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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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    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • 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
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data 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...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • 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
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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