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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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  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Women’s group heartened by response to promo girls
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand is heartened by the strong response to the inappropriate use of bikini-clad girls at a technology expo....
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet
    Lisa Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto
    Lisa Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Prime Time on Labour
    Mike Smith - former General Secretary of the NZ Labour Party Jim McAloon, Assoc Prof, Victoria University of Wellington History Department (currently writing official history of the Labour Party) Rob Salmond, consultant to Labour Leader's office and...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September 2014
    Saturday 27 September 2014 | One million people voted for National in last week’s election. Another million didn’t vote at all. In Kia Korero Mai this week, Eru Morgan talks to political commentator Henare Kingi about the figures and what...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • On The Nation this weekend: Labour, National, The Media
    This weekend on The Nation… Labour’s had its worst election result in 92 years, so what happens next? We’ll talk to former Labour president Jim Anderton, CTU president Helen Kelly, and tech entrepreneur and past donor Selwyn Pellett about the...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Red Cross, Pacific leaders prepare for cyclone season
    The New Zealand Red Cross Pacific Advisory Group, met for the first time this week, to develop a disaster response plan for the upcoming Pacific cyclone season, which is forecast to be severe....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
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