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Open mike 15/06/2014

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96 comments on “Open mike 15/06/2014”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    The psychological surveillance “dataddiction” of the power elite, spying on media outlets since 2002, how 9/11 was allowed to happen and more

    This is a good article covering the basics of how and why a global surveillance state has been put together over many years, with an embedded video describing how US intelligence community turf wars a) allowed 9/11 to happen (senior decision makers for their unknown own reasons repeatedly prevented operational staff from acting) b) covered up afterwards, repeatedly lying to or disinforming elected officials c) then constructed a vicious and false criminal case against against Thomas Drake, decorated USAF and USN officer + former senior NSA executive turned whistleblower on budget waste and anti-constitutional activity in the NSA.

    WASHINGTON’S BLOG: Do you think we already have tyranny in the U.S.? Or how close do you think we are?

    THOMAS DRAKE: We’re not an actual fascist surveillance state in the traditionally defined sense of the word.

    Even the Stasi – who were the dreaded secret police in East Germany, a country upon which I became an expert during my RC-135 crypto-linguist and electronic warfare days, during the latter days of the cold war, even going into the ’70s, when they would use rather harsh techniques on their own population, or dissidents, or those who were considered enemies of the state – they actually went to psychological techniques.

    The term they used was “zersetzlich” – the German translation is “to decompose”, really to fragment you, to isolate you. That’s psychological … and that has far greater greater impact.

    So what you would do is selectively go after certain people to send the message. So you don’t have to be taking people off the street each and every day. Because that’s an obvious thing, and you’re going to resist it.

    Remember, this is ultimately about social control. This is about social tracking. [He’s right.] It goes far beyond any stated purpose of providing for common defense ….

    This upends it, because now you’re using the very instruments of power to track and control your own population. And it’s better [from the perspective of those in power] to do it behind the scenes and without the population knowing fully how you’re doing it, as opposed to being on the street with tanks on the corners.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-14/senior-nsa-executive-nsa-started-spying-journalists-2002-%E2%80%A6-order-make-sure-they-didn

  2. veutoviper 2

    I did not see The Nation yesterday and am about to watch it online. However, I just read Tim Watkin’s post on Pundit on the interview with the Children’s Commissioner from the Feeds here.

    http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/childrens-commissioner-calls-for-50-benefit-raise-yes-you-heard-right

    Apparently Dr Russeell Wills stated yesterday on The Nation that benefits for children need to be raised by about 50% to bring them back in line with the level available prior to the Mother of all Budgets in the 80s and 90s. He also advocated a universal payment for all children up to the age of 3, according to Watkin.

    Wow! But as Watkin says, will the media etc sit up and take note of Dr Wills ?

    Here is the link to the article and video of the relevant part of The Nation (there is also a link to the transcript in the actual article)

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Interview-Jonathan-Boston–Russell-Wills/tabid/1348/articleID/348541/Default.aspx

    • would you buy a used encyclopedia off that lying weasel groser..?

      ..would you believe him if he told you what fucken time of day it was..?

      • veutoviper 2.1.1

        Not sure who you are referring to as a “lying weasel groser”.

        I don’t have much time for Watkin most of the time; but have a great deal of respect for Dr Russell Wills.

        Read the transcript (Wills’ interview starts half way down.

        • phillip ure 2.1.1.1

          groser is on q&a..

          ..go and watch that one..

          ..whoar..!

          ..groser deserves a special least-believable-politician award all of his own..

          ..he intends to continue to do s.f.a. about climatechange..

          ..and is about/plans to sign our sovereignty away to american corporations..

          ..with the t.p.p..

          ..we really need to throw these bastards out on their ears..

      • phillip ure 2.1.2

        would you buy a used encyclopedia from act-ite stephen franks..?

        ..quite astonishing how is so so on the wrong side of history..pretty much everything..

        laugh-out-loud moment:

        ..when discussing the clusterfuck that is iraq..helen kelly referred to bush jnr..

        franks said:..(hands outspread in disbelief)..’what’s it got to do with him..?..’..(!)

        ..seriously..!

        ..um..!..pretty much everything ‘to do with him’..eh steveo..?

        ..that’s kinda like saying:..’hitler..?..ww2..?..what’s it got to do with him..?..’

        ..very funny..

        ..and helen kelly pretty much monsters franks..

        ..the compere is her usual irrelevant/useless self..

        .her main role seemingly to ‘gurn’..

    • re boston/wills interview:..and their prescriptions..

      ..it’s very good/powerful..

      ..the ‘moment’ to watch for is when owen is told by wills that she will have to stump up to fix child-poverty..

      ..owen physically squirms in her seat..and is thrown/gets flustered/blushes..

      ..then she gets petulant..

      ..then be amazed by how the panel then just totally ignore child-poverty..and spend an inordinate amount of time doing pointless wheel-spins around et-impersonator..colin ‘chem-trails’ craig..

      ..and i wonder how much longer this saturation-coverage of craig will end..?

      ..is this a concerted-effort to raise his profile/poll-ratings..by the corporate-controlled media..?

      ..it’s fucken wall-to-wall craig..

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Wow, the interviewer got really upset when Jonathan Boston said that all benefits needed to be raised.

      Interesting that she’s always saying that the retired people need to take a hit for the children rather suggesting that we raise taxes. It’s almost as if she’s got tunnel vision.

      • blue leopard 2.3.1

        I thought Lisa Owen (the interviewer) did pretty well – in my view, asking that question was simply about trying to address something that appears to be a deciding factor for voters at present – i.e. how do we afford it. I agree, though, that it didn’t require an either/or framing (retirees vs children), it limits the way people think about ‘affordability, however I think the binary nature of the question might have been addressed by the interviewee (I can’t quite recall for sure if it was).

        The either/or manner of thinking came up again re education and Farrar’s suggestion that to get good primary education money needs to be taken off tertiary. What limited thinking. The person from Auckland University Pacific studies centre responded well to that, shame he got cut-off though….

        • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.1

          Overall I think she did Ok but she definitely seemed to be pushing the line that to raise benefits for the young the old would need to miss out.

          Sure, she needed to ask where the money would come from but she shouldn’t be implying that it would have to come off the retired.

          • blue leopard 2.3.1.1.1

            Yes, I am just pondering that, especially because it showed up twice.

            Am wondering whether it is about limited ways of thinking (i.e. failure on the part of the interviewer) or limiting peoples’ ideas on how the problem can be solved. (i.e. actively encouraging people to think in a limited way on how affordable addressing this issue is).

            It certainly promotes the idea that those on the lower rungs have to squabble amongst themselves for the scraps. Where else will the money come from? From more distributive taxes/approaches? Shock, horror, don’t go there! ( :) )

  3. “..Our 10 best vegan recipes..”

    “..If you still need to be convinced that vegan food is for everyone –

    • these vibrant summer dishes – snappy snacks – and luscious desserts -
    • will spin your perceptions around..”

    (cont..)

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/14/10-best-vegan-recipes

    • Chooky 3.1

      where is the meat?

      • I kind of love how the vegan cheesecake recipe is … a cheesecake recipe with the words “dairy-free” added a couple of times (and, bizarrely, “paprika for sprinkling”).

        • Rosie 3.1.1.1

          Hello! Stephanie, I have a question for you, which I originally posted on Open Mike on Wednesday, 11th June. here ’tis:

          “I heard there is a campaign launch for Ohariu Labour on 25th June at the J’ville Community Centre and that David Cunliffe will be attending. I was really keen to attend but have now found out that it is a fundraising dinner and I can’t afford the $50 ticket. I’m also assuming it’s more for members than the general public.

          Will there be an opportunity for the public to get along to a meeting with Virginia Anderson (and David Cunliffe?!) and hear about what Labour has to offer prior to the candidates meetings?

          Great to see the flyers appearing in the letterbox btw. Big ups to all the hard working volunteers.”

          • Stephanie Rodgers 3.1.1.1.1

            Hi Rosie, the dinner is a fundraiser open to anyone who supports the campaign. There’ll definitely be plenty of other events like meet-the-candidate meetings – if you follow Ginny’s Facebook page all the details will go up there in advance. :)
            https://www.facebook.com/virginia.andersen.ohariu

            • Rosie 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks Stephanie, and sorry to bother you. I’m not on facebook otherwise I would have asked the question on Ginny’s page. I do view it, but can’t comment.

              Unfortunately I won’t be able to go to the fundraiser, no funds to do so! I do hope it’s a good and successful night though and that you’re getting good responses from the door knocking efforts.

              2014 has to be the historic year that Ohariu says goodbye to Peter Dunne.!!!

    • Ta phil – I like the sound of the lentil and apricot soup – although I’d keep it chunky rather than blend.

      and the comments under the article are classic and many lols, for example

      “what will you cook for me at a vegan barbecue ? I DONT EAT vegetables , only meat ?
      thanks x”

      “Nothing – you’ll eat what’s on offer or go without. Your choice. It was called a vegan BBQ because the food is vegan. Not too hard to understand, is it? btw, not all vegan food is vegetables.”

  4. also worth going online to tangata pasifika..

    ..to see some good coverage of the launch of mana pasifika..

    ..i was at a candidate-selection meeting the other nite..

    ..and mana has some very cool/passionate candidates standing under the internet-mana party umbrella…

    ..with policies that speak directly to their life-experiences growing up pasifika in ak..

    ..and that speak to the pasifika-community..

    ..and i think one of the most powerful/coherent..and ultimately ‘fair’ policies..

    ..is the one that wd allow pasifika to return to their homelands after retirement..if they should so choose..

    ..and to be able to take their nz pensions with them..

    ..these are people who have worked in hard/menial jobs for mosrt of their lives..

    ..and i think it is a total travesty that if when retired..they decide they would like to return to ‘the islands’..

    ..they will lose their pension..

    ..that pretty much both sucks and blows..eh..?..

    • Rosie 4.1

      “..and i think one of the most powerful/coherent..and ultimately ‘fair’ policies..

      ..is the one that wd allow pasifika to return to their homelands after retirement..if they should so choose..

      ..and to be able to take their nz pensions with them..”

      Nice idea. Many Pasifika people seem to get stuck with employers that demand “flexibility”, you know that ol’ chestnut, “flexibility”, so only fair for NZ to offer “flexibility” in regards to retirement/living options. Why not eh.

  5. Gruntie 5

    Just heard Key on this mornings Media Watch he was “one of us – the tax payers”
    Is he ? Why don’t you do a fact check just to see how much tax Mr Key “actshully” pays.
    Ian Grant

    • tc 5.1

      Whilst that fact check is being done how about proof of his PM salary being donated to charity, Shinkey is on record as calling the Nat party a charity so evidence please John.

      • felix 5.1.1

        All Key has ever said about this in public is that he donates “a good part” of his leader-of-opposition salary to “charities and good causes” and he intends to continue the practice if he becomes PM.

        Now that he is on record that he thinks the National Party counts as a charity, we have a good indication of how widely he might interpret the phrases “good causes” and “a good part”.

  6. tc 6

    I see the elite wealthy yachties have the hand out again to go off and play in Ellisons next circus.

    Interesting politics and timing as dalton reckons its over in a few weeks when he would’ve known this date for months.

    Cue some tough talking from John and joycee ending in a rollover and cash to see them past 2014 and give the next govt that decision they lack the bollocks to make.

    • bad12 6.1

      Pretty sure i heard on my wireless something to the tune of Joyce was offering 5 and Grant wanted 10, million that is,

      The news on that same wireless just quoted an ”unnamed private sponsor” as saying Grant hadn’t been back to them asking for some actual up front cash,

      i have to wonder about these people, Heroes all,Dean and Grant, us lot have been milked by how many millions now so these clown’s can gad about on the mill pond,

      Barely a month after the last bout of selfless sacrifice from our Heroes, Grant and Dean, where an unkind person would have raised suspicions that the ‘team’ had installed a handbrake aboard,(or perhaps Larry cunningly installed a weight disadvantage by smuggling a tonne of filthy lucre aboard), Dean, ever the impoverished struggler managed, according to the Herald, to sell off the million dollar house in one of Auckland’s pricier suburbs,

      Phew, homelessness may have loomed for Dean had it not been for the lucky chance of finding a vacancy a few doors further up the same street from the previous lackluster abode, saved from becoming just another vagrancy statistic by being able to stump up something in the order of 5 million we all breathed a sigh of relief,

      Seems fair tho don’t you think, hell according to Nick Smith a bedroom these days costs 900 thousand…

  7. ianmac 7

    Is it strange that the Minister and MP, Paula Bennett who is the representative for for the Westies should abandon the area for a “better” electorate?
    West Auckland, made notorious for its crime by TV shows like Outrageous Fortune, does not have the resources to stop violence in an area increasingly affected by inequality, according to those working in the area. ….
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10159389/Once-upon-a-crime-in-the-West
    What a great little lady she is!

    • i predict her departure will see a ladder-shortage in west ak..

    • Once was Tim 7.2

      What are your definitions of ‘little’ and ‘lady’ @ianmac?

      • Colonial Viper 7.2.1

        lol right. If you have any value to add with your comment on the topic of Bennett fleeing her electorate, I’ll be interested to see it.

        • Once was Tim 7.2.1.1

          Only that she sure as hell should take her leopard skin-clad noddy wagon into the nearest paint and panel for a quick ‘cashy’ job. Midnight Blue perhaps?
          She’s already taken advice on other aspects of ‘re-imaging’ including the haircut.
          Suzie (Darling) Wood will be so proud of her (even though she’s [Suzie Darling] neglected to take advantage of the last visit to the Caci Clinic – the TVNZ make-up artist ran out of plasticine)

  8. Not a PS Staffer 8

    I feel uncomfortable with the Herald story on the family backgrounds of the 12 and 13 years olds charged in connection with Mt Kumar’s murder in Henderson.

    It is very clear that this information is being provided by the police to the media. Why?

    I feel that this information should be presented in a court context.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11274242

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      It is very clear that this information is being provided by the police to the media. Why?

      It would be in the public record which the journalists would have access to. Hell, there may even be a bit in the newspapers about whatever court cases that the parents were involved in.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Also the journalists may have talked to the neighbours. (They would have done if they were any good). Assuming the Herald still has a court reporter a search of the court news would have been pretty simple.

      • Ergo Robertina 8.1.2

        Where is this ‘public record’ journalists (and it would have to be available to the public) can access?
        If the parents’ criminal record was obtained from the paper’s own court reports/records it would surely be attributed as such.
        Media don’t seem to cover small-time court now, so they would not have that info, and even if they did it would not show relationships.
        Courts are notoriously arcane places from which to extract information after the fact.
        The most likely source for this story is high ranking police.

    • JK 8.2

      And I feel uncomfortable with the fact that one of the teens who assaulted and killed the 15 yr old after a rugby game gets let off totally from being charged with manslaughter – is there a different standard for poorer boys and not-so-poor boys ?

      • Nakiman 8.2.1

        JK its got nothing to do with money, the boy died from a heart condition.
        I know of a case where a guy was shot in the face and back by three people at close range with frozen paint balls from high powered paint ball guns. He fell to the ground and died, apparently of a heart attack and no one was charged with manslaughter. I was surprised by that.

    • Nakiman 8.3

      Yes how unfortunate for the facts to get published when some on the left want to spin their bullshit and try to blame poverty or lack of police. No surprise it was just violent feral scum breading more violent scum.

  9. Ergo Robertina 9

    This morning Wallace Chapman interviewed American human rights lawyer and prison campaigner David Forte who blames an ‘excess of direct democracy’ for some states’ grossly high incarceration rates (there are huge differences between the best and worst states).
    Allowing direct election of prosecutors, judges, and laws in some states engenders ‘this one-way ratchet of punitiveness’ according to Forte.
    And recently Swiss voters rejected caps on top CEO pay, and a higher minimum wage, so it’s not just the USA where direct democracy does not work.
    The Forte interview was part of Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2599692/wayne-brittenden's-counterpoint

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Direct democracy requires that the populace is educated, informed, and has access to all the facts presented in a fair manner.

      From this, you can see how those with power start to influence the outcome of direct democracy.

      By the way, in those US states with “grossly high incarceration rates” I think you will find that hispanics and blacks are very poorly represented in voter turnout: rich white counties will be where the voters are from.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1

        Direct democracy requires that the populace is educated, informed, and has access to all the facts presented in a fair manner.

        From this, you can see how those with power start to influence the outcome of direct democracy.

        Which is why I suggested this.

      • Ergo Robertina 9.1.2

        CV, what David Forte is saying is that direct democracy produces reactionary outcomes. No group is immune from manipulation by those with money and power.
        And Draco, no fancy software will change the fact.
        The answer is to elect (at least some) politicians with integrity who think for themselves, rather than party hacks who identify with power.
        As Marilyn Waring told The Nation this weekend no-one remotely like her could get through party selection for National now.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2.1

          And Draco, no fancy software will change the fact.

          It’s not the fancy software that would do it, it’s the freely available knowledge that can be referred to at any time.

          The answer is to elect (at least some) politicians with integrity who think for themselves, rather than party hacks who identify with power.

          They’re too few and far between and most likely belong to small, radical parties to be able to rely upon representative democracy.

  10. thing to do should you meet craig:..

    ..point to the sky..and say:..’look..!..chem-trail..!’..

    ..and take note of his reactions…

  11. ffloyd 11

    There is a very creepy photo of CC on Stuff. He is reclining in some type of bullrush grass and is gazing soulfully into the camera lens. It’s very scary. A little bit reminiscent of DC who had one taken reclining by a beach which I thought at the time didn’t seem quite right. I don’t no why. Maybe because it is usually a more feminine thing to do. Hope to see one of key sometime time soon reclining somewhere…….. preferably Hawaii.

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      Yes, the photo is very strange. You should have a read of this if you haven’t: http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/nation-certain-this-picture-should-be-used-but-unsure-how/

      But even more importantly is the story that accompanies the photo http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10159390/No-easy-ride-on-the-Shore-for-Craig:

      East Coast Bays looms as his top option, and there are rumours that the sitting MP, Foreign Minister Murray McCully, may be offered a diplomatic post to ease him out.

      But it seems no-one’s told the voters in the electorate yet and McCully told the Sunday Star-Times he would rather “saw off his arm with a rusty screwdriver” than take a diplomatic post.

      McCully said yesterday he had no intention of stepping aside. “I am the National Party candidate for East Coast Bays and intend to campaign to win the seat.”

      Asked if he would soft-pedal or withdraw if Key asked him to, he did a partial sidestep.

      “I won’t answer that question, but what I will say is leaders and boards do sometimes make strategic decisions and caucus members need to understand that.

      “But I have not been asked to consider any of those issues. I have had no suggestion made to me that the leader and the board would put me in that position . . . other than from the news media, who I regard as unreliable correspondents in this respect,” he said.

      TheStandard should add this photo to their bank of stock photos, because CC looks very creepy in it: http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1402743879/434/10159434.jpg

    • Colonial Viper 11.2

      Hmmmm looks like a good spot to bury a body or two.

      • North 11.2.1

        Oooh. ” ICKY ! ” doesn’t cut the mustard here. So where goes the age old advice about voters running hell for leather in the opposite direction from strange men ? Was this pic that raunchy Christine Rankin’s idea ?

  12. dimebag russell 12

    colin craig has been given a safe seat in area 52!

    • Clemgeopin 12.1

      The conservatives are primarily a so called ‘Christian’ party with many unchristian ideas/values but are too ashamed or cunning or strategic to openly admit it.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        Using the name and symbolism of Christ to promote an agenda and politics which is directly against His teachings of mercy and compassion towards the poor, the suffering and the dispossessed (as described by the Beatitudes) is pretty much by definition, satanic.

        • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1

          Apparently they want a tax-free threshold of $25,000. Seems pretty left wing?

          • millsy 12.1.1.1.1

            They also want to freeze the minimum wage…

            • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Funnily enough, their policy of tax-free up to $25,000 and 20% flat rate equates to a “before-tax” pay-rise of $1.57/hour (for full time of 2080 hours) for those on the current minimum wage of $14.25.

              So these policies together would give someone on the minimum wage an effective boost to $15.83 in the current tax environment. Labour is campaigning on $15/hour so that’s actually more than them.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Labour is campaigning on an immediate $15 per hour and then for it to be shifted to $17 per hour over time.

                And, because Labour’s website sux I can’t actually find that.

                • Clemgeopin

                  Yes, the website needs to be clearer. All the so far announced policies should be listed one below the other with just a title and a crucial sentence or two, and links given for more detailed explanation for each policy.

          • Clemgeopin 12.1.1.1.2

            What is left wing about giving the $25,000 tax free threshold to the wealthy?
            It is more left wing and progressive to target assistance to the poor and the less wealthy.

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.2.1

              In a progressive income tax system everyone benefits from the lower income tax rates at the bottom tiers.

            • Clemgeopin 12.1.1.1.2.2

              But will also generate less revenue coming in from the wealthy and from those who are earning well. Instead, isn’t targeting assistance to the less well off better by not forgoing all revenue at the lower rung?

              But I do understand it is also a numbers games.

          • tracey 12.1.1.1.3

            hence the problem with media and politicians lazy analysis in terms of left and right. Having some right policy and some left policy doesnt equate to centre. Imo centre is also an invention for palatable branding purposes.

            I dont agree with all policy from left parties nor disagree with all from right…

        • Clemgeopin 12.1.1.2

          Good point. It always surprises me as to how anyone that professes to be a Christian or religious or even respects Christ’s or Christian or humanitarian values can ever be a right wing supporter in politics! If one thinks about this, the two things can not honestly jell.

          • Once was Tim 12.1.1.2.1

            +1
            but then there’s a big difference between the ‘religious’ and the ‘Christian’ more often than not.

  13. joe90 13

    Satao, one of the last great tuskers has been killed.

    .

    I first learned about Satao through an emotional and beautifully written blog post by Mark Deeble, who described him as being so intelligent that he knew he needed to protect his enormous tusks by intentionally hiding in bushes so they couldn’t be seen. At the end of the post Mark wrote:

    I am appalled at what that means – that the survival skills that the bull has painstakingly learnt over half a century have been rendered useless by the poachers’ use of mass-produced Chinese goods; GPS smart-phones, cheap motorcycles and night vision goggles.

    I think the old bull knows that poachers want his tusks, and I hate that he knows.

    More than anything, I hate the thought that poachers are now closing in on one of the world’s most iconic elephants.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/africa-wild/2014/jun/13/kenyas-biggest-elephant-killed-by-poachers

    • bad12 13.1

      For sure, it is said of the Fiordland deer after the onset of helicopter hunting when 1000’s where culled that in low scrub/tussock country the heavily antlered males upon hearing the helicopters approach and knowing their inability to outrun the flying beasts dealing death from the sky would sit in among the low scrub with their antlers tilted backward to the ground in an attempt at camouflage,

      Didn’t help the poor old deer too much, but, showed a remarkable ability in the animals ‘to learn’…

  14. aerobubble 14

    So this guy, connect to ACT, gets a seat on the panel of Q&A. Again another ACT person, from a party with near zero votes. That’s my first gripe.

    Second. The toady suggested that we should not consider changing our carbon policy because we would just export our dairy to China, as China would start up producing milk, which of course would be higher carbon emitting. Apart from been disingenuous, defeatist and wrong; in that China would grow its dairy herds without much consideration of us, that toady should not be promising that China’s herds would be farters, he doesn’t know that (and why won’t we be selling them better dairy science – it is a free market).

    And then there was the other implicit promise, that our current (Labour introduced) carbon policy is the most perfect system there is, and the world will come around to introduce it, because we’re just hiding waiting to jump out when the world gets its act together.

    Then there’s the cat herding. I mean the whole problem with global policy is that everyone has a different take, this isn’t a new problem, its as old as carbon charging. So here we have this creepy toady basically declaring that the status quo is a great victory, that the present policy is perfect, and he promises that there will be no surprises around China own sourcing (or the world turning on dairy output).

    Its hard to fathom what purpose the business classes of NZ are helped by being so ill served by the extreme right talking nonsense. Please select moderate economic voices who don’t promise the earth, while ignoring reality, both human and environment.

    We obviously have come to depend too much on diary, cannot maintain our present capacity due to the huge costs of pollution both carbon and river pollution, and we haven’t even started to discuss how massive farm land prices and farm debt, is forcing so many into dairy.

    • the thing is that franks was once thought of as that oxymoron..an intelligent-rightie..

      ..now he is just fucken barking..projectile-vomiting randisims wherever he goes..

      ..that was quite the performance..and didn’t kelly rark him up a treat..?

      ..he makes glenn beck look like a moderate..

      ..the face of modern-act..

      ..(with his denial/claim the invasion of iraq by bush/blair having nothing at all to do with the current clusterfuck there..

      ..still giving me after-chuckles..

      ..and there must be more in that vein..

      ..it’s the ‘what’s to do with him/her!’-meme..(must be said with palms of hands turned up in gesture of disbelief..)

      ..the murders of sharon tate et al..?.. charles manson..?..what’s it got to do with him?..

      ..the asset-stripping of new zealand..?..john key..?..what’s it got to do with him?..

      ..the dismantling of the welfare-state/creation of poverty/nequality in nz..’strewth’ richardson..?..what’s it got to do with her..?

      ..and so it goes..

      (and of course..it’s screaming out for a gif..of franks going ‘what’s it got to do with him..?’..

      • Once was Tim 14.1.1

        I reckon Franks’ problem is that he just has an ego the size of a bus (albeit disguised by mild-mannered disposition).
        I have to witness the prick almost daily.
        (God he’s gorgeous!! And JUST LOOK at his contributions to a society – that doesn’t exist, of course! Territorial? or some such; well-mannered (usually); driven by ideology dressed up as principle; good, wholesome family values ….. etc., etc., – otherwise known as slime. I needed him last week though – I was damn short on 10 litres of 10W40)

  15. Chooky 15

    Martyn Bradbury from ‘The Herald on Sunday’ on legalising marijuana and abortion

    ‘ Martyn Bradbury : Unmentionable issues need champion’

    There are three rules of New Zealand politics. Never criticise farmers. Never ask why cannabis is illegal and never, ever mention abortion. Ever. To everyone’s surprise, two political parties this month found the courage to breach those last two rules.

    Ever since the “anti-smacking law” fiasco, Labour has been terrified to promote any social policy that can be warped into politically correct social engineering gone mad. Amending Section 59 of the Crimes Act closed a legal loophole abusive parents exploited to escape assault charges by claiming discipline as a defence. Watching such a noble gesture get twisted into a narrative of the PC stormtroopers of Helengrad, kicking down the front doors of honest Kiwi mums and dads to arrest them for lightly tapping little Johnny on the bottom, shellshocked Labour into never mentioning social policy again.

    This has depressed the quality of political vision for the left, which is why the Greens and Internet parties’ policies on decriminalising cannabis and abortion are so welcome.

    At last year’s International Cannabis Policy Symposium in Auckland, Professor Richie Poulton pointed out that 10.3 per cent of users who smoke cannabis by age 15 go on to have psychotic disorders, whereas only 4.7 per cent of those who used cannabis by aged 18 went on to have psychotic disorders. The conclusion from the symposium was that cannabis isn’t the major health risk it’s been built up to be. If protecting adolescents from early cannabis use is the solution, prohibition is the problem.

    Regulation removes tinny houses near schools, prohibition builds them. Between 2007 and last year, 890 New Zealanders were jailed for possession of cannabis and 737 more have been imprisoned for possession of a bong.

    Our war on drugs has led us to the awkward position where the US is becoming more progressive on cannabis than we are.

    Decriminalisation of abortion is needed now. It’s not just the nonsense of Section 187A of the Crimes Act, whereby women must feign mental distress to get a basic medical service, it’s the manner in which pro-life fanatics have managed to isolate and constrict access to abortions that desperately needs challenging by decriminalising it.

    I’m 100 per cent pro-choice. Those attempting to tell a woman what to do with her body in the 21st century should be outed for the misogynistic medieval glee club that they are. Women have every right to safe, legal access to any medical procedure they require. An abortion is one such. What is worse than the 14,745 abortions carried out in 2012? Forcing 14,745 women to have children they didn’t want. Ceausescu’s Romanian orphanages are a horror reminder of that path.

    The Green and Internet parties have shown vast courage to bring these issues into the open. Progressive voters should consider rewarding that bravery this election.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11274164

    • bad12 15.1

      Advertising for Colon the Conservative seems to be a really intelligent thing to be doing at this point in the electoral cycle…

    • Clemgeopin 15.2

      Craig said yesterday that while he was polling in East Coast Bays, he had not begun major campaign work in the area. He expected to announce where he would stand at the party’s campaign launch next week. Craig said he would not talk to Key about a deal until after he announced his electorate.

      From Stuff news :

      “I have some people who think that we should be carrying on a negotiation with National, but we said we wouldn’t and we won’t.”

      WHAT HAPPENED IN 2011

      EAST COAST BAYS

      Individual vote Murray McCully (National) 21,094 Simonne Dyer (Conservative) 1614

      Party vote National 62.86 per cent Conservatives 3.74 per cent.

      RODNEY

      Individual vote Mark Mitchell (National) 20,253 Colin Craig (Conservative) 12,222

      Party vote National 62.15 per cent Conservative 6.38 per cent

      UPPER HARBOUR

      A new seat in 2014 seen as safe for National’s Social Development Minister Paula Bennett

      • Sunday Star Times
      • tracey 15.2.1

        if he GENUINELY believes he can win a seat without national he would know where was going to stand and begun his door knocking.

        There are so many denials from both sides it must be a done deal.

    • tracey 15.3

      and no disclosure about bradury at beginning or end of article.

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    Conservative Party is requesting to change their logo to “vote”.

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      Stupid is as stupid does…I think it would be considered “confusing” on a ballot paper, and should be refused.

    • McFlock 16.2

      I wonder if they intended to slightly crop the right side and bottom of the oval?

      Might be elections office that did it, though :)

      • North 16.2.1

        ‘Vote’ is not simply confusing. It is an exhortation to cast a vote. Placement on a ballot paper alongside the name of a particular party’s candidate shapes as a partisan political exhortation in favour of that candidate and party, electorate and list.

        What of the long standing legal requirement that all concerted public political expressions and exhortations of whatever form be ceased/taken down by 7.00pm (?) on the day before the election ? Apart maybe from formal campaign wrap-ups from party leaders at a set time after 7.00 pm.

        Is the law to be amended to accommodate Mr Craig At The Beach In A Suit ? Doubt it.

        Craig can’t be injuncted from staggering to the voting booth a huge cross of wood awkwardly across his shoulder, nor Rankin buckling under the weight of a massive, extreme kitsch, diamante studded, shitmetal crucifix, but no. This ain’t on.

        You wonder at the idiot who conceived it really.

        • Draco T Bastard 16.2.1.1

          What of the long standing legal requirement that all concerted public political expressions and exhortations of whatever form be ceased/taken down by 7.00pm (?) on the day before the election ?

          That seems to be what the Conservative Party is trying to bypass. Such a move is obviously as corrupt as John Banks electoral funding.

    • Clemgeopin 16.3

      I objected by email as follows:

      With reference to the Conservative party logo request, http://www.elections.org.nz/news-media/application-register-conservative-party-logo:

      I strongly object to this logo as it can easily mislead people into voting for this party by mistake because the logo ASKS people with the word, ‘vote’ in the bubble picture. This is like directing, misleading, advertising or soliciting for the vote.

      Please reject this cunning logo

  17. ianmac 17

    I am having trouble with the non loading of other posts. The one on the Kiwiassure and the one on DC’s speech were there earlier this afternoon, but now gone! They were worth another visit but have vanished for me in spite of Refreshing. Anyone?

  18. Jenny 18

    Brilliant post by astute Epsom voter, Curwen Rollerson.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/06/15/guest-blog-curwen-rolinson-the-campaign-to-elect-paul-goldsmith/

    Spread the message…..

  19. fisiani 19

    The Roy Morgan poll , so beloved by the loony Left is published in a few hours. Bad news I’m afraid folks.

    • Clemgeopin 19.1

      How do you know it is bad news? What are the numbers?

    • tracey 19.2

      c’mon mr mental health professional, dedicated to truth and mental well being. How do you know the numbers when it hasnt been published yet?

    • Lanthanide 19.3

      Since it still isn’t published, I assume in your reality a “few hours” means 20+?

  20. North 20

    NaziYahoo accuses Hamas……..80 Palestinians arrested……..remind me again how many Palestinian kids rot in IDF detention……..average stay etc etc.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/15/israel-raids-hamas-kipdnapping-netanyahu

  21. philj 22

    xox. Perfect photo of CC. Auditioning for the next vampire movie….?

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    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
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  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
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  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
    Labour
  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Treasury says failure to cut emissions could cost $34,000 per household
    Treasury figures, released by the Sustainability Council today, show failing to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions will cost between $2,000 and $34,000 per household, the Green Party said. The Sustainability Council has obtained figures previously redacted from a...
    Greens
  • Greens call on the Auditor General to investigate serious conflict of inter...
    The Green Party has asked the Auditor General to investigate serious conflicts of interest over Food and Grocery Chief Katherine Rich's membership on the board of the Health Promotion Agency (the Agency)."I've asked the Auditor General to investigate because the...
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  • Central Govt to blame for Auckland rail delay
    The National Government is delaying Auckland's rail development, while pushing ahead with the expensive Puhoi to Wellsford motorway, a motorway with declining traffic volumes, benefiting fewer people and business, said the Green Party today.Yesterday, Mayor Len Brown proposed to push...
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  • Govt grants mining licence in marine protected area
    The Government is making a mockery of our marine protections by granting a mining licence for Chatham Rise Phosphate to mine for phosphate in a marine protected area, the Green Party said.Chatham Rock Phosphate was granted a mining permit today,...
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  • Govt refusal causes three year delay to rail link
    A delay to the City Rail Link caused by the Government’s refusal to commit its share of funding before 2020 will set back the city’s growth and prosperity, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. Auckland Council is considering amending its...
    Labour
  • Letter from Pakistan
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  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
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  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
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  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
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  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
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  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
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  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
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  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
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  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
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  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
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  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
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  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
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  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
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  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
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  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
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  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
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  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
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  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
    The Daily Blog
  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
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  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
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  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
    HOW TO ELIMINATE one’s rival without getting one’s hands dirty? It’s a problem with a prodigious political pedigree. King David’s lust for Bathsheba drove him to order Uriah, her unfortunate husband, placed in the front line of battle – where...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
    The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time...
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  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
    We heard from the OECD on Wednesday morning (10 Dec) [Focus on Inequality and Growth] that inequality suppresses economic growth. (Here are Radio New Zealand’s morning reports on this.) This is hardly a surprise to many economists and non-economists alike. The key point in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
    Analysis (Text & Audio): Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey Headline: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us! 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.FiveAA’s Peter Godfrey and MIL’s Selwyn Manning present their last...
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  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
    New Zealand’s spy agencies have long presented intelligence sharing with their US counterparts as mutually beneficial and benign. That stance has always lacked credibility and is now its impossible to justify. The just-released US Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that...
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  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
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  • Economic ideology destroys us all
    The OECD’s latest report says “The biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the gap between lower income households and the rest of the population. The negative effect is not just for the poorest income decile but...
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  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
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  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
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  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
    An important story in 2014 has been the Reserve Bank’s ‘loan-to-value ratio’ restrictions, which have made it extremely hard for first-time house buyers to get sufficient finance to buy a house. Corran Dann in TVNZ’s  Q+A (7 Dec) suggested that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
      This weeks Waatea news column - How should  Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?...
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  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
    The Daily Blog
  • This Is The Headline For Test Post
    This Is The Headline For Test Post Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut eget neque facilisis sapien laoreet volutpat. Nulla vel nisl nec purus interdum tincidunt. Phasellus orci sapien, vestibulum et pulvinar non, pellentesque eget leo. Sed...
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  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
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  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
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  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
    The Daily Blog
  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
    The Daily Blog
  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
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  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
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  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins   I don’t read the Sunday Star Times, so had no idea that they had just decided to make Judith Collins of all people a new columnist. Her appointment cements into place...
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  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
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  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
      Tau Henare accuses TV3 of stalkingA former National MP has accused TV3 of stalking after one of its journalists attempted to question a former Beehive spin doctor. Today’s episode of The Nation featured an unsuccessful attempt to question former...
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
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  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
    The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity. Obama claims cameras on every office would stop this type of brutality, these cops knew they were being filmed and killed him anyway. In...
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  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
    Once again National and Labour have succumbed to the “law and order” brigade enabling the passage of a Bill imprisoning people for crimes they might commit in the future. The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill allows the Court to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Disabled parking spaces are for the disabled
    Many districts across the country have been changing the mobility parking spots to the vivid blue colour scheme as opposed to the simple yellow sign. This has been done as an attempt to make the designated spots more visible to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer
    Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics
  • Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines
    Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson, Katie Milne says she is concerned about the impact of the $40,000 fine for a Marlborough farm couple, who weren’t wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers. The Court case, and subsequent...
    Scoop politics
  • New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live
    The Environment Foundation* has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment....
    Scoop politics
  • Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step
    Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own....
    Scoop politics
  • CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown
    Wellington in-house lawyer Tania Warburton is the inaugural winner of the research scholarship established by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ)....
    Scoop politics
  • Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate
    The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning....
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  • Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ
    Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy. They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves. Watch this video to learn about his connections with Aotearoa, and why he thinks the partnership between...
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  • MIA Welcomes Review Findings
    The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles....
    Scoop politics
  • Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s
    Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age....
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  • Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies
    Public submissions are being invited on Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 1 March 2015....
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  • Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossings
    KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ have launched a new summer rail safety campaign with a message to motorists to stay focused and always look for trains at level crossings over the holidays. December is known as the month for family, festivity...
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  • Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use
    Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths...
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  • Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August...
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  • Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble
    Santa has provided animal advocacy organisation SAFE with an early copy of this year’s naughty list , as it prominently features many animal-abusing industries and businesses, with NZPork topping the list....
    Scoop politics
  • WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death
    New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period....
    Scoop politics
  • Rainbow Wellington urges further change from Blood Service
    This week the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announced the implementation of the agreed changes to blood donor deferral. For men who have sex with men (MSM) this primarily involves a reduction of the deferral period from five years to...
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  • New Zealand Government signals reversal of fortune
    The Government’s robust $372 million forecast surplus from Budget 2014 will turn into a $572 million deficit, according to the 2015 Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Policy Statement. Imports are cheaper and good export prices...
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  • Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry
    The NZ Meat Workers Union will launch a new national campaign to highlight job insecurity in the Meat Industry this afternoon in Palmerston North....
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  • Protest at killing of schoolboys – Vigil 17/12/14
    A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014....
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  • Social housing provider opens development in Johnsonvillle
    Social housing provider, Accessible Properties, will be opening eight new social housing units in a new housing development in Johnsonville tomorrow....
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  • NCWNZ Wins Court Case
    ComVoices welcomes and celebrates the news that the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) has won its High Court case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Cut Taxes + Cut Waste = Surplus
    Responding to the Treasury's Half Year Fiscal and Economic Update, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
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  • Cuts in public services likely fromBudget Policy Statement
    The horizon for workers looks gloomy with the release today of the Budget Policy statement. “Continuing real cuts in Government funding of public services are inevitable as a result of today’s Budget Policy Statement. The policy ignores the social,...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
    Scoop politics
  • Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices
    The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector....
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  • The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning
    “Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sydney: the Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy....
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  • A safety message for the festive season from Housing NZ
    Batteries may be required for some of the best toys under the tree this year, but they are just as essential to enjoying the greatest gift of all, says Housing New Zealand General Manager of Property Services, Marcus Bosch. “Smoke...
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  • Charity Wins in the High Court
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is delighted that the High Court has found in its favour in its case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Government cutting back health services to dangle tax cuts
    The health service is already too stretched, and cutting further into New Zealanders’ health services to fund tax cuts is irresponsible, the CTU said today. Leaked cabinet committee papers have revealed District Health Boards need an additional $440 million...
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  • Christian Network calls for prayers and understanding
    New Zealand Christian Network director Glyn Carpenter is calling for people to pray and exercise understanding over the Sydney hostage incident....
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  • Labour congratulated on withdrawing bill
    Euthanasia-Free NZ congratulates Labour leader Andrew Little and MP Iain Lees-Galloway for resisting sponsorship of the ex-Maryan Street voluntary euthanasia bill....
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  • Commissioner very pleased with results of predator campaign
    Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has congratulated the Department of Conservation on the initial results of its major campaign to tackle a predator plague this year....
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  • Largest ever control campaign knocks back predators
    The Department of Conservation’s largest ever aerial 1080 campaign to combat this year’s rat and stoat plague has successfully knocked down predator populations in key target areas....
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  • Brazil introduces 10-year validity, NZ overdue
    Brazil has just joined a long list of nations who have moved from 5-year to 10-year biometric passports....
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  • National lead down after Little takes Labour leadership
    Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National 46% (down 3.5% in a month). Support for Key’s Coalition partners is higher with the Maori Party 2% (up 1%), Act NZ 1.5% (up 1%) although United Future is 0% (unchanged)....
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  • Part V of Te Urewera Report Released
    On 15 December 2014, the Waitangi Tribunal released in pre-publication form the fifth part of its report on Te Urewera claims. This part deals with Treaty of Waitangi claims in respect of Lake Waikaremoana, lodged by Tuhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti...
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  • C17 Fantasy Not for New Zealand
    New Zealand First is stunned by news that the New Zealand Defence Force has enquired about buying the $400 million C17 Globemaster III....
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  • MFAT Spends $9 Million on Four Day Conference
    New Zealand taxpayers forked out $9 million to pay for a recent four-day UN conference in Samoa that included hiring the luxury P&O Pacific Jewel cruise liner. New Zealand covered the accommodation and operating costs of September’s Small Island...
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  • State Services Commission Staff Highest Paid in Govt Sector
    The average salary for staff at the State Services Commission is higher than at any other government department, according to figures released by the Taxpayers’ Union. This morning’s Dominion Post reported the Commission staff earn an average of more...
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  • EPA 1080 annual report released
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its seventh annual report on the aerial use of 1080. Findings are again consistent with previous years. The 1080 regime is working as intended with the benefits of using 1080 being seen while...
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  • Bruce Jesson Awards
    • The Senior Journalism Award of $4000 for a proposed work of "critical, informed, analytical and creative journalism or writing that will contribute to public debate in NZ on an important issue or issues" was awarded to Max Rashbrooke for...
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  • More money for your Christmas break
    You've spent hours planning your Christmas break and months saving for your holiday but have you thought about saving on your energy bills while you are away from home?...
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  • Dunedin rally after Anglican organisation suspends 27 staff
    27 staff working for Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin, Alexandra and Balclutha have been suspended without pay just ten days before Christmas. The move will have significant impacts on AFC’s services, which include caregiver support, home visits...
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  • Labour’s lack of support for voluntary euthanasia
    The majority of New Zealanders will be very disappointed that Andrew Little has directed his opposition Labour Party to withdraw support for a law change to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with dignity in the loving presence...
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  • Nominations close soon for Te Hiku council seat
    Time is running out for those keen to contest the Northland Regional Council Te Hiku seat left vacant by the death of Councillor Dennis Bowman. Independent contractor Election Services, which is handling the by-election for the regional council, says...
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  • One week left for Mayoral nominations
    With one week left for prospective Mayoral candidates to come forward, five nominations have been received. Nominations are due to close on 22 December at 12 noon....
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  • State Housing Tenant Fights HNZC on Legality of Eviction
    Housing New Zealand tenant Ioela (Niki) Rauti took HNZ to the tenancy tribunal a month ago to fight against continued harassment by HNZ and to challenge the lawfulness of her eviction....
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  • Farmers group congratulates success of Ruataniwha Dam appeal
    The Organic Dairy and Pastoral Group, which represents organic livestock farmers, is writing to the Forest and Bird Protection Society, Fish & Game and the Environmental Defence Society to congratulate them on the successful outcome of their High Court...
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Annual Review Released<
    The Taxpayers’ Union has released its annual review, covering the first 12 months of operations....
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