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Open mike 14/03/2013

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136 comments on “Open mike 14/03/2013”

  1. Morrissey 1

    Irony-free NewstalkZB
    “Do you see this as VILE, Jock?”

    “The Huddle”, NewstalkZB, Wednesday 13 March 2013, 5:45 p.m.
    Larry “Lackwit” Williams, Jock Anderson, Bill Ralston

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: Okay, umm, ahhh, uuuummm…. topic number one today is the Novopay situation. They’re sending in the debt collectors, Bill!

    BILL RALSTON: [snarling and panting with indignation] Arrrrgghhhh, what a load of whining and moaning and mad whinging by these teachers! I mean, they might have a point with some issues but they shout everything at maximum volume. So you CAN’T TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY!

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: Jock?

    JOCK ANDERSON: Bill’s dead right. These teachers have their lap-dogs in the media. This whole business is just an hysterical over-reaction.

    BILL RALSTON: [frenzied] And how many of them were there that received these debt notices? Seven?

    JOCK ANDERSON: That’s right! There were only seven of them!

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: [mockingly] Call 911!

    BILL RALSTON: [apoplectic] There’s just this mad angel chorus! This whining and moaning and whinging! And I tell you what: NOBODY… TAKES…. THEM…. SERIOUSLY.

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: Yep!

    JOCK ANDERSON: Exactly! There are no doubt many good, hard-working teachers out there.

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: Oh yes, yes, of course.

    JOCK ANDERSON: I have yet to meet one, however.

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: [uneasily] Ah, ahhh, um.

    BILL RALSTON: [softly, nervously] Ha ha ha.

    BILL RALSTON: Okay, we’re back with The Huddle after the break.

    ……..COMMERCIALS…….

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: Topic No. 2 is this Comedy Central television show called The Jeselnik Offensive, which thought it would be a good idea to make jokes about the death of Adam Strange at Muriwai. Listen to this…..

    AUDIO CLIP: [American comedian] “Last week, a man in New Zealand was attacked by a fourteen-foot shark. Was he killed? You bet your sweet ass he was killed! And he had a family and everything!” [AUDIENCE:] Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: Okay. Now…. [Pauses to indicate how troubled he is] Now, do you see this as VILE, Jock?

    JOCK ANDERSON: [with utmost gravitas] I certainly do.

    BILL RALSTON: Some of these people think they can say whatever they like.

    …….CUT…….

    At this point, I was unable to continue listening, as my companion in the car started swearing and shouting at the disembodied voices of Messrs Anderson, Ralston and Lackwit-Williams, denouncing them as “fucking hypocrites”, “racists”, “professional haters”, “boors”, and many other choice and mordantly accurate pejoratives.

    FUN FACT: One of NewstalkZB’s advertising slogans is “Tune Your Mind”. Another one is “Fair and Balanced.”

    • Jenny 1.1

      Hate radio is in full cry. The government and the state must be gearing up for even more attacks on education.

      • Paul 1.1.1

        You bet ya. Just count the stories with an inherent bias against teachers in the Herald. There always seems to be a tale about this or that that paints teachers in a bad light.
        I do no longer believe such stories are coincidences, but part of a plan to set the ground to influence public opinion before radical changes.
        As Malcolm X said.. “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

    • Rogue Trooper 1.2

      “all of the above”

    • geoff 1.3

      Nice work Morrissey.
      Even Monty Python couldn’t come up with that.

  2. Pascal's bookie 2

    In which I learn that “What do you think of Jennifer Lawrence?” is a fantastic question.

    http://www.vice.com/read/what-do-hate-groups-think-of-jennifer-lawrence

  3. Louisa Wall take a bow. And Labour this what an effective principled MP looks like. If anyone deserves a promotion it is her.

  4. logie97 4

    …thank goodness Rome has found how to make white smoke. Perhaps Radio New Zealand can move on now.

    • tc 4.1

      And exactly what % of folk in NZ give a toss about the catholic church anyway, I’d have thought it’s way down the list now with the diverse range of faiths on display now and cults like the Destination Brian.

      • ad 4.1.1

        Nope, it’s the biggest religious thing in the world, and way the biggest denomination of anything in the country.

        Some of us even vote Labour.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          Nope, it’s the biggest religious thing in the world…

          No, it’s not. Catholicism may be the biggest christian denomination (~17% of entire world) but Muslim is larger (~23% of entire world). Of course, Christianity as a whole is the largest religion.

          …and way the biggest denomination of anything in the country.

          and that’s not true either.

          • karol 4.1.1.1.1

            Thanks, DTB. I am always bewildered at the unwarranted amount of media attention given the patriarchal personage of the pope.

            • Enough is Enough 4.1.1.1.1.1

              You think the media attention for the election of the spiritual leader of over one billion people is unwarranted?

              • karol

                It’s the AMOUNT of attention it gets. Sure I would expect some coverage. Al Jazeera had a live watch this morning, waiting for over half an hour for the new Pope to appear. Not needed.

                Do other religions with similar numbers of followers get so much attention?

            • Ennui 4.1.1.1.1.2

              Karol, as a non religious agnostic even I find your lack of appreciation somewhat bewildering. This man represents the spiritual leadership of a quarter of the world…not very significant.

              We don’t have to agree with him, his dogma, his “patriarchal” nature, his personal viewpoints etc, but to ignore his significance is somewhat of a limitation on somebodies world view.

              So to give you and others a little hint at the significance of this one:
              * Loyola is happy, this is the first Jesuit Pope. They are an evangelical order dedicated to evangelical preservation of the Catholic faith, working with the believers and converts. It points towards a more hands on approach between the church and the congregation.
              * He is the first Francis. St Francis came to “rebuild a church”, he was a reformer. He was also a leader by example.
              * This is the first South American Pope. If you want to do politics in South America you need the church onside.
              * He is a man of the people, he moved out of his bishops palace into a small apartment and coos for himself, walks and catches buses.

              Might tell you something.

              • karol

                Nope – still don’t get it. As I said, a report yes, by not as much attention as the media give him. His significance is bloated by the media – self-perpetuating cycle. Do we hear as much about key Muslim leaders? Or key protestant leaders?

                • karol

                  PS: And how wealthy is the Catholic Church world wide – in terms of possessions, real estate etc? It seems to be denied by many but the stats they give are of the annual budgets of the Vatican, which often runs a deficit. It’s a matter of debate.

                • Ennui

                  Lets look at another way…bloating by the media…there have been 3 changes of Pope in the last 30 years so the media turn up. As you would expect, and they are not getting paid or endorsed or able to turn the cash on it (like they do in the US presidential election). On that basis the coverage is less than that US election, which given most of the planet is part of the US imperial system figures….even so 20% of the planet is directly affected by the Pope so…voila huge media coverage.

                  More Papal media coverage? Yes there will be and should be heaps of it. Still you can always tune out and watch the temporal spiritual equivalent on the “News”, the “markets” followed by “sport”.

                  Muslim leaders dont get the coverage? Since the fall of the Caliphate there has been no Islamic equivalent of Pope but we do get plenty of media about hard line Islamic clerics…and associates like Al Quaeda. Then there is the Queen among-st Protestants…she is head of the C of E. Sells Womens mags as well. Then of course you can turn on the broadcast media any day an watch Protestant televangelists.

                  So back to your first point, the amount of coverage the Pope gets. Too much? Or perhaps are other things that are of significance to yourself and others getting too little?

                  • karol

                    Agree that sport and the Queen get too much coverage – ditto all kinds of celebs. Al Qaeda’s coverage is hardly equivalent as it’s usually very negative coverage.

                    Well, certainly, the plight of the less well off (including amongst rank and file, church going Catholics, Muslims, workers in diverse countries from China to South America through India, the US and Europe), get far to little coverage.

                • Enough is Enough

                  “key protestant leaders”…like um the head of the Anglican Church…

                  There will be blanket coverage when Elizabeth dies and is replaced by Charles. There will bo no other news for a week

                • Pascal's bookie

                  Do we hear as much about key Muslim leaders?

                  Well there’s no real equivalent. The grand muftis would be the closest within Sunni Islam, but they are not at all comparable to a Pope in terms of religious authority.

              • prism

                You’re a dove of peace Ennui.

                • Ennui in Requiem

                  Thanks Prism, kindness a rule number one always.

                  • prism

                    EinR
                    Yes I have been thinking lately that kindness could be the major ameliorating emotion for all the destructive ones that we humans have. Too much kindness can be smothering, but then it can be argued that that is not true kindness, it’s passive aggression or controlling.
                    That seventies? slogan – ‘Aim to carry out daily random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty’ might be due for a revival.

          • McFlock 4.1.1.1.2

            Not sure whether it’s apples v apples putting Catholic v (Sunni + Shia + others).

            new pope isn’t the most earth-shattering event, but it’s still pretty important to a lot of people in NZ. Might even be on the same level of public interest as a rugby match :)

          • ad 4.1.1.1.3

            Yes it’s the biggest religious thing in the world, and has very little to do with global share. Fortunately. Check out that media and crowd turnout for who got to lead the Anglicans. Love them as I do.

            As for the NZ denominational size, wait for the census results. Catholics will be the largest.

            Anyone who thinks leadership change in a major institution doesn’t really matter (because changing the culture is too hard) probably didn’t have a coherent view about the leadership of the Labour Party.

          • Rogue Trooper 4.1.1.1.4

            Canon reference D.

        • Rogue Trooper 4.1.1.2

          ad; submissions to the same-sex marriage bill committee by the Catholic Action network were amongst those deemed too offensive to be seen or considered…
          http://catholicaction.org/

          • ad 4.1.1.2.1

            Agreed.

            Would Helen Clark have got another term if she had pushed through so many social reform Acts? I put it to you: yes. And we would likely be in an historic fifth term. So was it the right thing to do or not, at the time?

            Clearly Labour have determined not to have a Reformation. Have they even whipped on the same-sex marriage bill? Let’s not paint white virtue over the team please.

      • Enough is Enough 4.1.2

        tc

        For arguments sake lets say 1% of NZ give a toss about the catholic church. So what, it is still news worthy.

        The spiritual leader for over a billion people in this world has been elected. Someone who takes on an instituion which has more problems than the National Government.

        Don’t let your anti catholic prejudices get in the way of a very important news story.

        • tc 4.1.2.1

          IMO it’s not an important news story, I know plenty of catholics who think the vatican is as irrelevant as Justin Beiber or Michael Laws and the only thing a new Pope takes on is the robes.

          You get the gig to sustain the insitution not change it.

          • Ennui 4.1.2.1.1

            See my comment above and examine the gig statement. This institution has been around two thousand years during which time a lot has changed and often. The lesson is that the RC church has also had to change. The change agent is normally the Pope. This one signifies a change. And that is how they sustain it. There are some lessons in this.

            • red rattler 4.1.2.1.1.1

              What one fascist followed by another is a change. You must be joking.
              http://www.latinorebels.com/2013/03/13/pope-francis-i-and-argentinas-dirty-war/

              • karol

                Chris Trotter is not very impressed by The new Pope’s past either. As well as being actively homophobic and anti-abortion,

                Behind the humble bus-rider of Vatican publicity; behind the warm grandfatherly smile; Francis I remains as much a prisoner of reactionary Catholic theology as John-Paul II and Benedict XVI.

                And according to the research of Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina’s leading investigative journalists, Bergoglio’s reactionary beliefs are not confined to the issues of homosexuality, abortion and contraception. Francis I is also a political reactionary.

                He was actively involved on the side of the nasty folks in Argentina’s “dirty war”

                Hugh O’Shaughnessy has been reporting Latin American politics for 40 years. In the Guardian of 4 January 2011 he wrote:

                “To the judicious and fair-minded outsider it has been clear for years that the upper reaches of the Argentine church contained many … [individuals] … who had communed and supported the unspeakably brutal Western-supported military dictatorship which seized power in that country in 1976 and battened on it for years.”

                Reviewing Verbitsky’s book “El Silencio” (The Silence), O’Shaunghessy recounted how:

                “The Argentine navy with the connivance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, hid from a visiting delegation of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission the dictatorship’s political prisoners. Bergoglio was hiding them in nothing less than his holiday home in an island called El Silencio in the River Plate. The most shaming thing for the church is that in such circumstances Bergoglio’s name was allowed to go forward in the ballot to choose the successor of John Paul II. What scandal would not have ensued if the first pope ever to be elected from the continent of [South] America had been revealed as an accessory to murder and false imprisonment.”

                That scandal has now occurred.

                • Ennui in Requiem

                  I respect both Trotters view and OShaugnessys. For the latter, a Contra who was actively partisan, I would ask for hardnevidence, there appears from other sources to be a very different story, so judgment withheld.

                  From Trotter I hear loud and clear the objections of enlightenment liberal thinking: Chris is crazy if he ever thought the Pope would be doctrinally different and he is missing the real possibilities. These are based in the real human traditions that far out date our “modern”secular thought. Historic context is important and Chris has either missed it or ignored it.

                  By taking Francis the new Pope may be indicating that his Church move toward a Franciscan tradition of service and charity, and more importantly toward leadership by example. This goes to the heart of the Christian message, there has always been a tension between humility (and leadership by example) and demanding adherence from the pulpit. Franciscan versus Dominican.

                  PS: I am not religious. I just happen to think that if you limit your world view and thinking to post Voltaire rationalism you become very mechanistic and narrow in approach. It can lead you to political and personal absolutism on par with doctrinal absolutism.

                  • karol

                    Ennui, is the criticism of absolutism directed at me? I don’t recognise your description in myself.

                    The change to a more Franciscan approach is appealing. However, I have difficulty seeing that as being led by an institution/city state that incorporates a pomp and opulence within a rigid hierarchy.

                    • Ennui

                      Not personal K, however there is a strong streak of absolutism on this blog (and pretty much every other). Hell I do it too, but there’s inconsistency and duality for you.

                      On the Franciscan approach my viewpoint is extremely long term: since the time of the ancient Pontifex Maximi (yes the papacy predates JC) there has always been an adjustment to circumstances, the main issue being to preserve the institution and faith. Francis never succeeded in rebuilding the Church, he built his legacy in our minds and actions. But not all of us, some of us are Dominicans. I don’t expect the RC as an institution to do anything but adjust and survive, its an enviable track record regardless of how we regard the dogma etc. Francis might however change the immediate focus on what is a priority. Lets watch.

    • Populuxe1 4.2

      Only twelve percent of the population, and it’s only the world’s largest Christian church, with 1.2 billion members worldwide, obviously it’s totally irrelevant

      • logie97 4.2.1

        Phew, that observation generated a bit of excitement amongst a few, but in passing I think comparisons with coverage of the Royal family are spurious.

        FYI, there are not umpteen billion catholics in New Zealand and as far as I recall, the pope does not yet have the power to dismiss a democratically elected commonwealth government, say the New Zealand Parliament, which I understand HRH and her descendants currently still/will do. (Oh and to say that they never would, well ask the Australian people what happened in 1975).

  5. Jenny Kirk 5

    The Govt is gunning for the Auckland Council. This is in today’s Herald –

    “The Government is becoming increasingly heavy-handed over Auckland’s housing shortage, with talk of a new Crown agency to free up more land. Environment Minister Amy Adams has suggested stripping the Auckland Council of some planning powers for three years to allow a Crown agency to play a role increasing the city’s residential land supply.
    New Housing Minister Nick Smith has also released a Government report which, he says, shows a worrying trend of reduced land availability and soaring section prices.
    ……… and this –
    “……Department of Internal Affairs review of development contributions which considers options of capping or abolishing them”

    IMO Auckland cannot afford to sprawl any more. It eats up fertile horticultural land, and costs too much for additional infrastructure and motorways. And there is a need for development contributions from the developers to help pay for some of the extra costs – more people require more council services – libraries, parks, recreation areas.

    But this Govt is a developers’ friend – not an environmental friend, or – for that matter – a friend of the 99%. And its hell-bent on taking over the legal roles of local govt when it can’t get its own way,
    Aucklanders are in for a fight !

    • Typical Government.

      Auckland Council asked for the Unitary Plan to have effect from the time it is released (ie this year) and Government turned them down. Then it jumps up and down because Auckland is not doing anything …

      Talk about Nanny State.

    • muzza 5.2

      Remember that central control of the second city of ChCh has already been achieved, as well as the Kaipara Council, so it is hardly a surprise that AKL Council is under the microscope, why not!

      One way or another central control will eventuate to some level, just take a look at the projected debt increase over the next ten years forecasted for AKL.

      Books are not open of course, and the money simply *vanishing*, being replaced by debt with interest. Privatization of AKLs assets are a done deal, thats what the super city was all about!

      • vto 5.2.1

        What is more interesting to note is that the opposite policy applies in rural regions looking to expand irrigation and intensify agriculture. In these areas the government is pushing more power onto local councils, because they are dominated by farmer representatives.

        This is a massive rebalancing of power within NZ.

        But it will not last. This government in doing these things is going against the mid and long term grain. These things they are introducing are going to be reversed.

        As has been said many times before – this is the last hurrah and grasp for goodies by greedies. And they aint holding back, the dirty c#&%s.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.3

      Govt piles on pressure for housing land

      Ah, this government – taking away democracy in favour of its rich mates – again.

      • tc 5.3.1

        What high density redevelopment of all existing State housing sites in akl would look like BEFORE heatley started selling it to their developer mates. GI is relatively central as is the recent Sandringham issue.

        Bullying and selling is easy, building and being collaborative requires effort and committment.

      • Rogue Trooper 5.3.2

        the cost of fuel, the cost of fuel, the cost of fuel

  6. ad 6

    Watch out for that Gen-I restructure.

    There’s plenty of companies who have lost a hundred jobs in the last few years.

    But what makes this one different is that the great majority of those being made redundant:
    – will not be managers or Chief Executives
    – will be high end technicians and account managers earning well over $150,000 and
    – are from New Zealand’s largest high-tech company

    This is precisely the kind of company New Zealand needs to grow if it is to be less bulk commodity dependent and less dependent upon the weather.

    These are highly mobile people who will of course be able to find adventure in other countries.
    But with them go their expense accounts, research demand, service demand, spinoff capability, luxury goods buying capacity, school fees and t ravel budgets; cumulatively a huge dark ripple effect.

    A very dark moment.

  7. bad12 7

    auckland.scoop.co.nz/…west-auckland-company-champions-living-…

    Round of applause to this Auckland tofu manufacturer for agreeing to pay it’s workers ‘the living wage’…

    • bad12 7.1

      Bugger, that link isn’t going to work, Google the above and it will take you to the page…

      • karol 7.1.1

        Thanks for the tip, bad. TONZU + respect for unions and collective bargaining.

        • bad12 7.1.1.1

          Welcome!!! full credit to TONZU for good employment practice and here’s hoping that more private employers begin to see the light,

          AND,

          The Labour Party brings forward an employment policy of raising the minimum wage by $1.50 an hour for every year that they are the Government,

          That’s not only good for the lowest paid workers, it’s also a boost in income for the Capitalists themselves who are the ultimate beneficiaries of higher wages for those who earn the least as such monies are directly spent into the economy driving companies to compete creating yet more employment,

          The Government’s coffers are also enriched by being a beneficiary of the rise in income from taxation as those reliant upon the lowest income as a majority always spend what they have earned into the local economy as they earn such monies…

        • mickysavage 7.1.1.2

          Jessie Chalmers is also a respected member of the Waitemata Local Board and a Green party activist. Good to see that she is walking the walk in terms of her political beliefs.

    • Rosie 7.2

      That IS good news re Tonzu paying a living wage to its workers. They are a great example to other employers in the food manufacturing sector. Having dealt with them as suppliers back in the day I can say they were always on the level and walked the talk. No greenwash with that family. It’s been good to see their company grow over the years and it goes to show that business can be sustainable, ethical and profitable. There is no need for companies to be A-Holes (think Talleys, Sealord, Preston Taylor etc) to turn a profit.

      Sadly there are also companies in NZ in the same category as the Chalmers – (Wholefoods/Organics) who aren’t such clean operators. The worst offenders for low pay rates, intimidation, poor staff moral, serious health and safety breaches (including unreported serious harm) and screwing down raw product suppliers as well as turning a blind eye to non compliance that I have ever seen, have been in this category.

      We have such a very long way to go in terms of improving our business behaviour in NZ so bigs ups to Tonzu for demonstrating what a good employer and a good ethical business is. Lets hope it catches on.

  8. bad12 8

    More s**t journalism from RadioNZ National’s Morning Report today allowing State Owned enterprises Minister Tony Ryall to spew forth a trail of ‘modified truth’ over the airwaves about the Slippery National Government’s involvement in the financial knee-capping of the States coal miner Solid Energy,

    Ryall is now claiming that they (National) only became concerned about the financial state of Solid Energy as the price of coal dropped sharply in the last six months,

    The ‘facts’ which escaped both Ryall and those interviewing Him on RadioNZ this morning are that the price of coal has been remarkably stable since May 2012,

    May 2012= $102.68,
    February 2013= $101.72,
    http://www.worldcoal.org/coal/market-amp-transportation/coal-price/

    Ryall modifying the truth this morning on RadioNz is a direct contradiction of what Slippery the Prime Minister said in answer to a question from the Green Party’s Russell Norman last week in the Parliament where Slippery said that National had no previous concerns about Solid energy’s financial position because coal prices had remained ‘high’,

    Bill from Dipton is now talking of ‘hindsight’ as an excuse for this National Governments financial gutting of Solid energy, obviously Bill was too busy elsewhere to notice that at the point of His election into the position of Finance Minister the bottom had fallen out of the price of coal…

    • tc 8.1

      Blinglish’s also rolled out the ‘Blame Labour’ line on SE also.

      • vto 8.1.1

        Don’t worry, the people see through that bullshit. This is another doozy of a knock to the current govt.

        Time for them to be whacked with the next one. Then the next one. Then th next one. Then the next one.

      • bad12 8.1.2

        That’s just bovine defecation from Bill from Dipton, the debt of Solid Energy at the point of the 2008 election was just 13 million dollars,

        Now after being directly told by Tony Ryall and Bill English to take on more debt Solid Energy is staggering under a debt of 389 million dollars, not racked up while Labour was the Government, pushed into such unsustainable debt by this Slippery National Government who have in the past month tried to squirm out of their responsibility for the kneecapping of Solid Energy…

    • ad 8.2

      Well, if the progressive side isn’t dominating the airwaves right now when the rare convergence of the Solid Energy and Mighty River power stories are intersecting with the Assets Sales petition, and Key is distracted and off-message while overseas, it’s more a failure of opposition than a triumph of National Radio (!), or a triumph for Tony Ryall (!).

      Anyone here wishing for a progressive leader that could cut through the flim flam, appear coherent on television, and send a shudder through National and indeed the polls?

      Right now is the moment to make the left cohere. Anyone? Hello?

      • bad12 8.2.1

        The Opposition are in my opinion ‘doing quite well’ on the Solid energy issue, it was highlighted on TV1 news last night portraying National’s handling of the finances surrounding Solid Energy in a very poor light after David Shearers questioning of Bill English in the Parliament yesterday where He had English having to admit that the National Government wrote to Solid Energy in 2009 as the price of coal fell dramatically telling Solid Energy to take on more debt,

        English is at present answering these questions on behalf of Slippery the Prime Minister and while doing so is exposing previous answers by Slippery to questions in the House over Solid Energy’s Chairman at the Select Committee and information gleaned from that Committee will be used in coming weeks to beat upon Ryall,English, and Slippery the Prime Minister for their current first it was high coal prices then it was low coal prices attempts at deviating from the truth surrounding the financial knee-capping of the States coal miner Solid energy,

        ‘The Opposition’ only gets certain amounts of questions and supplementary questions it can ask in the Parliament on any given day so such ‘scandals’ as Solid energy’s abhorrent over-loading of 389 million dollars of debt while this National Government sucked 120+ million dollars of dividends out of the company can only be exposed brick by brick,

        The collective news media do not help to give the full picture of such shonky business dealings by this National Government by conducting ill researched interviews with the likes of SOE Minister Tony Ryall when they allow Him to tell blatant lies about the price of coal and hardly afford the Opposition the right of reply,

        It is bordering upon ‘fraud’ for this National Government to highlight as it has done the amount of dividends it has collected from Solid Energy in the past 3 years whilst attempting to hide the amount of debt that company has racked up and further attempting to hide this National Governments culpability in having Solid Energy take on that amount of debt in the first place,

        My view is that the Opposition is scoring some good points off of the back of the lies so far told by Slippery, English, and Ryall over the Solid Energy debacle, that there is more yet to come from this issue and that the NZ news media should get up to speed on what actually took place vis a vis coal prices and debt loading along with the taking of dividends by this National Government…

        • ad 8.2.1.1

          Not really interested in how many excuses parliamentary questions or the media give the Opposition right now.

          Tell you what, if your points get Labour a lift in the next polls – say just 2% – I will say I am wrong and there really was an effective leadership of the Opposition.

          Will you?

          • bad12 8.2.1.1.1

            Yes of course ‘your’ not really interested in the mechanics of the slanted and biased treatment that the news media give to the Opposition party’s right now, much easier to just sit there and whine about the fact that the other David isn’t the leader of the opposition right???,

            Will i what???, Labour could virtually assure it’self as the next major party of Government at the 2014 election by bringing forward a policy of increasing the minimum wage by $1.50 an hour for every year that it holds office,

            i wont hold my breath waiting for such a policy release but i am ever the optimist…

            • Ad 8.2.1.1.1.1

              You clearly don’t have any idea about how to hold people accountable. Time to start.

              Change your mindset. When you invest in something, be it shares or membership, expect results, not woolly virtues like loyalty, to be rewarded. They never are.

              The polls have not current rewarded your optimism for 5 years. Be cold with the reality of this. This is as good as Opposition gets. They either make a real move now, or they simply can’t.

              • Rogue Trooper

                “pamphlet” was interesting, although a little “wordy” for a semiotic

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    The Stock Market Is a Debt-Fueled Bubble: Steve Keen
    Oh dear, it seems that the US stock market has gone back into bubble territory financed by highly leveraged debt. Exactly as we saw in 2k and 2k6/7 – just before the whole artifice collapsed.

    • bad12 9.1

      Yes the Banking Cartels have decided to play another game of Roulette with the bloated middle classes that have all got more monies than brains,

      The US stock-markets are being pumped with with some of the trillions of dollars of printed monies used to ‘bail’ them out of the 2007-2008 fiasco which they directly created,

      The Bankster’s ill gotten gains will be laundered through the inflation of stock-prices and the wealthy middle classes will be left holding the baby (again) when the bubble bursts,

      i am not sure if people with very short memories ‘deserve’ to get continuously ripped by the banking cartels, but ripped they will be…

    • Rogue Trooper 9.2

      Yep

  10. johnm 10

    Another dispatch from the U$K class war, courtesy of the people’s artist taxi driver.

    “BBC Propaganda; pitting poor against poorer ”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1YUo_tjqb4&list=UUGThM-ZZBba1Zl9rU-XeR-A&index=2

    beneficiaries existing on pittances are being attacked with propaganda that they’re scroungers.

    • AFEWMORETHEKNOWTHETRUTH 10.1

      http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=9800#.UUFM0zfPJkg

      The fatal choice between food or heating in Modern Britain

      HASSAN GHANI, TRNN CORRESPONDENT: Winters in the UK can be bitterly cold. In an economy where the cost of living is going up while average incomes are staying the same, a growing number of people are having to choose between food and heating. One recent survey found that up to 1 in 4 families in Britain was turning down the heating during the winter to be able to pay other bills. The cost of gas and electricity for consumers has more than doubled since 2004, and the energy industry is warning that heating bills are going to get even bigger in coming years.

      The basic problem, say energy companies, is that there simply isn’t enough capacity anymore, because they’re having having to close down some of their older coal and oil power stations in order to meet green energy targets. They’re now building a series of natural gas power stations in order to bridge the gap. The bottom line is that energy companies are going to raise their prices even further, and they’re blaming it on the rising cost of wholesale gas and investment in renewable energy.

      But more and more consumers are growing wise to the fact that the energy companies themselves are making vast and growing profits, despite their claims of simply passing on price rises. British Gas, for example, saw an 11percent increase in profits last year. It’s managing director, who’s tom moving on, will leave with a $15million departure package. And there’s very little transparency in the way the big energy companies buy their fuel, which is purchased in advance. An investigation is now underway into allegations of price-fixing by the power companies.

      Ultimately, the rise in household bills is having a devastating effect on the most vulnerable members of society

      Future for us under John Yankee!? :-9

    • Ugly Truth 10.2

      http://www.newsunspun.org/article/the-bbcs-bogeyman-narrative-on-hugo-chavez

      The BBC maintained a strong a record of misleading reporting throughout the presidency of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died on Tuesday, following a two year battle with cancer…

      In discussing US-Venezuelan relations, Kelly does not mention probably the most seminal event of the last fourteen years: the US-backed coup in 2002. As an interesting aside, straight after the death of Hugo Chavez, in the BBC ‘look back’ at his life, the coup was also omitted by James Robbins, who instead described events as ‘a general strike’ when ‘Chavez was briefly pushed from office’.

      • Morrissey 10.2.1

        The BBC, or British State Radio. It’s a propaganda arm of the British state, about as reliable and trustworthy as Pravda was in the 1970s.

        • Te Reo Putake 10.2.1.1

          Yeah right. For all its faults, the BBC is still the greatest broadcasting platform in the world and a force for good. Why else do you think Rupert Murdoch hates it so much and the Tories are trying to nobble it?

          Why just the 70’s, btw?

          • Morrissey 10.2.1.1.1

            Don’t get me wrong, I still love the BBC, but there is no doubt that it has been curbed and controlled, especially since Alistair Campbell and Blair led the Government jihad against it when it briefly stepped out of line and went off-message about the Iraq invasion.

            Why the seventies? It just seems remote and exotic now, and all Eastern European-style black and white.

            What a great decade it was…

            • Te Reo Putake 10.2.1.1.1.1

              Yes, indeed, a top decade. Nice to see Bowie back on form, eh?

              I recall there was a joke in the USSR about the two papers, Izvestia (Spark) and Pravda (Truth) along the lines that there was no spark in Pravda and no truth in Izvestia.

          • muzza 10.2.1.1.2

            You include the Jummy Saville cover up in that do you!

            Force for good, yeah, nah!

            • Te Reo Putake 10.2.1.1.2.1

              Yes, I do include Savile. But one man’s crimes, and the incompetence or enabling behaviour of one department of an enormous, worldwide organisation does not diminish the overall good the BBC has done. They helped put that Austrian corporal to rights, for starters.

              • muzza

                But its not just one mans crimes, or one department is it, JS was a UK mega star, he was the BBC entertainment arm, and much more to the BBC at the time, and its been covered up for decades. JS was also one of the largest fund raisers, and high profile charity types in UK history.

                Appreciate the whole organisation is not likely to be dirty, and that they have done some fantastic work, I used to watch alot of the documentaries, but the organisation, has been eaten out!

                So how about Dr David Kelly, different departmental attack, cover up etc…

                • Te Reo Putake

                  Two isolated incidents, however bad, do not mean the organisation is rotten or that the good they have done and continue to do is worthless. They remain the closest thing to good, honest global media we have. Not perfect, but without peer.

                  • Morrissey

                    Sadly, Te Reo, it is not just “two isolated incidents”. The rot is systemic.

                    The BBC is not good or honest; you must have it confused with Al-Jazeera or Democracy Now!

                  • “They remain the closest thing to good, honest global media we have.”

                    A good argument for avoiding corporate media altogether.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    Dame Anne Salmond: Time to defend democratic rights

    Since the 1980s, however, incomes have diverged dramatically, with those at the top end soaring and those at the bottom end losing ground – the ‘Great Regression.’ This has been accompanied by financial turbulence and crashes.

    What led to these changes? In the 1980s, neo-liberal doctrines were introduced in a number of countries. As the unfettered pursuit of profit took hold, along with the myth of the ‘cost-benefit calculating individual’, ideas of justice, integrity, generosity and freedom began to seem quaint.

    Inspired by neo-liberal thinking, successive governments in New Zealand introduced policies concentrating influence and wealth in the hands of a few, disempowering the many.

    Our society and economy is in trouble because we began to worship greed (the neo-liberal paradigm) and started to reward the rich for being rich. This government is making it worse as it continues these destructive policies.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    How Money is Destroyed
    And once you’ve finished watching that you’ll understand why this government is borrowing at an increasing rate while telling people to pay their debt and save.

  13. joe90 13

    sigh…Benny the pope…questionable past and now… Frankie the pope..questionable past..

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/jan/04/argenitina-videla-bergoglio-repentance

    • joe90 13.1

      Frank does seem to be an interesting man though.

      The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has called for an ethical response to solve the problem of social debt, saying that, not only do terrorism, repression and murder violate human rights, but also extreme poverty and the “unjust economic structures that give rise to great inequalities.”

      Social debt is “immoral, unjust and illegitimate,” the cardinal said, emphasizing that this is especially true when it occurs “in a nation that has the objective conditions for avoiding or correcting such harm.” “Unfortunately,” he noted, it seems that those same countries “opt for exacerbating inequalities even more.”

      http://m.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=17285

  14. Rogue Trooper 14

    12 people have died in house fires in three months, compared to 13 for the entire 2012 (an elderly and disabled contribution to this demographic, along with poverty and intoxication?)

    Campbell Live; 200 apply for seven jobs at CHH; this is very sad; “weak employment market”-Wheeler concurs with Deutsche Banke

    2M children affected by the Syrian conflict
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxYsi5Y-xOQ
    Hell Is For Children

    Youth Unemployment rate
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8316799/Youth-unemployment-no-surprise

    The Wellington City Mission has become “risk averse” and placing “self-preservation” ahead of caring for the poor; now emphasizing older people and families before the youth and homeless.
    -former (resigned City Missioner; subservient to the CEO)

    “Going through the winter and coming out the other side, the price of meat is going to climb”.
    -Terry McKee, Butcher.
    (Kim Jong Un is “more bloodthirsty, however, like the NActs, who ignored Solid Energy Chairmans’ opposition to a larger dividend.

  15. Rogue Trooper 15

    absolut ;) (some morale) that certain kinds of actions are always wrong, or, are always obligatory, whatever the cosequences.
    e.g, wrong to deliberately kill an *innocent* human being; contrasts with “consequentialism”
    linked to, yet not synonymous with, a deontological position in ethics (the latter the view that certain kinds of actions are intrinsically right or wrong-independent of the consequences to which they lead.
    A deontological position obviously? contrasts with a consequentialist one.

    Nevertheless, when detached from appeals to religious (prefer spiritual) authority, Absolutism may appear to be vulnerable to rational criticism.

    However, to be plausible, Absolutism may be supplemented with some further distinction between different ways in which consequences may come about, such as the distinction between acts and omissions or the doctrine of double effect.

    see Anscombe, “War and Murder” in Collected Philosophical Papers : Oxford, 1981, or
    Nagel, “War and Massacre” in Mortal Questions : Cambridge, 1979.

    Nominalism, traditionally understood, is a doctrine which denies the real existence of universals, conceived as the supposed referents of general terms like “chair” or “blue’ (bayou). In order to explain how and why we classify different individual things alike as being “blue” (Peter), nominalists appeal to particular resemblances between those things. Realists object that such an account involves tacit reliance on universals because resemblance is always similarity in “some general respect”, pointing out that different things resemble each other in many different ways.

    Yet nominalists reply, such objections are misconceived and question-begging…

    Plan 9 Channel 7
    Just for you ad,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m2JyiggwAU (no Ant-Poe , or leaving remainders in the library) :)

  16. Bill 16

    Some of you facebook sorts might enjoy the ‘Arrest John Key’ page. I’m guessing the aim is to pull all the dodgy threads together in one place.

    http://www.facebook.com/ArrestJohnKey

  17. Morrissey 17

    Open Letter to Jim Mora:
    You reverently praised Pope Francis, but snickered at the mere mention of Hugo Chávez. What gives?

    “The Panel”, Radio New Zealand National, Thursday 14 March 2013

    Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, who died last week, was famous for his choosing to favor the poor and dispossessed over the rich and powerful, and for his radical critique of social inequality. Anyone listening to Jim Mora’s show on Monday 11 March will have heard Mora snicker and giggle every time he used the words “Hugo Chávez”.

    Therefore, listeners a few days later (14 March 2013) would no doubt have been astonished to hear Jim Mora adopt a serious and respectful tone when talking of the way that the new Pope prefers the poor and the dispossessed over the rich and powerful, and is a radical critic of social inequality. I flicked the following email to Mr Mora….

    You reverently praised Pope Francis, but snickered at the mere mention of Hugo Chávez. What gives?

    Dear Jim, 

    So the new Pope identifies with the poor and is a critic of the structural injustices that have led to grinding poverty in South America and many other parts of the world. So did another South American, Hugo Chávez, and he was regarded as a hero by the poor of South America for that reason. 

    On today’s show, during your words of praise for Pope Francis, you never sniggered once. By contrast, every time you even mentioned Hugo Chávez’s name on Monday, you sniggered.

    Why the respect for the new Pope, but the attitude of levity and gross disrespect for Hugo Chávez?Was it because you had the right wing, trenchantly anti-Chávez Nevil Gibson in the studio with you, glowering at the mere mention of Chávez’s name?

    I wonder how Lindsey Freer would have responded if you had snickered and giggled every time you mentioned the name of the new Pope.

    Yours sincerely,

    Morrissey Breen
    Northcote Point

    • Paul 17.1

      I think he’s getting worse. Can barely listen to him now.
      Keeps on inviting ACT supporters and other Ayn Rand devotees – they get less than 1% of the vote, but Jim and his director give them far more air time.

      • Morrissey 17.1.1

        I think the people ultimately responsible for the selection of these extremely biased, right wing guests—or the “talent” as he likes to call them—are his producers.

        But I don’t think his producers told Mora to guffaw every time he said “Hugo Chávez”; he indulged in that epic display of puerile contempt because he was nervous of the glowering Nevil “Breivik” Gibson. The giggles indicate not so much that Mora is anti-Chávez, but that he has a quite pathetic desire to win the approval of the likes of Breivik-Gibson.

        • Paul 17.1.1.1

          Why do you think Mora is so in awe of these people? I note he also fawns over Bernard Hickey and is deseperate to get advice on mortgage rates, and other personal financial advice.

          • Morrissey 17.1.1.1.1

            For all his faults, at least Bernard Hickey has an obvious deep knowledge of his subject. The same cannot be said for Nevil “Breivik” Gibson, who on Monday demonstrated that he knew next to nothing about either Venezuela or Hugo Chávez.

            I don’t think Mora is in awe of most of his guests. I think he would (justly) rate his own intelligence above that of most of them. I think Mora’s behaviour, which I find to be increasingly frivolous and determinedly trivial-minded, is the result of both a pathological desire to please, which explains the nervous giggling, and a certain perversity: Mora doesn’t actually believe that Chávez has a “dubious legacy” (as he claimed on Monday) but he was quite prepared to say that if he figured it would win him favour, even with such a crazed and unpleasant ideologue as Nevil “Breivik” Gibson.

            • McFlock 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Did you just equate a tory editor and commentator with a psycho mass-murderer?
              Classy.

              • Morrissey

                The Breivik moniker comes not from me, but from another appalled reader of one of Gibson’s hare-brained NBR editorials, where he made the Breivik-style assertion that all terrorism in the world was carried out by Muslims.

                And anyone who has read or listened to his ranting for a reasonable amount of time will be aware that Nevil Gibson is far, far to the right of what any reasonable person would mean by “tory”.

                • McFlock

                  So he pulled a Prosser. Big gap between that and killing almost a hundred people.

                  And don’t blame other people for the imagery you use.

                  • Bill

                    Birds of a feather and all of that (whether higher or lower or simply near by). Thought you of all people would understand such pigeon holing McFlock.

                    • McFlock

                      “near by” is the bit I’m not sure is at all valid, in this case. From an astronomical perspective, may it might be.

                      There are light years between merely being a third-rate tory propagandist, and looking dozens of people in the eye before shooting them.

                • D-D-D-Damn!

                  Jim Mora’s emphasis on Papal concern for the poor in Latin America:

                  Let’s remember that, as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the 80s and 90s, the last Pope (Ratso Ratzinger) launched a fundamental attack on those South and Central American bishops and priests pursuing Liberation Theology. The poor were to put up with murderous Far Right dictators and concentrate instead on having a good afterlife.

  18. Te Reo Putake 20

    QoT, I think the post you were trying to link to is this one: http://www.greens.org.nz/node/30839

    Is Bill English a CCDer?

  19. vto 21

    How many of all the above posters do you think aren’t known beyond their anonymity lprent?

  20. vto 22

    Unexpected earthquake observation no. 212: the unusual experience of being rubber necker fodder

  21. Sent: Thursday, 14 March 2013 5:04 p.m.
    To: Tau Henare
    Subject: ‘Open Letter’ to all New Zealand Members of Parliament – re: the purchase of shares in Mighty River Power

    14 March 2013

    Dear New Zealand Member Of Parliament,

    Please be reminded that the final vote on the Public Finance (Mixed Ownership Model) Amendment Act 2012, was 61 – 60

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Debates/Debates/e/8/e/50HansD_20120626_00000012-State-Owned-Enterprises-Amendment-Bill-Public.htm

    A party vote was called for on the question, That the Public Finance (Mixed Ownership Model) Amendment Bill be now read a third time.

    Ayes 61
    New Zealand National 59; ACT New Zealand 1; United Future 1.
    Noes 60
    New Zealand Labour 34; Green Party 14; New Zealand First 8; Maori Party 3; Mana 1.

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    1) For the public record, as a New Zealand Member of Parliament, can YOU please confirm – will YOU purchase shares in Mighty River Power, if they become available?

    – YES or NO?

    2) Is this the agreed position of the political party which you represent, as a New Zealand Member of Parliament?

    – YES or NO?

    Please be advised that your reply will be made available to both the media and the public.

    Your prompt response would be much appreciated.

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright

    A Spokesperson for the Switch Off Mercury Energy group.

    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Tau Henare
    date: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Kia ora Penny

    All I will say is that you are right, the vote was won by us, in fact the election was won by us. Whether I or any of my colleagues purchases shares is neither here nor there.

    Hop you have a nice day.

    Tau
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Hi Tau!

    Perhaps you missed this?

    ” UF (United Future) did not specifically campaign for the ‘mixed ownership model for the electricity companies and Air New Zealand’ because it was not UF (United Future)policy”

    [ Pete George (United Future Dunedin North candidate 2011) (16,292) Says: February 15th, 2013 at 10:28 pm]

    So – upon what do you purport to have a ‘mandate’?

    If MPs buy shares in Mighty River Power – how is that not a form of ‘corrupt practice’?

    ‘Misuse of public office for private gain’?

    Voting for something from which you may personally profit?

    Not a good look for New Zealand ‘perceived’ to be the ‘least corrupt country in the world’
    (along with Finland and Denmark) according to the 2012 Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’?

    http://www.transparency.org/cpi2012/results#myAnchor1

    How many other countries allow MP’s to purchase shares in companies whilst they’re in public office?

    Oh – that’s right.

    NZ MPs don’t even have an enforceable ‘Code of Conduct’.

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

  22. Morrissey 24

    Well done, Penny. Be warned, however, that in trying to debate reasonably with Uncle Tau, you are battling against someone who possesses iron-plated complacency and the moral conscience of a sandfly.

  23. Draco T Bastard 25

    While Labour doesn’t appear to be able to state such things without ummming and ahhing, other parties can:

    State Assets to be renationalised

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