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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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    Transport Blog
  • Gordon Campbell on Rick Ellis as Te Papa’s new CEO
    The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial...
    Gordon Campbell
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #47
    SkS Highlights President Obama's climate leadership faces the Keystone XL challenge by John Abraham attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Coming in a close second was John Cook's Why we need to...
    Skeptical Science
  • Andrew Little as Labour Leader
    So Andrew Little is the new Labour leader. I don't particularly agree with him axing capital gains but entirely agree Labour should ditch raising the retirement age. Andrew needs to handle the members better. Cunliffe ditched some policies such as...
    Topical
  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter from afar
    TV3's decision to broadcast the Vodafone Music Awards live to air was a great call. Not that I was able to actually watch it, but being able to read tweets both from Vector Arena and the living rooms of home certainly...
    Public Address
  • Sunday music: Talking Heads on cities
    A blast from the past: the Talking Heads’ ode to urbanity, “Cities”. This is from the band’s fantastic concert film Stop Making Sense: The Talking Heads emerged from 1970s New York. The city itself wasn’t doing so well at the...
    Transport Blog
  • Our social betters
    by Michael Roberts In a great new book, Billionaires: reflections on the upper crust (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120092/billionaires-book-review-money-cant-buy-happiness), Darrel M West outlined various social surveys that show the richer a person is, the less likely they are to redistribute some of their wealth...
    Redline
  • More details on the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path
    Auckland Transport have released more details about the route for the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr shared path that they and the NZTA are going to build over the next few years. The $30 million path will be built between 2015 and 2018 in four...
    Transport Blog
  • Headline of the week
    Original. To quote our very own Lamia, “Maybe the Maori Party should have included a history lesson in their confidence and supply agreement.”...
    On the Left
  • Who or What Was Onboard MH370, That Someone Doesn’t Want Found?
    239 people (including crew) were onboard MH370 when it mysteriously disappeared on March 8th this year.  Not one single piece of confirmed wreckage has ever been found, nor has a definite crash area been identified. I, like I am sure...
    An average kiwi
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47B
    Acid maps reveal worst of climate change Buffalo mega snowstorm tied to climate change? China will place a limit on coal use in 2020 Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013 Fossil-fueled Republicanism  House Republicans just passed a...
    Skeptical Science
  • For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle
    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog
  • US Politics
      US Politics...
    The Daily Blog
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
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  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
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  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
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  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
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  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
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  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
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  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
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  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
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  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
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  • The Warehouse & Noel Leeming Praised for Principled Stand
    Family First NZ is congratulating The Warehouse and Noel Leeming for reinforcing their ‘family-friendly values’ by removing R18 games and DVD’s from its shelves, and is calling on other retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith...
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  • PM’s Post-Cab on Iain Rennie, China and the Smith Inquiry
    In a press conference held today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions regarding Iain Rennie’s potential resignation, the independent inquiry into the Smith/Traynor escape, and recent trade deals with China....
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  • Safety Week 2014 focused on a safe summer
    ACC’s annual Safety Week kicks off today. With summer just around the corner, Safety Week this year is focusing on keeping safe when playing sport, enjoying recreational activities or drinking alcohol....
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  • Safety focus during motorcycle month
    As the Central District Police annual Month of Motorcycles campaign cruises into its second week, the results so far have been positive with many motorcyclists playing their part to keep our roads safe....
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  • Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST
    Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST The Sensible Sentencing Trust is slamming a decision which may acquit a Whakatane offender of serious dangerous driving charges....
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  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
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  • Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media
    Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media to say “no” to domestic violence Everyone has the right to feel safe at home. Many do not. One in three partnered New Zealand women report having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner...
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  • Smoke Alarms in Rental properties
    TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing....
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  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
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  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
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  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
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  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
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  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
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  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
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  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
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  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
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  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
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  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
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  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
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  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
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  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
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  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
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  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
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  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
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  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
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  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
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  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
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  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
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  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
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  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
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  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
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  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
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  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
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  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
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  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
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  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
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  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
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  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
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  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
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  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
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  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
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  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
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  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
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  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
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  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
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  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
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  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
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  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
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  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
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