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Open mike 12/03/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 12th, 2013 - 106 comments
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106 comments on “Open mike 12/03/2013”

  1. AsleepWhileWalking 1

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/8410852/Wilson-made-calls-to-penpal

    .
    Wilson was jailed for 21 years in 1996 after being convicted of 22 sex charges against women and children between 1971 and 1994.

    Police visited the woman the day after one of his phone calls in late February, and told her that Wilson had been grooming her.
    ”I don’t think he was going to harm me, but I think he wanted to have a contact with a female. I had no intentions of contacting any of his victims.” They had been swapping letters for years, she said.
    ”It was very peaceful letters. There was no bad language or anything involved. It’s not my job to the judge. It’s God’s job.”
    He should not have been recalled to prison, she said.
    ”That’s a waste of taxpayers’ money and very vindictive and very nasty.”

    So….
    – she doesn’t “think” he was going to harm her (like all groom subjects) despite his history
    – she considers upholding bail conditions that were presumably put in place to keep the public and the previous victims safe a “waste of taxpayer money”
    – and she has apparently no empathy with Wilson’s victims who may feel deeply betrayed by her communicating with Wilson
    – neither does she have any insight about how Wilson could gain sexual gratification or power by learning about his previous victims via her
    – she has disengaged critical thinking ”It’s not my job to the judge. It’s God’s job.” which would likely to lead to bad decision making. Like sending a present under an alias for example.

    Clearly she has been very well groomed with Wilson using her natural compassion and forgiveness to his advantage. TG the police revoked bail before this woman was harmed because she clearly is a risk to herself and others as she is emotionally involved and unable to excercise impartial judgement over the situation. Thank God they picked up on the contact.

    • prism 1.1

      She sounds like a wet, cold flannel. There are some women so timid in their opinions and defence of their own persona that they might not like to disagree with anything a particular man said in an authoritative manner. They have no strong principles and can be mind-captured by a man who disrespects them, but the women will rationalise all negative behaviour.

    • geoff 2.1

      Export led growth is a fiction.

      The usual
      nonsense of imagining that the future lies in
      the rich countries outsourcing
      manufacturing, while the clever creative
      stuff stays in Europe was utterly
      undermined by the programme’s symbolic
      visit to an animation company.
      Britain likes to call itself the design capital
      of the world, yet even animation for the
      London Olympics is being made in China
      by sharp young Chinese who don’t see
      themselves as labourers. They have set
      their sights on the clever creative stuff that
      at the moment is mostly done in Europe
      and North America. Paxman concluded
      that this was not how complacent western
      governments saw things developing and he
      could see no easy way for the current
      imbalance of trade to be equalised. Rather
      the reverse.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        Export led growth is a fiction.

        That’s always been true. For it to work requires a far higher demand than is physically possible especially with the huge amount of productivity increase we’ve had and keep getting.

  2. just saying 3

    Giovani Tiso:
    http://bat-bean-beam.blogspot.co.nz/

    …In this, the dusk of the neoliberal era, the storyline is so common that it has become difficult to muster any real outrage. That manager who is forced to resign by the catastrophic effects of his hubris or incompetence might keep drawing his seven-figure salary and look forward to a seven-figure severance, while all around him the lowly employees of his unravelling company are laid off without entitlements, no longer surprises us. Deep down, or more frequently right on the surface, we all know that the much celebrated risk-takers seldom take any risks. They are a caste more than a social class, insulated from the consequence of their actions; rewarded for failing as much as for succeeding….

    Note to Draco.
    The above link appears to go to the front page of bat-bean-beam. Despite having the blog piece open when I copied the link. There is an alternative link in the ‘feeds’ column

  3. Bill 4

    Is this really one of the supposedly more informative radio programmes in NZ I’m suffering through this morning? Asking a farmer if he has any idea what the weather will be; an earthquake thingee jiggy machine; dusty roads and phlegm…seriously?!

    • karol 4.1

      I wasn’t listening this morning – but on the farms and drought issue there are plenty of more informative stories out there to be told, rather than just asking when it’s going to rain.

      I’ve been off the grid for a few days, and visiting some rural areas in the North Island. It’s an eye-opener for a townie like me to see and hear first-hand how the drought is biting out there – it’s a key fact of daily living.

      It’s not just the endless sight of brown grasslands, but the reality of living on septic tanks; people already buying in water for daily use, with the sights of water tanks doing their deliveries; farmings having to stop milking because they can’t provide the vast quantities of water that cows need to produce milk; farmers worried about the already pregnant cows and autumn calving; farmers collaborating to release waters into local streams via dams; inside walls of houses cracking as the house dries out…. etc, etc

      Blinglish is right to talk of a change to farming practices – there’s a clear difference in how green the fields of drought resistant grass still looks. But surely there needs to be a more in-depth discussion about changing the kinds of food produced in drought-prone areas? Dairy farming is water intensive.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        Dairy farming is water intensive.

        Yes it is – between 15x and 20x more water is needed for a dairy farm than for a sheep and beef operation.

        I don’t believe that this drought is the worst n the North Island’s history. I think the water gap has been caused by far more farmers needing far more water now than they did even say 10 years ago.

      • prism 4.1.2

        Blinglish is part of NACT’s disgraceful attitude to NZx and the main enterprise of the country. He says that the government isn’t going to do much for needy farmers, but NACT has been prepared to overturn democratic decision makers over water around Christchurch close to his own close-knit farm area connections, and have also supported the risk investors in the poorly-run SCF still in the same part of the country.

        I think that looking at farms of different sizes and ownership will show that the hard-working family farmers on their own property are getting different treatment to these farm investors who are onto a good thing sitting at home and virtually having a contractor to run the place for them, and likely to run the workers into the ground too. That’s what Crafar was after too but just couldn’t bring it off.

        There is an obvious need for feed in the North Island, and it needs to be available cheaply and allocated fairly. Yet there seems no interest from Blinglish in moving his well-clad bum to help out. There needs to be A Feed Allocation Officer from government working with Federated Farmers, and an offer from Kiwi Rail our very own public railway to provide relief transport with some assistance from the transport community too at cost.

        The help to the farmers seem to be limited to the very worst off, ‘to keep food on the table’.
        Federated Farmers need to be doing more stressed farms and farmers apart from suicide counselling. Yet what I’m hearing is that old stuff about resilience blah blah and how farmers are used to droughts, they are just part of the weather cycle. A 60 year one, and with knowledge that this will occur again. What the Fed Farmers are on about now is to manipulate legislation so they have free reign to all the water in NZ.

        Farming is our major earner in this country and we always hear how skilled our farmers are, so when they are in dire straits we can’t afford to let these clever businesspeople go down the drain. There’s talk about how farmers have to change their methods – one useful thing would be to stop over-stocking their land and sucking water from the river system to serve the excess animals. Another would be to link into Lincoln University lucerne and other feed research more. We probably have most of the answers to our feed and water questions in published papers or the knowledgable brains of professional thinkers.

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.2.1

          Deal with the farm debt issue, and make sure it never repeats, and destocking land will not be a problem.

        • karol 4.1.2.2

          Some good points there, prism. Chris Trotter has published a post on the Nat Party agenda to grab water – on The Daily Blog today.

          • prism 4.1.2.2.1

            karol That was a very forthright and to the point piece by Trotter. I have copied some of it from The Daily Blog as we all need to get these points clear in our minds. And some bolded ones to be even clearer.

            The conservation groups attempting to protect New Zealand’s water resources from over-exploitation and pollution are caught in a vice. On one side, the Government is strengthening the power of central government to over-ride the rights of those affected by the plans of private industry. On the other, it is giving the ultimate responsibility for conserving (or not) our lakes, rivers and streams to local government.

            In the areas most likely to be affected adversely, these bodies are dominated by the local representatives of large-scale farming and commercial interests. The Government’s proposed changes deny conservationists the right to challenge these local councillors’ decisions or seek to have them overturned in the Environment Court.

            And if, in the unlikely event of a local authority ending up with a majority of councillors determined to resist the demands of local farmer and business elites, well, this government has already demonstrated its willingness to dismiss such irritatingly literal executors of the people’s willand replace them with appointed bureaucrats absolutely bound to do their masters’ bidding.

            • vto 4.1.2.2.1.1

              Dirty thieving greedy farmers and their political lackeys.

              Let the farmers live in their shit and run out of water. Who gives a shit when they run out of water after stealing it.

              Fuck their attitude and approach to the rest of the country.

              You reap what you sow – and looky at that, the farmers have run out of water……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

            • millsy 4.1.2.2.1.2

              There is a desire from an unholy trinity of farming, business and iwi to monopolise our water assets and the groups that will miss out are the domestic and recrational users.

              The single mother who has to bath her kids will end up paying more for water than the farmer who uses it to irrigate is fields.

        • Colonial Weka 4.1.2.3

          Actually I think tourism might be our major earner.

          • vto 4.1.2.3.1

            Actually, colonial weka, nobody is “our earner” anymore. We are completely and utterly part of a globalised economy so no sector “earns” anything for “New Zealand”, we all just earn for ourselves, independently and individually.

            This whole idea that somehow farming pays for NZ is complete and utter bunkum.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2.4

          There’s talk about how farmers have to change their methods – one useful thing would be to stop over-stocking their land and sucking water from the river system to serve the excess animals. Another would be to link into Lincoln University lucerne and other feed research more.

          And the most useful, IMO, would be to replant the native forests and leave them there. Don’t get anywhere near as much evaporation from the floor of a forest as you do from wide open farm land which means our subterranean aquifers wouldn’t deplete as they would get more water into them. Unfortunately, the capitalist paradigm sees forests as unproductive land because it’s not making some rich dude richer.

          • Bill 4.1.2.4.1

            Or/and mimic natural grazing cycles. Allow grass or pasture to grow to maturity before allowing it to be grazed. As well as building up soil health and mass (which in turn sequestrates carbon), water retention is markedly increased and because roots have time to grow to their full extent (eg deeper), the grasses become more resistant to drought.

  4. ad 5

    Good gravy did David Clark just get lucky or what.

    He gets his first career Members’ Bill through, without a fight, and without the Government stealing the policy, on a hugely popular issue.

    David Clark just got us more holidays.

    Does this guy have hard work in his political muscle or was he just sensationally lucky?

    • McFlock 5.1

      According to Sun Tzu, it should be difficult to tell the difference :)

    • Anne 5.2

      He was initially lucky that his private members bill was selected in the ballot process. So was Louisa Wall. Not casting aspersions on either MP, but there are other Opposition MPs who would have made equally as good a fist promoting their bills had they got lucky. Even so, congratulations to both of them.

  5. Rogue Trooper 6

    David Clark is Excellent!
    English and Key, not so much…

    RNZ- English, on “Extended Government Assistance for farmers; there shouldn’t be expectations of long-term assistance.”

    Key / English: regardless of the referendum signatures Asset Sales will go ahead (Shearer has registered) and “sure as little green apples, majority of signatures will turn out to be bogus”; might as well have a big book burning while they are at it; according to Waikato schools the methods of teaching / assessing reading and writing are not effective anyway.

    on this Bank Fees class action; an expected return of 1-17c in the dollar (Lawyers 25% if win), Three years to action and according to Dom hard-copy (not on web-site, tricky) a win far from guaranteed.

    from “60 Minutes”-China’s domestic residential and retail property investment across peak (may have something to do with o /seas investment initiatives), while domestically, commercial property investment still growing.

    (Stuff TV news sometimes, when the first item is Stuart Bloody Wilson; freakin’ voyeurs!

    Fish and Game on the RMA water management reforms; local body politicians will defer to farmers on Water Conservation Orders; “changes will wreck waterways”.(Fizzy Lime anybody?)

    just Killing ‘Em Softly http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killing_them_softly/
    (groovy soundtrack)

    • Wonder how many of those who have ‘Registered and Interest’ in Mighty River Power shares, actually intend to buy any?

      Now that the hype and hysteria is subsiding – and folks start to get a handle on how truly SELFISH they are being, to buy into the sellout of electricity assets, when SO MANY Kiwis can’t even afford to have a heater on in winter?

      INVESTORS BEWARE!

      Seen this?

      “Press Release, Molly Melhuish, Energy Analyst
      22 February 2013

      Prospective investors are warned

      Investors are warned that Mighty River Power is no longer a safe, utility-type investment prospect.

      For years, New Zealand’s generator-retailers enjoyed a predictable revenue stream from captive residential consumers. This enabled them to build so many new power stations that there is now a glut of wholesale electricity. Wholesale prices have fallen by a quarter or even more.

      Mighty River Power’s power purchase costs fell by 22% in the last six months, yet they hiked retail prices by 2%. They had to, to maintain the dividend stream expected by their shareholder.

      Residential consumers will no longer tolerate rising prices at a time when wholesale prices are falling. This is not market pricing, it is price gouging of captive consumers.

      Investors are warned that consumers dispute the pricing process that made our prices rise “to enable new generation to be built”, but fails to give us the benefit of market pricing in an electricity glut.

      Ends
      Contact: 04 568 4873, 027 230 5911
      ________________________________________________________________________

      BOYCOTT MIGHTY RIVER POWER!

      PLEDGE NOT TO BUY ANY SHARES!

      WE ALREADY OWN MIGHTY RIVER POWER!

      HELP DRIVE DOWN THE PRICE OF MIGHTY RIVER POWER!

      Switch Off Mercury Energy!

      Penny Bright
      A Spokesperson for the Switch Off Mercury Energy community group

  6. Rogue Trooper 8

    following on from Bernard
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/8406518/Hot-house-prices-may-force-rate-rise
    rates picked to rise (amid a weak job market as well; Deutsche Bank; freakin lying NAct pollies)

  7. muzza 9

    http://pundit.co.nz/content/the-responsibility-to-protect-syrians

    Jane Young – Pathetic!

    Is this the level of journo mindset which prevails in NZ!

    • prism 9.1

      She writes a thoughtful piece. muzza what is so bad?

      • Bill 9.1.1

        Comment no.1, directly under the article, goes some way to providing an answer to the question ‘what is so bad?’ about such a ‘thoughtful’ one eyed piece exhibiting, by now bog standard, obvious features of selective amnesia

        • SpaceMonkey 9.1.1.1

          Agreed. Comment #1 was more worthy of being called journalism than Jane Young’s piece.

      • muzza 9.1.2

        Hi Prism, hope you’re well.

        JY, appears to have…

        A: Deliberately written a dumbed down article
        B: Lied
        C: Has no idea about the complex reality of what is happening in the ME
        D: Not read any/enough about the well writen (including MSM), analysis about the Syrian/ME situations
        E: Drunk the juice
        F: All of the above

        It astounds me, but does not surprise me, given the amount of material available not only about Syria, but Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia et al, Jane Young manages to write this simplistic, one eyed drivel.

        Poor in the extreme!

        • McFlock 9.1.2.1

          :roll:

          • muzza 9.1.2.1.1

            Hey McFlock, chin up me old china plate

          • Bill 9.1.2.1.2

            McFlock, is the ‘rolly eyes’ a reference to something muzza has said in the above comment or just to the fact that muzza has commented? If it’s the former, then I for one would appreciate a bit of clarity on exactly which part of what muzza said you’re referring to. If the latter, then it’s bully-boy bullshit and has (regardless of any previous disagreements or whatever) no place here. :-)

            • blue leopard 9.1.2.1.2.1

              @ Bill
              +1

            • McFlock 9.1.2.1.2.2

              It was a response to muzza providing half a dozen assertions without a single piece of supporting evidence or indeed a clear assertion of what muzza assumes the facts to be. With a bonus on the reference to juice.

              Mind you, prism seems to think that they got all the info they needed, so what do I care?

              • muzza

                McFlock you are showing yourself to be pretty short on wit my friend!

                My evidence is the appaulingly simplistic, misleading, one dimensional article I linked to from JY on pundit.

                The *half dozen assertions* were points made having read her article, your request for evidence goes against the numerous articles linked to and posted on this site and elsewhere about the Syrian conflict, there has been many a discussion here.

                Go trawling, you know exactly the sort of reports about the Syrian *conflict* that I’m talking about, the telegraph, guardian etc and even some of the yank establishment MSM commenting on what have become well known analysis, which Jane Young makes no reference to, the 6 points are some options as to how this managed to happen.

                Your response above is a weak response to Bill calling you out!

                • McFlock

                  Yeah whatever dude.
                  Frankly I thought the article a bit light, but then it’s not exactly a geopol or ME specialist site. Hardly fair cause for your crowing.

                  Secondly, you were apparently explaining why you were “astounded but unsurprised” to someone who had not trawled the internet (a remarkably apt expression, btw). In the obvious absence of shared knowledge, explaining in depth your belief as to what the facts are, and some nice trawling grounds where someone might get an accurate and unbiased précis of the situation, would be useful.

                  • muzza

                    Further weak comments from you McFlock, it matters not what the sites specialty is, which is generalist in any case given the varied contributers at pundit.

                    The point is, there is no excuse for such uninformed writing on such a complex, serious issue. Either do some reading, at leadt attempt to build an informed picture, then write, or dont bother.

                    You may recall Michael Valley writing on this site about the Syrian situation, his articles were absolute rubbish, and he got pulled to bits here over it, and has not been seen here writing about the ME again, after the 2 or 3 attempts he did have.

                    No excuse McFlock, not by people who call themselves journos, which Jane Young does!

                    • McFlock

                      Lol. You still haven’t bothered to point out where you think her summary of the situation was incorrect.

                      I wouldn’t ask for or expect an in depth summary from a non-specialist journo on a “generalist” site. I would expect it from a site dedicated to e.g. international affairs.

                      It does actually matter what the site editors’ focus is. For example, one might be shocked and appalled at the lack of attention authors here give to celebrity pregnancies. And everyone else would call them a dick for expecting such coverage on TS.

                    • muzza

                      McFlock – I don’t need to point it out, the summary speaks for itself, and ive been over this ground many times on this site, and have referred you to the Michael Valley posts, to assist you in some further TS reading.

                      Go away, do some reading, then report back, until then , see ya!

                    • McFlock

                      It might be a shock to you, but not everybody bookmarks or even visits the entirety of the multitude of links placed here by people of varying political perspectives and grasps on reality.

                      Whereas you, who obviously rate the issue quite highly, would be reasonably expected to have appropriately sourced links to hand to provide “cliff notes” for those of us who haven’t done the extensive research that you obviously believe you have done.

                      Seriously, what JY claim, specifically, was misleading or incorrect? Or is the entirety of your criticism simply that the analysis was too simplistic because the article wasn’t long enough?

        • prism 9.1.2.2

          Thanks muzza – I think your answer was very full and rounded. I waded through the Young article that in a shorter form would be okay to appear in a women’s magazine that likes to carry occasional serious items to give them some gravitas. I’ll read more and learn more about this conflict. I obviously need to get a bigger picture.

      • Ugly Truth 9.1.3

        Hi Prism,
        I agree with muzza. For a little background on intervention in Syria, I suggest that you read up on Benghazi.

        https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/more-benghazi-details-emerge-but-questions-persist/

        One of the places in Libya most awash with such weapons in the most dangerous of hands is Benghazi. It now appears that Stevens was there — on a particularly risky day, with no security to speak of and despite now copiously documented concerns about his own safety and that of his subordinates — for another priority mission: sending arms recovered from the former regime’s stocks to the “opposition” in Syria.

  8. prism 10

    Listening to Jokeyhen talking about Solid Energy’s strategic decisions – he is very demeaning. The whole thing about having SOE’s is that they can make business decisions without having politicians pulling the reins. I think that is a bit dangerous but that has been the ideology.

    And now Jokeyhen is pecking away at them because they tried to introduce new ideas to deal with future needs. But Key was looking at the money being produced, not the investment into national energy infrastructure needed. Basically the guy doesn’t want to move into the 21st century but to stay in a time warp close to 2000 that doesn’t stray beyond 2008.

    • ianmac 10.1

      Do you think prism that it is significant that up until today the Ministers involved with Solid Energy had nothing really to say and avoided interviews. But when Don Elder says he will meet with the Select Committee and give open and frank answers, then suddenly Key and English open up and lay what seems to me groundwork for how hard the Ministers worked to prevent Solid Energy disaster.
      No doubt the next step will be to demand that Solid Energy would be better off in private hands. Watch this space.

    • SpaceMonkey 10.2

      John Key’s mind is locked on the pre-GFC price of his Bank of America shares compared to what they’re worth today (they’ve lost around 80% of their value since 2008) and he’s been in mourning ever since.

      • bad12 10.2.1

        Rumor has it that Slippery’s 50 mill has now shrunk to 45 off of the back of the Global Financial Crisis…

        • SpaceMonkey 10.2.1.1

          Only lost $5 million? I guess that’s the benefit of being on the inside…

  9. Poission 11

    To big to prosecute the large financial institutions have attained sovereign state status.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/eric-holder-banks-too-big_n_2821741.html

    .

  10. Morrissey 12

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34253.htm

    The Amazing Rise and Fall of Presumption Of Innocence

    March 11, 2013 “Information Clearing House” –

    The most bizarre part of Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is that almost no one has heard about it.

    And whoever has heard about it, doesn’t want to talk about it. It’s almost as if someone took Dr. Goebbels’ “The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed” dictum and mutated it into a 21st century super weapon: “Tell the truth, but make it so shocking that no one wants to hear about it.”

    No one wants to hear about the military having the power to detain you on American soil, without due process, indefinitely, at the discretion of the President. It sounds too Stalin. It reeks of conspiracy theory. Besides, it’s clearly unconstitutional. So let’s go get some lunch.

    That’s why on December 4, 2012, the new NDAA passed the Senate with a 98-0 vote. Almost everyone was out at lunch.

    Except seven individuals who decided to sue Obama instead. But other than that, the resulting rumpus was minor.

    Since February 13th, “The Seven” are on their way to the Supreme Court. But no one wants to hear about it. A few individuals against the United States government sounds too Matthew McConaughey, unless you’re a natural-born activist.

    Former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges, the leading plaintiff in the case against Obama, writes about “NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State.” But no one wants to really read about it. Most aspiring journalists and independent minds who become curious about NDAA find that there is a deafening silence around the topic. When they try to raise questions, the silence deafens them further.

    Then there are the conspiracy buffs. They distance the problem from the main stream audience even further. No one wants to be associated with folks who think that the President could be a reptile.

    And then there is Noam Chomsky…..

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34253.htm

  11. karol 13

    What has Shane Jones ever done for the Labour Party, the labour movement/left, and/or Maori?

  12. Could be interesting tomorrow, Wednesday 13 March 2013, at the Auckland Town Hall, 10am, when the Auckland Council Performance and Accountability Committee meets?

    Will ‘anti-corruption whistle-blowers’ Gary Osbourne and Penny Bright be granted ‘speaking rights’ at Public Forum – or not?

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    12 March 2013

    ‘Open Letter’.

    Councillor Richard Northey
    Chair of the Performance and Accountability Committee,
    Auckland Council

    RE: Your refusal to grant speaking rights to Gary Osbourne.

    “I decline speaking rights for this meeting on the grounds that this issue was addressed by the submitter at the Governing Body on 28 February.

    Cr Richard Northey”

    From: Judith Moore
    To: ‘Gary Osborne’
    Cc: Jason Marris ; Warwick McNaughton
    Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:24 AM
    Subject: RE: Speaking Rights

    Good morning Mr Osborne

    Further to your request to speak to the Accountability and Performance Committee 13 March 2013, I have forwarded your request to the chair of this committee including the updated information you have given to me. I am in receipt of this response from the chair:

    I decline speaking rights for this meeting on the grounds that this issue was addressed by the submitter at the Governing Body on 28 February.
    Cr Richard Northey

    Regards

    Judith Moore | Democracy Advisor
    Democracy Services
    Supporting: Cr Noelene Raffills and Cr Cameron Brewer.
    Involved in the following committees/subcommittees:
    Accountability and Performance, CEO Review.
    Ph. +64 9 307 7288 DDI| Extn. (40) 7288 | Mob. +64 21 708 401 | Fax +64 9 30 77579
    Auckland Council, Level 14, Civic Building, 1 Greys Avenue,

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Councillor Richard Northey – may I respectfully suggest that you reconsider your above-mentioned decision?

    Gary Osbourne has arguably SIGNIFICANTLY new subject matter to raise on this issue – unless of course you think that a request to the Minister of Local Government for an inquiry into the authorisation by the CEO of Auckland Council, blocking of correspondence between concerned citizens is effectively a ‘non-event’?

    Perhaps you could remind me of the last time the Minister of Local Government was formally requested to inquire into a matter concerning Auckland Council?

    Please be reminded that this is the PERFORMANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE of Auckland Council?

    This is a SERIOUS matter of PERFORMANCE and ACCOUNTABILITY – is it not?

    I look forward to your confirmation that both Gary Osbourne and myself ,( I have yet to have my request for speaking rights confirmed), have been granted 5 minutes each speaking time, as requested at Public Forum, Performance and Accountability Committee, Auckland Council, Wednesday 13 March 2013, 10 am at the Auckland Town Hall.

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    ‘Open Letter’

    10 March 2013

    Dear Judith,

    This is a formal request for speaking rights at ‘Public Forum’ at the
    upcoming meeting next Wednesday morning 13 March 2013, 10am Auckland Town Hall – Accountability and Performance Committee.

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/meetings_agendas/committees/Pages/accountabilityandperformancecommittee.aspx

    TERMS OF REFERENCE

    The Accountability and Performance Committee will have responsibility for:

    • Monitoring the performance of the Council against the Long Term Plan and Annual Plan;
    • Monitoring, setting policies and reviewing the performance of the CCOs against
    organisational, CCO and SOI’s targets;
    • Considering the Councils Annual report and recommending to the Governing Body for
    adoption;
    • Financial performance of Council functions; and
    • Delegation of powers to subcommittee(s).
    The Committee will be supported in its work by the following:
    • The Council Controlled Organisation Strategy Review Subcommittee;
    • The Chief Executive Review Subcommittee; and
    • The Tenders and Procurement Subcommittee.

    Relevant legislation includes but is not limited to:
    Local Government Act 2002;
    Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009;
    Port Companies Act 1988; and
    Companies Act 1987

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    SUBJECT MATTER:

    1) The total amount of money spent to date by Auckland Council on legal fees/ costs relating to all Court proceedings arising from or pertaining to Occupy Auckland prosecutions, and related matters.

    2) Why I believe it is totally inappropriate/ unlawful for the CEO of Auckland Council, Doug McKay to investigate himself, regarding the complaints I and others have made about his role in authorising the ‘blocking’ / filtering / effective censorship of emails from some citizens going directly to elected representatives.

    3) Progress (if any) on ‘opening the books’ and making publicly-available the following details of ‘contracts issued’ by Auckland Council and Auckland Council CCOs:

    a) NAMES of contractors / consultants.
    b) SCOPE of contracts issued.
    c) TERM of contracts issued.
    d) VALUE of contracts issued.

    4) Progress (if any) on transparency and accountability of Auckland Council elected representatives and staff responsible in any way in the awarding of Auckland Council or CCO contracts, in the form of a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’, in order to minimise possible ‘conflicts of interest’.
    ……
    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    Looking forward to the lawful democratic rights of citizens, plus commonsense prevailing.

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    Appellant, Occupy Auckland vs Auckland Council Appeal.

    2013 Auckland Mayoral Candidate

  13. Sanctuary 15

    Looks like John Armstrong has been briefed and got his orders – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10870637 – on the latest excuse from this government for it’s economic failure.

    Armstrong’s piece is the first shot in the Beehive’s excuse making that despite (or rather because) of austerity there will be no surplus before the 2014 gemeral election.

    No surplus.

    Not due to economic incompetence on behalf of Double Dipton – that grossly over-rated and grossly over-promoted ex-treasury tea boy – and the rest ofwideboy economic dunderheads like John Key. Oh no. It’ll be the drought. After the earthquake. After the GFC.

    Because if we’ve learnt one thing from Don Elder it is that he and the others in the frat boy elite like John Key and Bill English are never, ever actually responsible for anything.

  14. Morrissey 16

    Poor old Populuxe1 is not the only one to uncritically buy into the campaign of denigration against an official enemy. Evidently one Justin Timberlake is not just a musical genius, he is also a thoughtful and discriminating person who thinks for himself. Oh yes. …

    Justin Timberlake rubbishes Hugo Chavez

    That well known wit and erudite political commentator, Justin Timberlake has seen fit to rubbish Chavez on Saturday Night Live using Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’ as his vehicle.

    The song contains such hilarious lyrics as, “You lived your life like a candle in the wind… if a candle could pull out two pistols at a press conference.” You want more? Okay. “You said the US causes earthquakes and you outlawed Coke Zero. And on your shoulder stood your parrot with a matching red beret.”

    We came, we saw, we didn’t laugh…

    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1363022838.html

    • Bill 16.1

      Just as well we don’t live deep within a system that is rife with propaganda, innit? And that Justin Timberlake is simply, albeit tastelessly, excercising free speech and freedom of expression; the right of any free mind.

      • Morrissey 16.1.1

        Yes, just like the Ku Klux Klan, the ADL and Anders Breivik/Nevil Gibson.

        • Bill 16.1.1.1

          Hmm, not quite. There’s them that merely echo official and dominant themes (Timberlake and Gibson) and thems that use them as foundations on which to build ever more twisted and sinister edifices. (KKK, ADL, Breivik…)

  15. Morrissey 17

    Irony-free Radio
    Radio New Zealand National, Tuesday 12 March 2013

    Recently some old fool from Grey Power has been making like Winston and sounding off against immigration. Of course, plenty of National Radio listeners are concerned about the “problem”. Just after the 3:00 news, Jim Mora read out a letter from a listener, expressing grave concern that “immigrants might be coming from countries which have corruption, nepotism and little concern for the environment.”

    Mora read that out without even the slightest hint of irony.

    • SpaceMonkey 17.1

      Sounds like they’re worried about ex-pats returning home… :)

    • North 17.2

      Jim Mora is incapable of finding much wrong with the way things are in New Zealand, or anything really. I do grant this – he’s ignitable about poor grammar and bad manners.

      Old Jimmie’s real missions in life are; (1) to be extraordinarily well paid as befits he who talks like the unthumbed pages of a dictionary, and (2) to be acknowledged for his prodigious intelligence, and (3) the former and the latter goals met (of course), to being fulsomely, terminally, “affable”.

      Oh yay ! Can’t even pronounce “Hone” correctly.

      • Morrissey 17.2.1

        I do grant this – he’s ignitable about poor grammar and bad manners.

        Even then, he’s extremely selective about what passes for good and bad manners. He said nothing one day when Dr Michael Bassett said that Nicky Hager is a Holocaust-denier. And neither did the other guest on “The Panel” that day.

        So flagrant, shameless lying and defamation is not bad manners, at least as far as Jim Mora is concerned.

    • prism 17.3

      morrissey
      :grin:

  16. yeshe 18

    Now Joyce has found the money to set debt collectors on teachers overpaid via Novopay ….. unbelievable monsters.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10870792

  17. Imagine the current National Party trying to run a election campaign based on honest governance like they did in the 60s…
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/democracy-national-style.html

  18. Rogue Trooper 20

    on the Q.T;
    Poorlah-‘31% of Gateway assessments-emotional, psychological and behavioural dysfunction
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQutPF0Q-wo
    (you can never go back to the scene of a perfect crime; go back (not) and fix that you mofos)
    meanwhile, back in NZFirst (last, Winston, very sad man, even Grey Power are split over your dog-whistling) Race-Card on Chinese immigrant / parent ratio categories; strong upward trend in in parent category trend from China :); just to repeat, even Grey Power is splitting chairs over this…

    Woodhouse-“it’s about skilled migrants (wealthy as well) and their parents meeting the “criteria” Ha Ha Winston. and then, and then, Horans’ junk starts sinking on the same tide…

    N.Smith (a Doctor of What?)-let’s increase urban sprawl in Ak (and fuel some more oil import consumption while we are at it aye!)

    Tolley- on recovery of assets from crime; “nobody should profit from misery in the community” (unless you’re a brewer Baron or a liquor outlet…)

    Hipkins, Machiavellian Manouevres aside, appears to be dogged (that Coleman appears a contemptible un-cool-man) while Chippie flustered the Speaker as well. “Disorder”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PldpBJEn4vQ

    Attorney General Bio-Security Report (how long before these things reach the “house” ?
    -the MPI “under-prepared for significant Bio-hazard Incursions, and as O’Connor pointed out, NZ more dependent on bio-security than any (most) other countries. :(

  19. Rogue Trooper 22

    (holdin’ off readin’ the Book of Revelation for a bit :) )

  20. Well done to Russell Norman @ question-time today.

  21. emergency mike 24

    Ombudsman office at crisis point

    The Ombudsman’s office says it is struggling under its heaviest workload ever, and wading through a backlog of thousands of complaints.”

    Worrying 3mins on RNZ about the Ombudsman being swamped with complaints to the point of being unable to deliver, and NAct politicians exploiting this. No increase in funding has been forthcoming despite public warnings from the ombudsman’s office a year ago.

    The speaker says ‘the public will judge’ when they don’t answer questions, the MSM have their tongues up John Key’s anus, and the public can’t get a response from the OIA in time. Who’s holding the government to account?

    • If New Zealand was genuinely the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ (along with Denmark and Finland according to the arguably bogus and non-transparent Transparency International 2012 ‘Corruption Perception Index’ – we should arguably be the most transparent?

      If the Public Records Act 2005 was implemented in a proper way, there should be FAR more information publicly-available.

      If that were the case – people wouldn’t have to then request this information via the Office of the Ombudsman?

      Commonsense really.

      Penny Bright
      ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

  22. North 25

    Wow……..what’s happened with Mr Bean’s mouthy wee cuzzy Patrick Gower ?

    3 News tonight – “In my opinion the politicians are gutless (latter word angrily)………it’s up to the people to decide whether Liu (Shane Jones/immigration fame) should be a New Zealand citizen.”

    So if he’s an activist all of a sudden can we expect him to fish below John Key’s Crosby Textor sophistry (to glamorise it) ? Another mark of how these up-themselves dorks fancy they’re part of the story.

    Present the facts tele-goon. I’ll make up my own mind !

  23. Rogue Trooper 26

    further from the “box”
    -droughts gonna effect the prices of green veges (onions not so much); good to be growin’ ones’ own.
    -English on the drought-“a significant effect; will affect the economy for a couple of years to come; nothin’ like all your cows in one herring-bone, or rotary for that matter (where have i read that before?)
    next? power rationing from low hydro-electric reserves
    -resistance to anti-biotics-“pose a catastrophe threat (may set medicine back a century) as no new anti-biotics been developed in the last 25 years (due to a market failure); the ol’ “science priests”aye.
    :)
    and Eugenie Sage was helpful in Q.T also.

    that “notorious tr*ll” is not anonymous; he’s the son of a former band member…

    -Key in South America? “no big bang announcements” (other than our continued role in the trafficking of coke i spose…

    -meanwhile in ChCh, regarding psych. health; “optimism is starting to run out”; “complexity of cases has increased”-CDHB

    however, the good news; Agnetha Faltskog’s come-back; “A” :) :) :)
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/abbas-agnetha-faltskog-releases-single-427208

  24. LOOKS LIKE THERE WILL BE A ‘BUNFIGHT’ AT THE AUCKLAND COUNCIL PERFORMANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE, WED 13 MARCH 2013, 10 AM AT THE AUCKLAND TOWN HALL:

    Please be advised that I WILL be taking Speaking Rights, having now been declined on what I consider to be an UNLAWFUL basis. NOT a good look for Auckland Council – especially in election year? SPEAKING RIGHTS DENIED: 3:51 PM (10 minutes ago)

    (REPLY FROM AUCKLAND COUNCILLOR RICHARD NORTHEY – DENYING ME SPEAKING RIGHTS)

    Good afternoon Ms Bright

    Further to your request to speak to the Accountability and Performance Committee 13 March 2013, I have forwarded your request to the chair of this committee. I am in receipt of this response from the chair:

    These 4 matters have either been recently considered or dealt with by the Governing Body or by an appropriate Council Committee at the Submitter’s request or else are the subject of an LGOIMA Request by the submitter.
    Therefore the request to present in public input is declined.

    Cr Richard Northey
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    COUNCILLOR CATHY CASEY SUPPORTS MY RIGHT TO SPEAK:

    Hi Penny

    I support your right to speak.. If the Committee Chair does not allow you to address us, I will move that we suspend standing orders and allow you to have your five minutes. I need a seconder.

    Happy Tuesday!
    ……

    Dr Cathy Casey
    Councillor, Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward
    Governing Body, Auckland Council
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright MY REPLY TO COUNCILLOR CATHY CASEY: 13 March 2013.

    Thank you Cathy.

    I am not particularly looking forward to going back to the ‘bad old Auckland City Council days’?

    After 22 arrests, it ended up 21 -1 to me, and a number of District Court judgments which ‘fine-tuned’ the LGOIMA process, to defend the basic democratic rights of citizens.

    If Councillor Richard Northey were to exercise his ‘judgment’ based upon the LAW and previous legal judgments, in my opinion, we wouldn’t be having this problem.

    I am getting SO sick of some elected representatives and senior Council staff – just MAKING IT UP – when it comes to the lawful rights of citizens?

    Looking forward to confirmation of a number of Councillors, queuing up to second your motion.

    Even better, Councillor Richard Northey, exercising rather more sound judgment based upon the LAW, and reconsidering his (unlawful, in my opinion) denial of 5 minutes speaking rights at the Public Forum of Auckland Council Performance and Accountability Committee.

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’.
    Occupy Auckland Appellant (in my own name).
    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    WHAT I WILL BE SPEAKING ABOUT:
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    1) The total amount of money spent to date by Auckland Council on legal fees/ costs relating to all Court proceedings arising from or pertaining to Occupy Auckland prosecutions, and related matters.

    2) Why I believe it is totally inappropriate/ unlawful for the CEO of Auckland Council, Doug McKay to investigate himself, regarding the complaints I and others have made about his role in authorising the ‘blocking’ / filtering / effective censorship of emails from some citizens going directly to elected representatives.

    3) Progress (if any) on ‘opening the books’ and making publicly-available the following details of ‘contracts issued’ by Auckland Council and Auckland Council CCOs:

    a) NAMES of contractors / consultants.
    b) SCOPE of contracts issued.
    c) TERM of contracts issued.
    d) VALUE of contracts issued.

    4) Progress (if any) on transparency and accountability of Auckland Council elected representatives and staff responsible in any way in the awarding of Auckland Council or CCO contracts, in the form of a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’, in order to minimise possible ‘conflicts of interest’.
    ……
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    Appellant, Occupy Auckland vs Auckland Council Appeal.

    2013 Auckland Mayoral Candidate

  25. AsleepWhileWalking 29

    AUSTRALIA:

    Tasers used on children despite being against manufactures recommendations:

    Stun guns have been deployed 149 times against juveniles in NSW alone since 2008 with the youngest offender just 10 years old.

    Nearly half of the juveniles were under 17, one quarter were under 16, 18 were under 15 and six under 13.

    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/police-can-set-tasers-on-children/story-fncynjr2-1226604074278

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    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
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
    ...
    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
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • 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
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