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NRT: “Shoulder-tapping” vs public service values

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, April 23rd, 2014 - 59 comments
Categories: accountability, Politics, public services - Tags:

no-right-turn-256No Right Turn points out the other issue with Shane Jone’s “new” job. The jobs for cronies with taxpayer money.

Another angle to the Shane Jones resignation:

Mr Jones said he would leave Parliament next month after he was shoulder tapped by Foreign Minister Murray McCully for a new role as a roving economic ambassador across the Pacific.

This is of course a total violation of public service values, and an unlawful exercise of Ministerial power.

For more than a hundred years, New Zealand has had a professional, politically neutral public service. In 1912 the Public Service Act removed Ministers from the appointment process, ending their ability to treat the public service as a means of rewarding their cronies. That ideal is given modern form in section 33 of the State Sector Act, which requires Chief Executives to act independently in employment matters, including appointments, promotions, demotions, transfers, disciplinary proceedings, or sackings. Chief Executives are explicitly not responsible to Ministers for these decisions. Ministers “shoulder tapping” preferred candidates for public service roles is precisely what the law is supposed to prevent. Instead, it looks like we’re back to Seddon and his infamous “learn him”.

Just a few years ago, both a Minister and a Chief Executive were forced to resign over unlawful interference in employment matters (the former by demanding that someone be sacked, the latter for obeying, then bowing to the “suggestion” of the next Minister to employ a crony). That lesson appears not to have been learned. Clearly we need to put some more heads on spikes, until Ministers and Chief Executives start obeying the law.

59 comments on “NRT: “Shoulder-tapping” vs public service values”

  1. Sacha 1

    McCully has form for constantly interfering in Ministries he oversees. Didn’t he get fired from government in the late 90s for doing exactly that?

  2. Marksman33 2

    Fuck,it never ends.

  3. Maryan Street 3

    This is pure McCully: reach way down into the public service and pull out those whom he doesn’t want and install those he does. I have criticised him every time he has done it, both in the Overseas Aid and the State Services portfolio. Even as recently as yesterday. The list of professional casualties is growing by the day, as is the list of beneficiaries. I am promoting nothing less than a wholesale review of the state services. Get back to 1912 principles, I say.

    • Puckish Rogue 3.1

      Jones didn’t have to take the role but he obviously saw more of a future in the offered role then in a labour opposition

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      ..and put heads on spikes.

      If it’s illegal why aren’t the courts involved?

      • Puckish Rogue 3.2.1

        Fortunately just because the left doesn’t like something doesn’t mean its against the law

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1

          If you can’t see that removing political interference from public service appointments would apply equally to Ministers from all parties then I can’t help you.

          • Puckish Rogue 3.2.1.1.1

            Well how about we go through the process of how it actually happened before we start deciding its illegal, you know due process and all that stuff

            • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1.1.1

              I can’t imagine a more obvious example of interference than a shoulder-tap.

              This government has a habit of appointing people this way, and before you say it I’m sure Labour did it too.

              How many tonnes of powdered milk will Oravida have to sell to afford the kind of donations that buy appointments as well as audiences and promotional photographs?

          • srylands 3.2.1.1.2

            It is not a public service appointment. If you don’t get that I can’t help you.

            • Lanthanide 3.2.1.1.2.1

              So who would Shane Jones be ‘serving’, if not ‘the public’?

              • srylands

                The Government. He will not be serving the public at all. And he will not be a public servant.

        • srylands 3.2.1.2

          How so?

      • Once was Pete 3.2.2

        Because it is not illegal. I can tell you for a fact that both Labour and National ministers have appointed from outside when they deemed there was good reason.

    • Blue 3.3

      1912 principles eh? Is that how far back you want to take the country Maryan? Please make it an election slogan.

      • Hanswurst 3.3.1

        I’m sure Labour would be happy to adopt that slogan… if National adopted the slogan, “We don’t know what principles we want, so actually we’re quite happy to let them slip back to a time before 1912, although we haven’t really thought too hard about what that means, or something… dunno.”

      • karol 3.3.2

        Early Labour Party principles, implemented in accordance with 21st Century circumstances seem good to me – better than the return to Victorian times that NAct are taking us to:

        Labour speech from 1912:

        <blockquote>"We intend to gather in all classes of the community. There are some people who are under the impression that the party comprises onlylabourers and waterside workers. This is not so. ' The Labour Party is to include all sections of useful people. We ■wish, to gather in the people of the town, of the country, the shopkeeper, the farmer, or any useful person who is prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder •with us in the fight against privilege aud monopoly."

        [...]
        Street cars, gas and so on, should be in the hands of the municipality, and the railways controlled by, the Government.

      • felix 3.3.3

        That word, principles. It always confuses the righties.

  4. Once was Tim 4

    Public Service values? There haven’t been any since the mid 1980′s. It’s something the NZ Labour Party need to re-learn.
    Christ – we don’t even have a Middle or Senior PS management who abide by a basic code of conduct. It’s all very ISO900 – the standards and procedures that only need to be documented, and then promptly discarded when inconvenient.
    It’s why the peons work in spite or their management, rather than because of them.
    Hey – got any airpoints going spare bro?

  5. Matthew Poole at Public Address:

    Before anyone chimes in to echo No Right Turn’s suggestion that McCully appointing Jones as an ambassador is illegal, I’ll point out that heads of mission/heads of post are appointed by “the Governor General”, and we all know what that means.

    This reeks to high heaven, and it looks worse, but from a legal/procedural standpoint it’s entirely legitimate for the Minister to establish a new diplomatic role with the status of a head-of-mission/head-of-post and pluck out a sitting MP to fill said role.

    http://publicaddress.net/system/cafe/hard-news-jones-the-contender-leaves/?p=311017#post311017

    Just passing this comment on.

    • wtl 5.1

      Rich of Observationz at Public Address:

      He’s going to be a “roving economic ambassador across the Pacific”.

      Is that a head of mission / head of post?

      head of mission means a person who is appointed by the Governor-General to be—
      (a)High Commissioner for New Zealand in any Commonwealth country, or in the Cook Islands; or
      (aa)High Commissioner for New Zealand in Niue; or
      (b)Ambassador of New Zealand to any State that is not a Commonwealth country; or
      (c)head of mission for New Zealand at any international organisation; or
      (d)head of mission for New Zealand (not being a high commissioner or ambassador) to any State

      head of post means a person who is not a head of mission but is appointed by the Governor-General to be the head of a New Zealand government office in any State

      I don’t think some sort of “roving ambassador” post counts. The only way they could elevate that role would be to create a special government office on some Pacific island, and even then one could argue that a “post” is the sole NZG diplomatic presence in a state, so could not be in a place where we already have one.
      http://publicaddress.net/system/cafe/hard-news-jones-the-contender-leaves/?p=311022#post311022

      Just passing this comment on.

      • Pete George 5.1.1

        Matthew Poole again:

        They could appoint him as Ambassador/HoM for New Zealand to the Pacific Islands Forum, which is a treaty-established international organisation. We do not appear to have representation there at present, and it would work perfectly in terms of the focal area of the Forum (of which NZ is a member).

        Do not underestimate McCully’s cunning.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1.1

          :roll:

        • wtl 5.1.1.2

          I’m not going to continue reposting a debate on another forum here. I have no idea why you are choosing to do so, my point was to simply counter your point which was apparently that “everything is perfectly legal and there is nothing to see here”.

          The thing is no one knows any details because nothing has been finalised. Until then, speculating is pointless. Regardless of the actual legality, the whole thing is unethical – a minister ‘shoulder tapping’ an opposition MP and creating a special role just for him? You seem to have a rather low standard of ethics.

          • Pete George 5.1.1.2.1

            I simply contributed information on the topic, I didn’t imply in any way that I thought everything was legal and there was nothing to see.

            The thing is no one knows any details because nothing has been finalised. Until then, speculating is pointless. Regardless of the actual legality, the whole thing is unethical – a minister ‘shoulder tapping’ an opposition MP and creating a special role just for him?

            You say no one knows any details, speculating is pointless – and then you speculate.

            • wtl 5.1.1.2.1.1

              I simply contributed information on the topic, I didn’t imply in any way that I thought everything was legal and there was nothing to see.

              Actually reposting the comment does imply that you thought that.

              You say no one knows any details, speculating is pointless – and then you speculate.

              Okay, let me rephrase because my point went over your head. The details surrounding this appointment are not yet clear, therefore speculating about the legality of the appointment is rather pointless. However, the appointment does appear to me to be unethical for reasons I outlined. Your failure to criticise this deal and you reposting comments indicating it is perfectly legal suggest that you do not find it unethical and I therefore believe that you have a low standard of ethics.

              • felix

                “That Pete George chap sure is a dishonest shitbag. He never owns anything he says.”

                Something I overheard someone say. Don’t mean to imply that I agree or disagree, just providing the information.
                :roll:

                • I don’t believe you. No evidence, and you have a habit of making things up. People here often call that sort of thing lying. That would make you a dishonest hypocrite.

                  • felix

                    Weirdly the next thing I overheard was “That Pete George, he exhibits no self-awareness at all. It’s like he has the soul of a mollusk, but without the self-awareness.”

                    Not that I agree or disagree. Many people post quotes here that don’t match their own thoughts. Often the opposite.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    I have been told that Pete George is a blithering idiot who has never been known to contribute anything worthwhile and waffles on, and on, and on, and on……. I don’t think the person who told me this was talking about another Pete George.

                    I won’t imply that I agree. I’ll be 100% specific about it.

              • Actually reposting the comment does imply that you thought that.

                No it doesn’t. You just assumed incorrectly.

                Many people post quotes here that don’t match their own thoughts. Often the opposite.

                • wtl

                  No it doesn’t. You just assumed incorrectly.

                  Yes it does. If I am wrong, you could simply clarify your actual opinion on the matter but you have not yet done so and instead appear to be trying very hard to avoid addressing the issue directly.

                  Many people post quotes here that don’t match their own thoughts. Often the opposite

                  Yes, and when they do they usually provide they own opinions or criticism of the quotes, rather than simply reposting comments from elsewhere with no comment of their own.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1.1.3

          The Catholic Church have being doing this for millenia.

          A good number of bishops are appointed to ‘titular’ dioceses, which are generally ones that only exist on paper throughout Africa and Middle East. Back in the days before those pesky fellows Mohammed and Martin Luther came along.

          There has also been non existent cabinet posts as well- Vice President of the Executive Council anyone

  6. srylands 6

    The premise of this post is incorrect. It is an ambassador role, which is a Ministerial appointment. All governments have made extensive Ministerial appointments to overseas posts.

    So it is laughable to suggest it is unlawful.

    Arguably McCully has made such appointments more open by making them available to outsiders, including advertising diplomatic posts in the press for anyone to apply. Such openness has never happened before.

    So you may not like the result, but in criticising the process, you are displaying woeful ignorance of both the State Sector Act and the practice of all New Zealand Governments in such appointments since the 1950s!

    Very sloppy indeed.

  7. Skinny 7

    Shrillands has made a very good point, if incorrect please correct. It must be said that ethics wise very poor taking a plum appointment offered by your opposition.

    Winston gave Shane some very sound advice that National have under funded our Governments contribution to the pacific nations economic development in the tune of tens of millions. He also advised Jones to have a good lawyer to check over the employment contract carefully.

  8. Populuxe1 8

    You mean like Helen Clark shoulder-tapped Jim Bolger for Kiwibank?

  9. Foreign Waka 9

    The whole affair is a farce. Mr Jones is in my opinion an opportunist, given that he now implies that he better suited to a right leaning party. In other words, he did not get a leadership role so he is now searching for something else and to make it count under the Key Government. Tribal laws, tribal behavior and tribal government. There is nothing to say to this other than why bother to vote for anybody with this kind of going on. Who knows what the dealings behind the scenes are and quite frankly, I am loosing interest. Perhaps it is time to look for somewhere were some kind of law and order exists, meaning for EVERYBODY.

  10. Whatever next? 10

    Seems like National have strategically placed “their people” in all positions of influence.Not sure if this is a strategic position for Shane, more of a strategic distraction.

  11. emergency mike 11

    “…roving economic ambassador across the Pacific…”

    Where is this on the ‘Sweet Gig’ scale exactly?

  12. Jrobin 12

    Who cares, it’s great to see him gone. Kelvin Davis gets his chance to shine at last . Thank you National this will backfire Nicely.Shane can join with his kindred spirits at last and sail off into the sunset. David Cunliffe handled this with dignity too unlike the leering gloater we have the misfortune to call PM. I congratulate the protesters who egged the BMW ! And the children who showed more discernment than many adults by showing Key up. Kia kaha.

  13. red blooded 13

    Shane Jones is a self-interested blow-hard. It’s a pity he’s a bit of a media darling boy. I’ve worried about the high profile he’s had recently cos it’s seemed to me like an undermining of the actual leadership team. Having said that, it’s also a worry that there’s enough unhappiness and division in the caucus for him to throw a grenade like this at this stage if things. We can’t pretend that this is good news for Labour. Part if the problem, of course, is that we don’t see many sitting in caucus who have a proactive media presence and thus are seen as talented. I also think that the party has to actively rebut the “party of academics” label that’s being used as an insult (how dreadful – people who are trained thinkers on parliament!).

    As to whether this is legal, I suspect it pushes the boundaries significantly – where’s the open process that identifies a role and advertises it in irder to choose the best applicant? I’m sure people have been shoulder-tapped in the past, but at the very least there should be a chance for others to apply and for their skills and experimences to be weighed up against a job description.

    Overall though, I see this more as an issue of ethics (on the SJ/Nat side) and team management (on the Labour/Cunliffe side).

  14. red blooded 14

    What are you questioning? That SJ is a self-interested blow-hard? That his media presence has been undermining for the leadership team? That more in Labour need strong media skills? That the lack of open process and opportunism inherent in this appointment push ethical boundaries? That the whole situation suggest problems within the wider caucus and in particular the relationships with the management team..?

    Notice how I manage to be specific?

  15. red blooded 15

    Just an observation: the order of these comments is mangled (it may be different if I wasn’t using my phone?). Plus, Srylands, you seem to be living in the past. I’ve suspected it for some time, and now the date label on your latest comment confirms it.

  16. No matter how obvious it seems, we still have to go through the due process and all that stuff.

  17. Let’s just hope that due process is properly served.

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    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • 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 need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • 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 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
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    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
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
    ...
    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    New Zealanders who were illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will probably never get their justice, said the Green Party today.The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today released its findings on whether the Police were negligent...
    Greens | 16-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui's dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.There have been 254 Maui's...
    Greens | 16-07
  • No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour
    A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
      Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is no surprise a massive...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    The Green Party has announced today that its economic priority for the election is building a smarter greener economy that benefits every New Zealander.In the Party's headline economic announcement, the Greens have launched their plan to build a smarter, more...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    Higher power prices, housing costs and food prices are behind today's inflation rise, putting already stressed families under renewed pressure, the Green Party said today."Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    The Government pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, and now it has given up on annual reports about the problem, the Green Party said today. Two weeks ago the Government released...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Ae Marika! 15 July 2014
    It ain’t over by a long shot, but I can’t help feel good about Northlanders response to the week from hell. This last week has seen the worst weather over a larger region of the north, for a longer period...
    Mana | 15-07
  • 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
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will revive the regions with new fund The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Speech to Local Government New Zealand Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Chris Perley – Confessions of an ex-Public Servant watching t...
    Back in the 16th century, good Queen Bess said to her Privy Council of advisors something along the lines of: “I want your free, frank advice, without consideration of fear or favour.”  In other words, tell me what you think,...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon
    Commentators seem surprised at the popularity of the Mana/Internet phenomenon. The ultimate ‘odd coupling’ is doing reasonably well in the polls at over 2% support, and Right Wing pundits are guessing that the Party might even reach 5% by the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Which Party Would (not) Walk Away from a Crap TPPA?
    Trick question.  Any TPPA would be crap. But a future government will try to sell it to us anyway. It is clear that there won’t be any deal until well after the election and the new government is installed. So...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Te wiki – Maori Language Week
    Maori Language Week has become an entrenched feature of New Zealand.  New Zealanders have come to accept that for one week a year the normal institutions of the white settler society will make some attempt to engage their stakeholders using the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
    I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died
    I rarely watch Seven Sharp because it’s bullshit and sums up all that is wrong with current affairs in NZ, but even I can’t believe that Seven Sharp have stooped to being an apologist for Cameron Slater on this evenings show. This...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • ….except Israel
    ….except Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars
    This year’s opening New Zealand International Film Festival offering was a couple of nights ago, and I still feel this incredible NZ movie reverberating inside me. The Dark Horse is heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks
    NZIFF is here, our picks this season are… The Dark Horse Boyhood Leviathan Is the man who is tall happy?  Hot Air Maps to the Stars Snowpiercer Toons for Tots InRealLife Print The Legend E-Team The Internet’s Own Boy: The...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
    The manner in which Cunliffe has sought to address rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it yesterday is a remarkable contrast as stark as the bias over Cunliffe’s holiday vs Key’s holiday. Key takes weeks off to pose for selfies...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – National Party thugs destroying Internet MANA b...
    Last Saturday morning the volunteer brigade of Internet Mana  went out in the freezing cold to deploy Internet Mana billboards. They braved the cold weather of that icy cold morning only to have National party thugs destroy the billboards and...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Amnesty International: War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is his...
    27 December 2008, 11:30. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commence military airstrikes on a list of 603 targets believed to house suspected Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In just three weeks, the devastating Operation ‘Cast Lead’ claimed approximately nine Israeli...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Rape Culture is not blah blah blah
    To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s ...
    IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air. This chilling exposé of the strategy and tactics adopted by New Zealand’s largest industries to ensure that no effective action to combat...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • CTU resolution on Palestine
    Further to Unite’s position on Palestine, this is the Council of Trade Union position on Palestine… Preamble: Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions and other organizations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions issued a call in July 2005...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal A former chef at an Auckland cafe has been awarded more than $50,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for unjustified dismissal. The Employment Relations Authority...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation’s efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07