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NRT: Still 42,000 out of work under National

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, May 7th, 2014 - 41 comments
Categories: benefits, Economy, employment, national, same old national - Tags: ,

no-right-turn-256No Right Turn points out that depressing fact that “Still 42,000 (more) out of work under National“. Tories don’t really care until they have to pay taxes for the debt. But hey they voted themselves a tax cut in 2008 – so they’re still happy as the government debt levels keep blowing out to Muldoon levels. National economic management = stupid debt.

The latest Household Labour Force Survey was released today, showing unemployment flat at 6%. Which means there are still 147,000 people out of work, 42,000 more than when National took office. And Treasury says there’s no end in sight.

This is not what economic success looks like – economically successful countries do not leave 6% of their population to rot. But that’s what National’s hands off approach to the recession has done: instead of intervening to help these people get jobs, they’ve sat on their hands, and then punished them in order to grub votes. And that is neither sane, no fair. But isn’t it so very, very National?

41 comments on “NRT: Still 42,000 out of work under National”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Isn’t this the same report that economists / whoevers were saying could show unemployment dropping down to 5.7%?

    Guess their National masters have disappointed them. Again.

  2. Ad 2

    It will be very difficult to change the government if that figure dips below into the 5.5% unemployed range. The MSM will fuel a “we are doing fine” theme on it.

    Does anyone have a comparative tracking of “Country is going in the right/wrong direction” versus “NZ % unemployment”, or even “Preferred vote” versus “NZ % unemployment?”

    The Obama campaign watched these correlations very closely. Although we haven’t quite got the correlations to Nick Silver’s degree of certitude:
    http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2012/nov/08/nate-sliver-predict-us-election

    IPredict is however showing some movement against National in the last few days. So at least gut instict is showing:

    https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=contract_detail&contract=PM.2014.NATIONAL

    • Seti 2.1

      “It will be very difficult to change the government if that figure dips below into the 5.5% unemployed range.”

      The government changed in 2008 when the rate was 4.2%.

      • Ad 2.1.1

        Only just. Didn’t say impossible.

      • Gosman 2.1.2

        Which way was the unemployment rate going in late 2008?

        [lprent: Exactly how lazy are you? The link is in the damn post. I just had to check it. Describe it yourself.

        Incidentally, asking rhetorical questions like that will get you banned for wasting my time the next time I have to check to see if the appropriate links are in the post. ]

        • Gosman 2.1.2.1

          The reason you ban people for asking rhetorical questions is what exactly?

          As you picked up on the answer to that was quite simple to ascertain. The unemployment rate was rising dramatically in 2008 as opposed to the situation that is happening at the moment.

          Using a rhetorical questions to highlight this fact doesn’t seem to be much of a crime in my opinion but if you have an objection to doing so it would be good to understand why.

          [lprent: Part of my task list here is a QA to check the posts for links. So as soon as anyone asks a question about a detail that should have been linked to in the post (ie it was part of what the post discussed) then I have to check it just in case I missed something.

          We aren’t frigging Whaleoil where lying by omitting links is pretty routine. These days Cameron seldom even links to news articles he is quoting, because he routinely leaves out the ‘balance’ paragraphs as they would usually make a nonsense of his fantasies.

          In this case you cannot get the figure being discussed in the post without having the 2008 household figures in the post or linked in the post.

          I was sure I’d checked it. But after reading your question about the post and treating it as a genuine question, I checked it. There was a frigging graph sitting right there and link to the underlying numbers. It was a waste of my time. So was writing the last note. So is writing this note.

          Each of them takes time away from the many other things that I should be doing, like scanning the other hundreds of comments or even (in extreme cases) the work I am paid for – which means that I have to work later to catch up the hours. In Other words it costs me. Since I value my time, I try to make sure people do not do this frequently. Wasting my time to one degree or another is the primary reason that people get bans here. Read the policy and you’ll see that most of the offenses pointed at wind up as being that. I have to clear the mess.

          If you want to ask rhetorical questions (a silly tactic anyway) do not do them anywhere where I can interpret them as being about the post (or for that matter often about notes that I leave – but in this case it was a valid question).

          If I detect a hint of deliberate game playing with the sysop or moderators with the intent of wasting time. It is just one of those silly mistakes that many people make – like thinking sysops are their friends. Then I ban first and worry about it later. This is merely to demonstrate the appropriate counter tactic and why playing to waste sysop or moderator time is inadvisable.

          If I don’t think it is deliberate I will warn once. Needless to say I don’t get plagued by people wasting my valuable time much. ]

          • Dave 2.1.2.1.1

            the reference by Lprent to Whaleoil is unwarranted. most articles on Whaleoil are referenced, i would say far more than this site. There may be political differences, but factual checking of posts would be good.

            [lprent: Entirely warranted.

            1. I didn’t say “referenced”. I said “links” to quoted material. Not that he does either a lot of the time.
            2. Just looking, the second post on his front page at present referenced Audrey Young from where? You have to know who she writes for. Most people who aren’t political nutters don’t. It also didn’t have a link.

            3. Same here a few posts further down.

            4. It has to be a concious decision, because as I said, the distinctive difference between these posts and others is that these are real journalists. They write with a minimal bit of balance in their articles. Camewron obviously finds this offensive because he always leaves out anything, even a few sentences worth, of any attempt at balance. By not providing the link he has made it harder for people to go and read what they actually said rather than the selective quoting Cameron used.

            5. You appear to be an idiot who can’t read. ]

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      iPredict has been rating National’s chances too highly for many months now. I think Bill English coming out and pretty much saying “we’ll probably lose the election” has made a few of them take notice.

  3. Gosman 3

    A few inconvenient facts for you.

    The vast majority of the rise in unemployment occured in the first year or so of the current National led administratio. The cause behind this rise was the external shock to the economy as a result of the impact of the GFC. Since this time there has generally been far more jobs generated than lost. We also have a much lower unemployment rate than most other western nations around the world.

    The debt increase was not as a result of any change to the tax regime post 2008 but was predicted to occur as part of the decade of deficits that the National led government inherited. This is all detailed in the 2008 PREFU that came out BEFORE National took office.

    • Ad 3.1

      This is along my lines of public sentiment following economic momentum.

      To counter that tidal sentiment, you need some really nasty political mistakes. So far there seem to be a good number.

      This political moment will likely be as good as it gets for Labour to take the momentum back, turn civic sentiment hard against economic sentiment, and win the election.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      What a load of fucken BS.

      If many more jobs were being created than lost then we wouldn’t still have 6%+ unemployment.

      And Treasuries ‘Decade of Deficits’ was a load of BS anyway:

      Miss Clark, who is acting foreign minister, agreed with Dr Cullen that there would have to be a look at whether some spending could be reprioritised.

      This included the large boost in foreign ministry spending.

      Labour had already held back some intended policy announcements to see what the economic outlook was like.

      Yeah, the previous government were looking at things and cutting spending while National just sailed on cutting taxes that failed to boost the economy and put us even further in debt.

      • Gosman 3.2.1

        Ummm… you haven’t shown the decade of deficits predicted by Treasury were bollocks. All you have shown is that Labour may have cut spending to try and reduce the deficits.

        • framu 3.2.1.1

          isnt the decade of deficits based on an assumption of what labour would have done if they won the election?

          • Stuart Munro 3.2.1.1.1

            The decade of deficits is a Gosman-coined nonsense. Treasury said nothing of the sort, they don’t put so much weight on longer term predictions.

            A government determined to slate the opposition, and having no positive results to offer is obliged to resort to these kinds of desperate fantasies.

            Gosman is not rational on this issue and best not encouraged.

          • Gosman 3.2.1.1.2

            No. It was made on what the Government policy setings and pronoucements were at the time of the prediction.

  4. thechangeling 4

    Until the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) model changes and is replaced with a Restricted Trade Agreement (RTA) model again, a high level of unemployment in New Zealand is PERMANENT.
    Arguing over tiny changes to the rate of unemployment just glosses over the real facts.
    Free Trade Agreements primarily assist dairy (and a couple of others) to keep expanding their production base but they don’t soak up any more of the unemployed and underemployed. They just make rich farmers and National MP’s richer than they already are.
    Meanwhile, manufacturing continues to contract as a high dollar and lethal, state subsidised competition from China and elsewhere, makes manufacturing here harder and harder and these industries are the ones that have the potential to soak up our unemployed and underemployed.
    When is the main stream media here ever going to start telling the real facts instead of making up trivia.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      +111

      When is the main stream media here ever going to start telling the real facts instead of making up trivia.

      They won’t as that would be bad for National and the present economic paradigm that they favour.

  5. blue leopard 5

    This Green party press release sums it up pretty succinctly, athough even they don’t appear to factor in the underemployed stats.

    “The number of New Zealanders who are unemployed, 162,000, is the highest under National and the highest since 1994, despite the recession having officially ended three years ago. Unemployment is up by 2.6%, or 65,000, since National came to office….

    National’s jobs-poor economic policies simply do not work. They have failed to deliver jobs for New Zealanders.”

    https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/18-year-unemployment-high-testament-government-s-economic-mismanagement

    • Disraeli Gladstone 5.1

      That is some statistical bullshit by the Greens. I’m disappointed with them. Sure, 162,000 unemployed might be the highest since 1994, but that’s because of population growth as well. Looking at the actual unemployment rate, it’s been higher for a fair bit between 94 and the present day.

      I’m really missing when the Greens didn’t pull this type of crap. Because inevitably, National (and I guess pedantic tragics like me…) will talk about their shonky understanding of numbers rather than the actual issue of unemployment.

      Which is far more important but that press release made me roll my eyes instead of agreeing.

      • blue leopard 5.1.1

        @ Disraeli,

        What you have picked up on here, is not the Greens manipulating the figures – I very erroneously put a link to a 2012 press release.

        I am sorry for the error.

        However, this is interesting because it highlights the seriously bad unemployment rate that National achieved in 2012 and that when National squawk on about ‘employment improving’ they are constantly comparing it to the marvellously high unemployment levels that they managed in 2012 (which this press release was referring to). This is a pretty deceptive and cynical thing to do.

        In fact looking at other time trends (below) – there is a noticeable rise in unemployment every time National get in and they appear to struggle with keeping unemployment low. One could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps they bump the numbers up at the beginning of their term so that they can disingenuously report to the public how employment is dropping – the question should always be asked – dropping compared to what? – because they seem to be consistently higher than when there is a left wing government in.

        Unemployment rate for NZ 1980 – 2014

        As for the Greens commenting on people rather than the percentage of workforce unemployed (the rate). The advantage of doing this is the focus is on people. The unemployment rate affects peoples’ lives adversely (apart from the top 0.01% who can make more profit by screwing their employees wages down). Focussing on the amount of people without jobs, focusses on the reality for these people.

        Peoples’ lives are being adversely affected while National continue to crow that the unemployment rate is ‘improving’ compared to the rotten levels that they were at.

        Conclusion. The Green’s year old press release still makes pertinent points for today. National are no good at ensuring people have jobs.

        ….And what is it with counting a 1 hour a week job as being employed? This is utterly ridiculous.

  6. karol 6

    It’s also important to look at the quality of the jobs, under-employment, part time employment, temporary employment, low paid employment.

    • thechangeling 6.1

      Yes very good point because under-employment is estimated to be about 350,000 on top of the 150,000+ unemployed.
      But I also wonder how many people have been intimidated, psychologically abused and/or chucked off benefits by Winz during Nationals’ term of office just to make the current statistics look better than what they truly are.

      • Gosman 6.1.1

        The statistics include total amount of employed people and not just total amount of people looking for work. You would be able to see if the situation you think might be happening because the total amount of employed people would likely fall.

        • lprent 6.1.1.1

          Except for

          1. Natural population increases due to kids becoming adults
          2. Immigration
          3. The elderly not retiring because they can’t afford to (and they are living longer and healthier)
          4. The slow inexorable rise of the percentage of women who want to work
          5. The increasing number of people who are able to work despite their disabilities and who Paula is kicking into the people who want work.

          The number of people who’d like to work is still increasing as well. That is in that same set of stats.

          Are you suggesting that the government should operate on a steady state system rather than the dynamic reality. Seems rather unrealistic of you.

          Mind you, that also appears to be how these fools in this government seem to operate as well. They appear to be judging how well they are doing based on comparisons to olden days whne the working population was so much lower. That is why they aren’t reducing the percentages – because the aren’t putting the effort in. Pretty damn lazy eh..

          National – the party that boldly marches forward into the future looking backwards at a world that is long lost.

          That has been my view on the fools since seeing them look back to the 1950s in the late 70s in their think big policies.

          • Gosman 6.1.1.1.1

            However that is not the case with the recent figures. The data is suggestive that more people are participating in the Labour force. This isn’t what you would expect if people are being chucked off benefits as suggested by thechangeling.

    • Gosman 6.2

      You can get those sorts of statistics if you look at average and median wages and also total amount of hours worked.

  7. Philj 7

    xox
    Quality of the jobs! :(ahaha.!
    More from the islands in the vineyards and slaves on the fishing boats. Holds the wages down for the poor Kiwis. Imports fom Vanuatu take precedence over casualised locals. Shameful

    • karol 7.1

      yes. The government likes to focus on the general stats of unemployment vs employment. But all jobs are not equal, and neither is the pay people get.

    • The Real Matthew 7.2

      Not everyone can be on a CEO salary.

      You have to start somewhere and there is nothing wrong with getting the hands dirty.

      As a noble man once told me “Unqualified people get unqualified wages”

  8. Will@Welly 8

    2014 – something about 177,000 new jobs being created by now.
    Oh, that’s right. Just more utter B.S. from John Key, Steven Joyce and Bill English.
    And don’t forget about all those who have left since 2008. Enough to fill how many stadiums?
    Some talk about ‘peak oil’, well a hell of a lot of Kiwis look at their pay packets and feel like they’ve been on peak pays for the past few years – where’s this brighter future, and pay’s catching up with Australia?

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      where’s this brighter future, and pay’s catching up with Australia?

      Same place it’s always been – in Lala Land on Planet key.

      • blue leopard 8.1.1

        +100 DTB

      • The Real Matthew 8.1.2

        We must be doing something right with regards to Australia.

        The numbers moving there have reduced drastically.

        • blue leopard 8.1.2.1

          …or those who are staying can’t afford to go because their pay is so bad they haven’t enough to save up to get out of the place…..

    • Dave 8.2

      Will@Welly. I am a dual Aussie / Kiwi citizen, and hop between both countries, i can tell with some accuracy that the NZ economy is doing very well in comparison of the Aussie economy.

      In Aussie, real wages are dropping, unemployment is rising, and its just bloody tough. Next week Abbot will pass a black budget, to try and trim the excessive borrowings of the Gillard / Rudd governments that saw Labour almost bankrupt Australia. Contrast that, Key and his government has the debt down, the economy is steady as she goes improving.

      Now what was that you were saying about catching up with Aussie.

      PS: if NZ wants to turbocharge the economy, start Mining the wealth in the ground, that’s all that has kept Aussie going!!

      • Mike S 8.2.1

        “In Aussie, real wages are dropping,”

        They have been dropping here since the 80’s.

  9. karol 9

    Some more detail behind the broad general stats in this article:

    Increase in employment stats due to net increase in immigration. Wages remain fairly low.

    Most (19,000) of the latest quarter’s increase was in full-time jobs. Just over a fifth of the 2.3 million people employed work part-time, of whom just under a fifth say they are willing and able to work more hours.

    The growth in employment was concentrated in Auckland and Canterbury, but the rest of New Zealand managed a 2 per cent annual increase.

    Wage inflation, meanwhile, remains subdued.

    The quarterly employment survey (QES) recorded a rise of 2.5 per cent in the average hourly wage over the year to March, slightly down on 2.7 per cent in the year to December 2013. In the construction sector the rise was 5.4 per cent.

  10. Gosman 10

    Test

  11. Brian Vercoe 11

    Unemployment is necessarily a govt. imposed crime against the most vulnerable people in society.It is a policy that has be pursued by labour and national since the Langely Govt.The govt.debt /deficit which people seem to lose sleep over for the wrong reasons.A govt.deficit equals to the last cent, net financial assests in the non-govt.sector.Its what underpins company profits etc.So unemployment arises when the govt. fails to spend enough into the economy to cover the taxes liabilities it imposes and any desires to save financial assets created by the tax and other govt. policy.Said another way,for any given size of govt ,unemployment is evidence of over taxation. Motivation not withstanding, Key and his govt.have been aggressively promoting policy that creates and sustains unemployment.You always have to keep in mind that the political elites ideal of freedom and progress is to give everyone an unfettered opportunities of remaining exactly where they are.

    • The Real Matthew 11.1

      If Gosman got moderated for a rhetorical question I can only imagine what will happen to theis load of tripe typed by Brian Vercoe.

      Wait a minute, we are on a far left blog, nothing will happen!

      [lprent: I have no idea what you are talking about. However we moderate based on behaviour. One of those behaviours that I moderate on is when pathetic fuckwits like you address comments to the ether about the site. I consider that they are addressed to me and that I should spend time answering them, one way or another.

      Banned for a week to give you time to read the policy about wasting my time. ]

      • blue leopard 11.1.1

        ooo looks like The Real Matthew got quite a lot wrong there – Brian Vercoe wasn’t writing tripe and something did happen to someone who was writing a lot of tripe….

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    Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put...
    Its our future
  • Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record
    The monthly global analysis for October has been released at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and it reveals that global surface temperature for October 2014 is the warmest October in 135 years of record-keeping. This follows on from the 2nd...
    Skeptical Science
  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete submission on the Countering Terrorist Fi...
    I've been busy lately, and have been unable to prepare the submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill that I would have liked. I also have a half-written blog post fact-checking claims made before the bill was released by...
    Public Address
  • US Report shows zero Australian economic growth from TPP
    ...
    Its our future
  • Stuart’s 100 #59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks
    59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks What if there were flower sellers on Queen Street? Our city centre is really starting to burgeon with pedestrian activity and public life through the day and well into the evening,...
    Transport Blog
  • The Law Society on the spy bill
    At the moment the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee is hearing submissions on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. One of the first submitters was the Law Society. So what did they think of it? It is a...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s TXTs and the Public Records Act
    Today in Question Time, in response to further questions about the Prime Minister's communications with sewerblogger Cameron Slater, Steven Joyce (on behalf of the PM) informed the House that Key deletes all his text messages, "in case his phone is...
    No Right Turn
  • No freedom of speech in Pakistan
    Veena Malik is a Pakistani actor. In May this year she played a role in a historical wedding scene based on the marriage of one of Muhammed's daughters. For this, she has been sentenced to 26 years in jail for...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s Immoral Governance
    I was in Wellington last weekend, alternating between spending time with my two student children and attending our Green Party executive meeting. Being with intellectually engaged and compassionate people was a useful foil to the depressing events that hit me...
    Local Bodies
  • FFS
    This is all getting really silly now. Alice in Wonderland stuff. The Prime Minister is ranting that he "absolutely [did] not" lie to reporters on Tuesday. He told reporters he had not been in communications with Cameron Slater about the...
    Polity
  • Council washes hands of pensioner housing
    Hamilton City Council is washing its hands of its social responsibility to care for its elderly residents by selling off its homes for pensioners, Labour’s Hamilton-based MP Sue Moroney says. “The Council’s decision to sell its remaining 344 pensioner housing...
    Labour
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • The Deep State Surfaces
    IT IS EIGHTEEN YEARS since education lecturer, Denis Small, surprised two Security Intelligence Service (SIS) agents attempting to break into the home of the anti-free trade activist, Aziz Choudry. The SIS was to pay dearly (quite literally as it turned...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why bother joining a union?
    This past couple of weeks Unite has had a number of graphic examples on why it can make a huge difference in you work life whether you are a union member or not. 100 cleaners jobs at SkyCity were saved...
    The Daily Blog
  • Ferguson – it just ain’t cricket
    Why do white men fear young black men? Why in this country do we continue to struggle with this? Asked by an old black guy in Ferguson, the crafty questions were answered by an abrupt end to the story to...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: If we want to understand the world around us, we might be bett...
    Psychologist Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, a depressing but impressive book that is the culmination of his life’s work. Kahnemann proposes that people think in two different modes – ‘fast’ and ‘slow’....
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?
    . Cameron Slater (L) and John Key (R) . Timeline Sunday 23 November: John Key apologises to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater over the publication of an email that forced Justice Minister Judith Collins’ resignation. Monday 24 November: John Key and...
    The Daily Blog
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lisa Owen interviews Finance Minister Bill English
    He’s still “confident” the Government will make its forecast surplus in the 2014/15 year although dairy prices have dropped “further and faster than expected”...
    Scoop politics
  • Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts
    We'll debate why the State needs new powers to spy on Kiwis and the controversial laws that are being rushed through Parliament....
    Scoop politics
  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
    On arrival with his police escort at Auckland Airport tomorrow morning Phillip Smith will be met by other police staff and complete customs and immigration formalities....
    Scoop politics
  • UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles
    UNICEF NZ Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles UNICEF NZ has once again launched its nationwide search for six new Youth Ambassadors and is calling on enthusiastic young people to apply before Friday, 12 December 2014....
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  • Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington
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