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Open mike 15/02/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, February 15th, 2014 - 135 comments
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135 comments on “Open mike 15/02/2014”

  1. Pasupial 2

    Prostituting Otago Oil is about to release their winged monkeys:

    “The businessman, who wished to remain anonymous, said… it would be a counterpunch to the actions of Oil Free Otago, such as last week’s visit to the Anadarko drilling site and today’s Banners on the Beach protest at St Clair Beach.”

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/291777/progas-actions-add-balance-debate

    Any Waipounamu/ South Island beach at noon today is a good time to show resistance to these anonymous businessmen and their Whiley ways.

    http://www.getfree.org.nz/banners/

    • chris73 3.1

      Didn’t you know that polls are only mentioned when they’re good for the left but ignored when its bad

    • mickysavage 3.2

      Its another poll showing a decline in National’s support and its claim about the likely number of seats for National is difficult to fathom. No doubt it will be discussed today.

      • chris73 3.2.1

        You’ve started my day with a laugh and for that I thank you :)

        “A new Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll puts National on 49.4 per cent against 31.8 per cent for Labour and 10 per cent for the Greens.”

        Yes its a real problem for National at the moment I’d hate to be them at the moment :)

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1

          I pick you’ll do your best to ignore cold, hard, reality: the trend is still down, and Fairfax routinely overstates National’s support by 6% or more, so yes, I think they’ll be concerned, and I’m sure you would be too, if you had the cognitive chops.

        • Jimmie 3.2.1.2

          I suspect that the messiah is going through his wilderness experience at the moment. (as shown by labour’s results in this poll.)

          What will be interesting is if the great satan (John Key) tries to tempt the messiah in any sneaky way while he is weak and hungry. (for poll results? adulation?)

        • Rosie 3.2.1.3

          It’s fearfux, loud-hailer for the Right. No need to get all giddy Chris73

          • Rosie 3.2.1.4.1

            Thanks Paul. I know of that site but haven’t visited for awhile. Thanks for reminding me, I had a quick read and it made me think of what truth is up against, an almighty lumbering propaganda machine, crashing through the countryside.

        • David H 3.2.1.5

          Well what do you expect when they call land lines in Remuera and all the other rich area’s where they all just love that nice Mr Key.

          Meanwhile in the real world of not being able to afford a land line no one can ever call us to ask our opinion.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.3

      Seti, Chris, you’re late to this discussion. Repeat comment:

      Something “interesting” is happening with these Fairfax media polls.

      On the 28th October they reported that “…National is also up two points … winning the backing of more than 50 per cent of committed voters.

      … On the latest poll numbers National would win 63 seats in a 124 seat Parliament and be able to govern alone.”

      Today they say that “A new Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll puts National on 49.4 per cent…On those numbers National would win 64 seats…”

      My bold.

      So can we infer that the previous peak of “over 50%” is now below 50%, a continuation of the downward trend? Or can we infer that Fairfax media don’t know how to convert vote share into seats?

      Chris, Seti, I note that in July 2011 Fairfax gave the National Party 56% support. Diddums.

      • Seti 3.3.1

        … On the latest poll numbers National would win 63 seats in a 124 seat Parliament and be able to govern alone.”

        Today they say that “A new Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll puts National on 49.4 per cent…On those numbers National would win 64 seats…”

        My bold.

        So can we infer that the previous peak of “over 50%” is now below 50%, a continuation of the downward trend? Or can we infer that Fairfax media don’t know how to convert vote share into seats?

        The previous poll had a higher percentage spread across the three parties over the 5% threshold so the discarded vote increases the share of the other parties, ipso facto National picks up another seat.

        Interestingly, with the Conservatives polling 2% if they could pick up an electorate they would have 3 MP’s.

      • Skinny 3.3.2

        I don’t trust any of these FF polls, they will continue to wave the Key-National flag in a hope that those people that pay little interest in politics, and think both main party’s are pretty much the same. It’s the same old tactic of trying to con this group into not showing up to vote because the result is a forgone conclusion. This is what happened last election, let’s not let this happen again.

        Both Labour and the Greens need to really drive home the message that ‘your vote counts’ and had you voted last election the continued suffering and hardship that you have had to endure over the last 3 years was completely unnecessary, self inflicted because you got swindled out of your vote which was illustrated by how close the final result was.

        Here is what gives me heart and a good back straightener. I was in my old home city midweek at a meeting and this former work colleague comes over to me and tells me ” hey mate I am enrolled to vote and man I can’t wait to vote National out and Labour/Greens in, shit I feel such an idiot for doing the whole A political thing.”

        This is what National and the Right are really up against, regardless of the positive polling the 800,000 bloc is their weakness, no matter what they do, like portraying a move Left by things like increased paid parental leave etc. The Employment law changes coming up contradict this, and man do we have a platform there to drive another nail into their coffin.

    • bad12 3.4

      Oh no, i am totally shattered, National Governs alone after the 2014 election how could i not have seen that coming, i might as well give up the fight right now and become resigned to a third term National Government,

      YAWN, you would think that the Herald would have at least the ability to think up a new line of lies for each election, hell they have a three year space between them,

      Same old mantra which lead us into the 2011 election where if it were not for the baubles on offer being gladly snatched by Turia and Sharple’s i doubt if this present shower of s**t that is Slippery’s National Government would have made it this far through the electoral cycle,

      If Slippery the Prime Minister had 49% of the vote sown up in His back pocket we wouldn’t now be being subject to the ugly stream of s**t currently being spewed forth from National, it’s Prime Minister and it’s Front Bench,

      If Slippery the Prime Minister for a moment thought He had this election in the bag we all would be getting episode two of ‘smile’n’wave, how any old intellectual vacant space can rule the roost’, instead of an increasingly snide and abusive, through the onset of fear, Prime Minister…

      • Seti 3.4.1

        “YAWN, you would think that the Herald would have at least the ability to think up a new line of lies for each election, hell they have a three year space between them,”

        It was a Fairfax poll and reported on the Stuff site, not the Herald/APN.

        The point is polls such as this become self-fulfilling, causing the lower turnout we saw in 2011 with the thinking that its a foregone conclusion.

        • bad12 3.4.1.1

          Seti, Yawn again, i stand corrected, Fairfux poll Herald poll, is there really a difference when you yourself describe quite precisely what the actual intent of such polls are, on the surface such polls pretend to provide information, the underlying reason for them tho as you have alluded to is to ‘switch off’ a section of voters likely to have a large streak of defeatism running through their nature,

          By the way Seti, ‘the left’ will,only concede to have ‘lost’ the election at the point the vote is counted should ‘the left’ have no chance of forming a Governing coalition…

  2. karol 4

    Fran O’Sullivan’s a good laugh. Doing a bit of spin job against Kim Dotcom, she identifies herself as a “content producer”, against the (alleged) way Dotcom abuses copyright.

    Fundamentally – as a content producer myself – I line up with those who want to get paid for their efforts.

    How much effort does it take to reel off a bit of pro NAct cheerleading?

    Edit: and plenty of bloggers put in more effort, write more, and are (usually) fine with not being paid for it.

    • andy (the other one) 4.1

      I have read the article, and its odd. The Nat spin machine is going hard at the angle that Dotcom is broke (innuendo only), then she moans about being a content provider and people taking her content for free.

      It’s been well known for months that Dotcom has financial issues

      Really do tell? Shouldn’t gossip be covered by Glucina and not a Business Analysis and Comment. Cough, cough.

      Most of her content comes from twitter, Glucina and the 9th Floor.

      Note to Fran, when the Herald paywall comes it will not be your friend.

      And John Armstrong gets his facts muddled to fit his narrative again today.

      The Greens seem to believe that the wide discretion the law gives to the Minister of Justice amounts to carte blanche for the minister to pick and and choose who goes and who stays.

      That discretion in the law is obviously there to deal with any anomalies or unforeseen circumstances.

      He forgets to mention the illegal spying, the raid on the house and all the current court cases as being an anomaly or unforseen circumstance.

      • BM 4.1.1

        It’s been well known for months that Dotcom has financial issues

        Go have a read of whaleoil, it’s all there.
        Quite a few kiwi businesses owed money by the chunky German, not a good look.

        • Pasupial 4.1.1.1

          BM

          “Well known on whaleoil” does not equal true.

        • andy (the other one) 4.1.1.2

          I see lots of articles Jan – Feb 2014, but no evidence. Lots of requests for creditors to go to his tip line.

          Could you please give me a link to the evidence that he is not paying people. An email, or scan of a letter would be nice.

          Thanks in advance.

          • BM 4.1.1.2.1

            Slater’s doing the death by 1000 cuts on Dot com.

            No doubt it will all come out over the next few months.

            • andy (the other one) 4.1.1.2.1.1

              So nothing, your just making stuff up.

              Thanks for confirming that.

            • mickysavage 4.1.1.2.1.2

              So a fact free death by a thousand cuts. Good to know what we are dealing with.

            • marty mars 4.1.1.2.1.3

              Dunno about that BM unless he’s using a feather – Mr dotcom seems to be coming out of this unhurt. But he’s probably pissed off – oh dear for those that have done that I suspect.

            • SPC 4.1.1.2.1.4

              Slater also promised follow ups on the Brown extramarital sex story – the other women yet to come forward. Still …

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.1.3

          No doubt that’s another thing the New Zealand taxpayer is going to have to compensate him for.

          Pretty easy for the new justice minister to make that call. “Mr.com, the National Party has treated you abominably, run roughshod over your legal rights. They are trash who have brought shame upon this country. New Zealand will not compound their corruption by inconveniencing you any further.”

        • David H 4.1.1.4

          “Go have a read of whaleoil, it’s all there.”

          Sorry. I prefer to keep my brunch down thanks.

    • @ karol..

      (ahem..!..)

      “.. plenty of bloggers put in more effort, write more, and are (usually) fine with not being paid for it…”

      while considering myself one of the above..

      ..i would just like to go on the record as being not:

      “.. fine with not being paid for it..”

      phillip ure..

      • karol 4.2.1

        That’s why I said “usually”.

        Myself, I’m fine with it.

        • Pasupial 4.2.1.1

          Karol

          It also depends what you mean by being “paid” for something. Sure, in terms of monetary recompense, blogging time is a total waste. In terms of; building 21st century communities, and; developing social awareness on issues disregarded by a sold-out MSM, the payoff is extremely good (even if inconsistent and unpredictable).

      • bad12 4.2.2

        Phillip, who exactly do you think should ”pay for it”…

        • phillip ure 4.2.2.1

          @ bad..

          ..well..i have over 21,000 subscribers (on r.s.s…)..

          ..(taking 40-50 stories/links from me..every day..)

          ..and over 20,000 other websites point at me..

          (source:..zeald website-audit..)

          (and if those subscribers didn’t like what i have on offer..they would unsubscribe..

          ..’cos..like i said..i am feeding them 40-50 rss feeds..each/every day..

          ..and if they didn’t want it..it would be like a major spam-attack for them each/every day..)

          ..and if you multiply all that..

          ..that is a hell of a lot of faces..each/every day..

          ..(and quite a bit of work each/every day..)

          ..and seeing as you asked..

          ..i’m open to ideas/offers to somehow monetise that traffic..

          ..(of course any ads (if going that route..)..have ethical-hoops to jump thru..

          ..(as a rough-guide..no macdonalds/planet-fuckers etc..eh..?..)

          ..(and as a footnote:..it was cheering the other day to get a message of appreciation of my news-curating efforts..with a promise of koha in appreciation of those efforts..

          ..the person said:..’it’s cool to have all the good stuff in one place’

          ..now..that..and the issues i am fighting for..

          ..is what gets me up very early in the morning..)

          ..phillip ure..

          • bad12 4.2.2.1.1

            Lolz Phillip, if you have 20,000 adherents and you cannot squeeze enough filthy lucre out of them to suit your lifestyle choices it could be said that perhaps your writing is actually not quite up there as you appear to think it is,

            i recommend that you put the degree to good use and get a real fucken job…

            • fender 4.2.2.1.1.1

              “You better get yourself a new line
              ’cause that shit just ain’t worth selling”

            • McFlock 4.2.2.1.1.2

              for just one dollar a year, you can keep him in tofu…

            • phillip ure 4.2.2.1.1.3

              you seem quite bitter there..bad..

              ..knickers well knotted..

              ..was it something i said..?

              ..phillip ure..

              • bad12

                Knickers knotted Phillis, not me, the closest i get is wearing shorts and they don’t seem capable of knotting,

                Something you said Phillis, indeed it was, you seemed to have asked for any advice on how you could monetize your abysmal writing if any one could call it that, writing that is,

                Hardly original which i assume is your intent with your barely decypherable script, a French writer, forgot the name, wrote in the same vein including dot dot dot way early in the piece, think 1800’s,

                In little old Noo Zelind the same ‘style’ of dot dot dot was used in a little underground anti-government magazine produced in Wellington in the early 1990’s which would all in all make you hardly original, barely above plagarism, and, as far as content goes, oh so pretty vacant,

                You asked for advice, you got it, get a real fucken job,and a haircut along with it i might add…

                • what a strange wee man you seem to be..

                  ..phillip ure..

                  • bad12

                    What a disappointment of an answer Phillis, what happened to the ‘fire’ of your usual elongated barely readable…diatribes…did a small dose of the truth…cut you too close to the bone…

                    • you’re just really very boring..eh..?

                      ..(with really nothing stopping presuming you are the same in real life..eh..?..)

                      ..nothing really there to spark off..

                      ..and you are hovering perilously near to the ignore-list..eh..?

                      ..(expelled there for the crime of ‘boring’..)

                      ..and y’know..vent away..eh..?

                      ..i spent quite a while as the only vegan/leftie/pothead commenting @ the kiwiblog-swamp..eh..?

                      ..you’re pathetic attempts at the art of the ad hom/insult..

                      ..are no more effective than the buzzing of a blow-fly..

                      ..eh..?

                      ..hope that goes some way to clarify all that for you..

                      (..and ‘phillis’..?

                      ..really..?..

                      ..that’s the best you can come up with..?

                      ..have you been drinking..?..)

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • have you thought of training as a foil..?

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      So Phillis…your obviously one of those hero’s in your own lunchtime…what a surprise it is that you find the time to splash your…stream of utter drivel…across the internet…it must be hectic between bouts of…disjointed invective and running to the mirror for another session of…how great you are…

                      You havn’t as yet told the audience just who you are copying with the…the 1800’s French writer…or…the underground anti-Government mag circulated round Wellington in the early 90’s with the same…as the only form of punctuation…

                      Whats a real gut-buster of a laugh…is the fact that you seen the need to gain a university degree only to misuse said degree by commenting 1000’s of times here…and…on your own site…90% of which is just bland drivel…containing zilch of substance…which pretty much explains what goes on in your head…but

                      In no way explains the waste of the Universities time in the actual provision of the higher education…spill the beans Phillis…the Uni???…an exercise in avoiding real work of any substance???…looks like it to me…

                      Then…to the sounds of crowd-laughter…you have the gall to say you deserve payment Phillis…sorry to inform you…wastes of space get paid what your getting now…and…considering the degree…from the Uni…i am sceptical if you even deserve that…

                      Here i am tho…besides laughing in the face of one who i see as pretty much vacant…oh so pretty vacant…always helpful…seek your much desired pile of silver…from the effortless writing of that which is mostly vacant…oh so pretty vacant…from a spot of crowd sourcing…you claim to be being read by a big one…crowd that is…if your worth more than 20 cents…the crowd will happily be the source of your desired riches…

          • Blue 4.2.2.1.2

            Phil, you capitalist you.

            • phillip ure 4.2.2.1.2.1

              @ blue..

              ..guilty as charged..

              ..’ethical’-capitalist tho’..

              ..eh..?

              phillip ure..

              • Blue

                Ethical or not the hypocrisy is galling

                • what ‘hypocrisy’..?

                  ..i don’t remember taking a vow of poverty..

                  ..and you feel i should not be able to earn an income for my news curating efforts..?

                  ..you can stick that in yr pipe..eh..?

                  ..what fucken planet are you from..?

                  phillip ure..

                  • Blue

                    A planet where my job pays my bills and provides for my family, and I don’t need to invent one like you seem to have. I assume you draw a benefit whilst you’re doing all this ‘altruistic’ ‘work ‘? Don’t be so precious. If your followers were asked to pay, do you really think they’d stay your followers ? You’re just not that interesting.

                    • crikey..!

                      ..still..

                      ..where’s the ‘hypocrisy’..?

                      ..you still haven’t addressed/defined that claim..

                      ..and..um..!..how many read yr ideas/words..?

                      .(.aside from the face that stares at you from the mirror..

                      ..eh..?..)

                      ..heh..!

                      ..there’s now’t like a fool..eh..?

                      ..blue..?

                      (see..i can even ad-hom better than you..

                      ..lift yr game..!

                      ..eh..?

                      ..are you any good at anything..?..)

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • Blue

                      Seeing as Phil Ure won’t allow a response despite asking for one; who reads my words? I am a published academic, so people willingly pay to hear my words both written and at conference. Am I good at anything? I am a chartered engineer and an academic, I have had a hand in producing thousands of productive professional engineers in my academic career, I have either designed or supervised infrastructural projects all over New Zealand worth tens of millions of dollars, I have through my work ensured water is clean and transport is safe and efficient, that structures are safe and Local Authorities get sound guidance. Apart from being a recovering heroin addict, which you perversely seem to announce with some pride, what use are you to anyone? You really are a sad little keyboard warrior aren’t you?

                    • i repeat..

                      ..where is the ‘hypocrisy’ you allege..?

                      ..and you are an ‘engineer’..eh..?

                      ..but can’t work out how the reply-button works in this forum..?

                      ..whoar..!

                      ..got a mono-mind there..?..blue..?

                      ..had a lateral-thinking bye-pass..?

                      ..heh..!

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • “..You really are a sad little keyboard warrior aren’t you?..”

                      maybe..but one with a rather large audience..eh..?

                      ..and despite yr dick-waving..

                      ..more read what i say in one day..

                      ..than have read yr words..

                      ..in the course of yr whole life..

                      ..suck that one up..sunshine..

                      ..tasty..?

                      (and..um..!..have you applied yr big-engineering brain to the reply function on this site yet..?

                      ..close to a ‘solution’/finding yr way..?..

                      ..heh..!..yr funny..!..)

                      ..phillip ure

                    • rabid rightwing ‘engineer’ for breakfast..

                      ..mm!!!..tasty..!

                      (how’s that reply-button conundrum going for ya there..?

                      ..tearing yr hair out that i can make comments..at will..

                      ..and you can’t..?

                      ..do you have anyone nearby/you trust.. who could explain it to you..?..

                      ..walk you thru it..?..)

                      phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      Blue, the lack of reply isn’t any ability of Phillis to grant or with-hold, it’s just how the web-page has been set up,

                      For some reason in ‘a on-going conversation’ the reply tab at the bottom of an individual comment stops appearing,

                      Not being at all tech savvy i don’t know the intent of how and why the page operates like this, Lprent could explain it to you in 10 seconds,

                      But, to reply to Phillis you simply need to find the last reply tab that appears at the bottom of a comment in the on-going conversation, hit on that, make and submit your comment, and,it should appear in the right place in the continuing ‘stream’…

                    • there ya go..!..blue..!

                      ..ya found a buddy..!..eh..?

                      ..awww!!

                      ..and how will you work this reply-button conundrum that so stumped you..

                      ..(and you an engineer..!..eh..?…)

                      ..how will you work this into yr academic/treatises/lectures..?

                      ..or will you just keep mum about it..?..

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • and really..all the above exchange proves..

                      ..is the superior benefits to be received from a fine-arts degree..

                      ..over an engineering-degree..

                      ..(but we all already knew that..eh..?..)

                      ..poor engineers..

                      ..can’t see the bridge for the bolts..

                      ..eh..?

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • cd someone plse call a zambuck..?..for blue..

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      Phillis, your continuous stream of barely understandable invective aimed at Blue…who obviously isn’t present in this morning’s conversation…is more than a little weird don’t you think…

                      Perhaps tho…this explains your need of a benefit…while being in receipt of this ‘fine arts’ degree ha ha ha…excuse the mirth Phillis…but…did you major in driveling bullshit…appears to be the case from my view…

                      Perhaps Phillis…getting back to the ‘need’ or otherwise of you to be an apparent shirker…with a Uni degree and a welfare benefit…i have been operating under a small misconception…and…as evidenced by your bizarre need to keep spilling invective…long after the target of your invective has left the conversation… you have something seriously amiss inside your cranial cavity…

                      The light goes on..illumination is achieved…recognition is enlightenment…it would appear from here Phillis…and…you will have to excuse me for borrowing a phrase…that your spewing of invective is simply caused by a brain…that is as weak as piss…

                    • “..yawn..!..”

                      ..(like i said..vent yr little heart out..

                      ..and while there..try to define in yr mind the difference between invective..

                      ..and taking the piss..when/where seriously deserved..

                      ..eh..?..

                      ..it was a gift..!..

                      ..and i see you’ve really glommed onto the ‘phillis’ thing…..

                      ..(ouch..!..)

                      ..plse tell/show us you have more to give in the way of wit..

                      (rhymes with ‘git’….eh..?..)

                      ..surely that can’t be ‘it’..?

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      Phillis, pleas refer to my comment at 10.26am…as you raise nothing new but the usual snivel the 10.26am comment is sufficient in answer to your present little whine…

    • Ad 4.3

      Largely with O’Sullivan, and journalists, novelists, and film-makers on this one.

      Dotcom is aligned with the TPP on copyright.

      • Pasupial 4.3.1

        Ad

        This just seems flat out wrong: “Dotcom is aligned with the TPP on copyright.”. Care to elaborate?

      • karol 4.3.2

        Try Dylan Horrocks on copyright & how it’s used by corporates to rip off the content creators, and to increase surveillance, etc – to stifle creativity.

        The biggest problem, in my opinion, is not so-called “piracy,” it’s that the “war on piracy” has grown so intense it is having a seriously damaging effect on the culture as a whole. The whole idea of copyright and our understanding of the relationship between artists and their audience and society as a whole has become distorted in a way I feel is increasingly toxic. It’s being used to force control over the Internet by government and corporations, to justify increasing surveillance of online activity, to break down net neutrality, to extend copyright terms ad infinitum, to do away with fair use and the public domain, to curtail free speech, to stifle innovation and prevent young web-savvy experimenters from coming up with new business models that could liberate artists from the kind of constraints and dependency we’ve become accustomed to in dealing with the old art industries.

        That, to me, is far more serious than some 13-year old in Alaska or Peru downloading my comics from an unauthorized site. For every 1000 such downloads, maybe one might have bought it if they could? Maybe more — I don’t know. But while we’re fretting over all those possibly mythical lost potential sales, our fears are being exploited in a way that’s causing much more serious harm.

        In the interview Horrocks talks about how writing for DC comics (big US corporate) distorted and stifled his creativity.

        • Colonial Viper 4.3.2.1

          Yes, it is the gradual commercialisation and corporate control of all culture and literature.

          They control what is produced, broadcast, distributed, funded and sponsored.

          Anything which helps ordinary people realise their own agency and independence in a world of realism and questioning- no thanks.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.3.2.1.1

            +1

            What were seeing is the new feudalism and it’s far more invasive than the old one. George Orwell had a good term for it – thought crime – and it’s come about through the only agency it could have come through – capitalism and the belief that we’re free when we’re not.

        • Ad 4.3.2.2

          Those who want to make an ordinary living out of something creative should have every right to do so. If they don’t want their property rights enforced, that’s entirely their gig. Dylan Horrocks has found his perfect sine curve, and discovered that it’s not about about working for a company.

          Then there are those who want to get spectacularly rich. I think they should have the right to defend their property rights if they want to. To me that is what copyright enforcement is for.

      • veutoviper 4.3.3

        “Dotcom is aligned with the TPP on copyright.”

        Bullshit. On his Twitter feed, for months KDC has been urging people to support all the various anti-TPP protests etc around the world.

    • andy (the other one) 4.4

      Does John Key have regula chats with Fran also? It would appear that she must be on the contact list so he can ask what she is writing about.

      Both her and Whaleoil were twitter stalking Dotcom when he was at Huka Lodge. Creepy.

      So, when Dotcom went down to the luxurious Huka Lodge and tweeted, “The view from my bedroom right now. Listening to the river & birds while thinking about the future.”

      I asked: “Paying the bill?”

      And from Whale

      http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/01/money-pay-bills-plenty-plus-time-alone-huka-lodge/

      • Murray Olsen 4.4.1

        Key must be worried about Dotcom for WhaleSpew to be publishing that load of shit. Maybe Dotcom does actually have something concrete on the smarmy one?

    • SukieDamson 4.5

      Now that the boundaries between social gossip and political commentary are all a blur, is it okay to say, that this is just the thick skinned Fran O’Sullivan & Rachel G showing their visible party line?

      • bad12 4.5.1

        SD, definitely not OK in my opinion, thick skinned is not a suitable epithet for O’Sullivan and the little cabal of NZHerald ‘writers’ who blatantly side with the National Party,

        Willfully, cynically, thick headed would seem more appropriate…

    • gem 4.6

      ‘Edit: and plenty of bloggers put in more effort, write more, and are (usually) fine with not being paid for it.’

      Fantastic, every journalist (and some bloggers are journalists, some are not) should have a private/independent income, because then they won’t be captured by vested interests. Yeah, right. Reminds me of the old Tory argument that politicians should not receive an income, as it attracts careerists. Which in effect meant only those with inherited wealth could stand for Parliament.
      Sorting out a business model for new media has to involve a continuation of the advertiser/subscriber model in some form, because despite all its faults, it’s better than the alternatives.

  3. this is both brilliant..and funny..

    ..the daily show nails it..

    http://www.alternet.org/russian-spokesman-youre-free-make-sex-table

    phillip ure..

  4. Pete 6

    Apologies to the Many Voices Dunedin meetup, I won’t be making it today.

  5. CC 7

    What sort of BS is this? (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9724858/Blackmailer-rues-her-actions).
    A 17 year old threatens to name and shame a client who appeared destined to dishonour a financial deal. She is then named and shamed by the Court and MSM while the client has name suppression. Why should the service provider be subjected to opprobrium for the consequences of the bad conscience of a non-paying blowjobee.

    • bad12 7.1

      That’s an interesting ‘interpretation’ of the story, it appears that this young lady was paid for all the ‘sexual acts’ but upon learning that the procurer of Her favors was married which prompted Her to openly try and blackmail Him out of cash,

      Fact: the young lady pleaded guilty to the blackmail charge,
      Fact: the young lady had previously been warned by Police for doing the exact same thing to another of Her ‘clients’,

      Fact: After telling His wife of the blackmail the man committed suicide so what benefit is there to anyone of naming this man, He cannot be dug up and charged with procuring sex from an under-aged prostitute,

      Fact: In Her own words She decided to be a bitch and blackmail this man even tho She had been previously warned by Police over the earlier incident of the same nature,

      Fact: This young lady deserves no-ones sympathy and in my view fits the profile of a cold,cruel, calculating sociopath…

  6. greywarbler 8

    This morning with Kim Hill good interview on education and touching on what is behind the Leaders in Education idea. It has good points – worth a listen.

    9:05 Stuart McNaughton
    Professor Stuart McNaughton is Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education. He researches and publishes widely in areas of children’s development and the design of effective educational programmes including models of large scale interventions with schools. For the past three years he has worked with more than 15 schools instigating the Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarships that are focused on improving achievement in their schools through leadership problem solving, and recently in a research partnership with Manaiakalani schools in Tamaki has co-developed a post-graduate programme to support the digital learning, community-based programmes they have developed across their cluster. He is a member of a number of international scientific organisations in child development, educational research and literacy, and is about to be inducted into the International Reading Association’s Reading Hall of Fame.

    • ianmac 8.1

      Yes greywarbler. I listened to that and thought it was good and positive, though it was a bit hard to know the specifics. Well worth the listen. Interesting that part of his research dates back to 1998.
      I think that Media after 9am Sunday, tomorrow will also have a section on Education.

      • greywarbler 8.1.1

        ianmac
        Tomorrow Sunday on Mediawatch after 9am they are tslking about Radionz merry go round.

        Mediawatch looks at significant changes announced for some of Radio New Zealand National’s key programmes – and asks the man at the top what it all means for RNZ’s future. Also: How one Australian criminal overseas hogged headlines here; how plumbing, paving and light bulbs overshadowed the Winter Olympics; and how some recent social media activity drew an anti-social response from media people.

        • gem 8.1.1.1

          Media Watch is a treasure. New CEO Paul Thompson gutted the regional editorial offices when he was Press editor, arguing regional stories had to earn their place against all other stories (i.e no dedicated editorial pages for regions), and that all such stories could be written from Christchurch. So regionally-based reporters with decades of experience lost their jobs, and the Press cut adrift the regions editorially. Stupid decision, especially given the huge changes in the rural economy over the past 10 years.
          But he won’t have that degree of freedom at a public broadcaster, and also (hopefully) might have learnt something from those mistakes.
          The signs aren’t all bad, as Guyon Espiner, much as I don’t like him, is an improvement on Mercep, who was completely out of his depth. Right-wingers are often better interviewers for some reason, maybe something to do with their degree of detachment from the world and their feelings. I don’t know.

  7. corokia 9

    Chris Trotter is Glen Inwood’s new best friend.

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2014/02/japanese-pride.html

    Apparently an intangible feeling of Japanese pride is far more important than actual deaths of whales.

    • RedLogix 9.1

      No I don’t think that’s a fair reading of Trotter’s point at all.

      What he’s saying is that given there are no economic, nor scientific reasons for the Japanese to actually be whaling, the only motivations left must be primarily emotional and symbolic.

      Give them a path to back down without losing face and there is every possible expectation that they may well be happy to stop whaling on rational grounds.

      It’s an idea worth exploring. Because while I admire Sea Shepherd intensely (and donate to them) – the current situation stinks of unproductive stalemate.

      • Corokia 9.1.1

        You planning on applying such logic to other forms of criminal behaviour then?

        • RedLogix 9.1.1.1

          If there was indeed a legal mechanism that legally outlawed this whaling, and there was a way for the law to be implemented then we would not be having this conversation.

          So no I don’t follow your logic.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2

        Give them a path to back down without losing face and there is every possible expectation that they may well be happy to stop whaling on rational grounds.

        They already have one – conservation.

      • bad12 9.1.3

        Yep, if ‘diplomacy’ is to be the means of stopping the Japanese from killing whales, and, there appears little else that New Zealand can do, then Chris Trotter is on the right track with what He says,

        Murray McCully should put the feelers out to the Japanese Ambassador with an attempt to broker such a ‘face saving victory’ for the Japanese whalers,(which should also involve the US Ambassador),

        The alternative if a solution cannot be brokered is for us all to wake up one morning to the news that the Japanese have sunk one of the protest boats with loss of life…

        • corokia 9.1.3.1

          The alternative is that Sea Shepherd continues to stop the Japanese from killing whales.

          So we are supposed to ban Sea Shepherd from our ports because…
          (a) we can’t let the Japanese lose at anything because they are SO sensitive or
          (b) the Japanese are dangerous bullies who might cause the death of protesters or
          (c) both.
          Huh?

          • bad12 9.1.3.1.1

            Well if you have to HuH? at attempts to find a diplomatic means of stopping Japanese whaling you are probably too stupid to realize the implications,

            For instance, should either side, the Japanese using wire rope and sea Sheppard using traditional rope succeed in snaring a ships propeller via such a ‘tactic’ there is a chance that one of these ships could be sunk via ripping the whole propeller drive out of the rear of the ship,

            As this fight has escalated it is also conceivable that the ramming that has occurred will at some stage result in the sinking of one or both the ships involved,

            i have a definite admiration for the fight Sea Sheppard has so far taken to the Japanese whaling fleet but it is obvious that this will not stop this whaling, i think Chris Trotter is pointing out another means that should at the least be explored between Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Ambassador…

          • Murray Olsen 9.1.3.1.2

            RedLogix donates to Sea Shepherd. How do you equate this with banning them from our ports?

            My view is that Sea Shepherd by itself will never stop the Japanese whaling completely, we cannot use our navy to stop them in our waters, and no other navy is going to step up. Therefore we need to get the Japanese to agree to stopping. Pressure from Sea Shepherd and other organisations might help with this, consumer boycotts could contribute, maybe bans on sporting contacts. Some of us did our bit with South Africa, and in the end there was some progress, but basically when the Boers realised they couldn’t just keep calm and carry on. We can do it with Japan, but I suspect it will be a multi-pronged campaign.

            In the meantime, I suspect that seismic exploration connected with oil and gas surveys is killing more whales than the Japanese ever have. Our government is enabling this, and Labour has not really given any signs that they would stop it.

      • cricklewood 9.1.4

        Not so much unproductive stalemate as heading for environmental disaster by fouled prop.
        No easy fix im afraid but trying to disable ships down there is a bridge to far tactics wise for me and both sides are playing that game…

  8. greywarbler 10

    Japan’s behaviour over whale killing seems unexplainable and senseless. We would like them to stop but they will not.

    If wanting to know how to do something like achieving their agreement to stop, to do it successfully, first it is necessary to understand the best way to do it, what methods to use, and whether it is likely to work effectively.

    The fact that we do not like what the Japanese are doing, is a huge reason to try and understand why, looking from their point of view. Other methods have not worked so far. It would be wise to do some study on why this is, and more information will help and may be more successful than kneejerk emotional responses.

  9. bad12 11

    As i have given Labour front bench’er Shane Jones plenty of stick in the pages of the Standard over the course of time, such stick having in my opinion been the just rewards of Shane’s efforts as a highly ranked Labour MP, in the interests of balance and fairness i would have to give the MP a 9 out of 10 for this weeks performance in the house,

    A BIG UPS to Jones for stepping into the middle of an issue that concerns us all when it comes down to the behavior of those who control the very basics of life, the supermarkets,

    Seems that Shane, once He has dropped the barely lucid waffle with which He has previously tried to get His point across, can make a speech in the Parliament in cold clear English with a voice that forced the Government benches to sit up and take notice,

    A note to Mr Jones should include the advice that ‘yes Shane we all know you attended Oxford there is no need to prove this by the insertion of grandiose phraseology into your speech that for many would need the intervention of a professor of English literature to interpret, plain, direct English does the job fine’,

    it is obvious that in plain English with the vocal ability that He has Jones should be speaking with a passion that is sadly lacking from Labour’s side of the House on a few more issues leading into this election,

    The 9 outta 10 Shane is in the vein of what took you so long???…

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      plain, direct English does the job fine’,

      It often doesn’t. There’s a difference in meaning between the words gigantic and huge. And then we’re also looking at the impression/feeling that someone wants to get across that just doesn’t work with some words.

      Having a good understanding of language is often what makes an excellent orator.

      • bad12 11.1.1

        Draco, really??? having the target audience being able to fully understand the content of your speech i would think for a politician would be of more import than being able to waffle in 12 letter words at will…

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.1

          How can anyone understand what you’re saying if the words you’re using don’t have the right meaning?

          • bad12 11.1.1.1.1

            Refer to my answer below Draco, i am not in the slightest bit interest in having an elongated debate with you or anyone else about part of a sentence in part of a paragraph which was part of a comment,

            Shall we debate where i choose to put my comma’s and full stops…

  10. bad12 12

    +100, Jane McAllister, NICE, takes the cane to National’s Ministers for their stupid attack on Metiria Turei’s life-style in the Herald online,

    Hit’s every nail on the head while She is at it as far as the foibles of the ‘silver spoon brigade’ goes, well worth a read,

    A small hat tip to the Herald for running with the article, none of us expect the Herald to print a continuous gush of pro Labour/Green propoganda,(which is what most would consider is the daily fair churned out by the likes of O’Sullivn, Armstrong, and, Trevett, just to name a few,

    What we want is a balanced view where there are obviously two or more sides to every story and the Herald should be ensuring that all sides of an argument get an equal airing, informing the readership i think it is called as opposed to telling them what they should think…

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      Herald should be ensuring that all sides of an argument get an equal airing,

      And what makes that balanced? Climate change deniers get equal hearing through the MSM and yet only 3% or less of climatologists have an argument against AGW. In such cases I want proportional airing of views.

      In the case of National’s attack on Meteria’s jacket the correct response from the journos should have been to laugh in their faces and either not publish as it wasn’t even news or to use such a story so as to point out the contempt that National has for everyone else.

      • bad12 12.1.1

        Draco, i would answer that but honestly i don’t understand what your current bee in the bonnet blather is on about and quite frankly cannot be bothered reading it a second or third time to ascertain it’s meaning, which i really think is more to do with your overblown ego than anything i may have written…

  11. chris73 13

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11202504

    – This was really worrying and I’m ackshully glad Labour are looking into it

    • Paul 13.1

      Chris, this is not an argument.
      Just a snide remark.

      • chris73 13.1.1

        Merely pointing out the important things Labour are focusing on and its good they’re doing it, these are the issuess people care about

  12. This article is interesting

    http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2014/02/06/thats-heavy-the-mind-body-metaphor-connection/

    “It turns out that, when people are holding something heavy, they will report an issue to be more serious, compared to when they are holding something lighter.”

    The comments are also worth a read.

    • fender 14.1

      Just as well Key doesn’t have a conscience, because if he did it would be so heavily laden he would be severely troubled by his friendship with the oily one.

      • ianmac 14.1.1

        Been thinking about Mr Key hinting at Whaleoil. Would Mr Key hint at that to send we inquirers hunting and away from the real answer. Clearly he knew that the Whaleoil would keep us very exercised. ????

        • joe90 14.1.1.1

          Me too, he could be doing something that would see him in the dock but he isn’t because he said so.

  13. just saying 15

    But why didn’t they remember the lessons learned in the thirty years after World War II – that widely-shared prosperity is good for everyone, including them?
    Perhaps because they didn’t care to remember. They discovered that wealth is also relative: How rich they feel depends not just on how much money they have, but also how they live in comparison to most other people.

    From Robert Reich quoted in today’s “Irascible Cumudgeon”

    An important point and one that is not given the consideration it deserves imo.

    The uber-competitive mode is not just about individuals desperate to succeed or be rich, it is also about wanting others to fail and suffer badly. This is a major motivation in itself. The worse others do, the greater the extent of the victory for the victor. Poverty is not just some unfortunate by-product of neoliberalism it is an important part of the motivation for the wealthy and even many of the merely comfortably-off. This is part of what we are up against imo.

  14. SPC 16

    What is Labour’s CGT policy on residential property inheritance?

    As to

    1. rental and bach property owned by parent/parents
    2. the family home.

  15. SPC 17

    On the super age issue

    Has any thought been given to

    1. the circumstance prior to 1975 when there was a means tested rate for the first 5 years before the universal rate kicked in?

    Why not excluding those working from age 65 to 70 from super (currently 20% work) rather than increasing the age to 67 (see 2, a policy to apply between now and 2030-2050 to reduce the baby boom period cost – with the impact falling those who can afford it, those still able to work at good wage rates).

    A 5-10% cut in super cost without any harm to those seeking to retire at age 65 or losing employment before age 65.

    2. delay any age increase to 2030 – then increase the age from 65 to 70 over the next 20 years. To account for the extended life span.

    • karol 17.1

      Why not excluding those working from age 65 to 70 from super (currently 20% work) rather than increasing

      Many getting super in that age group work part time – some couldn’t live on just super alone, and some may not be up to working full time.

      • SPC 17.1.1

        The old system pre 1975 was to assess this by a means test.

        It’s simple enough to distinguish between a part-timer earning $20 an hour for 10 -20 hours and someone still working in their profession clearing $100,000+ pa.

        A rule of thumb, where if job income is at the median wage or above – then no super till age 70.

  16. SPC 18

    An alternative in response to Labour policy in support of young families.

    A more clear differentiation to the policy.

    1. Parental Leave.

    a 12 months total leave available to the 2 parents.

    b1 Payment of MW for 6 months or a half rate payment over 12 months (the parental leave period) to either parent while off work. Parents choose (both parents could take 6 months off during the 12 month period) .

    b2 Support is also given to a non working partner while the child is under 1 at the same rate – half the MW for the 12 month period.

    To differentiate between the working parent and non working parent is to discriminate family support on employment status and not need. It is a poor policy setting and Labour should confront it more directly.

    I would not include the beneficiary parent in this.

    2. Young family support (for those with children 1 to 3).

    As is, the $60 payment – being means tested, but again I would not include the beneficiary parent in this.

    The issue here is of course the practice of many women to go back to work after the first child but to take a longer break with the birth of the second (because of the child care cost of two children makes working non rewarding).

    Labour is wise to note that many women have two children, and the need to re-design support around modern family practice (the one income period). Thus of course ECE funding reduces child care cost and enables women advantage from a return to full-time employment (either when the youngest turns 3 and the eldest goes to primary school or when the eldest turns 3 and the youngest turns 1). After school care from ages 5-11 completes the support.

    3. Beneficiary parents. Simply propose a higher benefit to those raising children. Connect the issue to a GMFI for families dependent on benefit income. Sell it by offering it only to those who spend off a card, if that is the only way to grow a pair.

  17. RedbaronCV 19

    Well the Countdown smack down looks like it’s in full swing. Went to the local supermarket and two hours after they normally close a bunch of checkouts they were still in full swing, checkies confirmed that more than a few going thr’ were ex Countdown.

    And while I am here, what is it with toothpaste, the stuff is made in australia ,england, south africa, india ,thailand. I’d have though we would have consumed enough of it to make some of it here. And for all the blabber about being a low income country we now seem to be importing from higher wage countries than ours. So clearly this low wage stuff doesn’t actually work?

  18. Draco T Bastard 20

    I’m not a teacher but I agree with this.

    RT @Borto74: We are teachers. Image

    • ianmac 20.1

      The Right seem desperate to measure stuff and the hidden curriculum is very hard to measure. Developing interest in growing food? Nah! Reading scores? Maybe.
      So yes. Borton good to read.

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