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Open mike 15/07/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 15th, 2012 - 123 comments
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123 comments on “Open mike 15/07/2012”

  1. Carol 1

    Charter schools promoters getting so desperate they are considering touting for students in shopping malls?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10819663

    Catherine Isaac, the former Act Party president appointed to set up the new privately-sponsored schools, proposed the retail education tactic at a small public meeting this week. But she faced a loud accusation of racism from the secondary teachers’ union, which is scathing about the potential for “McDonald’s schools” or campuses sponsored by controversial Act donor Louis Crimp.

    Isaac, the Charter School Working Group chair, raised the prospect of recruiting charter school students from shopping malls at the Auckland meeting. She cited the example of charter schools marketing themselves in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina disrupted public school enrolment.

    But the logic of this is just madness, and shows no faith in the government to provide adequate education:

    Isaac dismissed that, saying charter schools could not cherry-pick students. “To call it racism is bizarre. What we’re trying to do is provide another option for parents whose needs are not being met by the current system.”

    And which parents exactly are not being met, when NZ’s education rates well internationally? If it’s less well-off parents, will charter schools ever make up for an unequal society?

    • marsman 1.1

      Isaac had a piece in the DomPost the other day too claiming Charter Schools were not anti teacher and upping the lie about the number of pupils failing, now it’s 30%. It’s an insult to educators to have a Business Round Table affiliated money-bags foisting neoliberal crap on the teaching profession.

    • Uturn 1.2

      Yesterday someone said it was impossible for MSM to present a view outside the western perspective and that article is a prime example. Further, it is all fractured and linked to PPTA statements without a context – available online if you want them. So many statements stand alone and become so wildly open to interpretation as to be useless as a form of information.

      Even after reading a few online sources of how the PPTA could cry racism and then a paper from University of Otago on the matter that goes into some depth – complete with a startling alternative view, for balance, that would bolster the enthusiasm of any maori bashers lurking nearby – it is no wonder The Herald can’t tell the whole story. It’s funny how the science of thinking, in an effort to acknowledge balance, often forgets human nature. (I’m not going to post the link, because the last thing this site needs is more fuel for the fire. It’s easy to find if you want it.). In order for this story to be written properly, the story would have to first not be able to be written. The story, doesn’t exist.

      As far as I can make out, there is no way for MSM to present a nonwestern view. Can’t be done. If they try, they inadvertantly present a view deemed racist from one particular (important) group’s perspective. In the context of this story there is no way the PPTA can call racism. In calling racism from their point of view, they are being racist from another particular group’s point of view.

      The obvious and easy concept that one could take from this MSM story, a story that does not exist, is that recruiting students from a shopping mall is discriminating against levels of society who do not or cannot frequent shopping malls, because in the very least, they are too poor.

      • Uturn 1.2.1

        ah, I should add, Carol, that the fracturing of the story I refer to is not a comment on your posting it. I am talking about the original Herald article you link to, not your ideas/opinions/post.

    • Dv 1.3

      >>Charter schools promoters getting so desperate they are considering touting for students in shopping malls?

      This is straight out of the Banks and Hullich play book.

      Banks signed off dodgy prospectuses for Hullich.
      Hullich set up in malls in Porirua etc to sell dodgy kiwisaver.

      We know how well that worked out.

      Now they going to prowl the malls again.

      NICE

  2. Carol 2

    Hmmmm…. so the police have completed their investigation into Banksies’ funding by Dotcom:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10819571

    The National Party leader has had to suck up the embarrassment of having to defend John Banks’ dodginess. Last week, the police completed their investigation of Banks’ revelation that he concealed his solicitation of Kim Dotcom for cash and put the cheques through his campaign accounts as anonymous. Presumably the police will shortly reveal their decision. If Banks is criminally charged, then Key’s job will get even harder.

    So why has this completion slipped by so quietly? Is it because no charges will be laid?

    • deuto 2.1

      I recall short articles on both Stuff and the Herald about a week or 10 days ago stating that the investigation had been completed and the issue referred to the Police legal unit as per the internal process. A decision was then expected within 2 to 3 weeks IIRCG.

      Edit – here is a link to the Herald article on 5 july.
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=10817650

      • Carol 2.1.1

        Thanks for the links. Agreed. Jenny. I don’t expect any charges to be made.

      • Vicky32 2.1.2

        and the issue referred to the Police legal unit as per the internal process.

        On Politics this morning (Nine to Noon), Hooten referred to (for the first time afaik), to the possible consequences to the Nats of a prosecution.

    • Jenny 2.2

      Banks will not be charged by the police. Indeed as recent cases have shown the police job see their job as protecting those members of the establishment or from “good faimilies” from “needless” prosecution.

      The only way Banks could face charges for his corruption was if some one else took a private prosecution against him.

    • It was reported on July 5:

      Police investigation into Banks’ mayoral campaign completed

      A police investigation into John Banks’ 2010 mayoral campaign donations disclosure is completed and a decision on whether the Act leader faces prosecution is expected within weeks.

      Auckland Detective Inspector Mark Benefield told complainants yesterday that the investigation was over and the case had been sent to Police Legal Services to review. He said that process could take two to three weeks.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10817650

      Apparently sending it for review is standard procedure. So expect to wait another week or two.

      • Jenny 2.3.1

        For cases such as this the facts alone aren’t at issue. The prosecuting police officer whose desk this arrived on, knows that this sort of decision is way above his pay grade, and that it is his political duty to bump this up to the senior police who reserve for themselves the right of weighing up the rights and wrongs of political matters.

        When it came to making political decisions about Tuhoe or making armed raids on Dotcom at the behest of the FBI events show that these senior police officers will always come down on the side of authority.

        On the say so of the Americans and without any evidence produced to them at all by the FBI, the police stormed Mr Dotcom’s house in an armed raid, illegally confiscated all his property, used their discretionary powers to oppose bail citing a flight risk. Following the publicly expressed wishes of the Americans, the police also continued to vigorously oppose bail and defend the confiscations when their decisions ha to come before the courts.

        Just as well we still have a court system to check the police. If not, chillingly Dotcom would have been delivered up to their foreign power de jour by our politicised police.

        Similiarly to a political script made in the US, our police force mounted major armed raids making dozens of arrests and terrorising a whole Maori community,when they could have just arrested their four suspects with out hardly any effort. In the following court case, politically motivated, the police tried to use illegally gathered evidence and anonymous police spies and undercover agents to make a case for a huge terrorist conspiracy. And failed miserably.

        Our police at the senior police are conservatively politicised and will not act against a conservative bastion of the status quo. However be a Maori activist, or a trade union picketer, or a Occupy Aotearoa activist, or anti racist protester and expect the full use of police discretionary powers to arrest or detain. Often followed by mischievious and frivolous police prosecutions that most likely will fail but still cost you time and money.

        • muzza 2.3.1.1

          I would not expect to see any charges against Banks, the mason brothers all take care of their own!

        • Vicky32 2.3.1.2

          Just as well we still have a court system to check the police. If not, chillingly Dotcom would have been delivered up to their foreign power de jour by our politicised police.

          Very fortunate for Dotcom indeed!

    • Jenny 2.4

      Just the facts of the matter are not all the police consider when laying charges, your class position in society is also a factor.

      In a scandalous example our conservatively partisan police show their political bias in exercising their discretion not to charge someone with family connections.

      This partiality is why our prisons are stuffed full of Maori or those without expensive lawyers or not from “good families”.

      Or why wealthy conservative politicians like John Banks will never face charges.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7249331/Carjacked-teen-upset-as-man-let-off-with-warning

      In another case of the police exercising their discretion not to bring charges against an establishment figure. The husband of a judge who ran down and killed a pedestrian and then fled the scene, has been told he will not be facing any charges. The police have also told a key witness to the events, the first person who turned up at the scene, that his testimony will not be required.

      The judge was in the car with her husband when he fled the scene of the accident.

      Firstly;-

      Had the judge and her husband come from a social event?

      Was there alcohol involved?

      Had the driver been drinking?

      Did the judge remonstrate with her husband to stop and give assistance?

      We will never know.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7243382/Fatal-hit-and-run-charges-dropped

      Secondly;-

      If the occupants of the car involved in this hit and run, had been Maori, or otherwise not part of the establishment, would there be a hearing?

      Would the police use their discretion not to bring charges?

      Would the runaway driver have to appear in court?

      • Richard Christie 2.4.1

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7243382/Fatal-hit-and-run-charges-dropped

        “that was a big thump dear”
        “Don’t worry, keep driving”

        Disgusting.
        Absolutely disgraceful.

      • mike e 2.4.2

        The police who dropped the charges should be immediately suspended and be investigated.
        Hopefully after the trauma of loosing his son he has the will to force the issue.

      • Richard Christie 2.4.3

        Great, now we have a community magistrate who owes the police a favour.

      • QoT 2.4.4

        Come on, Jenny, drunk driving is only a problem when it’s young people, poor people, or Asians doing it. In fact, it’s scientifically impossible for good Pillars of the Community to harm people through driving, ergo the hit-and-run cannot have actually happened.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.4.5

        And more victim blaming by the police at the end of the first article:

        He said it was a reminder that people driving alone late at night in areas with bars and hotels should keep their doors locked.

        The second one is disgusting. It’s an obvious case of people making excuses for the driver:

        The witness, who was due to appear before the court tomorrow, was told Mr Mascelle had hired another lawyer and said he understood it had been determined that “he couldn’t have stopped” the car on the night William Hoskins was run down.

        No, I don’t expect Banks to be charged with anything – he’s too well connected, white and rich.

        • McFlock 2.4.5.1

          I love that he couldn’t have stopped the car.
                   
          Like it didn’t have working brakes or something.

          • QoT 2.4.5.1.1

            I love how “visibility was low”, and no one could possibly have been expected to have their headlights on or anything. (Judging by the photo in the article, it’s not a blind turn or any other physical obstruction of visibility.)

      • Treetop 2.4.6

        Yesterday I added this link 14 .2 to Banks case to Police lawyers 5 July 2012 regarding the fatal incident which you have mentioned again.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7279622/Police-drop-charges-over-hit-and-run

        A recent Wainuiomata case is also mentioned and a similar conclusion is being drawn.

        • Treetop 2.4.6.1

          I was hoping that the stuff link had a life longer than a day as I do not have the same problem with a Herald link.

          If someone could please fix it, this would be appreciated.

          • Treetop 2.4.6.1.1

            I have gone to the link I supplied in 2.4.6 and punched in Police drop charges over hit and run and it came back page not found. I am not sure if what the police said is now being scrutinised. In a nut shell the driver and the judge’s word is believed by the police. The driver knew he hit something, he got out and checked the panel on his car and he did not think he had hit a person. The victim is reported as probably lying on the road when he was hit and that he had been to his cousin’s wedding. A motorist saw him lying in the middle of the road in a critical condition.

            • Richard Christie 2.4.6.1.1.1

              The driver knew he hit something, he got out and checked the panel on his car and he did not think he had hit a person.

              To be fair I should change my reconstruction then:

              “That was a big thump dear”
              (stops)
              “Gee, the car panel looks rather bent”
              “Don’t worry dear, keep driving”

    • mike e 2.5

      Police complaints authority

    • David H 2.6

      Yep yet another whitewash coming. The only thing that will amaze me is if anyone is actually surprised at the whitewash. Its all dirty politics.

  3. Ad 3

    Looking forward to seeing how the New Zealand Labour Council come up with the democratic right of Labour members to choose their own leader, following their decisions yesterday.

  4. just saying 4

    From a newspaper article where the reporter uses info Bennet has provided to inflame hatred and dersion against beneficiaries, and which I’m not even going to link to. From the obligatory few ‘other side of the story’ paragraphs so beloved of the talkback taliban, who like pick apart the carcass they provide for days afterwards:

    Some may accuse her of having an easy life, but Catherine faces a daily struggle to feed her family.

    The reason she cannot make the books balance, says Mangere Budgeting Services chief executive Daryl Evans, is because she is in hock to predatory money lenders who demand huge repayments each week.

    Her debt, inherited from her partner, is upwards of $45,000.

    Much of it is representative of high-interest and fees rather than money borrowed.

    By the time the rent and bills are paid, little is left for day to day survival and when the money runs out, she is forced to buy groceries from the mobile food trucks that roam poor neighbourhoods.

    They charge $7.95 for two litres of milk and $5 for a loaf of bread, but her credit rating means she doesn’t have access to credit cards that a supermarket would accept.

    “In an ideal world,” says Evans, “she would be working but currently there aren’t any jobs. They simply don’t exist.”…

    bold mine

    Jesus, the vultures really are honing in on the poor. More landing every day.
    Chilling

    • Jimmie 4.1

      One puzzle about that quote: If her money has run out and she doesn’t have a valid credit card how does she buy food from a mobile vendor?

      Do they let her book it up on tick?

      Why is she responsible for the debts of some dead beat partner?

      I honestly think that for some folk who end up in this situation their best option is to declare bankruptcy.

      Sure they may lose their hp 50″ tv & x box, but at least they can start again with a clean slate without all burden of debt around their neck.

      Also by being declared bankrupt this will affect their credit rating thus making it more difficult to give in to the temptation to book things up.

      For day to day basics they can then talk to the Sallies or op shop about getting cheap stuff for their home.

      Also it means that the dodgy money lenders take a loss from their bad loans so hopefully they will think twice before lending again in the future.

      • Uturn 4.1.1

        I suggest a moratorium on links to crappy news sites on The Standard. All it does is enrage people because the information is so obviously corrupted. Once, it was that you could be sure that what the papers said, if not accurate to the last detail, thena at least the event itself actually happened. Now that we can’t even be sure of that, what is the point in reading it?

      • just saying 4.1.2

        Just having a wee nibble Jimmie? Too delicious to resist?
        Full marks for hiding behind concern-for-her-plight while you feast, though.

      • Lanthanide 4.1.3

        “Do they let her book it up on tick?”
        Almost certainly.

        “Why is she responsible for the debts of some dead beat partner?”
        Because of relationship property laws in this country.

        “I honestly think that for some folk who end up in this situation their best option is to declare bankruptcy.”
        Yes, she should.

      • Dr Terry 4.1.4

        Note the considerable coverage in this morning’s Sunday Herald featuring the latest from Beneficiary Bashing Bennett. Great Scott!! Cited here are TWELVE families from the entire country who dared to have 10 plus children! How will the country survive? (I thought New Zealand wanted increase in population! Only of the “right kind”, of course). So exactly how much money is the tax payer shelving out for these families? In a family of ten, almost certainly a number are aged 16 or over, probably left school, even working (with luck!)
        I am waiting for Bennett to turn her attention to the Catholic Church (if she dare!) and castigate it for opposing, as a sin, the practice of contraception. How quiet the news is on this point! Many poorer and larger families just happen to be Catholic.

        • Dr Terry 4.1.4.1

          While I am about it, dare I criticise the vast amount of media coverage devoted to Sonny Bill Williams? Does anything else in the country gain this amount of coverage and devotion (though some are now bitter about his “deserting” them for the idol of money)? He hopes to learn Japanese language – before he quits on them for still more cash in Australian rugby league! After Australia, he is likely to bless this country with a return – for high paying rugby will again be on the agenda! What a hero for our kiddies.

    • mike e 4.2

      Those vultures all vote Nactional

    • Ed 4.3

      “and which I’m not even going to link to”

      One of the strengths of The Standard is that generally posters are prepared to support quotations with links, or references to the source. Sometimes there will be no source – a personal and informed opinion is still valuable, and sometimes an news report or article cannot be found on the net. There is obviously no need for academic sort of attributions, but where there is not url to link to, it is reasonable to give a brief reference such as for example SST pageXX, but a statement that a link was not being given deliberately, immediately brought to my mind suspicion that the quotes were selective and potentially misleading

      just saying?

      • Draco T Bastard 4.3.1

        Yeah, I’d much prefer that links be provided.

      • just saying 4.3.2

        K. Fair enough.

        Herald on Sunday. Today. Page one.
        You’ll probably get a bit of de ja vu. Bene bashing tends to follow a pretty standard formula.

        In this case the section of the piece that I quoted was the only part of the item relevant to my comment. However, I reserve the right to not be obliged to provide a short cut that might increase the page views of an item I consider discriminatory and nasty, where the offending text is not relevant to my comment.

        But fair call.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.4

      If it was her partners bills then why is she paying it and she can legally get those money lender bills dropped.

      That said, the government really needs to reign in the loan sharks.

    • Treetop 4.5

      A no asset procedure (NAP) may erase most of the debt, but there are conditions and exclusions.

      Since when does a person get accommodation supplement entitlement when they rent from HNZ?

  5. Zetetic 5

    Corin Dann on Q+A: “was there any symbolism in Tariana Turia dressing like a Cuban revolutionary?”

    Che Guevara was an Argentine.

    • …who was a revolutionary in Cuba.

      • Fran 5.1.1

        Have you never heard of a character called Fidel Castro?

      • rosy 5.1.2

        … and Bolivia. Better he just ‘revolutionary’. Actually maybe she wore in sympathy with the U.S Olympic team about uniforms being made in china…

        • prism 5.1.2.1

          We had our red socks being sold in NZ as fundraisers for Sir Peter Blake yacht thing made in China.

      • mike e 5.1.3

        Che Guevara was a medical doctor who saw extreme poverty in central and south America where indigenous people were being exploited by a few wealthy people you would call it Feudal.
        He had the brains and the balls to stand up for what he believed in.
        Unlike you pg who has neither as your just a
        Pathetic Grovalar running with the fox’s and hunting with the hounds!
        He gave his life for the cause.

    • Uturn 5.2

      Turia dresses like a Cuban revolutionary, in response to a PM who talks like Hernán Cortés. Open the can of spaghetti metaphors, who can untangle it?

  6. Just read in Anderea Vance’s column in the SST …

    “Which Cabinet minister so lacks confidence they need esteem-boosting cuddles from a less-than-sympathetic press secretary?”

    I wonder who …

    • BillODrees 6.1

      Let us start with a table! 

      A. Which ministers lack confidence gernerally? Or B which minister has nothing to be confident about? 

      A few obvious candidates there. Coleman & Parata is an A and B. Collins and Groser are a B.

      Next, of those names, which one has any sex drive? 
       
      Next, of those names, which one is arrogant or stupid enough to try-it-on with someone who is unwelcoming of the attention? 

      try the game for yourself! 

      1       Rt Hon John Key
      2 Hon Bill English
      3 Hon Gerry Brownlee
      4 Hon Steven Joyce
      5 Hon Judith Collins
      6 Hon Tony Ryall
      7 Hon Hekia Parata
      8 Hon Christopher Finlayson
      9 Hon Paula Bennett
      10 Hon David Carter
      11 Hon Murray McCully
      12 Hon Anne Tolley
      13 Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
      14 Hon Tim Groser
      15 Hon Phil Heatley
      16      Hon Kate Wilkinson
      17 Hon Nathan Guy
      18 Hon Craig Foss
      19 Hon Amy Adams
      20 Hon Chris Tremain

  7. Dv 7

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/7280930/Struggling-students-pushed-to-take-soft-subjects

    “Schools are shuffling Maori and Pacific Island students into “easy” subjects to boost NCEA results, according to new research.

    A mentoring group’s report revealed disadvantaged students were on an “educational dead-end” as softer subjects tended to shut the door on tertiary study and good jobs.”

    SO what would expect when you PUBLISH league tables of pass rates for the schools.

  8. I now have a better understanding of how Māori feel about water. I am at one with Māori on water.

    • Te Reo Putake 8.1

      Jeez, what a plonker you are, Pete. Way to completely miss the point and belittle maori at the same time. Are you John Terry in disguise?

      • felix 8.1.1

        Louis Crimp.

      • Pete George 8.1.2

        TRP – as usual it’s you who ignore the point in your desperation to diss.

        I acknowledged the importance if water to Māori, but Māori don’t have ownership of having an affinity with water, it’s a universal connection.

        I grew up learning to value rain, it was an essential replenisher and it also cleansed. And I had a close association with water races, creeks and rivers. Saying this shouldn’t diminish the connection others have with water.

        • Te Reo Putake 8.1.2.1

          Still missing the point, Pete, but keep waffling, that’ll make you look less like a pompous, patronising pakeha, fer sure.

        • Anne 8.1.2.2

          I grew up learning to value rain, it was an essential replenisher and it also cleansed. And I had a close association with water races, creeks and rivers.

          OMG.

      • Vicky32 8.1.3

        Are you John Terry in disguise?

        Te Reo Putz, what is your issue? I hold no particular brief for Pete George, but who the heck died and made you QoT? (Or similar racially obsessed nutmeg..)

        • QoT 8.1.3.1

          Vicky, seriously. You just can’t keep bringing me up out of the blue and then whinge when I give you yet another lesson in Earth logic.

          I’m deeply sorry you’re incapable of addressing your own deep-seated racism. But given I’ve barely addressed the topic on this blog for months, your comment would seem to indicate it’s you who has the obsession (aka inability to self-analyse or let go of a grudge.)

          • NickS 8.1.3.1.1

            <3

            And Vicky, it's me who's historically oft cluebatted the likes of you for ignoring racial issues and Te Treati O Waitangi. Only I haz no teaspoons for such bullshit at present.

            But hey, you're welcome to keep making an idiot out yourself with your hate-on for QoT, just to remind some of us why you're a bit of a douche-hound at times.

    • So what about the riverbeds Petey?  Doncha agree that if they were owned by Maori and never confiscated they remain in Maori ownership?

    • yay just what is needed more attempted racial division by pete – if support or understanding from you is the answer then the question is fucked.

      • Pete George 8.3.1

        You’re the one trying to racially divide.

        I should be able to have similar feelings about water that Māori do, shouldn’t I? Or are you trying to claim that all Māori attributes are exclusive to one race?

        Water is worldwide. So is an affinity with water.

        • felix 8.3.1.1

          Good for you, Pete.

          Now let’s see your documentation.

          • Pete George 8.3.1.1.1

            Most people know that water is worldwide, and that people everywhere have an affinity with water, without the need for documentation.

            (But I guess felix is just trying to lead into another long meaningless sidetrack discussion)

            • felix 8.3.1.1.1.1

              If by “lead into another long meaningless sidetrack discussion” you mean “get Pete to say what he means out loud in unambiguous language” then yes.

              But I thought it was obvious that I was referring to the documentation to show that you took ownership of the water at some point.

              Still waiting for answers on the other thread too Pete.

              • No, it wasn’t obvious, and your response makes (trying to lead into another long meaningless sidetrack discussion) more obvious.

                • felix

                  Well now that it is obvious I suppose you’ll be able to answer.

                  Still waiting on the other thread too.

            • Anne 8.3.1.1.1.2

              Most people know that water is worldwide, and that people everywhere have an affinity with water, without the need for documentation.

              OMG again!

        • mickysavage 8.3.1.2

          Captain Hook makes a good point.

          If water belongs to us all then why should partially privately owned companies use it for their exclusive benefit?  Why should they be allowed to affect water’s flow and the environmental health of our rivers so that they can make a dollar?

          • Pete George 8.3.1.2.1

            It’s not for their exclusive benefit. There are very few if any people in New Zealand who don’t benefit from power generation.

            And private companies have been and are involved in the business of providing power, it’s not a newly introduced concept.

            • mickysavage 8.3.1.2.1.1

              But Petey this is the nub of the question.  You are perfectly happy for the power companies to build dams, store and regulate the flow of water so that they can profit and even though by doing this the environmental health of the river is affected.

              Yet you do not accept that Maori may have any similar right even though under the treaty it seems pretty clear they have some rights to the rivers.

              How do you reconcile this?

              And what makes you say Maori are seeking to exclusively benefit from water?  They have been very generous in allowing Kiwis to use the water and rivers without charge to date. 

              • And what makes you say Maori are seeking to exclusively benefit from water?

                I don’t think that.

                I questioned your claim that “partially privately owned companies use it for their exclusive benefit”, which is completely different – and obviously incorrect.

                • Bit pedantic and ignores everything else I said.

                  How about this then?

                  If water belongs to us all then why should partially privately owned companies use it for their benefit?  Why should they be allowed to affect water’s flow and the environmental health of our rivers so that they can make a dollar? 

                  • So we can have electricity.

                    You do use electricity don’t you? I presume you also pay someone for it.

                    • So what?  If it is a commercial entity and they want to make a profit they should pay to use what does not belong to them.

                      Simple capitalist economics.

                      Are you saying that Maori should give them free use of what belongs to Maori and they should then charge us all for using it? 

                    • felix

                      So we can have electricity.

                      But you know we can have electricity without private ownership interests benefiting.

                      Don’t you?

                    • Bored

                      Felix says you know we can have electricity without private ownership …..PG in his blinkered ideological thickheadedness is not going to consider whyy these power schemes were not initially built by the private sector.

                      But PG is prepared for the private sector to become parasites upon public investment. True mark of an antisocial scumbag. You will find his grandmother for sale on Trademe.

                    • No felix, I didn’t know that. Tell me how. Documentation would help.

                      And where. Like Cuba and North Korea? Or do they buy in turbines too? Do they smelt their own metals?

                    • felix

                      That’s right Pete, we buy those things, then we own them. Collectively. Via the state.

                      Clap clap for your 30 second diversion. And now we’re back to where we were before your last comment, where I’m asking you why you think it’s suddenly so crucially necessary to have private interests benefiting from the ownership of our energy resources when it’s oddly never been necessary before.

                      Any chance you’re going to start behaving like an adult today or is it just going to be more of the same disingenuous bullshit?

                    • is it just going to be more of the same disingenuous bullshit?

                      Interesting that you think that way. I’ll leave you to it.

                    • And where. Like Cuba and North Korea? Or do they buy in turbines too? Do they smelt their own metals?

                      I heard about the far off really weird country called Aotearoa.

                      Apparently their state, gasp, designed and built power stations using state employees.

                      I kid you not!

                      The whole lot used to be owned by the state and meant not only that the state made a tidy sum it could use to pay for stuff like pensions but also the prices charged were lower than those charged by private companies. 

                      Until one day when a dickhead said “that is communism” and thereby conclusive won the debate amongst the ill informed and the feeble minded.

                      And so they sold their power companies, or at least parts of them and from then on large amounts of wealth were lost to the people of Aotearoa and paid to American corporate bankers and shysters.
                       

                  • felix

                    No arguments, no answers, no reasoning, not even a commitment to your own statements.

                    You’ve really exposed yourself in the last couple of days, even more than you already had.

                    You’re no longer even pretending to discuss anything in good faith. Just transparent word games that you’re not even good at, in a language you don’t understand.

                    And to think I actually stuck up for you when nobody else would. I was wrong about you Pete.

                    You dishonest, cowardly little man.

                    • Just as well you have the guts to engage in protracted anonymous nitpicking and making up your own misinterpretations, while pretending to ignore anything that’s said.

                      Where will you bravely stick your neck out next?

                    • felix

                      Oh the old “anonymous” bit now? Cute. It’s not my problem you haven’t met me, dick.

                      But whatever. Feel free to engage any time you like. Still waiting on the other thread too.

                    • weka

                      Felix isn’t anonymous. He uses a consistent name here so we all know who he is when he posts (if we pay attention).

                    • deuto

                      +1, Felix. Much as I try to ignore PG, I cannot resist on this occasion at playing him at his own game of dissing people here on KB*.

                      You may enjoy this only reply to date on KB General Debate to his post at 8 above re ‘I am at one with Maori on water’

                      Pete George- I have a pretty strong connection with water also. In fact I am about 65% made up of the stuff…

                      Yikes- Does that mean Hone and co have a claim on me??

                      *Today’s example on the KB Racisim thread

                      Pete George (13,816) Says:

                      July 15th, 2012 at 11:12 am
                      It’s not just doing something that someone somewhere could faintly perceive as possibly disadvantaging a Māori person somewhere that risks getting called racism.

                      I’ve posted today about how I feel I have a similar affinity to water as do Māori. I’ve had these responses:

                      Te Reo Putake
                      Jeez, what a plonker you are, Pete. Way to completely miss the point and belittle maori at the same time.

                      marty mars
                      yay just what is needed more attempted racial division by pete – if support or understanding from you is the answer then the question is fucked.

                      Getting accused of racism for having similar feelings about water – some Māori want to set themselves apart, and attack anyone who suggests any commonality.

                    • QoT

                      It’s not my problem you haven’t met me, dick.

                      Best response to that bullshit line of argument EVER.

                    • NickS

                      Just as well you have the guts to engage in protracted anonymous nitpicking and making up your own misinterpretations, while pretending to ignore anything that’s said.

                      Where will you bravely stick your neck out next?

                      Keep on digging Pete, who knows, maybe ye shall break through to the other side and become smart someday, or even become an MP…

            • Draco T Bastard 8.3.1.2.1.2

              It’s not for their exclusive benefit.

              It is once the state power companies are privatised by this government.

              And private companies have been and are involved in the business of providing power, it’s not a newly introduced concept.

              But it is a completely worthless and expensive concept as the facts show.

        • marty mars 8.3.1.3

          all Māori attributes are exclusive to one race

          Oh pete remember it was only a few nights ago that you accepted you stir it up just for your own weird pleasure, as part of your plan.

          “I am one with Māori on water” is patronising, pretentious and blatant disinformation when your real agenda is understood, and it is, don’t worry about that.

        • weka 8.3.1.4

          I should be able to have similar feelings about water that Māori do, shouldn’t I? Or are you trying to claim that all Māori attributes are exclusive to one race?

           
          Please give us a list of the the ways that Maori feel about water that you think you share with them. You haven’t actually said yet.

      • Spiritfree 8.3.2

        And saying that water belongs to Maori *isn’t* racially divisive? Lord, give me strength.

        Actually, the clouds in the sky belong to Maori, also the updrafts and wind. This is set out under the terms of the Treaty of Waitangi. So it should by now be very clear that every time a plane takes off, it’s owners should pay big bucks to Iwi-dom, because the plane takes advantage of something that belongs to one racial grouping. Who aren’t the slightest bit racist in claiming that. And let me tell you this: anyone who says that the plane’s owners shouldn’t pay is racist.

        • bad12 8.3.2.1

          Spiritfree, the text of your reply is a plainly stupid knee-jerk reaction, as Maori have made no such claim,

          Article Two of the Treaty of Waitangi gives to Maori the full,exclusive, and, undisturberd use of their Lands,Estates and other Properties,

          At the time of the signing of the Treaty Maori had in no way been dispossessed of their property rights to rivers and lakes by either force of arms or legislation,

          Article Two of the Treaty also gives the Crown the sole right of purchase of any of that ‘property’ at a price that Maori agree too,

          Hence,the Crown has never bought from Maori the rivers and lakes upon which sit the facilities for power generation,

          So,other then legislation whereby the Crown gave unto itself the power to build such facilities of electricity generation upon the beds of rivers and lakes it neither purchased from or legislated out of the hands of the Maori owners, the Treaty of Waitangi is the sole legal document which sets out the ‘ownership’ of such rivers and lakes,

          Having neither stolen,bought,or legislated the rivers and lakes out of the estates of the possession of Maori who at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi were in possession of them and thus guaranteed such ‘possession’ to attempt now to sell to any third party part or all of such rivers and lakes must breach article two of the Treaty…

      • Vicky32 8.3.3

        yay just what is needed more attempted racial division by pete

        Pot. Kettle. Black. Numbnuts…

    • weka 8.4

      PG, your blog post shows that you still have almost no understanding of the issues at stake.
       
      Of course we all want to have a say in how water is managed. But the truth is that at the moment most of us don’t. That’s why dairy farmers can pollute rivers and it takes regional councils years to step up and intervene. It’s how the Clyde Dam got built. It’s why didymo was allowed to spread into so many SI rivers. It’s also why we now pay exorbitant rates for electricity.
       
      You’re also missing the point about governance. There are already bodies that represent YOU (local and govt) who have some control over water. Maori, as treaty partners, are saying (have been saying for some times now) that they want their rights acknowledged. This isn’t about individuals feeling like they have some control, it’s about which groups legitimately get to say what happens to water. Either you support that Te Tiriti gives Maori the right to be a treaty partner, or you don’t.
       
      The main difference I can see between you and pretty much everyone else in this thread is that everyone else either trusts Maori to do no worse than Pakeha with their power, and/or considers we will be better of with having water managed by Maori, and/or believes that the principle of Te Tiriti is worth upholding even where we may lose out on other ways. You on the other hand come across as being ok with some powerholders controlling water as long as they are white.
       
      Not very nice considering what it will be like when you have no power is it?

      • Pete George 8.4.1

        You on the other hand come across as being ok with some powerholders controlling water as long as they are white.

        That seems to be another assumption, to fit your prejudices?

        I’ve never said anything like that, and don’t think anything like that.

  9. Morrissey 9

    http://www.rt.com/news/assange-pakistan-us-client-masters-relations-130/
    Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda were trained by CIA 20 years ago

    The main enemy of the US—Al-Qaeda—was once financed and trained by Washington to fight the Soviet Union, Pakistani politician Imran Khan reminded Julian Assange. But after 9/11 it suddenly became an enemy and Pakistan people refused to accept it.

    In the ninth episode of his show Julian Assange talks to Imran Khan, whose political party was ignored for years and which US State Department cables called “Pakistan’s one-man party.”
    But today he is a front-runner in Pakistani politics. Nowadays his party counts far more than “one member” as electable people come to join him.

    But when, Khan, a former captain of Pakistan’s victorious cricket team, created his party from humble origins no one paid attention, no one supported him. That was so till Khan’s party, along with a few others, boycotted the elections in 2008, because they “were manipulated by the Bush administration,” and until his predictions turned out to be obvious.

    Khan has always warned that elections would be “a disaster for the people of Pakistan” and that Pakistani leaders were turncoats telling Americans how great they were, but at the same time giving their own citizens a different opinion.

    “The War on Terror has been devastating for Pakistan,” Khan says, because 40,000 Pakistanis have been killed “fighting America’s war.” “Basically, our own army was killing our own people.”
    Imran Khan explained that about 20 years ago Osama Bin Laden and the whole of al-Qaeda were trained by the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and CIA.

    “These people were assets of the Pakistan Army,” he said. “They were trained by the Pakistan Army and the ISI, financed by the CIA, but they were fighting the Soviets, and for a long time these groups had very close association with the Pakistan secret agencies.”

    “Now suddenly comes 9/11 and you do a 180 degrees turn,” he explained. “But it doesn’t mean that all along the way that people would have accepted this. Because here were people trained for Jihad – Jihad in this case means fighting a foreign occupation – so how were you going to convince them having indoctrinated not only these militant groups but also your own agencies, that they’re fighting foreign occupation as a religious duty.”

    “No country has ever been bombed by its own ally, as we have been bombed in this country. Never has a country’s ruling elite, for personal benefits, never have they betrayed their people as much as this elite under Musharraf and the current elite,” Khan says.

    Imran Khan says that the US operation on Pakistan’s soil in May 2011 against Osama bin Laden was the “ultimate humiliation” for the state, which was “sacrificing for the US.” It turned out that “our ally did not trust us and actually came and killed someone on our own soil. It was that the two factors combined: the sacrifices, and secondly, here is an ally which – are we a friend or an enemy?”

    Khan says the “client-master relationship” between the US and Pakistan, when the latter is “a hired gun, being paid to kill America’s enemies” should be reviewed.

    “The only thing that the Americans should be told is that “Look, there will be no terrorism from our side,” he says. The relationship with the US should be based on “dignity and self-respect” instead of the “client-master” model.

    http://www.rt.com/news/assange-pakistan-us-client-masters-relations-130/

  10. captain hook 10

    To the Maori the land and the water just were.
    Only with the advent of grasping venal victorian rugged individuals who are psychologically incapable of looking at anything without putting a price on it did the question of pricing natural assets assume any importance.
    and of course they want if for themselves.

  11. John Connor 11

    Master of Being
    slave to determination

    master of destiny
    slave to history

    master of faith
    slave to priest

    master of wisdom
    slave to “truths”

    master of emotions
    slave to thoughts

    master of thoughts
    slave to stories

    master of fear
    slave to guilt

    master of reason
    slave to morality

    master of happiness
    slave to contentment

    master of sadness
    slave to loss

    master of awareness
    slave to denial

    master of surprise
    slave to excitement

    master of anger
    slave to outrage

    master of interest
    slave to boredom

    master of disgust
    slave to contempt

    master of anticipation
    slave to obsession

    master of security
    slave to exchange

    master of shelter
    slave to lender

    master of diet
    slave to process sugar and fat

    master of warmth
    slave to generation

    master of apparel
    slave to sweatshop

    master of gold
    slave to mine

    master of activity
    slave to compulsion

    master of passion
    slave to obsession

    master of aggression
    slave to hostility

    master of curiosity
    slave to addiction

    master of achievement
    slave to recognition

    master of affiliation
    slave to status

    master of autonomy
    slave to loneliness

    master of nurturance
    slave to control

    master of exhibition
    slave to fame

    master of order
    slave to geometry

    master of dominance
    slave to authority

    master of play
    slave to rules

    master of universe
    slave to electron

    master of nature
    slave to extinction

    master of water
    slave to thirst

    master of breath
    slave to lungs

    master of land
    slave to fence

    master of home
    slave to ancestors

    master of time
    slave to clock

    master of motion
    slave to road

    master of learning
    slave to curriculum

    master of labour
    slave to contract

    master of learning
    slave to medium

    master of profession
    slave to form

    master of role
    slave to economics

    master of innovation
    slave to tradition

    slaves built monuments
    slaves built roads
    slaves mine rock
    slaves carry water
    slaves chop wood
    slaves shepherd flock
    slaves built alter
    slaves bear tribute
    slaves rear children
    slaves write programme
    slaves attack other
    slaves pick crop

    Slave elect Master
    Slave buried with Master

    Slave of future
    Slave of present

    Master of Change
    Slave to inevitable

    Master of Ego
    Slave to Self

    John Elijah

    • Uturn 11.1

      +1

      yet here we are, addicted and permanently wedged between what should be and what is. Even the most accomplished urban hermit has to go outside for food. That’s when the problems begin.

      There’s a story of a master of life and a disciple travelling a mountain road. He comes to a tree and rests in its shade. While he rests a carpenter passes and sees the tree, but does not chop it down, because, as he remarks to the master, it is so knobbly and knotted it isn’t worth the effort. The master says to the disciple, “Today we have seen a useless tree left to live out all the years given to it because it is so useless.”

      That evening the master and his disciple come to a man’s house and stay the night. The man is excited by the master’s presence and tells his son to kill a goose for dinner. The son says, “There is one goose that can cackle and the other has always been silent, which should I kill?” The father tells him to kill the one that cannot cackle.

      The disciple says to the master, “These two days we have seen a tree that wasn’t useful left to live out its life and goose who wasn’t fit for purpose lose it’s life because of it. Which is the best way for people to be?”

      The amused master said, “Clearly somewhere between useless and useful would be the sensible course, but this too would be certain death.”.

      Then he said something similar to your list above. Then he said how he thought it should be. How does John Elijah say it should be?

    • prism 11.2

      Cripes John, you trying to build a Statute of Liberty out of your names and lists on this here thread?

    • Ad 11.3

      Just wondering if you could improve your master-slave relationship to theory.

      Perhaps a bit of Allen Ginsberg’s O Master might help please your Binary Master?

  12. Dr Terry 12

    Here’s hoping the usual running battle with Pete George has terminated for today! Pete will be bathing in all the attention he receives!

    • McFlock 12.1

      I felt that today’s attempt was more lame than most. Pity, because he seemed to have put more effort into it than usual.

    • Vicky32 12.2

      Here’s hoping the usual running battle with Pete George has terminated for today! Pete will be bathing in all the attention he receives!

      Considering the testerical accusations of racism he’s received, I’d be very surprised if he was basking. In his shoes I would be (and thanks to a pair of complete lunatics, I have been) projectile vomiting.

  13. John Connor 13

    By the way,

    CHINA Roads. Geography. Trucks. Truck Roads.
    not 4 car so much in near future.

    What makes the programmers and consumers “think” like machines -statistical and probabilistic algorithms implicated in everything machine -fridges that talk to the supermarket distribution centre logistics-after people seeing feedback loop marketing)-(Supermarkets moving to MARKET and other nonsense including cheap appliances)

    including “risk management” all the way up to Hedge Fund Fools.

    THE MACHINE

    the machine is not HUMAN BEING

    FREE
    The more CREATIVITY u give away the more you deconstruct the prostitution of ART which far outweighs dissemination.

    Sooo,
    Lets consider some sort of Socialist , for want of a better word unfortunately,

    MULTI-CULTURAL

    PARADISE

    EVOLVED

    from the MONOCULTURAL,

    “TRADE PROTECTIONIST”

    PARADISE

    Of the 1950s

    One of the most relevant international affairs commentators i have seen in the recent present suggested the option for NZ, rather than be swept up in the tide of globalism and its impending events was as a FACILITATING NATION because of it location and multiple RELATIONSHIPS

    ala SWISS , i believe he referenced.

    http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=fonzie&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=hRACUKr5LJHBiQfB_MHtBw&ved=0CF8QsAQ&biw=1093&bih=549

  14. We are entering an extremly dangerous area when start to determine,the innocence or guilt of an accused person by gallop -poll .As was carried out by the Dom this week regarding the Scott Guy case, I have no doubt that Garth McVicar and his crew of fanatics are behind this move.
    He is also trying to take away the right of silence from the accused. Just imagine how the less educated and vunerable would be treated if this came about. Its bad enough at the moment with the law favouring the rich without giving the better of another tool to bash workers and lowpaid families with.
    Its time McVicar was shut up for good ,this dangerous man has too much say for his Fascist like opinions.

    • MrSmith 14.1

      Couldn’t agree more Postman. 

      The McVicar’s of the world should be flogged daily. the only problem is he would probably enjoy it. He and his like are far more dangerous than we think, it’s time people start to challenge him before he becomes to powerful, or better yet, someone snaps him in bed being flogged by a transvestite dressed up as a prisoner . ‘Know disrespect to Transvestites intended.’

  15. prism 15

    Cross country harrier-ing after Petey again. Go Petey you foxy little bunny.

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    And California starts to (legally) recognise the actual relationships that humans engage in rather than forcing the unnatural nuclear family on everyone:

    A California bill allowing children to have more than two parents is moving through the legislature. Its passage could fuel similar legislative efforts in other states to help address expanding definitions of family and parenthood brought on by same-sex marriage and advances in reproductive technologies.

    The legislation, which has the support of gay and lesbian groups as well as some child-advocacy organizations, would give California judges explicit authority to grant parenthood status to three or more people, provided that such a move is “required to protect the best interests of the child.”

    The bill was passed by the state senate …

    Don’t like the last part required to protect the best interests of the child as it puts arbitrary limits on the family but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

  17. captain hook 17

    SST steals a march.
    they noted today that Kweewee will go on RNZ to opine on Sunny BIll but not about politics.
    something very fishy here.

  18. mike e 19

    J90 BofA in serious trouble after a string of scandals it has been brought to te brink by losses at no surprises Merrill Lynch (subsidiary)’Shonkey if he still has shares will have lost over 1/2 his $5 million worth of shares. boo hoo

  19. Herodotus 20

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10819499
    In January, they bought a two-bedroom townhouse and embarked on a do-up, selling on June 24 for $430,000, making around $100,000 tax-free.
    How can this not be considered worthy of the attention of the IRD ?
    Forget CGT how about the IRD policing the existing tax rules of trading in property.

    • Nick 20.1

      I know people who have bought and sold on rising markets, never worked and treated the capital gains as income. When I say never worked they worked hard renovating and selling, their labour being untaxed. I would regard that as employment, wonder what the IRD would think?

    • weka 20.2

      There is a limit to how often you can do that. Can’t remember exactly, but a builder I used to know would buy a run down house, live in it while he did it up, and then sell it on. He had to be careful not to do that too many times or he’d have to pay tax. I’m thinking it was something like once every few years???
       
      Not a bad way to make a living, but I agree the tax avoidance is wrong. CGT might sort that out. What are proposed rules – eg how many houses are you allowed to own over what time before CGT would kick in?

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    No Right Turn | 22-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 22 August 2014
    The latest Herald Digipoll has just been released, and with a polling window running from 14 August to 20 August, the entirety of the polling was completed following the release of Dirty Politics. The results show a sharp fall of 4.9% for National. However,...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-08
  • Hard News: In The Green Room
    Next Thursday, John Key and David Cunliffe will meet in the first TVNZ leaders' debate. At the same time, Green Party co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman will appear in The Green Room, a "companion" debate streamed live online.I'll be...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • Walking in Manukau
    Just over a month ago I was out at Manukau City, at the open day of the new MIT, which doubles as Manukau station. This is a brilliant facility, with world class integration of land use and transport. If you...
    Transport Blog | 21-08
  • World News Brief, Friday August 22
    Top of the AgendaThai Junta Leader Appointed PM...
    Pundit | 21-08
  • Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective
    A press release from the Royal Society of NZ today. I think the “take home message is: “The panel concluded that the concerns raised by those opposed to fluoridation are not supported by the scientific evidence” A review of the...
    Open Parachute | 21-08
  • Seismic testing stopped in Norway but coming soon to Northland
    Seismic testing for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been stopped four days after it began and one month ahead of schedule after Greenpeace exposed it to the media. But off the coast...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 21-08
  • Hard News: Friday Music: A Strange Road
    It was one thing when the Electoral Commission declared Darren Watson's 'Planet Key' song and video to be an "election programme" under the Broadcasting Act. But quite another for it to then find it to also be an "election advertisement"...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • More proof
    Adam Bennet in the Herald reports: New evidence has emerged appearing to contradict Prime Minister John Key's claim he was never told by the SIS it intended to release politically sensitive secret documents to Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. But...
    Polity | 21-08
  • Up Front: Oh, God
    I'm not a militant atheist. I've always been grateful that I was raised by a good Christian woman; one who believed in kindness, and giving, and generally not being a judgemental homophobic arsehole. Those people's voices are largely missing from...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • New Fisk
    Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script...
    No Right Turn | 21-08
  • Key fails to keep his lies straight
    When evidence emerged yesterday that John Key had been briefed on Cameron Slater's expedited OIA to the SIS, he was quick to deny it. Apparently when the SIS director and the Ombudsman referred explicitly to "discussions with the Prime Minister",...
    No Right Turn | 21-08
  • Enter the Mad Butcher
    One aspect of the disgusting messages between National party propagandist Cameron Slater and his accomplice Aaron Bhatnagar that hasn't been picked up on by the mainstream media yet is their discussion about Peter Leitch AKA the Mad Butcher.This part of...
    The Jackal | 21-08
  • NEWSFLASH: John Key Clone Used to Fake News Conference
    Incredibly “Left Wing Smear” Campaigners have used a time machine, travelled back to August 8th 2011, with a Clone of John Key (That they made days before, using number eight wire and Oravida Milk Powder), and held a News Conference...
    An average kiwi | 21-08
  • Norway in sneak attack on the Arctic
    The Esperanza has been in Svalbard, in the Arctic, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, has begun seismic mapping...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 21-08
  • Vote Choice: Social Media Round-up
    We will return to our regularly scheduled coverage of party leader’s position on abortion. Meanwhile, this week’s Vote Choice series focuses on what we have heard from supporters across social media. We’ve also listed some interesting resources that can help...
    ALRANZ | 21-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like a laser-beam into the darkest, most noisome...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like a laser-beam into the darkest, most noisome...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-08
  • Is Penlink worth it?
    As the Council puts together its 10 year budget over the coming months there will be some really big questions that need to be addressed in the area of transport. When to start City Rail Link? How fast to build...
    Transport Blog | 21-08
  • Abandoning Science – And The Planet
    Weeping For The Planet: The famous "Crying Indian" advertisement, produced by Keeping America Beautiful, struck a deep chord with Americans when it first screened on "Earth Day" - 22 April  1971. It was a time when both the Left and the...
    Bowalley Road | 21-08
  • Peters: With Real Representation, Real Progress
    Speech – New Zealand First Party Early this month, the New Zealand First candidate for Tauranga, Clayton Mitchell, organised a meeting between local city councillors and myself. You will recall that back then he and New Zealand First gave a...
    Its our future | 21-08
  • The Green Party’s campaign video
    The Green Party's 2014 election campaign opening broadcast.A cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand.http://greens.org.nz #LoveNZ...
    The Jackal | 21-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • “Even though my hours are being cut, my rent doesn’t get cut to compens...
    Fast Food = Slow Pay   Lola is a manager at a major fast food chain. Last year her employer arbitrarily cut her hours from 32 hours to anywhere between 18 and 26 hours each week. “I said I can’t...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Hate Politics has no place in NZ Politics
    I wasn’t going to write about Nicky Hagar’s ‘Dirty Politics’.  There are plenty of policy issues to discuss. Then I read the book, and what it reveals strikes at the very heart of our democracy. My overwhelming feeling is one...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Pak’nSave pull adverts from Whaleoil
    Pak n Save have replied to complaints that their adverts were appearing on hate speech site Whaleoil by deciding to block their adverts from appearing on the site. Their reply… Congratulations for Pak’NSave on making this type of ethical stand. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%
    The biggest problem for John Key is that there are swathes of National Party voters who are educated and decent people whom will be forced to read Dirty Politics out of intellectual curiosity and will be horrified by what National...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Dirty Politics and Dirty Media
    The Nicky Hager book is mind blowing on so many levels. The revelations of government ministers and their staff colluding with vile and hateful schemers to attack other people, is truly ugly. When the dust settles on the illegalities, immoralities...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • “You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei
    We’re meeting in her office. It’s austere, though she does have a nice teapot. The view is startling. One can map the Bowen Triangle, though the teapot is still more interesting. A group of pink faced men are running across...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Taxation and Real Estate – turning housing debate on its head
    The debate about property prices in New Zealand is disingenuous. It is clear that there is a global process in which speculators are using massive amounts of unspent and borrowed money to blow bubbles in the world’s major asset markets....
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Faith and politics
    In a week which has seen our collective focus shift to those who see politics as a great game to be manipulated for their own ends, it is timely to reflect on the fact that many people are in fact...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Test Stream
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Te Kuiti man imprisoned for images of young children
    A Te Kuiti man caught with pictures of children being sexually abused has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment. Sickness beneficiary Daniel James Parry, 35, appeared for sentence in the Tauranga District Court today (Friday) after pleading guilty...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Japan Maritime Training Squadron visit – Open Day, Band
    • The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron will make port in Auckland from Wednesday 3 September to Saturday 6 September...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • MP Perk Transparency Needed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the increase in taxpayer-funded entitlements for MPs and their families published on the legislation website this afternoon . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Debating the future of Auckland’s housing
    With only weeks until the General Election, Auckland’s mounting housing crisis will be put under the spotlight in an Election Debate hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. The debate’s topic “Market forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Let’s sort this out – Human Rights Commission
    A Whangarei woman allegedly censured for greeting customers with Kia ora can get in touch with the Human Rights Commission says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “We really need to resolve these kinds of issues. I had thought that...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Aged Care Association welcomes Labour’s wages policy
    The New Zealand Aged Care Association welcomes the Labour Party’s announcement that if elected, it will raise the minimum wage for aged care workers within its first 100 days in Government....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Honorary doctorate for Secretary-General of the UN
    An Honorary Doctor of Laws degree is to be bestowed on His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, by the University of Auckland on Wednesday 3 September, both in recognition of his role as an international statesman...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya
    The New Zealand Bar Association joins the International Bar Association (IBA) and other Law Societies and Bar Associations worldwide over the reported surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Bob Parker, China State Media and Tibet Forum
    Former Christchurch mayor was signed up to position statement without his knowledge; observed “happiness” in Tibet as Tibetan protesters elsewhere shot by security forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • “Walk the talk to reduce the wage gap”
    There’s just a few weeks left to convince the candidates of all political parties that reducing the wage gaps makes good sense....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Digital Currency on the Drawing Board
    Government policies and digital currency ideas and issues will come together at three public workshops next week....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • NZ Cycle Trail welcomes $8 million fund
    Government funding of $8 million to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of New Zealand will help ensure the trails are delivering the best possible visitor experience, says Evan Freshwater, Manager Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. (NZCT)....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Judges Comments Bonkers – McVicar
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar is accusing a Judge of forgetting that he is the gate-keeper for the community and not a benevolent caregiver for law breakers. "The comments by this Judge are not just alarming, they're completely...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Oxfam: World must suspend arms sales to protect civilians
    As the New Zealand Government prepares to ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty, and after ceasefire talks collapsed and violence erupted yet again in Gaza yesterday, Oxfam is calling on all states to immediately suspend transfers of arms or ammunition...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Degrees in Picking up Rubbish
    Responding to the Fairfax media report of a University of Otago survey of Wellington’s street-connected walkways, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Another Union row
    “ The teachers union the NZEA is getting ready for another industrial dispute. These disputes now only occur in the government sector. National has no one to blame but themselves” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Whyte: Speech to Grey Power
    National’s failure to increase the age for super and reform health is a threat to every New Zealander’s security....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Local Govt should not go into business
    “No one should take any comfort from the fact that “Infracon”, a roading company in Tararua and Central Hawke's Bay, is to go into liquidation. This puts the future of more than 200 jobs in doubt. ACT sympathises with those...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand
    CPAG is calling on people across society to join a march from Britomart to Aotea Square in Auckland to demand action on child poverty in Aotearoa....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Ngapuhi Chair Says Enough of the Political Sideshow
    Time for side-shows to end so we can focus on future of our nation – Raniera (Sonny) Tau, Chairman, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
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