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Open mike 09/07/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 9th, 2012 - 136 comments
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136 comments on “Open mike 09/07/2012”

  1. muzza 1

    “I can’t quite believe it,” Mrs Johnson said. “I am so thrilled that the biscuits are back.

    “Nearly 15,000 people voted for the biscuit’s return after Upper Hutt mother Amber Johnson started a Facebook page titled Get Griffin’s To Bring Back Choco-ade”

    NZH, and the average Kiwi – Example of why progress is so difficult in this country!

  2. The odious Garth McVicar and the Sensible Sentencing Trust are going to review the Scott Guy Murder case.

    The interview (not on line yet) involved McVicar hinting darkly at the right to silence and how this is an impediment to the course of Justice.  There is one slight problem with this comment, Ewen McDonald spent hours talking to the police about the case.  This was all recorded and shown to the jury.  So not only did he not exercise his right to silence but he even admitted some offending to boot.

    He also hinted darkly at evidence being excluded and has promised the people of New Zealand a full review.

    The obvious tenor of McVicar’s comments was that justice demanded and required a result.  No matter how weak the Crown case was.

    • Sounds like more McVicar and the Sensible Sentencing Trust talking up false hopefor those who want a legal outcome (especially for victims), completely contrary to sound legal practice.

    • ad 2.2

      I hated the tone of unrestrained glee McVicar had on National Radio this morning.
      Like he had to wipe saliva off his mouth every second breath.

      Surely the right place for anything further would be a civil action?

      I can only expect after this he will be courted to stand by New Zealand First. Or National.

      • Populuxe1 2.2.1

        Amazing how quiet he was on the matter of his mate Graham Caphill’s trial, eh.

        • Olwyn 2.2.1.1

          Nor does he seem to have hung around outside the courthouse to court the Korean man who was run over by a white banker. And let us not forget his defense of the man who stabbed a little tagger to death in South Auckland. This guy is actually an opponent of sound legal practice, favouring an “us versus them” approach, and is very rarely called to account for it. Last night I saw an episode of 60 Minutes in which Greg king was interviewed (I cannot link it because it does not appear to be up yet). He was asked to account for himself every step of the way, which he did very ably. In comparison, McVicar is generally left free to rant against every principle upon which the legal system is based.

          • Dr Terry 2.2.1.1.1

            McVicar and his awful “Trust” are perpetually courted by the media for “expert opinion”, and thus unfortunately encouraged. I am sorry for any family that calls upon him for support (or did he foist himself upon them?) Believe it or not, true experts are available, if only people and media will seek them out.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Believe it or not, true experts are available, if only people and media will seek them out.

              The difference is that the true experts can’t afford to put themselves in the media as they’re actually doing important stuff with the limited funds they have. The SST’s funding is, on the other hand, almost entirely for massaging the media so that they get heard. Which means that when people do need expert help in criminal matters they go to the one they’ve heard of – the SST – which probably doesn’t have a single expert in it.

        • mike e 2.2.1.2

          pop or was that david garretts

    • Vicky32 2.3

      The odious Garth McVicar and the Sensible Sentencing Trust are going to review the Scott Guy Murder case.

      I heard about that on the radio this morning. What on earth? What does he think gives him the right?

      • Vicky32 2.3.1

        I just got told that I was guilty of some evil behaviour and had to do a recaptcha! Why? Please, this is the umpteenth time in  weeks, it’s needs fixing!

        • McFlock 2.3.1.1

          meh – I think it’s linking that does it. 
          Quite a good idea – it stops the robots adding spam links, although it doesn’t stop failed united future candidates…
           

      • Vicky32 2.3.2

        In fact right now, they’re on 3 News right now, claiming that McDonald was silent! I didn’t follow the trial as I was fed up with it right from the start, but I read above that he wasn’t silent so ???

  3. Peter Dunne had a chance to explain his (and United Future’s) position on asset sales on Q+A yesterday.

    SHANE TAURIMA

    Good morning, Peter Dunne. Thank you for joining us. You’ve been under a bit of fire lately for supporting the state asset sales. Was it a hard decision to mae?

    PETER DUNNE – United Future Leader

    No, it wasn’t. In fact, United Future and its policy as long ago as 2005, had said while we opposed wholesale asset sales, we were not against floating shares in selected state assets. We had the same policy in 2008, had the same policy in 2011. I enunciated it on the leaders debate in this very studio in 2011. So it was not a difficult decision to make. What’s been surprising, though, is that no one seemed to notice that we were honouring a policy commitment we put in place three years ago.

    SHANE You weren’t swayed by the polls, public opposition or indeed your electorate?

    PETER No. In fact, in every electorate meeting during the campaign, this issue was raised. I set out the position exactly as I intended to follow, what our policy was. I was re-elected with an increased majority. We concluded in our confidence and supply agreement statutory limitations. The National Party previously wasn’t in favour of putting into law the 51-49 10 split. That was put in the confidence and supply agreement. Utterly transparent and public. I’m one of these old fashioned people that believes that if you say something, you stand by your word. If you make an agreement, you keep it, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.

    News report, video and transcript: http://yournz.org/2012/07/09/peter-dunne-on-qa/

    • Pete George, the energizer bunny of the blogosphere who keeps going and going and going and going …

      This is a straw man argument Pete.  The basic problem is that under economic, financial, environmental and security of energy supply considerations this is a really stupid policy.  You can’t argue against that although you will probably try.

      Did the coiffured one promise hand on heart that no matter how stupid or ludicrous the privatisation proposal was he would back it no matter what?  If this is what you are saying then it is the dumbest policy ever support by a political party. 

      • ropata 3.1.1

        but micky, p.dunny knew asset sales was a shit policy and he is a hero for adding a tiny clause to the legislation. never mind the fact that his election campaign stated uf was against privatisation. the good folk of ohariu would all have read the uf small print, and thus they endorse the asset stripping of nz.

        • freedom 3.1.1.1

          cue PG with
          ‘ but but but but but but but but it is a Mixed Ownership Model! That’s not privatisation! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh why doesn’t anybody listen to me, oh and i want you all to know i am working hard on your behalf to change nothing in particular or achieve anything of any great importance but by gum i will let you know how difficult the challenges facing us are and if we all would just pull together and do exactly as i say then nothing will change but we will have lots of new ways to distract each other from the endless mountain of crap my efforts have created’

      • tc 3.1.2

        The coiffured one is effectively a NAT stooge just like Banks is and will do whatever he is told to do or lose the baubles of ministerial trappings, he has presided over the meanest and most dishonest government in memory who are selling us out with his support….say no more.

      • Bored 3.1.3

        PG sort of reminds me of Oscar Wilde on fox hunting (the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable)…perhaps the implausible in defense of the ingenuous. Any advances?

    • felix 3.2

      What a load of shit, Pete.

      I think the people have had far too much of politicians who say one thing before an election and then weasel word after it. In fact, I must be the only politician being criticised for keeping his word.”

      The lying prick knows full well, as you do, that his electioneering material was very carefully crafted to loudly and boldly proclaim ‘WE WILL NEVER SELL WATER, KIWIBANK, OR RADIO NZ’, while whispering softly ‘but everything else is on the block, and ps when I say water I’m not counting the water in the hydro system ie most of our water’.

      He’s not being criticised for keeping his word Pete, he’s being criticised precisely for weasel- wording. He’s a deceitful, manipulative weasel and a nasty piece of work.

      • ad 3.2.1

        I agree with everything you say.

        But a minor question for 2014: would you prefer Peter Dunne to sustain a Labour-Green coalition, or that guy from Mana?

        It may come to these odd choices.

        • marty mars 3.2.1.1

          I agree with felix too.

          If a slightly leftish coalition needs dunne it is fucked. Much better to work with a true left movement like Mana that will put some backbone into them and hopefully move any coalition lefter.

        • felix 3.2.1.2

          If it came to that I’d prefer Mana. I don’t like everything that comes out Harawira’s mouth but at least you know what you’re getting.

          And as marty says, any govt led by Labour will need its support parties pulling it leftward economically, not rightward, if it’s to achieve much.

          I have concerns about some of Harawira’s conservative views on social issues but there are plenty of liberal voices in Labour, the Greens, and even in his own party to counter that.

          • ad 3.2.1.2.1

            Just get ready to hold your nose either way when the time comes.

            Personally (because this morning I can forecast the future) I think we are heading for one of those 1996-type elections where the remaining minorities get to determine the fate of the larger parties’ reach for power.

            • marty mars 3.2.1.2.1.1

              which Mana policy gets up your nose ad or do you just dislike Hone?

            • McFlock 3.2.1.2.1.2

              FWIW I prefer to be offended by someone with principle rather than a pointless shill. The elevation in class just makes the entire experience more enjoyably visceral.

              • Ad

                God if only the majority in the Labour caucus thought like you. They don’t. Remember when Helen Clark spoke of the Maori party as “Not even last cab off the rank”?

        • mickysavage 3.2.1.3

          would you prefer Peter Dunne to sustain a Labour-Green coalition, or that guy from Mana?


          Good question Ad, I would prefer Hone any day of the week.  At least he works from well understood principles and has the interests of ordinary people at heart …

          • Pete George 3.2.1.3.1

            I’ll address ad’s question in detail later..

            • felix 3.2.1.3.1.1

              Which means ‘I’ll waffle about some other crap tangentially related to Ad’s question and see if I can slip in a few nasty snipes at Labour and the Greens’.

          • Anne 3.2.1.3.2

            +1 mickeysavage

            Remember when Helen Clark spoke of the Maori party as “Not even last cab off the rank”?

            Correct me if I’ve got it wrong Ad, but are you suggesting the Maori Party and the Mana Party are on an equal ideological footing? Although Helen Clark was savaged by all and sundry for her comment “the last cab off the rank”, time has proved she was 100% correct. The Maori Party have shown themselves to be nothing more than brown Tories who were/are happy to betray their own people for a few personal baubles and beads.

            IMO Hone Harawira’s stature has increased significantly since the formation of the Mana Party (the real Maori Party) and I note David Shearer has acknowledged as much in one or two recent comments. I think it is highly likely Labour would be happy to include the Mana Party in a Labour-led coalition government.

      • Pete George 3.2.2

        He’s not being criticised for keeping his word Pete, he’s being criticised precisely for weasel- wording. He’s a deceitful, manipulative weasel and a nasty piece of work.

        felix – but look at who’s criticising him. A few anonymous people on a blog. No evidence presented, just ‘opinions’ used in in attack that seemingly deliberately keep ignoring clear facts.

        The Q+A researchers would have been aware of what he would claim and prepared no challenge. Shane Taurima didn’t challenge it. Stuff haven’t challenged it:

        SUPPORT FOR SALES ‘GOES BACK THREE YEARS’

        Facing a highly organised campaign against him in his electorate, United Future leader Peter Dunne is understandably finding the focus on his support for the Government’s asset sales legislation a tad tiresome.

        When asked by TVNZ’s Q+A if voting for the Government’s mixed-ownership model was a difficult decision, he responded: “No, it wasn’t … what’s been surprising, though, is that no-one seemed to notice that we were honouring a policy commitment we put in place three years ago.”

        He said United Future had never opposed floating shares in some state assets.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7243462/Today-in-politics-Monday-July-9

        I asked a different Felix (Marwick) a while ago why the MSM weren’t interested in smear campaigns on blogs.

        I’m sorry to say there’d be limited news interest, if any, in the debates about the accuracy of comments made on political blogs. In this case Dunne’s position has been accurately represented in the media and that’s where it’ll have been most noticed.

        I’m sure more people are aware of Dunne’s position on asset sales via what’s been printed and broadcast in mainstream avenues than they’ve been influenced by whatever comments have been made by authors at The Standard.

        Continued claims of things like “deceitful, manipulative weasel and a nasty piece of works” are in a small echo chamber here and reflect more on those who keep making unsubstantiated accusations.

        • Te Reo Putake 3.2.2.1

          Mate, the only small echo chamber here is you. And if TS is so lacking in influence, how come you carpet bomb the threads here every day? And one more question. If UF was in favour of asset sales, why didn’t they campaign on it? As you know, the UF literature and TV ads were silent on it and Dunne only made a couple of vague references to the issue in the entire campaign. He dishonestly allowed the belief that his one man party was opposed to the sales, when he knew that his salary depended on them going through. The man’s a weasel and a humbug.

          • ad 3.2.2.1.1

            Quite an echo-chamber for the highest-rating progressive site in the country, number three or four on the table of any blogsite, and from what I hear of Labour’s caucus, feared by all those in caucus who ought.

          • Pete George 3.2.2.1.2

            On cue my point is supported. Thanks.

        • McFlock 3.2.2.2

          A less patsy question would be “surely your support for the National Party’s asset sales, as they announced prior to the election, is contrary to your repeated position of keeping national in check. Or did that just apply to things National weren’t going to do anyway?”

          • Pete George 3.2.2.2.1

            UF (with some help from The Standard) kept National in check exactly as we said we would. UF negotiated a C&S agreement on minimum ownership (51%), National actually changed it through a cabinet decision to voting rights only, and UF enforced the agreement and had it changed back to ownership

            http://yournz.org/2012/06/21/politicians-journalists-and-bloggers-fix-mom-bill/

            • McFlock 3.2.2.2.1.1

              Nice of Dunne to correct their grammar and punctuation for them. 
              Shame the essay is repulsive. 

              • felix

                Remember also that Dunne wanted any single overseas owner to be able to own 15% of the shares.

                The Nats, being apparently slightly less bloodthirsty than Dunne on this aspect of privatisation, managed to talk him down to 10%.

        • felix 3.2.2.3

          Pete, we’ve been over this plenty of times. Yes, if you look hard enough at the literal interpretation of the language you could conclude that Dunne supported privatising everything except water, kb, and rnz.

          The focus however was always on saving three particular assets, not on selling the rest of them. The way this was presented is the very definition of weasel wording.

          And I know you know this yourself, because it took you the best part of a day to find any references to his pro-privatisation policies when challenged.

          • Pete George 3.2.2.3.1

            The focus however was always on saving three particular assets, not on selling the rest of them.

            Ah, yeah, that’s because the United Future emphasis was on United Future policy. I think you’ll find other parties tend to promote their own policies most too.

            The reason why it took a while to find references was:
            – it wasn’t a full time job, I fitted it in when I could
            – there weren’t many references BECAUSE it was never an issue that was raised because it didn’t concern anyone then.

            PETER DUNNE: In fact, in every electorate meeting during the campaign, this issue was raised. I set out the position exactly as I intended to follow, what our policy was.

            I have never seen any credible dispute of this. Even Ohariu People’s Power accepted this as indisputable.

            If there was any evidence supporting your case don’t you think it would have been found and trumpeted loud and wide now?

            You continue repeating your argument against known evidence and with no evidence to support your case.

            You’re the one trying to weasel something out of nothing on this.

            • felix 3.2.2.3.1.1

              Pete, the evidence I’ve presented is the United Future campaign videos and print material. It is entirely consistent with everything I’ve said and you have entirely failed to even address my argument. Every time.

              And enough of the bullshit about you “fitting it in” when you could. We all watched you run around madly trying to find references. You were doing it here, in public. I’ll save you the embarrassment of posting a link for now but I don’t recommend repeating such an obvious lie so soon after the event.

              • We all watched you run around madly trying to find references.

                You’re making things up again felix. But it’s worth noting that I did find references. Something you have failed to do.

                Did you go to any of Dunne’s campaign meetings? Any campaign meetings where there was a UF candidate? I expect if you had and you had evidence to back up what you keep repeating about you would have said it by now. But all you have uis your ‘opinion’.

                I’m sure if Dunne was guilty of your accusations Charles Chauvel and Gareth Hughes would have been all over it, as would at least one Standard author.

                But there’s nothing. Nothing from the parties. Nothing from the mainstream media. Nothing except a few anonymous repeating commenters.

                • felix

                  I presented my evidence and my analysis and conclusions. If you disagree with my analysis then dispute the contentious aspects of it, dick.

        • felix 3.2.2.4

          ps I’m very pleased to learn that Pete George now considers posting on The Standard to be a waste of time and look forward to him backing up that opinion by fucking off forthwith and posthaste.

          • Pete George 3.2.2.4.1

            You’re making things up again felix. You’re again claiming something falsely or incorrectly.

            You seem to have some intelligence and are sometimes are very pedantic with specific meanings of phrases, so my opinion tends towards deliberate misrepresentation, it’s hard to see it any other way.

            It’s not a waste of time pointing this out.

            • McFlock 3.2.2.4.1.1

              pete continues yodelling in an echo-chamber…

              • he’ll probably do his version of bohemian rhapsody soon

                Is this the real life?
                Is this just fantasy?
                Caught in a landslide,
                No escape from reality
                Open your eyes,
                Look up to the skies and see,
                I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
                Because I’m easy come, easy go,
                Little high, little low,
                Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to
                me, to me

                • prism

                  marty mars
                  Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to
                  me, to me

                  It does if its a fart.
                  But I like your choice of verse. It’s a different way to being terse.

                  • McFlock

                    Commenting in rhyme
                     
                    Might be sublime, 
                       
                    But it’s not as cathartic
                       
                    As just abandoning concepts such as rhythm and style and just swearing at some fucking obtuse moronic trool.

            • felix 3.2.2.4.1.2

              Sure Pete.

              But if this place is just an echo chamber and nothing of any consequence happens as a result of anything written here, why bother correcting me?

              • Becasue you keep giving me the opportunity. Thanks.

                • felix

                  Wow. Sometimes I think you’re just taking the piss, but I’m beginning to wonder if you really aren’t aware of all these inherently contradictory statements you keep making.

                  How does it feel to willing spend so much time writing in a pointless meaningless echo chamber for no purpose?

          • prism 3.2.2.4.2

            “You’re making things up again felix.” Besides wishing for PGs absence, which would not make the heart grow fonder, can you think of some viable relief?

        • mike e 3.2.2.5

          Peters Groupie You can’t even get your idol’s facts right obviuosly you didn’t watch Q&A.
          Wait until I tell Dunny.
          Dunny said that he had been pushing that policy in ohairyu for the past 3 elections.
          Not 3 years .

  4. Bored 4

    Been off the air for a while….in which time I contemplated a number of mindsets that keep the rank and file in line with received wisdom no matter how unreal it is.

    I saw a bit of Max Keiser on a MSM hosted talk show being accused of being a “ conspiracy theorist” for pointing out the very obvious fraudulent behavior of the Wall St bankers. Labeling somebody a conspiracy theorist is the ultimate smokescreen for the avoidance of reality by the mainstream media. And Joe Average is so bloody dumb he takes the easy route of not questioning but agreeing. Its a form of abrogation of personal responsibility to question: political power certainly does not want Joe questioning.

    Then there is the pukesome Godwin crap. I see a f**scist yet I cant call them on it. Give me a break.

    • muzza 4.1

      Yes, it seems that the only defense for the establishment is to use the CT call as some sort of way to throw the sheep off the scent, it seems to be working still, and the message was obviously given to Key, as he used the term multiple times of late.

      The Keiser comments are interesting in that it shows explicitly who is really pulling the strings in the background. The cross over of finance and media working together to label as a, conspiracy theorist, Max Keiser, for commentating on the crumbling financial systems, the destruction ofwhich is the result of the greatest conspiracy every being pulled off. The irony of the MSM comments are immense, not to mention the hypocracy!

      Keiser did not “invent” the stories, they are in fact happening in real time. People who use the term conspiracy theory, lack the intelligence, and or the mental strength/self esteem, to question what is in front of their face.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    Jeez, various site statistics at the Standard blog hardly portray a “small echo chamber” Pete, quite the reverse.

    The obsequious Dunne will not be judged well in history by many New Zealanders for his sell out self serving actions.

    • To clarify – The Standard is a significant and significantly sized forum, the largest catering for mainly leftish views.

      The “small echo chamber” comment refers to a vocal but small subset of The Standard commentariat.

      • McFlock 5.1.1

        So it’s a small echo chamber in a large forum?
             
        Wouldn’t that make it a cone of silence?

      • Lanthanide 5.1.2

        “The “small echo chamber” comment refers to a vocal but small subset of The Standard commentariat.”

        Given that something like less than 1% of readers actually comment, it doesn’t matter if it’s only a “small vocal subset” of people that post any particular content here, because there’s a large readership.

        Surely that’s why you keep peddling your crap here. Although I would hope that a lot of readers do what I do and skim, or skip, your comments entirely.

      • mickysavage 5.1.3

        Petey, Petey, Petey, Petey …
         
        Your original comment this morning has generated considerable response that essentially can be categorised into two different types:
         
        1.  The coiffured one may have well indicated support for MOM type privatisation but this does not mean he had to sign up to every single MOM privatisation proposal, especially the really silly ones.
         
        2.  There may have been this policy in the fine print but whenever the coiffured one spoke he made it sound like he was against privatisation of strategically important assets.  He then turns lap dog and lets them go through.
         
        You as a self confessed opponent of “politics as usual” and talk about “smear tactics” but then denigrate various commentators, presumably including myself, as being part of a “small echo chamber” suggesting that their thoughts are not their own without addressing their concerns.
         
        See the problem?

        • Pete George 5.1.3.1

          The problem is micky – you’ve got it wrong. You’re a part of the small echo chamber here that keeps peddling misinformation that isn’t taken seriously elsewhere.

          The more you do it the more you confirm your own futility. Important people in Labour don’t even push your lines.

          Can’t you try something that will actually help Labour rebuild and prepare for government? Surely that’s a party priority?

          • McFlock 5.1.3.1.1

            Surely you should direct your petey powers of polling perspicacity towards helping United Future achieve 1% at election time? Oh, you did. How did that go for you?

            • Pete George 5.1.3.1.1.1

              UF maintained the same number of seats and gained influence from the last election. How did that go for Labour?

              I’d like to see UF support increase next time, I think that would add to the balance of parties in parliament.

              I’d also like to see Labour get their act together and build a viable capability towards running the next government from 2014 or 2017 – that’s far more important for the country as a whole. So I have an interest in that too. Do you think I shouldn’t?

              • McFlock

                Labour did about 20 or 30 times better than UF, even with a reduction in support.
                            
                If anything, I think that your “interest” should be monitored as sort of a reverse pit-canary: as soon as you start extensively approving of anything controversial Labour does, they should immediately apologise and reverse course. As long as you keep providing helpful advise on how Labour should change to improve its popularity, they can’t be too far wrong.

                • Colonial Viper

                  If anything, I think that your “interest” should be monitored as sort of a reverse pit-canary

                  Same as if the NBR, John Armstrong or Fran O’Sullivan start praising Labour and its policies as being “pragmatic”, “realistic”, “sensible” and “moderate”.

                  • McFlock

                    I do recall an Alliance comrade saying that he really knew Lab4 was off the rails when the ODT started running positive editorials about their economic policies.

                  • gareth

                    Meanwhile… over at kiwiblog… Pete finally admits that he’s proper right wing….

                    “Of all the commenters here DPF would be as close as just about anyone to my views and aims”

                    • Ah, but of Labour politicians I think I’m closest to David Shearer. I’d rate Kevin Hague and Julie Anne Genter, amongst those in the Greens I’ve had anything to do with. And I like Pita Sharples. I’d be happy to work with any of them.

                      Make what you want of that.

                    • felix

                      I make that you’re delusional.

                    • McFlock

                      What about current MPs excluding Dunne?

                    • gareth

                      So bearing that in mind, if you sat in a room with say Farrah, Shearer, Hauge, Genter & lets throw Key in there too, which would be as close as just about anyone to your views and aims?

              • “I have an interest in that too”

                Do you see yourself in Parliment as a labour member pete?

                • I think it’s unlikely I’ll be in Parliament with any party.

                  When I decided to get more into politics I first approached Labour. After initial contact I volunteered some outside real world experience and they didn’t get back to me.

                  I doubt I’ll join Labour unless they change their approach substantially, and I doubt I’m the sort of person they’d chose as a candidate, I’ve got too much practical life and business experence.

                  I certainly wouldn’t fit into the current Labour culture of being a negative talking point repeater.

                  • McFlock

                    I certainly wouldn’t fit into the current Labour culture of being a negative talking point repeater.

                     
                    A typically hypocritical statement.

                  • You are such a crack up Pete.

                    Hate to break it to you but your inability to argue and your rather strange world views would not get you within a million miles of a Labour party nomination. You are right that you are not the sort of person who would be chosen as a candidate.

                    As for “being a negative talking point repeater” you should read this and hundreds of other threads you have strangled the life out of and then reconsider your statement.

                  • North

                    Pete George; “I’ve got too much practical life and business experience.”

                    What a hoot ! You do have too much pomposity, too much passive aggression, and too much of a view of the wonder of you. That’s about it though Petey.

                    • McFlock

                      lol – I just saw his line:
                         

                      When I decided to get more into politics I first approached Labour. After initial contact I volunteered some outside real world experience and they didn’t get back to me. 

                       

                      I suspect he was correctly identified as waaaaaaay outside the real world, hence their lack of follow-up. “oh noes, I accidentally lost his phone number”[rips paper into very small pieces]

              • mike e

                Peters Groupie you are obviously trying to grease up the labour party so the follicle freaks can have another MP outside cabinet with the remuneration that goes with it.
                PGroupie.
                You could change the name of your party to .
                P ontificating
                U nbridled
                F uckwits &
                F ools&
                E ndangered
                R idiculed
                Y awns

              • felix

                “UF maintained the same number of seats and gained influence from the last election.”

                Bullshit. He maintained the same number of seats from the election and maintained precisely the same amount of influence from the post-election negotiations, not from the election.

                ps for all this supposed influence you’ve still never listed all the awesome things he’s achieved (things that National weren’t going to do anyway) and you’ve still never listed all the Govt bills that he’s voted against, despite being asked several times.

                Probably close to zero in both cases, but set the record straight anytime you like.

                • McFlock

                  nononononono felix, Dunne stamped his foot over the typo in the asset sales after other people had pointed it out.

                • There were two bills in the last week that parliament sat that I’m aware of that Dunne supported and National didn’t:
                  – Phil Twyford’s depleted uranium bill
                  – David Clark’s holiday Mondayisation bill

                  But I don’t follow every vote. Do you? Or are you making things up again based on no facts?

                  From the Q+A interview:

                  …my crystal ball doesn’t tell me where other parties are going to be on these issues. So I don’t factor into the decision, and I can’t, actually, whether my vote will be the determining one or not. What I have to do is decide what is the right course for me as the United Future member of Parliament to follow.

                  And this is what happens in my experience, when I ask him whether he will support a bill or not he openly considers it in association with UF policy. Not with the policy of any other party.

          • mickysavage 5.1.3.1.2

            I am still trying to work out Petey if you are a terribly sophisticated CT plant receiving advice from CIA and Kremlin experts in propaganda and misinformation or if you actually believe what you type …

            You are an expert at running away from a debate and then making out as if it is everyone’s elses fault. Such expertise is either evidence of very sophisticated training or evidence that you exist in a different dimension to the rest of us.

            You still did not answer my original proposition, nor Felix’s. Yet you accuse us of peddling misinformation. How does that work?

            And I am curious, which of my lines is Labour not pushing? I would prefer that you answer my first question first though. Just to show that you are actually interested in engaging in a proper debate and not doing politics as usual …

            • Pete George 5.1.3.1.2.1

              I didn’t think your first question justified an answer, it was a very dumb question.

              Did the coiffured one promise hand on heart that no matter how stupid or ludicrous the privatisation proposal was he would back it no matter what? If this is what you are saying then it is the dumbest policy ever support by a political party.

              Not to my knowledge – it’s a stupid suggestion.

              And I haven’t said anything like that.

            • Tiger Mountain 5.1.3.1.2.2

              Oh for another PFD–Pete Free Day.

              Maybe PG has been inspired by CERN findings and imagines himself a ‘quantum commenter’, squiggling about, able to be in two or more places at once.

      • mike e 5.1.4

        Pete’s Groupie Dunne’s groupie.Pontificating Guile .
        Your leaving no room for any one else’s opinion.
        You haven’t learned that less is more when it comes to politics.

  6. john72 6

    Does the youth of New Zealand understand what Austerity is?
    When food is controlled by a Ration Book. Petrol is rationed. Clothing is either rationed or just not available. Many people are dependant on Rain Water, collected from the house roof.
    Our standard of living has improved tremendously over the last 100 years but where does one “draw the line”? We cannot all lead the life of an English Gentleman. Someone has to play the part of a servant.

    The envious will never be happy.

    • I agree john72, but it’s not just the ‘youth of New Zealand’ who have no idea what austerity or real hardship is. I think I have a better idea about it but my generation (baby boomers) is the first of the lucky generations so it’s just based on what I’ve learned from previous generations.

      Life is still tough for many people, even some in New Zealand, but relative to the past we’ve never had things so good – and possibly never appreciated what we do have so little.

    • Jenny 6.2

      Someone has to play the part of a servant.

      john72

      I take it guvnor, that you are not volunteering for the role?

    • McFlock 6.3

      Actually, no.
      “Austerity” is when there is more than enough food, but most people can’t afford it.
      “Rationing” is when the government ensures that nobody gets more than their fair share, so as few people as possible miss out.
                
      Issues like child welfare and inequality aren’t races, where you’ve done well if you get a podium finish. They’re issues of constant self-improvement, like maintaining an ideal weight or exercising or minimising the sodium in your diet if that’s an issue. Why do we care? 1: they are bad. 2: like obesity or smoking, if they go on too long they fester in society and cause heart failure and collapse.
             
      Maybe it was worse in your day. Not the issue. The issue is that it’s worse in our day: we can do much better, but we just don’t care. Like a diabetic gorging on chocolate eclairs. 

    • Uturn 6.4

      When food is controlled by a Ration Book. Petrol is rationed. Clothing is either rationed or just not available. Many people are dependant on Rain Water, collected from the house roof.

      Sounds like life as a labourer in rural NZ. Long hours working outside, but work somewhat blends into life in general (because natural systems don’t listen to or attract people with flow charts and arbitrary deadlines); wages aren’t so great, so food is rationed by budget, so is petrol and because of wage levels and relative isolation, so are clothes. Water supply is from tanks filled by rain off the roof. Cost of trucking extra in over a dry summer often isn’t an option. Workplace employment laws and law in general doesn’t extend to them. It’s a melange of applied cultural beliefs and the wishes of the local “gentry”. Forget the expectation of medical assistance, unless you’re already half dead.

      Lots of people live like this and they’re young. It’s all they’ve ever known. So I don’t know what the envy comment is about. Maybe it’s you who is envious of the resources of Yoof who could make you richer at their expense, but choose not to? The greedy are never happy.

      • prism 6.4.1

        Uturn It’s good to hear things spelt out like this and probably many farming people don’t know how bad it is for many of the workers, or choose not to know. Certainly townies don’t.

        Have you read about the Tolpuddle Martyrs in South England. They were tried for setting up a farm workers union on a dodgy bit of law that wouldn’t have succeeded but for the fact that the law, the landed gentry and the church were united against them. There was fire in the bellies of poor people then trying to improve their lot and they massed with huge crowds and collected funds to bring them back, all alive, from their convict sentence in Australia.

        I have had a lurking feeling for some time that it is a whole different ‘lifestyle’ for the low income in the rural areas. And I noticed that the roads there seem to be used mainly by young men a lot of whom seem to be loose cannons. Certainly there are a lot of road accidents usually after drugs, alcohol etc. Life there seems a bit brutish.

        I have read about marjuana being grown with vicious defence traps, but not lately. I have read about a farmer who had been robbed and for a second time some years later, took a pot shot and found that the second burglary was by the original perp who had gone to Australia, returned and gone back to stock up. He was wearing some of the farmer’s stolen clothes apparently. That was a while ago. I don’t think things have changed much, probably got worse but we aren’t hearing about it.

        I have read about a man who had a project that he was spending time on, but every time he left his property parts of it were stolen. Theft like this means that you can’t create anything, make anything. It’s killing to improving your conditions and any initiative.
        I have read about growing rustling. In the recent Guy case, Macdonald had been rustling deer, and what else? There is a nice comfy feeling about how helpful farmers are to each other and how they will come forward for neighbours in difficulties. But what do you do about neighbours or nearbys that are stealing from you? There are the good things but possibly just the obvious tip of an iceberg with depths of dishonesty or danger.
        There isn’t much of a police presence for farmers, and I don’t think they have a good service at all, because there is such a weight of work on one or two officers it could be that rural people just don’t make formal complaints to them.

        Is there a rural underclass that is growing quietly like mushrooms and is only noticed briefly when there is some bad outbreak? Such as the recent theft from tourists, who were fortunate they weren’t female (would they have been raped and perhaps then killed as has happened to other decent, trusting females expecting to be travelling in a civilised country). And perhaps women in particular should be warned about past happenings.
        The outback of Australia has some feral males floating around who have committed awful crimes, and I thought we had higher standards but I’m not sure now.

      • Fortran 6.4.2

        Uturn

        Sounds like Britain during the second World War.
        I know – I lived with it in London – and we were healthier as a result.

      • Bored 6.4.3

        Thanks UTurn for stating it how it is: I noted reading Trotters Bowalley Rd on the Guy trial that there is definitely an excessive rural income divide between farm owners and labourers (or so Trotter claims). He makes the point that the whole us/ them divide makes for ugly societal impacts.

        Myself, I regularly employ people, every time I do its a million c.v’s, from sub 25 years olds, most of whom are in “training” (studying to be something they will never do and being saddled with a debt for the benefit of doing so) OR are working a part time minimum wage go nowhere job.

        Meanwhile the “greedies” from Labour seem to think it would be a good idea to not pay superannuation for a couple of years till people are 67 because (with no evidence to support it) “we cannot afford it. Who are the “we” Mr Shearer?

        • prism 6.4.3.1

          Bored
          And about that 65 to 67 years gap before the old age pension. If these older people can’t get a job that supports them fully, or can only do part-time work, or no work at all then the government should be paying them out of another benefit category, the unemployment or minimum income fund. That means that the government must afford it or have people begging even dying on the street.

          And things got that way after Nats Ruth Richardson introduced her new slimmed down benefits and hospitals were turned into CHEs paring service centres. I seem to remember that someone was in hospital, their bed was needed so they were sent home by taxi about midnight and left by the side of the road. I think a woman had her baby by the road, or in a bus, which could always happen but is not the service we want for our vulnerable people. And poor people die before their time under the bean-counting approach to humanity.

          If on unemployment these older people will have to abase themselves to these brutalised people in WINZ offices and possibly be ordered to attend courses to learn skills that if they didn’t know already, it would be too late to teach them. And then there are the draconian controls of the enemployed benefit (a Freudian slip – combining enemy and unemployed which is how attitudes are developing towards the strugglers). They need to be available to look for a job all the time, looking for a job becomes their job, yet they can’t go on holiday without asking permission which may not be granted. Particularly if your children have gone to Australia. You may have scrimped enough to get there but you have removed yourself from the job market. If your children sent you the fare and you went anyway, that money could be counted as increased income and your benefit docked to that amount. And you are registered as leaving the country when you go through the check-in so the Department finds out, and could stop your benefit. This system, allegedly caring for the low income, is equivalent to home detention though less rigid than for criminals and certainly not the treatment of the retired that is envisaged by the better off.

          This is how I understand the system from anecdote and some personal experience. If someone knows differently or has an experience that sheds light on the benefit for older people, it would be interesting to read.

          • Bored 6.4.3.1.1

            All sounds so familiar Prism. You get shitted on as you begin your working career, indebted up to the eyeballs with a useless “degree”. You work at Makkers to pay off that sum on minimum wages, then when your body gives out on you there is an expectation that an extra couple of years can be dragged out of you….St Peter dont you call me cos I cant go, I owe my soul to the company store” syndrome.

            The real issue at hand is the failure of the economic system to provide sufficient jobs, and sufficient wage levels. In this country we generate sufficient wealth to do both, the problem we have is that we just seem far too good at distributing this wealth to the wrong people. My business’ market is shrinking because the amount of consumption drops with the number of people unemployed and the lower rates of pay: the corporate sector (including government) are buying business or overcharging my sector. Consequently I don’t employ as many people as I could.

            Which is why I gave Shearer and Labour a serve: to blindly retort failed shibboleths of some Right wing think tank rather than addressing the real issues indicates Labour are still arse about face.

          • Vicky32 6.4.3.1.2

            If on unemployment these older people will have to abase themselves to these brutalised people in WINZ offices and possibly be ordered to attend courses to learn skills that if they didn’t know already, it would be too late to teach them

            That’s sort of where I am now, although I have not yet turned 60… inasmuch as I’ve been informed that I have only a 20% chance of getting an office job because of my age (the leader of a course WINZ referred me to, told me that.) 
            I have the skills, I don’t have the yoof or the looks that are apparently required by any woman seeking an office job!
            (Neither do I have leukaemia, which is another, weirder story.)

    • Draco T Bastard 6.5

      Many people are dependant on Rain Water, collected from the house roof.

      Um, so?

      We cannot all lead the life of an English Gentleman. Someone has to play the part of a servant.

      No we can’t and no we don’t. Only have to have servants in a dictatorial hierarchy.

      The envious will never be happy.

      As we keep pointing out: It’s not envy but pure, unadulterated, disgust with the greedy smucks whom you seem to worship.

  7. prism 7

    There is an interesting juxtaposition of offerings on Radionz this a.m . At 10.45 there is a serial play on the beneficiary getting into work by starting your own business thing. Very funny.

    And Alex Mackay, who has just published a cookbook is a chef who talks at express train speed. Cookbook for Everybody, Everyday, published by Bloomsbury about $45.
    His career was the result of hard work, and looking for opportunities and taking them. Being able to express yourself well would count too. He had to leave school voluntarily or the other way. So he got started as a dishwasher in restaurants here and ended up going to France on a one way ticket. At one place he worked he was in charge of pastry, left after everyone else and no transport home, a hotel four miles away was the only bed he could get, so had to walk there. Hotel was locked up so he had to climb over the garden wall and up to his second storey bedroom. Good story, whether it’s true. He certainly has Drrive.

    Also at http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon
    11:45 Off The Beaten Track with Kennedy Warne
    The latest offering in the NZ Cycle Trails network – the Motu Trails, in the Bay of Plenty, which opened a couple of months ago. There are three interconnecting trails that take a rider between Opotiki on the coast and Matawai in the Raukumara Range.
    Also have a look on the site at this beautiful bridge – Newly opened Pakowhai suspension bridge over the Otara River, Opotiki.

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    A great pic of the Martian landscape.

    • McFlock 8.1

      Either that or national’s wet dream about conservation land :)
         
      Good snap though 

    • bad12 8.2

      I am always intrigued by pics of the red planet, specially the one a while back of what looked like a human type figure running among rocks on the Planet Mars, (perhaps one of the underground inhabitants caught out-side),

      Whats amusing is that we seem to know what makes up the Mars ‘atmosphere’ and soil types around the ‘voyager’,

      It would seem a reasonably bright suggestion to attempt to recreate the same enviroment in a dome like structure here on Earth so as to be able to test what trees, plants, crops, might grow on Mars,

      If something indicates under such an experiment that it might grow up there then perhaps they should be bombing the place with seeds, such in 1000 years may just go a little toward making the place habitable…

      • ‘human type figure’

        Na, was just a rock formation

      • McFlock 8.2.2

        There are ethical issues, as well as practical.
             
        Mars atmospheric pressure is much less that the pressure at which human blood boils – i.e.  the pressure at twice the altitude of everest. And it’s pretty cold much of the time, too. So it won’t be Earth’s grain basket.
             
        On the ethical flipside, there might still be enough water etc for bacteria to grow (not to mention the minute possibility of large subterranean life forms), and of course any seed bombardment could result in either of two “worst case scenarios”: the eradication of unique life forms; or outbreaks of untreatable alien diseases or even triffids. Either one is a bad outcome.
            
        Not to mention the “climate change / peak oil will make it all futile!” perspective. Not entirely sure where I go to on that one yet.
           
        Basically we’re probably looking at at least 100 years of exploration and  technology development (e.g. ion boosters or similar funky engines for inner-system navigability) to determine A) what’s there; B) what was once there; and C) if B is nothing lifelike or unpreservable, is there any point to putting anything there, anyway?

        • TheContrarian 8.2.2.1

          Anyone seen Mission to Mars? Fucking hilarious. One of the main characters spends a year living on Mars in a tent, flapping in the breeze, which he survives because he had plants.

          • McFlock 8.2.2.1.1

            Did they do the cunning hollywood get-around-the-laws-of-physics-with-one-line-of-dialogue ruse? A quick “lucky the pressure gauges on every single probe we sent here were wrongly calibrated, eh”?

          • felix 8.2.2.1.2

            One of the main characters spends a year living on Mars in a tent

            More or less in real time from what I can remember of that soporific bit of cinema.

            • TheContrarian 8.2.2.1.2.1

              I only went because it had Brian De Palma’s name attached as director.

              The worst thing about the whole movie was when a couple of friends and I decided “fuck it, lets go” so we stood up and the credits started rolling. Man, I felt gypped. 

    • Vicky32 8.3

      A great pic of the Martian landscape.

      Gorgeous! Wow, thanks…

  9. BEWARE!

    MINORITY NATIONAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO RAILROAD THROUGH CHANGES TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT TO FURTHER SUIT CORPORATE INTERESTS!!

    Here’s your chance to have your say!

    PUBLIC MEETING: Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross’ public meeting is at 7pm on July 10 at Pakuranga Country Club, 199 Botany Road.

    THINK THE AUCKLAND SUPERCITY IS A SUPER RIPOFF?

    AGREE THAT THE ‘BOOKS SHOULD BE OPEN’ AND CITIZENS SHOULD GET THE ‘DEVILISH DETAIL’ ABOUT HOW MUCH PUBLIC MONIES ARE BEING SPENT ON ‘CORPORATE WELFARE’ (on consultants and private contractors – whose contracts have not been subject to any ‘cost-benefit’ analysis??

    “RATEPAYERS deserve assurances that councils are spending their money wisely on services that matter to them, says Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross.”
    http://www.times.co.nz/news/mp-explains-law-change.html

    Submissions on The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill close on July 26. Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross’ public meeting is at 7pm on July 10 at Pakuranga Country Club, 199 Botany Road.

  10. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE LOCAL GOVT ACT?

    Here you go….

    http://www.dia.govt.nz/pubforms.nsf/URL/RISBetterLocalGovernment-signed.pdf/$file/RISBetterLocalGovernment-signed.pdf

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’
    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

  11. Sam Hall 11

    In local paper explanation given by MSD insider via txt that half desks at winz office empty on a given workday due to morale and stress-related issues.hmmm.

    Hello U-turn, prism, dtb olwyn drt bored et al. I sorta missed your thoughts but at the time weighed up the benefits of having a wee caesure from the aggression on the blog between some posters. Dogs, fleas and all that.

    Never a dull moment watching the impending societal train-wreck though.

    Saw this Hong Kong Chinese gentleman on BBC with thousands of accumulated or repatriated Chinese art at his property. Leaning here and there were pieces “valued” at 500m stirling etc.

    And that was just one of the new chinese wealthy. Im glad I ceased to measure anything about myself by the rulers I have bought or traded for in the “market”.

    The chinese and other east asian ubercapitalists are gonna eat up and spit out our local grass-reared capitalists all over their paddy fields and coal mine tailings.

    Ol western whitey and his colonised adherents are wising up to the neccessity of “political” “relationships” to do “business” with the mass of mainland china.

    The ol proddy scot wont wanna be puttin his hand too deep into the other mans pocket..

    • prism 11.1

      Sam Hall Sounds possible even probable. But Dr Feelgood says don’t think of more than one negative future scenario a day to ensure your mojo keeps alive!

  12. captain hook 12

    penny bright.
    did you listen to MIke Williams and Stephen Franks this morning on 9-noon.
    Franks admitted that wodney had drawn up the akl super city plan on the back of an envelope and what has happened now is that elected councillors are left out of the loop.
    the departments now consider they dont have to give info to councillors and the only one with any say is the mayor.
    Our whole democracy is descending into the post modern equivcalent of the inferno and alice and wonderland combined.
    those fuckers have gone crazy with power and they have diverted all avenues of disclosure so that they are sealed off from the gaze of their employers.Thats you and me and all other ratepayers.
    Whats needed now is transparency.
    But hey it used to be but now it has been taken away.
    what the fuck is going on in Godzone.

  13. bad12 13

    The economic recovery is upon us, well nah if you want to consider Trademe as an economic indicator things have gone from really bad to really f**king bad,

    Paula Benifit is wont to chastise us all with Trademe job figures, (that’s probably coz Paula has trouble with the more complicated household labour survey),

    Does appear tho that employment ads on Trademe are UP like mega-big-time, but only IF you either live or are planning on shifting to Christchurch,

    Job ads on the same web-site show Auckland is down 4% and Wellington down a massive 7%, who would have thunk that the Slippery led National Government could have wrought such an economic miracle in such a short time,

    The score so far, 2 F’s, the government gets a failed and the economy is even more f**ked…

    • McFlock 13.1

      How long has Trademe been doing job ads? I know it’s been a while, but I’m wondering if it’s still in the growth phase as a job exchange, as opposed to say W&I or newspaper classifieds (although similarly the latter in particular might be going down with the ship)

      • bad12 13.1.1

        I couldn’t say how long Trademe has been running job ads for, what i do know is that a large % of the advertised jobs on there are filled within a week but advertised for a month,

        So using Trademe as economic data as Paula Benifit is wont to do is just another form of National Government mis-information, (there’s 8000 jobs advertised on Trademe you know), further demonizing the unemployed in the eyes of those without the intelligence to understand how such a site works,

        When liars like Paula use such figures of 8000 jobs listed on Trademe , at any given time only 3000 of those jobs are vacant with the lower skilled vacancies the first to be filled and the brain surgeon types jobs staying vacant the longest,

        As a raw data source of jobs advertised over a period tho, Trademe is possibly an easy mode of charting economic progress, or in the case of the latest figures, economic regression…

    • QoT 13.2

      I had a go at Patrick Gower when he pulled that crap. It was deeply disappointing (especially since he had the sheer gall to *add together* the number of “vacancies” on TM and Seek like they were mutually exclusive listings), but also kinda screamed “guess which journo hasn’t had to seriously look for work in a while?”

  14. ropata 14

    The market says: Everything and everybody has a price, and is for sale. Faith says: The most valuable things in our lives — good health, safe food, strong families, a clean environment, a just economy, meaningful work, access to opportunity — are beyond price, and should by right be available to us all. Our faith communities (especially, but not always exclusively, the progressive ones) have always held this light up within our culture, and it’s never been needed more than it’s needed right now.

    [In America,] where over 90% of everybody has some kind of God-belief — and the overwhelming majority of them ground their political decisions in that belief — abandoning the entire landscape of faith to the right wing amounts to political malpractice. For most Americans, our religious worldviews are the epistemological soil in which every other decision we make is rooted — the basic model of reality that we use to navigate the world. When we stopped engaging people’s basic model of moral order, we effectively ceded the entire moral landscape of the nation to our enemies. It was, in retrospect, perhaps the most self-destructive error we’ve made over the past 40 years (and that’s saying something).

    To our credit, a lot of our best organizers and activists are starting to realize the magnitude of this mistake. We’re paying a lot more attention these days to learning to clearly articulate progressive values, to express ourselves in explicitly moral language, and to put forward more strongly progressive frames, narratives, and future visions to counter the bankrupt conservative worldview that’s brought us to this sorry place in history.

    Alternet: Six Reasons We Can’t Change The Future Without Progressive Religion

    • Vicky32 14.1

      The market says: Everything and everybody has a price, and is for sale. Faith says: The most valuable things in our lives — good health, safe food, strong families, a clean environment, a just economy, meaningful work, access to opportunity — are beyond price, and should by right be available to us all

      Awesome Ropata! Thanks so much..

  15. The Government spends all its energy trying to “fix” education when it isn’t broken and ignores a real crisis! http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/housing-crisis-demands-immediate-action.html

  16. rosy 16

    So, weather/climate people… what’s with the jet stream moving south being the blame for the UK’s exceedingly wet summer? I get that this is true, but is it climate or weather and is it a ‘normal’ shift? What makes a jet stream shift? If it’s moved south I guess this is also to blame for an exceedingly warm early summer in central Europe?

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    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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