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Open mike 07/08/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 7th, 2012 - 106 comments
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106 comments on “Open mike 07/08/2012”

  1. Carol 1

    Key’s tone has softened, but he still shows no evidence in practice that he’ll take any notice of the Waitangi Tribunal report on water rights. Meanwhile he continues to try to split Maori, and Sharples acts like a door mat.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10825091

    What happened to the Maori Party that was born in protest, principle and a willingness to stand up and tell it like it is. The only mitigating factor is that Sharples recognises the Maori water right issue will most likely end up in court. And where is Turia on this? She was the main driving force for setting up the Maori Party over the conflict with government on the foreshore and seabed. Now she just seems to be hiding.

    Prime Minister John Key and Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples. Photo / Mark Mitchell
    Prime Minister John Key and Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples. Photo / Mark Mitchell

    Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says he expects the Maori water rights wrangle to end up in the courts after his party failed to secure an assurance from the Government last night that it would pay heed to any Waitangi Tribunal findings.

    Dr Sharples and co-leader Tariana Turia had a two-hour meeting with Prime Minister John Key, Finance Minister Bill English and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson.

    Afterwards, Dr Sharples said the only assurance given was that the Government would wait for an interim report from the Waitangi Tribunal on August 24 before proceeding with the sale of Mighty River Power. He believed it was likely the issue would end up in the courts.

    Dr Sharples said Mr Key had also emphasised that he believed it should be dealt with iwi by iwi, despite the decision at a hui yesterday to set up a pan-Maori group including iwi leaders, the Maori Council and other groups.

    “But Maori believe there are national principles that apply across the board, so I guess that has to be worked through.”

    He said the Maori Party often disagreed with National but did not believe walking away would benefit Maori.

    Earlier yesterday, Mr Key rejected suggestions that water rights could be resolved on a pan-Maori basis, saying such rights were best sorted out “river by river, iwi by iwi”.

    He said many iwi agreed with his view – that it was a matter for negotiation by individual iwi.

    What is certain is that Key will not stop his drive for asset sales, democracy, rights, fairness, consideration of what is best for the country and the majority of it’s people….. nothing will stand in his way.

    • Socialist Paddy 1.1

      Interesting wording by the Herald.

      Do they really mean that the Government will wait for the Waitangi Tribunal decision to be given AND THEN will proceed with the share sale?

      Pita where is your mana, man? Stand up to the bastard. 

      • Carol 1.1.1

        Yes, Key, I think (as heard on RNZ this morning) that Maori water rights can still be negotiated on an individual level after the asset sales go ahead.

        I think he also is saying he will wait for an interim report from the Waitangi tribunal later in August, will talk to the Maori Party again…. then go ahead with asset sales.

        Of course, Maori sticking together nationally over this will give their case strength. However, for Key, he’s more likely to weaken the results Maori get, by negotiating with individual iwi after the sales have occurred.

        • BillODrees 1.1.1.1

          Key had taken the strongest negotiation stance from his point of view. What the Maori party need to do is be smarter in “game play”.  If they want to play with the big boys they need to plan and strategise like big boys(and girls!).

          The Maori Party has the Tribunal, the Courts, the Maori Council, other political parties and the mass of the people of New Zealand to use in their game plan.

          Use it! Get a smart game plan together quickly and execute it sharply. 

    • rosy 1.2

      I reckon Peter Sharples believes what he wants to believe, rather than hear what Key actually says. Sharples believes asset sales are likely to be delayed. Key has given no indication that he’ll allow that to happen.

      On the other hand

      there are a limited number of windows each year in which a share offer can take place,” English and Ryall said last week.

      “Delaying a decision beyond the first week of September and losing the 2012 window for the offer would have significant consequences, not only for the MRP offer, but also in delaying the rest of the share offer programme over the next two years.”

      It’s pretty clear why Key wants iwi by iwi settlement. Hand out the minimum require to get the job done, and not worry what might be brewing for future conflict.

    • felix 1.3

      Interesting wording alright, and that’s certainly the interpretation Pita seems to think fits.

      I heard English the other day say they’d been working on these sales for four years. Anyone else hear that? Can’t remember where.

      Thought that was a bit odd, ‘cos right through their first term they denied doing any such work and anyone who called bullshit on them was labelled a conspiracy theorist.

      Weird eh?

      • Pete George 1.3.1

        “right through their first term they denied doing any such work”

        I’m sure you can show where they did this.

        I recall them saying they wouldn’t sell any assets in their first term. They didn’t. Nothing odd about that.

      • Tigger 1.3.2

        Treasury did that work, Felix. And OIA would show it.

      • Vicky32 1.3.3

        I heard English the other day say they’d been working on these sales for four years

        I am not surprised by that…

    • Dr Terry 1.4

      Carol, quite right, nothing will stand in his way – particularly while he continues to enjoy rather large support for his tactics. Key is a gambler who is, unfortunately, accustomed to winning.

  2. As New Zealanders mourn their latest casualties in Afghanistan, Egypt is reeling from the deaths of fifteen border guards in the Sinai peninsula. Every New Zealander knows about this country’s contribution to the ‘stabilisation’ of Afghanistan, but few know that it has troops in the Sinai operating as de facto reinforcements for the Israeli blockade of Gaza. These forces should be withdrawn before they fall victim to the growing violence in the Sinai. This 2011 blog post makes the case for withdrawal from Sinai:
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2011/02/what-are-kiwi-troops-doing-in-egypt.html

    • TT 2.1

      Noted that. And noted that Egypt still does nothing to oppose Zionist incursions into their territory, letting them destroy their military hardware with not even a whisper of dissent. The new president seems powerless to exert any influence over the military. The dream is for a Islamic super-state with Jerusalem as it’s capital. Right now that just looks like a distant pipe dream, especially with the Egyptians talking of bringing their brothers to “justice” for the sadly futile attack on the zionists, rather than the enemy themselves. The only glimmer of hope at the moment is with a hopeful change to a Sunni government in Syria, there will be the impetus that the Arab nations need to finally wipe the zionists from history once and for all. I still don’t hold out hope though. The illegal blockade of Gaza should be over already. The Muslim Brotherhoold should be providing heavy arms to Hamas so they can defend their territory against zionist aggression. It seems that the protocols are correct, and the influence of the zionists is at the moment too pervasive.

      • McFlock 2.1.1

         finally wipe the zionists from history once and for all.  

        seriously?

        • Bored 2.1.1.1

          Zionists piss me off, but so then does every religious nutter..I very much doubt that the State of Israel and “Zionism” will last much beyond the ability of moneyed Zionists to heavily influence US election outcomes. Imperial over-reach will kill Pax Americana, and with it the rogue settler state in its current form, just as the Crusader states failed centuries ago.

          I am hoping the more forward thinking residents of Israel and the Arab states might have a better vision that allows them both to flourish together. Optimistic I know but the alternative is too frightful to contemplate.

      • pukeko 2.1.2

        Kāore anō nei i weto ngā ngārahu o te ahi i mura ai i ngā wā kua pahure.

        Tēnei te hoki mai nei me te ngākau pōuri, me te ngākau tangi mō koutou kua ngaro i ōku tirohanga kanohi, i ā tātou mahi, i ā tātou nohoanga tahi.

      • Verity 2.1.3

        The protocols?

  3. ad 3

    The Gods have announced a few things recently.

    Jupiter has ordered Mars to let the Democratic candidate win the United States Presidential election;

    Thanatos has requested of Key that he actually generate a less subservient foreign policy, quick;

    The Waikato Taniwha has determined that it will stop the sale of New Zealand’s public assets;

    and

    Tongariro has cleared its throat for Valeri Adams and declared it will be good.

    Great to feel a tilt in the cosmic order this morning.

  4. Judith Collins has replied to a request for her position on the minimum price of alcohol:

    The Government is currently investigating a minimum pricing scheme for alcohol.

    The Government wants to make sure that any pricing strategy will reduce harm caused by alcohol without unduly impacting responsible drinkers.

    I am waiting until the investigation is complete before making any decisions about implementing a minimum pricing scheme.

    Judith Collins on minimum price of alcohol

    This sounds like a very good approach to me. The proof will be in the end result.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      No PG, it’s the normal weasel words that mean nothing that we get from RWNJs.

    • Socialist Paddy 4.2

      Did you read this Petey?

      In particular this?

      “International reviews have concluded that increasing the price of alcohol is one of the most effective strategies to reduce the consumption of alcohol and, therefore, alcohol-related harm. Establishing a minimum price is a targeted way to reduce the availability of cheap alcohol.”

  5. vto 5

    Maybe I missed something in the context but did I hear Pita Sharples say on te wireless this morning that he has been told by Iwi leaders etc to stay in the govt at pretty much all costs?

    Great tactics and negotiating skills there Pita……. bloody hell ……

    He basically just gave away any decent negotiatng position they had.

  6. TT 6

    Zionist war criminal John Keys is spending $60 million of the peoples money to build a shrine to further glorify anglo-saxon committed genocide.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7428737/Key-revives-60m-war-memorial-for-capital

    [lprent: Merely blaring assertions without supporting argument(s) however brief tends to draw the moderators eye. If it happens too often then we start viewing those blasting slogans as being rogue processes rather than people and start applying kill troll routines. That is what you're looking like to me after reading a few of your mindless comments. Please read the policy. ]

    • higherstandard 6.1

      troll.

    • Bored 6.2

      TT, I find your quick labeling of John Key as a Zionist war criminal somewhat puzzling, as I do the accusation of the glorification of Anglo Saxon genocide.

      Lets start with John Key, yes he is Jewish, and he is a banker BUT does that make him Zionist? Yes he has not withdrawn our troops from Afghanistan, but I don’t see that makes him a war criminal. Remember please I for one cant stand the bastard, but your accusation does not help in any way.

      Anglo Saxon genocide….all empires since time immemorial commit genocides, that cant be denied by the British any more than the Romans, Americans, Mongols etc…it is not an exclusive trait. You can bet that the people of the imperial core nations (like the Saxons or Romans) would probably find the concept of committing genocide or being labeled for genocide rather nasty. I doubt any Germans born post war want the stigma of the “holocaust”, attached to them, they were not after all born at the time. It might be more helpful to rail against imperial systems in general.

  7. joe90 7

    Surprise surprise, the CIA had a hand in the arrest of Nelson Mandela.

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/330153

    To that end, a CIA agent infiltrated the ANC and in 1962 informed South African security officials that Mandela, a wanted man on the run, would be leaving a dinner party in Durban dressed as a chauffeur. He was arrested at a roadblock and spent the next 10,000 days behind bars.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      The US does not support oppressive regimes like Apartheid South Africa. Really, it doesn’t.

  8. Rosie 8

    Drill it. Mine it. Allow it.

    If you’re into being the one to hand out the permits then man, has MoBIE got a job for you!

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/a.aspx?id=501079142

  9. David Shearer trying to defend the indefensible:

    “It is more of what I was just saying before umm ethan is that, you know I get you know trade unions or say salvation army or whatever they are standing up for rights of you know workers or rights of the poor or whatever, or whatever it is likely to be.

    Umm I don’t look to gain have had any sort of, I don’t look to have any material gain from that as a, as a as an MP–but there is what the the idea was is to try and capture the you know the various sort of business and corporate interests that might you know in a sense be trying to do sort of what you know they do offshore (not sure happens here?) is to buy buy politicans off”

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2012/08/shearer_on_the_union_exemption.html

    Being a non-politician Shearer is hopeless trying to promote policy he doesn’t believe on, which is the obvious assumption from this embarrassment.

    He needs to start speaking on things he strongly believes in rather than trying to defend a crap position.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Advocating for workers organisations is not “indefensible”.

      Using a Kiwiblog quote for David Shearer, that’s “indefensible” :roll:

    • bad12 9.2

      :roll: Take your excrement back to the sewer…

    • Socialist Paddy 9.3

      Shearer, and the Labour Party, need to stop taking advice from you right wing bastards. You only want the Labour Party to fail. Your advice is an attempt to sabotage, nothing more. 

      The only advice that I would offer to Key would be to take his head our of his arse and look around at the damage he is causing.

      And then resign.

      And then ask for forgiveness. 

      • TT 9.3.1

        … preferably with his head on the block.

      • chris73 9.3.2

        The right wing don’t need to sabotage Labour, Labour are doing a fine job of shooting themselves in the foot.

        Hey maybe Shearer could do another heartland tour because, you know, it worked so well the last couple of times.

        Some advice Labour should take though is remove T. Mallard

        • mike e 9.3.2.1

          Why is it because he’s a sitting duck.
          C73 Mallard needs to be refined.
          Not sacked as your cyniscism would suggest.

          • chris73 9.3.2.1.1

            Mallard is an a-grade twat. I mean you could point out his failings in the house, his piss-poor election strategies, his habit of getting side tracked but really hes just a twat and I’m pretty sure even the Labour party could find someone better.

        • lprent 9.3.2.2

          Always nice to run across someone so utterly ignorant of political history.

          From about 1994 to 1999 (and later for that matter), Helen did a large number of ‘heartland tours’ turning up at everything from A&P shows to small town meetings. It went a *long* way to counter the ridiculous dumbarse propaganda from the rightwing fruitcakes that had been flooded out into the conservative areas about her, and her lack of ability at the time to come across well on TV. People coming into direct contact with left politicians are the most effective way to shift views and immunize against propaganda pushed through the rather simple media messages that appear to be all that our journalists can cope with.

          What I found rather heartening at the time was the number of people I knew in the rural and small town communities was how many changed their minds about her not after running across her directly, but after someone they knew had. What was also notable at the time was that the change in attitudes that I was seeing was simply a willingness to listen to Labour wasn’t really showing up in any of the polls when you broke it down by region. It did however show up in the elections because the MMP elections are pretty well won for Labour by two major factors – turnout in the cities and those all-important minority votes in the rural areas and small towns.

          David Shearer of course has a lot less of a uphill battle than Helen did.

          • chris73 9.3.2.2.1

            You know what might work better then another heartland tour? The Labour party working together as a team and not getting side tracked by trivialities (usually of their own making)

            Of course articles like this won’t help either:

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7429613/Pay-packets-on-the-rise

          • Bored 9.3.2.2.2

            1prent, you are right about the effectiveness of the “heartland tours”. We used to do “cottage meetings” in the 80s….the theory is correct BUT our goods were flawed. We had an abundance of Rogernomes and yes men.

            Which brings me to the point, once bitten twice shy…the goods are looking decidedly shoddy and rather Rogerish.

            • lprent 9.3.2.2.2.1

              Ah but that is a bit of a separate question. Personal/relayed contacts probably help anyone selling their dream – even the rodgernomes.

              But David Shearer comes across a hell of lot better in smallish groups than he does on the media. It will suit him whilst he winds up his media skills. I wouldn’t expect it to show particularly in polls because of the nature of what they measure. It also works better for opposition than it does for government members.

              • ad

                Even though I don’t really warm to Shearer, I look into the faces of all the rest including the Prime Minister, Russell Norman, Dr Sharples, Winston Peters etc to answer the question: Leader Of The Country material?, and I would just have no hestitation in ticking the Labour box again. No hesitation whatsoever.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Out of 5 million awesome NZers we are left with those few dozen clawing away amongst each other in Parliament. Something is rotten in Denmark, ladies and gentlemen.

      • Vicky32 9.3.3

        Shearer, and the Labour Party, need to stop taking advice from you right wing bastards. You only want the Labour Party to fail. Your advice is an attempt to sabotage, nothing more.

        Too right! :)

        • OneTrack 9.3.3.1

          That’s so true . Ignore Chris73’s advice at 12:37. Just keep on stealing underpants.

          • felix 9.3.3.1.1

            Nah it’s the National Party who’s strategy most fits the Underpants model:

            1. Sell our energy assets, at a loss, at the end of the cheap energy age
            2. ???
            3. Profit!

            If Labour could get as far as deciding to steal underpants they’d quickly become indefinitely tied up arguing about whether Waitakere Man prefers boxers or briefs, whether brassieres should also be targeted, what constitutes togs, what about fetish gear etc etc etc

            • QoT 9.3.3.1.1.1

              Underpants are clearly identity politics, felix. Waitakere Myth goes commando.

              • felix

                Perhaps Labour would be better of stealing some thick woolen socks. For their cold feet. *ba dum tshh*

  10. Anne 10

    But David Shearer comes across a hell of lot better in smallish groups than he does on the media.

    Oh yes, I can vouch for that. Indeed he comes across as an highly intelligent, thoughtful person who has a good vision for this country and knows how he wants to implement it. He does well face to face in large halls too. A few months ago I saw an initially luke-warm audience of some 200 practically eating out of his hand by the time he had finished.

    He has yet to learn the art of projecting a good image of himself on TV which requires a different set of skills. Here’s hoping his media training will help him to overcome this problem. Let’s not forget Russell Norman came across poorly when he first became the Greens co-leader, and look at him now – confident, assured and impressively articulate.

    • Helen Clark also took a long time to master TV interviews. And I heard she was better in person too, like most people are. You get to judge them as they present themselves, not as someone else edits.

      But a problem with TV interviews is that you can’t control the subject, and Shearer is very unconvincing on some things. It’s a matter of whether he can keep his leadership long enough to become media credible.

      And according to Duncan Garner there is one thing on his side (or not likely to succeed on the other side):
      <a href="
      http://www.3news.co.nz/Opinion-Why-does-Labour-hate-David-Cunliffe-so-much/tabid/1135/articleID/264472/Default.aspx

      Why does Labour hate David Cunliffe so much?
      The majority of Labour politicians clearly dislike David Cunliffe. With a passion. And with a serious degree of what now looks like hatred and mistrust.

      That’s become so very clear to me this year – but even clearer since I released our 3 News poll on Sunday night.

      I suggested David Shearer might be rolled before the next election if he couldn’t get his numbers up. And while not many in Labour denied that – they all said Cunliffe won’t replace him. Over their dead bodies.

      [lprent: Abbreviated the quoted material.

      a. linked so people can go to the source.
      b. copyrighted.
      c. we aren't here to cut'n'paste linked material into.

      Quote a relevant section if you want to get people to jump to the link. Don't waste my time cleaning up our site. ]

      • KJT 10.1.1

        Not being liked by the present Labour caucus is probably the best recommendation David Cunliffe could have.

        He is the only leader they have. Maybe that’s why the other wannabees don’t like him.

        He is not happy just to drift along until National lose an election.

        Their is no point in Labour winning an election to continue as NACT lite. That would be as much of a failure as losing. And an equal disaster for NZ.

        Personally I hope that Labour both grows a spine and repudiates following RWNJ memes, and wins in 2014, with the Greens to keep them honest.

        BTW. Helen Clark is great in person. Warm, humorous and intelligent.

        • AnnaLiviaPlurabella 10.1.1.1

          This briefing of the press is no different from what the right wing did during the leadership battle. Same crap from the same mouths.

        • Blue 10.1.1.2

          +1

          If I had my way, Trevor “ABC” Mallard would be out the door along with the rest of the dimwits who bag David Cunliffe to any journalist who’ll listen.

          Memo to the caucus fuckwits: Don’t bag your own colleagues out to the media.

          Then again, expecting the same losers who elected Shearer to have any political nous is asking too much, I suppose.

          I am so thoroughly disgusted with the Labour caucus right now. Pathetic, cowardly little guttersnipes. If you want DC out, fucking tell him. Don’t ring up Duncan Garner and have a giggle about how you’d like him to stay on vacation permanently.

          Passive-aggressive little wankers.

      • Socialist Paddy 10.1.2

        Presuming that this is true and Garner is not interviewing his typewriter whoever leaked to him should be drummed out of the party. This sort of shyte is destabilizing and damaging to the party.

        • Pete George 10.1.2.1

          Seems to be an attempt at exorcism.

          The rumour is that Cunliffe’s ‘assisted’ exit leaves Shearer in place, until the unions get their Little leadership with the help of a few % of the vote thanks to the review.

          • Socialist Paddy 10.1.2.1.1

            What Rumour man?

            You are talking through your arse.

            How many times do you have to be told that you should not believe everything that you read about the Labour Party in Kiwibog. 

            • OneTrack 10.1.2.1.1.1

              The source is 3news. Not that they are anywhere near reliable.

              • Colonial Viper

                3News is not a “source”. They simply reported a second hand opinion.

                In journalism a “source” is, for instance, ther PM’s press secretary. Or the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. Or maybe the chair of Cunliffe’s LEC.

                3News is simply reporting on the opinion of one of their staff, a staff member who has not given any specifics on their source(s), who has not described any steps he took to double check those sources, etc.

                Basically its fuckall.

        • Anne 10.1.2.2

          Actually Socialist Paddy, as far as I can tell the actual size of the ABC club in the Labour Caucus is nothing like as extensive as suggested. But there still appears to be a handful of stupid, vindictive members of caucus who continue to misrepresent the truth. I suspect in part it’s the tall poppy syndrome, and the rest is probably related to certain personal, political ambitions which would be unlikely to be met under a Cunliffe leadership.

          A very good example I was told about concerned a scumbag Labour politician (no, don’t know which one) who passed on to some sections of the media false voting figures after the caucus leadership vote late last year. He/she claimed Shearer received a higher vote than he actually did receive. In other words, the difference between the two contenders was much narrower than reported.I say this with no disrespect towards Shearer, because I’m sure he would have had no knowledge of it at the time.

          What it does tell me though is: there are a few Labour parliamentarians who are prepared to undermine their own Party for petty, spiteful gain. They should be weeded out and sent packing!

          • Colonial Viper 10.1.2.2.1

            a scumbag Labour politician (no, don’t know which one) who passed on to some sections of the media false voting figures after the caucus leadership vote late last year. He/she claimed Shearer received a higher vote than he actually did receive. In other words, the difference between the two contenders was much narrower than reported.

            And I heard exactly the same, Anne, from a reasonably decent source. And yes we are talking a difference of just a very few votes.

            • Anne 10.1.2.2.1.1

              What I find so appalling CV is: a Shearer/Cunliffe team would be about as brilliant as you could get. But there are a few selfish, self-centred Labour MPs determined to upset the apple cart.

              About 3 months ago, my Labour Electorate Committee resolved to send an email to Moira Coatesworth expressing our concern over this very matter. I might add, we were about 50/50 in out support for the two leadership contenders, so there’s no way our concern could be described as sour grapes. I understand Moira replied expressing her own dis-satisfaction… and I gather she passed our concerns on to the caucus.

              I’m sure we spoke for many electorates at that time, and we may not have been the only one to formally express it. Therefore I find it insulting and annoying that there are still a few MPs who haven’t got the message!

              Maybe they will get it now.

              • felix

                “a Shearer/Cunliffe team would be about as brilliant as you could get.”

                ‘kin A.

              • Colonial Viper

                Anne, great that your LEC took that action and emailed Moira.

                Even more emphatic and more direct action by party members will be required to communicate messages to the hierarchy in the future, IMO.

          • QoT 10.1.2.2.2

            the actual size of the ABC club in the Labour Caucus is nothing like as extensive as suggested

            And the names most often associated with it (i.e. … Mallard, pretty much) are cosy little electorate MPs who’d be voted in if they were dead as long as they had a Labour rosette on them. So, really, why the fuck should they care if their petty bullshit sinks the party? They’re still going to get paid.

      • bad12 10.1.3

        According to Duncan Garner’s paymasters who have everything to lose in a Cunliffe lead Labour at least making the attempt to take Labour back to it’s 1930’s roots and values is the exact sum total of what is contained in the article,

        A TV3 attempt at divide and rule simply on behalf of the status quo Garner’s paymasters see as a Shearer administration,

        What i do believe Labour as a Party has wasted is the telegenic nature of both Roberston and Cunliffe, both come across on a TV screen very well and both are more capable, (at the present time), of engaging in the politics of the 5 second sound bite which unfortunately is a needed skill in today’s political discourse, than what David Shearer is,

        It is pretty much a given that Labour if at all socialist,is the socialism of, for, and, by the middle class and thus cannot, (based upon current known policy), really be seen as much of an electoral option for those in the Have Not class of society,

        Those of us way to the left of Parliamentary Labour can console ourselves that there is now a strong Green Party who we would expect will in any future Government have the numbers and the will to impose on our behalf a modicum of social justice…

        • KJT 10.1.3.1

          Socialism, for the middle class, would be fine if the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders were middle class, as they were in the 50’s.

          Instead we have socialism for corporates

    • Vicky32 10.2

      Oh yes, I can vouch for that. Indeed he comes across as an highly intelligent, thoughtful person who has a good vision for this country and knows how he wants to implement it.

      Seconded! He’s brilliant… (he’s my local)

  11. BillODrees 11

    Duncan Garner has succumbed to the charms of the ABC rump in the Caucus.  Maybe they don’t think the 67% rule will get through Confetence. So they have taken to white-anting Cunliffe through Garner. 

    This is timely.  Members can now see the real agenda of Labour’s right wing “organisational review”.  All members MUST actively reject the dilution of their power and the centralisatioin of  power into a management committee”. 

    The current leadership is at war with the membership.  

    • AnnaLiviaPlurabella 11.1

      Duncan is inclined to have big emotional farts from time to time. He has had a couple of rough years and we should remember him in our prayers. Note to Duncan: twice a day the doctor said. Not twice a week.

  12. joe90 12

    An interesting piece on the reliability of the coverage of the Syrian conflict.

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/02/breaking_the_arab_news?page=full

    edit: and a view from Jerusalem.

    http://jcpa.org/article/the-role-iranian-security-forces-syrian-bloodshed-2/

  13. captain hook 13

    pete geroge took no time at all to master the inane, waffling, ruminating, misdirecting and link whoring of a psychophantic crawler.
    and more to the point he has never stood for office.
    if he pals up with dunnycan then he has really slipped back down the path of human evolution.

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      and more to the point he has never stood for office.

      Actually, he has. He got a ~160 votes last election.

  14. Should we now consider the UK as a “Rogue State”?
    Barclays manipulating  the LIBOR
    HSBS laundering money for terrorists, Mexican drug cartels, and rogue states
    Standard Chartered colluding with Iran to break sanctions to the tune of $250bn
     
    And Blair saying that nothing would be solved by hanging bankers.
    He may be right but it’s a damn good start!
    “How can one make a revolution without firing squads?”
     
    He doesn’t want them hanged because we may come after him…
    – his government bent over backwards for “The City”
    – so much of the shit was traded on his watch
    – he’s an advisor (on the board?) of JP Morgan
    – he’s on the board/advisor to a Swiss bank
    – he’s involved in setting up a bank for the super rich
     
    Here’s a good list of people who should be first against the wall when the revolution comes.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      You do know that its not an accident that the City of London has been the epicentre of all these financial scandals? The rules in the City are looser than just about everywhere else in the world. AIG, Lehman Bros, MF Global, Bernie Madoff – it was their UK operations out of London which caused the meltdown in each and every case.

      Max Keiser agrees with Blair that hanging 20 bankers is not the solution, Max reckons that 200 bankers would be a more reasonable number.

      Max Keiser: Hang’m high

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd7oDRzPyMk

      Max Keiser: City of London centre of financial terrorism

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll75f8oCw2c

      • Draco T Bastard 14.1.1

        I don’t think 200 would be enough.

      • William Joyce 14.1.2

        What a message that would send.
        They could not go in or out of their buildings without disturbing swarms of crows & flies feeding on the putrefying, foul smelling corpses of people they were working with only days before, and who are now twisting in the wind from the “The People’s Gibbet” in the street.
        Utopia………*sigh*

  15. The social contract:

    We have a social contract in New Zealand. It works like this: if you need help because of something unexpected: an accident, a loss, or if misfortune befalls you, you will be supported.

    But once you’re back on your own feet, we expect you to pull your weight once again and contribute back to society.

    The Government’s role is to ensure that this transition happens – through up-skilling, education and a nudge behind those not meeting their side of the contract.

    That people could end up in hardship through no fault of their own, and in those cases we have a responsibility to provide a decent standard of living.

    But it’s never been about all take and no give.

    The other side of the contract is that everyone has a responsibility to contribute to their community. You didn’t get social security if you could work. If you couldn’t work, your community looked after you.

    I think these principles are accepted by most political parties. It’s a matter of tweaking the balance.

    • McFlock 15.1

      :roll: at editing out anything resembling policy and then talking about the mom&apple pie filler like it’s a profound thought.   
           
      I do recommend people read the speech though – some of it pissed me off, some of it I agreed with, some of it was a sop to the audience demographic, so it had a little bit of something for everyone. 

      • Draco T Bastard 15.1.1

        Some of it was good but most of it was the typical capitalist whine we can’t afford it WAAAAH.

        We propose giving the dole money to an employer to take on an apprentice.

        I got a better idea – why doesn’t the government just take them on as an apprentice themselves? You know, like we used to do when we had full employment.

    • OneTrack 15.2

      Didn’t sound too bad BUT somebody else still whining about how it’s all Muldoon’s fault that we don’t have a super scheme like the Aussie’s. FFS it was 1975, 37 years ago. Muldoon didn’t put some secret law in place stopping any government since (2001-2008 maybe) putting something in place. Oh no, it’s Muldoon’s fault. And nothing happens……

      • Draco T Bastard 15.2.1

        Well, the 4th Labour government should have but they got the neo-liberal bug that’s screwed up the economy ever since.

      • Colonial Viper 15.2.2

        Hey OneTracktoNowhere

        Didn’t you learn in high school about the power of compounding interest? And not only were years of compounding growth (lol) lost by Muldoon’s actions, he took the easy action – disbanding something, which is always far easier than creating something from scratch.

        So the damage Muldoon did was very significant.

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    A good read:

    …there is a third myth – that there was not much wrong with the global economy in 2007. But the old model was financially flawed as it operated with high levels of debt, socially flawed in that the spoils of growth were captured by a small elite, and environmentally flawed in that all that mattered was ever-higher levels of growth. It is possible to move on, but only when it is recognised that the genie will not go back into the bottle.

    Which seems to be fairly accurate. The neo-liberal system of little regulation and lots of bank debt is the problem and until we accept that then there is little to nothing that can be done to eliminate the problem.

    • bad12 16.1

      From the same article, ”The German myth is that you can solve a problem of growth deficiency with belt tightening and export growth” unquote,

      Never a truer word spoken, to a certain extent we will have ‘internal stimulus’ that will go some way to absorb the problem of having imported a 15% drop in economic activity from having been too well plugged into the global economy, (ie: far to reliant upon exports of raw product from farm production), via the Christchurch re-build,

      My view tho is that more is needed and the best means of provision of this more is to use ‘printed monies’ to radically increase the number of actual households in this country by providing State Housing at the fixed 25% of income to a far greater number of families, (my rough guess at the need of the expansion, (from 69,000 to 100,000 over a four year period and from 100,000 to 120,000 over the following 5 years),

      Even the likes of Bill English is now openly saying that any ‘growth recovery’, ie: getting New Zealand back to the same amount of economic activity we had prior to the current stage of capitalism’s ultimate collapse will be at least ten years away, not only exposing the National Party lie of surplus by 2015 but also failing to provide any path forward other than the borrowing of 300 million dollars a week until god knows when???,

      I view this as does the article you linked to, if any stability or platform for economic activity to increase is to be found it will take multi-decades for any ‘catch-up to occur,

      Thus export receipts will continue to be weak as prices continue the downward trend and the only logical expansion in activity must come from increasing the actual number of functioning households in New Zealand where low cost rental equates to lower wage demand and increased local economic activity from monies paid as rent not being a transfer of wealth from one class to another in society…

      • Colonial Viper 16.1.1

        but these functioning households cannot be allowed to start buying shitloads of foreign goods, particularly via foreign sourced debt.

        We need to be more self sufficient in value added products (which initself will create more jobs).

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    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
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “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
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    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
  • 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
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • 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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