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Open mike 02/03/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 2nd, 2012 - 47 comments
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47 comments on “Open mike 02/03/2012”

  1. Jenny 1

    Concerned rest home resident join their carers strike in support

    Time to hit the employers where it hurts them most?

    The rest home workers reminds me of the tragedy of the Zimbabwe health service.

    We all know in our hearts that the rest home workers who care so much for patients, that they will never leave them for long, have very little leverage with the money men.

    The plight of the rest home workers doing an extremely difficult job on minimum wage, cuts no ice with them.

    Rally to support the Watersiders; Stop the Ports.

    Health care workers have no leverage with the policy makers. To get this leverage they need to link up with powerful industrial allies who can really get the employer’s attention.

    This is the lesson of Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe had the best public health system in Africa. Under IMF austerity, the Mugabe regime cut wages and public services relentlessly. The well organised nurses union staged powerful strikes which left the government and employers unmoved.

    The authorities response was to let these services run into disrepair, further cutting wages and included mass redundancies of nurses doctors and other care workers.

    The best public health service in Africa was dismantled and wrecked.

    (that is why so many Zim nurses and doctors had to come here)

    The lesson is, those who care for our health and well being as a society have no leverage with the money men.

    Similarly here, the rest home workers don’t have the needed leverage to win. (But they have numbers.)

    The wharfies have leverage in buckets, but being only 300 they lack the numbers to win.

    It is a problem crying out for a solution.

    Sooner or later the union movement will need to respond collectively, against the rising tide of employer militancy, or face following the Zimbabwe example.

    Why not now?

    The Port dispute could be the perfect opportunity for a collective fight back against the rising wave of employer militancy.

    If hundreds of rest home workers descended on New Zealand’s biggest and busiest port, – The Ports employers and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the EMA will be immediately be on the phone demanding that the rest home employers settle with their workforce.

    In my opinion the employers may have collectively made a serious tactical blunder in launching all these attacks at once. It could force all the different unions to consider ways of working together against a common enemy

    Rally at Britomart Saturday March 10, 4pm March to the picket at Teal Park.

    All the meat workers and rest home workers and their supporters, need to meet up with the Ports workers, on Saturday March 10, for a rally at the Britomart centre then make their way to Teal Park for speeches to put their relative cases.

    Close the Port, until the employers agree to retreat from their collective attack on working people.

    Lift the meat workers lock out.

    Settle with the rest home workers.

    Don’t contract out the Ports.

    No doubt the union movement will be accused of holding the country to ransom. But, if that is what it takes.

    All the meat workers and rest home workers, need to meet up with the Ports workers, on Saturday March 10, for the rally at the Britomart centre, then make their way to Teal Park for speeches to put their relative cases.

    Help us Save Our Port –

    Join us to rally to Save Our Port and stand up for job security for the port workers and their families and for a publically owned sustainable and successful port.

    This is an issue for all of us – casualisation is not good for workers or their families. This is a growing story of working in New Zealand – even when workers already offer a lot of flexibility, they are expected to give more, and often to give up any hope of a structured and healthy life.

    Support the port workers, meet at Britomart at 4pm, Saturday 10th March. Entertainment and speeches at Teal Park to follow.

    Public Event . By SaveOurPort.com

    • Hi Jenny

      I have a sense that the planets may have lined up and there may be significant developments today in the POAL dispute for the better.

      But even if POAL is solved there are the other battles to win.

      But time will tell …

  2. Carol 2

    For those outside Auckland who miss their Stratos fix, Triangle TV is now streamed live online:
    http://www.tritv.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=154:triangle-tv-live-online&catid=38:featured&Itemid=53

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    Great start to the day, it’s hard to beat hanging out with working people full of righteous zeal and anger making a stand against a smug and vicious boss. Plenty of toots from the public, support from passersby and even sympathy from the police tasked with maintaining the peace.
     
    Looking forward to another picket line this afternoon. Different town, same message: When workers’ rights are under attack, STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!

  4. ianmac 4

    “Warwick B. Elley: Education system’s weak spot” A reference to a learned well informed external OECD report released last week.
    National Standards are destroying New Zealand Primary schools.
    The OECD report gives 5 succinct criticisms of the damage NS are doing.

    These include lack of training and the huge vagueness of wording.
    Lack of moderation which makes inter-school comparisons meaningless.
    “Lack of articulation” between NS and the modern well developed popular National Curriculum.
    The way in which meaningless results will be used including the coming curse of League tables.
    The marginalising of other curriculum ares like music, art, social studies, and science.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10789078
    Hat tip Millhouse.

    • aerobubble 4.1

      National standards is like any employer-employee dispute. If you can water down what your staff does then you don’t need to pay them as much. Of course National standards are short on details, and the education department doesn’t want teacher import. Your average teacher will get better the more middle class kids that enter their class. Your capable teachers however will put more effort into teaching kids that are going cause the largest jump in national standards and thus take time away from those students that suck up learning and could have done with a inspiring teacher experience.
      So National Standards is a bad tool, and will reward the wrong teaching styles, we need a few exceptional kids to get some attention and breed the next level of economic activity.

  5. marsman 5

    John Key wants to entrust the NZ Public Service to an overseas corporation. We know we can’t trust John Key but can we trust Google? What would Google do with any information gleaned, use it for profit? :-

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/01/google-privacy-policy-changes-eu

  6. muzza 6

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10789269

    Something to look forward to perhaps? This is what happens when peoples live get ruined, and they have nothing left to lose!

    • Bill 6.1

      Mark Ames’s book ‘Going Postal’ makes the same argument (that stress levels from job loss etc lead to this type of situation).

      But something overlooked is that in most (all?) of these situations, the person involved in random and unpredictable shootings has been on (and is not taking as prescibed or is trying to get off) psychotropic meds.

      In the piece you link to there are possible pointers to the guy suffering withdrawal from the old happy, happy pills …”The gunman had worked as an employee at our factory in Komotini, between July 20, 2000 and Aug. 31, 2011, when he was dismissed, after displaying an unstable, inappropriate, and delinquent behavior over a long period of time in the workplace,” the plastics company, the Athens-based Helesi Corp., said in a statement.

      Presumably didn’t exhibit worrisome behaviour when he first got the job…ie, they didn’t sack him after eleven years worth of ‘unstable and inappropriate’ behaviour.

      And it also quotes someone as saying “His colleagues told me that he had not eaten anything in four days.”

      I know there are other reasons why some-one might not eat for four days, but withdrawal is one reason. And we know it wasn’t the stress of being fired that precipitated ‘unstable, inappropriate and delinquent’ behaviours….those were the reasons he was fired.

      So either the guy is just yet another random nutter who more or less ‘suddenly popped up’ ( and don’t the media just love that shit!) or he’s another victim of withdrawal from psychotropic meds. I’d like to know more of his recent medical history, but on what I’ve read, I know where I’d be placing my bets at the moment.

      • muzza 6.1.1

        Good observations Bill – not just psychotropic , but also the painkillers such as tramodol, which ive seen work very badly with lithium, resulting in sleep deprovation, and sparadic, violent outbursts. Hey but we can just ban or heavily regulate “foods”, and natural remedies!

      • Jackal 6.1.2

        You could just as easily say that the neurotoxins from manufacturing plastics for eleven years started to effect his cognitive functions.

        I would not dismiss the fact that the man was under increased stress because of the financial situation he was in, and that is the main factor for the violence. Sure, psychotropic drugs can have a detrimental effect, but dismissing the fact that the dismissal led to the attack with speculation about the effects of his medication isn’t all that credible.

        Keep in mind that the company had said they would re-hire the man, and then said he was dismissed because he was displaying unstable, inappropriate, and delinquent behavior over a long period of time. Why would they offer to re-hire him if that was truly the case?

        • Bill 6.1.2.1

          You could just as easily say that the neurotoxins from manufacturing plastics for eleven years started to effect his cognitive functions.

          Sure, you just as easily say such a thing. And if there were multiple instances of such behaviour deriving from working in and around plastics, you might even have a point. And if every poor b’stard who ‘went postal’ had experienced exposure to plastic fumes and so on, you might have a point too.

          But plastic isn’t the common feature present in those who have gone postal. Coming off of prescribed psychotropic medication or not keeping the dose regular does seem to be a feature in all these incidents.

          It isn’t argued that stress played a part. But the nature of the reaction is lacking in sense or logic. If he had shot the boss and taken out some workmate who had been pissing him off, then fine. there is a logic present.

          But in instance after instance the behaviour is incredibly random…shoot the waitress in the cafe next door along with the cleaner at work and a passing stranger.

          And that is entirely different to targetting those who you feel are responsible for your situation (eg, the boss, a politician etc), or of targetting those who you feel responsible for (your spouse, children or other family members).

          It’s the unpredictability and the fact that these ‘going postal’ situations are people doing stuff that has no precedent that makes all the difference. And the common factor (in case you missed it) is psychotropic meds.

          • McFlock 6.1.2.1.1

            But how do you differentiate between those whose behaviour is the result of withdrawal effects from medication, as opposed to those people who really should have stayed on their meds because it was the meds that were helping them not to go postal prior to the event?
                   

            • Bill 6.1.2.1.1.1

              Mcflock. If you come off these meds ‘properly’ it is a long process. When I say they have come off them, I mean they have stopped taking them in an abrupt fashion.

              And if you want to peddle the line that these meds are what prevent people going postal, then you are, at the very least, going to have to indicate some ‘going postal’ events prior to the introduction of these meds. So (guessing) sometime before the early 80s?

              • Jackal

                Bill

                And if every poor b’stard who ‘went postal’ had experienced exposure to plastic fumes and so on, you might have a point too.

                Actually Bill, I do have a point. You’re ignoring the fact that many of the fumes from manufacturing plastic have a neurotoxic effect on humans. Those that are exposed to eleven years of exposure to neurotoxic fumes are likely to have behavioral problems.

                What about the argument that he cold have been listening to heavy metal music, and the lyrics inspired him to “go postal”? What if he was playing violent video games?

                The obvious conclusion is the one mentioned in the article… money is the problem. Therefore the blame can also be attributed to the governments economic bungling, just as much as the the guy who “went postal”. Government’s are responsible for creating a climate where such behaviour is more likely to occur.

                I think your “how to” argument re meds is a red hearing.

  7. Pascal's bookie 7

    Garth McVicar loves Arizona sheriff Arpaio, on account of chain gangs pink underpants and rows of tents. I do wish NZ media would ask him about the fact that guy is just about always under some sort of investigation himself.

    No surprise that he’s a birther:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/1/sheriff-arpaio-obama-birth-certificate-forgery/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

    • ianmac 7.1

      I guess many Republicans rely on faith rather than reason. I believe and therefore it is true. Weird eh?

  8. Uturn 8

    Last night Kim Dotcom said asked people foolish enough to be watching Campbell Live, “What is piracy?” He said piracy is the result of Hollywood sending movie trailers to European countries 6 months before the film is released. If Hollywood would either supply the films everywhere in the world at the same time (or presumably not send trailers) then fourteen year old boys who like movies wouldn’t need to download films “illegally”. He said piracy is caused by an outdated economic model, supported by the US government, FBI, and others, but a model irrelevent to the age of the internet.

    Some interesting thought processes going on there. Do you agree with what he says?

    • ianmac 8.1

      The point he was making and you avoided Uturn, was that the Hollywood and other companies were failing to keep up with technology. He was not justifying illegal downloading. He was pointing out that if those companies made the stuff available at a fee most people would buy in in the same way that I-tunes Store has made music downloading possible and affordable. If the complaining companies got on board everyone would be happy.
      His problem is like that of a bus driver. Passengers pay the fare. But it is not the driver’s concern that the passenger is carrying something illicit, unless the problem is exposed. Mr Dot Com is the bus driver not the passenger..

    • KJT 8.2

      I believe it is up to the rights holders to stop expecting the law to protect a failed business model.
      Knowing a few teenage illegal down-loaders who would be happy to pay a reasonable fee to download.
      They have already stopped illegal downloads of music since Itunes, and other legal downloads became available. 
      The estimates of money lost is way out also. Many of the downloaded movies are such crap no one would ever pay to watch them.
      On my part I object strongly to having to pay again, because of DRM, to use music I have already paid for several times in different formats. I do download digital copies of music, I already have on CD’s, tapes or LP’s, so I can play it.
       

      • shorts 8.2.1

        music is still heavily downloaded ‘illegally’

        its easy to pay for mainstream commercial releases… not so if you have tastes that aren’t chart focused – plus the digital stores are built by computer programers (read I loathe itunes but still use it) not designed for music enthusiasts/punters – a major flaw and fail in itself

        I’m a massive music fan and consumer… and the only place I can find an entire bands discography is in places I shouldn’t be, legally. Please note I appreciate the complexity of multiple rights holders owning differing parts of catalogues

        youtube and file sharing opened up a world of songs, acts and music that I would never have known existed and parts of artists catalogues (and acts themselves) I would never have been allowed to and continue to be denied

        its getting better in the paid world but its still a rubbish experience for a consumer/fan

      • Jim in Tokyo 8.2.2

        Yes I though he had a strong point regarding the inflated damage claims used to pad out the FBI indictment:

        “If you read the indictment and if you hear what the Prosecution has said in court, at least $500 million of [claimed] damage were just music files and just within a two-week time period. So they are actually talking about $13 billion US damage within a year just for music downloads. The entire US music industry is less than $20 billion”

        Some other key points raised by Kim in the interview:

        Megaupload users signed comprehensive EULAs prohibiting infringing use, and the Electronic Communication Privacy Act limited Megaupload’s ability to police its own users’ private files, so the whole system was set up to rely on the DMCA takedown process.

        Furthermore, Megaupload granted back-end access to studios to allow instantaneous takedowns, above and beyond the DMCA mandated process.

        So as far as I can see, the US case is going to be based on the fact that Megaupload used smart caching technology which allowed infringing files to remain hashed on a central server even after individual links had been taken down due to a DMCA complaint, so that the next time someone tried to re-upload an infringing file they got a fresh batch of links to the cached file.

        His technology was pushing the limits of the law, but this is by no means a slam-dunk.

        • Jackal 8.2.2.1

          The federal indictments against Kim Dot Com are based on Megaupload gaining a financial reimbursement for the data that is being shared, while the copyright owners are not reimbursed. The question is who owns the data storage, the person who sets up the business or the people purchasing the space on the servers. Clearly the people purchasing the data storage are responsible for the content they upload. However any residual responsibility is debatable.

          Kim Dot Com argued his point well, and highlighted the problem of the sheer amount of data that would need to be overseen to ensure copyrighted material would not be distributed. It is the same problem the production industries have, in that it would take a huge capital expenditure to ensure their copyright was not infringed. The DMCA is clanky and even a direct access to remove data would take considerable time and expense. It is likely to be financially not worth while.

          The United States has been waging a considerable war against file sharing and have closed down a number of prominent file sharing companies, so Kim Dot Com shouldn’t feel singled out. US authorities actually think they can win the war and have expended billions on their idealogical pursuit at the behest of the all powerful American movie and music industries. All they are achieving is a few bloody battles and repression of inovation.

          What should happen is the production industries involved need to contact the respective file sharing companies in an attempt to remodel their business models so that the copyright holders are reimbursed. It will likely mean a reduction in profits, but that is happening anyway… so they have nothing to lose.

      • Jenny 8.2.3

        If only, during the first decade of the last century, the the failing buggy whip industry had the political clout to be able to rely on draconian enforcement to protect their industry.

        Those few who still need buggy whips could be paying $thousands a-piece.

        And if a jockey needed a buggy whip and instead decided to buy a cheap Chinese made copy, he could be facing some serious jail time.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.3

      http://www.everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/

      The current economic model is one of restriction but, as sharing becomes easier, that model fails. What we’re seeing now in FTAs (TTPA etc) is an attempt by the few to maintain those restrictions and thus the wealth that they accumulate through those restrictions.

  9. Jackal 9

    Cathy Odgers factually deficient

    Again the prickly pear has written an entire post based on her dubious speculations, rallying against Kim Dot Com’s profound argument with factually deficient innuendo…

    • ianmac 9.1

      Kim Dot Com presented a pretty persuasive defence. Until some clear evidence of wrongdoing appears to contradict that then I would stick with him and laugh at Cactus Kate’s delirious rants.
      If he is guilty then so is Google, Youtube, Itunes and every other similar site.

      • shorts 9.1.1

        the campbell interview was really good… but everything Mr Dotcom said could have been covered by our media weeks ago (without the need for the interview at all) as its all out there for anyone to find (I use google) but alas they were too busy creaming their pants over helicopters and police raids and the lifestyles of the rich and megafamous

        • aerobubble 9.1.1.1

          There has to be more too it than, dotcom setup a massive server to store files for downloading.

          Personally if ISP made it easy they could supply some server side disc space for their users and so then the dotcom would not have a market. And tracking copyright abuse easier.

          But it maybe something like dotcom wasnt as pro-active enough??!#@@

    • KJT 9.2

      What’s new?

  10. Simon O 10

    A good feature story with photo!

    “We won’t let Talley’s AFFCO split our family”

    Press release: Friday 2 March, 2011 at 12:00 noon

    “We won’t let Talley’s AFFCO split our family”

    Kerry Whare, his wife Rangi and two children Maraea and Kerry Junior all work at AFFCO Horotiu in Waikato.

    The Talley’s owned company gave Maraea, 21, and Kerry Junior, 22, lock out notices on Tuesday morning, but not their parents.

    Mrs Whare, 53, is a skilled labourer and has worked at the site for 14 years. She says she feels like the company is trying to split their family.

    “Talley’s AFFCO only negotiated for 10 hours face-to-face with our union before trying to split up my family,” she says. “We’ve always been solid as a family and we’re not going to let it happen.”

    Mr Whare, 55, is a multi-skilled worker and has worked at the plant on and off for 25 years. He says he feels gutted that he drove into work yesterday while his kids were out of work.

    “It’s heart breaking driving into work while your kids are locked out,” he says “I don’t know how the company chose to only lock out some of the workers including my kids and not others, but I suspects it is to create divisions in the workplace,” he says.

    Mr and Mrs Whare went on strike for 24 hours from 5am this morning in solidarity with their children and will picket through to the afternoon.

    Mrs Whare says the family was concerned about loosing a further two incomes, particularly since wages have been lower than usual due to low stock numbers and because they are paying off two cars.

    “We’ve got no choice to strike in solidarity – you’ve got to stand with your kids”, she says.

    Kerry junior says he always wanted to be like his dad and work in AFFCO which the main employer in Ngarawahia.

    “I’ve worked hard for the company and I feel like I’ve been stood on and spat out,” he says. “I feel discriminated against.”

    Maraea, 21, is a labourer and has worked at the plant for four years. She says she is “dead broke” because she just had her 21st and the lockout will make things worse.

    “I love my job and its sucks that I cant come back in because I’m locked out,” she says. “I’d rather be at work, but it was their decision and as far as I’m concerned I’ve done nothing wrong.”

    Kerry Junior, 22, is a cutter and has worked at the plant for six years. He say they have little prospect for work in Ngarawahia, a small struggle town in rural Waikato with few jobs.

    “We haven’t even been told when we can go back to work,” he says. “If we could find any jobs here, they’re not going to employ us because they wouldn’t know when we’d go back to AFFCO,” he said.

    Mrs Whare says she always instilled in her kids that the only way they get anywhere is to work hard and earn a decent wage.

    “What sort of message is Talley’s AFFCO giving to our kids by locking them out?,” she says. “We just want the company to lift the lockout and let our kids go back to work,” she says.

    The Whare family has worked at the meat processing plant for a combined 49 years and have other family at the plant.

    The Whare’s uncle, Dan Solomon, was a union member at Horotiu and passed away last night. His hirst stopped opposite the picket this morning in his honour.

    ENDS

    For more information contact Meat Workers Union media liason Simon Oosterman on 021 885 410.
    Free hi-res photos available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonoosterman/sets/72157629491961701/with/6798954298/

  11. Rusty Shackleford 11

    http://www.edrants.com/andrew-breitbart-pillar-of-hate-and-distortion-dead-at-43/comment-page-1/#comment-280608

    Why does the left hate this guy so much? I’ve read a lot of bile and hate from the left about him this morning but haven’t actually come across any reason behind it. Other than he says things they don’t like or they disagree with.

    • McFlock 11.1

      Hate him? I don’t even know him!
            
      Although the link you posted to seems to suggest that the things they disagreed with what they felt he was saying involved racism and homophobia. Shameful how intolerant “the left” can be…

      • Rusty Shackleford 11.1.1

        I had never heard of him either. Just that ‘respected’ commentators like Matthew Iglesias are coming out and tweeting hateful things about him. So, he must have been somebody.

        He may well have been an intolerant person, but it doesn’t make the left look good when some of its respected members are coming out and acting hateful and intolerant.

        As I said, I don’t know anything about the guy. He was a conservative, of which I am not.

        • McFlock 11.1.1.1

          Meh. 
            
          “The left” has its fly down?
          Bugger. Thanks for that, we’ll get onto “the left’s” little red hotline and tell folks to zip up.
             
          I think you’ve probably found the answer as to why the guy might have pissed some people off. 
               
          Personally, someone needs to be worse than a bit of a nutbar for me to get schadenfreude at the thought of their passing, though. 
             

          • Rusty Shackleford 11.1.1.1.1

            I know the left isn’t an amorphous entity that every member of subscribes to identical philosophies. The same way that everybody who isn’t on the left doesn’t fall in the RWNJ category.

            Frankly, I still don’t know why he is so hated. I haven’t seen any clear cut examples. I’ve seen him talk about people of different race and sexual preference but does that automatically translate to racism and homophobia?

            “…someone needs to be worse than a bit of a nutbar”
            Exactly. I cheer when murderers stop living, but people who simply say things I don’t like or disagree with? Not so much.

            • McFlock 11.1.1.1.1.1

              but then we tend to disagree with how damaging words can be, I think.

            • millsy 11.1.1.1.1.2

              So do you think homosexuality should be recriminalised, like that guy did then?

  12. FYI

    “OPEN LETTER/request for ‘Public Input’ at Auckland Council Tenders and Procurement Sub-Cttee to be held on Tuesday 6 March 2012 at 8.30am Auckland Council Chamber.
    Inbox

    Chair
    Auckland Council Tenders and Procurement Sub-Cttee:
    Dick Quax

    Dear Dick,

    This is a formal request for ‘Public Input’ at Auckland Council Tenders and Procurement Sub-Cttee to be held on Tuesday 6 March 2012 at 8.30am Auckland Council Chamber.

    In my considered opinion as an ‘Anti-Corruption campaigner’ that Auckland Council tendering and procurement processes are potentially fraught with ‘conflicts of interest’ and corrupt practices.

    My ‘subject matter’ will include the following points from the Occupy Auckland-endorsed ‘Draft ACTION PLAN’ discussion document against ‘white collar’ crime, corruption and corporate welfare.

    “6. Make it a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Government elected representatives.”

    QUESTION: Does Auckland Council have a ‘publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for elected representatives?

    “8. Make it a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Government staff, and Directors and staff employed by ‘Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs) responsible for property and procurement.”

    QUESTION: Does Auckland Council have a ‘publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Government staff, and Directors and staff employed by ‘Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs) responsible for property and procurement.’?

    “9. Make it a lawful requirement for details of ‘contracts issued’ – including the name of the contractor; scope, term and value of the contract to be published in NZ Central Government Public Sector, and Local Government (Council), and ‘Council-Controlled Organisation (CCO) Annual Reports so that they are available for public scrutiny.”

    QUESTION: Does Auckland Council provide ‘details of ‘contracts issued’ – including the name of the contractor; scope, term and value of the contract to be published in NZ Central Government Public Sector, and Local Government (Council), and ‘Council-Controlled Organisation (CCO) Annual Reports so that they are available for public scrutiny’?

    “10. Make it a lawful requirement that a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of NZ Central Government, and Local Government public finances be undertaken to prove that private procurement of public services previously provided ‘in-house’ is cost-effective for the public majority. If not – then return public service provision to staff directly employed ‘in-house’ and cut out these private contractors who are effectively dependent on ‘corporate welfare’.”

    QUESTION: Has Auckland Council carried out ‘cost-benefit analysis’ to prove that private procurement of public services previously provided by ‘in-house’ Council employees is cost-effective for the public majority?

    If not – why not?

    “19. Legislate to help stop ‘State Capture’, a form of ‘grand corruption’ arguably endemic in NZ – where vested interests get their way at the ‘policy level’ before legislation is passed which serves their interests.”

    QUESTION: Has Auckland Council investigated the role played by private sector lobby groups, such as the unelected ‘Committee for Auckland’ and their connections and influence in helping to make ‘policy’ for Auckland Council and Auckland Council CCOs?

    Yours sincerely,
    Penny Bright ”
    _______________________________________________________________________

    “2 March 2012

    Hi Penny – thank you for your e mail I will respond more fully to your request in due course.

    Kind regards

    Dick Quax”
    ____________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright

  13. tc 13

    I spy with my little eye a deal to save Otago union that will look so off the cuff and ‘gosh it’s the best we could given the circumstances’ costing the ratepayers and probably nz taxpayers.

    All in the interests of that recession busting godsend Rubgy, gosh what we do without them, aww bless em.

    • Rusty Shackleford 13.1

      Gosh the Dunedin ratepayers who protested funding the stadium must be shouting “I told you so” right about now.

  14. Te Reo Putake 14

    Latest Roy Morgan out; the slide continues for National and the Government vs Opposition is looking bleak at 48% v.52%. Confidence is down, too. What’s gone wrong, John?
     
    Gary Morgan says:

    “Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows Prime Minister John Key’s National Party (45.5%, unchanged) retaining a large lead over the main Opposition Labour Party (31.5%, up 0.5%).

    “Despite support for National remaining strong, Opposition Leader David Shearer has managed to increase Labour’s share of the vote at each New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll conducted in 2012 — an increase of 4% over Labour’s support at the 2011 New Zealand election and its highest since July 2011.

    “Support for the Opposition Parties (52%, up 0.5%) has also continued to increase and is now clearly ahead of the overall support for the National-led Government (48%, down 0.5%).”

    Ps. the folks at RM got the headline half right this time. It’s an improvement, I suppose.

  15. Morrissey 15

    LIAR WATCH No. 3
    Eyes Wide Open
    The Standard, March 1, 2012

    1.) “I know people on both sides and am very well informed.”

    2.) “ I have voted for Labour all my life,…”

    3.) “you have switched my entire family off ever voting for Labour again!”

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    LIARWATCH No. 1 (Populuxe1):
    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-27022012/#comment-441643

    LIARWATCH No. 2 (grumpy):
    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-01032012/#comment-442389

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    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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