years defeat. National’s attempted bully boy tactics wont crush us into submission and we will continue to fight for the same things we fought for last year.

            You are fucking naive if you think last years lost battle means we will give up.

            London shows what happens when you dismiss workers opinions. Change course now National and Dunne or the same fate is coming to a street near you. These people are sick of being ignored

          • thatguynz 10.1.2.1.2

            PG,  do you not think that it’s possible that people are actually assessing a policy (or policies) and determining that they don’t think it is in their best interests independently of last years election results?
             
            I can quite happily protest (publically or otherwise) against a policy or direction that I don’t agree with – irrespective of which political party or coalition brought it to the table.  Can you?

            • Pete George 10.1.2.1.2.1

              I can quite happily protest (publically or otherwise) against a policy or direction that I don’t agree with – irrespective of which political party or coalition brought it to the table. Can you?

              Yes, I do exactly that. I criticised John Key (again) today for (again) refusing working cross party on our super sized Super issue.

              And I can support any person or policy or party I agree with, I do it frequently. Shearer made the right call today on shelving the Cullent fund until back in surplus. At least he’s starting to get it.

          • OneTrack 10.1.2.1.3

            There are many that haven’t got over the 2008 defeat.

            • Pete George 10.1.2.1.3.1

              Yep, a few in Labour (especially those pulling strings) act like they haven’t woken up on the Sunday after the 2008 election.

        • Gosman 10.1.2.2

          I didn’t just dismiss this from behind my laptop. I went into the heart of the protest and dismissed it there as well. Pretty much the usual whiny leftist protest mob. The Government must be quaking in their boots.

  11. Bad tidings from Chris Trotter:

    Many of the people I spoke to on the anti-privatisation march realised that there were “not enough” people to give the National-led Government pause, but added cheerily “still, it’s better than nothing”. Not necessarily. I would argue that Saturday’s march was, in fact, worse than nothing.

    By providing the Government with a vivid glimpse of its most vociferous opponents, and revealing just how few of them there really are (even in the country’s most populous city) the organisers of the anti-privatisation march have told the Government that it can now proceed without serious political risk.

    Given the comparatively low turnout, it would have been safer to let the poll data on privatisation do the talking. The latter showed a clear majority of voters (in some polls two-thirds to three-quarters) opposed to “partial” privatisation. Those are scary numbers. But now the Government knows that, unlike the anti-mining sentiment of 2010, the anti-privatisation sentiment of 2012 isn’t strong enough to mobilise more than “the usual suspects”.

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/pessimistic-reformist-considers.html

    That was on last weeks protest but similar numbers, and I would guess similar sentiments, on todays.

  12. Tiger Mountain 12

    @ Gosman 10.1.1: You don’t get it Gozzie, the fledgling unity in action of Māori and left activists is a slow burner that some of us have been waiting and working for many years to see. Every under 25 I see in a Mana t-shirt brings a smile to my dial. Projections are for a younger browner Aotearoa old chap so you better make plans to find a nice wee bolt hole in Paraguay or somewhere similar, if you have not already.

    The employing class spend a lot of effort on creating disunity, Muldoon pitting white workers against Samoans, Key developing two categories of boat people-rich immigrants and direct foreign investment and ownership OK, que jumpers (aka refugees well within their UN rights) not.

    Talleys-locking out for individual contracts rather than union collectives-wonder why? And neo liberalism as an ideology goes for the biggie-everyone against everyone else-I am an individual, I make choices -the ‘atomisation’ as some have termed it of societies with mutual interests into competing consuming individuals.

    You can whinge Gozzie, but change is a comin’.

    • The employing class spend a lot of effort on creating disunity,

      They’re not the ones protesting in the streets trying to overturn a democratic election result.

      • Tiger Mountain 12.1.1

        You’re still in the FPP mindset Pete, election results and parliament are but one part of political life. ShonKey hanging onto that sack of sh*t Banksie for grim death illustrates the 2011 general election was hardly a crushing defeat for opponents of asset sales.

      • OneTrack 12.1.2

        Pete, you don’t still believe in outdated concepts like one man one vote do you?

        • Gosman 12.1.2.1

          Obviously the left now believes in permanent elections as well as permanent revolution.

          • lprent 12.1.2.1.1

            Obviously the conservatives still favour thundering around on horses whie pissed hitting each other with lances and battle axes while generally distaining to avoid running over the tax paying peasants.

            Traditional behavioral myths of the right…

            Wank elsewhere…

    • Gosman 12.2

      I think a qualified IT professional with good banking experience can do a little better than just Paraguay. Hong Kong, Singapore, or Dubai would suit me just find thank you very much. Don’t worry I’ll ensure I provide employment opportunities to some immigrant from a developing country as a domestic servant. ;-)

      So you really have no evidence that right wing people care about Mana, Greenies, and the leftist getting together then?

  13. james 111 13

    [Deleted. Boring trolling...RL]

    • felix 13.1

      Well everyone else (stuff, the herald etc) seems to think it was 5000, but even at 5000 with an estimated population of 4,434,089 it pretty much proves that 4,429,089 kiwis are in favour.

      Is that what you’re saying?

  14. Johnm 14

    Saw Shonkey interviewed on One News. He said to paraphrase the Hikoi’s numbers were so small as not be even worthwhile to go out and meet them. he said he wasn’t going to change his mind. He came across as smug, self righteous and happily out of touch with the hoi polloi at Parliament. The guys so much on ideological auto pilot you have to see it to believe it! The Nats continue to dismantle the NZ Commonwealth and to enrich the already rich which basically is themselves.

  15. Rodel 15

    Loved the way John Key giggled and sneered at the hikoi marchers.
    Must have endeared himself to many watching him on TV.
    Oops! didn’t have time to check with PR Crosby Textor before responding and let my true personality shine through.
    Keep it up John (The other John).

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    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced 27 July...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry. Maritime Union of New...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga  Posted on July 27, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers What does Amnesty International think of the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council on 23 July? What should happen next?Amnesty International welcomes resolution S-21/1...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Press Release Like New Zealand chose to go nuclear free, we can add to our national...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville
    Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville Internet Party Leader Laila Harré will stand in John Key’s Helensville electorate because “the Prime Minister has some explaining to do”. Ms Harré wants to debate Mr Key at candidate meetings in his own...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist
    West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Cliff Curtis Apolitical
    While I respect my cousin Annette Sykes commitment in engaging in the political process, I do not endorse or support any political party. I respect all candidates who make the commitment to stand for political office. It requires and takes...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • National getting students into science
    National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today supported the government’s launch of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara, a programme to boost community involvement in the science sector....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • NZ NGOs respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza
    NZ NGOs are responding to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip with news today of an upsurge in violence and an increasing number of civilian casualties....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement
    ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement David Seymour, ACT Candidate for Epsom 29/07/2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Colin Craig (sic) Launches New Website
    Colin Craig today advised that his web presence was not large enough, especially when compared to similarly polling parties such as the Internet/Mana Party. “After extensive discussion and advice from my full time legal team, and my IT part timer...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Spat between Minister Smith and Fish and Game overdue – ACT
    With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Maori King challenges Ngapuhi leader to front up
    Following his strong condemnation of the Maori King, Tuheitia yesterday, Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has received a challenge this afternoon from prominent Kingitanga [King Movement] supporter Mamae Takerei....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Speech to Waikato Conference: Race has no place in law
    David Cunliffe recently apologised to a Women’s Refuge symposium: “I don't often say it – I'm sorry for being a man … because family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.” The Prime Minister accused Cunliffe of being insincere....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Greg Campbell Chief Executive of Wellington Regional Council
    Chair of Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde today announced the appointment of Greg Campbell as Chief Executive of the Council. Greg Campbell will take up the role in September following the departure of outgoing Chief Executive David Benham...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • We are going to campaign harder
    “It was great news to learn that John Key says I am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime Minister, John Key is just one voter. I...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Why Green isn’t the best colour for water
    Why Green isn’t the best colour for water Ian Mackenzie is Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson and was on the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. An opinion is also running in the New Zealand Herald. The Green Party recently...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum
    In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Defence Lawyer Disgust!!!
    “ The Sensible Sentencing Trust is horrified by Defence Lawyer Steven Zindel's comments at the Sentencing of a Man Jailed for the Rape of his 4 year old daughter .”...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Ōhāriu deserves better than a rort
    The National Party's deal with Peter Dunne is a rort and shows the people of Ōhāriu are being taken for granted, Labour candidate Virginia Andersen says. "Peter Dunne has been placed on political life support by the National Party. His...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • FMC Backs Fish and Game’s Role on Freshwater
    Federated Mountain Clubs today reinforced its strong support for the New Zealand Fish and Game Council's statutory role in advocating for anglers and hunters interests in freshwater. FMC President Robin McNeill stated that the Federation's 17,000 members...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • The Letter: Key Gives Nod for Seymour in Epsom
    This afternoon the PM acknowledged the importance of Epsom to National’s re-election prospects when said he wanted National’s supporters in Epsom to vote for ACT’S David Seymour. We always thought David could win Epsom, for which he has been campaigning...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
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