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Open mike 02/05/2014

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153 comments on “Open mike 02/05/2014”

  1. jpwood 1

    See Issac Davison’s article from teh Herald this morning. The Herald has gone from just regurgitating press releases to cut and pasting from Wikipedia (the last 9 paragraphs are lifted directly without attribution)

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11247889

    • Paul 1.1

      Yup, the Herald is a dreadful rag and clearly biased in favour of the National Party’s re-election. Their continued publicity of the ACT Party and its policies suggests the Herald’s owners only hope for a more right wing set of policies.

      The left wing wing should therefore be wary of this Williamson story, especially as the Herald broke it.

      First up it distracts from the Collins story.
      Secondly, it frees up a safe Auckland seat, which can be used by the ACT Party, to promote Jamie Whyte’s Libertarian viewpoints and get extra seats into power. The Herald is already pushing for Williamson to resign as a MP. This will provide a back up to Epsom just in case the folk of Remuera get sick of being taken for fools again.
      Thirdly, it allows the media to play the line of Key being decisive, which clears him from the mess of the Collins fiasco.

      The opposition must not let this story get ahead of the Collins Oravida affair as the latter drags down the PM and shows even more the corrupt nature of this government.

      • Paul 1.1.1

        On Stuff, Vernon Small spinning for the corporate media and trying some damage control for his masters. Just wait to to see the tr*lls on this site copying one or more of these slavish lines.
        Look at this just as one miserable example of the content of his woeful article.

        “His pre-sacking resignation was handled cleanly and swiftly by Prime Minister John Key and it was hard not to hark back for comparison to the dog’s breakfast Labour made of Shane Jones’ recent departure.”

        Vernon Small..another disgraceful excuse for journalism.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9999687/Maurice-Williamson-fallout-will-colour-perceptions

        • Pete George 1.1.1.1

          Maurice Williamson fallout will colour perceptions

          A gloomy, grey cloud has replaced the big gay rainbow that Maurice Williamson rode to stardom during the marriage equality debate.

          But the questions and potential fallout don’t end there.

          That opens the door to the perception of a different standard for the big investor over the average Joan Public; that “economic importance” could be a factor in the way the police go about their business.

          National’s critics are already drawing parallels with Judith Collins’ links to exporter Oravida – also headed by rich donors – and “that” dinner in China.

          It all feeds in to the Opposition parties’ narrative that the Government helps its “rich mates”.

          Small doesn’t mention the apparent ignorance of Williamson about the line he clearly crossed, that doesn’t look good for Williamson.

          But Small does address the bigger issue, the growing ‘perception’ that National’s relationships with Chinese business people are crossing a line. Unless more damaging details emerge Williamson’s fall will probably fade quickly but the spotlight on National’s ‘rich mate’ relationships will keep the pressure on them, and so it should.

          • Paul 1.1.1.1.1

            You copy and paste so well. fact checker.

          • Skinny 1.1.1.1.2

            The interesting issue heading into the election will be can John Key and his backroom boys force Williamson out of contesting his electorate seat for National? He has flatly refused to go on RNZ this morning.

            This will cause the dilemma of Key-National bleeding votes. But what Key is up against is if Williamson can hold enough support within his electorate committee, and give the middle finger to the PM, and still get away with it. He must fancy his chances of going it alone, probably figuring he can replace Dunne as a cabernet minister, if National squeak back in.

            Make no mistake Williamson has a history as a renegade MP, and with the comfort of knowing he is a very popular electorate MP, with a very healthy 13,000 majority at the last election, he can afford to give the solo option a real good crack.

          • blue leopard 1.1.1.1.3

            It all feeds in to the Opposition parties’ narrative that the Government helps its “rich mates”.

            I noticed this line on the News.

            This sentence turns what is occurring in NZ with our government into a ‘narrative’ suggesting ‘perceptions’ viewing blatant corruption are ‘simply an election strategy’.

            What about the possibility that Opposition parties’ ‘line’ is not a ‘narrative’, that they are stating things as they are?

        • phillip ure 1.1.1.2

          he is such a hack..

          • phillip ure 1.1.1.2.1

            ..and.. shane who..?

            ..is that shane-whose-phone-never-rings..?

            ..and what if the big pay-off/deal from his national party mates doesn’t come thru..?

            ..they don’t need him now/any more..so why should they..?

            ..he is of no more use to them now..

            ..now that his ‘mole’-role has been broken/surfaced..

            ..i am coming to the conclusion he has been so well and truly ‘played’ by mccully/the tories..

            ..that jones..

            ..and that no phones calls will be the least of his upcoming angsts..

            ..’regrets’..he’ll have a few..

        • RedLogix 1.1.1.3

          If you thought that was limp – try this exercise in … ( I was going for a colourful metaphor, but it’s not worth wasting my dignity on …)

          The handling of Maurice Williamson’s cloddish attempts to intervene in a police investigation was textbook.

          Key axed his statistics minister with ruthless efficiency.

          As he admitted this morning, he had little choice. Williamson had crossed the line where careers can be saved.

          After Judith Collins’ questionable dalliances with Chinese company Oravida, National could not afford another whiff of cronyism.

          ….

          Until Williamson announced he would seek re-election in September.

          By voicing that intention, it instantly became clear that neither he or his boss really believe he has done wrong.

          Like stalwart Nick Smith, who also resigned for trying to throw his weight around, Williamson will serve his penance until this unpleasant episode has faded from public memory.

          Cynical of course, but you’ve got to hand it to National – Williamson’s exit was nowhere near as messy as Shane Jones’ resignation last week.

          And Jones didn’t even do anything wrong.

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/9998284/Williamson-resignation-Nicely-done-Mr-PM

          Of course Ms Vance has pointedly failed to traverse the tricky little question of exactly how long “Mr Well Done PM” has known about Williamson’s errors of judgement.

          • Ant 1.1.1.3.1

            The do work quite meticulously to shield Key, I wonder if it is a sycophantic toady thing where journalists like Vance actually believe what they write, or whether it is a more cynical manipulation of public opinion, maybe a little of A a little of B.

            • Paul 1.1.1.3.1.1

              They don’t believe it.
              They write it to further their own careers as the only way up in organisations like Fairfax is to write unquestioning paeons to the dear leader.

            • Sanctuary 1.1.1.3.1.2

              I disagree – I think these guys DO believe what they write. I also think they think they are far more talented and smart than they actually are. The press gallery is so out of touch (the likes of Armstrong have been there far, far to long) and they have been so comprehensively bullied by Ede and Key that they have all developed a journalistic case of Stockholm syndrome. Their intoxication at their proximity to power combined with their arrogance and ego could never allow them to admit they are Ede’s pets – They are opinion shapers! They are the press gallery! They are players! – so instead they accept a warped interpretation of their warped reality of their relationship with the ninth floor, and regurgitate opinion that whenever it is exposed to critical examination in the real world (i.e. the Labour leadership contest) is shown as reflecting the received wisdom of about 50 people.

          • Paul 1.1.1.3.2

            “Try this exercise in….”
            sycophancy
            propaganda

            It’s not even subtle, the bias.

            • RedLogix 1.1.1.3.2.1

              Me thinks Ms Vance got a bit of a talking to after she accidentally did some real journalism re Mr Hair Do and the “Affair of the Prematurely Leaked Report” last year – and she’s still in ‘make-up sex’ mode.

            • freedom 1.1.1.3.2.2

              wajoh’s comment summed it up perfectly:

              thanks for this Nat party press release. Were there actually any words of your own in here?

              • Paul

                Other comments with high positive votes.
                Looks lime a lot of people are getting sick of media bias.
                Time for Labour, the Greens and Mana to go on the offensive about media bias. People can see it.

                PeteryBab
                “Wow….just wow. I think I just threw up a little bit.
                What can I say but that it appears the cronyism goes further than just government ministers and millionaires….”

                Bronagh
                “Extraordinary! A story about National Party corruption and you praise Key and criticise Cunliffe. Your bias is astounding.
                I think Williamson resigned rather than Key sacking him…………Also the most important question is when did Key first find out about this? And why did it take the outing of Williamson by the Herald for anything to happen.”

                Robby
                “Williamson will serve his penance until this unpleasant episode has faded from public memory. ”
                You know what, Andrea, it only disappears because you and your mates ignore it.
                As for the Jones departure – that was only messy because you and your mates went nuts over it. Compare that to this episode “well done Mr Key”. I am REALLY tired of you and your Tory media mates.”

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.3.3

            And the only reason why Jones’ resignation was messy was because a) the MSM beat it up and b) Jones himself being a dick. Obviously, the MSM are trying to bury the fact that a National minister got caught being corrupt.

        • Ennui 1.1.1.4

          Paul, I think that you might be making some leaps of faith about Vernon Small. He writes within limits set by his editors no doubt, his allegiances are probably a long way from your description. I recall him in Christchurch many years ago as a very devoted Labour Party person. What he is now, who knows, maybe it is a case of shooting the messenger because the story doesn’t suit the reader.

        • Paul/
          Small’s comments are typical of Crosby -Textor managment .
          This dangerous .influencial group manage a number of Right -Wing parties .They win elections by what ever means they can and this includes manipulating the news media . Money and influence something the Left does not have,

        • David H 1.1.1.6

          @ Paul. But as usual the comments say it all. This is a corrupt government.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2

        First up it distracts from the Collins story.

        They may have wished for that but I just heard Cunliffe tie the two together on the radio news.

        • Ant 1.1.2.1

          Exactly it’s part of the same narrative that is actually going to gain traction because blood is in the water now, trying to separate the two now is laughable – it’s too late. Will also play into all the backroom deals that National likes so much such as Skycity and Warners.

        • Paul 1.1.2.2

          Excellent news.
          Labour and rest of opposition must maintain the link.
          It stops any narrative of Key being decisive, shows up overall corruption and keeps Collins and her motley crew under pressure.
          Her supporters don’t seem to have arrived on this site yet. Maybe receiving orders on their new spin line. Must be getting harder that one.

    • McFlock 1.2

      plagiarism’s a serious issue – have they changed the online version? It doesn’t seem to be a direct copy any more (although at least one paragraph was circulating on the interwebz in 2010).

      Did you get screengrabs or a hard copy?

  2. “..Meetings: even more of a soul-sucking waste of time than you thought..

    ..One company spent 300,000 hours a year on a single weekly meeting.

    Shall we go round the room – and see how each of you feels about that?..”

    (cont..)

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/oliver-burkeman-s-blog/2014/may/01/meetings-soul-sucking-waste-time-you-thought

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      So, can someone please tell me why management get paid so much when they waste so much time?

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        Thinking about it, that article actually shows that we could get better governance by using Loomio and everyone talking than we can using representatives. Hierarchy really is a waste of time.

        • phillip ure 2.1.1.1

          “..Hierarchy really is a waste of time..”

          aye..that often is the case..

          ..also hierarchy too often get in the way of progress/change..

          ..often largely for reasons of preservation/enhancement of their personal status quo..

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.1

            also hierarchy too often get in the way of progress/change..

            ..often largely for reasons of preservation/enhancement of their personal status quo

            From what I could make out of political history that’s actually the reason we have representative democracy. To prevent the changes that the rich don’t like.

            • MaxFletcher 2.1.1.1.1.1

              “From what I could make out of political history that’s actually the reason we have representative democracy. To prevent the changes that the rich don’t like.”

              I think reason would be because organising millions of people to vote on every bill presented to parliament would be akin to herding cats.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Nope:

                When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.
                Benjamin Franklin

                And there were other, similar, quotes from around the same time.

                • MaxFletcher

                  OK, that doesn’t change the fact that getting millions of people to vote for every bill would be a disastrous exercise.

                  And your quote doesn’t really seem all that relevant but if you want to play argument by quote:

                  “The effect of [a representative democracy is] to refine and enlarge the public views, by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of the nation….”
                  – James Madison

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    OK, that doesn’t change the fact that getting millions of people to vote for every bill would be a disastrous exercise.

                    I understand that as well.

                    “The effect of [a representative democracy is] to refine and enlarge the public views, by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of the nation….”
                    – James Madison

                    Which backs up exactly what I originally said. You don’t get the choice of the people but the choice of the representatives who’ve been bought by the rich.

  3. logie97 3

    Election advertising.

    How many electorates around New Zealand have National Party Billboards strategically positioned?
    West Auckland has had Hekia Parata and currently Paula Bennett smiling at us since the beginning of the year and the Northland electorate has Mike Sabin’s. They are disguised as announcements of public meetings. The important words are in reflective material that shine clearly in headlights – The MPs name and the party.

    How do these fit with the advertising laws?

    • Paul 3.1

      Can you photograph and/or provide links?

      • logie97 3.1.1

        Sorry, don’t have that expertise, but Waikumete, Lincoln Road, Te Atatu interchange, Swanson, for Bennett and variously along State Highway 1 for Sabin. (Would be interesting to know what the Penguin would make of it.)

        • freedom 3.1.1.1

          “Sorry, don’t have that expertise,”
          there’s an easy fix for that ….

          grab the nearest kid, they’ll do it blindfolded :)

          (no offence intended)

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1.1

            Don’t count on that.

          • logie97 3.1.1.1.2

            …thanks Freedom. The general question is “how are the Nats getting away with this?” considering the outcry by the Penguin and others when the review of the Electoral Reform Act came up. I understood that there are restrictions to electioneering in election years. I am wondering how many other Nat. politicians appear to be doing it. I have identified three.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1.2.1

              I understood that there are restrictions to electioneering in election years.

              Not any more. National put it back to the original 6 weeks before the election. You’ll also note that those advertisements are for actual public meetings of the MPs which can be considered part of their job which is why they have the parliamentary seal on them. We get to pay for Nationals advertising.

              • logie97

                Thanks DTB. You have to ask why they use reflective paint for the billboards though. The details of the meetings a lost in the dark. And, furthermore, why in hell aren’t the other political parties doing it?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  And, furthermore, why in hell aren’t the other political parties doing it?

                  They don’t have the same sort of parliamentary budget that the government has.

          • Bearded Git 3.1.1.1.3

            ha ha ha freedom. Very good. I always feel so small when my son sorts out my computer.

            But then perhaps it gives him and his generation high self-esteem which is no bad thing.

            • logie97 3.1.1.1.3.1

              BG. We all enjoy a degree of anonymity on this site. I understand uploading a picture can carry of a lot of extra information with it. (… this is a distraction from the original question).

        • Red Blooded 3.1.1.2

          Yeah I first saw the Sabin State Highway 1 billboards as early as July last year.

    • Tracey 3.2

      paula bennetts are when you come off the north western at te atatu. its advertising a community meeting that happened months ago.

      • karol 3.2.1

        There’s long been billboards with Bennett’s face on it in the Waitakere electorate – eg along the Great North Road leading to Henderson. Maybe just standard practice for her. Likes to mar the experience of travelling around west Auckland

        • Tracey 3.2.1.1

          i thought theyd used the wrong picture on that one karol. i genuinely idnt think it was bennett.

        • DTH 3.2.1.2

          There is usually one on Universal Drive also. There has been a few different versions over the last year or two. I have stopped looking though, doesn’t do any good for my mood.

        • Tracey 3.2.1.3

          shes updated it. now it refers to the meeting in lare april.

    • logie97 3.3

      Just as an aside …

      Auckland Transport is going to limit roadside billboards. The Herald picks up the story and then proceeds to support it with a photo taken north of Whangarei …
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11248295

  4. miravox 4

    It’s still Mayday where I am – In the early summer sun, there are parades, protests, speeches in the civic square and picnics in the park and at the Social Democrats HQ.

    In honour of the 51 workers who lost their lives on the job in NZ, the many injured or who lost their jobs last year a Worker’s Song

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    And another tech firm lost

    Microsoft has bought Wellington-based cloud computing business GreenButton that can trace its origin to the Lord of the Rings movies.

    • Paul 5.1

      Amazing how the corporate media spins this story as a positive tale.
      The foreign takeover of a NZ company is a good news story.
      I guess the media believes this because they themselves are owned by foreign interests.
      30 years of neoliberalism has brought us to this…celebrating our serfdom.

      From wiki.
      “Fairfax Media Limited is one of Australia’s largest diversified media companies. The group’s operations include newspapers, magazines, radio and digital media operating in Australia and New Zealand. Fairfax Media was founded by the Fairfax family as John Fairfax and Sons, later to become John Fairfax Holdings. The Fairfax family lost control of the company in December 1990. It was renamed from John Fairfax Holdings to Fairfax Media in 2007.”

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1

        Amazing how the corporate media spins this story as a positive tale.

        Yeah, it’s along the lines of ZOMG, this little tech start-up was sooooo good Microsoft bought it up 111!!!11

        Rather than the truth that some more NZers just became serfs to foreign overlords.

        • sweetd 5.1.1.1

          Your comments should be directed at the owners of the business, and not have a belief that all NZ private business have to stay in NZ ownership. You could start your own business, make it successful and when Microsoft comes knocking turn them down.

  6. Red Rosa 6

    Before Williamson fades from the headlines, what about asking Tolley a few pointed questions.

    Such as – why did senior officers scurry around at Williamson’s behest, and not simply give him the brush-off? An ongoing criminal investigation…easy as….’sorry Minister, that’s just not on’.

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11247894

    Maybe ‘attempting to pervert the course of justice’ is stretching it somewhat, but Tolley could enlighten us as to why it isn’t.

    • kenny 6.1

      According to Winston Peters on Morning Report just now, Anne Tolley knew about the Williamson police interference on the 4th April – so when did John (Dunno)Key actually know about it?

    • Tracey 6.2

      brilliant piece by a kiwi comedienne i have never seen before on tv1 breakfast show. did a wicked imitation of judith collins talking about mw resignation. i dont know how grant robertson kept a straight face. i know i didnt. comedy gold.

      • phillip ure 6.2.1

        aye..!..that was a very funny impersonation..

        ..and was it a drag queen that was doing it..?

        ..there certainly was that vibe,.

        ..the helmet-hair was a bit overdone..tho’…eh..?

        ..a bit more ‘judith’..than even ‘judith’ usually is..eh..?

        ..but all in all..

        ..not a bad performance/impersonation..

        ..(and has anyone told judith that a (recently combat trained) bennett is creeping up behind her..?

        ..knife/garotte in hand…

        ..bennett senses the old tusker is mortally wounded..

        ..and is waiting..eyes-gleaming..

        ..waiting for the right moment to strike..

        ..the ambition runs deeper in that one than most realise..)

        • Tracey 6.2.1.1

          it was when she started talking about being former minister of police and knowing exactly where the lines were…

      • cardassian 6.2.2

        Is it online anywhere? If so link please.

  7. Paul 7

    Maybe it’s about time to cast a closer spotlight on other National Party donors.
    What is their price for supporting the National and ACT Party?
    Looks like a group of individuals prepared to feather their nests at the expense of the independence of New Zealand and our economic sovereignty.
    Collins ….. Oravida
    Banks…..Sky City
    Williamson …Donghua Liu

    The list might be a lot longer.

    • Tracey 7.1

      i bet oriveda isnt one of the many companies that failed to meet the new standards for china.

    • Tracey 7.2

      dont forget oil and gas to mr jones…

      • Paul 7.2.1

        You are spinning so much you may fall over, Tracey.

      • Penny Bright 7.2.2

        And don’t forget Len Brown and Sky City – if we’re being consistent on CORRUPT ‘conflicts of interest’?

        Penny Bright

        • Colonial Viper 7.2.2.1

          How much did SkyCity donate to the Len Brown election campaign?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.3

      Paul I don’t believe these are isolated incidents, nor that the wider party is not involved.

      Simon Lusk alleges that National MPs “trade on” their time in Parliament “to build a lucrative business career”, and he should know: he’s trained enough of them for the role.

      It seems that for some, they can’t wait to leave Parliament to get on with it. Although someone should tell John Key that he is unlikely to earn as much as a model – even for Oravida – as he can designing exciting new financial instruments to hoover up money.

      But what they do as individuals pales by comparison to the behaviour of the wider party, which more or less sells audiences and indulgences and by the looks of it, justice too.

      • Paul 7.3.1

        Like the Hobbit Law and the Sky City Law?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.3.1.1

          Lots of meeting at which no notes were taken…

          From the AG’s report into the Sky City deal:

          The Prime Minister’s diary includes a meeting with SkyCity’s Chief Executive on 14 May 2009, which was one of a series of meetings that day with Auckland business leaders. SkyCity confirmed that this meeting took place. Neither participant can recall the discussion, and think that it was probably just an opportunity for them to meet rather than for any particular purpose…

          Yet SkyCity knew, from its earlier meetings with other Ministers, that the Government did not want to fund the construction of a convention centre at all and would look at alternative ways of making a centre viable, including regulatory reform to provide a potential provider with an enhanced revenue stream.

          Although the Prime Minister met with other business leaders and potential providers in the months before the EOI process, we have seen no evidence that this kind of discussion took place with any other potential submitter.

          • Paul 7.3.1.1.1

            Very interesting.

          • Draco T Bastard 7.3.1.1.2

            I thought ministers, especially the PM, were followed around by note takers to take down their every utterance so that such meetings were properly recorded.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.3.1.1.2.1

              Nah, the PM’s a decisive cut-through deal maker mate. Here, eat these prawns while I get a few pics.

  8. philj 8

    xox
    good to see Suzie and Guyon holding Labour to account for the Bill Luis episode, on Natz Radio this morning. Oh, it was supposed to be about Maurice.

  9. Jrobin 9

    Yes Espiner is particularly biased. Pity Russell Norman was on very early. His analysis was excellent and very penetrating re wealth and increasing political interference by the National Party This was rapidly shut down by Espiner.

  10. karol 10

    So is someone out to smear Bomber Bradbury – and by extension the Mana and Internet parties?

    • Ant 10.1

      Sounds like some people are just unhappy that the daily blog isn’t a soapbox for ALCP.

      • Tiger Mountain 10.1.1

        Sod’em, Bomber has done a great service with the Daily Blog which far outweighs the machinations of the various stoner factions. The ‘Public Address’ type luvvies sneer at him too, and sure Bomber often uses a double headed viking axe where other writers might use a stiletto, but that is why some of us like his style.

        • freedom 10.1.1.1

          and if Bomber reduced the inexplicable comment censorsing, it would be even better.

          • Disraeli Gladstone 10.1.1.1.1

            At one point, I started writing him little messages asking how his day was when he started censoring my comments that were even agreeing with the author of the post (but disagreed with him).

          • phillip ure 10.1.1.1.2

            i think the censoring-regime @ the daily blog has lessened somewhat…

            ..i have posted some reasonably harsh/critical pieces/comments there..

            ..and i see others getting thru that wouldn’t have previously..

            ..i don’t know if this has been a deliberate move..

            ..or has happened by a process of osmosis..

            ..but it is a definite improvement..and now they are there..i am puzzled they still don’t allow instant-comment-posting..as this would drive up their comment-traffic..

            ..i do see value in their comment-grading by readers system tho’..

            ..i find it adds nuance to any evaluations of moods around issues..

            ..and also provides more engagement/involvement by the reader..(and there is a degree of satisfaction to be had from up-ticking something you like..and down-ticking something you don’t..

            ..and this is particularly satisfying when the likes of neo-lib fanboy stuart nash post some drivel..get hammered in comments-thread..

            ..and then be silly enough to try to defend his spin/whatever in that comments thread..and then to get down-ticked right out the door..heh..!

            ..and each one of those down-tickers can feel a part of that clear message back at/to nash..he’d have to have the awareness of a rock not to take it as a major put-down/reality-check..

            ..there is empowerment/democracy to be had for the reader from that..i reckon..

            ..and that is a good thing to have going on..)

            (and a rating system would seem to be particularly suited to things of humour..like reader-captioning-posts..?)

        • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.2

          Nah.

          I’ve tried to like Bomber, and used to, but I’m no longer even sure his heart’s in the right place.

          Dude attacks allies all the time, for self serving reasons; doesn’t disclose connections he has which directly relate to things he writes about; desperatly wants to be a left wing whaleoil.

  11. bad12 11

    Lolz, Espiner on RadioNZ National nailing the Conservatives Colon Craig to a cross of Craig’s own making, having Mr loony tunes admit that He happily breaks the law when beating ‘His’ children,

    Here’s a self confessed criminal offender happily boasting about His crimes to anyone listening, where’s a cop when you need one,(perhaps a flood of complaints to the plods might see them take some action against this self confessed law breaker)…

    • Tracey 11.1

      ?thats what we need, journalists taking to task people not yet in parliament while giving many there, representing us, a free ride and making up the excuses for them.

  12. philj 12

    xox
    Yes, Guyon set CC up. And Colin walked straight into it, AND didn’t even blink. Says a lot about CC’s chin. I have noticed that Guy on likes to set traps for the politicians. Sneaky and unprofessional. Low and counterproductive.

    • Tiger Mountain 12.1

      Yep Guyon is a sneaky little shit thats for sure. Running obstacle courses rather than interviews.

      • Paul 12.1.1

        A self promoter.

        • freedom 12.1.1.1

          and his voice gives him away when he is prowling and about to pounce
          his speech flattens in its emotive tone and noticeably speeds up in sentence delivery

          in poker it is called a tell

          he needs to work on that

    • bad12 12.2

      All that just says we need more intelligent politicians, while not defending anything any of the press does or doesn’t do,(some of Espiner’s stuff i like and some i loath), it is up to those who except His invitation to be interviewed to deal with how Espiner frames such interviews….

  13. Disraeli Gladstone 13

    While Bomber’s reassuring himself that he’s important, there was a genuinely great post on Labour’s new Kiwisaver policy on The Daily Blog:

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/05/02/let-them-eat-cake/

    Really good analysis of why the policy is simply not good for a lot of people.

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      Going to have to think about it but, yeah, that is an excellent take down of Labour’s policy.

    • Tiger Mountain 13.2

      There have been many high quality posts on TDB by writers other than Bomber. Never been ‘censored’ by BB myself, and I have disagreed with him, and really if people go to the effort of keeping a blog running like Lprent does at The Standard they get to make the rules.

      “The freedom of the press belongs to them that owns the presses” as the pre digital old truism went. Easy enough to start your own blogs.

    • Ant 13.3

      The analysis was lacking in many places, putting the debt problem at the feet of just the boomers ignores the fact that a large segment of the population use credit as a means to compensate for low wages. Consumption fuelled by debt isn’t solely a ‘rich boomer buying boats’ problem, that everyday, often vital consumption like groceries and bills are being covered by debt is far more of a problem.

      It also fails to understand the structure of our inflation problems while doing a Pete George by claiming that the whole 9% is coming out of employee wages and that this would happen immediately which is completely disingenuous when we know it will be a gradual introduction.

      It’s also not a stand alone policy in looking to correct structural problems with our economy.

    • bad12 13.4

      Yep Disraeli, Susan St John gets to the heart of the matter, it is the workers in the bottom of the economy, those who earn $40,000 a year or lower who will be punished by this Labour policy,

      While readers are over at the Daily Blog having a read of the linked to article check out Chris Trotter’s article on the same subject for a contrasting view,

      To me, Chris only sees this as a positive, i assume, choosing to simply ignore the glaringly obvious negative effects on the lives of the working poor,

      Any criticism seems to be glossed over with a bit of spin, ” would you rather give your money to the foreign owned trading banks or save it for your retirement”,

      That is a totally false argument, you only have to look at which demographics actually are the most indebted in our economy to understand this,

      The ”poor”, working or otherwise, in the main do not carry large debt loadings nor live their lives off of credit cards, the ”poor”, working or otherwise are restricted in their access to such debt by dint of their low earnings,(simply borrowing a couple of hundred bucks once will usually destroy the economy of poor families for months),

      It isn’t the domain of the ”poor” working or otherwise to be mortgaged, signed up to hire purchase agreements of expensive goods, living off of credit cards, operating business or farming debt,

      In fact, most of ”the poor”, working or otherwise, have no such debts that interest rates effect in any way, so it is not ”the poor” that will benefit from ‘being used’ as tools to keep interest rates low for those above them in the monetary pecking order…

      • karol 13.4.1

        Meanwhile, in Aussie, those born after 1965 will have to work til they are 70 before they are able to get a pension.

        • bad12 13.4.1.1

          As well as have their pension payments tested against both assets and income Karol, at this point there doesn’t seem to be such proposals in the air for the pension here in New Zealand,

          Once compulsion has been with us for a year or three tho i will expect ”novel” imperatives to be brought forward claiming ”there is no alternative” to such measures lest super become unaffordable etc etc etc…

      • phillip ure 13.5.1

        there is a general rule of thumb there..naki..

        ..if the banksters don’t like it..

        ..we should smile..

        ..(and i bet they’ll be screaming doom/gloom! when the financial transaction tax is introduced..too..)

      • Paul 13.5.2

        Glad to know you’re on the banksters side, srylands.

  14. ianmac 14

    “The NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden should testify to the New Zealand intelligence committee on the influence the US spy agency has over its local partner, says Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.”
    Now wouldn’t that be interesting and informative. Can you imagine Mr Key agreeing to that? Me neither.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11247904

  15. Paul 15

    Seamus Milne has written some excellent pieces on the Ukraine.
    This is the story we aren’t hearing about the conflict. It is worrying to say the least.

    “It’s not Russia that’s pushed Ukraine to the brink of war
    The attempt to lever Kiev into the western camp by ousting an elected leader made conflict certain. It could be a threat to us all.”
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/30/russia-ukraine-war-kiev-conflict

  16. Disraeli Gladstone 16

    As I’ve written here and on the Daily Blog, I do not like Labour’s new Kiwisaver policy. However, I feel that there’s a very real and good policy just lurking under the surface.

    I’d like to see the variable saving rate implemented but keep Kiwisaver voluntary. Therefore, over half the country who are already in Kiwisaver, experience the change. However, if you don’t feel secure enough in your financial situation, you don’t have to join Kiwisaver.

    For people with mortgages, it’s a big win. It also encourages people to join Kiwisaver since they can increase their savings rather than paying higher interest rates. And for people without mortgages struggling, it’s a win because you don’t have to join.

    If Parker was to come out on that policy then that single handily undermines National’s fake concern about the poor, the Left’s genuine concern about the poor and makes the policy so much stronger.

    Would such an approach work? I don’t think that undermines Labour’s goal of using Kiwisaver as a monetary tool. It still helps to keep inflation down by lowering income on the section of society that has disposable income ready to spend. I don’t think the poor who are struggling each month or lower-middle income families who are just getting by are contributing to inflation much.

    • chris73 16.1

      Which is funny because I’d like to see it made compulsory but let the individual decide how much to pay in

    • bad12 16.2

      Things are getting strange when we agree with each other Disraeli, it is those with the most debt in the economy that are most adversely effected by rising interest rates and my opinion is that it is they that should suffer the negative effects of attempts to keep those interest rates low,

      You have to though fully believe that David Parker has announced this policy with all honesty, politically it is a far better look to say that everyone(except the self employed strangely excluded), will have to pay into a kiwi-saver account which will then be used to help control interest rates than have it linked to raising the age of pension entitlement,

      Paul the Plumber, Bob the Builder, and, Fred the Farmer must all love the idea that the Parliaments cleaners will be paying outta their thin pockets to pay to keep interests rates low…

  17. captain hook 17

    I see colin craig leering all over the telly last night about how he is going to contest Morris Williamsons seat but no mention of his suit against Russel Norman. Wassamatter colin? Did god tell you you weren’t going to win?

    • chris73 17.1

      Williamson gone for being stupid (and getting caught) is a good thing but yeah as for looking for a silver lining National don’t have to worry about fitting in McCully, Bennet and Craig into 2 electorates
      so hopefully John Key can convince Williamson to not stand at the next election

    • chris73 18.1

      Well theres a major blow for Labour (yes tongue is firmly in cheek)

      • Skinny 18.1.1

        A number of others will have been given the message it’s time to move on, or face being shunted out on the party list. Those that have a ‘sticking around’ card to play will, that’s politic’s. Their are some in the similar position as Williamson, popular and or in safe seats. This is the pity, they remain because it’s hard to win over enough internal support to challenge them successfully with the votes to remove them.

      • Chriss.
        I expect the Herald headline ” Labour in disaray , Labour finished ! blahl blah.

        • chris73 18.1.2.1

          Renewal is a good thing, maybe some others in Labour could be persuaded

  18. Tautoko Viper 19

    This thought-provoking article by Dr Vadana Shiva indicates why it is absolutely imperative that NZ does not sign the TPPA.

    “At a time when the world needs to recognise that life forms, including seeds, are not an invention and the US should correct its laws to be more in alignment with the Rights of the Earth and with human rights, the US government is threatening India with trade retaliation to force us to change our patent laws yet again and introduce the unethical, unscientific and anti-human laws of patent monopolies on seed and medicine.”
    https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/30-9

    • Ennui 19.1

      When Vadana speaks the whole world should listen: she is one of the greatest minds on the planet today. Her advocacy for the environment, the poor and women has marked her as a great champion for the oppressed and a great opponent of what is unjust. What she says here is spot on.

  19. Hayden 20

    Interesting:

    Justice Minister Judith Collins’ office initially asked for a foreign affairs briefing before a controversial dinner in China with Oravida representatives and an unnamed border official.

    An October 15 email from her office noted:

    “On Sunday, October 20, the minister will be having a dinner that will include (redacted name). He has agreed to meet with the minister arranged by Mr Stone Shi, Oravida. The minister would like ambassador Carl Worker and his wife to attend this dinner. A briefing from Mfat will be required.”

    From Stuff

    Friendly dinner indeed!

    • ianmac 20.1

      “On Sunday, October 20, the minister will be having a dinner that will include (redacted name).
      The ambassador was invited to an official meeting so it was not private after all. Maybe the ambassador could see the risks and so backed out. Collins V Williamson?

      • Tracey 20.1.1

        or such short notice had another engagement which probably was seen as manna from heaven by collins to talk “more freely”.

    • Tracey 20.2

      so… another lie… caught out…

      its second nature it seems.

    • Red Rosa 20.3

      Time to go, Judith. A tangle of denial and evasion, slowly unravelling.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10002149/Mfat-briefing-requested-before-Oravida-dinner

      First the ‘cup of tea on the way to the airport’. Next, the supposedly ‘private’ dinner.

      Of course the real purpose of the trip was to deliver the preachy-teachy lesson to the Chinese on ‘Corruption’. As Minister of Justice, of course…maybe the NZ taxpayer could study this little gem and see how it’s done?

      Really, you couldn’t make this stuff up.

      • chris73 20.3.1

        ”My office naturally asks for briefings for everything but it was a private dinner so it wasn’t needed.”

        Hoping its something doesn’t mean it is something

        • Hayden 20.3.1.1

          Regurgitating Collins’ bullshit doesn’t make it nothing, either.

  20. this is kinda interesting..

    “..Cold War self-censorship prevented mainstream economists from diagnosing adequately the fundamental flaw in capitalism –

    Thomas Piketty said in an interview with The Huffington Post..”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/01/thomas-piketty-cold-war_n_5247373.html

  21. Penny Bright 22

    FYI

    OIA reply from Minister of Justice Judith Collins dated 2 May 2014:

    re: name of the mysterious Chinese border official and agency for whom he worked, at the Beijing ‘private dinner’ stacked with key Oravida personnel.

    Judith Collins reply:

    “The dinner was a private dinner and not in my capacity as Minister of Justice.

    Therefore I am declining your request under section 2(1) of the Act as it does not meet the definition of Official Information.”

    I’m still waiting for a reply to THIS further OIA request:

    22 April 2014

    Minister for Justice
    Judith Collins

    ‘Open Letter’ /OIA request to NZ Minister for Justice Judith Collins – what was the involvement of the NZ Ambassador to China (Carl Worker) in your ‘private’ Oravida dinner?

    Dear Minister,

    Please provide the following information which confirms;

    1) Who invited Carl Worker, the NZ Ambassador to China, to this Oravida ‘private’ dinner?

    2) Why the NZ Ambassador to China, Carl Worker, declined to attend this Oravida ‘private’ dinner.

    3) Who paid for the ‘dinner’ that you ate?

    4) Why was your ‘senior advisor’ Margaret Malcolm present at this Oravida ‘private’ dinner, and in what capacity?

    5) In what capacity did you, Minister of Justice Judith Collins speak “.. to the ambassador about the dinner the following day and told him “nothing had occurred that was untoward and it was just a very private friendly dinner that was short”.

    ie: As a private citizen, or as the Minister for Justice?

    6) Did you, Judith Collins speak to Carl Worker in his capacity as NZ Ambassador to China, regarding this Oravida ‘private’ dinner?

    7) Is it your normal ‘custom and practice’ to take notes at ‘private’ dinner meetings with ‘friends’?

    8) How do you draw a ‘line in the sand’ between your rights to privacy as a citizen, and the public’s right to transparency in your public role as Minister for Justice?

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11240640

    “Justice Minister Judith Collins has recovered her memory after telling Parliament she could not recall whether she had briefed New Zealand’s ambassador to Beijing about her Oravida dinner.
    …..
    In Parliament’s last session before a two-week recess, she again refused to identify the official she dined with, said she did not know of Oravida’s difficulties in the Chinese market before the dinner, and said she could not remember whether she had briefed ambassador to Beijing Carl Worker about the dinner.

    She told the Weekend Herald she didn’t believe she had spoken about the dinner to Mr Worker beyond an initial discussion beforehand when he said he would not attend.

    But on Thursday evening, she said she had checked her notes and believed she had spoken to the ambassador about the dinner the following day and told him “nothing had occurred that was untoward and it was just a very private friendly dinner that was short”.

    She said Mr Worker had asked her on the day of the dinner to just let him know if there was anything that he needed to know about.
    …….”

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright

    ………………….
    …………………

    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

    Attendee: 2009 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference
    Attendee: 2010 Transparency International Anti-Corruption Conference
    Attendee: 2013 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate, polling 4th with 11,723 votes campaigning against corrupt corporate control of the Auckland region

    http://www.pennybrightformayor.org.nz

  22. Draco T Bastard 23

    The ongoing saga of WINZ and Bennett against everyone on a benefit:

    She suggests that my illness and the amount of stress on me has distorted my perception of reality. I am utterly gobsmacked. A while ago I wrote about hysteria, and how it is a label given to women to belittle their experience, strip them of their rights, and silence them. This is exactly what is happening here. Yes, Paula, I am stressed. No, I am not incapable. My illness does not effect my brain, and my perception is entirely coherent.

    • McFlock 23.1

      interesting article, and blog actually

    • weka 23.2

      I can’t bring myself to read that. Bennett is the worst of the worst. Completely and utterly heartless, ideologically driven to the point of being pathological, and an outright bully.

    • BLiP 23.3

      Heart-breaking yet also encouraging to see that Sarah Wilson will not be bullied. Thanks for the link.

      From what I’ve seen of the evidence concerning the mental functioning of a neo-liberal like Paula Bennet, it is her and her ilk who are struggling with reality. That Paula Bennett’s first choice of action in dealing with Ms Wilson is to respond with ad homs rather than address the very valid points raised provides further evidence of the Minister of Social Development’s impaired cognitive functioning. Displaying such a vile strategy in her modelling of public dialogue also indicates a level of defensiveness bordering on the endemic psychological denial and utter lack of empathy one usually finds in the narcissistic-type personality disordered sociopath. Of course, within the John Key-led National Ltd™ Goverment such a condition would be considered an attitbute during the implentation phase of draconian legislation. Just as well for Natonal Ltd™ that John Key is super capable of emanating the full-beam charm of a true psychopath so as to detract from the sociopathic actions of his minion ministers.

  23. greywarbler 24

    I was wondering today if the NACTs have become so enthused with the idea of China being The Next Big Thing that everybody who has asperashunal ideas has gone out and got themselves a pet Chinese person or Chinese project. Williamson just didn’t massage his magic lantern the right way.

  24. With the possibility of three ministers resigning within days of each other, I’m guessing John Key will try to convince us his government, and him personally, have any credibility left at all… In the style of a drunken cabaret singer getting over a bad hangover, mumbling the about the show having to go on.

    Getting a whiff of early election in the air.

  25. ianmac 28

    John Key said that he called Williamson into his office and questioned him about his take on calling the police. Then accepted his resignation. OK? Shows what a good leader he is. Right?

    John Key refused to call John Banks in to explain.
    John Key refused to call in Peter Dunne to explain.
    And I don’t think he did so to Judith Collins and left it to his secretary.
    Anyone see the hypocrisy here?

  26. BLiP 30

    Interesting study carried out concerning news coverage of climate change in the United States . . .

    . . . CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are the most widely watched cable news networks in the U.S. Their coverage of climate change is an influential source of information for the public and policy makers alike.

    To gauge how accurately these networks inform their audiences about climate change, UCS analyzed the networks’ climate science coverage in 2013 and found that each network treated climate science very differently.

    Fox News was the least accurate; 72 percent of its 2013 climate science-related segments contained misleading statements. CNN was in the middle, with about a third of segments featuring misleading statements. MSNBC was the most accurate, with only eight percent of segments containing misleading statements . . .

    . . . from what I can see, the New Zealand media is not quite so bad. The problem here, as I see it, is that there’s just so little news about it at all. One recent example is the visit to New Zealand by Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear. It was a kinda weird it was the most dastardly tory rag in the country reporting Locklear’s statement that climate change is the biggest security threat to the Pacific region. Needless to say, the comment was buried in the body of the article so as not to detract from embarassingly clumsy fawning of the obseqious scribe. Oddly enough, the NBR it was the only place I saw it reported other than at the ever reliable Scoop. Anyone else see it anywhere?

  27. A quick one for Rogue if he’s browsing through.
    I have something for you, give us a shout. :)

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    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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