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Open mike 05/08/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 5th, 2012 - 211 comments
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211 comments on “Open mike 05/08/2012”

  1. Carol 1

    Interesting Occupy Christchurch oral history project, aiming to get it off the ground using crowd funding:


    Oral History of Occupy Chch By Byron Clark

    For 162 days, from October 15th 2011 until March 25th 2012, protesters camped out in a corner of Hagley Park as part of a global protest against wealth inequality. Over that time what The Press described as “one of Christchurchs most unusual communities”
    My goal is to raise enough money for the recording equipment needed to conduct this oral history project, and self publish a book- with copies being donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, Christchurch City Libraries, Archives New Zealand and the Canterbury Museum archive. This will provide an important historical record looking at what was going on locally in the early 2010s- an era where Time magazine made “The Protester” their person for the year.

    As the MSM are already writing off the occupy movement, I reckon it’s a good idea to put some of the NZ/Aotearoa voices from the movement on record.

    Also will be interesting to see how successful the crowd funding is.

    • Jenny 1.1

      According to Colonial Viper the peaceful Occupy protesters are all foreigners that fully deserve to be mowed down with machine gun fire.

      Oh wait, I am mistaken. Colonial Viper is a racist who thinks this treatment only suitable for Arabs.

      [ Jenny. This daily goading of CV is getting very tiresome. See this as a polite request for you to pull your head in - Bill]

      • weka 1.1.1

        According to Colonial Viper the peaceful Occupy protesters are all foreigners that fully deserve to be mowed down with machine gun fire.

        Links to back up that statement please.

      • Jenny 1.1.2

        A person who supports a mass murderer and torturer deserves a daily goading, (at least). CVs poisonous racism and Islamaphobia is on open display on this website and is not being challenged by you Bill.

        I will continue to confront racists and apologists for crimes against humanity. Bill, you can protect them from my criticism if you choose.

        But I will not ignore racists or stop criticising them.

        Personally I think it would be more honourable for you to either argue against my position using facts, or argue CV’s case if that is what you feel.

        Sincerely Jenny

        [ If you have a position on events in Syria, then by all means argue your case in the appropriate thread or section of open mike. For days now, you're basic thrust has been to inaccurately malign CV at every opportunity while showing no concern for how your off topic interjections mess up debate/discussion. To the best of my knowledge there have been no comments made by CV that exhibit either 'poisoness racism' or 'Islamaphobia'. If you can link to such comments then I strongly suggest that you do so. Otherwise, and bearing in mind that I've had enough of all this nonsense, end it. Not one more word pertaining to CV's supposed racism, Islamophobia or otherwise using his comments to 'have a go'. I hope that's clear. I really dislike imposing 'holidays' on people, but from where I'm sitting it appears you are intent on packing your bags. Please prove me wrong. - Bill]

        • weka

          Jenny I don’t have a problem with you arguing against racism, but you engage in slander far too often for your posts to be that useful. Many of your posts about CV contain content that isn’t fact based and is merely your (negative) assertion/opinion. You seem to not understand the difference between fact and opinion. Unfortunately it’s starting to make me question the integrity of everything else you say.
          Speaking of facts, are you going to respond to my post 1.1.1?

          • Jenny

            I think a Citation is required here Weka.

              • Jenny

                You will have to better than that Weka.

                I have characterised Colonial Viper’s depiction of the Arab people who have waged the Arab Spring as being agents of the West as “racist”.

                Colonial Viper’s subtext, being that the Arabs are too cowardly and timid to take on these mostly Western backed regimes.

                You will notice that CV himself has never defended himself from these accusations.

                I imagine though that he has submitted many bitter complaints to the moderators on being challenged on his racism.

                [No Jenny, s/he hasn't. We get the point, you have a thing against CV. Please take the hint from the growing response here and consider your point well made eh? - thanks - r0b]

                • weka

                  I said that you post assertion as fact. You asked for my back up. I posted the link.

                  According to Colonial Viper the peaceful Occupy protesters are all foreigners that fully deserve to be mowed down with machine gun fire.

                  You’ve since acknowledged that CV never said or implied such a thing. You lied, and you used the lie to smear CV. It’s bullshit.

                  • Jenny

                    Weka I think it is a bit of stretch to accuse me of lying. where is the lie? As I have admitted I was indulging in satire to make a point. The point being while he is content to see Arab Spring protesters mowed down by the army on the orders of the government, that even Colonial Viper (hopefully) would object to see unarmed protesters being mown down with machine guns if it happened in this country.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I imagine though that he has submitted many bitter complaints to the moderators on being challenged on his racism.

                  From what I read, that’s far from being the only thing going on in your imagination.

          • Jenny

            As for a response to your comment 1.1.1. To make it clear I was using satire to make a point. CV did not actually say that peaceful New Zealand unarmed protesters were all foreigners that deserved to be shot to death. But, he has argued this very case for the peaceful protesters who first confronted Bashar Assad’s regime.

            • weka

              right. But can you see that for anyone not inside your head, or aware of your feelings about CV, the post about Occupy is nothing close to satire and makes absolutely no sense. Any new reader here is going to think CV is an arse. For regulars it just comes across as someone with a grudge who uses off topic posts at every chance to have a go at someone else.

              • Any new reader here is going to think CV is an arse. For regulars it just comes across as someone with a grudge who uses off topic posts at every chance to have a go at someone else.

                Fair enough if you are trying to support CV, but “uses off topic posts at every chance to have a go at someone else” is hardly out of the ordinary here. Are you speaking against repeat harassment here in general, or just in this case?

                • Kotahi Tāne Huna


                • weka

                  I’m not supporting CV, I’m objecting to Jenny’s behaviour. It’s tedious and interferes with the flow of conversation. I haven’t been reading hardly any of the comments on Syria, so I don’t know what Jenny is on about. From the little I know of CV, her criticisms don’t match outside of the Syria issue, and I doubt they even make sense within the Syria issue. She just comes across as irrational or with a bug up her arse, and as I’ve pointed out doesn’t seem to understand what arguing the facts is. I’m sick of it.
                  The difference between what Jenny is doing, and the general rough and tumble here, is that she is now stalking CV and being a tr*ll. It doesn’t particularly surprise me that you don’t get the difference, you always seem to not understand the culture of this place, or certain social norms here.
                  Either that or your question is a disingenuous nod to how you feel you’ve been treated.

                  • The difference between what Jenny is doing, and the general rough and tumble here, is that she is now stalking CV and being a tr*ll.

                    That you would make a statement like that suggests that you seem to not understand the culture of this place, and are oblivious to certain social norms here.

                    I don’t have a problem with either CV or Jenny, I don’t follow much of either but it’s easy to ignore what doesn’t interest you, if you choose. Some choose to stalk, that’s obviously frowned on at times, but it is common and often supported.

                    • weka

                      Please give me an example of someone being stalked in the past week, other than CV.
                      Whether you have a problem with CV or Jenny or not is completely irrelevant. What matters is whether it affects the site. Plenty of people, including two moderators, say it does. You really think that your personal experience matters more than that?

                      but it’s easy to ignore what doesn’t interest you, if you choose

                      LOL. So says the man who has been banned multiple times for behaviour that pisses off lots of people and disrupts the site.

            • Pascal's bookie

              “But, he has argued this very case for the peaceful protesters who first confronted Bashar Assad’s regime”

              Cite for this.

              This is what Bill is talking about. CV has pointed out that AQ and other groups are involved in the syrian civil war. He’s right about that. Here’s an interview with some of them:


              From what I’ve seen you think that all this is just propaganda, and from that you make the rather astounding leap that CV is a a racist islamaphobe who bla blah blah. Your failure to actually argue case is what the problen seems to be.

        • Jenny

          The regime of Basher Assad beloved by so called Western leftists is condemned by the elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas


          • grumpy

            …….I think you have a few issues…………………

            • muzza

              What this shows graphically, is where the blind get it so very wrong when doggedly beieving in a cause.

              The intention is good (although becoming questionable given the rantings), the cause is worthy, but the lack of holistic self awareness casts a very dark shaddow of negative energy in the direction of the targeted recipients of the good intentions.

              Having spent some time participating in the local active scene, it appears that it is all too common, for those involved to lack the self awareness, and hence the abilities to really make a difference. In fact they become a driver for turning people away from good causes and important issues, who might otherwise build numbers to make some genuine positive change.

              Because of these types of people, the active community is destined to always be “fringe loonies”, and that is a real shame, but will not change until some people of integrity, and leadership appear, and get involved.

              In the meantime, the Jennys of the active world will in fact help the well intended causes to lose ground, by simply turning people away through shear blody minded ignorance!

              • weka

                There is also the issue of being unable to take feedback from one’s peers.

                • muzza

                  Depends who one sees as peers, if indeed they see things that way at all.

                  The other point is that many on here have posted links about Syria, cv, bill, P’s B, myself, and others, yet its seems only cv is getting the treatment, which indicates some other problem/factors are at play.

                  Pick a number….

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Yeah that’s an interesting observation. Disagreement over my energy depletion vs climate change position preceeded Jenny’s objections to my Syria statements.

                    • weka

                      Plus the criticisms of the middle classes. It’s not like you’re the only person who makes those points.

                    • Jenny

                      Yeah that’s an interesting observation. Disagreement over my energy depletion vs climate change position preceeded Jenny’s objections to my Syria statements.

                      Colonial Viper

                      That is right CV you have generally been the voice that leads the charge for conservative BAU fossil fuel use that will condemn us all.

                      It came as little surprise to me that you also support the status quo in the Middle East.

                      Are the two linked?

                      Yes, in that they are both a product of a misanthropic world view that argues that human beings are powerless to defeat repressive political regimes, or powerful vested interest.

                      I have always begged to differ and have cited examples from New Zealand and world history to disprove this widely perceived world view.

                      PS. And you shouldn’t be so coy CV. I have made this “interesting observation” to you previously myself.

                    • weka

                      That is right CV you have generally been the voice that leads the charge for conservative BAU fossil fuel use that will condemn us all.

                      More mistaken opinion stated as fact.
                      Please provide three links to places where CV has promoted fossil fuel use in the way that conservative typically do, and where he has lead the way on this.

                  • Jenny

                    The other point is that many on here have posted links about Syria, cv, bill, P’s B, myself, and others, yet its seems only cv is getting the treatment, which indicates some other problem/factors are at play.


                    Quite correct Muzza, It is because I fear that CV’s views are silently held by many others here that he gets the treatment.

                    If I thought that he was just a lone right wing nutter I would ignore him.

                    Unfortunately for him being the most vociferous in his support for this murderer and torturer he gets the full force of my fury. To his credit he has dared to raise his head above the parapet.

              • Jenny

                It is the blind supporters of murders and torturers who turn people away from the left.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  People that turn a blind eye to Al Qaeda and the like? Yeah, it’s a problem.

                  • Jenny

                    Not afraid to take a stand, New Zealand’s own Anita McNaught goes to the front line.


                    A deserved slap in the face for kiwi quislings like Colonial Viper who support the Assad regime in it’s murder and torture and deride and defame the Syrian people’s attempts to rid themselves of the tyrant.

                    • deuto

                      I was trying to refrain from commenting on what has gone on today re your apparent obsession with CV, but obviously everything that has been said, including by the moderators, has gone over your head and you could not help yourself with this latest:

                      A deserved slap in the face for kiwi quislings like Colonial Viper who support the Assad regime in it’s murder and torture and deride and defame the Syrian people’s attempts to rid themselves of the tyrant.

                      If you had left out ‘like CV’ , I would feel some respect for you and your views, but you have now lost me and I will no longer be reading any of your comments.

                  • Jenny

                    People that turn a blind eye to Al Qaeda and the like?….

                    Pascal’s bookie

                    This is just the propaganda put about by the regime. By parroting it, it is you PB who is willfully turning a blind eye to the mass murder of peaceful civilian protesters and the torture and murder of the families of army deserters that preceded the armed insurrection.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      New York Times describes increasing religious radicalisation of Syrian conflict, and role of foreign fighters


                      But jihad has become a distinctive rallying cry. The commander of the newly unified brigades of the Free Syrian Army fighting in Aleppo was shown in a YouTube video on Sunday exhorting men joining the rebellion there by telling them: “Those whose intentions are not for God, they had better stay home, whereas if your intention is for God, then you go for jihad and you gain an afterlife and heaven.”

                    • muzza

                      “This is just the propaganda put about by the regime. By parroting it, it is you PB who is willfully turning a blind eye to the mass murder of peaceful civilian protesters and the torture and murder of the families of army deserters that preceded the armed insurrection”

                      –Where to begin with this one…

                      1: Propaganda from the regime – What regime would have the control over the links posted from the various sources, we have been posting, and where does Al Jazeera, and Anita McNaught fit into that regime you talk about? Sounds all very confused to me Jenny, not to mention contradictory!

                      2: Mass Murder of peaceful civilian protesters – You keep spouting this, yet can’t recall seeing where you provided a link which was not easily negated by many others. And I have not heard you make any mention of the numerous Syrians who actually support Assad, I guess that doesn’t much matter, cos it makes a rather big hole on your belief system.

                      3: Deserters – Um, yeah there has been a heap of them right, but there has been many more caught and killed who have been shipped into Syria to fight the military, who are deserters and mercenaries who have been murdering and killing innocent civillians too, yet you continue to ignore these deserters who are a rag tag bunch of rent a jihadi working for the paycheck of the Qatari. Saudi, NATO warmongers

                      4: Speaking of Qatar, Bharain, Saudi etc – No mention from you about the civillians getting crushed on regular basis, murdered, tortured etc by those regimes, unless I missed it, another rather gaping hole in your discussion points

                      Jenny the key thing to remember is that on any side of a debate, no one can be entirely right or wrong, there is simply too many complex issue at play here, it can only be a case of read as many points of views and materials from as many sources as it take to form an opinion, then keep reading more and be prepared for your opinion to evolve, thats really the best any of us can do eh. Sticking to a position which has been reasonably well proven to be incorrect, and then hurling abuse at people who point this out, really just makes you lose credibility, and also negatively impacts how well your message could be recieved, surely you can see that is unhelpful to those you claim to support?

                      In war, truth is the first casualty. Aeschylus Greek tragic dramatist (525 BC – 456 BC)

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      “This is just the propaganda put about by the regime.”

                      Here’s an interview conducted by a war correspondent with some of the rebels. I’ll include a longish quote because I have the feeling you’re not inclined to read links, so it will pay to get the evidence into this thread:


                      But these were not average members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder and his men fight for al-Qaida. They call themselves the ghuraba’a, or “strangers”, after a famous jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden’s time with his followers in the Afghan mountains, and they are one of a number of jihadi organisations establishing a foothold in the east of the country now that the conflict in Syria has stretched well into its second bloody year.

                      They try to hide their presence. “Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags,” said Abu Khuder. “They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?” But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs and IEDs.

                      According to Abu Khuder, his men are working closely with the military council that commands the Free Syrian Army brigades in the region. “We meet almost every day,” he said. “We have clear instructions from our [al-Qaida] leadership that if the FSA need our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations.” Abu Khuder’s men had a lot of experience in bomb-making from Iraq and elsewhere, he added.

                      Abu Khuder spoke later at length. He reclined on a pile of cushions in a house in Mohassen, resting his left arm which had been hit by a sniper’s bullet and was wrapped in plaster and bandages. Four teenage boys kneeled in a tight crescent in front of him, craning their necks and listening with awe. Other villagers in the room looked uneasy.

                      Abu Khuder had been an officer in a mechanised Syrian border force called the Camel Corps when he took up arms against the regime. He fought the security forces with a pistol and a light hunting rifle, gaining a reputation as one of the bravest and most ruthless men in Deir el-Zour province and helped to form one of the first FSA battalions.

                      He soon became disillusioned with what he saw as the rebel army’s disorganisation and inability to strike at the regime, however. He illustrated this by describing an attempt to attack the government garrison in Mohassen. Fortified in a former textile factory behind concrete walls, sand bags, machine-gun turrets and armoured vehicles, the garrison was immune to the rebels’ puny attempt at assault.

                      “When we attacked the base with the FSA we tried everything and failed,” said Abu Khuder. “Even with around 200 men attacking from multiple fronts they couldn’t injure a single government soldier and instead wasted 1.5m Syrian pounds [£14,500] on firing ammunition at the walls.”

                      Then a group of devout and disciplined Islamist fighters in the nearby village offered to help. They summoned an expert from Damascus and after two days of work handed Abu Khuder their token of friendship: a truck rigged with two tonnes of explosives.

                      That describes defectors from the regime, joining up with the FSA, becoming disillusioned with the capabilities of the FSA and hooking up with Al Qaeda. Which is entirely understandable and predictable. It’s what happens in civil wars. It is not some romantic fucking game where the good guys win as long as their hearts stay pure.

                      It is entirely predictiable and expected that AQ will move into the chaos of Syria, and just as predictible that the rebels will see this as usefull. Denying it is just ignorant.

                      Here’s another link:


                      That describes the kidnapping and killing of a tv presenter by the rebels. Again, entirely the sort of thing you expect to see happenning when pluralism breaks down in a country going through a civil war. This journo was broadcasting propagnda, so they captured him and slaughtered him, and are using his slaughter in their own propaganda. That’s what civil war looks like.

                      So what do you think should be done?

                      Be specific. I want to hear what you think the NZ govt should do, and what you think ‘the left’ should do.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      And here’s a link to the statement from the group that excecuted the journalist:


                      We warned previously that there was no place in the middle for anyone, the regime would not accept that. And the people of Jihad, with the clarity of their way and the strength of their belief, would not accept that either. It is upon all to decide to choose one of the two sides; which team to support, to stand before God, most high, and make this choice.

                      By the favor of God for the Mujahideen in the al-Nusra front, the heroes of the western [don’t know], over the media Shabih Mohammed Said, on the date July 19, 2012, was killed after an interrogation. The Shabih Mohammed al-Said worked for the Syrian satellite station, and previously presented for the program “Hadith al-Balad” [Talk of the Nation].

                      Perhaps, through this operation, and others like it, [we will] express to everyone who supports this tyrannical regime will repent to God, and the swords of the Mujahideen will reap their heads and purify the land of Sham [historical name for Syria] from their filth, in shaa allah.

          • Frank Macskasy

            “The regime of Basher Assad beloved by so called Western leftists…”



            I must’ve missed the email instructing me to love Assad.

            So, how’s that worship of Dear Leader working out for you, Jen?

            By the way, Jenny, in case I shatter your delusions, you might want to take a squizz at this: http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/bloggers-lament-the-ultimate-sacrifice-for-freedom/

            Whatever weird thing you’re doing, I think this is closer to reality.

        • Jenny

          It seems clear to me Bill that you are taking sides, many times CV has supported a proven mass murderer and torturer. I also see that further down this thread you also object to me challenging CV for his continual support for continueing with policies that will seriously increase global warming.

          I also notice that you have never criticised CV for deriding those he scapegoats as “middle class”.

          • weka

            < :roll: >

          • grumpy

            One man’s mass murderer and torturer is another’s freedom fighter.

            Pardon me if I do not share your view of Al Queda as “freedom fighters”.

            Seems like you start from the premise “Palestinian good, Israeli bad” and then go careering off on a tangent from there.

            More thought required.

    • weka 1.2

      Thanks Carol, great project. Looks like they reached their target already too.

      • Jenny 1.2.1

        My apologies to Carol for disrupting her thread. I thought my satirical comment would be just passed by. But it seems the apologists for Assad decided to make a stand.

    • Mark 1.3

      “My goal is to raise enough money for the recording equipment needed to conduct this oral history”

      I suggest that this is not expensive equipment.


      It also seemed that whenever Police were there to uphold the law there were plenty of Occupy supporters recording “brutality”.. perhaps ask some of them?

      • weka 1.3.1

        What’s your point Mark? $1200 for the whole project, including self publishing a book and giving copies of the audio to various museums, doesn’t seem excessive. There is also a quality issue in recording oral histories that would affect what equipment was bought.

        • felix

          It’s a bargain basement price and won’t include paying for anyone’s time either.

          Many people seem to think that because they got iPhoto and Garageband with their macbook that everything can be done for free now.

          • Colonial Viper

            And they typically don’t understand the quality difference between professional/studio grade equipment and cheap consumer crap. A Sony consumer grade video camera might be $500. A Sony professional video camera might start at $50,000. And the entire range inbetween.

            • Carol

              Indeed. And for this particular project the researcher is hoping to lodge the recordings in the archives of Alexander Turnbull, and other libraries and a museum. I understand they usually prefer “archival quality” recordings:



              To record oral history you will need to use the best-quality equipment you can buy, borrow or hire. Poor sound recordings will be of little use to researchers in the future.

  2. Socialist Paddy 2

    I have just watched the replay of The Nation on TV3 and more particularly the Colin Craig interview. Louisa Wall was great and really dominated. Craig achieved an unusual status, he was odious, overbearing and smarmy all at the one time. He kept on overtaking Wall who to her credit stood her ground and managed with some very concise responses ridiculed what he was saying.

    Craig has some unusual views.  Apparently homosexuality is a lifestyle choice while at the time is evidence of abuse as a child. He is also fully in favour of there being a referendum on the subject but is opposed the a Parliamentary Select Committee from hearing submissions on the bill. How undemocratic is that? Louisa’s response that New Zealand gave the vote to women in 1893 without the need for a referendum whereas it took Switzerland until 1971 for the first Canton to give women the vote with the benefit of a referendum.

    IMHO the issue is purely one of human rights. Why should gay and lesbian couples be discriminated against?

    The Green MPs are all supportive. There are 8 Labour MPs who have not declared a position or have not decided yet. Jones and Sio have not declared, Twyford, O’Connor, Cosgrove, Huo, Prasad and Robertson have declared they are undecided.

    I hear that O’Connor, Robertson and O’Connor are unlikely to vote in favour.

    Shame on them. MPs in a progressive party should prefer principle over red neck populism every time.

    • Louisa Wall has impressed me since her bill was drawn from the ballot, she has worked strongly and positively to get support, and uses good fact based arguments. I was a bit doubtful about her abilities, but she’s proven to be a very good MP.

      Colin Craig keeps shooting anti marriage equality in the feet.

      I don’t think MPs with different views should be shamed, all MPs have a right to vote on their conscience. Democracy shouldn’t demand everyone back one side.

      • Socialist Paddy 2.1.1

        Oops I meant to say Cosgrove. And if an MP in a progressive party does not support human rights then they should be shamed.

        • Pete George

          Interesting contrast between Wall and Cosgrove, who both had bills drawn at the same time.

          Cosgrove, fading old school MP – his approach was a cranky attack on National saying if they didn’t support his bill it meant something irrelevant and totally unsupported by facts. He presumably chose his bill as a political attack weapon.

          Wall, up and coming fresh approach MP – her approach was to work with MPs from other parties to build support for her bill based on well expressed facts. Her bill was the right approach at the right time and an very good example of an appropriate Member’s bill

          Cosgrove’s bill is doomed from the start and largely ignored.
          Wall’s bill looks assured of success with increasingly popular support.

      • Te Reo Putake 2.1.2


    • Colonial Viper 2.2

      Why would a gay MP be expected to vote against this Bill?

      • Te Reo Putake 2.2.1

        They wouldn’t, CV! I think it’s likely that 2 socially conservative Labour MP’s (O’Connor and Cosgrove) will abstain, but I would be very surprised if any MP on the left votes against the bill.

      • Socialist Paddy 2.2.2

        Ross Robertson, not Grant Robertson. 

        • QoT

          And if in a bizarro-world situation Grant R. did vote against it wouldn’t be unprecedented since Finlayson is already down as a “no”.

  3. Ministry of Justice 3

    I have a question about the gay marriage bill.

    According to the NZ Herald

    Ms Wall re-emphasised yesterday that her legislation would change the state’s definition of marriage, not the church’s definition, and religious institutions would be free to opt out of marrying same-sex couples.

    What legislation, i.e. which section of which act, would allow religious institutions to opt out of marrying same-sex couples?

    • bad12 3.1

      Conversely, which section of which Act makes it compulsory for religious institutions to marry anyone???,

      I was always under the impression that a couple wishing to marry in a church had to ask the churches permission…

      • Ministry of Justice 3.1.1

        Human Rights Act 1993
        Section 21 Prohibited grounds of discrimination
        (1) For the purposes of this Act, the prohibited grounds of discrimination are—

        (m) sexual orientation, which means a heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation.

        • Colonial Viper

          None of which is going to get Destiny Church (and others) to do anything differently.

  4. Dv 4

    Did I just hear that the Govt are getting a new valuation for the rezone houses, so they can charge the insurance companies.

    How come they don’t use the 2007 valuations the forced on the red zoners. That would be a zero sum game. Are they expecting to make windfall profit. If that is so that is DISGRACEFUL.

    • Descendant Of Smith 4.1

      You are assuming the valuation will be higher. It may not be.

      I’ve always seen that 2007 valuation as fair as house prices had dropped in many parts of Christchurch since 2007.

      One of our family friends had just gone unconditional, two days before the first quake, were selling their house and moving to Hamilton. They had sold for $20,000 less than the GV. The buyer was allowed to pull out as the house was wrecked and subsequently they received an extra $20,000.

      The issue really isn’t the use of the valuation, the issue is the increased cost of land and the increased cost of building.

      For many who are moving or have moved to other towns and to Aussie it’s a non-issue.

      For those staying and building it the costs are higher than their previous home was worth.

      In saying that many house insurance policies are now not for a value but for a square footage at a certain quality of material. A value shouldn’t matter in those circumstances.

  5. David H 5

    14 Billion barrels of oil. Hmmm that should be worth a pretty penny, but who will get the money ? And who could be left with a cleanup?


    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      there’s no way there’s 14B of proven, extractable oil. Those kinds of figures would put the oil field there amongst the largest in the world, up with the fields in Russia, Iraq and Iran.

      • Jenny 5.1.1

        there’s no way there’s 14B of proven, extractable oil. Those kinds of figures would put the oil field there amongst the largest in the world, up with the fields in Russia, Iraq and Iran.

        Colonial Viper

        Are you actually questioning the veracity of oil companies CV?

        Or, are you just trying to downplay the size of this oil field as minor, and a little drilling won’t hurt anyone?

        [ Jenny. Did you not see my moderators edit on your previous comment up the thread? Or did you choose to ignore it? I'll be nice and assume the former. But any more comments from you that attempt to goad or snipe at CV will result in a ban. - Bill]

        • Colonial Viper


        • Jenny

          Bill, I thought you were only against my challenging of Colonial Viper’s support for a murderous torturer.

          Bill are you now expanding this to protecting Colonial Viper’s open support for climate change pollution as well?

          • Kotahi Tāne Huna

            Bill is right – you should have been given this warning weeks ago. When did you stop beating your children?

        • Pete George

          On the scale of goading and sniping here this seems very mild. Is this isolated adminishing, or setting a new standard? (Serious question to establish an understanding of what is deemed unacceptable).

        • Jenny

          Bill. Did you not see my polite comment on your moderators edit up the thread.

          I’ll be nice and assume you didn’t. Banning me while leaving Colonial Viper free to spew his warmist and racist propaganda unchallenged, risks bringing this site into disrepute.

          If you disagree with what I am saying why not argue the case. Point out if you can where I am going wrong.

          Or if you support Colonial Viper’s position why not say so. And argue in his defence.

          But don’t try and claim that you are not partizan.

          Your threats already against me already show that.

          [ This one? http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-05082012/comment-page-1/#comment-502602. Yes. So now we are clear that all relevant comments have been seen. That's good. - Bill]

          • gareth

            FFS C.V. is allowed to have his own opinion… you calling him out everyday with an unprovoked snide remark is tiresome at best…
            Just post your opinion and leave the personal shit out of it… all it does is detract from your argument…

          • TheContrarian

            “risks bringing this site into disrepute”

            I am pretty sure this site is as low as it can go already.

        • Johnm

          Hi Jenny
          I think that really you fancy CV.He’s very intelligent! Ask him out on a date and you guys can discuss your apparent differences. :-))

    • Bill 5.2

      sheesh! – Wish journos would do a bit of journalism. That 14 billion figure is basically b/s. If you go to TAG’s website, it takes about 2 seconds to find that they reckon there is 1.74 billion barrels of undiscovered conventional oil and 12.65 billion barrels of undiscovered unconventional oil http://www.tagoil.com/reports.asp

    • Jim Nald 5.3

      14B? Not talking it up to attract the money and more support? What is the basis for that figure?

      Exploration consents had been granted months ago, bypassing the public and mayor. And going further back, a former Natz MP was paid by the oil company for consultancy work in the area before his parliamentary stint.

    • From what I wrote back in April from a post called “New Zealand’s Potential for Oil Independence in an Uncertain World”:

      “Elsewhere in New Zealand limited exploration has occurred in the East Coast Basin, Canterbury Basin and the Great South Basin. Currently the most promising area is the East Coast Basin.Two fields, one north of Gisborne and one between Napier and Danneverke are currently being explored. TAG Oil believes there is an undiscovered resource potential of 12.65 billion barrels of unconventional original oil in place (OOIP) and 1.74 billion barrels of conventional OOIP. The potential recovery rates of 12% are similar to that of the North Dakota Bakken deposit in the United States. This means roughly 1.52 billion barrels of unconventional oil and 182 million barrels of conventionaloil are thought to be recoverable from this area.

      Being generous and assuming TAG Oil’sestimates are correct there are currently 2.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil from both the Taranaki and East Coast Basin. This would give us another forty-two years before these fields ran dry at 2010 consumption. If we expect our economy to grow however we would assume that our oil consumption would grow each year and so it is likely we would require far more oil during this time period.”


      • Colonial Viper 5.4.1

        Private oil company rights. So none of that oil can be directed to stay in NZ anyway. Unless the oil operations were nationalised.

  6. This National led Government reneges on its governance role and supports business and environmental anarchy: http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/national-government-supports-anarchy.html

  7. ropata 7

    It was a remarkable admission from Bill English last week: that no housing is being built for the lowest-income fourth of the population.

    “Like, none,” he said. “It’s unsustainable.”
    But what is the Government’s response?

    So far there is none, beyond some rather sinister observations about the mounting cost to the taxpayer of housing subsidies, chiefly the accommodation supplement, and how they can probably be “targeted better”.

    Investors have responded to signals from the tax system: the prospect of high leverage and untaxed income, in the form of capital gains, from rental properties compared with the disheartening front-loaded taxation of superannuation schemes.

    In addition there is a subsidy, in the form of the accommodation supplement, flowing from taxpayers to landlords. The Government and Labour are now questioning whether that represents value for money.

    Maybe we also need to acknowledge the possibility that our parents and grandparents were smarter than we are. They were not wedded to the idea, dominant since the mid-1980s, that whatever the problem, the solution is a market.

    Faced with an inadequate supply of decent housing, they built state houses – and would be astonished at the prices some of them now change hands for. And they made State Advances loans available, at concessionary interest rates, for first-home buyers who could only use them to buy new homes subject to size limits.

    That policy targeted what are again the missing lowest rungs of the housing ladder. Right now the Government can borrow 10-year money for 3.4 per cent. Housing Minister Phil Heatley, on TV3’s The Nation on Saturday, said the Government already had $15 billion invested in 70,000 state houses.

    “We’re in no position to build more and more state houses, you know, we’re just not in that position.”

    Well, why not? The need to rein in public debt? When it suits it, as with state asset sales, the Government likes to pretend there is only one side to its balance sheet, the debt side. But there is a world of difference between increasing public debt in order to fund an operating deficit, and increasing it to fund the acquisition of long-lived assets.

    • just saying 7.1

      Well said.

    • DH 7.2

      I don’t see this as just a National party problem. Labour are very quiet on this issue too.

      It is a ridiculous state of affairs. We keep giving more & more taxpayers money to people so they can afford to pay their rent or mortgage and that money keeps pushing up the rent & mortgage. We can never catch up.

      This country spent $22billion on social welfare last year ( including superannuation). At a rough guess I’d say about a quarter of that went to pay rents. $5billion a year of taxpayers money subsidising private landlords. The state could build 16,000 houses every year with that. It would take only what, 5-6years(?), to solve the housing problem and cut $5billion off the social welfare bill. What a crazy world this is.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1


        and considering that the government doesn’t have to pay interest on money it prints it also doesn’t need a financial return from building those houses. The social return, less poverty and illness etc, would be enough.

      • bad12 7.2.2

        From the 1960’s onward the State has built less and less State Housing, engaged in various sell-offs to both tenants and where it got really ugly, to the private sector,

        we only need to look at the basic riffmatic to gain an insight into ‘the problem’ on a basic level and such a basic level of understanding does not include the huge rise in the proportion of the have-nots’ in our society brought about by Roger(spit)nomics and the later governments that adhere to such warped ‘thinking’,

        When we had a population of some 3 million souls we had as State Housing some 75,000 households, our economy had ‘employment’ for most of them,

        NOW, we have a population of 4 million+ and only 69,000 State Housing units, most of the tenants can find no employment in our economy and further to that the proportion of the have -nots in our society has risen at a far greater rate as would be expected within the 1 million growth of that population…

        • ropata

          Exactly. Train more people to build houses. Employ more people. House more people. Spend a little bit extra. What is the point of Government if not ensuring the wellbeing of people!?

          • bad12

            The problem with ‘the housing problem’ if you will excuse my lingo is that it is a problem on so many different levels of both society and economy that to address ‘it’ and propose solutions in just one comment is fraught to say the least,

            I believe that there is a study going on at the moment with input from major players at the sharp end of ‘homelessness’, like the Wellington City Mission,Salvation Army etc which is quantifying the actual state of ‘homelessness’ in all it’s stages, not only the obvious street presence of homeless people but attempting to put numbers on those who are forced to share accomodation,(over-crowding),and the transient homeless who have the family/social networks to be able to keep themselves off of the streets without having the benefit of an actual home,

            the proposal seems to include showing ‘the real cost’ of homelessness where in supposedly saving a dollar by ignoring the need for social housing Governments are actually being forced to spend more in the Health,Justice,and, Police budgets, something successive Governments seem more than happy to do,

            One study(sorry i didn’t save the link),of 1 homeless male in the US showed that He cost the State 1 million dollars over a 10 year period in various costs in the Health,police and justice budgets, the particular individual may well have been the worse case scenario that could be found but it highlights the shortsightedness of New Zealand Governments ignoring low cost social housing…

            • bad12

              PS, thanks for highlighting that article by the Herald’s Economics Editor, Brian Fallow, which i had missed, one of the more thoughtful pieces of journalism i have read from the august Herald…

            • bad12

              As another afterthought to what i have commented above, it does seem totally f**king perverse that those who are at the sharp end of providing relief to the homeless are those that reliant upon charity in most cases are left to fund the study into the cost of homelessness,

              Governments past and present with the 60 billion dollars a year gained from all of us via taxation should know the true cost to the economy that homelessness creates,

              It’s easy for Heatley and English to sob about the cost of housing people as ‘unaffordable’ when there is no definitive knowledge of the costs from the other side of the bean counting ledger when we don’t…

  8. Kotahi Tāne Huna 8

    Looks like the sky is going to fall on France’s head.

    • weka 8.1

      Anyone want to have a go at explaining, in lay terms, what is the perceived problem with a financial transaction tax?

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        It would mildly limit the profits made by the massive financial speculation industry, particularly in their use of manipulative, automated high frequency trading strategies.

        • weka

          Yeah, but I’m assuming that’s not the rationale given in opposition to an FTT

          • Colonial Viper

            Perhaps, but its always useful to remember that’s where any objections are really coming from.

        • Jenny

          It would mildly limit the profits made by the massive financial speculation industry, particularly in their use of manipulative, automated high frequency trading strategies.

          Colonial Viper

          That is right CV, but a very “mild” restriction on the speculative Financial Transactions of the rich will reap huge rewards, returning $billions of dollars to the public purse. Enough money I have been informed that the amount of tax raised from a less than 1cent tax on every dollar on Financial Transactions would amount to the same amount of money presently made by regressive GST taxes on the poor.

          The percentage rates that are being talked about internationally for Financial Transaction Taxes are very small, ranging from 1% to as low as 0.05%.

          Tax Justice New Zealand The case for Financial Transaction Taxes in NZ: A Fact Sheet

          A 0.1% general FTT could raise over $NZ1.6 billion (0.88% of New Zealand’s GDP). Based on the revenue estimates compiled in an extensive 2008 research study by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research. Their statistical estimates factor in a reduction in trade volume resulting from the implementation of the tax, which would discourage speculation. (Source: A General Financial Transaction Tax, Stephen Schulmeister, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, 2008.)

          Tax Justice New Zealand The case for Financial Transaction Taxes in NZ: A Fact Sheet

      • muzza 8.1.2

        Not sure about perceived problem, but put it this way, there are hundreds of billions of dollars worth of financial transactions (bets) made on the $NZ alone each, year and most if not all are untaxed, so imagine what could be done with a 1% sales tax applied. Globally I believe it to be tens-hudreds of trillions each year in financial transactions, all with zero behind them, yet all with real negtive consequences for sovereign nations down to individuals. Most if not all of those transactions are untaxed!1

        The real issue is simply one of appetite, and powerful forces preventing such taxes on the financial industry coming to fruition. Finance controls all aspects of global goings on, from top down. People want to deny this, but the fact remains, the financial industry is all powerful, and controls those who would legislate such taxes.

        If there was a global will to do so, this would happen, along with some big players being prosecuted and locked awy for a long time. Its not happened, and I question if it ever will, so on that basis, no appetite to prosecute, means no appetite to reform/tax to the benefit of the rest of us!

        • weka

          Yes, I understand the value of a FTT. What I’m asking is what rationales get used for saying it’s a bad idea. eg the sky will fall in.

          • Colonial Viper

            Typical would be: too complex to implement, too costly to run, it would cause capital to flee, it would damage the financial services industry and hurt jobs in a valuable economic sector, financial business would go elsewhere, blah blah blah.

            • weka

              So nothing of substance then. Just rhetoric.

              • Colonial Viper

                Here’s the way I look at it: the finance sector imposes their own taxes on many of our daily transactions now. They call them “charges” and “fees”. Credit card companies are an example. You buy something from a shop with your visa card, the credit company clips 2% from that transaction, from the store owner. You pull money out of an other bank ATM, you get clipped 50c or $1.

                So, the thieving lying scumbags are absolutely fine with an FTT just as long as the proceeds are going to them.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  The biggest tax is the interest that private banks charge us accounting for somewhere near 50% of all prices.

                  So, the thieving lying scumbags are absolutely fine with an FTT just as long as the proceeds are going to them.

                  And that sums up the financial industry well. It’s nothing but a tax on everyone else and, due to the compounding nature of interest, that tax increases year by year until the financial industry pretty much owns everything.

          • muzza

            Weka, there is no rationale, its plain and simple fear mongering my those who control the financial industry.

            CV cites some excuses which are run out through the media, but the reality is simply that there is no appetite by TPTB/governments to go up against their pay masters.

            I think the past 4.5 years should illustrate pretty clearly who is pulling the strings, and the rationale, or lack of it you are seeking, can be found in the same place!

            • weka

              Hi muzza, I get the dynamics behind why it doesn’t happen. I was just curious how it got spun. I’m assuming politicians (and others) don’t just say, oh we don’t want to do that because the people really running the country/world wouldn’t like it ;-)

              • muzza

                Yeah I hear you there Weka, and actually its not a topic which gets alot of air time anyway such as it is. It did get some time for a short while, but has largly been “off the menu” for reasons we seen to agree on, mostly to do with power and influence, which pretty much would tell the story.

      • Kotahi Tāne Huna 8.1.3

        Good question Weka – the objections I’ve heard so far leave me strangely unmoved.

      • Jenny 8.1.4

        Here you go Weka

        For a very good introduction of what a Financial Transactions Tax is, you couldn’t go far past the Tax Justice New Zealand Fact Sheet.


        “The beauty of financial transaction taxes is that they can target the super-rich who aren’t paying enough tax; it’s almost impossible to avoid; and modern technology makes it a simple and low cost form of tax collection,”

        Vaughan GunsonTax Justice spokesperson

  9. RedBaron 9

    I had a quick look at the accommodation supplement and in Auckland it is a maximum of just over $200 per week. When doing the calculation the first $130 of rent is deducted and then 75% of the balance up to the cap can be claimed depending on income etc..

    So if a low earning family receives the $200 from the state and pay the $130 themselves plus 25% of the difference then the state funds $10400 per annum and the individual some $7000+ p.a.

    If the state borrows at 3.4% then it could fund a house worth some $300,000 and after paying interest instead of the supplement be cash square and have an asset. But the renter still pays some rent, say the $7000 which goes towards the maintenance and paying down the capital sum so over time the govt owns the house.

    It would vary from region to region but where there is an actual shortage of housing stock then this should work. If there are surplus houses in a region then the govt shouldn’t add to the housing stock.

    Can’t afford it, more likely “we can’t afford not to” and it would beat idiot roads hands down.

    • Dv 9.1

      Could the state build these houses at 300k.
      Interesting proposal.

      • bad12 9.1.1

        The State, based upon ‘economies of scale’ could build the needed social housing for far less than 300 thousand per housing unit,

        The fact is Money, or more to the point the expansion of the amount of money as wealth can be logically generated either by ‘borrowing’ to create increased production or ‘created’ to build an asset to the value of the money so created therefor justifying the ‘creation’ of that money,

        The State in response to the Christchurch earthquakes built and located in Christchurch’s Hagley park a number of housing units at a cost of 100 thousand dollars each, it is actually not the cost of such State House building that is the problem here in any way, it is the WILL of Government to actually do so…

      • gareth 9.1.2

        The only issued would be land…. If they made some available through law change then they could do it easily…..

        • bad12

          Aha, it is really only ‘the Will’ of Government that holds us back in the housing area, sheesh the Chinese can build whole cities for 250,000 people from scratch in 3 years, roads, shopping malls, schools, everything, they make what we accomplish look primitive…

    • DH 9.2

      “Can’t afford it, more likely “we can’t afford not to” and it would beat idiot roads hands down.”

      It ticks all the boxes doesn’t it? Whichever angle you look at it from it benefits the Crown accounts and provides both social & economic goods. More trade jobs, more disposable income for people on lower incomes, less Govt expenditure… pick a goal from the left side of the fence and the peg fits in the hole. And all Labour seem to want is a CGT that will push house prices & rents up further and cost the taxpayer even more in social welfare payments.

      • mike e 9.2.1

        If labour were smart they would put half the CGT tax gained into paying off debt and the other half in tax breaks for those on lower incomes who can’t avoid taxes like capital gaingters.

        • DH

          Can you not see how daft that is? CGT will push rents up, there’s no question of that. So Labour bring in a CGT and give a tax rebate to lower income earners. That tax rebate goes to pay most, but not all, of the higher rents which in turn pays the landlords CGT which gets given back in rebates to the low income earner… only the portion of the pie gets smaller for the low income earner each time & they end up paying more & more of their nett income in housing costs.

          Unless the housing problem is fixed first a CGT will be paid by the renters, not by the landlords. It will just make the poor even worse off.

          • Colonial Viper

            CGT will push rents up, there’s no question of that.

            Totally false. A CGT will suppress house price increases, making homes more affordable.

            I appreciate the fact that the govt must sort out the affordable housing supply side.

            • QoT

              Well, you do have to consider, CV, that even though logically there is no reason why a CGT would increase rents, plenty of greedy-bastard landlords will probably use it as an excuse to do so.

              • Colonial Viper

                And that’s on a generous day as greedy landlords don’t need any excuse at all.

              • DH

                “… even though logically there is no reason why a CGT would increase rents,”

                There is a cast-iron logical reason. Property investors are presently getting a return on their investment via a combination of rent and capital gain. If you cut back the capital gain through regulation the investor will claw back that loss in return through rents. Since every property investor will be affected the same it will result in all of them increasing rents over a period of time.

                The one thing you can’t do is force the return on an investment down through taxes, the % return always bounces back unless the risk profile changes.

                • Colonial Viper

                  The one thing you can’t do is force the return on an investment down through taxes

                  Of course you can, and it has been successfully done many times. Its called structuring the market to get the social and economic objectives you want for your country.

                  Property investors are presently getting a return on their investment via a combination of rent and capital gain.

                  So we get rid of property speculators, and help create a class of professional landlords who make an income from renting properties, not trading them at increasing prices and increasing mortgage debt.

            • DH

              I said rents there, not house prices. And there is absolutely no doubt that a CGT will push rents up. It has to.

              You must be joking if you think a CGT will make houses more affordable. Read the link higher up, they’re not even building ‘affordable’ housing.

              • Colonial Viper

                And there is absolutely no doubt that a CGT will push rents up. It has to.

                No it doesn’t. A CGT doesn’t increase any costs of house ownership. Landlords who make an income from renting houses will experience no change. Property speculators expecting untrammeled capital gains will not be happy of course.

                You must be joking if you think a CGT will make houses more affordable.

                Well its far too weak a step, but it will tend to divert capital away from the property market.

                • DH

                  “Landlords who make an income from renting houses will experience no change.”

                  Thanks but there’s no point in debating with you on this, you’re away with the fairies. Pretty much every property investor disagrees with you. It’s basic arithmetic fer crissake!

                  • Colonial Viper

                    The market doesn’t need property speculators. We need professional landlords.

                    Pretty much every property investor disagrees with you. It’s basic arithmetic fer crissake!

                    Not a surprise that property speculators would be annoyed at a CGT.

                    And your maths is wrong. CGT does not increase the costs of running a rental property. Professional landlords won’t be affected by it at all, but property flippers will be.

                    • DH

                      “And your maths is wrong. CGT does not increase the costs of running a rental property. Professional landlords won’t be affected by it at all, but property flippers will be.”

                      Don’t be ridiculous. Professional landlords count capital gain into the returns they get from their investment property. They can get 4.7% on term deposit right now, why would anyone invest in property that returns less than that from rents alone.

                      Rents decoupled from house prices years ago, if rents were to provide the sole return on rental properties now they’d have to go up a hell of a lot more.

                    • Not a surprise that property speculators would be annoyed at a CGT.

                      It shouldn’t annoy them, they are already subject to tax on capital gains.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      They can get 4.7% on term deposit right now, why would anyone invest in property that returns less than that from rents alone.

                      Push house prices back down and rental returns will go up enough to sustain a true professional landlord class.

                      One which makes a living from rental income. Not a class of pretend landlords who happen to rent out properties inbetween flipping them.

                      They can get 4.7% on term deposit right now, why would anyone invest in property that returns less than that from rents alone.

                      Well they can always exit the property speculation market and the state can take a bigger role in the providing affordable housing and rentals.

                    • DH

                      “Push house prices back down and rental returns will go up enough to sustain a true professional landlord class.”

                      What, and you think a CGT will achieve that? Bollocks it will. The minute returns from houses fall the number of new houses being built also falls. If the return isn’t enough people will invest elsewhere instead, ie term deposits.

                      That slowdown in new house building leads to higher rents through shortage of rentals. Those higher rents gradually lead to a better market return from property which attracts investors back in again. That increased demand from investors pushes house prices up again…. and the endless cycle continues. A CGT won’t change anything there.

                      Have you not been watching the housing market over the last five years? It’s been pretty damned obvious.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You skipped the part where I said the state can play a much larger role in the housing market, exactly like it used to.

                      As English already said, the current market ignores affordable accomodation for the bottom quarter of the population.

                      That increased demand from investors pushes house prices up again….

                      Easily answered by limiting mortgage credit for the property market.

                    • bad12

                      On a bit of an unrelated topic, has someone been feeding the Minister of riffmatic and Bean Counting Bill English truth syrup or something???,

                      Last week it was English openly admitting that what the economy faces ie: recession/depression aint going away for the next ten at least, years that is,

                      Now He is putting His hand up to being part of Governments that have simply ignored the (known?) need to build housing for renting on the basis of income,

                      Admitting the facts is fine as far as i am concerned by the Minister, does He tho have a plan to fix what the known ailment is???….

                    • Colonial Viper

                      And don’t forget English’s comment last year that the way NZ used prisons “were a moral and financial failure”. Its spacey I know.

          • mike e

            Protecting those who don’t pay any tax doh.I hit homer
            any landlords would give up and flood more houses into the market bringing ownership back into the NZ psyche which helps stabilize families.

        • Draco T Bastard

          Actually, if the government built houses (high density, both row houses and high rise apartments) to meet demand and rented them out at 25% of income house prices and rents would fall making a CGT unneeded.

          Still, I’d say a Comprehensive Capital Tax as outlined in the Big Kahuna would be an excellent option to put in place.

          • the pink postman

            Remember the wonderfull State Loans Scheme .Plus State insurance?
            Which enabled working people to buy their own well built houses. Labour needs to revise such a scheme as soon as it returns to government.
            Most off the well built houses us older folk are still enjoying were state loaned houses. Why ever was it stopped? Because of the greedy slime bag Tories.

            • Draco T Bastard

              We won’t get that from Labour as they’re far too enamoured of the free-market BS and enriching banks.

          • bad12

            You are of course right, The provision of 20,000 State rental units in Auckland City would immediately kill off high demand for rentals in that city thus overcoming on the rental side of the property equation the supply/demand impetus in that market,

            My view is that the State should in fact become the majority landlord across the whole new Zealand rental market and when the building program has housed at 25% of income all those on low and fixed incomes tenancies should be made available to others on higher incomes at the same rental of 25% of income,

            The present National Government is talking from a position of trying to curtail the annual expense of the subsidy to HousingNZ of some 600 million dollars and the only means of addressing the direct subsidization of HousingNZ that does not further deflate the local New Zealand economy by further reducing the discretionary spending of the 69,000 HousingNZ households would be to dramatically increase the stock of HousingNZ homes to the point where Social Demand is zero and tenancies could be offered to tenants earning 1000 dollars a week at 25% of income thus adding an element of cross-subsidization to the HousingNZ books,

            Obviously for that to occur, Government would have to have been smart enough to have produced it’s own printed monies to enable such a building program and would also have to have been looking at the economics of it all through a smart lens other than what could enrich the core of its voting bloc,

            Alas, such is the nature of the chimps in the jungle mememe economics currently to the fore that i couldn’t begin to imagine such a society that would embrace such an elegant solution to matters of housing for at least 1000 years…

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.2

        And all Labour seem to want is a CGT that will push house prices & rents up further

        This is false. A CGT will suppress house price increases. Which is why you don’t like it, as a guess.

      • bad12 9.2.3

        Roads of No Significance are a case in point to what i commented on above, obviously a quantifiable value can be placed upon a road, ie: X road is worth a billion or whatever,

        In theory such a method of ‘counting our beans’ gives us an asset, but, it’s hardly an asset that can be ‘realized’,


        It is logical for a Government to simply create the amount of money needed to build X road as the creation of the road at X value as an asset justifies having expanded the money supply by the X of that roads value,

        It is the economics of the primitive chimpanzee to create a fiscal drag upon an economy by ‘borrowing’ to create the infrastructural assets of the State when that State is quite capable of creating the expansion of the money supply as the States asset values increase,

        My one codicil,(a small nod to the present economic paradigm), is that where we have an ‘inflation target’ such expansion of the money supply to build assets should,(must), be allowed so as to occur within such inflation targets…

        • Draco T Bastard

          That’s easy – just adjust taxes in line with the spending. The Comprehensive Capital Tax is also essential as it would tax the money sitting in bank accounts.

      • bad12 9.2.4

        The other positive is that for every Household that is created the level of economic activity in the wider economy is increased,

        IE: such households must have furnishing and these are constantly changed/upgraded on an ongoing basis, i call this the ‘broken dinner plate example’ where if you have 10,000 households X amount of dinner plates will be broken and need replacing in any given period, raise the number of households to 15,000 and the number of broken dinner plates becomes X+x…

    • Daveosaurus 10.1

      If Laws wants a referendum, he can get off his backside and organise a petition for one. Just like everyone else has to do.

      • QoT 10.1.1

        Exactly, Daveo. I love how Peters and Lhaws are both now acting like a referendum is the “sensible” thing to do, ignoring that (a) the government clearly has no appetite to order a binding one on this issue and (b) they themselves have no inclination at all to get it done themselves.

        Oh, and it costs money and stuff.

    • weka 10.2

      Nope, Laws and Peters are idiots. They might possibly be right that morality laws should be decided by the public, in which case people who object to gay marriage on the basis of morality should get a referendum petition organised.
      But the current proposed legislation isn’t a morality issue, it simply one of equality and human rights.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.3

      Amazingly enough, I’m going to have to agree with Lhaws on that as well. Of course, I think it should be true of all major policy. State asset sales should have gone to referendum – instead it got rushed through as fast as the government could push and the government ignored the will of the people while doing so and I don’t think we’ll be seeing Lhaws calling for that to be put to referendum.

      • weka 10.3.1

        Where’s the line that determines ‘major policy’?
        The issue of whether gay people have the same rights as everyone else was settled with the homosexual law reform bill. The current bill is merely an adjustment to bring marriage law into line with that. I don’t see why the validity of homosexuality should be put to the test of public opinion.

        Needless to day Laws isn’t arguing for referenda for major policy, just the ones he deems to be issues of morality.

        • Pete George

          Laws isn’t the only one that does that.

          I agree, this is a relatively minor sorting out and doesn’t warrant a referendum. But to a few people it’s a Very Big Deal.

        • Draco T Bastard

          Where’s the line that determines ‘major policy’?

          Where policy is actually changed rather than amended.

          I don’t see why the validity of homosexuality should be put to the test of public opinion.

          I don’t see why we’re being held back by a few people who happen to be our servants.

          I actually think that all fundamental rights need to be put to referendum and then made supreme law. For starters it tends to settle the basis for the laws that are passed and it also prevents the government from riding roughshod over those rights.

          Needless to day Laws isn’t arguing for referenda for major policy, just the ones he deems to be issues of morality.

          No he’s not, he’s asking for referendum on policies he doesn’t like and thinks the referendum will stop.

  10. Mark 11

    Surprise surprise, further tax facts confirmed.


    Now for the headlines we will never see:

    “The left helps the poor help themselves”
    “Green Party cares about the environment”
    “$5 per day will give 3 kids breakfast and lunch”
    “Holiday highway will be used by all people”

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      The bottom half of the population have no net assets and plenty of debt, and the top 5% of the population own most of the country’s wealth.

      SO OF COURSE the richest pay the most tax. They benefit from this inequitable capitalist system the most.

      After all, they can afford to without going hungry and without giving up their Mercedes.

    • bad12 11.2

      As a proportion of income the top 40% of New Zealand pays less tax than the ‘rest’ of us,(60%)…

      • Pete George 11.2.1

        Odd and very dubious claim. Citation?

        Many of ‘the rest of us’ have little or no income, and pay little or no tax nett of credits.

        • Colonial Viper

          I suspect bad12 is correct. When your $2M home sells for $3M, how much tax do you pay on that $1M of unearned income?

          That’s right, zero.

          and pay little or no tax nett of credits.

          The whole net tax argument the Right wing makes. If the bottom tier of society had a chance to accumulate some net assets and some decent income, perhaps they could become net tax payers too.

          • Pete George

            When your $2M home sells for $3M, how much tax do you pay on that $1M of unearned income?

            Incorrect. It’s not income, it’s capital gain.

            That’s right, zero.

            No, it depends. If you sell a house with the intention of making a capital gain then that gain is taxed.

            If you’re a speculator you buy a property always intending to sell it. The property is treated like “trading stock” and your profit or loss from selling the property is taxable. Speculating can be a one-off purchase and sale of a property.

            If you’re a dealer you are similar to a speculator buying properties for resale, but you have established a regular pattern of buying and selling. This includes rental properties.

            Dealers and speculators must pay income tax on any gain they make from reselling their property.

            – IRD

            Dealing and speculating has investigated more rigourously by IRD over recent years.

            • Colonial Viper

              Incorrect. It’s not income, it’s capital gain.

              You mean that extra million in my bank account is not really money at my disposal?

              • QoT

                Of course not, CV. “Income” is something common plebs have to work for. “Capital gain” is the reward rich people get for being so much cleverer than the rest of us.

              • It depends.

                IRD: “as a general rule, buying and selling a family/private home usually has no tax consequences. However, if a property is purchased with the intention of resale, or there is a regular pattern of buying and selling homes, then this may be considered property speculation or dealing for tax purposes.”

                If you buy a house for $2m with the intent of selling it for capital gain then that capital gain is taxable.

                An increase from $2m to $3m would indicate it was owned for a substaintial period of time or it was improved or speculated, the latter being more likely to be taxable gain.

            • Frank Macskasy

              Pete, from personal experience, I can tell you that your assertions are wholly incorrect.

              It has to be demonstrated that you are trading in property. If you buy a whole bunch of properties and then flog them off in such a way that you are not seen to be reliant on the proceeds, it is deemed a capital gain,

              “If you’re an investor you buy a property to use it to generate ongoing rental income and not with any firm intent of resale. The property is a capital asset and any later profit or loss from selling the property is capital and isn’t taxable (apart from clawing back any depreciation, which is now recoverable). ”

              Source: http://www.ird.govt.nz/property/property-common-mistakes/mistake-dealing-with-investment/#facts

              A builder, on the other hand, who makes his living building and selling and building and selling and building etc, is trading in property because that is his/her primary business.

              The irony of this shouldn’t be lost on anyone; I paid no tax on capital gains, yet built nothing.

              The builder who actually constructed the properties was taxed to the hilt.

              The problem here is not just the inequity of this current situation, but the fact that the law is so vague and we’re debating the interpretation of who is luiable or not liable to pay tax. Any law so open to subjective interpretation is not a particularly helpful law.

              Far easier and fairer if both dealers and rental investors paid the same amount. Then everyone is treated reasonably equally.

              Then we don’t arrive at silly propositions such as your artificial definitions, a-la “Incorrect. It’s not income, it’s capital gain.”

              • There are valid arguments about what capital gains should be taxed – to do that the difference between income and capital gain is important, and not an ‘artificial definition’.

                As is the definition of a family home. It would be easier and perhaps more fair for capital gain to be taxed on them as well. But there would be significant flow on consequences.

                And you are missing a basic difference, flicking on or sitting on.

                A builder (or a doer upper) can claim on any expenses but any capital gained is taxable. Houses in this category are usually turned over quickly.

                Most rental investors hold a property for quite a few years.They will usually gain capital but not always, and that will be offset by inflation and possibly by expenses. If a rental investor sells a house quickly they are more likely to lose on expenses and capital.

              • Draco T Bastard

                The problem here is not just the inequity of this current situation, but the fact that the law is so vague and we’re debating the interpretation of who is luiable or not liable to pay tax. Any law so open to subjective interpretation is not a particularly helpful law.


                Our laws are a mess and I think a government should be looking at writing new law from the ground up and throwing the old laws and precedents out. The old laws and precedents really are just getting in the way of rationalising our laws.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Any law so open to subjective interpretation is not a particularly helpful law.

                  Well, its helpful to some parties including professional advisors with clients who have a lot of money on the line.

        • bad12

          * :roll: * bout the only citation you are getting from me…

  11. weka 12

    So, 20 out of 60 comments in this thread so far have the word ‘Jenny’ in them, and as far as I can tell they are all about Jenny’s thing about CV.
    33%, I think that beats Pete George by quite a way.

    • The difference between what Jenny is doing, and the general rough and tumble here, is that she is now stalking CV and being a tr*ll. It doesn’t particularly surprise me that you don’t get the difference, you always seem to not understand the culture of this place, or certain social norms here.

      And you don’t get the difference between Jenny ‘stalking’ CV and what you’re doing?

      You said ” I haven’t been reading hardly any of the comments on Syria, so I don’t know what Jenny is on about” but “tedious and interferes with the flow of conversation”. And then “I’m sick of it.”

      Are you trying to talk up a bitch to ban campaign against Jenny based on that?

      • chris73 12.1.1

        It almost sounds like Jenny got jilted by CV and is now wrecking her vengeance on the boards…

        (I’m not in any way suggesting they had a relationship but her posts read like something about a woman scorned :))

        • Vicky32

          I’m not in any way suggesting they had a relationship but her posts read like something about a woman scorned

          I had the same thought!

      • felix 12.1.2

        Pete, try reading your comments back to yourself out loud before you post them.

        I reckon you’ve dropped several IQ points this weekend and as you’ve so often demonstrated it’s not like you had an overabundance to work from.

    • bad12 12.2

      Yeah it’s a pity that both party’s cannot engage in the debate without it becoming personal, it makes the points both are trying to make a hard read,

      We all need remember here that we all, well maybe excluding :roll: ,are representative of the thoughts and ideals of the broad Left here and when we begin to address each others ideas on a personal basis the actual Facts become lost in the heat of personal vindication…

  12. Draco T Bastard 13

    Study proves that rich people are more likely to be complete arseholes.

    Rich people are more unethical and likely to cheat, break the law or plain behave badly towards other people, a new study has found.

    Rich people also shared “feelings of entitlement and inattention to the consequences of one’s actions on others” that may play into their moral decisions, study authors said.

    ABC quoted the authors as saying the differences in ethical behavior could be explained, at least in part, by the upper-class participants’ more favorable attitude toward greed.

    So, there we have it. Proof that the problems we face as a society (poverty, deprivation, inequality) stem almost wholly from the rich.

    • chris73 13.1

      Good thing that no left-wing politicians could be considered rich then eh

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 13.2

      Interesting stuff.

      In follow-up laboratory studies, upper-class individuals were more likely to exhibit unethical decision-making tendencies (study 3), take valued goods from others (study 4), lie in a negotiation (study 5), cheat to increase their chances of winning a prize (study 6), and endorse unethical behavior at work (study 7)

  13. Morrissey 14

    Paul Brennan breaks down reading news item about deaths of New Zealand soldiers
    National Radio, Sunday 5 August 2012

    Anybody else hear this? Reading the 3 p.m. news, about the two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Paul Brennan started to choke up with emotion. It soon became clear he could not continue, and a brief snatch of music was put on. He returned after five or so seconds and read out only two more items in a drastically reduced news broadcast.

    “Sorry about that,” he said. “I had a very big frog in my throat.”

    Then at 4 p.m., Brennan started reading the same news item, and choked up again.

    Clearly, it was not a frog in the throat.

  14. Anne 15

    Googled his bio… he’s an aviation enthusiast and has been on a number of overseas ‘adventures’. Perhaps he knows one of the soldiers killed.

    • Morrissey 15.1

      Perhaps he knows one of the soldiers killed.

      That’s exactly what I thought, Anne.

  15. Socialist Paddy 16

    Tvone and 3 are running polls tonight.

    Tvone has National up 1 at 48%, Labour at 32 and the Greens at 12%

    Tv3 has National at 50.6% , Labour at 30.8% and the Greens at 11.2%.

    Shearer is going backwards.

    I feel like I am in a time warp because the Government has been absolute shyte.

    Time for the opposition to think about what they are doing. 

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      Anyone here still believe that National doesn’t have a credible shot at a third term?

    • gobsmacked 16.2

      Time for the opposition to think about what they are doing.

      Sadly, most of the Labour caucus are happy with what they’re doing. They keep failing, but they keep their jobs. It’s not like anything else matters to them.

      I’d like to publicly apologise for remaining loyal to Labour at the last election. It was a sympathy vote for Goff (who had done OK in the campaign) but I should have switched to the Greens.

      I seriously – stupidly – thought that after a defeat, Labour would change. I was wrong.

      The results are entirely predictable, and everyone knows it. Including the fucking Labour caucus. They just don’t care.

      • bad12 16.2.1

        Although i couldn’t bring myself to vote for Labour 2011 i too was impressed with the manner in which Goff campaigned, despite being maligned daily by the media He never at any point seemed to be deterred,

        My belief is that had Goff not gone into the election blindsiding the blue collar working class with the message that a vote for Labour was a vote to raise the pension age another 2 years the out-come of the 2011 election would have been far far closer,

        I am not saying that Labour would have won, but, on my reading the Maori Party would not at present be the Poodles of National had Goff not been handed such a poison chalice as an election policy,

        My present reading of the polls is that after months of vocal opposition to asset sales both Shearer and Norman gave all and sundry a kick in the nuts by both announcing pompously on the same day that neither Labour or the Greens would be taxing those who bought the assets until they bled so as to enable a Labour/Green Government to put the assets back in the ownership of all the people,

        Both Shearer and Norman need to harden the f**k up and decide exactly who they wish to represent in the electorate,it doesn’t take a mental giant to realize that the Slippery National Government has already BOUGHT the middle class by cleaning out the treasury and now with its intentions of selling off half the family silver via asset sales,

        If the pair of them can gain an education thus far it is only a simple step to understand that with the addition of NZFirst and The Conservatives the middle class vote in New Zeland is all tapped out so the f**king pair of them can stop stooping to sucking at the tit of who can play Mr Straight ”i aint scaring the horses” the best and start talking as if they have something to offer the REAL working class that both their Party’s would traditionally be thougt to have seen as their voter bases…

        • Colonial Viper

          My belief is that had Goff not gone into the election blindsiding the blue collar working class with the message that a vote for Labour was a vote to raise the pension age another 2 years the out-come of the 2011 election would have been far far closer,

          Agreed. That BS shift to the Right lost Labour core votes without winning over any centre or Right votes. I reckon Labour lost 2-3 MPs out of it.

          • mike e

            had the all blacks lost the right would have been savaged.

          • bad12

            Aha, that’s my reading of it as well, had such not occurred i beleive that we would still have a Slippery lead National Government, But, He would not have had the luxury of being able to pass ANYTHING through the Legislature without the support of His whole coalition…

          • Colonial Viper

            You can’t forget that Slippery is a gambler by trade and by training. A good one too, with good luck. He bet on an updraft from an AB win, amongst many other factors, and he got it. The tea tape scandal was a bit more of a firefight, but he played that one as well as he could, even after it started to go sideways.

    • I feel like I am in a time warp because the Government has been absolute shyte.

      Many people obviously don’t see it that way.

      Time for the opposition to think about what they are doing.

      Yes. They could trying to be more positive and show that they can do rather than trying to stop other people doing things, people tend to prefer that.

      • felix 16.3.1

        :roll: Everyone get behind the largest party and work against the interests and wishes of those who voted for you.

        • pukeko

          Ko rāua mārire hoki ngā tāngata pākiwaha i kōrero whakakake noa, rūpahu noa.

      • Pete 16.3.2

        I would think their successes in the members’ ballots (and yes, I tip my hat to Mr Dunne for his support) are positive initiatives, but we have a Westminster system consisting of a government and Her Majesty’s loyal opposition. They would be remiss in their constitutional duties if they failed to hold the government to account and force it to make its case for its policies.

        Secondly, remember that MMP was chosen – twice – because it slows down government. Consensus has to be built. We have no upper chamber, no head of state who can in practice veto legislation, no fundamental rights the courts can use to overturn outrageous legislation. The scrutiny offered in the House and in Select Committee is the only safeguard we have against the tyranny of the majority. And a weak safeguard at that, as we learned with CERA. Sure, if being nice is a tool in achieving that role of scrutiny, fine. But to make it easy on the government or let it do what it wants is a constitutional path to nowhere. And I would expect no different from the opposition when Labour next takes the treasury benches.

    • muzza 16.4

      Time for people to wake up and accept that that political system as we know it be is a bad joke, and not answering to this country an dhas not for some time…

      Until some of those who are “comfortable” and vain/conceited enough that they think the political system is currently working for them, get a bloody good wake up call, we are going to continue to be pumped hard.

      Wonder how many years until those “comfortable” people who may well have talked down at the “underclass”, find themselves facing becoming part of the “underclasss”

      The fact so many still seem oblivious to where this is all heading makes me shake my head!

      EDIT: No the Greens will not be the left for long, and those who vote for them, will be in for a very nasty shock in good time!

      • Draco T Bastard 16.4.1

        Wonder how many years until those “comfortable” people who may well have talked down at the “underclass”, find themselves facing becoming part of the “underclasss”

        They already are but they’re either a) not aware of that yet or b) in denial of it.

    • McFlock 16.5

      Well, it’s been a while since Labour went down to 32% in a CM poll (haven’t really looked at the 3news one). For much of the last year, 32% has been an object of anticipation. 
      It’s the trends that one should watch.

      • muzza 16.5.1

        Hey Mcflock, speaking fo trends, do you reckon the Cantabs are going get left with a situation like Dunners, when they get their shiney new stadium?

        • McFlock

          Pretty much. They’ll have a shiny stadium and poverty as an excuse to cut social services and userpays water.

          • Colonial Viper

            plus sell off a few more public assets, with a few ‘public-private partnerships’ throw in for good measure.

            • McFlock

              yep – they flogged off the council owned bus company to the private sector for a couple of mil. Reckoned it solved conflict of interest issues so they could improve the bus services.
              Buses still shit, just more expensive. 

      • bad12 16.5.2

        Another ‘polling amusement’, who here really believes that NZFirst are polling under the 4% it did at the 2008 elections after months of attacks from both the press and opposition???,

        If you have to suspend your belief over any part of a poll, (based upon logic), then it makes the other parts of the poll just as suspect…

    • David H 16.6

      It makes you have to ask yet again, WHEN are they getting rid of this loser? He’s nothing but the BUTT of Shonkys jokes. He CANNOT string 2 words together without the stammering. He was put in AGAINST the wishes of the rank and file. He is USELESS! The sooner he goes and takes the rabble that call themselves Labour with him, them maybe Labour can do the serious rebuilding that it needs. At the moment 2014 National will win again, unless Shonky is caught with his hand in the cookie jar or committing murder.

  16. Anne 17

    Many people obviously don’t see it that way.

    Nah, because like you… they are shallow, mindless thick-heads. :roll:

  17. 4 August 2012

    “State housing is a function of central Government – it’s that simple'” says Tamaki Housing Group’s Sue Henry.

    PRESS RELEASE: Tamaki Housing Group: “National Government threatening to break their promise on market rents.”

    “It’s reprehensible for greedy self-interested church, iwi and charity groups to even contemplate stepping into this role.”

    “It’s ironical that only a week ago, Housing Minister Phil Heatley said on nationwide television that market rents would not be reintroduced for Housing NZ tenants.

    (The Nation TV3 http://www.landlords.co.nz/read-article.php?article_id=4406 )

    Today, he has done a complete about-face on this issue ( NZ Herald Saturday 4 August 2012)”


    “Why should Housing NZ tenants be forced through rent increases they can’t afford to subsidise multiple, parasitical groups in the private sector?”

    “Shame on Dianne Robertson CEO of Auckland City Mission, and Major Campbell Roberts, CEO of the Salvation Army, for helping to concoct this policy beside developers, international bankers and property consultants, to push for temporary tenancy agreements, higher rents and the privatisation of the State housing stock (through transferrals) and destabilisation of 70,000 vulnerable families across New Zealand.”

    (April 2010 Housing Shareholders Advisory Group Report
    http://www.dbh.govt.nz/UserFiles/File/Publications/Sector/pdf/vision-for-social-housing-nz.pdf )

    “It is a disgrace to discover that Dianne Robertson CEO of Auckland City Mission, and Major Campbell Roberts, CEO of the Salvation Army, are members of the ‘invitation only’ hugely powerful, private sector corporate lobby group – the Committee for Auckland,” concludes Ms Henry.


    Sue Henry

    Ph (09) 575 6344

    • bad12 18.1

      Ummm i am happy to attack National and it’s Housing Minister on matters of ‘fact’ and over the lowering of the level of the numbers overall of State Houses,


      I cannot see where the Herald article you have linked to shows Heatley threatening to bring back the ugly ‘market rent regime’ for State Houses,

      In the Herald article provided Heatley says when talking about what His CONsultants group will be looking at vis a vis State House rentals ”Nothing will be ruled out EXCEPT market rents”…

  18. Vicky32 19

    LOL. So says the man who has been banned multiple times for behaviour that pisses off lots of people and disrupts the site.

    By and large, I do  not support anything PG says, but I do think that he has never deserved to be banned even for 5 minutes. You can simply ignore what he says if you don’t like it! (As I ignore idiots such as QoT and TR Putz..)
    The rolleyes smiley campaign against him is incredibly juvenile.

    • Te Reo Putake 19.1

      That’s some top quality ignoring, Vic :roll:

      • QoT 19.1.1

        It’d be a lot more convincing if she’d stop consistently mentioning me … and then engaging with me when I point this out … and then throwing around truly hilarious accusations about my gender, location, and hair colour.

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    A government-owned television channel arranges an interview with a former opposition MP, but the government-appointed CEO spikes it. Something from Russia or Cuba maybe? No - according to Hone Harawira its happening right here in New Zealand:“[Maori TV CEO Paora]...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • September 14 Patronage
    Auckland’s Transport’s patronage results for September are now out and they show that the city is experiencing spectacular PT growth, growth which is also setting a number of records. The big news was earlier in the week was that when it was announced...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa, Labour MP for Manukau East, has given her Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Adrian Rurawhe
    Adrian Rurawhe, Labour MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, has given his Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Roastbusters, one year on (almost)
    March in Wellington against rape culture, from Stuff.co.nz Content warning: contains discussion of rape and sexual assault You can literally get away with rape in this country. You can be a serial rapist, with photographic and video evidence you willingly...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Labour Needs To Stop Saying What People DON”T want to hear.
    A Freight Train called Key: On election night 1975 Bill Rowling said Muldoon's landslide victory felt like being hit by a bus. Oh what David Cunliffe would have given for that bus on 20 September 2014!THE ANGUISH of Labour supporters...
    Bowalley Road | 23-10
  • And if you have to carry a gun to keep your fragile seat at number one R...
    What happened at Canada's war memorial and parliamentary buildings is a pretty bad thing. It should, however, be kept in some sort of perspective. ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Beware the sucker ploy.
    A few years back I wrote about the strategic utility of terrorism. One thing I did not mention in that post was the use of a tried and true guerrilla tactic as part of the terrorist arsenal: the sucker ploy....
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero
    I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's...
    Public Address | 23-10
  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love
    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • China’s coal use actually falling now (for the first time this centur...
    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Can new roads pay for themselves?
    It’s common to hear people say that because roads are paid for by their users (fn 1), we should build more roads. After all, the new roads will fund themselves! At first glance, this seems convincing. But a closer look...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies, sons & daughters were sent to d...
      As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies Sons & daughters were sent to die Meanwhile at home democracy cried But his government crowed Everything’s fine.   Other peoples’ children signed up for his war While at home in comfort...
    Politically Corrected | 23-10
  • Why I am on the left
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Post by Jem I am left first and...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 24 October 2014...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    Press Release – The Nation This weekend on The Nation with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP
    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
    It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels ass a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report...
    Hot Topic | 23-10
  • 2014 Arctic sea ice extent – 6th lowest in millennia
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as...
    Skeptical Science | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    Today I made my oral submission to the Environmental Protection Authority on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine phosphate from the seabed approximately halfway between the mainland and the Chatham Island. In a nutshell this application is for the deepest...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Surrounded sex offender still won’t come down from roof
    While they would still appreciate him coming down, police say they’re confident the man has “nowhere to hide.” After an agonising 54-year wait, it is beginning to appear as though a notorious sex offender dressed as Santa may not, in...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #46 On the Way or Already There?
    46: On the Way or Already There? What if we dropped the pseudo-word “roading” from Auckland’s vernacular? Roads are on the way somewhere; streets are already somewhere. This simple difference in understanding and perspective between movement and place often results...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • 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
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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