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On the Pike Report

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 pm, November 5th, 2012 - 99 comments
Categories: Mining, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

I’ve got to say I’m pleased to see the recommendations of the Pike River report and the fact that it looks like the government will be putting them in place.

I’m not so happy about the reaction to the the resignation of Kate Wilkinson. She’s not brave, and her losing the labour portfolio doesn’t change the fact that the government that blocked changes that would quite likely have stopped the pike tragedy from happening.

This is about more than just Kate Wilkinson. It’s about a political and business culture that has turned concerns for health and safety into a “political correctness gone mad” joke – at a cost of the lives and limbs of Kiwi workers.

It’s not a joke I find funny at all. Certainly not as funny as Gerry Brownlee did when the government kicked mine safety changes to touch:

99 comments on “On the Pike Report”

  1. karol 1

    That video of Gerry Brownlee is damning – and very sobering.  I hope he also is held to account for such a cavalier attitude to health and safety.

    • Red Rosa 1.1

      +1

      No doubt there are gaps in Labour’s record up to 2008. But that report, and his rubbishing of it, puts Brownlee right on the spot. He opened Pike River and has been Minister of Energy and Resources (though not demonstrating much of either) since 2008 to date.

      • Fortran 1.1.1

        Trevor, Trevor come out wherever you are !
        Why did you sign off the agreement to the opening of the Pike River Mine when you were Miniister of Labour, if it was unsafe ?

  2. Wilkinson’s resignation is like a slap with a wet bus ticket,a non event,her work load just
    got less, the real heads that should roll are hiding behind her.
    What i can see comming is huge costs being awarded to families of the victims, through
    various sources involved in this,those costs will be massive.
    My thoughts and love go out to the families of the pike river victims.

    • Jackal 2.1

      Yes! Considering the Commissions findings, I think there could well be a claim by the families that National will drag through the courts with even more delay tactics. They won’t simply admit their wrongdoing, as Key’s trying to shift blame solely onto the company yesterday demonstrated.

      Gerry Brownlee thought Labours review on mine safety was a joke… Well nobodies laughing now. In the cold light of day and with the facts at hand, Brownlee should be gone before lunchtime. He won’t be, mainly because John Key is a spineless worm without any intention of holding Ministers to a higher standard.

      I sometimes wonder how these neo-liberal fucktwits live with themselves?

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        I sometimes wonder how these neo-liberal fucktwits live with themselves?

        Psychopaths feel neither guilt nor shame.

      • Reagan Cline 2.1.2

        The owners of the Pike River Coal Company are responsible for the lack of safety measures on their property that led to the disaster.

        • OneTrack 2.1.2.1

          Dont spoil a good opportunity to moan about the nacts. I blame Simon Lusk and Crosby Textor.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.2

          Reagan – I agree entirely: it’s time to get the Pike River company directors and to get Whittall on the stand for manslaughter.

          Do you think National will front up and push through measures to allow this?

          • karol 2.1.2.2.1

            Yes.  Finlayson said in the House today that he is considering corproate manslaughter.  But, of course, the government is happy to put all the blame on Pike River.  It shifts the focus from their contribution to the disaster.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.2.1.1

              Ahh. In this case, I think it would actually be suitable and lasting penance for the National Government.

              Such an addition to the Crimes Act (along with another one, Corporate Ecocide) would have far reaching impacts on enforcing corporate responsibility.

              Sentencing must involve custodial sentences, not just wet bus ticket fines.

          • PlanetOrphan 2.1.2.2.2

            From memory there was a lot of talk about the inspectors being given the run around when they were there, so it is likely that a prosecution is in the pipeline, The Gnat’s are gauging the wind at the mo.

            The company has a lot to answer for, but as those inspectors where aware of the issues for a long time prior, the Gnats’ have a large amount of culpibility to answer for as well.

            From memory they were trying to get acces to the mine for a year or more and were “Held” up at the gate etc everytime.

    • North 2.2

      Kate “Gone For A Skate” Wilkinson – it’s a bloody stunt – nothing less.

      Meant to show how seriously and earnestly Dunnokeyo’s Cabinet of Higher Standards takes the concept of “responsibility”. And all these eggs are nutting on about how she did the “honourable” thing.

      Utter bullshit !

  3. xtasy 3

    In early 1992 I left NZ very disillusioned, after 10 years of a struggle here, to work, make a living and trying to survive. Back in Europe I got a real “shock” about how living standards there had improved substantially, while I slaved my butt off in little NZ for next to nothing for years.

    After a brief stint back here, I spent time in Europe until early 1997, then returned, to find challenges again, wages still dirt low, hardly worth making any effort for, I trained, got work and slugged it out. Things were not easy, and as over 3 years not much was gained, I was off to Europe again in mid 2000. I got a job there after months, got other jobs later, but it was not easy. So hearing about the supposed “economic boom” in 2004, I thought that NZ finally got itself sorted and came back with hopes.

    Most hopes were dashed soon, then came the slump and recession, and so it went downhill.

    I had been through the “reforms” of Douglas, supported by slime face Prebble, tolerated by Labour and pushed through relentlessly in late 1980s and early 1990s. I was told by Shipley to put in a vege garden if the cut benefit would not pay my way, so I tried that.

    In the end, I had enough of all the shit. NZ has been a repeated bull-shit story to me and many other migrants. Being a “loyal” sort I mostly stuck it out and struggled on, while many other migrants said: “Nuff of this shit!” So they and many Kiwis moved on.

    Where are we now? We had “reforms” that “liberalised” building standards and led to leaky building issues costing NZ billions for years to come. We had the abolition of safety standards in mining and other areas, costing people bad health, accidents, and in some cases death.

    Now, finally, some idiots up top start to realise, after 29 deaths of innocent, hard and honest working miners died, to face the tunes and accept, they have to improve working conditions in mines again.

    NZ is to many I know a total laughing stock, that is overseas, mostly. It has gone down the liberalisation, freeing up bull-shit road for decades, which made some filthily rich, and which destroyed endless other people’s lives.

    So now some may believe this is a turning point. I am afraid, it is just more “cosmetics” by a rat bag, rotten, rich capitalist elite class serving servile merchant government, that has NO soul, NO morals, NO integrity, and that NEVER should have been allowed to run the show in this country. I am bloody angry, and I am NOT ALONE!

    • thatguynz 3.1

      +1000
       
      No you are not alone and you are also very very correct.  People need to realise that this malaise isn’t a left/right issue – both “sides” of the house sip from the same Kool-Aid…  This is a perpetuation of what has been proven to be a very very nasty orthodoxy (albeit highly successful for those that were meant to benefit) that values wealth over people and profit over morals and ethics.
       
      People wonder about the erosion of society and humanity over the past thirty years yet can’t make the mental leap to determining either how and why it has occurred, much less potential options to resolve it.
       
      I truly love my country.  I have no desire to leave and take advantage of the current favourable conditions of out nearest neighbour – god knows that they are on more of a slippery slope than us only they haven’t quite figured that out yet.  I want nothing more than to see this country return to a place where my children can grow up and raise their future children in a peaceful, congenial and fair society that values them as individuals more than it values them as consumers. 
       
      Utopian? – youbetcha.  Realistic? – probably not with any of the existing talking heads within the house, on either “side”.
       
      Just my 2c..

  4. asd 4

    The ironic thing here is that Jenny Shipley, Ruth Richardson and Jim Bolger along with the rest of the early 90s National Governments cabinet are all liable and should be made culpable and accountable for the changes they instigated and legislated for that deregulated the mining industry and relaxed mining inspections in the Labour department at that time. Helen Clarke is also implicitly responsible too for not tightening up the Labour departments regulations when she took over. Kate Wilkinson is just the “fall guy” so it looks as if someone has taken responsibility. Once again past (and current) neo-liberal policy makers take NZ down to new lows.

    • xtasy 4.1

      tarrring and feathering comes to mind, for all the gang(s), starting there, including Douglas, Prebble (traitors), now Brash, Key and consorts, what a great carnival atmosphere within a new, modern day Queen Street “riot” would that be? Even MSM may come out and take a glimpse!

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      I can only reiterate what I said earlier: If a government passes laws that results in predictable deaths then they should be done for murder. It really is as simple as that and none of this resigning to get away with it either.

      Time to have an accountable government.

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        Indeed. And if a private sector firm structures things in a similarly predictably harmful way their directors should be done too.

      • insider 4.2.2

        That’s a Ken Ring like nonsense. Anyone loon or vested interest can ‘predict’ deaths and then claim vindication if something, even if unrelated, happens. We’d never have a minister of transport or health on that measure.

        • Jackal 4.2.2.1

          What you should have said is that it’s less likely any government would pass or remove legislation that reduced safety in the workplace. The fact that they could be held personally responsible for their decisions would hopefully be more compelling than the funds industry lobbyists throw around.

        • Colonial Viper 4.2.2.2

          That’s a Ken Ring like nonsense.

          Sorry mate, you’re excusing gross negligence here, expecting competence and thoroughness when lives are on the line is not superstition. Asshole.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2.3

          If the government has been told by the relevant ministry and/or independent source that indications are that the law changes that they’re contemplating could result in more death and they put them through anyway and then such a death occurs they should be held accountable.

        • karol 4.2.2.4

          Someone in the Urgent Debate today – probably Andrew Little –  said, when businesses try to cut safety corners, they are more likely to do so on things that would cause occasional accidents.  i.e. they are less likely to cut back on things that would be noticeable in accidents daily.

    • mike e 4.3

      Doug Kidd , Bill Birch and Mad Max Bradford should all face manslaughter charges as they were the labour ministers who did away with mine safety!

      • insider 4.3.1

        But mine safety in terms of fatalities improved throughout the 90s and 2000s

        • mike e 4.3.1.1

          Thats because most underground mines were closed, and most of the underground coal mines were operated by solid energy which have a much higher standard and experience!
          Shifting the blame is the name of your game!

        • Colonial Viper 4.3.1.2

          But mine safety in terms of fatalities improved throughout the 90s and 2000s

          No it didn’t; if it had we wouldn’t have the problems which led to Pike River deaths.

          Just because you can’t see the house rotting underway underneath doesn’t mean its not happening.

  5. AmaKiwi 5

    Our system of government is dysfunctional. Elected dictatorship is the root cause of the Pike River disaster.

    Dictator Jim Bolger (with Ruth Richardson) came to power in 1990 and 2 years later scrapped health and safety regulations. Our dysfunctional system provided no way we could stop them. Trying to reason with them was pointless. The dictatorship of the day is all powerful. In 2008, a review found a need for major improvements in mine safety. But a year later we have a new dictator who ignores the recommendations. The dictator ignores workers’ protests.

    The dictatorship of the day acts with impunity, trashing whatever it wants. The costs are enormous. The current dictators have decimated the Dept. of Conservation. Tens of millions of dollars of damage has been done, much of it irreparable. They staged a coup d’etat, destroying local government for 1.5 million Aucklanders. They took control over Christchurch.

    Our so-called “prime ministers” are elected dictators. Labour dictators have also done whatever they pleased and the public be damned. The fault is not with particular parties, it is with the system that gives them unbridled power.

    Each new dictatorship believes its divinely inspired ideology requires it to tear apart our school system, health system, local bodies, and everything else 61 wankers take a fancy to re-inventing.

    We must have a more intelligent, more democratic form of government. If Parliament passes a bill the people should be able to veto the bill in a referendum. Under veto referendums, in 1992 miners and workers would have had a chance to collect enough signatures to force a referendum. Then they could take their case to the voters, to ask the people to reject the cuts to health and safety made by Dictators Bolger and Richardson.

    Veto referendums is my suggestion. When parliament passes a law, we, the people, have 3 months in which to collect signatures from 2% of the voters. If we get those signatures, a referendum must be held to decide if the bill will become law. The referendum is BINDING. If we vote “no” the bill is dead. If we vote “yes” it becomes law.

    If we vote “no” asset sales, the sales are stopped. WE should be able to decide if Christchurch loses control over its planning, what changes will be made to MMP, if pubic public lands will be mined, if the holiday highway will be built, if government departments are put into a blender for Stephen Joyce to destroy, if our soldiers go to Afghanistan.

    This is our God damn country, NOT theirs. 61 wankers should not have dictatorial control over 4.4 million people.

    Veto referendums.

    [lprent: fixed typo. ]

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      The fault is not with particular parties, it is with the system that gives them unbridled power.

      QFT

      • aerobubble 5.1.1

        Today, in the house, Mallard asked why National had shelved a mines inquiry on entering government, that would have return mine check officers to mines. The Attorney General
        grew laughter when he replied, Labour had failed to do anything about the matter.

        This isn’t about power, its about ethics, the governing party, on the day a minister resigned a portfolio, still doesn’t get the gravity, that 29 died due to deregulation. That deregulation they as a party espoused that led to leak homes costing billions to our economy, to 115? who died in
        CTV building due allegedly to a lax attitude to checking credentials of a civil engineer (buildings
        destroyed by earthquake should not collapse entirely).

        No, this all about the Key government view.

        Sociopaths get jobs too, indebted managers are working today
        across industries, a civil engineer has even been known
        to fake their credentials (CTV), its astonishing that Key cannot
        imagine that putting total faith in trusting industry to protect
        safety employees because ‘companies don’t want to lose lives
        and profitability’ is the worse type of cop out since its
        obvious even competent ministers miss problems and so resign,
        individuals do put profit over safety, people do make profit
        pledges to win elections, or contracts to build world class mines,
        and even sociopath do allegedly fake civil engineering degrees that
        are use to construct a building that killed people.

        Yet still Key endorses the lax lazy attitude it’ll be okay to allow
        industries across the nation to put safety over profit.

        But worse, its not the first disaster in industry due to lax regulation,
        that implemented worker protections removed by previous National
        governments at the pleadings of industry for efficiencies needs.

        When asked why his predecessor had scraped the union check officers
        in mining investigated by the last Labour government, the attorney
        general groom laugher from his over back benchers when he replied
        Labour had been ineffective. 14:40pm today in the House.

        Sorry, but they bleeding don’t care about the country.

        I was watching the excellent Scots History program on Choice TV,
        about how Scots having suffered from distance unresponsive governments
        from Westminister, forced out by clan ‘political correct’ over lords, left
        Scotland forever, to NZ, to Oz, to Canada and America. VERY MUCH like our
        currenct skilled crisis.

        The hands off government of Key, the lax lazy ethics, of trusting executives
        to be perfect managers over unions and workers, selecting winners if you will,
        is core to the problem, Key doesn’t believe he can do any wrong, the market
        will clean up after him (funny that, I thought clean up was a profit thing not
        a social cleanser.).

        • RedLogix 5.1.1.1

          I was watching the excellent Scots History program on Choice TV,
          about how Scots having suffered from distance unresponsive governments
          from Westminister, forced out by clan ‘political correct’ over lords, left
          Scotland forever, to NZ, to Oz, to Canada and America. VERY MUCH like our
          currenct skilled crisis.

          Yes, both of us watching it last night made exactly the same connection.

          Next question. Why do New Zealanders keep voting for governments that act against their own interests? (And this is not a phenomenon confined to this country.)

          1980. A crucial date. I believe it was when the hidden political persuaders mastered their dark art.

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.1

            The Left never evolved an appropriate or effective response. We were also short of well resourced, articulate leaders willing to stand for principle and for the people against corporate money.

            Even 30 years after the onset of neoliberalism when we know in detail both in theory and in practice why neoliberalism and free market capitalism is a total failure – the Left still has no strategy or ability to take its message to the wider public.

            White collar managers on $80K pa have been fooled into thinking that they are not really working class; blue collar workers on $40K pa have been taught how to despise those who are unemployed – even though they themselves may be in next months dole queue.

            The ethos of fuck you and your family Jack, because me and my family are doing OK is prevalent.

            • RedLogix 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes but why? You’ve posited this as a moral failure … on a mass scale.

              Part of me still connects this with the rapid decline of the non-fundamentalist churches in this time period. Cause or effect? I’m not sure. But there is no doubt that the core values which drove the reform and socialist movements of a century ago had their genesis in the social principles they were reading in their Bibles. They truly understood that they were indeed their brother’s keeper.

              Now there are many good reasons why the Churches have lost so much ground, much of it their own fault. But it’s come at a price … the ‘fuck you I’m alright Jack ethos’ is what we’ve been left with.

              Nor has science filled this moral vacuum.

              • karol

                Part of me still connects this with the rapid decline of the non-fundamentalist churches in this time period.
                 
                But the US has a load of fundies who are also into individualistic capitalism.  I think it has more to do with power of the elite to influence media, popular discourse and politics.  And the promise of continually new shiny consumer things to own, keeps people distracted.

                • Colonial Viper

                  power of the elite to influence media, popular discourse and politics.

                  Of course, these are also key parts of the puzzle. The elite have the resources to try multiple angles and multiple combinations, to keep what works and improve and change what doesn’t.

                  You can see it in how CT evolves National Party spin lines over the first 72 hours of some major event or crisis unfolding.

                  The guys at the top of the right wing pile aren’t necessarily that smart or hard working – but they have the money and the institutions to keep legions of very smart, very hard working people on call, on their behalf.

              • Colonial Viper

                RL – people need beliefs in their life. If it wasn’t belief in the church or in community, then it was in consumerism, free markets or ego power.

                Yes but why? You’ve posited this as a moral failure … on a mass scale.

                More like moral ignorance. Once it becomes normalised – indeed, idolised – to pursue wealth at the cost of all else, even those around you, the societal norm is to participate and do the same.

                The typical upper middle class dinner party in the 2000’s…chatting away about all the best ways to negatively gear your property investment portfolio, avoid taxes, the next up and coming suburb to buy into, when the right time to flip a property on was, etc.

                Discussion on the moral questions of today’s society and economy? Nah, all just rats in the maze trying to impress other rats.

          • aerobubble 5.1.1.1.2

            Murdoch. Cheap Oil fueled a false sense of ability amongst managers, that they were making the right decisions. Murdoch-Thatcher abstracted this movement into modern neoliberalism.

            Now we’ve hit peak oil the market signals can’t be hidden behind media-government blather.
            Basically our own public life has been saturated by turd blossoms.

    • prism 5.2

      Amakiwi
      Good points. Needs to be said then repeated till understanding is reached by all or nearly all. 80/20 would do fine.

    • KJT 5.3

      http://kjt-kt.blogspot.co.nz/2011/06/democracy-recap.html

      http://kjt-kt.blogspot.co.nz/2011/10/democracy-repris.html

      It would be nice if we had Democracy.

      Like these people. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1435383/How-direct-democracy-makes-Switzerland-a-better-place.html

      Unfortunately we have the peculiar arrogance of politicians, who think that 61 people have the right to make decisions, that the rest of us have to suffer for, without any regard to our wishes or taking any responsibility.

      It applies to both the left and right. Both would rather be dictators for three years than allow us to make our own decisions.

      As NRT said once. “Even if it is the wrong decision it is ours to make”.
      Though, evidence from countries with a real degree of democracy, and from business studies, strangely enough, shows that, on the whole, the more people involved in the decision making the better.

      Representative democracy is a contradiction in terms. There is no such thing. Being graciously allowed to change our dictators every three years, by vote, is no different from the banana republics, who at least had the satisfaction of shooting the last lot of incompetents.

  6. AmaKiwi 6

    Correction: The second to the last paragraph should say, “if public lands will be mined,” not “pubic” lands.

    It’s late. The mind wanders. (Freud is smiling.)

  7. fender 7

    As that baffoon Brownlee illustrates in that clip, this pack of Nact children are unable to engage in any serious debate about anything. The way they conduct themselves is pathetic, they seem to have this strange notion that governing is a chance to play standup comedy. They are clearly deluded if they think anybody believes they are either clever or funny, or will ever have a future in the entertainment industry.

    It’s time these batshit Key clowns were marched out of the beehive, taken down to the comedy stage and presented with their rotton tomatoes and other refuse they so greatly deserve.

  8. vto 8

    Key – what a pathetic effort at answering Campbell Live’s probing questions. Key had not a clue.

    Wilkinson – good riddance. Fuck off back to your farm and continue your flawed ways out of the way.

    Brownlee – Buffoon. His attitude in that vid displays perfectly the deadly flaws in National party unthinking.

    English and Carter – evil doers in stealing NZ’s resources for their voters through tyranny and lack of democracy.

    Government – fucking fools. Do not trust them to run the rules and do not trust them to set the rules.

    Authority – in cahoots with the above lot. Fuck them and their dangerous and cavalier attitudes to law and society.

    shrink to your own smaller communities folks… there aint no trust, competence or safety out there in the wider nation…

  9. karol 9

    Drill it, mine it, sell it Gerry Brownlee – champion of deregualtion of the mining industry.  
     
     
     
     
     
     

  10. Tracey 10

    Gerry Brownlee has some actual complicity in this, to my knowledge Wilkinson doesn’t. So, throw another female to the wolves National… Strange that Bennett gets to stay…. no blokes want that job in National???

    This all contradicts the notion being peddled that it’s so hard to start mines in NZ. Labour let this one start, Gerry opened it, and the company was left to do it how it liked. Hardly hard. Then, it went under when the times got hard. Whittal is not lacking for work… like the banks, this is just a blip, business as usual soon enough.

    • weka 10.1

      Bennett is for all intents and purposes a man. That’s why she has so much power currently. The fact that she is physically a woman works in NACTs favour. Nothing like dressing up power and corruption in a woman’s body. It confuses people about what women’s power is and makes out that there is no other way of being. It’s perfect they put her in charge of welfare. This is the exact same dynamic as Shipley, Richardson, Thatcher… tools of the patriarchy (in both senses of the word).
       
      Not sure about Wilkinson. Someone commented yesterday that she had direct involvement in decisions that lead to the disaster.

  11. ianmac 11

    Brownlie-Finland + Brownlie-Underground Mining Safety= A really funny guy.

  12. ianmac 12

    What was the date of the 60minutes program?

  13. prism 13

    Kate Wilkinson resigning can be looked at from a number of viewpoints. One is to ask how often do ministers take responsibility for what they do when it has bad effects? There is no real sanction for them carrying out some policy that will kill people, or allow financial predators, or the government itself, to strip people of their savings.

    So Kate W has thought – why should I be the patsy? It is for polynesian ministers to be taken to task, and then to Court, for mishandling the role of wise, trusted agent for the people, not me.

    • ianmac 13.1

      Prism “It is for polynesian ministers to be taken to task, and then to Court, for mishandling the role of wise, trusted agent for the people, not me.”
      I don’t get it. Polynesian???

  14. prism 14

    ianmac
    I was thinking of politicians being held to account and Taito Phillip Field came to mind.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taito_Phillip_Field

    He was held to account but it doesn’t happen very often, and I did think that there might be more inclination for the hounds to sniff out certain targets rather than others with wider influence and bigger pockets.

  15. Fortran 15

    After the next election there will be no more mining, of any sort, in New Zealand – so why worry.
    Russel will see to it.

    • Na Russel wants factories and Kiwi Saver – which equals growth, no mining no growth

    • Tracey 15.2

      yea Fortran what a bastard that Normnan is, wanting workplaces to be safe for people… doesn’t he know it impacts the bottomline…. oh wait, having killed 27 people impacted the bottom line quite a lot for pike river coal too.

      I was in greymouth the day the suits from Pike River were in the pub celebrating the go ahead for the mine… I wonder when the last time they stepped intot hat pub was?

  16. Jenny 16

    The coal powered steam roller crushes all before it.

    “Race for coal production exposed Pike River workers to risks” Scoop News.

    When it comes to the huge amounts of money that can be made from mining coal for export, the sickly smell of corruption is beginning to permeate the State

    As corruption and greed effectively killed these workers, corruption and greed is also required to kill our planet.

    The political Corruption pressure and greed at the highest levels of the State on behalf of the coal industry is starting to form an obvious pattern.

    As Solid Energy hires private investigators and agent provocateurs with taxpayers money to spy and infiltrate environmental groups. (even under a Labour administration)

    As the high court has ruled ‘out of order’ any testimony relating to climate change in the Denniston hearings.

    As a government department department charged with protecting the environment orders their staff not to be involved in any voluntary scientific investigation of the Denniston Plateau even in their own time.

    DOC staff banned from ‘Denniston bio-blitz’

    The First two examples of corruption in the State speak for themselves. In the last it might be asked:

    What legal, or moral right have DOC got, to order staff not attend a voluntary “Bio-blitz” even as private citizens. Even threatening them with disciplinary action, (possibly resulting in dismissal), if they do the investigative work that they are supposedly paid to do?

    The bioblitz will involve volunteers and scientists scouring the plateau to create a snapshot of its animal inhabitants and ideally discover new species, before a planned 200ha opencast coalmine goes ahead.

    DoC staff had been advised by head office that it “would not be appropriate for them to attend the bioblitz”, said Buller area manager Bob Dickson.

    He had not received any negative feedback from staff about the directive.

    DoC spokesman Rory Newsam said because one of the aims of the event was to encourage public pressure on DoC to decline Bathurst Resources’ mining application, it was inappropriate for staff to attend, even in a private capacity.

    What on Earth?

    I didn’t know that interests of Bathurst resources were of any concern to DOC, surely their first priority is to protecting the natural environment?

    So is DOC an independent body of the state concerned with the protection of the natural environment, or a government and private sector stooge?

    The corrupt standover tactics employed by DOC against their staff on behalf of Bathhurst’s application to mine Denniston couldn’t be more blatant.

    “As public servants, it is inappropriate for DoC staff to be involved in an activity that forms part of a clearly stated campaign to change Government policy and we have simply reminded staff of this fact,” said Mr Newsam.

    The political affiliations of DOC workers in their own time should be their own business. And if it doesn’t affect their work, not a cause for disciplinary action, in itself.

    Would these threats be acted on if DOC workers did volunteer work for the environment in their own time for the Greens, or even the Labour Party?

    After all, these organisations also “campaign to change government policy”

  17. karol 17

    Darien Fenton got an Urgent Debate on the Pike River Report in the House this afternoon. She has referred to that Gerry Brownlee performance in the House as shown in the video above.  She sounds quite emotional in her speech.

    The cost-cutting NAct government denied inspectors the money for travel to inspect mines.

    A long litany of damning behaviour by our current government.

    • Banks is speaking and has been talking about people he had employed who essentially caused the accidents.

      He is obviously operating on Planet Banks today. 

      • karol 17.1.1

        Banks made himself look pretty clueless as a businessman/employer.  His sole strategy to H&S seemed to be to tell his employees once a practice was wrong, then be surprised that they didn’t get the message. 

  18. joe90 18

    Interesting to compare the outcomes following Pike River killings and the methane explosion in the Upper Big Branch mine which killed 29 men.

    The then superintendent of the Upper Big Branch mine has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the federal government and despite the company paying a $210 million settlement with more court action likely there are calls for the CEO and board of the mine owners to be prosecuted.

    Whittall will probably be shown the wet bus ticket while Dow and his board ride off into the sunset.

    • vto 18.1

      exactly joe90, where is John Dow?

      What has he got to say on the report?

      Has the chairman of the company made any statement?

      Is John Dow hiding like a chicken shit coward?

      Why is he not fronting?

      Why is he hiding?

      His company committed manslaughter.

  19. fisiani 19

    The opposition comments in Parliament today are absolutely disgusting. Exploiting the grief of 29 families for political gain is just disgusting.

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Oh Fisi save us your crock tears.

    • joe90 19.2

      Yeah, terrible that a government be taken to task over the cancellation of a review that would have saved lives.

    • McFlock 19.3

      Manage to keep your face straight as you typed it, fis?

    • karol 19.4

      And Finlayson & Banks, not accepting the failure of deregulation and their role in it is disgraceful.  Banks gave a load of anecdotal flannel about his experiences as a restaurant employer.  Videos here.
       
      Mallard said that the 1990 changes weere wrong and that the changes his government made to the laws in 2003 were not good enough, as a subsequent accident showed.  That is why they were working on tightening the regulations. He was very critical of Wilkinson’s rejection of the changes they and others recommended.
       
      Andrew Little gave an excellent speech with gravitas and was well-informed.  He talked of the need to re-empower unions, change the laws and improve funding for the check inspectors.
       
      I’m just watchinga recording of Brownlee crying crocodile tears for the dead and bereaved.  Darien Fenton.

      • mickysavage 19.4.1

        Aye I was proud to be a Labour Party member today.  Andrew Little gave a great speech.  His comment about how he turned up on the coast and saw 5 PR spin doctors for the company there explained why the MSM thought that Whittall was a great guy.  He should have been pilloried.

        And (cough cough) Trevor Mallard gave a great speech.  He very gently but directly addressed the Government and the decision to shelve the review of mine safety that Labour had started.  It was introspective, he wondered if he should have done more, but it also skewered the Government.

        On ya Trev. 

        • Colonial Viper 19.4.1.1

          :) Yeah nice work from Labour today. Thumbs up team.

        • vto 19.4.1.2

          Yep, just listened to Andrew Little’s speech. He made a very powerful point when he asked where the NZ business community was in commenting on Pike River and the state of health & safety in the workplace. Andrew noted that everytime workers rights are attacked or reduced the business community comes out beating its drum loud and clear, and yet here when 29 of the business community’s workers are killed dead they are dead quiet. Disgusting.

          Where is Business New Zealand?

          Where is John Dow?

          Chicken-shit disgusting cowards.

          One thing Andrew didn’t get right I think was he said this is not a time for blame. In fact it is exactly the time for blame. It is the time to point the finger at the people, at the organisations, at the policies and philosophies. The evidence has been heard and the conclusion reached. Blame needs to be sheetd home at some point and this its it. And everybody sees where the blame lies…

    • Tracey 19.5

      I recall when you wanted no investigators at that mine immediately following the explosion Fisiani… that was disgusting too apparently. However, had that not happened most of the documentation around this would have been destroyed. That you shamelessly feign to purport on the familie’s behalf to say what is exploitation ill behooves you. What about the company that exploited 29 men to death???

  20. Dv 20

    In Qtime HT NRT
    Rt Hon JOHN KEY: I think that is a ridiculous statement. That is saying that a company is prepared to risk the deaths of its employees and the reputation of the company for the sole purpose of making money, and even from the most hardened socialist I find that something difficult to believe. In the case of the Pike River mine, let us argue just for a moment that the Pike River Coal company was halfway through its mining operations, and was a successful operation that was operating well. An explosion of the magnitude that took place back in 2010 would have then completely and utterly collapsed that company. That would have made no economic sense to anyone.

    HUH
    I thought the mine DID explode and the company DID collapse.

    What a really really weird comment.

    • karol 20.1

      Here: yes it’s part of  the government putting all the blame on the company, except for where they can say Laour was just as bad.

      • Red Rosa 20.1.1

        Absolutely. NRT is worth ten opposition MPs’ by himself.

        http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/

        I’d have thought that the leader of a party which began at Blackball, not far from Pike River, and is himself well distant from any possible blame, might have shown some indignation…fury…gumption….but not on TV3 tonight.

        Kevin Haigh deserves credit for provoking such a typical slippery Key response.

        and Trevor Mallard also…said what needed to be said.

        • karol 20.1.1.1

          Excellent post by NRT.  Typical once-over-lightly from TV3 and Garner.  He avoided mentioning the strong criticism by the opposition of Brownlee, Key and Wilkinson’s past behaviour that supported the inadequate regulation of mines.
           
          Garner was all congrats to Key for managing the situation so it’s put to bed quickly by sacking, having Wilkinson resign her portfolio.  According to Garner this leaves the opposition without a target. He said that the oposition didn’t call for Wilkinson’s total resignation from cabinet because ex-Labour government ministers are equally to blame – that’s Garner’s interpretation.
           
          But the opposition have bigger fish to fry than spending all their time on attacking the out-of-reach Wilkinson – she’s a bit of a scapegoat anyway. Instead in Qu time today, Shearer attacks the lax attitude to health and safety in Key’s cabinet.  Peters attacks the failure of government policy.  Hague attacks the neoliberal ideology of deregulation.

          Was Garner there or did he just get some junior to feed him the edited highlights?
           

        • Draco T Bastard 20.1.1.2

          Actual NRT link: Utterly, horribly wrong

      • Red Rosa 20.1.2

        Absolutely. NRT is worth ten opposition MPs’ by himself.

        http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/

        But I’d have thought that the leader of a party which began at Blackball, not far from Pike River, and is himself well distant from any possible blame, might have shown some indignation…fury…gumption….but not on TV3 tonight.

        That debate showed up some true colours.

        Kevin Haigh deserves credit for provoking such a typical slippery Key response. In fact, judging by the look of Key recently, he seems to be losing it big time.

        Andrew Little, Trevor Mallard also…said what needed to be said.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.2.1

          On Planet Key, free market companies safeguard employees lives, but in NZ they haven’t and many people have died.

      • felix 20.1.3

        karol, did you notice Key accidentally admitting that his govt, as regulator, is responsible for the disaster? I nearly tripped over when I heard it.

        Kevin Hague: Does he agree that the deregulation of occupational health and safety that occurred in the 1990s was the major factor in creating an environment where management at Pike River were able to ignore workers’ calls to improve safety; if not, why not?

        Rt Hon JOHN KEY: No. Let us take a step back. The primary responsibility of any company, when it comes to health and safety issues, rests with that company, so a good employer is always going to make sure that their employees are safe in the workplace. The role of a regulator is someone to ensure that the company is fulfilling its obligations, not to fulfil those obligations for the company. The company itself must do that. In the case of Pike River Coal, the company utterly failed.

    • gnomic 20.2

      ‘That is saying that a company is prepared to risk the deaths of its employees and the reputation of the company for the sole purpose of making money . . . .’

      Thus spake smirking batshit weasel man. I had thought he was not very bright, but this seems to be proof that John Key is an idiot as well as a knave. I expect we can safely assume that he has never read Upton Sinclair’s *The Jungle*.”Radical action must be taken to do away with the efforts of arrogant and selfish greed on the part of the capitalist.” So said Theodore Roosevelt and he was no fan of Upton Sinclair. Clearly this failed comedian has never read anything by B. Traven on the suffering of plantation workers.

      I expect too the weasel has never done any hard dangerous manual labour – perhaps someone can correct me on this point? Has he ever driven an old truck with no seatbelts through the Karangahake Gorge by night to make the company some money? Has he ever staggered under the weight of a sheet of gib across a building site? Has he got a clue about what the workers do?

    • Tracey 20.3

      “That is saying that a company is prepared to risk the deaths of its employees and the reputation of the company for the sole purpose of making money”

      The reort concluded they did just that. As for his suggestion that companies can’t be “stupid” he must have already forgotten the GFC and the financial industry meltdown.

  21. RedLogix 21

    The person most probably culpable in the political sense is Gerry Brownlee.

    Pike River Coal was conceived and permitted under Labour as a development project. The reasonable goal was to drive an exploratory shaft into the seam in order to determine what conditions they found and what would be required to turn it into a safe and productive mine.That was achieved.

    Even so plenty of people had sufficient cause for concern about the industry in general to push very hard for a major review and to push for a substantive re-regulation. But the new National govt in 2008 was entirely set against such a review. It was mocked in Parliament and dumped.

    More significantly the new government had made developing the mining industry a big priority. To the extent that tens of thousands of New Zealanders turned out in the biggest demonstrations since the Iraq war to protest the proposed desecration of our Conservation estate.

    This is why it was so important to Brownlee as Minister of Energy and Resources to open Pike River as a for the showcase the potential of the industry. Yet Pike was never ready to be a production mine. It was neither technically safe, nor was it fiscally feasible for a company with no other cash flow to develop to the point where it might have been.

    I believe that the cover-up that Bernie Monk and the families have encountered is all about deflecting attention from Brownlee’s role in this disaster. Even the most minimal, the lightest of regulatory oversight should have prevented Pike River from being turned into a production mine. I suggest that if someone looked hard enough there will be evidence of Ministerial interference. Interference to ensure, to enable the mine to proceed … against all reason.

    I suggest that given this government’s track record (Sky City? Snapper? ) this is a very plausible scenario.

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Brownlee has been keeping a very low profile. But in a very safe National seat, why would he be worth a convoluted protective strategy and expending political capital on?

      • RedLogix 21.1.1

        Because I suggest that the level of culpability is un-survivable, and might well take down Key as well.

    • Draco T Bastard 21.2

      That would require asking the right questions of the right departments via OIA.

  22. infused 22

    Interesting to note a few manufacturing places I do work for are now big on health and safety. Lots of updates going on around factories in loom of a big osh shakeup.

    • RedLogix 22.1

      And I guess that has to one of the big questions around Pike River. I’m personally very close to three people who are senior H&S people. All three of them have repeatedly expressed astonishment that this was allowed to happen. Even under the current regime.

      Even the most elementary processes where not followed. Such a comprehensive failure stinks of more than hubris and negligence.

  23. Bruce 23

    I totally agree with many views here. I cannot fathom the total failure that lead to 29 dead people on the job. China occasionally has mining disasters – it’s kind of expected of them in a way. Here we are year 2000+. We know what lead to this and many people know the timeline regarding the National Party and their efforts to cut costs (at least Labour tried to do something while last in power). Brownlee is a disgrace and so is Wilkinson.

    *The Pike bosses did what they did because they could get away with it*

    This is a prime example of why we have laws and also people (people with power) who enforce those laws – this is done through regular audits/inspections. There are far too many people getting injured and killed on the job in NZ at the moment and no job is worth dying for. Employers need to lift their game big time, I also concede that workers need to think about what they are doing, stop cutting corners (to brown-nose in many cases), and be prepared to say “No” to the boss if they think a task is unsafe. This brings up the issue of the 90 day no rights law and the issue that working people feel they have to make a good impression at any cost, especially in the first few days of the job.

  24. Bruce 24

    Furthermore, I propose there should be ‘No Go’ areas for politicians – absolutely enshrined areas of legislation that cannot be changed (particularly in the area of health and safety law). Cutting costs should not result in deaths.

  25. Tracey 25

    A mining consultant yesterday said he has NEVER seen this environment in a mine in a developed country. he then stated he has worked in Turkey and Russia(regarded as developing) and doesn’t see it there.

    This had to be wilful and deliberate policy of the company. The DOL turned a blind eye OR was denied funding to keep watch.

    I’m still waiting for the LIbertarianz to explain how in a fully derugulated society this type of company would act better than this.

    • mike e 25.1

      libitarianz answer would be there would be no mining because the number of miners dying would put people off doing mine work!

      • vto 25.1.1

        Libertarians and similar ilk are sheepishly quiet about this because it is like a blinding light to their philosophy.

        Hello Rodney Hide?

        Hello Roger Douglas?

        What say you of the cause of the death of these 29 men and its implications for your political philosophy?

        We hear nothing because they have no answer. Their brainwaves have been evaporated by this blast of blistering light.

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    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
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  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
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  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
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  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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