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Open mike 08/01/2013

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156 comments on “Open mike 08/01/2013”

  1. Jenny 1

    In his post, 2013 – the policy year. IRISHBILL, in what I thought was a generous and non sectarian gesture, befitting the season, asked Standardnistas of all parties, (or none) to put forward policy suggestions. IRISH suggested, as being a resource for the LECs, that this could also be a resource for other smaller parties.

    IRISH wrote:

    With this in mind I’d like to suggest that over the next few months we have those discussions and perhaps even provide a manifesto page on the site where generally agreed policies can be placed for LECs to use as a resource to inform remits.

    I thought I would put forward my policy suggestion to combat climate change for further discussion. Hopefully, if people think it is a good idea, to be forwarded to the possible manifesto page to be created; My policy suggestion: A complete ban on coal exports.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/2013-the-policy-year/comment-page-1/#comment-569735

    As New Zealand only produces 0.2% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Our biggest contribution to stopping climate change would be for New Zealand to set an example that others could look too, to follow. If New Zealand put a ban on all coal exports, (and imports) our closest neighbor and closest international friend, Australia, (which is the biggest coal exporter in the world), would almost be guaranteed to follow.

    Colonial Viper asked me; “Why would this be?”

    I thought this might answer Colonial Viper’s question:

    NSW told to prepare for the worst

    …..officials warn residents to prepare for what could be the worst fire danger day in New South Wales’ history on Tuesday.

    A total fire ban will be in place across NSW on Tuesday with temperatures in the state’s far west predicted to hit 45C, while the mercury is forecast to climb to 43C in Sydney — the third highest on record.

    NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell on Monday made an emphatic appeal to all state residents to be fully prepared for the worst.

    “Tomorrow is not just going to be in the 40s, it will perhaps be the worst fire danger the state has ever faced,” he said.

    “Do what emergency services tell you, particular the rural fire service. Act early.

    “Don’t just think, ‘Tomorrow is another bush fire danger day, tomorrow is another summer’s day’. Tomorrow is going to be the worst fire danger day in parts of this state we’ve ever experienced in history.”

    http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Australias_Hobart_experiences_hottest_day_999.html

    Our toady MSM barely mentions it. Our gutless politicians don’t mention it at all. And so, I excuse CV for not noticing it.

    Australia going through it’s worst heat wave ever.

    WEATHER forecasters are predicting the nation will experience its hottest ever day early in the week, the average national temperature set to climb above 40C.

    Within reach is the current record of 40.17 degrees, set on December 21, 1972.

    Heat records have tumbled across the country, including yesterday’s highest ever recorded temperature in Hobart (41.3C) and Thursday’s 48.2C scorcher in the Nullarbor border town of Eucla.

    To give you an example of what that means;

    - 50 degrees is the recommended top temperature for the hot tap in your house. Imagine that, and then you will know why Australians will be NZ’s first wave of Climate Change refugees.

    In my opinion as well as putting a ban on all coal exports this could be accompanied by a ban on all Australian immigrants until Australia does the same.

    I think that might get the message across.

    What do you think?

    • bad12 1.1

      I think wild-fires have been raging across Australia for millions of years, some of the native trees have evolved in such a way as to require fire to release their seeds so as to be able to regenerate,

      i also think that the Australian temperature records have suffered so much ‘historic rounding’ in their collection over decades that they are unreliable,

      To attempt to link Australian wild-fires to climate change then seems to me to be rather spurious…

      • One Tāne Viper 1.1.1

        That says something about you, and nothing else whatsoever.

        • bad12 1.1.1.1

          Really, can’t come up with FACTS, attack the commentor, what does it say about me buckwheat…

          • One Tāne Viper 1.1.1.1.1

            It says that you are clutching at any imagined comfort blankie you can. Oh, and “historic rounding” – citation needed.

          • One Tāne Viper 1.1.1.1.2

            PS: “Buckwheat” – keep your racist crap to yourself.

      • Binders full of viper- women 1.1.2

        +1

      • mike e 1.1.3

        Sad 12 the past winter drought and wild fires in most of the Australian out back are the worst in history!!
        The result is that the build up of heat in central Australia is forcing the colder wetter weather to form over NZ!
        Get your facts right sad12!

        • bad12 1.1.3.1

          Got any proof of your wee claims there buck-wheat,like a link to some science that says that that New Zealands weather is on average colder and wetter this summer???,

          Funnily enough, on RadioNZ National news this morning the Australians were saying that the HIGH rainfalls this winter have grown (a), more fuel in forests for fires to consume, and (b) the same has made grass growth more prevalent, summer having dried this excess of grass out so as to make it even more likely of igniting in lightening strikes,

          Best you cite us some science for your assertion of the ‘winter drought’ as well…

      • Anne 1.1.4

        To attempt to link Australian wild-fires to climate change then seems to me to be rather spurious…

        Climate Change is causing these things to happen more frequently and with a greater intensity than before. Witness the devastating storms that are occurring… one in one hundred year storms that are now occurring more and more frequently. The general rise in the world temperatures are causing extreme weather patterns to develop, and the intense heat-wave currently affecting large parts of Australia is a good example. In other words, the unprecedented extent of the wild fires, rather than the wild fires themselves, are the inevitable result of C.C.

        • bad12 1.1.4.1

          More likely, the awareness of climate change is making us take more notice of ‘these things’,

          Have you got a link to the science that says Australian wild fires are happening more frequently or are more intense, history would tell us that during European occupancy of Australia such fires in the 1800′s burned millions of hectares and ash and smoke from them were evidenced in New Zealand,

          Please provide a link to these 1 in 100 year storms that are occurring more frequently, the recent so called super storm that recently struck New York was just that, the last one of such magnitude to hit New York was 100 or so years ago….

          • aerobubble 1.1.4.1.1

            I believe that any reasonable person would admit they cannot know everything, and that they, due to years of experience, will have come to understand that sometimes once the symptoms are upon us the disease is unstoppable. When the disease can cause havoc of global proportions, and many commentators (worthy) say the disease is upon us, the symptoms are all around. It strikes me that anyone who would consciously plan to undermine the risk, as not even plausible, to be rank stupidity. Sure nothing says you cannot say the evidence, the symptons, the loss of north arctic sea ice, the extended storm seasons in N.America, that strong more damaging storms (on the back of sea level rise), aren’t evident. But to then use your own ignorance, argue from ignorance, that the risk is just causing more people to notice. Surely not an argument, for example, how many have been told about sun damaged skin to check and so bring a cancer to their doctors attention. It is so common practice that when we see risk we will as a collective look for the signs, this is not evidence either way, this is just human behavior. So your blather, your ignorance, you false thinking, is all bunkum.

            • Anne 1.1.4.1.1.1

              Thanks aero… I couldn’t be bothered. There’s so much reputable evidence out there… let him look it up for him/herself. But he/she presumably won’t because he/she has decided to take a fixed stand based on… deniability? Who knows.

              • bad12

                So you make assertions without being able to provide a scrap of evidence, such a pathetic means of debate is unworthy of this web-site…

                • Anne

                  Since you seem incapable of checking it out for yourself (like most grown-u are happy to do) here is something to help you on your way. Took me a few minutes to find:

                  http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/feb/08/global-warming-weather-science

                  Google climate change/australian bush fires and you will find plenty more where that came from.

                  • Anne

                    Edit function gone.

                  • bad12

                    Snigger, i am struck, (with laughter at you), by the first line of the news article you link to,(a real piece of scientific data),

                    ”Scientists are RELUCTANT to link individual weather events to ‘climate change”, unquote,

                    I agree with the scientists, the current ‘record heatwave’ being experienced in parts of New South wales is exactly that, an individual weather event,

                    Should such ‘record heat waves’ continue every summer over a multi-decadal period they would then fit the definition of ‘climate change’…

                    • Colonial Viper

                      ostrich12

                    • bad12

                      Snigger CC’s little victim, milked that one for all it was worth…

                    • Rhinoviper

                      Yes, every individual event is insignificant in itself. The real point is the frequency of those individual events in a decade or a few decades.

                      all the time, always has and always will

                      OK, let’s use an analogy. Cars stop and go all the time, so suppose that climate is changing, so a change is something we can adapt to, just like a car stopping, right? Now suppose that you apply the brakes and the car slows to a stop. That’s fine, right? OK, now run your car into a wall. That’s stopping it too, but hang on, that way of stopping it is lethal.

                      Given millennia, nature might adapt. Maybe, but millions of years might be easier. Given decades, can civilisation adapt? Ah, well then…

                      Can the economy adapt?

                      Ummm….

                    • Colonial Viper

                      froginthepot12

                    • bad12

                      Rhinoviper, climate changes all the time and civilizations have come and gone, those are 2 repeating themes of both ecological and human history,

                      I dare say tho that the human race having survived ice-ages before will survive albeit in a much reduced form than at present,

                      Economy???, disaster of any sort is the great social leveler, what use is there for millions of dollars of paper money if civilization is reduced to the level of hunter gatherer once more…

                  • bad12

                    Pssst, scroll down the page a bit, i provide a link to a NASA satellite photo of wild fires burning in Western Australia in November 2012, not a heatwave in sight…

                • Pascal's bookie

                  So you make assertions without being able to provide a scrap of evidence, such a pathetic means of debate is unworthy of this web-site…

                  Paging your badself:

                  http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-07012013/comment-page-1/#comment-570950

            • bad12 1.1.4.1.1.2

              BLAH, Blah,Blah, another assertion, what is this blather,ignorance, false thinking, and bunkum you accuse me of,

              Worst wild-fires ever, doubt it, as i pointed out above there have been wild fires during European occupancy of Australia that have burned millions of hectares and smoke and ash from these fires has been evident in New Zealand,

              Wild fires in Australia have happened yearly, they are not a symptom of climate change…

              • One Tāne Viper

                they are not a symptom of climate change…

                How about the increasing temperatures that exacerbate the fire risk, and the consequent increased incidence and severity of wildfires?

                Perhaps you need a pacifier to go with your blankie.

                • Rogue Trooper

                  just like Clockwork
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1XqbopXH5M
                  Orange Crushed

                • bad12

                  Please provide the proof of ”the increased severity and propensity for such wildfires”,

                  The current fires burning in Tasmania at the moment are hardly severe in terms of previous fires,

                  One of those previous fires, from memory in the 1960′s, burned a far greater area of Tasmania than the present, killed 60 odd people and even burned parts of the States capital Hobart,

                  Sorry to aquaint you with an inconvenient truth in your abysmal attempts to link Australian wildfires with ‘climate change,

                  Your continued use of 4 year old’s language such as ‘blankie’ gives me an indication of your intelligence level, perhaps you should stick to debating with children at kindergarten, the other little kiddies with under-developed brains seem more your level…

                  • One Tāne Viper

                    Wikipedia lists 44 major bush fires since 1851. Nineteen of them occurred in the last decade.

                    PS: I didn’t make the link you allege, I merely noted that increased temperatures increase fire risk. Keep clutching that straw.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.4.1.2

            If you’re curious, feel free to provide evidence that the current record heatewave situation represents no change to the 1800′s.

          • Colonial Weka 1.1.4.1.3

            “Have you got a link to the science that says Australian wild fires are happening more frequently or are more intense, history would tell us that during European occupancy of Australia such fires in the 1800′s burned millions of hectares and ash and smoke from them were evidenced in New Zealand,”

            Well, quite. Because the Europeans burnt the bush to ‘create’ farmland (as they also did in NZ). The 1800s is not a good time period to use as a comparison.

            • bad12 1.1.4.1.3.1

              Clearing bush for farmland isn’t a wildfire, although i could imagine more than the odd bit of bush clearance got away on them,

              1800,s, 1900′s it makes no difference, the areas that are currently burning, parts of Tasmania, and New South Wales are in fact the area of the highest rate of wildfires in e a Australia over a multi century time frame,

              Here have a read of the record,

              the Google= History of Australian wildfires,

              http://www.home,iprimus.com.au/foo7/fire.html

          • Oscar 1.1.4.1.4

            Actually, more like 70 years ago. There was a double storm system to hit in 1934 that was bigger than Sandy.

        • Populuxe1 1.1.4.2

          Crap. Biology 101 – the Eucalyptus tree and many other species evolved to take advantage of regular seasonal bush fires to spread their seeds. That’s why Eucalypts are full of volatile oils and why other Australian plants have seeds that only germinate after being baked. The Koori new this, which is why they periodically instigated burn-offs of their own. The problem came about post colonisation and was aggravated by the environmental movement’s protection of wilderness areas and the prevention of burn offs. The massive fires we now see are a direct result of that rather than climate change – though of course climate change is happening and may well exacerbate matters in the future.

    • Colonial Viper 1.2

      A record heatwave and fires might help convince the Australian government to give up billions in coal exports…not what we do with the piddly amounts we export. If NZ gives up exporting coal today the Australian producers will take up the slack tomorrow.

      • Colonial Weka 1.2.1

        We should give up coal exports because we will need some of the coal for essential transition processes, and because it’s the right thing to do. The latter is more than symbolic. It demonstrates that we understand that CC is a global problem that affects all of life and that all humans must act in whatever ways they can. It’s about solidarity with the world and with other nations that will face harder futures than us in giving up fossil fuels.

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1

          We should give up coal exports because we will need some of the coal for essential transition processes, and because it’s the right thing to do.

          This I can get onboard with. And the same rationale goes for our offshore oil and gas as well.

          • aerobubble 1.2.1.1.1

            The whole problem is we dug up trapped compounds and unabashedly burnt them. Now to get off the crack we have to fract the last drops oil, gas, and mine the last coal to transition to back to where we should have been had we not gone on our addiction to growth and profits without thinking of limits and consequences. Its like that mother in America, a gun whore, whose mentally hamstrung son killed her and then went on a wild murderous rampage in a school. We consent our own destruction by accepting banality as reasonable.
            We dug up hydrocarbons on mass and dumped them into the biosphere, how could that not have consequences!!!

    • Bill 1.3

      Yup. Ban coal exports/imports and all but whatever might be considered to be the most essential mining (and I’m thinking of a very high bar to determine that…probably including disbarring any economic argument from the decision)

      Immediately legislate for car occupancy rates – issuing instant and punative fines to people driving without passengers for no compelling reason.

      Immediately legislate that any new cars coming into the country must have carbon emissions of below 100g per km.

      Immediately halt any non-essential lighting and heating of public places/spaces.

      And shut down the gas fired power stations. I know they are needed for peak load times. But that’ll only remain a problem until we alter our consumption habits…which shouldn’t take long when the alternative is brown or black outs for us all for as long as we persist in pulling extra electicity at the same time every day.

      • Colonial Weka 1.3.1

        “Immediately legislate for car occupancy rates – issuing instant and punative fines to people driving without passengers for no compelling reason.”

        How would that work? And wouldn’t my two trips to town a week with an empty car trump someone’s daily trips to town with one passenger?

    • Murray Olsen 1.4

      1. Australia is seen as the last hope for many unemployed Kiwis.
      2. They hardly notice us, let alone how much coal we export.
      3. An immigrant war with Australia is the last thing we need.

      Banning coal exports may be a good idea, but not because Australia would follow. The minerals sector has their government by the balls and they’d thank us for the increased market share.

      • Jenny 1.4.1

        They hardly notice us, let alone how much coal we export…….

        ……..The minerals sector has their government by the balls and they’d thank us for the increased market share.

        Murray Olsen

        Sorry to be the one to point it out, but I think you just might have a little bit of a dysfunctional logic thing going on here.

        Can do better. I award you a D+ for effort.

        Thank you for your contribution.

        Please try again.

        • Colonial Viper 1.4.1.1

          You can’t seriously be criticising others for dysfunctional logic.

          What Murray seemed to be saying was that us stopping coal exports would simply result in some minor benefits for the Australian coal industry.

          Ceding market share to the Australians is not really going to demotivate them is it Jenny – that’s your dysfunctional logic.

          • Jenny 1.4.1.1.1

            Ceding market share to the Australians is not really going to demotivate them is it Jenny – that’s your dysfunctional logic.

            Colonial Viper

            I think we are talking about opinion here. My opinion is that a world first complete ban on coal exports will set an example and a bench mark for governments around the world to emulate.

            Your opinion is that it will encourage other countries to fill the gap in the market left by New Zealand’s exit.

            I might add that it has always been your opinion over many discussions on many threads of this site, that we should do nothing about climate change.

            For this I have termed you a Climate Change Apologist.

            No matter what the argument is you will always argue for doing nothing.

            Don’t deny it, I don’t want to have to drag up all your CCA dreck.

    • tc 2.1

      How much is she paying for the dish washing and floor cleaning ? Dunno but it is chch where alot of the able and smart have departed and public transport to/from is a factor.

      Approaching a polytech for graduates is fine if they’ve done a diploma in cleaning and are looking for their first leg up into the world of low paid jobs in franchises.

    • Colonial Viper 2.2

      Yeah this kind of thing can be a problem. It often stems from youth who have left school and had an extended time unemployed without the benefit of immediate work experience with good role models. Or have been long term unemployed and simply deconditioned to work discipline. Being a bakery I also suspect that the hours of work may have been fairly extreme. Not that many people like 4:30am starts etc. However, advertising overseas to fill these positions seems a bit nuts. It did say the positions were above minimum wage.

    • karol 2.3

      On the evidence I’ve seen in the past, and given the current requirements for beneficiaries to be constantly looking for work, I’d expect the following:

      * that some people would be responding to job ads who are unemployable for various reasons – such as having anti-social behaviour patterns; being unable to physically or mentally apply themselves to a job for a full day and/or week, etc.

      * I’d also expect that some people will take any job going, especially if it was offering wages above the minimum.

      So Ms McPherson got some of the unemployable, or marginally employable applying, but what about those that are capable and want any work going? Did she just conveniently forget to mention them? Is there something about McPherson, her job or her workplace that puts keen workers off? Or does she just want to recruit from overseas and is looking for an excuse not to employ locals?

      Also, if WINZ stopped pressuring people who are unemployable, or incapable of working a full day/shift to job-seek, maybe Ms McPherson’s job of recruitment would be a lot easier.

      • AsleepWhileWorking 2.3.1

        Great points Karol.

        I dislike her feigned helplessness because:

        - Business is about solving problems, not bitching to the media when things don’t go your way. Your business, your problem. Offer them free leftovers at the end of each day and you might pick up some savvy family looking to save $$$.

        - If you can’t handle something, the beauty of a business is that you can hire someone else to do it on your behalf. Are we meant to believe there are no recruitment agencies in her area?

        - So her answer is to look OVERSEAS? Duh. The vetting process and cost is likely to be even more unmanageable.

        This is nothing more that a business owner who has taken on too much and prefers to spend her time whining rather than fixing things OR (more likely) the opening shot for the year of some more right wing spin meant to rark up the masses into more bene bashing for 2013.

        • Colonial Weka 2.3.1.1

          Yeah, how many overseas people are going to want to shift to Chch of all places, where there is a housing shortage and high levels of stress across the population, for $14/hr?

          She also doesn’t say if she is offering full time, regular hours jobs (an issue for any WINZ beneficiary because of the abatement process).

          • Fortran 2.3.1.1.1

            CW

            If you were to publicise this internationally you would get many many replies from people who will do anything to get away from their own environment into New Zealand, and will take any wages to start.

            • mike e 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Fartrain even henry ford knew the value of higher wages !

            • Colonial Weka 2.3.1.1.1.2

              What kind of visa will they have Fortran?

              • David C

                She would be swamped with overseas applicants just as the cantabury farmers hire dairy labourers from overseas. Kiwis are lazy and entitled.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Cheap foreign labour for higher capitalist profits

                  Kiwis are lazy and entitled.

                  It appears that your thinking is lazy and entitled, shit head.

                  • McFlock

                    agreed. Lazy and entitled employers, too.

                    • David C

                      Yeah lazy employers. They should be doing the work for the employees and paying them. Imagine the cheek of a business owner who actually wants to find someone who wants to work!

                    • Populuxe1

                      David C, if you can’t afford to pay your employees properly, you probably shouldn’t be in business in the first place.

                    • One Tāne Viper

                      David C, here is a list of bakeries in Christchurch who aren’t blaming a cherry-picked sample of job-seekers for staff shortages.

                      Are your opinions always this feeble?

                    • One Tāne Viper

                      Speaking of the employer, perhaps this one comes across as a toxic right wing shill or something, the sort of boss who would rather run right wing attack lines in the media rather than fix her staff shortage.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  lol, when ‘cantabury farmers’ start paying for the water they use, I’ll take any claims about ‘entitlement’ a bit more seriously.

                  • The Al1en

                    “Imagine the cheek of a business owner who actually wants to find someone who wants to work!”

                    Imagine the cheek of an employee wanting a fair days pay for a fair days work before they do!

                    Entitlement indeed! ;)

                • Populuxe1

                  No, Kiwis live in an OECD country and expect competitive, commensurate wages, not serfdom

                  • David C

                    $600 a week for an unskilled job is sefdom?

                    entitled indeed.

                    • David C

                      throw an r into that sefdom willya…. why no edit?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      “Unskilled” but absolutely critical job…your food site gets a bad hygiene rating you’ll get closed down for a week to sort it out.

                      entitled indeed.

                      Don’t be a consistent shit head, $600 is barely a living wage and that’s for full time work that I presume starts from very early in the morning for a bakery.

                    • David C

                      and that is exactly the attitude you ‘tards promote isnt it… why would anyone be bothered to get out of bed before 11.00 am for a mere $600 a week! FFS.

                      Bakery work is awesome…finish early arvo and go hunting or to the beach.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      $600/week is not a living wage shit head

                      And its not an 11am start in a bakery its 4:00am or 5am, typically

                    • McFlock

                      Major difference between “before 11″ and “before 4″.

                      And you’re not factoring in chch accommodation costs, either.

                    • McFlock

                      back when I was working nights, it was relaxing to pop by a particular cafe/bakery at 6am and have b&e or pancakes before heading to bed. Only place open at that time, except the 24dairy of doom… :)

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      ‘It’s Doom alone that counts :)

                    • David C

                      $600 pre tax is about $510 after tax? fucking site better than $170 on the dole.

                      But hey..yes you do need to actually want to work and get out of bed to better yourself.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      $510 in hand is not a living wage. I guess you are saying however that serfs should be grateful for crumbs and drippings.

                    • David C

                      So $510 is not a living wage huh?
                      A mate of mine is living in ChCh at the mo for $200 a week full board.
                      So that is food and shelter taken care of.
                      $310 a week for transport ( a bike!) and clothes isnt bad is it?

                      Entitled Leftard Fuckhead.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      “$600 pre tax is about $510 after tax? fucking site better than $170 on the dole.

                      But hey..yes you do need to actually want to work and get out of bed to better yourself.”

                      I think you will find that there are very few people on the dole in Chch receiving only $170/wk. Most will have accommodation supplement on top of that. Many people on the dole also have part-time, cash in hand jobs of various kinds, or use their time to mitigate the low income in other ways. If we’re talking about a 20 year old with no dependants who is fit and healthy, then yes the dole can be more attractive than an insecure, deadend, just above minimum wage job that’s structured to go no-where. The longer someone is on the dole, the harder it is to survive, but in the short and medium term, it’s possible.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      A mate of mine is living in ChCh at the mo for $200 a week full board.
                      So that is food and shelter taken care of.

                      not everyone wants to live with their grandma, shit head.

                    • David C

                      My mate dont live whith his grandma either you charmer CV… he is a tradesman who likes to be able to feed his family so he works in ChCh rather than here…
                      Tho I fail to see why the tax paying NZers should subsidise someones life style choices… if your Gran can offer you a room near a basic job then you must move in … suck it up.

                      Colonial Weka…Yes you reinforce my point beautifully. The dole and subsidies are far too high when there are jobs availible. Why are we paying people so much to be lazy?

                    • One Tāne Viper

                      to be lazy

                      What of the 80,000-ish extra unemployed since 2008? Do you hate them too, or are you just feeble-minded?

                    • felixviper

                      The dole isn’t generous, David. It’s just that the jobs you’re comparing it to are really shit.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      David, if your mate is a tradesman and only earning the pittance you claim he does, then I have a suggestion. Get your mate to join a union. Clearly your advice isn’t working out for him financially.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      “Colonial Weka…Yes you reinforce my point beautifully. The dole and subsidies are far too high when there are jobs availible. Why are we paying people so much to be lazy?”

                      We’re not. We are paying people to be the sacrificial goats in a society that prefers to run an economy with an unemployment rate instead of full employment. You’ve also missed the bit about needing to be young and fit and healthy with no dependents (or debt or other financial commitments) in order for the dole to be attractive for a period of time.

                      Why should someone take a job with shit opportunity, conditions and wage, when they have another choice? Oh, that’s right, in your head, people should be forced into situations that make their lives worse. Like someone already said, serfdom.

                      The only time we get to talk about generic laziness in the unemployed is when we have more jobs than jobless. We haven’t had that since the 70s.

                      btw, you do realise that if all the people you call lazy were to get a job, your mate would be unemployed. Think about it.

                    • David C

                      well where to start here….

                      My mate…a fridgie/sparkie bills around $8k a trip down south. $30K/yr wtf?
                      CV and I were having some banter about what constitutes a living wage…I objected to the fact that he cant run his Aston on a mere $510 a week.

                      felix…having a shit job is a really great way of maybe getting a not so shit job…its always easier to get a job if you already have one and want to better your position. People respect that drive.

                      Te Reo Putake..a Union? you are just taking the piss now arent you :-)

                      Colonial Weka. How is a job in a bakery poor conditions or no opportunity or bad wages. ? Huh? explain.

                      and no if every other person in NZ got employed my mate would be busier as he is in a support industry as am I. Someone comming off the dole isnt going to take the job of a trademan with 20 years experience.

                      Joe90, I agree small bakery hours suck. But there are usually free pies ;-)

                    • North

                      David C…….an imperious wahanui…….bitterly holding on to his perennial “entitlement” to engage the ideological construct that poverty is just fine……for the unskilled. Poverty ? Bah ! What have they done not to deserve it ?

                      Get a life you ugly fool.

                    • David C

                      North…care you make a comment that actually says something meaningful?

                      But if your saying that the unskilled deserve to be poor then yes I agree.

                      Study, train , upskill in some way to better yourself but if you sit on the couch and wail that the world owes you a living (as commenters on here suggested you should do) I will fight tooth and nail that my taxes dont suppport you.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      “Colonial Weka. How is a job in a bakery poor conditions or no opportunity or bad wages. ? Huh? explain.”

                      I’m guessing that she wasn’t offering a 40hr a week, permanent job, with increasing wages over time, and things like sick and holiday pay. As a tradie, you probably don’t realise how poor employment contracts for those on or near minimum wage can be now. If she is offering casual hours or part time work, anyone on the dole is going to get hit by the abatement process. That means that week by week they don’t know what their income is going to be, and some weeks it won’t be enough to live on.

                    • felixviper

                      “having a shit job is a really great way of maybe getting a not so shit job”

                      Yeah that can still be true at an individual level for some people, but you’re ignoring the big picture. In the new low wage economy, increasingly these jobs aren’t for kids ‘working their way up from the mailroom’. We’re talking about near-minimum wage jobs for life.

                      And for a huge sector of society there’s no job security any more. Everyone’s a ‘contractor’ when it comes to holidays and acc and health and safety, but mysteriously they’re suddenly employees when it comes to where, when, how and what you do. And you can be fired anytime for no reason at all – or rather for no fault of your own.

                      You’re living in the past if you think working in a franchise is a step on the ladder. In John Key’s New Zealand, it’s more like a step on the treadmill.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Forbes: Careers are dead, welcome to your low wage, temp work future

                      The new economy is one which only needs disposable workers.

                      http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/2012/08/30/careers-are-dead-welcome-to-your-low-wage-temp-work-future/

                  • Ennui in Requiem

                    Pop, that statement flies directly in the face of neo lib orthodoxy, the whole thing is designed to lead to the lowest possible wage regardless of country. As an employer who does not wish to depress wages or prices AND wants some harmony in the workplace I can think of no better argument for compulsory unionism.

                  • joe90

                    A tradesman on $30somethingK, WTF, is he a clothes line mechanic?.

                    btw, starts between midnight and 3am are the reason both bakers of my acquaintance are perpetually knackered.

                • Binders full of women

                  +1 Kiwis are lazy and SI dairy farmers are aren’t paying low wages to Filipinos.. just that kiwis like are all gonna be game designers like (or ganstas bro) and grow up to complain about unaffordable houses like as they sup bought coffees and like text like on lol smartphones.

                  • Populuxe1

                    Well what is the fucking point of being in the OECD if we can’t? :)

                    • The Al1en

                      “that is exactly the attitude you ‘tards promote isnt it… why would anyone be bothered to get out of bed before 11.00 am for a mere $600 a week! FFS.

                      Bakery work is awesome…finish early arvo and go hunting or to the beach.”

                      I’m guessing your loaves are always a few slices short.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.4

      Nope, she’s BSing.

    • Pascal's bookie 2.5

      I think she clearly needs to be more flexible around her employment conditions.

      In a market, if you are not having success with an offering, you need to make a better one.

      • Puddleglum 2.5.1

        Excellent point.

        Why is it that ‘moral lack’ is always brought out by the right when market signals aren’t in an employer’s favour?

        I guess the argument from the right is that there should be no unemployment benefit as it ‘artificially’ raises wage expectations. These raised expectations then thwart the uptake of their ‘fair’ offers.

        They don’t seem to like the ‘distortions’ of non-market factors, such as collective compassion.

  2. AsleepWhileWorking 3

    “This, “For many poor students, leap to college ends in a hard fall” is a very well-executed piece in The New York Times. It follows three talented, but terribly disadvantaged, girl students who make it into university but then manage to go no further, and it shows why education doesn’t always lead to social mobility; in fact, it very often holds poor people down while further elevating middle-class and upper-class people.”

    http://bluemilk.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/education-is-a-political-issue-this-is-why/

    Thinking of all those Masters+ students, for whom this year holds particular challenge or possibly an end to their study. Obviously the above article isn’t referring to the post-grads for the most part but here in NZ the cutting of the student allowance for these people is evidence the wedge dividing socio-economic groups and education is being driven further into their working class flesh.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Education was a panacea for improving class and income mobility in a time of economic growth and increasing job complexity and specialisation.

      Now however, complex manufacturing and scientific jobs in NZ have been cut and cut and cut. Most new jobs created pay less than $20/hr. Many science based positions are affected by 1-2 year funding regimes where continual re-application is necessary.

      Basically if you come out into this environment with a Masters or PhD the chances are that you are going to have to go overseas for any chance at real work, or you can be a Masters or PhD student stacking shelves and serving fries here in NZ. With about $50,000 more student debt than the school leaver next to you being paid the same amount.

    • karol 3.2

      Good link, ASW. Thanks. Yes social capital is very important. It’s the social and economic inequalities underlying the education system that are the main causes of educational inequalities.

      We need a return to free education and better allowances for all. Also, the content and approach of education provisions need to be more responsive to the requirements of the children of people on low incomes – especially at tertiary level. I think school teachers may be more responsive to such needs, but tertiary education is more focused on middle-class ambitions.

      I say this having taught in schools (in the UK), in Unis (in NZ and Aussie) and in TAFE/Further education colleges in the UK and Aussie.

      I also did a little bit of community/adult education in the east end of London. I had some working class women attend my class who were doing some uni courses. They seemed to be largely looking for some support in dealing with the, to them, alien middle class culture of the Uni. They talked in detail about the differences between their east end London home culture and that of the middle class Uni.

    • just saying 3.3

      Thanks for the link.
      Best piece of writing on poverty and education I’ve read in a long while.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.4

      This from the comments is awesome:

      I see so many people like me who go to university and do really well academically but have absolutely no idea what it gets them, they don’t know or imagine what work might be available, or what their labour is worth. I think they are all sessional academics, because their imaginations were never expanded beyond getting to university; getting to university was the aim in itself.

      As I’ve said before: The most important thing about education is teaching people how to think, to expand their imagination. Teaching the three r’s as National Standards does fails to achieve this.

      • aerobubble 3.4.1

        Its worse surely than that. Its feedback. As we reward buying and selling homes, we depress the innovative sector, and this flows on to gifting universities with a more leisurely attitude to teaching (and charging more). The money becomes the modus operandi. Then the governments of the day demand that education pay its way, look the politicians say the graduates are racking up income, make them pay for their education too!!! This is yet another incentive to broaden the numbers going into education. In a global information world it doesn’t matter where you are when it comes to information, and so our position as a green summer during the northern winter should have many educational, corporations, and individuals wanting to spend time here. That means we need a service, culinary, techo, tourism fusion. Yet what we have is bulk transfer of foods overseas, lousy protections for tourists… …all to keep our corrupt housing sector afloat.

  3. Morrissey 4

    Noelle McCarthy’s patsy interview with Mark Bowden
    “Summer Noelle”, National Radio, Tuesday 8 January 2013, 9:09 a.m.

    Most National Radio listeners will know that Noelle McCarthy is a decent person. She has shown in the past that she has the courage to confront hypocrites and liars. She could barely repress her loathing for S.S. man Garth McVicar when she interviewed him in March 2011…
    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-09032011/#comment-306178

    This morning, she interviewed another advocate of extrajudicial killing—Mark Bowden, author of The Finish: The Killing of Osama. Perhaps because Bowden is far brighter than McVicar, she felt constrained and on edge, but it was still disappointing to hear her let Bowden get away with subtle evasions and distortions, and to hear her accept his use of euphemisms, and to even use them herself. Effectively, this amounts to cynical, willful distortion and apology for state crimes.

    Sadly, Noelle McCarthy, who can be a penetrating and intelligent interviewer, was reduced to giving the sort of patsy interview we see on British State TV or Fox News.

    More in sorrow than anger, I sent her the following e-mail….

    Interview with Mark Bowden was disturbing, and disappointing

    Dear Noelle,

    It was interesting, and chilling, to hear your guest Mark Bowden try to explain away the use of torture by saying it is something that “was in the water”.

    You also several times used the word “rendition” instead of calling it what it is: kidnapping. I am sure I was not the only listener disappointed to hear you had chosen to use this obfuscatory language.

    Yours sincerely,
    Morrissey Breen
    Northcote Point

    • Rogue Trooper 4.1

      I bathe in Summer Noelle some mornings when I cannot climb on top of the Hill

    • Populuxe1 4.2

      Obviously Sascha Baron Cohen paid her off as part of his secret plan in collaboration with all of the other Jewish comedians in the world (Mel Brookes was their ringleader for years) to take over the world

      • Morrissey 4.2.1

        Y’know, your sense of humour is about as lame as your attempt to smear me.

        • North 4.2.1.1

          Morrissey……seems like those so keen to yell (or at least imply) “anti-semite” are the ones more artful at defamation. Talks more about them than the subjects of their abuse perhaps ?

          Justice the seed peace the flower !

          • Morrissey 4.2.1.1.1

            He and a couple of others have been at this for a while now. Although I do not think anyone would believe any of their smears and innuendoes, I don’t think that’s really their point. What they are trying to do is create a din and thereby turn the thread into a farce.

            It’s something for Lin and the other administrators to keep an eye on. I’ll email the site formally and remind them to watch for this ongoing campaign of sabotage.

      • Rogue Trooper 4.2.2

        well, I thought Pop was funny :)

        History of the World, Part 1
        http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/9200000/Marxism-marx-brothers-9268845-2050-2560.jpg
        “A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast”

        -Marx

        • North 4.2.2.1

          You’re right…….if Gaza’s funny.

          • Populuxe1 4.2.2.1.1

            Of course Gaza isn’t funny – but Morrissey’s monomaniacal obsession with it on a site about left wing New Zealand politics is, and made moreso by his weird conspiracy rants about Zionist Jewish comedians. Now that’s a SCREAM!

            • Morrissey 4.2.2.1.1.1

              …weird conspiracy rants about Zionist Jewish comedians.

              Again, you are trying, ham-fistedly, to smear me. My commentary on Baron Cohen’s defamation of that Christian peace activist in occupied Hebron was just as critical of David Letterman, and the braying sycophants in the audience.

              Your repeated attempts to portray my carefully argued points as a “conspiracy” are as inept as they are dishonest.

        • Populuxe1 4.2.2.2

          Appreciated RT – methinks Morissey picked his moniker well – I assume he hates it when his friends become successful. And if they’re northern, that makes it even worse…

  4. tracey 5

    I have a major beef with how companies can conduct themselves in litigation.

    Too often I have observed companies sued, who then defend themselves and their directors, (I am talking civil not criminal cases) putting plaintiffs through the ringer making them expend on experts and lawyers only to reach the judgement, plaintiff wins and company is placed in liquidation.

    In my own leaky home case the company through one of its directors derailed the mediation by taking a legally unsustainable position with lawyer on hand to peddle it), forced us to expend money on experts to refute their claims (which were baseless at law) and took us all the way to a hearing. It then transpired at the hearing that the director had, as we suspected, lied about giving over the names of people from his buidling company who had been onsite.

    The hearing was 5 days.

    Our out of pocket legal and expert expenses were over $130k. We won our judgement and put in an application for costs on the basis of his lying. The day their defence was due they filed for liquidation. We won our costs application but the tribunal decided that lying deliberately withholding important information was only worth $5000. In any event the company cant pay and cant pay its judgment.

    This company should not be able to engage a lawyer and run up expenses for us if it knows as this company surely did) that if it lost it couldn’t pay. If they had not defended we would have gained a settlement from council at a far earlier point and saved over $50,000 in costs.

    This is happening every day in this country across any variety of civil claims, not just mine and not just leaky homes.

    Surely the ‘fix” is relatively simple, if there was any will. We could try and sue him under the companies act for dishonesty but it would cost us more money and is a notoriously hard case to win.

    So why the huge lopsided bias toward directors and companies in this type of situation?

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Criminal contempt of court proceedings should be filable against directors who have knowingly submitted false testimony or fraudulent evidence to a court.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      To protect the rich which is, from what I can make out, the basis for almost all our commercial laws.

    • North 5.3

      I recall some years ago discussing with a lawyer employed by one of the big five commercial firms the reasons for his up and leaving, by all appearances suddenly and inexplicably. I mean, who wouldn’t wanna be in the frame for partnership in one of said firms. Six, seven hundy a year and more ?

      The principal reason advanced was this: he had identified his essential role in this firm on behalf of its often multi-national, inexhaustibly wealthy clients as being to devise endless interlocutory applications to the High Court which had the effect of burning-off relatively financially weak opponents of said clients.

      Repeated exercises of this nature finally had the little guy bruised, scared, and running out of the bucks necessary to last the distance. Easy meat for a settlement favourable to the big guy.

      I always admired that guy for resolving that he could no longer stomach the amorality of it all. I hope he’s found happiness and professional fulfillment. Of course on Planet Key he was only ever a fuckwit.

      • tracey 5.3.1

        It is also why I left the practice of law in the mid-90′s. It was just amoney-go-round witht he rich defendants quietly strangling the plaintiffs. Had two small business owners who died, one a massive heart attack, the other hung himself following our final attempt to get him the money he was owed.

  5. lprent 6

    Primary server had a glitch at ~11:40. Not sure why – will be having a look at the logs.

    It got automatically restarted at ~11:50, but came back up with a read-only filesystem, something else I will have to force a check on (it obviously had something wrong in the file system).

    I rebooted it manually, but it took me some time to get through the security I put in last night from my work system. Was back up at ~12:02

    The joys of a new server…

    • Colonial Weka 6.1

      This morning or last night? Last night I got introduced to the Cloud, with its offering of a two day old cached page and pretty layout error message.

      • lprent 6.1.1

        New server. There are always a few difficulties.
        Last night I was increasing the CPU available. I didn’t expect it to take an hour.
        This morning there was a just an unexplained crash.

        I’d expect everything to stabilize soon.

        But the nice things about the move are that the servers are now well and truly lost in the “cloud” (which makes them hard to legally shutdown), and the costs have dropped to between a third and a half of the previous costs depending on where it settles at the end of the process.

        • Rogue Trooper 6.1.1.1

          To Whom It May Concern,
          I’d just like to say that I’m bored mulling around the berry plant picking up butts; speak, or hold your piece, nothing hard about it, after all, apparently I’m the “fool” :)

          Thanks for the “friend” acceptance guys, nothing to fear, nothing to hide. I was chatting with a public servant this morning, he’s on to it, said he read a quote “F.B.I never had it so easy since the rise of FB” (federal bureau of information) Then, I get the latest copy of Best Practice delivered to my door with veges I planted this morning and guess what’s on the cover? Poppies!
          I’ve grown them two years in a row, yet no need for them anymore; being informed’s gettin me high enough :)

          an unidentified Friedman object that flew my way this morning
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton_T._Friedman

          -Klaatu

    • lprent 6.2

      Was a spambot. I hadn’t put in the limitipconn module for apache.

  6. Draco T Bastard 7

    Key’s stance on broadband decision gob-smacking

    It beggars belief, really. Not to mention beggaring consumers. Prime Minister John Key’s willingness to overrule the Commerce Commission’s reduction of wholesale broadband pricing is gobsmacking. Let’s count the ways.

    John Key goes in to bat for the shareholders and not NZers.

    • aerobubble 7.1

      When I heard that the slow uptake of broadband would require a price reduction I thought nice.

      Having had the road recently being dug up and looking at the prices I might have taken a second look.

      Thanks John Key, I don’t have to bother, the shareholders want only rich customers.

      Why is that? Surely there’s more profit the more people use the service, you know the whole
      give them tax cuts means more profitable activities boosting rather than reducing tax revenues.

      Reduce the cost of broadband and more people will pay for it, more profits, more price reductions as more companies offer services, that’s the capitalist way.

      But Key is not a capitalist, he’s a national socialist, who believes interfering to save the wealthy a harder life and ignoring and reducing protective regulation on the lower classes (because they need the spur to get off their back sides).

    • LynWiper 7.2

      Just read this myself and was about to link to it. You beat me DTB! Gobsmacking to say the least. I have Facebooked this as it’s the best way I know how to get this kind of info out there. My friends and acquaintances’ may not take politics as ‘seriously’ as I do but at least I can try to get them to engage and be more informed.

    • Ennui in Requiem 7.3

      Who we ask might the shareholders include?

      The following own around 60% of the shares:
      National Nominees New Zealand Limited –an Auckland investment house.
      HSBC Nominees (New Zealand) Limited – Hong Kong Shanghai Bank NZ
      JP Morgan Chase Bank

      Now just who and what is our PM?
      Also remember the Kiwisaver funds buy nominee shares etc…..also the government might have large holdings in these banks / companies and or a tangled web of bond obligations / bank debts etc.

      In that light is Keys willingness so gobsmacking?

  7. Rogue Trooper 8

    Dear Judith,
    Crushingly, all drug offenders, even minor one, must go through courts
    -2800 imprisoned over last 6 years
    -police oppose legaliZing pipes and needles
    despite
    -Law Commission criticisms of criminal focus on minor offences in recent review
    -NZ drug foundation alarm (Hells Bells) at court focus on minor offences
    (war is lost) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Drugs

    Hagel Chucks antagonistic attitude towards state of Israel

    Support The Big Red Lycopene http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycopene

    In the second U.S full-page broad-side, I mean sheet, in the Dom in a week, CIA minimize the use of Torture 31 Dark Zero

    contrast with, ( a few sheets further in)

    Chinese vocational students “PRESSED” into manufacturing roles
    when actually (same article)
    -wages RISING in their southern manufacturing sector and are an increasing component of their costs
    -greater uptake of tertiary study, less labour migration to the south, one-child policy factors
    -vocational school grads increase surge 26%
    -only 2.7% of Foxconn workforce students
    -only 8 hour days by law although 12 often worked (same here)
    -they may be paid less, but in general receive the same

    These WOF / COF changes are gonna backfire imo

    70% of NZers cybercrime phishes

    The World Until Yesterday
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/non_fictionreviews/9756597/The-World-Until-Yesterday-by-Jared-Diamond-review.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tH8jOP98C0
    hmmm

  8. rosy 9

    Another woman dies as a result of family violence and 2 more children are motherless – no telling how much violence they’ve witnessed before this.

    Stuff writes the killing off as a “domestic dispute”.

    Meanwhile secure funding for violence prevention and women’s refuges have to go into >a href=”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816644″>crisis talks to secure funding after $700,000 was lopped off their funding in 2011.

  9. North 10

    To David C above who says poverty is fine for the unskilled I say only this: one day, one day……karma for you and/or yours.

    And I just know you’d be the snivelling moaner, blaming it all on someone else.

  10. David C, 170.000 unemployed and rising.
    Having a degree or a certain skill can actually count against you if a prospective employer
    feels you are too qualified for a position.
    The new catch phrase for the right seem to be ‘upskill’, this is to mask the inability of
    the Key govt to create the 170.000 jobs he promised before the last election, what Key
    should have said is that there would be 170.000 + jobs lost in NZ as at the end of 2012,
    perhaps he couldn’t remember what he should have said.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      The new catch phrase for the right seem to be ‘upskill’,

      This at the same time as they are locking down uni funding, wrecking polytechs, and taking away loans and allowances from students. Typical Right Wing tomfuckery.

      David C, 170.000 unemployed and rising.

      I’m guessing that David C regards these people as 170,000 lazy, entitled, unqualified lefty fucktards.

  11. Totally agree with you CV, David C only turns right and the right give education the
    two finger salute.

  12. Pascal's bookie 13

    Epic Alex Jones rant:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AtyKofFih8Y#!

    And people say it’s unfair to judge people for linking to ‘infowars’. The guy is a fucking clown. End of. Get a better source.

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    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • New Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Labour’s manufacturing plan
    David Cunliffe has launched Labour's policy to get more manufacturing jobs back in New Zealand: Labour leader David Cunliffe launched the policy to an Auckland business audience this morning, adding the depreciation and procurement policies to the known suite of...
    Polity | 17-04
  • Easter PT shutdown
    It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works. Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break....
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts
    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Against secret "justice" in NZ
    Last year, in response to a series of court cases challenging its control orders or claiming compensation for human rights abuses by its intelligence services, the UK passed the Justice and Security Act 2013. The Act introduces a "Closed Material...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Massey chancellor sets up company in opposition to university
    Massey Chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the board of a company that intends to be New Zealand’s largest private training provider (PTE)...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Gibbs, Hayek, Canterbury and the free market for degrees
    The New Zealand Herald notes that philanthropist Alan Gibbs is about to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury today. One of the many institutions Alan Gibbs has donated his money to...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day
    As readers will know, I have long embraced the internet music revolution. The ability to discover and download new things pretty much as they're being made has reinvented and refreshed my lifelong relationship with popular music. But I still really...
    Public Address | 16-04
  • Great Sorkin Parody
    Aaron Sorkin (SportsNight, The West Wing, The Newsroom) makes a very particular style of TV. Some good parts to that, some really silly parts. Amy Schumer' Comedy Central parody of Sorkin is pitch-prefect and hilarious. Enjoy: Inside Amy SchumerGet More:...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Photographic proof
    Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and...
    The Hand Mirror | 16-04
  • Our future lies in science
    This is not a column on global warming, climate change or whether humans are or aren’t having an impact....
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Gordon Campbell on drone strikes and Judith Collins‘ last stand
    Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as “bug splat” – mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has...
    Gordon Campbell | 16-04
  • Revealed: Steven Joyce’s select committee submission
    Dear Education Select Committee, Well, there are less than two weeks for people to get their submissions in to you on my proposals to remove staff and students from university and wānanga councils. You...
    TEU | 16-04
  • World News Brief, Thursday April 17
    Top of the AgendaTensions Rise in Ukraine’s East Ahead of Talks...
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Northern Europe looks to end fixed-term agreements for academics
    Long strings of fixed term employment agreements are not just a problem here in New Zealand but Sweden too, according to Education International. But the Swedish Association of University Teachers (SULF) has a plan to solve this. It is turning...
    TEU | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Date of Release: Thursday, April 17, 2014Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today.The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, Christchurch Yarns, go into...
    First Union Media | 16-04
  • Collins: More contemptible lying
    Yesterday, Judith Collins treated New Zealand's media and people as if we were all complete fools. Here is what she said (via this morning's Herald): Ms Collins said she was unaware Oravida was having any problems getting its products into...
    Polity | 16-04
  • The Downside of Park and Ride
    Flicking back through older Atlantic Cities posts led to one from last year about Park and Ride catching my eye. It’s a fairly well reasoned cautionary tale which highlights the pitfalls and potential perverse outcomes from something that would appear...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Heartland logic: More people have heard of Fidel Castro than Michael Mann, ...
    This is a guest post from Narahani.   Or is happening and is good for you, or has stopped happening, or is caused by CO2 but only a little, or is about to reverse due to lots of yet-to-be-discovered negative...
    Skeptical Science | 16-04
  • Submission
    Below is my draft submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill. I'm primarily interested in the freedom of information issues; I expect other groups to be focused on the reporting itself. I support the aims of the Environmental Reporting Bill of...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Government’s ‘rock star economy’ throws hospital staff ou...
    The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star...
    PSA | 16-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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