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Open mike 12/08/2011

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86 comments on “Open mike 12/08/2011”

  1. Herodotus 1

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/America:_Freedom_to_Fascism
    An interesting piece on tv I found channel surfing
    For a fatalist it is not great news, as those running The Fed Res

    • Bored 1.1

      Nice article, US appears to be one giant fraud. Have a gink at this

      http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-08-11/con-game

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Sadly the US main product these days is financial fraud.

        The equity, futures, commodities and bond markets are also completely manipulated with high speed computerised trading. Ordinary investors have no chance, those ‘markets’ are in reality now casinos where the house always wins and where the punter always loses.

        • freedom 1.1.1.1

          Their bank is the biggest fraud of all. The American public, and most of the World, largely believe it is a Federal Agency because they stuck the word in the title. When you get through the haze and actually make an American understand the Federal Reserve is an 100% private Institution that is not accountable to any of their Administration’s frameworks, the slow drawn horror that creeps over their faces becomes strangely exhilarating as you see how much potential there is for change. When you witness the moment that they understand every single dollar that has entered their economy since 1911 has been in the form of a loan, wow, step back and lock up the carving knives because baby is out for blood. Then if you throw the Tax issues on top and explain how there is no actual law requiring Americans to pay Income Tax, or that the entire take of Income Tax only services the interest on the debt and the principal loans still exist, it is a heartless person that won’t offer a hug.

        • aerobubble 1.1.1.2

          Key can hardly deny he doesn’t know how speculators make money.

          Yet as riots infect Britian partly due to the austerity measures, what is Key doing?

          Pushing austerity on benefitaries.

          Its like he worships Satan, that’s the only think I’ve got to explain it, he must just
          love sticking it into the poorest, most marginalized, push them into destitution.

          So here’s a question for the left, why have they yet found anyone who has lost the
          benefit and is now starving?

          And where did all the 7,000 go? australia? Why isn’t Labour making clear that’s
          what happened to them? Or were they claiming the benefit illegally?

          • seanmaitland 1.1.1.2.1

            I can tell you’ve never lived in another country or probably done any serious travel – comparing our situation to London is surely taking the piss. Its so different you couldn’t get much further apart unless you went to Africa.

            • freedom 1.1.1.2.1.1

              and something tells me with your $125k a year (prev comment by you on this site) you have very little experience of what the vast majority of New Zealanders are actually facing on a day to day basis

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2

        Financial scams, like Bernie Madoff’s multi-billion-dollar investment fraud, operate according to a similar pyramid structure.

        The whole of capitalism operates according to the the same structure and the same lie – work hard enough and you’ll become rich. The majority don’t become rich or even well off – the rich just get richer from everyone else’s hard work.

        • Herodotus 1.1.2.1

          Wifi all fixed !! Appologies for incoherent comments ;-) has anyone got s good read regarding the fed I have a few hours on s plane to fill. The little I have found out the more unbelievable it is !!!
          It appears to me that a few (w)bankers are running the world yet no-one is aware of this

  2. Herodotus 2

    Amazing what fate has in store the riots have changed travel plans especially when they are in the same area you are staying in. I was amazed or out of touch not to be informed of this. Just like the U.S it appears that no political party cares about the people this should be aired for all who view this site to open many one eyed contributors

    • Bored 2.1

      Too true. I have been watching and reading from all sides of the old left – right divide…one thing the ascerbic commentators all agree upon is that “finance” (Wall St, the City etc) are all out of control and an increasing danger and menace to our freedom, let alone our economies.

      • Herodotus 2.1.1

        Why is it that when the bankers make comment regarding govt policy we have to listen and obey, yet when banks fail we must do everything possable to protect and save them?
        Europe is being told to follow British austerity measures and on the U.k we will see these same austerity measures hopefully bring “relaxed” I only hope it is not only to reverse the planned reduction of frontline police by 20% or 16,000 on number. The current events make the U.S freedom to fascism more relevant.
        Ps how do you delete a comment by phone?

    • logie97 2.2

      Now if you could put that in English Herodotus… have you been taking lessons from Joky Hen? He has a wonderful command of the mother tongue as well.

      • Herodotus 2.2.1

        The wireless keeps dropping out and I was under the impression that the comment was deleted so please ignore my response !!!! ;-)

  3. Kiwi’s in Lala land,

    It must be something in the air because reality doesn’t come into it. While the world is collapsing New Zealanders have the highest economic confidence in seven months. Unbelievable!

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      That just means they think things can’t possibly get worse than they already are. It’s not actually a ringing endorsement.

      • freedom 3.1.1

        but it is yet another poll, published in a newspaper that neglects to mention how the information was gathered, a practice that is starting to piss me off. Isn’t there some regulation or a law somewhere that deals with this jejune propoganda, if not , why not? * shakes fist in indignation *

        • Ianupnorth 3.1.1.1

          Does that not send a real message that our education sector has created a bunch of sponges who absorb rather than question the information in front of them?

          • freedom 3.1.1.1.1

            yup, dey are edukated in gud skools and no wun kan say dey are stoopid kos Mr Keys says we are all brite asperatunol citycins with promis and opotoonites

            • Ianupnorth 3.1.1.1.1.1

              All except those at Kings College, etc. because they are guaranteed good jobs by virtue of being at a posh school.

              • freedom

                like a PM’s daughter who ‘won’ a scholarship year in France to study Fashion Design.
                Still gets my ire up that the trip was awarded to her and not a kid who actually needs the opportunity. Like most of the games that are played today, it just oooozes bullshit

                Not saying she was not qualified for the trip ( fashion images released notwithstanding)
                but children of the PM should not be eligible as it can never be seen as impartial. And before anyone plays the pollies kids are off limits card, John has dealt his kids in a dozen times.

      • Puddleglum 3.1.2

        Yes, that could explain the rest of the results:

        Of the 1,048 people surveyed, a net 21 per cent said they were worse off than a year ago, a deterioration from last month’s 14 per cent who felt worse off. Still, a net 27 per cent expect to be better off in a year’s time, compared to 24 per cent seeing better times ahead in last month’s survey.
        A net 2 per cent of respondents said they think economic conditions will deteriorate over the coming 12 months, an improvement from a net 8 per cent who were gloomy on the general outlook in July

        More people now feel that they are worse off than they were a year ago yet fewer think they will be worse off a year’s hence (than in the last month’s survey). It seems that people are hanging onto the claims (from commentators?) that things are/will be getting better, even though they have personally experienced things getting harder up till now. 

        • Vicky32 3.1.2.1

          More people now feel that they are worse off than they were a year ago yet fewer think they will be worse off a year’s hence (than in the last month’s survey). It seems that people are hanging onto the claims (from commentators?) that things are/will be getting better, even though they have personally experienced things getting harder up till now.

          I am reminded of the (incompetent) couple who ran the serviced offices where I worked – until the collapse of the company I worked for coincided more or less exactly with the election of NACT – and who said, zombie-like, in reponse to my question as to why they’d voted for NACT “Time for a change!” (with high-rising terminal, and dead eyes… :D ) Ron’n’Del I call them, middle-aged to elderly conservatives. I often wonder how they like the ‘change’ they voted for?

    • The Voice of Reason 3.2

      And it simply reflects the fact that the high kiwi dollar makes it a good time to consider making a major home purchase. Note the ‘consider’, it doesn’t actually mean people will purchase anything, just that they recognise the opportunity.

  4. Bored 4

    Pom pollies in Lala land….

    Apparently there are plans to cut the Met Police force by 16000, the same number on the streets during the riots. This from the BBC….

    Senior government sources say the Treasury will not reopen negotiations on the spending review.

    And Home Secretary Theresa May has repeated her belief that police budgets can be reduced without damaging their ability to do their jobs.

    But the Home Office said the reductions in the police budget were manageable.

    Which all goes to show how out of touch our political leadership really is. And the money men are wagging the dog again.

    • felix 4.1

      But it’s ok Bored, ‘cos they’re going to ban the wearing of masks and give themselves the power to shut down facebook and twitter whenever they like.

      So don’t worry about the cuts, they’re still building an effective police state.

      • Bored 4.1.1

        LOL Heard one gent interviewed after he as bailed for rioting comment “I was just getting my own bankers bonus”…says it all about the top down state of lawlessness in the UK..

        • travellerev 4.1.1.1

          A link to that please. pretty please with a cherry on top

        • felix 4.1.1.2

          Indeed.

          It seems to me that if politicians who create these conditions of powerlessness and hopelessness in the population while simultaneously handing over trillions to the bankers can’t be charged with inciting riots, then the charge might as well be removed from the statutes.

          • Morrissey 4.1.1.2.1

            …if politicians who create these conditions … can’t be charged with inciting riots, then the charge might as well be removed from the statutes.

            Good luck with that! However, I do think there is a chance that some of these politicians (from David Cameron on down) will be in serious trouble soon, when the inquiry into the Newscorpse phone hacking and bribery scandal really gets under weigh.

            I believe that Cameron has perjured himself, and I’m sure they’ll go after Blair as well. That’s assuming they’re serious, of course.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.2.2

            Statutes are there to keep the commoners in check, not the elite.

            e.g. as far as I know despite a probable >1M fraudulent subprime loans in the US, where most of the frauds have been perpetrated by the lenders, there has not been a single imprisonment.

            Neither have there been any imprisonments of credit rating agency executives who were shown to have given toxic subprime mortgage backed securities “AAA” ratings when they had never even looked at the paperwork backing the actual mortgages.

            The US financial system is a corrupt joke; the MSM is feeding us stories about a pretend fair and free market that does not exist.

      • freedom 4.1.2

        Putting the burgeoning Police State aside for a moment. Do these people even listen to what they say, or read what is written about what they said?
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/5434148/Facial-recognition-in-use-after-British-riots

        In paragraph six they reference an older article discussing the sources of image used in Facial Recognition Software. In the very next paragraph there is the most incredulous statement suggesting the only people to be identified by the technology are already criminals.

        A few paragraphs later they say how they are using the technology sparingly and releasing images to the public is the preferred option. They then say they have released a few dozen images. Ok, so how is it that as of last night over 750 arrests had been made?

        To finish your snack there is a small cherry on top when the representative from the Olympic Planning Committee is spoken to. This person says they are considering using Facial Recognition in the Olympics. Five years ago they made a documentary on the planning of the Olympics and the technology was to be one of the foundations of the security measures.

        you just gotta love their fundamental belif that the public are as thick as they are

        • Bill 4.1.2.1

          Assuming that the police have a number of people who they regularily ‘keep an eye on’ as it were. And given the CCTV coverage, then by backtracking individuals from their home address to a riot situation via CCTV footage might not be that difficult in somme cases.

          As for police cuts. Cameron has said the army would be considered in future. Meanwhile the establishment left are calling for the police cuts to be reversed. And they will be.

          Finally. Is there any focus on the oppressive police culture/ actions? Any questioning of the endless searches etc, etc, etc and the effect that has on people? Na. Course not.

          Them kids is criminals is all. Them kids is sick. Them kids need more discipline.

          • freedom 4.1.2.1.1

            on BBC radio they were hammering the ‘blame the parents who didn’t teach right from wrong’ as the one and only reason for the criminality. There was a certain volatility to their delivery that for a moment i thought O’Reilly and Hannity were guest hosting

            p.s. still no CCTV footage of the Mark Duggan shooting though. Amazing how these cameras only capture criminal acts

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.2.1.1.1

              p.s. still no CCTV footage of the Mark Duggan shooting though. Amazing how these cameras only capture criminal acts

              Oh…ru saying that the police may not have been performing a criminal act in that shootoing? :P

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      Police are effectively a legalised gang of thugs.

      What do they think is going to happen we we’ve seen these riots with these police doing the direct job of controlling them? In a few month, these thousands of police may not have a job any more…

      • Ianupnorth 4.2.1

        Every other public sector has been hammered, now it is their turn; should have stuck to proper policing rather than flying around in choppers chasing minor car thief’s, etc. How about nailing some of the fraudulent bankers?

  5. logie97 5

    Cullen Fund. Nats want to invest in SOE’s. Great. Build the publicly owned business up further with public money and then eventually sell it off completely …

  6. tc 6

    Notice the nats are making out like the great protectors with this PR about getting tough on loan sharks…….a private member bill they voted down with ACT last year from memory. Great to have the MSM in your pocket when you turn another parties idea into your own after destroying it in parliament.

  7. Colonial Viper 7

    Support Adidas! Adidas supports European Sporting Performance

    http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2011/08/T082211.jpg

    Look at the matching outfit. Beautiful in so many ways.

  8. rd 8

    I notice that ANZ are advertising home loans for holidays, renovations, kids etc.
    So back to the future!!!

  9. Morrissey 9

    Silencing dissent on the BBC and Fox News

    First, the impatient handling of Darcus Howe, a West Indian writer and broadcaster. Note how belittling and condescending the BBC host is…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biJgILxGK0o&feature=topvideos_news

    Next, watch how a befuddled Fox News host cuts off an American girl and her aunt who contradict official lies about the South Ossetia conflict in 2008…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fBGtXS66VM

  10. Morrissey 10

    Charlie Brooker on the American News Media. Funny

    You may occasionally wonder why our right wing friends like Pete (“Garth”) George are so unbalanced and unhinged. Well, consider what they watch every day…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aEk864YrKw&feature=related

  11. freedom 11

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/5434635/Kids-for-cash-judge-gets-28-years-jail

    Today is a good day for thousands of families in America as this scum is finally jailed. He still has an appeals process but at least that will be occuring whilst he is behind bars. Sure it will most likely be one of the white collar country clubs and he will not be in general population as law enforcement personnel and officers of the court rarely are, but at least he will get a small taste of the horror and hardship he has caused so many.

    If you want a really harrowing weekend look into this guy’s history and consider what the ramifications are if we continue to privatise our prisons and youth assistance programmes.

    • Vicky32 11.1

      Today is a good day for thousands of families in America as this scum is finally jailed

      Bizarrely, this guy was fictionalised in the TV series ‘Cold Case’ in an episode from (I think) 2009, where he was made out to be innocent – the real villain being his sister who had tricked him! (In American cop shows, the villain is almost always a foreigner or a woman…) 
      I assume that many if not most Americans (and probably NZers) who’ve seen that episode will assume the story’s wholly fictional..,

  12. Ianupnorth 12

    I see Mr. Key hasn’t quite got round to understanding the need for quality early childhood education
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10744548
    Maybe it is going to be an election carrot?

    • freedom 12.1

      “and we understand how popular it is with parents”
      Mr Key is an idiot, it is not a nice to have, it is a cornerstone of this Nation’s relationship to our childrens’ education. Perhaps if he had raised his children in NZ and not America, Europe or whatever other Bankers’enclave he cowered in, his attitude to people in general would be more compassionate.

    • seanmaitland 12.2

      All you need is kindergarten – ECE is a load of bollocks – it does not get any better results, and is simply an expensive childcare program.

      I grew up in the 80s without ECE and I’m extremely successful in my career – ECE wouldn’t have made a grain of sand’s worth of difference to how I turned out.

      • freedom 12.2.1

        and every child has the exact same circumstances as every other child right sean? and your life is the eact same life every other person wants to live? ECE allows an option. Are you aware of that word, it resembles another word we apply when promoting independant thought, choice. These are not words that just fill space in a dictionary.

        p.s. sean, if they hack at ECE, they will be cutting kindergarten funding also. hell they already removed almost all support for Plunkett’s phone lines and services. there is a trend here, apparently your narrow view of what a society should aspire to probably missed it.

        • Ianupnorth 12.2.1.1

          Sean, Kindergartens have had their funding slashed and have been accused by the government of having lots of money in the bank they should spend fixing their premises and investing in early childhood education (because then the Govt. could get out of doing that for them).
          The other day I heard a radio story about Point Chevallier Kindy, it is being evicted off the primary school grounds because the school needs to expand; the Ministry of Education refused to make the school two storey (too expensive), and because of the new classes the planning laws state they need more car parks, so the kindy must move.
          The kindy in question should be accepting kids at their third birthday, but in reality the average age of entry is 3 yrs 11 months, they are at capacity (190) and have 260 on a waiting list. Auckland City are unable to provide any land for relocating the kindy, so it will close.
          BTW, in the 80’s when you grew up many mothers didn’t go back to work; mothers are now being told to find work or lose benefits. You cannot work unless you have adequate child care. many families are now spread across the country, so the traditional auntie, grandma, etc support is long gone.

          • Vicky32 12.2.1.1.1

            The other day I heard a radio story about Point Chevallier Kindy, it is being evicted off the primary school grounds because the school needs to expand; the Ministry of Education refused to make the school two storey (too expensive), and because of the new classes the planning laws state they need more car parks, so the kindy must move.

            In the best example of clustering I’ve ever known in my life, Clive just had a promo for their story on exactly that this very moment…
            Because I didn’t want  leave a fatherless child with Aspergers in day care which I would have had to do if I was working, I was on a DPB and I took my son to a parent co-operative pre-school, and then kindy when he was 3 – for his socialisation, and I am very glad I was able to do so! If all else had been equal, I would have been glad to have ECE for him (if I had worked – which I would have done, if I wasn’t a solo parent.)

          • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1.2

            BTW, in the 80′s when you grew up many mothers didn’t go back to work; mothers are now being told to find work or lose benefits.

            You can’t seriously expect Sean Maitland to think beyond the two dimensions of his narrow-ass own precious life can you?

      • Akldnut 12.2.2

        “I grew up in the 80s without ECE and I’m extremely successful in my career”

        Your success appears only to be exceeded by your narcissism – blowhard (mind you we only have your word for that)

        ECE wouldn’t have made a grain of sand’s worth of difference to how I turned out.

        It may have made you more empathetic toward others and less of a bragger.

  13. freedom 13

    more reationary ignorance from a National MP
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10463579
    you gotta laugh, it got all the way to her writing a letter to the associate health minister ffs
    or were they hoping to catch out Mr Anderton?

    • Vicky32 13.1

      you gotta laugh, it got all the way to her writing a letter to the associate health minister ffs
      or were they hoping to catch out Mr Anderton?

      What an utter moron! (I love the way she spelled touché, as well! :) ) That email was first seen by me back in the 90s, forwarded by a Libertarian, as a dig against Greens – and it’s glaringly obvious to anyone with an intermediate school education what di-hydrogen monoxide is!

  14. jackal 14

    Sorry I’m Black

    A veritable library has been written about what possible causes could have led to the British riots, so what I’m blogging about shouldn’t be new to those keeping their finger on the pulse. There’s no doubt that various ingredients have amalgamated to form a disastrous recipe of violence, and in my opinion there’s two main factors involved; poverty and racism…

  15. We have problems of our own.

    Remember Cherie Kurarangi Sweeney? She talked to police about the death of a Ngaruawahia baby and was called a nark. She stood up to that abuse and has continued campaigning for kids and against abuse.

    She is organising “This memorial for our children who have died at the hands of someone who was supposed to be caring for them is simple, it does not cost BUT it will have huge impact.”

    “STOP the Deaths from Child Abuse! NOW!” (Cherie’s Facebook event page).

    Good to see people who are prepared to step up and do something about problems. Cherie deserves a heap of praise and support.

    • freedom 15.1

      So you are strongly supportive of her cause Pete, great to see.

      Apart from enjoying the powerful symbolism offered by a soft toy at a war memorial, you and others will naturally be calling for increases in funding for Women’s Refuge, or at least demanding the recent cuts get reversed? You will no doubt be asking the Government increases DPB to stay in line with inflation and put all Housing NZ tenancies back into a rent controlled environment. You will of course be marching on Parliament showing that the Government must restrict the sale of Alcohol and ask that all existing licencees be put on a probationary caution leading to loss of licence and or property in compensation, if any of their product is found in possession of an intoxicated person who is later convicted for violence against children? You will naturally be asking for massive increases in Education spending and most importantly you will be wanting an immediate and comprehensive programme for those accused and/or convicted of violence to undergo Literacy and Anger mangement courses.

      Or will you just be pressing like on a FaceBook page?

      • Pete George 15.1.1

        Are you doing all that? I agree with most of what you’ve listed, to a degree at least. The standout that I wouldn’t support as you state is “You will naturally be asking for massive increases in Education spending “. There’s obvious limits to money and I prefer smarter targeting anyway.

        I won’t just be “pressing like on a FaceBook page”. On this I have been spreading the word, as I did on here. And I have volunteered to help coordinate with Cherie’s memorial down here.

        I get more involved in things – for example a couple of years ago I wrote an anti abuse song and performed with a band playing it in a White Ribbon concert.

        What point were you trying to make?

        • freedom 15.1.1.1

          i do all i can when i can Pete, and as resources improve i will be doing a lot more.

          But you considered and defended your efforts, on this topic and raised others that you have had concern on. For me that is all the build up to the election is about. Getting people to think and react. Right , Left, Fascist or Friendly. I am hungry to have people honest and if that means the occassional prodding with a sharp stick on a sensitive issue , i will prod. I think you get where i am coming from Pete and i would not be at all surprised that we would share some interesting dialogues over a couple of brews if the opportunity ever arose. Have a good weekend and let’s hope the kids do too.

        • freedom 15.1.1.2

          i have replied Pete but it is moderation? i am guessing for use of the F word that labels certain political views of right leaning individuals, computers are not very good at defining context yet

          [lprent: Yes it was. Not sure why it got put there. But it is better have auto-moderation than not. The alternatives would be to hold all comments for human scans (ie for a couple of hours). Or to let all messages through – which in the light of this statement on the dashboard

          Akismet has protected your site from 101,167 spam comments already.
          There’s nothing in your spam queue at the moment.

          5,800 spam comments have been automatically discarded by Conditional CAPTCHA.

          I’m not going to do… ]

          • freedom 15.1.1.2.1

            mmmmmmmm auto-moderation,
            has such a calming ring to it, wonder if it could be applied to that long room over by the Beehive
            thanks for the note lprent :)

        • Morrissey 15.1.1.3

          What point were you trying to make?

          I think it was clear to everyone but you what point he was trying to make: you are a hypocrite, and (even worse) a confused hypocrite.

  16. Ianupnorth 16

    Any want a laugh; the grossly deluded Mr. Brash in full effect!
     
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10744607

  17. Draco T Bastard 17

    Generation F*cked
    How Britain is Eating Its Young

    “The reason our children’s lives are the worst among economically advanced countries is because we are a poor version of the USA,” he said. “So the USA comes second from bottom and we follow behind. The age of neo-liberalism, even with the human face that New Labour has given it, cannot stem the tide of the social recession capitalism creates.”

    Survey proves that the more free-market a society is the worse off it’s children are.

    • Ianupnorth 17.1

      But Draco, no point in telling the right, they don’t believe it, they would rather do a green paper and listen to the views of Bob McCroskie, because he knows better!

  18. joe90 18

    Scientific American: Government Fracking Panel Calls for Environmental Impact Study

    From increased greenhouse gas emissions to water contamination, hydraulic fracturing to free natural gas poses a range of environmental challenges.

    The federal government should begin a major effort to measure greenhouse gas emissions tied to the nation’s booming natural gas industry, a Department of Energy advisory panel said today in a series of proposals on air and water quality issues.

    The seven-member advisory panel under Energy Secretary Steven Chu released its first report outlining steps that regulators and companies drilling in vast U.S. shale gas reservoirs should take to avoid significant environmental damage and assuage public concern.

    “There are serious environmental impacts underlying these concerns and these adverse environmental impacts need to be prevented, reduced and, where possible, eliminated as soon as possible,” says the report. “Absent effective control, public opposition will grow, thus putting continued production at risk.”.

  19. Ianupnorth 19

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get weirder…
    http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/82963,people,news,team-america-fags-alec-baldwin-and-matt-damon-have-designs-on-us-politics-michael-moore
     

    Team America FAGs have designs on US politics

    In their 2004 film Team America, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, mercilessly mocked the political aspirations of the liberal Hollywood establishment by inventing a fake organisation for bleeding-heart actors called FAG (the Film Actors Guild), which counted the likes of Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore and Matt Damonin its number.

    Seven years later it seems as though they picked their targets well. This week, Baldwin announced that he wanted to become mayor of New York and Moore said that he would like to see Damon become president of the US.

     

  20. Joe Bloggs 20

    Amidst today’s court lists, is yet another grindingly poor, socially deprived rioter, lashing out in rage and despair, ground down by powerlessness and hopelessness:

    Among the accused was Laura John­son, 19, daugh­ter of a suc­cess­ful com­pany direc­tor. She lives in a detached con­verted farm­house in Kent, with exten­sive grounds and a ten­nis court. She is an Eng­lish and Ital­ian under­grad­u­ate at Exeter.

    Before that, she attended St Olave’s Gram­mar, the fourth-best state school in the coun­try, where she stud­ied A-levels in French, Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture, geog­ra­phy and clas­si­cal civil­i­sa­tion. On Wednes­day, at High­bury, she was accused of loot­ing the Cur­rys super­store, in Charl­ton, of elec­tri­cal goods worth £5000 ($7800).

    Wish I were that deprived…

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      NZ high society kids end up trashed, killing themselves, and dealing drugs. Your point? Bad parenting and other shit happens at every strata of society. But those coming from well to do families have a far better chance of picking themselves up.

      For starters, I bet you that “Laura” got highly paid legal representation and a lighter sentence/no conviction as a result, then most of the other kids left to rot in the same circumstance.

  21. jackal 21

    Asshole of the Week Award – Kate Wilkinson

    Yesterday Kate Wilkinson failed to answer a question as Minister of Labour, which also related to her roll as Associate Minister of Immigration, because the question was directed to her as Minister of Labour. Wilkinson declined to answer the question concerning relevant and required information to do with her portfolios because of a technicality. What a complete mind fuck!

    • freedom 21.1

      Is that not the type of situation that we need a player in the house to provide allowance for a question to be re-tasked to the appropriate hat the particular big head was not wearing at the time of their purposeful obfuscation? You know someone who keeps things on track and makes sure the intent of the parliamentary debate is just and accurate. We could call them, ahh and remember this is just off the top off my head, we could call them The Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

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    Friday Fun with Photos #12

    United Future leader and Associate Minister for Health Peter Dunne said he had smoked cannabis “a couple of times” as a student in the 1970s…

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    That little penis Patrick Gower is creaming his jeans about Key’s up-coming attack on solo mothers – he calls it “helping them”… (He was given what he calls a ‘sneak preview)…
    Also, Petulant Bean whining that she’s a good feminist… WTF? I notice she shows the same flat vowels as Key… has she always spoken like her beloved leader?

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    “Is it surprising that after decades of selfishness, meanness, unpunished theft and blatant tax dodging from the top, that those at the bottom follow the example.

    You ruin, destroy and steal everything from people, including any hope for a better future. Then you are surprised they turn as mean and self centred as you”.

    http://kjt-kt.blogspot.com/2011/08/on-riots.html

    “Where England goes, we will follow”..

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    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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