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Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 23rd, 2008 - 47 comments
Categories: corruption, john key, Media, youtube - Tags: ,

For those who missed it, here’s the video from last night’s One News investigation into John Key’s TranzRail dealings.

The first clip details Key’s abuse of his positition as an MP for personal financial gain, and the second clip has him lying about his shareholding, then quickly correcting himself when he realises he’s been busted.

47 comments on “One News footage”

  1. vto 1

    six of the last seven posts on key. ha ha funny.

  2. Tane 2

    It’s the big news of the day. The leader of the opposition has been caught lying and engaging in corrupt behaviour, seems fair enough. We’ll probably do stuff on this for the next few days, but somehow I don’t think we’ll reach Farraresque levels of obsession.

  3. IrishBill 3

    As we say, vto, you are more than welcome to start your own blog and post what you want there. In the meantime we will post what we want on ours. Any problem with that?

  4. Anita 4

    vto,

    Look on the bright side, at least the discussion about abortion is confined to one post. Imagine the joy of 6 out of 7 being hijacked by discussions about abortion :)

  5. Anita 5

    or retrospective validation legislation for that matter :)

  6. Anita 6

    But back on topic… does anyone know why the Herald is not covering this heavily? I found Poneke’s explanation of the Dompost’s front page really useful, does anyone have similar insight into The Herald?

  7. that expression at 40-43 seconds on the second clip.. revealing

    for those who are arguing Key might have forgotten how many shares he had note that he knows immediately how many shares he really had and the net monetary outcome.

    Also, this line he’s trying to run now: that he became aware that he had owned more shares only after this issue first came up a few months ago but no-one asked him exacly how many shares he owned and he should have gone back to the media but he didn’t… it doens’t add up. Key lied to Fran Mold’s face yesterday about the number of shares he had when he was asked and only admitted the truth when the truth was laid in front of him.

  8. randal 8

    Anita…its only a lie if the Herald says it is. they think they are little tin gods and their truths are that if Key lies then he has absolution bestowed upon him by the EDITOR. Hey its no good being a post modern joutrnlaist if you cant make it up as you go along.

  9. vto 9

    Ok folks I understand all of the above.

    But why get het up on a POSSIBLE decit / corruption / lie when there is already one PROVEN.

    and your govt is willing to keep him and his party on!

    Come on – apply your standards consistently. As Pierson said this morning “”But politics is the art of the possible, if letting him (Winston) keep his warrent bt removing his portfolios lets important legislation like meal breaks/breast feeding, waste minimisation, and the ETS pass then it’s an unfortunate price to pay.’

    So if it is acceptable for labour why would it not be acceptable for national?

  10. Paul Robeson 10

    P4? Potential free trade deal with the U.S.?

    and even the Democrats may may be not dismissing it out of hand.

    “a leading Democratic politician, Senate finance committee chairman Max Baucus, was reported by the NBR on Sept 12 as saying the US had to “re-engage’ with the Asia Pacific region on trade policy.”

    where are the good news bears at the Standard?

    The labour movement isn’t all about pooh and JK.

  11. randal 11

    because winnie is a homo sapiens sapiens and keys is a replicant.

  12. vto 12

    I’m not trying to antagonise or troll or etc in this I simply sincerely struggle to understand the two standards flying around on this site at the moment.

    I asked SP (to no avail) this earlier – thoughts approeciated..

    “SP, if you are unperturbed at having a minister effectively guilty of perjury in a labour govt in order to get laws through then why the f%@#k are you concerned about any other party establishing a govt with similar type crooks in its midst, as you intimate re Key’s share dealings?

    Really, the double standards espoused here come so thick and fast that I think you’ve become completely immune to the basic norms required in people responsible for administering a society.

    Tell me what I’m missing..

    and please don’t divert”

    [lprent: It is pretty easy. We do this in our spare time. Over the last couple of days the comments are coming thick and fast across multiple posts. Normally we have time to have a scan of all comments. But when you get a weeks worth of comments in a day (noon-noon) it gets a bit hard. You start to sample more and hope that the other moderators pick up on the ones you miss. If you hadn't noticed, SP prefers to post rather than moderate.

    However I'll make an attempt at answering. It is called having a uniform standard. If the 'right' wish to use a particular standard applying to Winston and NZF, then they have to accept that their members should be judged by their conformance to their own standard. It isn't anyone here setting the boundaries, it is Rodney Hide, John Key, David Farrar, etc.

    Since JK has now admitted that he misled parliament, then he should also get referred to the privileges committee in the same way as Winston was. Hopefully someone will also refer the matter to the SFO in the same way that Winston was. In the meantime posters here will refer to it as being possibly corruption until it is proved otherwise, in just the same manner that DPF has been doing (using the guilty until proved innocent legal standard). If nothing else, we'll have to do it until we're confident that DPF will follow up this in the same tenacious way that he has with Winston.

    If you set a standard, then you cannot discriminate where it applies. Since DPF et al probably will be hypocrites, posters here will probably just have to help them. ]

  13. Tane 13

    Paul. The good news bears are probably working. There’ll probably be something at some stage but bro, we’re a volunteer-run opinion site, not a news service.

  14. Tane 14

    vto. your gripe is with SP, no one else. Other posters and the site itself are not responsible for his personal political views.

    I’m sure he’ll get back to you in due course. Despite appearances he doesn’t sit by his computer all day arguing on The Standard.

  15. vto 15

    Tane, it is a view of SP’s shared quite obviously with others on here, as evidenced even by the mere existence of this thread. But it’s ok, the morning-long silence is answer enough.

    There are two standards that apply.

    I miss the whitebaiting and shall have to return. This is no substitute… bah.

  16. burt 16

    Where is the process Steve P. Where is Felix reminding us that due process must be followed… Oh that’s right – it’s OK when Labour do it.

    Anita

    Yes, retrospective validation was the first real insight of exactly what depths the Labour-led govt will go to protecting their grip on power.

  17. Draco T Bastard 17

    vto:

    Tell me what I’m missing..

    You’re missing the fact that what JK did bordered on insider trading and not just perjury. What JK did went much further than what WP did as he not only lied but also took action in his position as a MP that could possibly benefit himself.

    I happen to think that WP should be stood down although I also think that it wouldn’t make a lot of difference at this stage in the election cycle. Actually, thinking about it, JK should also be stood down as an MP.

    Anita:

    But back on topic does anyone know why the Herald is not covering this heavily?

    I think it’s because the NZ Herald is trying very hard to make Labour look bad. They’ve added another $40m to their Porkometer. Yep, according to the NZ Herald, spending money to improve our kids education is pork.

  18. infused 18

    “It’s the big news of the day. The leader of the opposition has been caught lying and engaging in corrupt behaviour,”

    Oh man, almost shat myself… Funny when it suits you eh.

  19. Billy 19

    what JK did bordered on insider trading

    You’re on your own there, Draco. Not even Cullen is willing to make that allegation.

  20. vto 20

    Draco, if what you say is right then ok he should be nailed. As WP should be nailed. If, that is. Not at that point yet.

    And that is my point – I think it is disgusting that WP continues given his proven conduct. Honestly, Clark has done nothing for quality governance during her term. She has lowered standards.

  21. Daveski 21

    1. Key has disappointed me again – he’s certainly not a smart operator (odd given his background) and does have HC’s political instincts or iron fist control.

    2. Likewise, many of the comments above show that the position adopted depends on who is involved, not what the issue is. Change the name from Key to Peters and the comments will change.

    So much for getting back to issues.

    At least we know we can’t trust any politician!

  22. Tim Ellis 22

    The first clip details Key’s abuse of his positition as an MP for personal financial gain

    I don’t think that clip says that at all Tane because it would be defamatory to make that claim. You are sailing very close to the legal wind by saying that.

    It doesn’t make sense that an MP who gives away his salary to charity would abuse his position for financial gain.

    [lprent: Lange vs Atkinson. It was an interesting decision (and I bet Joe liked the result). ]

  23. Felix 23

    burt I couldn’t agree more.

    It looks like pretty shonky behaviour from John Key but we should have a proper investigation and get to the bottom of this.

  24. Janet 24

    Why does JK shake his head when telling us something? Does that show he doesn’t really mean it? Any body language analysts out there?

  25. Matthew Pilott 25

    She has lowered standards…

    To the point where you can’t even see what Key is doing wrong, apparently.

  26. Bill 26

    janet.

    You mean like Bill or Ben from The Flowerpot Men? I think you might be on to something. None of the three has a single cohesive thought and all three exhibit head shaking traits.

  27. Billy 27

    I see Key has released all of the relevant material, including a statement from the trust’s broker about what was bought and sold and when.

    http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=28573

    I predict that, after some bluster in the house today, the whole thing will go away.

    Compare and contrast with Winsome’s handling of his issue.

  28. randal 28

    vto…winnie didn’t know what his lawyer was doing so therefore he is not guilty of anything even though he has to carry the can. Shonkey did know what he himself was doing and therefore they are two different things. furthermore winstons lawyer was accepting money on behalf of the party not for personal aggrandisement and enrichment while john key os proven corrupt cancersous and worst of all just plain venal qwhich in case you aare not aware means corruptly mercenary.

  29. Pascal's bookie 29

    “It doesn’t make sense that an MP who gives away his salary to charity would abuse his position for financial gain.”

    Does it make sense that such an MP would claim living allowances?

    People do things that don’t make sense all the time.

    Read a newspaper on any given day.

  30. randal 30

    we know that winnie isa bit slack when it comes to filling out the forms dtooint the I’s and crossing the t’s but that is the man. He is not an anal pathological grabber of anything he can get his hands on just so he can gloat and say,”THIS IS MINE” and nobody elses. there is a world of diference between a genuine mistake and a naked desire to own everything.

  31. Daveski 31

    Is Randal really Michael Cullen? Is that the 9th floor link? ;)

    [lprent: Nah - randal is randal.... Besides I don't think Cullen is on the 9th floor. And we don't have anyone here writing posts from parliament IP's. ]

  32. Holy shit,

    I just watched the clip in which he is asked about the shares.
    Sorry, but that was an ooh oops I’m F*&ked now moment.

    He also clearly states the he owned the second batch himself I don’t care what that little paper says. Anyone can make something like that and I prefer the Oh oops moment, no time to think often brings out the truth much better than a phone call to the PR outfit and a computer printout that can be manufactured by anybody. LOL.

  33. Daveski 33

    LP

    Not sure if anyone else has commented but heard a snippet on Nat Radio about the growing influence of the blogosphere and the impact on political journalism.

    I would assume an increasing amount of traffic from parliament IP’s as parties of all flavours look to monitor opinion?

    Definitely not trolling!!! But would be interested nonetheless.

  34. Billy,

    It goes like something like this:

    John knows he’s fucked up and calls Textor and Cosby.

    They ask him, “that broker of yours a reliable chap?”

    John thinks for a moment or so and says, “well I worked with him for a good couple of years and yeah I think he’s good for his word.”

    “OK”, say Cosby and Textor, “we’re sure he doesn’t want to loose your account. Are you with us John?”

    After a full minute the quarter drops and Slippery John phones his broker and says, “listen mate if you value my business you are going to send me the contracts and the account information all under my Trusts name.”

    And the broker says, “sure John no worries, I’m not going to let $ 50 million smackeronies walk out of my office for a couple of silly papers. What are friends for eh?”

    So he prints out a couple of contracts and the bill and whatever else Key wants and faxes them to John’s office, his minions put them on his website. Sorted.

    And the wonderfully naive Billies of NZ go for it. Isn’t ingnorance bliss.

    For the mean time I think I will believe my lying eyes if that’s OK with you. LOL.

    Francesca Mold is my hero.
    By the way according to the video the Share register was were the information about John Key owning shares in his own name came from. So again for the mean time I’m going to believe the share register over John Key’s Broker’s fakes/faxes.

    If you put something like this out on NZTV you really want to do you fact checking and you want to be 100% correct. Libel suits are not something they want to have to get into. So my money is on TVNZ having it right.

  35. lprent 35

    Daveski: There is definitely a presence coming in from parliamentary IP’s.

    Cumulative (back to the start of Feb) it is the order of 1.01% of page views. Last week it was 1.91% of page views. However as a point of comparison my old university otago is just behind it with about half the volume in both measures.

    I think that the major political influence is that there is considerable lurker traffic from journo’s. That is getting higher as more have their own blogs and have to produce posts more often.

    Of more interest to me
    MSIE 44.799%
    Firefox 32.597%
    Safari 13.123%

    Looks like IE is less than half of the browser views on this site now.

  36. Daveski 36

    Cheers Lynn

    I saw recently that Firefox has 25% of the general market which is amazing considering how ingrained IE is into Windows.

    As to the Nat Radio comments, the point was made that the blogs are contributing to more sophisticated political debate and the Standard undoubtedly contributes to that.

    I disagree with most of what is stated but in general there is vigorous debate here that is normally encouraged and supported so big ups to you and the team.

  37. Hi Iprent,

    Do their IP’s end with gov.nz?

    By the way I share that opinion with Daveski even though I disagree with most of what he says. Big kudo’s to you and the other Standardistas.

  38. lprent 38

    I do about 50% of my time in windows. So I use firefox (everything) or safari (mac/pc) or the google chrome (pc). The latter two are elegant and the last (apart from lack of flash) is awesome.

    Firefox goes across all platforms. So that is the default.

    The only time I open IE these days is after I’ve finished coding to the standards and open IE to fix its quirks where it deviates from standards (almost everywhere).

    Sources say that IE8 is going to be standards compliant.. I might start opening it more often – when I get the linux version :)

  39. lprent 39

    parliament.govt.nz

  40. Jeeves 40

    Traveller, I think it’s more likely that Fran Mold was mistaken. She thinks you can “own” a trust, so its quite likely that when she saw his name on the share register as trustee of the trust she didn’t realise it wasn’t him in his personal capacity.

  41. Daveski 41

    LOL travellerev :)

    Captcha – honest way (for a righty of course!)

  42. I-prent thanks,

    I have seen those in my stats too.

    No Jeeves, I don’t think so. She said that the labour researcher had found them and specifically makes the difference between the trust and the personal ones.
    Fran Mold struck me as a smart cookie and bringing these facts out are generally dissected by not just one journalist. It is likely that the labour party has had lawyers look at it to make sure that they could not get into a situation that could badly backfire and it is likely the same happened at the NZTV headquarters. This is not some rookie journalist stumbling on a bit of juicy news this was well prepared. The only one not prepared was John Key.

    This not your average little bit of news here this is the exposure of a major Political figure. Perhaps the next prime minister.
    Added to that when confronted with the questions John Key did not say “I never bought shares”, he blurted out “yes, there were more shares”. and not, “jeez I don’t know, I’d have to ask my broker who handles the Trust shares.”

    No Jeeves, I don’t think so. This was professional journalism done by a smart lady and properly backed by team work at TVNZ.

  43. Cheers Daveski,

    I like making people laugh even if they are righties.

  44. Jeeves 44

    Traveller: Your argument is essentially: UBS (Key’s broking firm) would publicly commit fraud for a single client (albeit a wealthy cleint) and this is more likely than anyone else being mistaken?

    I admit it is POSSIBLE they forged those documents or crested them after the fact, but that seems less likely than someone making a mistake (even someone who has a lawyer). If you honestly think otherwise, then I really don’t know what else to say.

    The other possibility (in my view the likely one) is that there was an innacurate entry on the share register. Given the records shown by Key’s broker, and taking Labour’s research at face value, it seems likely that the other two trustees were erroneously missed off the register.

  45. No Jeeves,

    I don’t know if his broker would commit fraud for him.

    What I do know is that John Key was lying about secret shares in his possession in a situation which was clearly a conflict of interest.

    What I do know is that John Key an National have been less than forth coming with that transparency JK was blabbing on about.

    What I do know is that John Key and the NZH have seriously misrepresented John Key’s career timeline to avoid vicinity with the emerging derivatives scandals and his involvement with Andrew Krieger when he was making 300 million dollar of the almost collapse of the NZ economy in 1987 and what I do know is that the investment banking world and Merrill Lynch in particular in the last twenty years have been riddled with scandals, fraud and now the final financial collapse.

    So what I do know in short that John Key was a serious shark in a shark eat shark world and familiar with the nasty fraudulent Wall street investment banking culture. The fact that he can say I will truthfully answer every question while lying about his shares gives me reason to think that perhaps he will do what it takes to get out from under this including asking a little favour of his broker who after all manages oh $50 million for him.

    What I do know is that brokers and bankers have been dishonest and fraudulent before are in fact at the moment.

    With his usual MO John Key have made a stink about the wrong news in the news coverage and would not respond to the questions with, “I don’t know I’d have to ask my trust manager,” and only came up with these pieces of paper and put them on his website.”

    He knew he was f*&ked and he couldn’t think of a lie fast enough so he blurted out the truth. And the truth is that he knew about the shares and he knew how many and under whose name.

    Captcha: on owning. Whoa

  46. Jeeves 46

    Oh I see, so your claim can only be supported by conspiracy theories. Thought so.

  47. Jeeves,

    The one time I don’t put any links in to archives in order not to go to purgatory and I get this so OK here we go again.

    Here is the “unauthorised” biography.

    This is part 1 of my response to it.

    Notice that every conjecture I make is based on the website of the NZFR
    and the online archive of the New York times. These sources prove that John Key could not have worked with Andrew Krieger after the attack of ’87. Andrew Krieger left the Bankers trust in February 1988 just after he made 300 million of NZ’s currency and was paid a paltry 3 million for this. He did a short stint with George Soros and from March until June and left trading altogether until 1990 after he left there.
    The Bankers Trust did not register it’s holdings until late July 1988 and did not open for business until late August 1988 so John Key missed being able to work with Andrew Krieger by about a couple of months.
    Not theory, fact supported by Newspaper articles from an archive that chronicled events on Wall street were Andrew Krieger was a legend after the spectacular attack, not one but several.

    Again what’s with you guys and the conspiracy theory shit is it is a supported and proven fact.

    He could not have worked with Andrew Krieger when he said he did because the man no longer traded in currencies. fact.

    So if this was simple to check by the three journalists who wrote the puff piece (I did it sitting on my bed with my laptop and a wireless internet connection) than either they didn’t do their job or they were naive, thought that John was the chizel wrote the piece to put John Key out there as a nice dude whom we can all trust and should vote for or they wilfully lied and put together a story that they hoped we would swallow (in which case that would be conspiring)

    What they didn’t do was check John’s time line and hold him accountable for the fact that the only time he was working with Andrew Krieger when he was in fact attacking the NZ$ almost to the point of economic collapse and John Key was his account manager who helped him. Facts Jeeves facts, you may not like them but this is not a theory these are facts. And since they are facts what we have here seems to become a pattern.
    He helped someone make a bundle and in the mean time it made him a whole lot richer too and he did so with total disregard to the NZ people and the possible outcome for the country he wants to lead to greatness. What’s more he did not find anything wrong with it in this interview and a couple of months later 20 years after the events took place he still has no compunction to lie about it three months after that interview in the NZHerald when he senses that his involvement would not be looked kindly upon.

    Now he has had to come clean about lying about his secret shares while he was trying to enrich himself again via the power vested in him by his constituents to represent their interests and not his own. Again facts Jeeves, you may not like them but there is nothing theoretical about it.

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    Last week the US announced a new bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Its hard to see how bombing will do any good (except for US defence contractors), and easy to see how it will cause blowback. To...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe
    Dear David,I want to first congratulate you on the campaign you ran. You gave it your all, and did well in the debates. I was deeply disappointed in the result that Labour got on September 20th - but I’m sure...
    Public Address | 30-09
  • Long run or short season for David Cunliffe?
    When you’ve read this short post have a look at the interview below with David Cunliffe on last night’s Campbell Live .  But first,  if you haven’t done so already, please  read my previous post on the ex Labour leader, titled...
    Brian Edwards | 30-09
  • Seaworthy ships and stormy seas – PPTA annual conference 2014
    30 September 2014 Pirates, privateers, seaworthy ships and stormy seas all featured in PPTA president Angela Roberts' nautically themed opening speech to the association's annual conference this morning. Describing the political context PPTA ventures out into as "often stormy and...
    PPTA | 30-09
  • Key admits exiling people without trial
    Back in February, we learned that John Key had responded to the "threat" of people travelling to Syria to participate in its civil war by cancelling their passports. This was done without any sort of due process or review, let...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Reflections on Melbourne and Sydney
    2014 was an auspicious year. Whether by cosmic alignment or fickle chance, Easter Monday and Anzac Day fell in the same week, and I was able to shoot off to Melbourne and Sydney for ten days with only three days...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • The “Pacific solution” devolves into rape and child abuse
    Australia's "Pacific solution" of imprisoning refugees in remote gulags in an effort to pschologically torture them into going home has turned into a catalogue of horrors: neglect, beatings and rapes, torture, and murder. And now they've got a new one:...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    David Cunliffe formally resigns today, setting up a head-to-head battle between him and Grant Robertson, although there’s still a chance that David Shearer, Andrew Little and/or Stuart Nash might throw their hat(s) into the ring. As the Labour MPs arrived for...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    ...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Th Austerity Disaster and its impact – Lessons for New Zealand? (Fro...
    Europe’s Austerity Disaster29/09/2014 by Joseph StiglitzJoseph Stiglitz“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German Chancellor Angela...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • The Damage Fallacies of Neo-Liberal economics cause
    The on-going and recent scandals (Judith Collins & Oravida, Maurice Williamson & Donghua Lui, John Key & Dirty Politics....)  in New Zealand that have swirled around the neo-liberal National Party government of Key, supported by the discredited political parties of...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • Changing Leaders Will Not Be Enough
    Trial By Ordeal: The techniques of the Seventeenth Century Witchfinders-General might be preferable to the process Labour has adopted to uncover the reasons for its woeful performance in the 2014 General Election. It's a pity the Party has not allowed...
    Bowalley Road | 29-09
  • Starting a constructive conversation on the future of the Treaty of Waitang...
    To learn more about our upcoming Treaty project click here...
    Gareth’s World | 29-09
  • Gillard on NZ Labour
    I arrived in Australia a month after Tony Abbott had been elected Prime Minister, a week after Bill Shorten had been elected Labor Leader and a month before Kevin Rudd announced his resignation from Parliament. It quickly amazed me how...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil
    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations. And they are not...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-09
  • Auckland Transport Early October Board Meeting
    The Auckland Transport board meeting is on Thursday and below are sections from the various reports that caught my attention. The first thing I noticed was the huge number of items on the closed agenda with 18 specific items for decision/approval or...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Labour not “part of the communities we live in”
    Labour leadership aspirant Grant Robertson told a blunt truism to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand the Monday after the election. “Politics has to be about more than elections,” he said. “It has to about being part of the communities...
    Colin James | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • “Unless you can perform miracles, it’s time to go David”
    To be honest, I haven’t really had time to keep up with the volumes that has already been written regarding the (current lack of) leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party. One piece that has however caught my eye is...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • How sustainable is New Zealand?
    Behavioural economics is not a complete theory but it demonstrates that we are not the economic rational being usually assumed in economics theory. One of the most troubling divergences is that we make time-inconsistent decisions so our short run choices...
    Pundit | 29-09
  • The Labour leadership meltdown continues
    Over the weekend, I road tripped it down to Wellington, where I had a beer with a pollster, briefly checked on what announcement Cunliffe had made mid-Saturday afternoon, and then proceeded to ignore politics. Fine wine and convivial company was far...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
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