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NZ Herald: Disgrace to democracy

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, December 18th, 2013 - 245 comments
Categories: accountability, auckland supercity, class war, making shit up, newspapers, spin - Tags: ,

So, once again the NZ Herald editors show their right wing leanings.  The front page of the hard copy today is pure partisan propaganda:

NZ Herald Mayor Brown time to go

NZ Herald Mayor Brown time to go altered

 

The problem with Auckland City is in the undemocratic structure with in which the mayor operates.  Until this is fixed, playing mayoral musical chairs will change little – except of course it provides the right with an opportunity to get someone even more accepting of their elitist, corporate-supporting, “neoliberal” agenda at the PR helm of the supercity.

The NZ Herald is trying to preempt and manipulate the outcome of tomorrow’s public meeting. Their front page is pure propaganda and (pre) electioneering.

Shame on them!

To get a more balanced analysis of Mayor Brown’s fall from grace and mis-deeds, see Russell Brown:

Brown won’t resign and the only way he could be made to is if he was convicted of a criminal office, which has not even been alleged. Were he a Minister of the Crown, serving at the pleasure of the Prime Minister, he would probably by now have put his hand up for some temporary time in the ministerial sin-bin, if only to make the story go away. That happens frequently enough in Parliamentary politics, but it can’t happen in this instance.

Complicating the matter for his councillors is the fact that even if they were to shame the mayor into stepping down, that would not necessarily be in the city’s interests. Brown’s first term was notable for his ability to get disparate groups on the council working together. By contrast, the centre-right can’t even work with each other. The shambles that led to a hopeless (and, as we now know, deeply compromised) newbie like John Palino carrying their flag this year is an indication of that bloc’s coherence.

See also, Chris Trotter:

The new Auckland “super city” was intended to be something else entirely. Its principal political architect, former local government minister Rodney Hide, wanted a city that could get things done swiftly and efficiently. That ruled out the parliamentary model of the UK and Australia which, being dominated by local political parties, was prone to pork-barrelling and horse-trading. Not being a conspicuous fan of either pork-barrelling or horse-trading, Hide opted instead for a lean, mean governance machine presided over by a mayor equipped with unprecedented executive powers.

No doubt the sort of figure Hide had in mind as the first mayor of his new super-city was a charismatic business tycoon; someone who could transform the Office of the Mayor into the workplace of a tough-minded, no-nonsense political CEO.
[...]
So eager was Hide to set up his new and streamlined governance structure for the super-sized Auckland City that he neglected to include in its constitutional design any mechanisms for bringing a wayward super mayor to heel.
Under Hide’s monstrously undemocratic supercity structure the  CCO’s and predatorial corporates, like Sky City, have too much power; the elected councillors and board members have too little.  The councillors are the ones that should represent all Aucklanders on crucial matters, in consultation with their local boards. Let’s wait to see what they have to say at tomorrow’s public meeting of the governing body.

 

The right wing NZ Herald editors, have misused their position in the news mediascape to  produce some shameless, highly partisan and manipulative propaganda. They who do not have the interest of all Aucklanders at heart.

245 comments on “NZ Herald: Disgrace to democracy”

  1. gobsmacked 1

    All the Herald is doing is moving people like me, who really want to give Len Brown a kick up the arse, back to the barricades in his defence.

    He should resign on principle, but the Herald doesn’t have any principles, so fuck ‘em. Viva Len!

    • aerobubble 1.1

      Campbell was more subtle. Instead of comparing Brown with Mayors and MPs of the past who survived a scandal Campbell focused on comparisons with those who hadn’t and had to fall. Althought to his credit, Campbell did choose the present Minister for the environment who returned to office and is embroiled again (ignoring water quality).

      Now all said, Auckland didn’t marry Brown, and who wouldn’t have sex in the office. Then there’s the Hotel supersizing, just to remind everyone Hotels like personalities frequenting their premises so putting a face in a bigger room is hardly going mean kickbacks. The only real problem is the letter of recommendation, but even this, if you know the boss of the monopoly supplier in a market should you be penalized for having them as a reference?

      • aerobubble 1.1.1

        Now you want to talk about reckless. Wittal

        Not only has he given the pike families the finger, but he’s left open the potential of a criminal case.

        Had he been humble, he’d have paid the compensation, even plead guilty in the hopes of being a witness against others, maybe getting a community service in exchange.

        But right now not paying out this money, now its on the table, is just going to make any future potential alleged guilty sentence far harsher.

        I mean he doesn’t have any certainty, he’s claims to be a victim of the victims, he’s indicated responsibility by offering the money, could he have done more wrong?

        • Paul 1.1.1.1

          Why would the Herald put something like Pike River front page?
          Mustn’t highlight the appalling work safety conditions in the country.
          Repeat after me….
          PC, nanny state, red tape
          PC, nanny state, red tape
          PC, nanny state, red tape

          Yes that neoliberal mantra might persuade some people to vote against their own interests.

  2. Paul 2

    At least the leopard is showing its spots.
    Progressive parties better beware next year..
    Hosking, Henry and this crew all stirring up the mob to vote in a semi-fascist government.
    A third term will see NZ totally owned by corporate interests..

  3. James 3

    I thought it a very good editorial, and to be honest think that Len should stand down.

    Good on the Herald for running with it. About blimmin time.

    • gobsmacked 3.1

      James, do you think anyone in the government should have “stood down” in the last 5 years?

      Anyone at all?

      • Paul 3.1.1

        He won’t answer.

        • James 3.1.1.1

          Paul – wrong.

          Gobsmacked – yes I do. But this is not about them – this is about Len.

          • karol 3.1.1.1.1

            James –
            But this is not about them – this is about Len.

            Wrong. It’s about the editors’ of the NZ Herald abusing the paper’s position as part of the news media. And the way it/they respond/s to wrong doings by other elected representatives is relevant.

          • gobsmacked 3.1.1.1.2

            It’s exactly about them, IF you believe this is a matter of principle.

            Either (for example) not disclosing hotel upgrades should be a resignation matter – or not.

            Either (for example) having an affair should be a resignation matter – or not.

            Either (for example) dodgy dealing with Sky City should be a resignation matter – or not.

            Personally I’d say “No” to 1 & 2, but “Yes” to 3.

            So Brown and the National government should resign. Unless it’s not about principles at all. And for you and the Herald, I suspect it isn’t.

            • gobsmacked 3.1.1.1.2.1

              OK, so who’s going to say why Brown should go AND government Ministers should stay?

              “Because yeah bad look” isn’t an answer. “Because Herald” isn’t an answer “Because memory hole look over there” isn’t an answer.

              Some argue consistently (e.g. No Right Turn) that Ministers – including the PM – should resign, for worse offences. So Brown should too. That’s fair. Demand high standards for all, regardless.

              But that’s never the Herald’s line, is it?

          • Paul 3.1.1.1.3

            And did you contribute to a blog recommending their resignation or removal?
            Just checking consistency James.

          • Tracey 3.1.1.1.4

            which ones? and why?

    • Naturesong 3.2

      Great, Len Brown stands down.

      Then what?

      Expensive reelection and ….. the National Party fly in another american to run?

      I don’t think you’ve thought this through.

      • amirite 3.2.1

        I think the plan is something like appointing a Commissioner for Auckland, like
        they’ve done for Environment Canterbury – an undemocratic takeover by the RW.
        Remember Gerry Brownlee threatening the Christchurch Council?
        There ya go.

  4. TightyRighty 4

    what was your stance on the herald when the editortials suppourted len as it was a family matter?

    • Paul 4.1

      I consistently state that the Herald is a rag; it headlines trivial news most of the time, thereby attempting to dumb down the population. The rest of the time it has a right wing bias in support of its corporate masters. e.g. ‘ Democracy under attack’ headline.

    • karol 4.2

      That was to do with Brown’s affair – it was nobody’s business but Brown’s his family’s and Bevan Chuang’s. Brown should be censured for the non-declarations of gifted hotel rooms – that is a different issue.

      My view is, the Herald should have waited for the meeting tomorrow and not attempted to manipulate the outcome. The councillors should have more say in the response to Brown’s misdeeds that. And I am more in agreement with Russell Brown & Chris Trotter, as linked in my post, than with the Herald’s front page propaganda.

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        Brown made a good point in the radio interview though.

        Politicians and MPs are frequently granted hotel room or air travel upgrades and almost never ever report them.

        Where this doesn’t work very well for Brown are the SkyCity hotel stays, because of the sensitive negotiations that were being undertaken, but you could still argue that SkyCity’s treatment of Brown was nothing special compared to any other hotel.

        • Tracey 4.2.1.1

          nothing special, declare them. should have been simple. he didnt. transparency is crucial. we’re all busy that’s no excuse. It ought not be an excuse for banks either.

          cost of a new election is immaterial. If it is right he goes, then he goes.

        • MrSmith 4.2.1.2

          CV the Sky city link stinks even if there’s nothing in it, but then sky city seem to have everyone on their books, Banks! Brown! Shit I remember some Labour MP sitting in their corporate box a while back.

          • ABS 4.2.1.2.1

            That would be the Labour Leader of the time David Shearer and 4 other senior Labour MPs, right? Round about the time that the RWC was on and Labour was voting against the Sky/Convention deal? IIRC. That wasn’t a great look either.

      • TightyRighty 4.2.2

        You can’t separate the issues karol. They are tightly interwoven as you can’t have one without the other.

        The herald has commented earlier that this is largely a family affair, but now that it has morphed into a ethical issue, they’ve rescinded their earlier position and it is now a public affair and len needs to stand down.

        Were you in agreement with the herald in it’s publishing of propoganda that we should leave len alone before the enquiry?

        • karol 4.2.2.1

          Were you in agreement with the herald in it’s publishing of propoganda that we should leave len alone before the enquiry?

          I wouldn’t call that propaganda. That was a fair call given that there was an upcoming enquiry. And as the editorial position at that time stated, it wasn’t about the affair, but about spending, conflicts of interest etc. The enquiry has showed that to be the case. And it wasn’t splashed all over the front page as the call to resign is today. That earlier editorial said wait for the enquiry. Instead of doing a front page piece of partisan propaganda today, the NZ Herald editors should have waited for the outcome of tomorrow’s meeting.

          • TightyRighty 4.2.2.1.1

            So you were in agreement with the herald then when it supported brown?

            • karol 4.2.2.1.1.1

              TR, you are avoiding the main issue about how the Herald editors are using the front page to promote a particular view.

              The earlier editorial was not a big one taking up the front page as I recall. It wasn’t so much supporting Brown as stating, let’s wait for the enquiry. They couldn’t do much else. They realised that the affair itself was not evidence of corruption. They were waiting for more evidence.

              There are times I agree with Herald editorials, but more often I disagree with them – and they often promote opinion over evidence-based arguments. I and many Standardistas will critique the editorials as they happen

              Today’s editorial is totally different from the majority of Herald editorials. It’s trying to drum up support for Dick Quax push to get Brown to resign. It’s partisan propaganda, aimed at whipping up public pressure for a particular position. My view is that they should have waited for tomorrow’s meeting, and leave Aucklanders to come to their own conclusion.

              TR, you are trying to compare different kinds of editorial presentations – it’s not comparing like with like.

              • Tracey

                remember their democracy headline over the EFA????

                “News release 18 April 2008

                Coalition for Open Government

                The Coalition for Open Government is delighted that the Press Council has upheld its complaint against the NZ Herald’s Electoral Finance Bill campaign.

                The Press Council found that the Herald’s front-page editorial last year contained a “mis-statement of fact”, which the paper should have promptly corrected.

                Coalition spokesperson Steven Price said the Press Council’s ruling showed once again that the public were not well-served by the reporting on the Electoral Finance legislation. “We strongly support the Herald’s right to comment on this important law,” he said. “But it’s vital that the media doesn’t mislead the public about the basic facts. We think the Herald was exaggerating the problems with the bill in order to bolster the paper’s campaign against it.”

                This is the first time the Press Council has ruled that such a prominent, vigorous and sustained campaign by a newspaper contained a significant inaccuracy.

                The editorial was published under the banner headline: “DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK Speak now, or next year hold your peace”.

                The paper asserted that anyone spending any money on electioneering would need to register as a third party to do so. The Press Council said this was wrong. The law only requires those who want to spend more than $12,000 electioneering who need to register – a much smaller group. The law is designed to allow normal debate about issues to go on as usual in election years, with no controls or limits of any kind, and the restrictions on electioneering are geared to telling voters who is behind the ads and ensuring that the ability to participate in political debate doesn’t turn on the size of your bank account.

                This is not the first example of misleading reporting on the bill. COG’s complaints against early coverage of the Electoral Finance Bill on TVNZ and TV3 were upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority in February.

                The Press Council’s decision is set out below.

                The BSA’s decisions are available at:

                http://www.bsa.govt.nz/decisions/2007/2007-093.htm

                and

                http://www.bsa.govt.nz/decisions/2007/2007-094.htm

                The Coalition for Open Government was reformed for 2007 to lobby for fairer and more transparent electoral finance laws. It supported the thrust of the Electoral Finance Act, though it was critical of some aspects of the law and the way it was passed.”

              • TightyRighty

                The fact you have to get into such contortions to answer such a basic question shows that you haven’t grasped the argument within my line of questioning.

                It is comparing like with like. you supported the herald when it said this was a family matter for the browns in support of len. Now that the herald has written an editorial based on the damning EY report that explicitly states that this affair is larger than the family and that they no longer support the office of the mayor with brown holding it it’s an affront to democracy.

                you support a labour aligned mayor, we get that. the herald is allowed to have an opinion on brown. if you don’t like what it says don’t read it. online, physically, whatever. but it’s not an affront to democracy to present an opinion, something it does every day.

                Your whole post is an attack on the freedom of the press because you don’t agree with what it says.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  I don’t think you understand the editorial TR.

                  It doesn’t argue he has to resign because of the EY report, and it doesn’t argue he has to resign over an ethical issue.

                  You might think he has to resign on those lines, but the Herald is saying he has to resign for a completely different reason.

                  • TightyRighty

                    that’s splitting hairs PB.

                    The heralds opinion is that because of browns behaviour, which the EY report uncovered and made public, he has to resign. fair enough i say

                • you_fool

                  Whilst I realise you are doing it on purpose, you are missing the argument presented to you. Person A says “Lets not say anything until after it happens” just before an important event
                  Person B says ” I condemn this person” just before an important event

                  Karol is saying that she supports Person A over person B not for what was their stance on the issue but on how they reported on it.

                  This is different from Person A saying “nothing to see here move along” and Karol supporting this stance because of her personal views.

        • Tracey 4.2.2.2

          if it’s ethical you must wonder how many front pages Banks has made in the herald, and which one called for his resignation from parliament?

          Key has ethical issues around lying.

          For the record, I think Brown, Banks and Key should go, for ethical reasons.

      • Ian 4.2.3

        The herald obviously knows that what is in the public arena is only a small part of Browns deception. Your backing a dud horse mate.

    • James 4.3

      I didnt agree with them. I thought he should have stood down from the outset.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    The Herald for long boring decades used to doggedly support the ‘shits and rats’ Citizens and Ratepayers from the leafy suburbs, C&R have been decidedly wobbly and unreliable for some years now. So what do our masters wish for? Another election? John Pallino is probably back working on his perma-tan somewhere, Luigi no doubt brown nosing elsewhere. Slim talent pool from existing councillors. Be hilarious if Chris Fletcher or someone ran. But I am happy to let Minto and Penny have another go on the real issues if they could get a budget together.

    Rodders parting gift was barely accountable CCOs, along with a spanner in the works–Super Mayor unleashed–you can’t sack me! But of course “Lenslide” got the seat not “Banksie”. Len seems to have survived with all sorts of shifting allegiances with the right and his appallingly gutless take on the POA debacle finished any lesser evil argument for his being there from the left.

    Having said all that, he does not have to go, and on principle perhaps he should stay just because the dirty filthy Herald is telling him to go!

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    So did the Herald run a Banksy Stand Down front pager?

    Maybe that’s tomorrow?

    • Paul 6.1

      Or a Key stand down headline after that list BLIP provided,,,

    • gobsmacked 6.2

      Two very simple questions for the Herald:

      Is the Len Brown affair the worst thing done by elected representatives in the last 5 years? No. Not even close.

      Have there been any other front-page editorials, calling for resignations? No.

      • Paul 6.2.1

        Suggestions
        A letter to Messrs Roughan and Murphy.
        If you buy the Herald, stop doing so.

      • burt 6.2.2

        gobsmacked

        Is the Len Brown affair the worst thing done by elected representatives in the last 5 years? No. Not even close.

        Classic lefty apologist – It’s not fair that you pick on somebody in my team when your team are worse….

        So It’s OK to not declare circa $35K in freebies … Here was me thinking elected officials needed to disclose all ‘gifts’ – I guess if you are a Labour supporter you can just say “move on” and if that fails change the rules to make not declaring free gifts OK….

        • emergency mike 6.2.2.2

          burt if you’re going to reply to gobsmacked at least try to respond to the point he was making instead of attacking some other bullshit that he didn’t say.

          “Classic lefty apologist – It’s not fair that you pick on somebody in my team when your team are worse….”

          Sure, because no righty would stoop to pulling that one out. John Key wouldn’t fall down laughing in the house at his own jokes about Shearer’s bank accounts or say ‘Labour done it too’ whenever criticised. NAct tr0lls wouldn’t come here and bleat on pathetically about Helen signing a painting or getting a speeding ticket when one of their idols gets caught with their hand in the till.

          Nah, that’s never happened.

          I’m sure there are examples of such hypocricy to be found on both sides. But to call it a ‘lefty’ thing seem well, hypocritical ad hilarium.

        • Murray Olsen 6.2.2.3

          burt, gobsmacked did not ask if any National, Act or United Dunnies elected representative had done anything worse. Party was not mentioned at all, but I agree with your conclusion that it would most likely have to be someone from your side of the trough. I can think of Labour MPs who have done worse than Brown (in my view at least), although most of them did join ACT. I’m surprised you can’t, although the prevailing stench from the likes of Key, English, and Banks is pretty bad.

    • James 6.3

      Personally – I think he should have stood down also (I didnt want it for the government – but I think it was the right thing that should have happened)

    • Tracey 6.4

      agree, all three ought to stand down. (answering one below also)

  7. captain hook 7

    the Herald is rapidly becoming the laughing stock of New Zealand itself.
    The media is trying to become the massage and failing badly.
    whatever Len did it will all blow over next week.
    Just because their chosen candidate got drubbed in the polls and is now facing corruption charges they have decided to muddy the waters by going after the Mayor.
    I’m beginning to think they are paying a finders fee under the table to blubberguts to write this crap.
    shame on them.

  8. Paul 8

    On a related topic…. the New Zealand media is a disgrace to democracy.

    Neoliberal clique of the Labour Party show worrying support for right wing extremist Hosking on his new appointment to 7 Sharp.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11174464

    Ms King pitched in, saying: “I’ll tell you what, it will improve it.”
    Hosking replied: “Well, let us hope so, Annette. That is the aim.”

    Now he can bad mouth all opponents of the Great Leader in the morning on ZB and in the evening on TVNZ. And he’s being paid a million to get the results for his good mates at Sky City.

    • ABS 8.1

      Perfect. Rubs hands, cackling maniacally. Conspiracy much lately?

      • North 8.1.1

        Nothing can save Hosking from being a narcissistic mutton-dressed-up-as-lamb fool. No matter what show he’s on.

        • ABS 8.1.1.1

          Still has to be better than the metrosexual, the clown and the lesbian. Most people hate that show, at least Hosking (IMO so don’t get all wound up) has SOME journalistic pedigree and integrity. For all his faults, he is credible and will add depth to 7 Blunt.

          • karol 8.1.1.1.1

            metrosexual, the clown and the lesbian.

            I don’t watch Seven Sharp. But Ali Mau has a pretty strong record as a TV journalist – to reduce her to her sexuality (she’s actually bi-sexual but I guess “Lesbian” works better for you as an anti-LGBT smear), is pretty wide of the mark. Mau seems fairly centre right to me on some issues. But she’s as good a journalist as Hosking, and not nearly as blatantly right wing. Hosking adding journalistic credibility?! Please!

    • David H 8.2

      Would help if he could use a Razor, Comb, and a Toothbrush.

  9. gobsmacked 9

    New front page Herald editorial, written by its columnist Bob Jones:

    “It’s time to kill yourself, Mayor Brown.”

  10. captain hook 10

    the right thing would be for all the right wing dweebs and the prudes and the prunes to take a laxative and an aspirin and if they shit the bed then tough.

  11. Fair Observer 11

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Already banned. Another IP for autospam. ]

  12. geoff 12

    What’s the deal with the two councillors who are pushing to limit Len’s powers?
    Right wing nut jobs?

  13. rhinocrates 13

    Not only that, they were willing to aid and then cover up “Sir” Bob Jones’ confession to a criminal act.

    http://ideologicallyimpure.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/now-the-nz-herald-is-paying-bob-jones-to-break-the-law/

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM329347.html

    https://twitter.com/mcquillanatorz/status/412772602789101568

    He incited someone to commit suicide, which is a crime. They did it. He boasted of it. The Herald published his confession/boast and then pretended that it didn’t, which is also a crime, since they attempted to conceal evidence of a crime.

    The Herald is not merely politically biased, it is a criminal organisation.

    • ratesarerevolting 13.1

      Len Brown is a fucking cunt and the herald is no better.

      [lprent: Why? You seem to have specialised in pointless comments today to an extent the is more prevalent than even your own usual moronic standard.

      I see that you are currently not banned. That will be corrected on a permanent basis if you don't lift your level of comments to include some indication that you are a rational human rather than the raving loon that you appear to be trying to emulate. ]

      • Tracey 13.1.1

        illiterati rools

        • rhinocrates 13.1.1.1

          Let’s just see Hoots use this as another opportunity pull a stunt. “Ooh, like at me,” he might say. “I’m so cool and with it dudes, I disapprove of rape and suicide too!” If he thinks that it will improve his brand, look out for the advertising tweet just before some on-air theatrics.

          So Hoots, where do your calculations put you on this? Do you think that it will get you enough attention or is it just a minor issue?

      • karol 13.1.2

        rar, abuse doesn’t amount to an argument. Please raise your game by making a substantial point based on evidence or an argument.

        • IheartLEN 13.1.2.1

          Oh go on Karol, at least TRY and be consistent… see above for Geoff’s class-act comments to James, as follows:

          geoff 6.3.2

          18 December 2013 at 1:19 pm

          “Personally, James, I think you should shut the fuck up but we can’t always get what we want.”

          Very nice.

          • karol 13.1.2.1.1

            geoff has attempted to make a point, or at least to ask a relevant question in his other comment here. rar didn’t even try to do that.

            rar has form as lprent stated above – I was warning rar to raise his game. Hopefully he will take notice and improve his comments.

  14. gobsmacked 14

    Emboldened by the fearless Herald, speaking “truth to power”, the Right organised a protest against the mayor in central Auckland today.

    Turnout: 12.

  15. srylands 15

    “So, once again the NZ Herald editors show their right wing leanings.”

    “A third term will see NZ totally owned by corporate interests..”

    “I consistently state that the Herald is a rag; it headlines trivial news most of the time, thereby attempting to dumb down the population. The rest of the time it has a right wing bias in support of its corporate masters.”

    So many bizarre statements. And what is this obsession with Sky City? I always stay with them in Auckland. Their staff are friendly and their rooms are value for money.

    Over and over again there is this rallying against “corporate” interests? What does that even mean? Does that mean that if you own a company you are evil? What is wrong with using a company structure to conduct business?

    Also, the Herald is a LEFT WING light weight newspaper!

    • karol 15.1

      A comedian? Spent so much time on TS, and never takes any notice of all the evidence people have presented on things like SkyCity, corporate dominance, etc. Do we need to keep repeating it to you? What’s the point if you never seem to read it.

  16. The NzHerald is right wing?, you mean writers like Susan Pepperell?

    • karol 16.1

      I am particularly referring to the editors and its editorial positions. Yes, the Herald presents just enough left wing writers and editorials to enable it to claim it presents both sides…. but it’s stacked far more towards right wing views, especially from the editorial staff.

  17. Will@Welly 17

    Really, I don’t give a rat about the Herald. But they are right. Len is damaged goods. No matter what he does, what he says, he is open to criticism. Personally, I think he should go. He is morally defunct.
    But who to replace him. On the right, Pallino has shown himself equally open to criticism, Hide is too closely aligned to the set-up of the super-city to be acceptable to the people of Auckland, and Banksy, well, his copy-book is well and truly blotted. On the left, who is there? Whoever the left puts up, needs to above recrimination.
    Personally, I think Len will try and tough it out, but it might be 6 months, a year, or even 18 months, but eventually he will go. The pressure will be too much. The thing to avoid is letting the Government appoint a Commissioner. If Key & co get their way, everything Auckland owns will be up on the chopping block, and any election will be pushed out as far as possible.
    The left need to start organising now to find a suitable replacement for Len. That might sound crazy, that might sound mean. But whoever that person is, give them some grounding in the general election next year, because if National do get back in, sure as hell, Len’s tenure won’t last long.
    I just see Len Brown as a wasted figure.

    • Chooky 17.1

      +1…Agree….”The left need to start organising now to find a suitable replacement for Len.”.

      …….a woman Mayor ?!.( what about the Deputy Mayor?)……dare I say it women seem to be less corruptible and take their job more seriously…but the Left need to agree on who their choice is

      …personally i thought a Supercity Mayor foisted on Auckland was a mistake for democracy and local representation and Auckland as a whole….the old model was better for democracy and sound decision making , if more cumbersome.

      …….can that stupid idea of Rodney Hide and NACT be reversed?!..(it is a set up for easy pickings and subverting for corruption imo…it takes the power out of the hands of Aucklanders and into the hands of the overseas corporates and multinationals)

      …maybe an Auckland referendum on going back to the old system when they elect a new Mayor ( in which case the new Mayor will be helping phase back the old system)

      • Anne 17.1.1

        This whole Len Brown fiasco has been carefully orchestrated right from the get go starting with Slater’s revelations. For that reason I hope Len Brown brazens it out and refuses to resign. The whole pre-Xmas adrenalin rush thing is being used to exacerbate the issue, and its my view it will all die down in the New Year when people get themselves back to normal.

        In the event I’m wrong then Penny Hulse is the obvious choice for his replacement. She’s widely regarded and appears to be highly competent.

        • ABS 17.1.1.1

          Penny Hulse is an apologist for a cheating lying megalomaniac and as such should not be anywhere near the reins of power or baubles of office.

          • karol 17.1.1.1.1

            Penny Hulse is an apologist for a cheating lying megalomaniac

            Evidence/citations, please?

            • ABS 17.1.1.1.1.1

              You’ll get one as soon as she refuses to join the people who are asking Len Brown to resign.

              • karol

                Where is the evidence that her refusal to call for his resignation evidence she is doing this based on being an apologist for Brown being a “cheating lying meglomaniac”?

                So far the evidence show Hulse working through the processes as per the inadequate structure that is the Auckland super city. Her current line is to work for a just outcome for the people of Auckland.

                You are setting up an either/or situation that skews the outcome in favor of your pre-judgements.

  18. Karol:

    Maybe the problem is, that the left wing writers for the nzherald are liars.

    A few years ago I tweeted Susan Pepperell about a couple of piece she did for the NzHerald, she tweeted back, stating, “I have Never Written for the NzHerald” I tweeted her back with the actual links to the items she wrote, and I have never heard back from her.

  19. Colonial Viper 19

    Lefties are dishwater weak supporting their own politicians.

  20. Puckish Rogue 20

    First its Christ:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10654759

    Now the Queen

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11174170

    Hes not egotistical at all

    “I will always front up. I will give you the straight answers, always with a limit.”

  21. Anne 21

    Brett:

    The Herald has some very good columnists. Imo. as far as the political columnists are concerned, Bryan Gould is the most insightful. They also have one or two very good business commentators and in other areas such as the Arts they do well. The problem is (as karol has already pointed out) the editorial staff are bigoted and blatantly partisan in their thinking. No doubt they reflect the views of their owners and advertisers which will be why they are there in the first place. Occasionly they try to redress the balance with a reasonable stance on some issue, but usually its something that isn’t going to rock the Nat. Govt. boat too much.

    I’ve just seen a TVNZ clip about a group of protestors who were harassing Len Brown this morning.
    It was awful. A bunch of white, middle-aged shrieking creeps who quite frankly were embarrassing to watch.

    Have a look: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/no-confidence-move-adds-pressure-len-brown-5781478

    • Fair Observer 21.1

      [deleted]

      [lprent: Already banned. Another IP for autospam. ]

      • karol 21.1.1

        FO, the crowd is not very representative of Auckland’s diverse population.

        • David H 21.1.1.1

          All screaming like Harridans. My God, a silent protest would have been better. It will probably turn out to be one of those embarrassing You tube moments for their family’s

      • gobsmacked 21.1.2

        Dear Observer

        Why your failure to answer above?

        [lprent: Turned out to be someone on a permanent ban using a different name. They'd done a pretty good job of changing style, but reverted to type. Wiped all of their comments. ]

      • Anne 21.1.3

        I note TVNZ have taken down the original video showing the shrieking harassment of Brown and replaced it with one that cuts the worst of it out. What’s the problem? Didn’t like the white Remuera matrons showing themselves up like that? I wonder… if they had been brown and came from Mangere would they have stayed?

    • brett Dale 21.2

      Anne:

      Those protestors were beyond embarrassing, TVNZ should’ve called them up on it, that
      was awful to watch.

    • Rodel 21.3

      Bunch of about a dozen Quax inspired Remuera harpies who no doubt voted for John Banks.
      I’m not overly impressed by Len Brown but with enemies like that he probably has a lot of friends so hang in there Len.
      Just like salacious French politics..love it/ wallow in it.
      Heard Quax on radio today…Is he on something?

      • Tat Loo (CV) 21.3.1

        Lol exactly. Get on with city business, and in fact, start raising the stakes and get right back into the game.

      • Anne 21.3.2

        …about a dozen Quax inspired Remuera harpies who no doubt voted for John Banks.

        Lol. A couple of years ago, it was quite widely publicised that John Banks was having an affair with some floosie who was also mixed up with drug traffickers. It was during the course of an investigation into the drug trafficking that the police stumbled upon the affair. It was covered up because it was Banks and he was part of the NAct government. How many times have the police covered up for Banks now?

        • Draco T Bastard 21.3.2.1

          How many times have the police covered up for Banks now?

          Now that is a damn good question.

  22. Pascal's bookie 22

    Tomorrow, Auckland councillors will not only formally censure Mr Brown but begin a process designed to clip the wings of the mayoral office. If that happens, the Super City may no longer have a leader with the independent authority to drive things forward. The only means of avoiding that outcome is for Mr Brown to resign. He must go in the interests of Auckland and Aucklanders.

    I don’t really care if he stays or goes. Not my city.

    But the Herald’s argument has kind of been missed. They are not saying he has to go because of corruption. They are not saying he has to go because of an affair.

    So the various bods above claiming they agree with the Herald because ‘corrupt mayor yada yada’ are wrong, and should read the Herald.

    It’s possible to agree with a conclusion, but get there by a different argument.

    The Herald is saying he has to go to save the nature of the supercity structure.

    That the Supercity requires that the mayor has independent authority from Council. And because the Council is looking to hobble the mayor, that authority will be lost, and so the Mayor should therefore resign in order to not be hobbled by the council.

    That’s not actually a very good argument when you think about it*. But it’s the one the Herald has made.

    *because it sets up a convention that while Council can’t hobble a mayor, it can veto a Mayor’s election via a censure motion and send it back out for the electorate to think again. If the Herald really truly thinks that sort of model will decrease partisan games, then I don’t even even ow.

    • karol 22.1

      But the Herald’s argument has kind of been missed. They are not saying he has to go because of corruption. They are not saying he has to go because of an affair.

      Not exactly. While the summary on the front page of the hard copy might give that impression, the online version says this:

      When news broke of the Mayor’s two-year affair with Bevan Chuang, this newspaper suggested that if Len Brown’s family could forgive him then the city should, too.
      [...]
      The EY review into his conduct, commissioned by the council chief executive, did not condemn him outright. But nor did it save him.
      [...]
      The corrosive nature of all this is compounded by doubts that remain and the questions still unanswered – not least in relation to the reference for a job at the Auckland Art Gallery that he provided for Ms Chuang, and his trip to Hong Kong. There is also the foolishness of his free night and upgrades at Sky City while he was advocating the national convention-centre deal.

      That pretty much looks like the hard copy version to me.

      But this, as you say Pb:

      The Herald is saying he has to go to save the nature of the supercity structure.

      Is pretty much what the editorial is saying.

      But the headline is the main bit of partisan PR – it’s what most people see, and then next, a few less will look at the front page summary and maybe draw the conclusion that Brown should go because of the affair.

      Also a good analysis of the editorial by NRT.

      • Pascal's bookie 22.1.1

        They mention that stuff, but it doesn’t form part of their argument as to why Len should go.

        It’s there to explain why the Council is going to attack him, a response they call “as short-sighted as it is ill-judged”.

        It’s a mess of an argument, but it is what it is.

    • gobsmacked 22.2

      The Herald decided Brown should go, then told the editorial writers to work out why.

      They didn’t do a great job, presumably because at every point somebody said: “But hang on, what about Key/Banks/assorted Ministers …”.

      To be fair, they’re not alone. Nobody on this thread has come up with an answer that applies to Brown, and only Brown. Because there isn’t one.

      • Rob 22.2.1

        What is the similarity you are trying to invent between Len Brown and John Key?

        We understand the you think that cheating and rooting around has no relevence in politics , I suppose like the old politics and sport argument not mixing either. However, for an elected official who is the Mayor of this city, he should have known better and exhibited better self control and plain judgement.

        If he cannot work out what to do in this situation then he is not fit to be Mayor.

        Goodbye Len, you seriously fucked up.

        • gobsmacked 22.2.1.1

          So is it about sex now? The goalposts keep moving.

          Should Len Brown resign for having an affair?

          • Rob 22.2.1.1.1

            The goalposts do not keep moving, and its not just about sex, howevere given the way you have framed your response says a lot about you Gobsmacked.

            Its about Len Brown , Mayor of Auckland City, being able to make wise decisions and judgements in a public service role which he has found to be incapable of doing.

            It is about his integrity and leadership and his ability to lead Auckland through the next very challenging three years.

            • gobsmacked 22.2.1.1.1.1

              Rob, I am trying to find out what you actually believe. It’s impossible, because you can’t give a straight answer.

              Try this …

              I propose this amendment to the ‘No Confidence’ motion:

              “Len Brown should resign …”

              “Provided that all other councillors who have also accepted and not declared upgrades etc ALSO resign”

              “Provided that all councillors who voted FOR the Sky City deal, also resign, if they have accepted freebies or favours from Sky City”

              Do you agree? If not, why not?

              • gobsmacked

                While you’re trying to locate your moral compass, Rob, here’s the list of councillors you’ll want to e-mail tonight.

                http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10893526

                I’m with Cathy Casey, and against the Sky City deal. How about you?

                • karol

                  And a point in favour of Penny Hulse who voted against the Sky City deal.

                  • Chooky

                    +1…imo Auckland can do without casinos and multi-story brothels in the heart of Auckland ….which have happened under Len Brown’s watch…and he has voted for both

                    …is Auckland for Aucklanders and the lead city of New Zealanders ?…….or is it a service city for overseas visitors? …..and everything that this implies for NZ families and NZers well-being…especially youth?.

                    ….a woman Mayor like Penny Hulse would be better

          • Rodel 22.2.1.1.2

            Gobsmacked …Nah! They just love using the word ‘rooting’… makes them feel like righteous macho kiwi blokes.

  23. srylands 23

    This is what The Standard is saying. Unbelievable (well it would be from any other source). I actually find the stupidity at The Standard chilling. Memo to self – stop looking.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/nz-herald-disgrace-to-democracy/

    “NZ Herald: Disgrace to democracy”

    “So, once again the NZ Herald editors show their right wing leanings. The front page of the hard copy today is pure partisan propaganda.”

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/12/herald_calls_on_brown_to_go.html/comment-page-1#comment-1250587

    [lprent: Read the policy. The Standard is a program, it doesn't have an opinion except those that I program into it. And the program has a requirement to have individual identities for a reason. It is so you know exactly what individuals you are responding to.

    I on the other hand do have an opinion. It states that when fools start trying to assign opinions to machines rather than the people then they are deliberately trying avoid talking to individuals. Instead they are trying to communicate with the own arse as they rotate themselves into their own comforting fantasy world (full of nice shit).

    That behavioural trait is the most clear sign of a stupid bigot that I know of - trying to demonise the group rather than dealing with people. It means that you can assign *any* traits to a mythic entity rather than having to prove anything. So I make that a reality to educate them that is not an option here for people on this site.

    Educationally banned for a month so you can start to learn to read individuals rather than being a simple minded cowardly bigot. ]

  24. tricledrown 24

    Serialyetandfraudster
    If that was any right wing poli
    They would be giving him a knighthood

    • chris73 24.1

      If it was a right wing polit the uproar would be deafening

      Richard Worth: charges withdrawn (damage done)
      John Banks: Innocent until proven guilty (yeah right)

    • Lloyd 24.2

      Not necessarily. Rodney Hyde took his mistress to London at the taxpayers expense (I believed he paid it back once it became public knowledge). Don Brash got Rodney replaced by John Banks, but I don’t know if the using public money for trysts with your bimbo was the critical reason for the dumping.

      I now note Don Brash wants Rodney back as ACT candidate. Maybe Don wants Rodney to get a gong.

      Haven’t noticed the Herald asking why a politician who crusaded against rorts and then got caught with his fingers in the til should be considered a fit candidate for Parliament…..

      • Rodel 24.2.1

        Lloyd
        Banks…Hide…Brash.. .Hmmm …Wish I was a Southpark writer. I feel an episode coming on.
        Southpark couldn’t write a better script than these bizarre flip- floppers.
        Ahh the puns? we could make with those three names. I used to like ‘Dr Prebble and Mr Hide’

  25. J W 25

    Yikes, these blogs get kind of nasty as you skim read down.
    I voted for Len at the time, mainly on his rail and public transport stance.
    Whether he stays or goes should be left up to the council or the rallied support of the Auckland public. After that, it is the justice system both within the council and if need be externally who can deal with any wrongdoing.
    But all this is besides the point. I don’t need a newspaper to boldly push their opinion on me via the front page. I just need them to produce the facts in an unbiased manner and let me decide for myself.
    I know the Herald is a bit of a lame duck these days, but this sort of rubbish is what sways people who are uninformed. If this is a sign of what they will be leading with from now on, maybe it’s better if they went the way of the boat they were tirelessly promoting in San Francisco.

  26. yabby 26

    I think the Herald have been pretty supportive of the Mayor and until the EY only Fran had taken the stance he was irrevocably damaged.

    I personally believe that Brown has reinforced the years old perception of him as corruptible and he can never prove to voters that Sky City’s benevolence to him did not affect his stance re their massive gambling expansion.

  27. tricledrown 27

    20 people out of 1 million turned up to protest all from Remuera
    Pathetic!

  28. JustLikeTigerWoods 28

    If you can’t see he’s irrevocably damaged goods, rightly or wrongly (rightly, in my view), you’ve got both eyes closed. He’s now a liability – for the left. The cult of personality will be working against the Labour Party whilst he is in place.

    However, not being left myself, I hope he stays in place the full term.

  29. McGrath 29

    The Herald isn’t left or right, it just goes where it can get itself maximum exposure, be it for good or ill…

  30. Dumrse 30

    I suspect some lessons need to be learned here. Brown is a serial rooter and masturbator, the latter of which is achieved whilst sitting at his office desk. Screwing on the board room table takes the cake but wait, you obviously think that style of leadership and behaviour is ok. No fucking wonder we have so many issues around the behaviour of the young generation if their parents and or adult population think Browns activities are above board. Pants Down Brown IS a role model, someone just needs to push him down the hill so he rolls away into the sunset. Let’s see the Standard run a poll on Browns behaviours and Should He Stay……

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 30.1

      Len Brown is damaged by his association to the money-laundering Sky City, who are stained beyond redemption by their association with the National Party.

      And you can take your repulsive panty-sniffing hypocrisy and ram it right up your arse, Dumrse. Put chilli powder on it first, eh.

  31. greywarbler 31

    I’ve just heard a ‘rent-a-crowd’ giving Len Brown a roasting. Who are these irate citizens who have so much fire under their bellies that you would think he has invaded their homes and taken the Tooth Fairy’s sixpence from under their pillows?

    Some Scottish twang with one of them which I thought was appropriate. Worrying about her bawbee perhaps. And the man had a sound of the upper class about him. Christine Fletcher’s NACTs crowd? For the benefit of non-Auckland residents here’s some background.

    wikipedia says -
    [City Vision is the left side of the Council apparently.] They were formed in 1998[1] for the purposes of contesting and challenging the Citizens and Ratepayers Association who had dominated control of the Auckland City Council since the C&R’s formation in the 1930s.

    City Vision have traditionally held representation in the centre-west and south of Auckland City.
    In the 2010 elections, the first for the Auckland Council, Cathy Casey won a seat for City Vision. Winning candidates endorsed by City Vision were Mike Lee for council and Len Brown for mayor. Labour won another two council seats.

  32. dave 32

    end game loot aucklands assets water system airport share cronies in positions rate payer assets stripped ripped off and and the death of a rail system for auckland there far more at stake than bonking

    • Tat Loo (CV) 32.1

      And that’s the heart of it.

      • Paul 32.1.1

        This quote can so easily be adapted to most western countries today.

        George Carlin – The Real Owners Of America

        “The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owner. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.”

  33. Ian 33

    So what does the labour parties Great Leader have to say on the issue of the corrupt Len Brown. Cunnilifes silence is getting close to being guilty by association. What is going on here ?

    • Pascal'sbookie 33.1

      How does that work?

    • greywarbler 33.2

      Ian
      You ask the hard questions of us? Why don’t you find out and then let us know.

      • Ian 33.2.1

        With an election coming up it would be nice to know whether he supported Len,because Len is very high up in the Labour Party,so Lens actions represent the labour party. If you don’t understand guilty by association Perhaps you should Google the Nazi Nuremberg trials .

        • the pigman 33.2.1.1

          Len is very high up in the Labour Party,so Lens actions represent the labour party. If you don’t understand guilty by association Perhaps you should Google the Nazi Nuremberg trials .

          *spit-take*

          Just trying–struggling–to unpack this wacky gift. Aside from the baffling idiocy of your comment, which of the following were you trying to imply here (tick all that apply):

          a) Len Brown is Adolf Hitler
          b) David Cunliffe is Adolf Hitler
          c) David Cunliffe is Kim Jong-Il
          d) The Labour Party is the Nazi Party

          Visit more often, Ian!

          • greywarbler 33.2.1.1.1

            the pigman welomes Ian. Two RW trolls with nothing to say but want to be a bovver boy. Has school finished for the year?

            What elections are coming soon by the way There is a lot more water to go under the bridge before the nationwide elections. You will have thought of a thousand mindless comments between you before then. None of which will throw any useful light onto anything. We’ll have to get night goggles to see what you’re up to.

          • Colonial Viper 33.2.1.1.2

            Well, the Nazi Party was a SOCIALIST party, r i g h t ? ? ?

          • bad12 33.2.1.1.3

            ‘Ian’ and reality have as yet not made each other’s aquaintence, Len isn’t planning on gassing anyone other than what the occasional council contractor manages without His knowledge and/or permission in an ‘accidental fashion’…

        • Colonial Viper 33.2.1.2

          Give your style of smearing Ian, I suggest that you are the type that belongs comfortably right beside Göring and Hess in the dock.

        • Anne 33.2.1.3

          Who said Len is very high up in the Labour Party? You? Shows what an ignorant, uninformed twat you are… These RWNJs like Ian sure prove the widely disseminated international research which shows they are less intelligent than those on the Left.

          http://www.politics.ie/forum/education-science/181027-left-wingers-more-intelligent-empathetic-than-right-wingers.html

    • gobsmacked 33.3

      “Guilty by association” – yep, tick another box for McCarthyism.

      John Key must be equally “guilty”, by your catch-all dumb logic.

  34. BEATINGTHEBOKS 34

    Slater is a vocal critic of the herald, just have a look at WO sometime you will see that clearly. It is a real u turn for the herald to attack LB this way. Quite interesting. I am not sure the full truth has been revealed yet. The next few days will be interesting. I am not concerned about his sexual proclivities, although many of his previous supporters were. For me the “gifts” from sky city raise more questions. On the balance of things I think he should go. He no longer has the support of the people.

    • Ian 34.1

      The Herald Knows That what is currently in the public arena is but chicken feed .

      • gobsmacked 34.1.1

        And more McCarthyism … it’s your speciality, Ian! Does he have “names on a piece of paper”, like your hero?

      • bad12 34.1.2

        OH Bullshit, your innuendo that there is more,lots more to come is simply the prattle of a chatterer who in the final analysis has nothing of substance to offer other than second hand innuendo passed along from Blubber boy off of ‘wail oil’…

        • Rodel 34.1.2.1

          BTB
          Are you seriously suggesting that we have a look at WO sometime? There’s only 86,400 seconds in a day. Damn- I just wasted 30 of them.

  35. the pigman 35

    How much was the Herald paid to run this editorial on its front page, and by whom?

    Million dollar question.

    In past occasions when the Herald has shown similar errors of judgment (“DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK”, the free speech daily “Wall of Shame” for MPs voting for more transparency in corporate funding of politics), similar questions have never been satisfactorily answered. But gawd I would love to know.

    • Naki Man 35.1

      I doubt that anyone paid the Herald, they are just trying to make news and sell newspapers.

    • Paul 35.2

      There is a clear agenda here by the shadow leaders of our country.
      Brown’s affair has allowed them the opportunity to get their hands on the levers of power in Auckland. Remember that when Hide set up the new super city it was intended that Banks would be its leader. The plan to sell off all the city’s for their profit went awry.
      This is about plan C.

      • ABS 35.2.1

        Right, thats why John Key said he will still work with him. For a lefty Brown is not too bad, he refused to take sides in the POAL dispute and he can see the economic benefits that the Sky deal will have for Auckland. His problem is he is corruptible.

  36. bad12 36

    What’s pissing me off about Len Brown is the ongoing ‘apology’ which makes my teeth ache, for gods sake Len save the poker face for playing the actual game, loudly tell these retards the people of Auckland put you in the seat for the next 3 years and in the seat you are staying until the people of Auckland say otherwise,

    For the media who think that they can collectively remove Brown with a few ‘opinion polls’ to borrow a Slippery-ism from the man Himself, there was a recent ‘poll’, it was called the Council Elections, Brown won that poll in a landslide…

  37. Rodel 37

    Heard Quax on Checkpoint today citing those ultra reliable sources of information on the Brown polls, The Herald, Radio live and Newstalk ZB as if they were peer reviewed journal articles in Google Scholar.
    Even Mary Wilson couldn’t get a coherent answer out of him. I wondered….um..um… what was the question…..Mary?

  38. deemac 38

    bloody cheek – who elects the editor of the Herald?

  39. Te Reo Putake 39

    Does anyone know if the Herald has run a poll on whether Brown should resign? Online or otherwise? For that matter, has any polling been done by anyone?

    • Paul 39.1

      Yes they did one of their dodgy online polls.
      I’d imagine most corporate media sources did the same. That would be par for the course.

    • the pigman 39.2

      Stuff ran one recently (post-EY report) that showed a surprising support for Len to resign. Unfortunately their website is a total nightmare (you’d think http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/polls/ would be the place to start – it’s not) so can’t get my trotters on it.

    • Te Reo Putake 39.3

      Thanks all. I’m guessing that the Herald won’t do a proper poll because they wouldn’t like the result.

      • Rodel 39.3.1

        I did a poll of 5 people with a margin of error of 50%. They all thought Tony Abbot was the problem and should resign and Rodney Hide should be co-opted as mayor of Auckland..

  40. Paul 40

    The elite are very aware of this. They’ve placed 2 of their best paid puppets in key positions to influence the TV watching public. Expect lots of noise from Hosking and Henry in 2014.
    Paying $1 million, they’ll being expecting Hosking to gain them a few votes.

  41. RedbaronCV 41

    Looking at both this report and the one into the MFAT leak there seems to be a common theme. The parameters are widely drawn and in both cases the report writers have gone off on a tangent into matters that are largely irrelevant but wind up blown out of all proportion in the media:

    -In the MFAT report there are no credible findings on “who leaked” the reason for the report.
    -Then lots side commentary on individuals who had reservations about a wholesale change – views which where obviously widely held within the organisation and free thought is allowed – but they had to get in lawyers , $$$, to ensure they were not smeared and they had the decency to name themselves so suspicion didn’t fall elsewhere.

    - The LB report found some small $ amounts around the phone calls and reimbursement is being asked for. Audit any bunch of expenses and that will pretty much be the outcome.

    - Then it goes off and attaches huge $$$ to hotel upgrades which is just a distraction rather than simply noting the number of them. Hotels upgrade for all sorts of reasons, I’ve had them when they are out of no smoking rooms in the lower price ranges. Rack rates are just that, what hotels might like to charge but all to often do not. Using the same line of reasoning any public official that grabs a lift to the airport with someone else needs to declare the freebie even though it saves the public purse. Then they want to make it expensive for Len by charging him $$$$ for the cost of the report which didn’t stick to the knitting.

    - Lasting what sort of a relationship does the CEO expect to have with the Mayor after this. He is hardly at arm’s length.

    Is this sort of scrutiny going to be applied to all managers and directors of the CCO’s now we have a handy precedent and if not why not? Get the councillors onto that – the ratepayers would be delighted.

    There’s a pattern emerging here of making it expensive for anyone who disagrees or isn’t under control. The Herald is just another piece in the puzzle.

    Shades of Whitewater and MacCarthyism anyone??

  42. xtasy 42

    Sorry to return and dare commenting here:

    The Left in NZ is on a huge losing trip, believe it or not. Len Brown is “beyond repair”, he stuffed up big with taking free hotel rooms and upgrades, which he said, after the credit card incident a couple of years back, would be a mistake he would NEVER repeat!

    There goes a promise of sorts, and there comes in hypocrisy. All that “affair” stuff is irrelevant now, as the fact, that Len Brown, accepted “perks” by a corporation called Sky City, that did also do deals with the Key led government, that proves enough, that Len Brown is UNTRUSTWORTHY, if not CORRUPT!

    I never trusted the man, only voted for him initially as the “lesser evil”. I voted for Minto last election, and I state, we have TOO MUCH “lesser evil” mentality, and votes, than sincere, honest and truly deserved votes.

    Len is GONE, wait for late tomorrow, he is BEYOND excuse and repair, and those like Martyn B. still thinking he may be an “election asset”, come on, get a life, wake up and smell the roses!

    The left in NZ is rather “screwed”, I must say, as what I see and hear is “weak” stuff, not convincing, the Labour Party does do its own stuff anyway, and Cunliffe is as non committal as Shearer was. So where is the fucking “left” in NZ, apart from certain activist groups, who I admire to keep up the fight? There have been tiny protests for benefit rights and so forth, but most are just self serving arseholes, like the right wingers are themselves.

    To me, NZ is ONE mighty screwed up society, where everyone is just after their own interests, fuck the trest, I am sorry, I am planning to book a one way ticket out of here, for good!

    Fuck the Herald by the way, I am not one bit surprised, but you would have to be a total idiot, not to get it, that the MSM is totally against democracy, certainly totally against you ALL! You are “screwed” and non existent, apart from this blog!

    • RedLogix 42.1

      he stuffed up big with taking free hotel rooms and upgrades,

      There seems to be a real disconnect going on here xtasy.

      These ‘free rooms and upgrades’ are essentially nothing more than the hotel choosing to give a discount for repeat or volume business.

      This is absolutely routine across virtually every business sector I can think of; from the local cafe’s loyalty card (buy 10 get 1 free), through air points, discounts at volume breaks (1-10 = $10; 10-100 = $8), 10 trip bus tickets, fleet discounts and on and on.

      This kind of volume discounting practise is ubiquitous and perfectly normal. Different customers pay different prices according to their value all the time.

      An empty hotel room has zero value; therefore when the hotel chooses to upgrade a repeat customer with a room that would otherwise remain empty that night – this is not a gift with any value attached to it, simply a sensible way of giving discount or loyalty reward to a high value customer.

      When I was in my corporate travelling life I would have had many, many dozens of such discounts. I was never required to declare them. The only exception I can think of is that air-points accumulated on the company credit-card belonged to the company and you needed permission to use them for personal benefit.

      Unless someone can show that SkyCity was explicitly requiring some sort of quid pro quo for the handful of free nights they gave Len then there is absolutely nothing wrong here. No story. Move along.

      • Colonial Viper 42.1.1

        Hey RL. I think that it is very difficult for someone who hasn’t experienced this life to believe how normal this kind of thing is, when you are living in the top 5%.

        It’s like having flown so much that you get gold frequent flyer status and get lounge access all over the world. Where you can walk in, put your feet up and eat and drink to your hearts content. But it’s just not something you would normally declare. And yet to someone on the outside of that system, that level of luxury of benefit would seem incredulous not to declare.

        • xtasy 42.1.1.1

          “It’s like having flown so much that you get gold frequent flyer status and get lounge access all over the world.”

          Right, CV, where is the “disconnect” here??? I wonder, it is not me, who fails to see the danger and problems. Get REAL, lefties, get back to principles, get RID of hollow LEN and get a REAL new candidate for Auckland and elsewhere, please. Corrupt and law bending candidates will NOT further our causes!!!

          The biggest problem for “the LEFT” has been to “accommodate” the rotten, corrupt system of neo liberal capitalist and what comes with it as a system. Here we have first hand proof. Clean out the damned stable, NOW!!!

          • RedLogix 42.1.1.1.1

            Nah.

            If you are running a business and you decide to give a discount or reward of some kind to your high value customers – then I repeat – this is perfectly normal and acceptable practice. And as I said above; once you start looking you see this happening everywhere.

            Absolutely nothing to be resorting to capital letters about.

            As for taking me on about the HOP tickets I really don’t get it. Are you now arguing that the privilege of your ‘upgrade’ day tickets be restored to you? Suddenly you are telling me that you don’t like paying normal price with the HOP cards?

            Hypocrite some?

            • xtasy 42.1.1.1.1.1

              RL – I understand you do not live in Auckland and have not for most of your life. Auckland Transport abolished ALL day tickets a few weeks ago, so those on benefits, or others, who used to rely on discounted, affordable day tickets, now have to either use the hopeless “HOP” cards (only giving about 10 percent “discount”), or pay cash fares at normal fare rates (substantially higher).

              I spend about twice as much on bus fares now, thanks to Auckland Transport, being a CCO of Auckland Council, as I used to, just to do my errands. Being a beneficiary with no extra income, this does not make life easier. WINZ do not give a shit, nor do Auckland Transport as CCO of Auckland Council!

              So reading about a mayor getting perks at high level, this tells me, do NOT vote Labour, as that is the party he belongs to, and whose supporters and members appear to support the man.

              I do not want a right wing mayor, but I prefer one with principles and honest behaviour.

              Thank you!

              • karol

                I spend about twice as much on bus fares now, thanks to Auckland Transport, being a CCO of Auckland Council, as I used to, just to do my errands. Being a beneficiary with no extra income, this does not make life easier. WINZ do not give a shit, nor do Auckland Transport as CCO of Auckland Council!

                And right there is we=here the biggest problem with Auckland Council lies.

                I would love to see a better left wing candidate for mayor. But it’s not going to happen any time soon. And alternative candidate needs time to build their profile. And also, the way the super city is currently constructed, a candidate need sto get quite a bit of funding behind them.

                The thing is, the right wingers like Quax and Brewer are suing the current Brown issue to try to move a right wing mayor in. They have found it pretty hard (well, so far impossible) to do so through the ballot box. So now they are trying to force Brown out, hoping there is no string alternative left wing candidate to stand in a new election.

                I think it’s better to let the council get on with business right now, and make sure they keep a tight reign on Brown. he’ll be gone at the next election anyway.

                In the mean time, I’d rather concentrate on a campaign to make the structure of Auckland Council more democratic and accountable – get rid of the CCOs, strengthen the power of councilors etc. Just changing the mayor will not fix that.

                • xtasy

                  karol:
                  “And also, the way the super city is currently constructed, a candidate need sto get quite a bit of funding behind them.”

                  We are back to square one then, it all depending on that great bit of CASH, which is usually mostly in the hands of the corporates, the big and not so big business people, the “developers”, the do so well lot that represent the 1 to 10 per cent of Auckland’s and the rest of NZ’s population, right?

                  It is idiotic to rely on that “cash” or “money”, as that is part of the problem. What about the power of unions, of organisations other than unions, that could perhaps motivate people to sign up and pay a humble membership fee, that would perhaps offer loads of “cash” that could compete with the “big business cash”.

                  But hey, we allowed the manipulations of decades, the selling out of souls and minds, the privatisation of media and more, the corruption of society, in short, so nobody bothers or even dares to sign up as union or other organisational (e.g. party) members anymore, thus making themselves victims in a catch 22 situation. Divided you fall, and that is what is happening to workers and citiziens as a whole, also in Auckland.

                  So naturally money rules, as the ones owning and having it control all, pull the strings and manipulate society to think they have the only solution, or the ones they “fund” to claim they do.

                  I want to also know the details of who sponsored Len Brown’s election campaign, and I know a trust was set up, to hide the donors behind it, so we know nothing about the big business donors behind the man, who claims all innocence and what a great man he is, for us all, as we are supposed to believe.

                  The difference between a corrupt South American country and NZ is only, that here things are done in “smarter”, more careful ways, when you do deals with the ones running the show. NZ is NOT the least corrupt country in the world, and Auckland Council as part of NZ is certainly also a corrupt administration, as we have seen.

              • RedLogix

                I understand your frustration xtasy. Personally I think public transport should be cheap and regular.

                Some years ago I worked in a city in Russia for some months. Some 90% of the people did not own a car, nor really needed one. For about NZ20c you hopped on any bus, trolley, train or tram. Any trip, any time of the day. Worked beautifully. (Well until the first ice-storm of winter but that’s a another story.)

                But you miss the point. You can’t complain about Len Brown getting a discounted price on his use of hotels, while you you are happy to demand a discounted price on your bus transport.

                • xtasy

                  “You can’t complain about Len Brown getting a discounted price on his use of hotels, while you you are happy to demand a discounted price on your bus transport.”

                  See my comment further below, this is not just about “discounted prices” for rooms, some rooms were totally free, and not declared, dear RL. And ultimately, while Len may not be responsible for Auckland Transport and what they do, what the hell is he there for then? He is enjoying the freedoms and privileges that one Rodney Hide had put into the law for him.

                  Len Brown taking advantage of a shit law from Rodney Hide the ACT member and minister of past days, that really makes for a “close to the blue collar worker” kind of Auckland mayor, does it not?

                  No, I had enough of this shit, and also of the crap how workers here are treated. The whole situation in NZ is more like some elite serving East Asian economy than anything that NZ once used to be. It raises the question, is it worth living, if the whole purpose is work, work, work and pay your way, until you drop into a designed box made according to quality you can afford, to be buried six feet under. That is the world in 2013, and we count ourselves “lucky” to not live in Syria, I suppose.

                  Welcome to the ‘brighter future’, which I fear will look little brighter if Labour will lead from 2014.

                  What is needed is revolution, but that is the last thing that will ever happen in “quarter acre wannabe landlord investor Donald Trump kind of New Zealand”.

      • xtasy 42.1.2

        “This is absolutely routine across virtually every business sector I can think of; from the local cafe’s loyalty card (buy 10 get 1 free), through air points, discounts at volume breaks (1-10 = $10; 10-100 = $8), 10 trip bus tickets, fleet discounts and on and on.”

        Talk to me about damned BUS TICKETS, RL, you open a cess pit, and I take you on for that. Under Len the Brown Arsehole, the Auckland Transport did abolish all DAY TICKETS, that helped most of US beneficiaries to give us a chance to do our weekly errands and travel in affordable manner. No they had to bloody do away with it all, for some stupid HOP cards, that did not work for many, caused endless strife and so, and we get punished to catch damned buses now, we pay the full fare, at best we get 10 per cent discount with some stupid “HOP Galopp CARD”, that does not even work on every bus.

        Len Brown is responsible for all this SHIT too, and do not get me started on the crap what is “usual business” practice, then ABOLISH your “socialist ideals” as they are empty and rotten non meaning words, none else! NO way should any Labour or whatever member be allowed to get away with the shit Len Brown did, this is THE PROBLEM with LABOUR and the MODERN LEFT in NZ and elsewhere. That is why NOBODY will bother voting for Labour, Cunliffe or Shearer or whatever. Get back to damned PRINCIPLES and honesty, or your whole movement will DIE!

        • RedBaronCV 42.1.2.1

          Gerry Brownlee put his nose into Auckland’s system of transport charging and picked the product hence all the problems now about the charging – and most of the decisions are made by CCO’s anyway.

        • Chooky 42.1.2.2

          Great to see you back xtasy….and firing on all cylinders….you always make a lot of sense to me and you speak from the grassroots of what should be the Labour Party

        • Draco T Bastard 42.1.2.3

          No they had to bloody do away with it all, for some stupid HOP cards, that did not work for many,

          The Hop cards are awesome – so fast especially the new AT Hop. And I’ll call BS on them not working for “many”. There would have been a very small minority that didn’t work because, quite simply, no system is perfect but “many”? Not likely as that would have had them being returned to the manufacturer with a please explain note and some sort of fine.

          No, the only problem was that a National MP forced the bloody Snapper HOP on us all.

          Len Brown is responsible for all this SHIT too

          Nope, Rodney Hide and National ensured that the mayor and councilors would have absolutely no say in the CCO’s of which AT is one.

          • xtasy 42.1.2.3.1

            “Nope, Rodney Hide and National ensured that the mayor and councilors would have absolutely no say in the CCO’s of which AT is one.”

            This only makes it worse. What do we have a damned mayor for then, to entertain people he pleases to flirt and entertain with, to use as his personal, unofficial interpreters, to get discounts from corporate hotels for his various stays, and then have NO say on how CCOs are operating.

            I have no faith in the Auckland Council, in Len Brown, in the whole lot. It is a shambles, and the sooner the law gets changed the better. But we will not have it, as Len Brown and John Key sit in the same boat. Key is not criticising any of Len’s conduct, as he well knows, they are peddling the same services and goods and interest. So much for social and “leftist” policies in Auckland and New Zealand. I cannot believe what is going on!

            HOP cards do not compensate those that are poor and used to be able to travel all day on affordable day passes, which have been abolished.

            But we know that Labour shits on beneficiaries too, as they have since their last terms. Dr David Bratt, the radical, right wing, extreme pro work disciple of Mansel Aylward, the wayward British “professor” for “Arbeit Macht Frei” was put into his job under Labour.

        • KJT 42.1.2.4

          Can’t really blame Brown for that. The CCO structure means the Mayor and council have buggerall power over the running of council enterprises.

      • xtasy 42.1.3

        “Repeat or volume business”, yeah right, for the top class of people, who do not mind getting preferential treatment from corporate businesses!!!

        I am sorry RL, but this does not wash with me, not at all.

        Apart from the “upgrades” Len failed to declare three “free” rooms he got from Sky City. Now if I was a mayor, I would tread very carefully, with any big players in the Auckland economy, and once you take favours, or leniency, or whatever of such kind, you run the risk of becoming “corrupted”.

        I recommend Chris Trotter’s piece on all this:
        http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/laughing-stock-city.html

        We have got this crap of a mess, because one Rodney Hide as a Minister in an earlier NatACT government, who established the new rules and system that Auckland Council is run under. It basically means, the mayor can get away with a lot, is not that accountable, and can laugh at the voters who put him into his place. It is a disgrace. I would appreciate that some commenters here study what is behind it all, and how we got this mess. Auckland Council is operating under a flawed system.

        If I would want to recommend anyone to take up a career with little risks and consequences, then I recommend, become a mayor of Auckland Council. Whether the rest hate you or whatever, you can get away with a lot, and there is NO legal consequences to fear for what Len Brown did.

        For anyone on “the left” to defend this, is like defending the mental and legal constructs of one Rodney Hide! Where is your common sense and rationality, please?

        • RedLogix 42.1.3.1

          Apart from the “upgrades” Len failed to declare three “free” rooms he got from Sky City.

          Ever got one of those loyalty cafe cards? You know, buy 10 get 1 free?

          Heard of Air Points?

          Or Fly Buys?

          Or petrol discounting from supermarkets if you spend more than $xxx?

          Businesses give different prices to different customers according to their total value all the time.

          My last employer had a fleet of vehicles (over 300) – we typically paid less than 2/3rd the normal list price – simply because our total business was so valuable to the dealers.

          As a business traveller I personally received many dozens of these ‘hotel upgrades’. If for instance I was working in an area for more than a week or so, the rate would drop to a fraction of the sticker price.

          Now can you truly tell me that any of these things are ‘corruption’?

          • xtasy 42.1.3.1.1

            RL – I take issue with the “free rooms” Len got, more so than “upgrades”, and that has irked me from the start, those “free rooms” he did not declare. You are not addressing that. He claimed poor memory, but we remember also a well heeled free helicopter rider, who went to the largest mansion north of Auckland, but “could not remember it”.

            I am sorry, you are defending a man without proper integrity and who is going to be out in early next year, as I expect. The rot is there, it is too deep, and while I am appalled about the Herald getting involved in politics as they did, there are too many unanswered questions.

            The law for local body processes and admin in Auckland needs to be fixed and rewritten. Len may hang in for a while, but had voters known what has been exposed over recent months, he would never have got his mandate. Please take your blinkers off, RL.

            • RedLogix 42.1.3.1.1.1

              I am currently living and working in a location where my entire accommodation and meals are completely free xtasy.

              Have a problem with that?

              I am sorry, you are defending a man without proper integrity

              Exactly what are you talking about? You can’t explain why accepting some perfectly normal business discounting practice is ‘lacking integrity’ so I have to assume you are with the panty-sniffing crowd.

              Which is it xtasy?

              • xtasy

                Would you go and work as a beneficiary advocate for no pay, dear RL? I doubt it, as you have written before, you took on a good opportunity to make good money to afford the better life for yourself and your wife or family.

                That is all fine and good somehow, and I have never had such “privileges” to even pick and choose a job, let alone well paid.

                I am one of many migrants in this country, who were the convenient idiots to do the hard or dirty work, for people of local descent who felt they “deserved better”.

                We are at the core of social issues here, and I fear you expose yourself as anything but a socialist or social democrat. Also your views on Len Brown just prove this.

                So the “left” is made up of many differing individuals, but when it comes to true solidarity and action, I see stuff all for it, especially in NZ. Hence my firm criticism.

                As for your accommodation, that is part of your employment contract and therefore “pay” as it seems. I have no issue with that, but it is totally different to Len Brown’s situation.

                It is NOT “normal business practice” to not declare being given free accommodation as a mayor, who should under the law declare such as gifts, as the corporate Sky City is not his employer. RL you have no argument for your position, that is the point. If you had, I would accept your comments. Sorry, I cannot. Len Brown is NOT employed by Sky City, and he had to declare free rooms that he got offered! He did not, so that does not serve his credibility.

                • RedLogix

                  As for your accommodation, that is part of your employment contract and therefore “pay” as it seems.

                  Exactly. Just because I am not being ‘charged’ for these things, does not mean I have not earned them. Context is vital.

                  Sorry, I cannot. Len Brown is NOT employed by Sky City, and he had to declare free rooms that he got offered!

                  If Sky had been telling the Mayor – vote for us and you can stay with us for free – then we would have a problem. That’s an unacceptable context.

                  Another simply is – you’re a valuable customer Mr Brown and as a matter of routine policy we can offer you several free nights – then this is another context that would be no different to airlines giving Air Points.

                  Of course it would have been better if Brown had declared these free nights, but I suggest it simply never occurred to him to do so simply because the context was perfectly routine, normal, and non-corrupt.

  43. the pigman 43

    Just remembered this.

    Shades of the Herald trying limply to imitate its Australian cousin at the Daily Telegraph. So there’s another precedent for this shitty new age of corporate media.

  44. Tanz 44

    Most of the other NZ leftie blogs want Len go go as well, he is beyond the pale now.

    Can we have Banksie back? A much better option.

    • Chooky 44.1

      Sorry Tanz….Banksie is being looked after by the courts…he is booked out

    • lprent 44.2

      Most of the other NZ leftie blogs want Len go go as well, he is beyond the pale now.

      Not really. Most leftie *bloggers* would like an alternative to the demonstrated flaws of Len Brown.

      Can we have Banksie back? A much better option.

      And that is the problem…. You want a lying arsehole who tries to deliberately conceal who he is taking large donations from? Not to mention someone who is two terms as mayor managed to do absolutely nothing of note.

      As far as I can see there are few competent alternatives, left or right. That is the actual problem. This supershitty legislation doesn’t help with training potential mayors.

      Only one I think *may* have the required competence is Penny Hulse

      • RedLogix 44.2.1

        The more I think about it the more I agree with CV – the left has been piss weak defending their own here.

        1. Len’s personal life is private. It never belonged in the public domain and the only person he’s accountable to about it is his wife.

        The alternative is to demand that the private and family lives of all political figures must be fully 100% public. Ideally we want their entire lives 24/365 up on YouTube.

        The we can all comment and evaluate to our pervvy little hearts content.

        2. The hotel nonsense is just that. The upgrades and discounts to high value customers are absolutely routine practice almost everywhere.

        If we want Len to resign because of this – then I’ll accept this if when every other politician who ever received an undeclared discount of any kind whatsoever – also promptly resigns.

        Nothing to see here but a RW smear machine in action. See it for what it is and take it on.

        • Draco T Bastard 44.2.1.1

          Nothing to see here but a RW smear machine in action.

          That’s exactly what we’re seeing but is anybody really surprised? It’s how the political right work. Someone on twitter last night compared what the RWNJs are doing to Brown to what happened to Clinton. I’d say that the whole lot has come out of the same play book.

        • lprent 44.2.1.2

          The only thing that I have an issue with (apart from caustic comments about being an idiot) is the free hotel rooms from SkyCity. Again it is probably just being an idiot, but it is also a direct conflict of interest.

          • Rodel 44.2.1.2.1

            lprent
            Agree-precisely the only issue

          • xtasy 44.2.1.2.2

            lprent – that is THE issue that I have with Len Brown, and he claiming poor memory risks him ending up alongside one John Banks, but Banksie is accountable under different terms, as Len Brown has the privilege of only being mayor of Auckland Council, where due to one Rodney Hide’s legal preferences, he can get away with more than others that hold high positions.

            The law must be changed, to stop such rot setting in. Taking freebies, and I am not primarily on about the upgrades, he also took free rooms, that is unacceptable. He did not declare those “perks”, and if this had been done by a Citizens and Ratepayers mayor, many here would be screaming for resignation.

            What worries me most is his previous pledges and promises, and yet repeat behaviour. Also what has Len Brown actually done for the downtrodden in Auckland, as he supported the East Tamaki development favouring developers and supporting Housing NZ and their agenda, which led to long term Housing NZ tenants being forced to leave their homes, and other things that are associated with that.

            What about Len Brown’s conduct in regards to the Ports of Auckland dispute with the port workers and their union?

            How can anyone on “the left” defend a mayor who his a hypocrite and basically dancing to the tunes of the big business and corporates, like for instance supporting the convention centre deal that Sky City “negotiated” with the government?

            I am starting to see some real issues here, where supposed “leftists” support a man who is actually quite controversial amongst true leftists!

        • Rodel 44.2.1.3

          RL. Nicely expressed:

          Your sentence ‘…..we can all comment and evaluate to our pervvy little hearts content.’ sums it all up:

      • Draco T Bastard 44.2.2

        Not to mention someone who is two terms as mayor managed to do absolutely nothing of note.

        Oh, come on, Banks did manage to raise Auckland City Council’s debt to astronomically high levels. Just like the government is presently doing to NZ while claiming that they’re on course for surplus.

        As far as I can see there are few competent alternatives, left or right. That is the actual problem.

        There’s probably quite a few people capable of doing it – they just don’t have the wealth and connections necessary to get the public profile that will get them elected.

        • lprent 44.2.2.1

          On the first. Perhaps I should have said nothing positive of note. He was monumentally useful at being useless and negative effects.

          On the second. I’d agree. Changing the limits on spending to something more like electing an electorate MP is definitely something that needs to be changed. Public profile is simply something that people will have to work at.

      • Chooky 44.2.3

        Maybe Len and Penny could agree to switch positions ie she becomes Mayor and he Deputy

        ….this could save faces….save money on a new election…..and provide continuity of experience ….. which is probably what the voters voted fr last election

        • lprent 44.2.3.1

          Can’t be done. From memory, the deputy isn’t a legislative position. More of a convenience label.

          Rodney Hide’s useless legislation needs fixing.

          • Will@Welly 44.2.3.1.1

            Yep, but it was legislation never designed for someone like Len Brown. The SuperCity was designed for a Tory lackey like John Banks.

      • KJT 44.2.4

        Yes, lets have Bank’s back, a real crook, instead of someone who took advantage of upgrades and high user bonuses. Been upgraded in hotels and flights myself.

        I never liked Brown much, but if we apply this standard we are going to have to sack the entire National party, and a fair proportion of Labour.

        Didn’t see this standard applied when English was rorting the tax payer for accommodation expenses.
        Or National party politicians went on to highly paid jobs with the same firms that they have given Government contracts too.
        Or Hide fiddling the make-up of the super city so they could burgle Aucklanders assets.

        On second thoughts,

        Maybe we should.

  45. Big dog 45

    Down the boat club last night the drinkers were baying for Browns blood,all fired up by the Heralds front page.Previous to this it was wink wink nudge nudge,say no more,I wouldn’t turn her away from my door etc.It never fails to amaze me that a shite rag like that can stir people up to the ranting stage.As for Quax there is a theory doing the rounds that all that running has somehow affected his brain,what with the jolting ,oxygen starvation etc!

  46. Herbert Mc Sherbet 46

    If you think that the Herald is right leaning… you’re pretty fucking dense. Also, instead of standing up for the limp wristed and rather isolated Brown, why not actually run with the facts and question his abuse of his powers and position. Dim post for dim minds

    • karol 46.1

      And what would those “facts” be? I’ve linked to a few in my post. micky savage has more in his post today.

      So lets have some of your “facts” – or don’t you have any?

      If you are so concerned with abuse of powers, why aren’t you asking questions about many of the councillors, including Quax? Why aren’t you questioning the whole anti-democratic set up of Hide’s super city?

      There is plenty of evidence of the Herald, especially the Herald editors’ lean to the right. Some of it is referred to in my post; some of it is in comments above re-the relative treatment of right wing pollies who have abused their power and position.

      So where are your “facts” on that?

    • Draco T Bastard 46.2

      Haven’t seen the NZHerald calling for John Key to resign despite his lies to the country.

  47. captain hook 47

    The Herald seems to think that just because of an acident of geography and they have the largest circulation that they are the best newspaper in New Zealand.
    That is not the case and they have always been an inferior rag and the least of the four main centres.
    Now they have conspired with blubber guts to unleash a horde of virgaos and haridans in what is nearly civil disorder.
    shame on them.

  48. Rich 48

    The next left government will need to address the monopoly, foreign ownership of our media.

    They probably should keep quiet until the election and then pass, under urgency, a law forbidding foreign ownership of a newspaper, radio or TV station such that APN, Fairfax and Mediaworks will need to divest or close.

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    It's not bad strategy, it's not bad planning. It's not their fault at all. But unless the polls move dramatically in the next few months, the Greens are backed into an uncomfortable political corner. New Zealand First has them by the,...
    Pundit | 19-04
  • Varying explanations
    I had reason recently, in the context of discussion about a disingenuous lobby group peddling some of its “non-partisan” wares, to remember the quote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not...
    The Paepae | 18-04
  • Mighty River Rail: A Fresh Future?
    Looking at a number of separate but current issues got me thinking about the possibility of the return of passenger services on the existing rail lines through the Waikato. These include: The potential appeal of well connected and well designed...
    Transport Blog | 18-04
  • Global warming can’t be blamed on CFCs – another one bites the ...
    A paper published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B by the University of Waterloo's Qing-Bin Lu last year claimed that solar activity and human chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) emissions, not carbon emissions, could explain the observed global warming over the...
    Skeptical Science | 18-04
  • The Road Marking Dance
    A neat video showing two clearly experienced guys painting doing road marking. Note to AT, see how easy it is to mark a street, perhaps you could get some people doing the same thing but instead of saying BUS STOP...
    Transport Blog | 18-04
  • Boundary changes
    The new electorate boundaries which will govern the election came out yesterday, and I have now had a little time to digest the final changes. Here are my three reactions. 1. Meh One of the nice things about MMP is...
    Polity | 18-04
  • There are no human rights on a dead planet
    Yesterday I spoke at the International Association of Democratic Lawyers congress in Brussels. In the audience there were over 500 hundred progressive lawyers from over 50 countries. Many of these lawyers focus on human rights issues. I called on the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 18-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Date of Release: Friday, April 18, 2014Body:  The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions."Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    First Union Media | 17-04
  • Could this man be Prime Minister of New Zealand?
    If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know that I have in the past written some pretty scathing posts on Labour’s Shane Jones. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’ve dismissed him not only as...
    Brian Edwards | 17-04
  • Movies, feminism and postfeminism
    So, a confession: I've never really liked biographical movies about women I otherwise admire. I'm not entirely sure why - there's something about the cliches they indulge in, the Hollywood-isation. (She lapses into total vagueness revealing, yet again, that she...
    The Hand Mirror | 17-04
  • Barabbas – An Easter Story
    "All I know is that he died and I live. Maybe it’s what lies at the heart of that day."  “YOU’RE A HARD MAN TO FIND!”, exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine upon the table. “I’ve...
    Bowalley Road | 17-04
  • Low Traffic Forecast For Costly Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz Previously I pointed out that the NZTA produced...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To...
    Real Climate | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Judith Collins explains
    Judith Collins explains what really happened at that dinner, and why it's no big deal....
    Imperator Fish | 17-04
  • Citibanker: the age of renewables is here
    Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy...
    Hot Topic | 17-04
  • Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
    I did interviews on TV 3 and Radio NZ about the drone strike that killed a Kiwi dual citizen in Yemen last year. There are many questions raised by the incident, but time constraints precluded addressing all of them. The...
    Kiwipolitico | 17-04
  • Photo of the Day: Lorne St
    A quick shot of Lorne St in front of the library. It appears Brobdingnagian gardeners have dropped by with some seriously big pot plants. I love them! About the only criticism I every heard about the shared space in Lorne...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • National: American lickspittles
    Yesterday we learned that America had murdered a New Zealand citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. Today, the government was closely quizzed about its views on this in Parliament. Steven Joyce (standing in for the PM) was very clear:...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • A $130 million gift to the rich
    When the government announced that it was selling off Genesis Energy, it deliberately underpriced it, with a discounted price, generous bonus scheme, and huge dividend. And today that has had the expected result, with Genesis shares leaping almost 20% on...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • New Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Labour’s manufacturing plan
    David Cunliffe has launched Labour's policy to get more manufacturing jobs back in New Zealand: Labour leader David Cunliffe launched the policy to an Auckland business audience this morning, adding the depreciation and procurement policies to the known suite of...
    Polity | 17-04
  • Easter PT shutdown
    It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works. Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break....
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts
    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Against secret "justice" in NZ
    Last year, in response to a series of court cases challenging its control orders or claiming compensation for human rights abuses by its intelligence services, the UK passed the Justice and Security Act 2013. The Act introduces a "Closed Material...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Massey chancellor sets up company in opposition to university
    Massey Chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the board of a company that intends to be New Zealand’s largest private training provider (PTE)...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Gibbs, Hayek, Canterbury and the free market for degrees
    The New Zealand Herald notes that philanthropist Alan Gibbs is about to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury today. One of the many institutions Alan Gibbs has donated his money to...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day
    As readers will know, I have long embraced the internet music revolution. The ability to discover and download new things pretty much as they're being made has reinvented and refreshed my lifelong relationship with popular music. But I still really...
    Public Address | 16-04
  • Great Sorkin Parody
    Aaron Sorkin (SportsNight, The West Wing, The Newsroom) makes a very particular style of TV. Some good parts to that, some really silly parts. Amy Schumer' Comedy Central parody of Sorkin is pitch-prefect and hilarious. Enjoy: Inside Amy SchumerGet More:...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Photographic proof
    Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and...
    The Hand Mirror | 16-04
  • Our future lies in science
    This is not a column on global warming, climate change or whether humans are or aren’t having an impact....
    Pundit | 16-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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