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Open mike 16/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, January 16th, 2014 - 142 comments
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142 comments on “Open mike 16/01/2014”

  1. Morrissey 1

    S.S. Trust’s “Offender Database” still looking threadbare

    I have yet to receive an acknowledgement from the people at the S.S. Trust, after having informed them yesterday of three major oversights in their “Offender Database”, viz., the absence of three notorious criminals: BRUCE EMERY, DAVID GARRETT and ALAN TITFORD.

    Our good friend and colleague Murray Olsen also took the trouble to alert the S.S. Trust about Alan Titford—did you hear back from them, Murray?

    On its site, the S.S. Trust features the statement: “The Sensible Sentencing Trust believes in an open and transparent Justice System.” I urge other Standardistas to help the S.S. Trust get its Offender Database in order. The form is very easy to fill in and can be found here….
    http://www.sst.org.nz/offenders-database/

    All you have to do is scroll to the bottom of that page and fill in the form “Submit Offender Information”. In the “Message” box, you can simply summarize the crimes of the offender you are naming. They will get back to you for more precise details—or so they told me. You may copy or adopt the following if you like….
    BRUCE EMERY: In late 2008, he chased down a boy on a South Auckland street, then stabbed him repeatedly, killing him.
    DAVID GARRETT: 1.) Convicted of assaulting a doctor in Tonga; 2.) convicted of Passport fraud (he assumed the identity of a dead baby in the commission of that crime); 3.) belongs to an extreme racist hate organization. Acts as “legal counsel” to an extreme racist hate organization.
    ALAN TITFORD: Convicted arsonist, vandal, serial liar. Acts as “legal counsel” to an extreme racist hate organization.

    UPDATE: I’ve just sent them information (at 7:18 a.m.) about David Garrett. I got back this reply: “Thanks for contacting us! We will get in touch with you shortly.”

    [lprent: Be more careful. I have put in the changes from your comment below leaving your original screwup in place. ]

    • Morrissey 1.1

      ERRATUM
      To my horror, I see that I wrote above that ALAN TITFORD “acts as legal counsel to an extreme racist hate organization.” Titford merely BELONGS to that organization; it is DAVID GARRETT that acts as its legal counsel.

      Here is the correct version of those summaries for the S.S. Trust Offender Database….

      BRUCE EMERY: In late 2008, he chased down a boy on a South Auckland street, then stabbed him repeatedly, killing him.
      DAVID GARRETT: 1.) Convicted of assaulting a doctor in Tonga; 2.) convicted of Passport fraud (he assumed the identity of a dead baby in the commission of that crime); 3.) Acts as “legal counsel” to an extreme racist hate organization.
      ALAN TITFORD: Convicted arsonist, vandal, serial liar, member of an extreme racist hate organization.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Good work!

      • Tracey 1.1.2

        I see they exclude white collar crimes

      • Tracey 1.1.3

        i thought titforsd was convicted of

        14 charges of assault with a weapon, seven of assault, four of male assaults female, three of assault on a child, three of sexual violation, two of arson, and single charges of using a document with intention to defraud, threatening to kill, assault using a weapon, perjury, attempting to pervert the course of justice and discharging a firearm.

    • Tracey 1.2

      you’ve spelled his name wrongly, or they ahve accepted your information

      Name Location Offences
      Titford, Allan Prison Arson, Assault, Child Abuse, Rape, attempted rape, Threatening to Kill, Intimidation, or any Threatening Behaviour, Weapons or firearms charges

    • Murray Olsen 1.3

      Haven’t heard back. You’d think they’d want to thank me for helping to keep the country safe.

  2. One Anonymous Knucklehead 2

    Foreigners are stealing your tax dollars!

    Stuff’s latest dog-whistle to racist authoritarians The National Party base.

    • Naki Man 2.1

      $100k to keep a shithead for a year is ridiculous, pack these scum in some old railway containers.
      All the sex and drugs they want in motel like accommodation with all their mates. No great surprise that they keep going back for more.

      • Adele 2.1.1

        Naki Man

        They are not scum. You should be locked up too as your contempt for other human beings is extremist. Our own version of the Taliban can be found in “Nakiban.”

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.1.1

          I disagree: Funi Man has the same freedom of speech as you or I. On the other hand I think the police and SIS should take a close interest in far-right racist hate groups, so I hope he’s caught in that net somewhere.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1

            Intolerant hateful speech should not be given the same voice or space as other speech.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Well exactly, which is why it warrants the close attention of the security services.

          • Naki Man 2.1.1.1.2

            Fucknuckle
            I am not racist or far right. You might be a apologist for pedo’s murderer’s and thieves. That’s what i don’t like, trust your type to try and play the racist card. My partner is not a kiwi. You fool

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.2.1

              Of course you are racist. Of course you are hate filled. Of course you are sadistic. The more you hate the more that is what you become. Even a six year old understands see that.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.1.1.2.2

              Oh, sorry, I suppose xenophobic would be a better term. Many right-wingers exhibit these symptoms as a result of your “low levels of contact with out-groups” (Hodson & Busseri 2011).

              It seems that in your case, you channel your hatred against prisoners. I further note that the hate-based policies you struggle to articulate (while supporting wholeheartedly) lead to New Zealand prisons having one of the highest recidivism rates in the world, therefore creating more crime in the process.

              Now, let’s unpack your witless and baseless smear. I promote policies that will reduce recidivism (if we adopt best practice we could get it down to at least 25%) and therefore crime. You do the opposite. Which one of us is pro-crime?

            • Will@Welly 2.1.1.1.2.3

              Of course Naki Man, we understand that, a Jersey Friesian, by another name is still a Jersey Friesian. Up there in the back-blocks, I guess a man’s friend is well…………………
              John Key would understand.

            • Murray Olsen 2.1.1.1.2.4

              Many racists have mail order brides. You often see it among the aging ACT types, who don’t really see women or foreigners as equal.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.2

        That’s what you get when you privatise prisons for corporate profit.

        You liked that idea so I’m afraid you’ll have to shut up and swallow this one whole.

      • bad12 2.1.3

        Naki Man, once a brainless wanker, always so, we all know this and wonder why you daily keep providing the proof that you were once…

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.4

        Right on cue, here comes a typical National Party member to make my point for me.

        Thanks, Funi Man.

    • tinfoilhat 2.2

      Have you actually read the article and not just formed an opinion based on the headline ?

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.2.1

        Most people don’t get past the headline: roughly 66%.

        Of those that start reading the article, by the third paragraph, ~66% of them have gone too. A tiny minority make it to the end.

        So if you’re dog whistling it makes sense to do so in the headline and the first three paragraphs.

        Oh, and the very nature of a dog whistle is that it isn’t overt, but I note the article makes much of the nationality and ethnicity of its subjects.

        The answers to your questions are yes and no.

      • Naki Man 2.2.2

        Yes I have read the article. If you don’t like prison then behave. We should get China, Thailand
        and a few others to tender for locking up the worst offenders. They wont pander to these scum

    • KJS 2.3

      What I would like to know is why it costs $100,000 in the first place to house a single prisoner. I live on about $28,000 a year and I think my lifestyle is significantly better than a prison inmate. So why the gigantic costs?

  3. falloon and bruce springsteen do a number on chris christie..

    ..(and springsteen does a fine parody of himself..)

    http://www.alternet.org/culture/must-watch-fallon-and-springsteens-brilliant-born-run-parody-takes-down-chris-christie

    phillip ure..

  4. ‘hate’ is a strong word..

    ..but does anyone else hate ‘hulu’ as much as i do..?

    ..they have now put the daily show and the colbert report behind their pissy..

    ..’cos of where you live..you cannot watch this video..’

    ..fuck hulu..!

    phillip ure..

  5. bad12 5

    Andrew Geddis over at the Pundit site,(link is over on the right of the page),gives a good ‘legal opinion’ on the criminal case presented to the Auckland District Court against Auckland Mayor Len Brown,

    i fully agree with the analysis presented, it can be proved that SkyCity gave Len Brown free hotel accommodation, it can also be proved that Len Brown gave His support to the SkyCity convention center,

    What has to be proved tho, and i like Geddis struggle to see how such ‘proof’ can be provided to the Court, is that one lead to the other, in other words there must be a proven link that clearly shows that Len Brown was given the free hotel accommodation as payment for His support of the convention center,

    Now we all, Penny Bright and Graham Mac included, have the right to ‘think’ that the two actions, free hotel rooms and support for the convention center are glove in hand but the Court requires more than ”i thunk it therefore it is so” as proof in most matters,( i am sure most of us could provide an example to debunk what i have just written),

    As Geddis says to Penny Bright over at Pundit when She insinuates ‘there’s more, lots more, you just wait and see’, Bring It, if there is ‘more’ in the way of FACT to be either put to the Court, or in the likely event the Court refuses to proceed with this prosecution, put into the Public arena, minds just well might be changed,

    As it is tho, ‘i thunk it therefor it is’ and ‘i have attended a number of international conferences therefor I Know’ are in my opinion well below the test of proof that any Court would require as ‘proof’ of the contention that the free hotel rooms were payment for Brown’s support of the convention center…

    • TRACEY 5.1

      penny and her groiup are sometimes right but their scattergun approah to accusing people leaves some innocent victims in their wake.

      AAm not saying Brown is an innocent victim.

      • Lantahnide 5.1.1

        Yes. That’s Penny’s problem, she always champions any little thing that comes her way, which makes her look silly and petty most of the time.

        • andy (the other one) 5.1.1.1

          And her refusal to pay Council Rates, while benefiting from council services, paid for by everyone else, rubs most people the wrong way.

          • vto 5.1.1.1.1

            Unlike a refusal to listen to the ratepayer while benefitting from the ratepayers payments you mean?

        • bad12 5.1.1.2

          Lolz i said it a week or so ago as every week a ‘new’ target for a Graham Mac private prosecution was announced,

          Each subsequent announcement triggered in my mind the soundtrack to ‘Fame’…

    • andy (the other one) 5.2

      Can any one confirm the papers filed are against Len Brown and not his wife Shan Inglis or both. As I just heard McCready on Radio Live saying he was filing against Inglis, not Brown and Inglis.

      Yours
      Confused Auckland Ratepayer

      [Edit]

      Today he announced he also plans to file the same two counts of bribery and corruption against Mr Brown’s wife, Shirley Anne Inglis, saying she was involved in a “laundering exercise” by accepting the upgrades on behalf of her husband.

      Wow, that’s harsh. Not sure the court of public opinion will be behind filing against Len’s poor wife.

      Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Court-action-possible-for-Len-Browns-wife/tabid/1607/articleID/328611/Default.aspx#ixzz2qV5WUbud

      • Colonial Viper 5.2.1

        Nothing like kicking a woman in the guts when she is down and making her re-live her husbands hotel room proclivities in court.

        Seems a little cruel and unusual.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2.2

        Yeah, McCready is drawing a long bow against Brown, never mind Inglis. So are you. incidentally, with your poison words about her. I am loath to explain this because politicians’ families and private lives are out of bounds, motherfucker, but one thing I know for sure is that you have no more knowledge of the internal dynamics of that family than I do.

      • Tracey 5.2.3

        yes, cos our system of justice is all about public opinion.

        Pretty sure there has to be intent to accept the rooms in return for a vote or knowing that was why they were offered.

      • bad12 5.2.4

        Yeah, just up on the Herald on lines website is confirmation that McCready and i will make a assumption here and pre-apologize if i have it wrong, Penny Bright are now alleging that Brown’s wife was ‘laundering’ illicit proceeds gained by Brown by Her having booked most of the hotel rooms in question,

        Now that to me is just Fucking Sick, if anyone is a victim in this whole sordid pile of s**t it is the Wife of Len Brown and to attempt to slur Her by alleging that She knew Brown was being paid off with free and upgraded accommodation that she was knowingly booking is to simply re-victimize Her all over again,

        Penny Bright and Graham Mac, enjoy your five minutes of fame, hopefully with these two prosecutions the Courts note that you have become vexatious litigants and toss anything you may bring befor them in the future into the rubbish bin…

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2.4.1

          Ditto for the assumption that anyone is in a position to assign “victimhood”. Leave the personal family stuff out of it completely. You are playing Palino/Slater/Wewege’s game.

          • bad12 5.2.4.1.1

            OAK, can you repeat that in English that can be understood and perhaps add who exactly you are responding too…

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2.4.1.1.1

              Bad12, I was responding to you. If we want family to be out of bounds in politics (and I believe we do) that extends to presuming to speak for politician’s family members, who are perfectly capable of speaking for themselves.

              • bad12

                That is just spurious bullshit OAK, it is not i who have dragged Brown’s wife into the public spotlight with these threatened tawdry charges,

                Now that McCready and Co have made this a public spectacle then the nature of family relationships has changed and i for one won’t be silenced by your puerile call for ‘vow of silence’ which in effect is a silent round of applause from you for what McCready and Co are about to attempt to inflict upon Brown’s Wife,

                If you OAK wanted family to be kept out of politics then you also should be giving McCready and Co the same message i am, which is to proclaim loudly to these people that dragging brown’s Wife through the Courts on what appears to be even bigger spurious bullshit than you are capable of writing is totally fucking unacceptable,

                i have never called for any form of ‘blanket’ leaving of families out of politics, in the ‘Brown affair’ i have simply taken the position that what Brown gets up to in His private life between mature consenting adults is a matter that should be left to him and his family, i am not the moral police,

                Leaving ‘family out of politics’ is definitely a laudable aim, but, that depends entirely upon what is alleged when an attempt to drag family into politics is made by anyone and whether we have any slightest shred of fact to back up any such claims made against a politicians family,

                As far as presuming to speak for Brown’s wife, i don’t, like many others here at the Standard i am of the opinion that Brown’s affair with Ms Chuang was His private life and that the only people Brown had to justify such actions to were his family,

                In my opinion Brown’s wife was and is the major victim of His affair with Ms Chuang the latest actions of McCready and Co will simply lead to Her re-victimization as i have not the slightest belief that McCready has a shred of evidence that what He alleges occurred,

                Lastly this is Open Mike a page specifically set aside for discussion of anything and everything, telling me or anyone else what they can or cannot comment on is likely to gain you the response of go eat s**t…

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Oh I completely agree about McCready – I hope the courts reject his brief in no uncertain terms, and based on Andrew Geddis’ analysis it seems they will.

                  You can’t simultaneously want family out of politics and then use the alleged feelings of family members in your argument. That is simply another form of revictimising, thus, playing Palino/Slater/Wewege’s game. Or having your cake and eating it.

                  I prefer families be kept out of politics. Do as you will.

              • tracey

                Interestingly Key was happy to have his son filmed playing golf with he and Obama…

          • tracey 5.2.4.1.2

            Wee Wegee Winky?

        • Tracey 5.2.4.2

          plus 1

      • phillip ure 5.2.5

        (re macready suing sian inglis..my fiv cents worth..)

        (ed:..macready has stepped over the line here..

        ..he is basically further victimising/humiliating a victim in this whole sorry saga..

        ..if there is an innocent in this..

        ..it is shan inglis..

        ..and macready is turning a citizens’ fight for justice..

        ..into a tawdry witch-hunt..

        ..and he should withdraw those charges..

        ..right now..

        ..(n.b..were macready to after..say..the spouse of one of those rip-off scumbag finance company douchebags..

        ..who is still living high on the hog..

        ..on those ill-gotten gains..

        ..i would say..

        ..’good on him..!’

        ..but this is just tawdry..

        ..and creating an injustice all of its’ own..)

        phillip ure..

      • Jackal 5.2.6

        Wow! That’s some serious assholism going on right there folks. I mean attacking a public figure is all well and good, but attacking their partners or families is another thing entirely.

        Such underhanded tactics make it appear that the whole exercise isn’t about moral outrage or justice and is instead simply about getting rid of Len Brown as Mayor. Considering the right wing Palino would likely become Mayor of Auckland in that case, why on earth are so called left wing activists like Penny Bright on the warpath?

        It would be nice if the right wing could come up with something more original than a simple honey trap (you should have seen that one coming Len) and a few false allegations to try and take out their opposition. Besides, isn’t Brown’s affair a private matter between him and his wife?

        Making a false allegation against Shirley Anne Inglis for simply accepting upgrades to their accommodation arrangements is entirely unacceptable! I’m with bad12 on this one, Graham McCready should be found to be a vexatious litigant and his case thrown out.

        • Lantahnide 5.2.6.1

          “Considering the right wing Palino would likely become Mayor of Auckland in that case, why on earth are so called left wing activists like Penny Bright on the warpath?”

          Maybe some people aren’t hopelessly partisan and will go after anyone who is at fault, regardless of their affiliation?

          I believed that is generally called “having principles”.

          • bad12 5.2.6.1.1

            Lanth, while i somewhat agree with the point of your argument, the major point of all this is not ‘having principles’ it is ‘having proof’,

            As i point out above, we all are entitled to ‘think’ what we want vis a vis Len Brown accepting free hotel rooms and upgrades measured against the fact that Len Brown supported the SkyCity convention center,

            However, while the two facts above could be directly related any thinking person would, without actual proof, have to consider the possibility that both facts are not linked,

            ‘We thunk it therefor it is’ does not in a Court of Law constitute proof and Penny Bright in particular, seemingly up to Her armpits in these prosecutions is wont to drop grand screeds of text here at the Standard, i have yet to see Her production of such ‘proof’ appear here for some strange reason,

            What the threatened charges against Browns wife look like to me is the two Ronnies after having filed charges against Brown Himself have come to the belated realization that it was Brown’s Wife who booked the majority of rooms which were subsequently upgraded or given for free,

            Such a big OOOP’s moment has in my opinion then lead the two Ronnies into what i would call a recovering drunks hamfisted attempt to criminalize the person who was the actual ‘receiver’ of the upgrades and freebies and i have to wonder in a quiet moment whether at least one of the Two Ronnies has in fact fallen far far off of the hypothetical wagon,(while only hearing the soundtrack to the movie Fame i might add)…

            • andy (the other one) 5.2.6.1.1.1

              The Two Ronnies, heh! Except they are two very humourless people in public.

              McCready is a convicted blackmailer, kinda makes his case against Inglis a bit creepier.

              They are more like Dr Bunsen Honeydew & Beacker (Bright being Beaker, the perpetual victim of others ‘experiments’).

              http://youtu.be/Mggl7cC8iys

        • tracey 5.2.6.2

          “Considering the right wing Palino would likely become Mayor of Auckland in that case,”

          What makes you think Palino would win the election??? He certainly wouldnt get in without an election simply by being runner-up?

      • Murray Olsen 5.2.7

        McCready is a loose cannon who has so far managed a wounding shot on Banks. It doesn’t seem to matter to him whom he prosecutes. He’s the Tim Shadbolt of the courtrooms; it doesn’t matter, as long as he’s there. Penny Bright has made it her mission in life to be the conscience of the capitalist state. In my view, neither of them does much to advance left wing causes.

    • amirite 5.3

      I’m sorry I must have missed something, but what happened to Cameron Brewer’s undeclared little junket? Why is he not being sued, if McCready wants to be consistent?

      And for that matter, did John Key and Steven Joyce received and declared any gifts for their very friendly engagement with SkyCity biz?

      • PapaMike 5.3.1

        I thought it had been revealed by the Council that Cameron Brewer did report his Australia trip, and that the Council had overlooked the fact, until it was brought to their attention. It was done in an em.from Brewer.

        • idlegus 5.3.1.1

          i heard cameron brewer on rnz say his situation was different regarding the freebies, because he was always upfront about acceding to sky cities wishes. in other words his principles were already bought.

          (np dead moon – kicked out, kicked in “who sold out, & whos for sale”)

    • aerobubble 5.4

      When I accept an upgrade I’m doing the Hotel or the Airplane a favor. Where there is an empty room and the Hotel has sold all its regular rooms, its good business to reward repeat visitors with upgrades and on sale the freed room.

      So it astonished me when the NR Moro guests kept harping on about them. Its call basic business commonsense. Now if Brown were the only one getting them, and getting an envelope of cash left in the room, then yeah. But this practice is commonplace.

      Can I up-size that burger for free?

  6. Pasupial 6

    I am against deepsea oil exploration anyway, but even if I wasn’t; this new groups spokeswoman would have given me pause:

    ” Mrs Broughton said Pro Oil and Gas Otago was in ”regular” contact with the oil companies… The businessmen behind the new group did not yet want to be identified, preferring to work behind the scenes, but there was ”nothing sinister” in that, she said.”

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/288328/new-group-formed-support-drilling

    When you have to come out and say that your group is not sinister in your very first press release, then you may have PR problems.

    • Rosie 6.1

      Exactly Pasupial. Anonymous pro oil group made up of business people who want to keep their identity hidden? Seems that Robyn Broughton herself perceives it as sinister as she thought to use the word. Verging on a form of Freudian slip.

      I hope these aren’t the same people that parrot “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” when they defend their mates in the National Govt over the GCSB and TICS Act’s.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        I’m reasonably willing to hear what these residents and business people of Dunedin have to say in putting forward their case. In particular, I’m very eager to hear about assurances and guarantees regarding the specific economic benefits that Otago will receive as a region, from any gas or oil extraction.

        IF any commercial extraction does go ahead, I personally think that 1% of the value of fossil fuels extracted should go into a Dunedin City economic investment fund, 1% into a wider Otago Region economic investment fund, and 1% held in escrow in a clean up contingency fund.

        That’s fairly reasonable, I think.

      • Pasupial 6.1.2

        A group of Dunedin businesses is moving to construct castles as debate intensifies over the arrival of oil companies in Otago waters.

        However, with A Dark Co’s drilling ship, the igNoble Doug Roberts, due by the end of the month, protest group Oil Free Otago has also warned the peasants are building barricades.

        The warning came days after a group of four Dunedin businessmen created a new group; Prostituting Otago Oil, to spell out their support for gas exploration off Dunedin’s coast.

        Spokeswoman Robem Blind, of Dunedin, said the group wanted to counter ”scaremongering” by opponents of oil and gas exploration, and said that; “listening to that kind of person” would infect you with a disease akin to syphillis.

        Mrs Blind said Prostituting Otago Oil was in “regular contact with the forces of Satan”. The businessmen behind the new group did not yet want to be identified, preferring to work behind the scenes, but there was ”nothing sinister” in that, she said. “Nor should the issue of blood sacrifice be pertinent” to this discussion, added Mrs Blind as she dabbed her lips; with a torn scrap of children’s clothing printed with bunny rabbits.

        A Dark Co., New Zealand, corporate affairs manager Acraven Shill said the company was ”a long way” from deciding whether to proceed to full extraction, and whether to use Dunedin or Invercargill as a supply base. All oil companies play this Shell Game of pitting local communities against one another for this dubious benefit ;“it’s better than having the drilling but getting nothing for it; so some one usually knuckles under”, he cackled.

        However, it was ”wonderful” to see growing support for the group, which confirmed what the company already knew, he said.

        “Similar groups have been very useful in the past and they should be worth every penny we pay them.”

    • Ad 6.2

      Shades of Aramoana aluminium smelter 1982 there.

  7. Tracey 7

    More TPP leaks

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11187155

    “A key chapter allowed foreign companies to sue the government in an overseas tribunal if it raised environmental standards in a way that hurt foreign investor profits.

    The risk of million-dollar lawsuits would discourage governments from addressing environmental problems, with “serious environmental consequences”, he said.

    A spokeswoman for Trade Minister Tim Groser said the TPP environment chapter would “promote high standards of environmental protection, and enhance the capacity of TPP members to address trade-related environment issues”.

    Asked if the section would be beneficial for the New Zealand environment, she said that “trade and environmental policies can be and should be mutually supportive”.”

    The herald doesnt trust us to read it ourselves so no link given. Found it at huffington.

    https://wikileaks.org/tpp2/static/pdf/tpp-treaty-environment-chapter.pdf

    “Further, where private sector entities or non-governmental organizations develop
    voluntary mechanisms for the promotion of products based on their environmental
    qualities, each Party should encourage those entities and organizations to develop such
    mechanisms that among other things:
    (a)
    are truthful, not misleading and take into account scientific and technical
    information;
    (b)
    where applicable and available, are based on relevant international standards,
    recommendations or guidelines, and best practices”

    • vto 7.1

      You see? As I keep saying, the TPP changes my vote and sovereignty by changing what laws can and can’t be made (by way of financial compensation / litigation). This means the government has no ability to enter into the TPP.

      The TPP will be null and void.

      Why can’t business simply accept the risk of doing business in another person’s house? Why can’t they accept that the house-dweller is supreme and that the risk of the rules of the house changing is part of business?

      This is simply business pushing people out of the way to get its own way. Business needs to learn its place i.e. subject to the requirements of the house in which it operates. This is all a colossal historic anomaly.

    • Molly 7.2

      Always think of the situation Mexico found itself in when it refused to accept toxic waste from the US.

      “Mexico refused to deposit toxic waste from the US in her country. However, that was an infringement against the Trade Agreement with the United States and based on this mechanism the waste disposal company was ordered to get 70 million US Dollar in compensation.”

      … Remember reading this somewhere – was difficult to find a link in the MSM, but could have been using the wrong key words.

      • Tracey 7.2.1

        YUP.

        responsibilities on corporates appear to be voluntary only. Speaks volumes that it has to be written down that if corporates DO engage in voluntary audits or promote themselves s environmentally friendly, the NZ govt should encourage them to do so truthfully…”Encourage”!!!

      • Draco T Bastard 7.2.2

        Try this link or this one.

    • bad12 7.3

      i have had nothing to add to the TPP debate until now, my thinking on this ‘free trade deal’ having been solidified by a couple of articles read from the Herald Onlines site,

      Given what i have read there today it is in fact imperative that David Cunliffe again states clearly that an incoming Labour lead Government reserves the right to withdraw from this TPP as it is now obvious that this agreement will prohibit a sovereign government from making whatever laws and regulations it chooses,

      While Cunliffe is at it and befor the damage Goff is doing to the Labour Party becomes irreversable, He should strip Goff of any ability to talk on trade issues at the least…

      • Tracey 7.3.1

        I agree. BUT unfortunately he will only say the public should see the drat… but appointed goff and dodged my question on that very apparent contradiction

        From: Tracey
        Sent: Wednesday, 25 September 2013 1:41 p.m.
        To: Hon. David Cunliffe
        Subject: TPPA

        Can you confirm that the appointment of Goff to Trade wont see you water down
        your promise on the TPPA draft to be made public before it would be signed?

        Congrats on your recent election.

        I used to vote labour but moved away in recent times despite being a fan of Clark.

        I want a caring society where we help the vulnerable and dont turn them into punching bags. I will vote Green unless Mr Cunliffe can show me a turn away from cow towing to a few small big businesses

        Tracey

        ———- Forwarded message ———-
        From: Hon. Phil Goff
        Date: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM
        Subject: RE: TPPA
        To: “redacted

        Thank you for your email to Hon David Cunliffe concerning the Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. Apologies for the delay in my reply.

        There is genuine concern about what might be included in the final outcome of the negotiations, which the Government has not adequately addressed by making clear where it stands on important issues in the negotiation.

        Labour demands more openness and transparency from the Government. As Minister of Trade negotiating the China and Asean Free Trade Agreements in 2008, I involved a cross-section of groups in the process including the Council of Trade Unions and Greenpeace as well as businesses and exporters. That helped ensure we got good input and it also won trust and confidence in what we were doing.

        Those trade agreements hugely helped economic growth and jobs in New Zealand with New Zealand exports to China increasing from $2 billion to over $7 billion dollars in five years and closing the trade deficit with that country. It helped save us from suffering as badly as the US and Europe from the Global Financial Crisis.

        Labour has also set bottom lines for support for a TPP agreement. It must result in a clear and significant net benefit to our country. It must be a high quality agreement allowing New Zealand to gain access for our major exports to countries like the US, Japan, Canada and Mexico, removing barriers like the current exorbitant tariff rates on dairy (200-300 per cent), tight quotas and behind the borders barriers. For our services and manufacturing industries we would also want access to government procurement contracts, a market in the US alone worth $334 billion from which we are currently excluded.

        Labour recognises that the TPP is not just a trade agreement but deals with behind the borders issues and could impact on domestic policy settings. New Zealand must not sacrifice Pharmac or give up our sovereign right to regulate and legislate such areas as health, the environment and economic policy or in areas like gambling, tobacco and alcohol. The policy protections must be tight enough to prevent multinational companies from winning law suits against us when we regulate in these areas to their commercial disadvantage. We support intellectual property protection but not where it goes to extremes which would hinder innovation and create excess profits at the expense of the consumer. The Government needs to heed the concerns of smaller companies in New Zealand including those in the IT sector.

        Labour supports trade deals which genuinely benefit our country. We need growth in exports so we can close the gap between the value of what we export and import. A trade deficit which has persisted over 40 years has meant New Zealand having to borrow to pay the difference. Growing debt has resulted in us increasingly losing ownership of our own country.

        We need growth for jobs and higher incomes. We need growth to increase government revenue to pay for higher quality services in areas like health and education.

        The Petri study from Brandeis University shows that a TPP would likely lead to export growth to New Zealand of over $5 billion a year. The Parliamentary Library, based on the Brandeis study, states that could lead to job growth of up to 22,000 jobs.

        Half of our trade goes to the TPP countries. If we did not participate in a successful agreement our exporters would be disadvantaged by facing barriers in the key TPP markets that our competitors do not.

        We continue to insist that the Government better inform parliament and civil society as to its negotiating objectives and its position on issues of concern. Only then can the public be involved in an informed and mature debate. Labour will support a deal only if it is genuinely in the interests of New Zealand.

        Yours sincerely

        Phil Goff

        Hon Phil Goff

        MP for Mt Roskill

        Labour Spokesman on Defence

        Trade, Ethnic Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs

        Associate Foreign Affairs
        Private Bag 18 888, Parliament Buildings
        Wellington 6160, New Zealand
        T: + 64 4 817 6775 | F: + 64 4 817 6461

        • bad12 7.3.1.1

          Thanks for the reminder Tracey, i remember this from the first time you posted it here, it just begs the question where then is Cunliffe’s RED Labour doesn’t it,

          It’s definitely saddening that to get rid of Slippery’s abysmal shower of you know what we have to have the same old Neo-liberal bullshit rammed down our throats by the leader of this RED Labour Party and the business as usual brigade masquerading in the wings,

          The only real hope of avoiding this disaster would seem to be that the talks collapse completely or the US Congress and Senate refuse to ratify the TPP…

          • tracey 7.3.1.1.1

            yup. You know i wonder if the talks are now irrelevant because the 400 corp reps with the us delegation have already got a huge insight into their trading competitors govt policy?

        • Jim Nald 7.3.1.2

          Thanks for sharing Goff’s reply.
          Btw, Tracey, are you really ok with making your email address publicly available? My gut feeling tells me that should not be quite necessary and can be left out to minimise potential misuses of your email address as well as unsolicited or unwelcome contact with you??

          • BM 7.3.1.2.1

            You may want to get lprent to remove your email address.
            If you stick it into google it goes straight to your work website.

            That’s only if you don’t want people to know who you are though.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.3.1.2.1.1

              It will be a test of wingnut ethics, and if Tracey does get harassed by typical National Party members, won’t that be a good look in an election year?

              • BM

                Well, she’s safe from me.
                I was actually doing a public service by letting her know, google’s the ultimate stalking tool and it’s very easy to find out lots of information very quickly especially if you have a web presence.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  “I would never release this information, but I have given copies of it to all my lawyers”.

                • tracey

                  you mean after you copied and pasted it into your google BM?

                  • BM

                    Everyone has the same google, Tracey.

                    • tracey

                      why did you google my email BM?

                    • BM

                      Ummm, because it was there?.

                      Tracey, I was actually doing you a favor by letting you know.

                      I wouldn’t have even noticed it, if Jim hadn’t have pointed it out, therefore it’s Jims fault.

                    • tracey

                      But how do you think you did me a favour by warning me about having my email online and then searching it? If you can’t see that contradiction I pity you more than ever for your reasoning deficiencies….

                      In simple language BM

                      YOU didn’t warn me, Jim did, you know this because you replied to his warning post not to mine.

                      you could have warned me and NOT searched my email. My question was why you searched it. Because it was there is a ridiculous answer, think a bit deeper, tell the truth, it won’t hurt you.

                      Interestingly you searched it before warning me.

                      You really are a sad little man/woman BM.

          • tracey 7.3.1.2.2

            i thought I had editted it out…

            I imagine by now any damage would be done?

            [Bill: just read the comments and have removed your email]

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.3.1.2.2.1

              Pretty sure Lprent (or any other editor) would do something for you; perhaps damage has been done, so why run the risk of it magnifying?

              • tracey

                I was making an observation. Such an observation and emailing lprent are not mutually exclusive.

                Interesting I have received two emails so far. Nothing wierd, or evil, just people making contact who don’t usually post here but do read. Bm, of course beat the guiness world record for copying and pasting an email address and googling it.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  I guess that means BM failed the ethics test.

                  Have to say it would creep me out a bit, I think.

                  • tracey

                    I will feel creeped out when I receive emails from places I have never before and so forth. For now I remain just saddened at how national, pull the wool so easily over the eyes of the unthinking, such as BM… no critical thinking ability, at all.

            • tracey 7.3.1.2.2.2

              Thanks Bill

        • QoT 7.3.1.3

          God that’s such a fucking shambles. Nothing screams “really want to connect with supporters” like responding to a simple yes/no question with 11 paragraphs of boilerplate.

          I know it wouldn’t be satisfactory in terms of answering-the-fucking-question, but how much better would this have been:

          “Hi Tracey,

          Thanks for your email to Hon David Cunliffe. It’s been forwarded to me as the Labour spokesperson on the TPPA.

          Unfortunately David and I haven’t discussed an official position on releasing a draft since he’s become leader.

          I can assure you that Labour will only support a deal if it is genuinely in the interests of New Zealand and New Zealanders.

          Yours sincerely etc”

          Yes, still a bunch of waffle, but at least you’d know someone in his office read the damn thing and didn’t just scan for the words “TPPA” then copypaste in the generic response.

          • tracey 7.3.1.3.1

            or better still, an answer from the leader to whom I addressed it.

          • Bill 7.3.1.3.2

            So, apart from Goff praising previous FTAs (which, given that he’s a neo-lib can’t be any surprise), it would appear that Labour has put the kibosh on the TPPA, given this passage…

            New Zealand must not sacrifice Pharmac or give up our sovereign right to regulate and legislate such areas as health, the environment and economic policy or in areas like gambling, tobacco and alcohol. The policy protections must be tight enough to prevent multinational companies from winning law suits against us when we regulate in these areas to their commercial disadvantage.

            Correct me I’m wrong, but ceding the right to regulate and legislate is normally central to FTAs.

            • tracey 7.3.1.3.2.1

              Bill, it depends on whether the subjective nature of the following statement early in his reply takes precedence

              ” It must result in a clear and significant net benefit to our country.”

              my emphasis

        • thechangeling 7.3.1.4

          Goff has contradicted himself here:

          “We need growth for jobs and higher incomes. We need growth to increase government revenue to pay for higher quality services in areas like health and education”.

          “The Petri study from Brandeis University shows that a TPP would likely lead to export growth to New Zealand of over $5 billion a year. The Parliamentary Library, based on the Brandeis study, states that could lead to job growth of up to 22,000 jobs”.

          22,000 jobs “could” be created still leaves 130,000 to 230,000 people unemployed so where are they all meant to go? And are those potential 22,000 jobs part time, full time, casual, temporary??? How much will those jobs actually pay? Minimum wage perhaps? It’s all guesswork cos Goff really has no real information. It sounds like only Dairy farmers get more money and everyone else has to accept this as the new global neo-liberal norm (orthodoxy).

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.3.1.4.1

            It’s a double-edged sword.

            On the one hand globalisation favours the strong. On the other hand it connects the weak. The exchange of ideas that comes with it is a genuine force for global improvement (naive as that sounds).

            • tracey 7.3.1.4.1.1

              yup. it means Bangladesh get to build a ferry for NZ while National pretends to be creating an environment for jobs

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                The National Party’s ability to pretend things depends on when the MSM decides it’s “time for a change”.

                This ferry contract could have gone to an NZ firm, and I’m sure its owners have taken notice of the fact that the National Party is happy to help roading contractors and casinos, but boat builders, not so much.

                What to do? Find out the bank account number of the Waitemata Trust? Encourage the workforce to register to vote? Decisions, decisions :)

          • Draco T Bastard 7.3.1.4.2

            “We need growth for jobs and higher incomes. We need growth to increase government revenue to pay for higher quality services in areas like health and education”.

            That is something only a person who has NFI WTF the economy is would say.

            Growth doesn’t provide those things, increased productivity and diversity within the economy does. The exact opposite of what you get from free-trade.

  8. Tracey 8

    ““I hear from sole parents every week who say they’re really grateful for the support from Work and Income case managers; who are often the first to ask them what they want to do with their lives and then help them find work,” Bennett said. ”

    Shame it’s not in writing then I could do an OIA.

    • Bill 8.1

      hmm – she wouldn’t be extrapolating from the results of WINZ phone surveys by any chance? After my last visit I got the ‘just to check our services are up to speed’ bullshit phone call. Of course, the questions were weighted, far too general and open to massive interpretation.

      So if I said I was happy enough with the service i received on that particular occasion…does that equate in someones mind with ‘grateful’? And since WINZ staff are now meant to quiz about work stuff on every contact…does that equate to ‘helping find work’ in someones mind? And so it goes…

      • tracey 8.1.1

        I just wonder whether “hear” can possibly mean verbal. Does she even expose herself to the possibility of meeting sole parents thrust back into the workplace on low wages because the training subsidy has been cut?

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      And for everyone that she hears from there’s 10,000+ just wishing that WINZ would get out of the fucking way.

  9. Enough is Enough 9

    Rock Star Economy pfftttt.

    The Main Stream Media has come out in election year with the full artillerary in a desperate assault on the minds of the electorate with the aim of restoring this incompetent government to power.

    International Dairy prices are high which means farmers are able to pay loans back to foreign bankers.

    Other than that the real economny is in further retreat with unemploment more than triple what a ‘rock star economy’ should be.

    While our kids starve, the bankers buy another bach at Pauanui.

    And we are told the country is doing well.

    Fuck off MSM. Stand up and tell the real story.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9.1

      +1 Enough is Enough

    • Naki Man 9.2

      No kids are starving in NZ, lots of them are obese, you fool

      Pull your head out of your arse

      .Our economy is growing faster than most.

      Farmer’s paying their loans down is not a bad thing.

      Leftards cant stand good news.

      Finally real news from the MSM

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.2.1

        Funi Man, you’re a liar as well as a racist, eh.

        That comes with the territory, though.

      • Enough is Enough 9.2.2

        No kids are starving in NZ….Yeah Right

        That is why every political party has a policy of feeding the starving kids at school.

        Yes that’s right, even Key has acknowledged it. He caused it and his tory charity policy is goood for fuck all. But it shows your statement to be full of shit.

        We love good news. You watch the mood of the nation rise on election night when Key and English are kicked out of office.

        The only thing which would make us smile more is if the next government had the balls to put them both on trial for corruption and selling our country to their rich mates.

      • Arfamo 9.2.3

        Fuck me sideways. If there was any other proof needed what a dork you are, funni man, it’d have to be your comment “Finally, real news from the MSM”.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.2.4

        Finally real news from the MSM telling me what I believe to be true

        FTFY

        It’s called Confirmation bias

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9.2.4.1

          Yes, or: “Finally MSM telling me what I want to believe is true

  10. Ron 10

    Just heard a news flash that yet another Forestry worker has been killed on the job in the Wairau Valley Marlborough
    When will the National Far Right Government concede that we do need something to be done about the number of accidents occurring in the workplace especially in Forestry.
    We do need Health & Safety laws to be beefed up and their vindictive cancelling of payments to CTU for H&S training needs urgent revisiting

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      When will the National Far Right Government concede that we do need something to be done about the number of accidents occurring in the workplace especially in Forestry.

      They won’t. People being killed in service to their masters is fine with National.

    • tracey 10.2

      by cancelling, people think they will use the money a different way to make workplaces safe, but notice there was no announcement of what will replace it?

      national are at war… maybe some folks are just starting to wake up to that?

      with less than 25% of the workforce in unions (not including the non members who join when they are dismissed to get free representation) why the almost pathological dislike of uinions?

  11. captain hook 11

    funni man is just another shill for the tories repeating their lies and expecting people to believe them.
    he should stay on tr*deme opinions with all the other creeps where he belongs.

  12. vto 12

    …. don’t mind the repeat from Helen Kelly’s thread ….

    Another man has just been killed this morning while at work in the forests.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9616939/Forestry-worker-killed-in-Marlborough

    It is the fortnightly headline.

    Collins, Farrar, Williams – hang your heads in shame.

    Disgusting.

    • tracey 12.1

      appalling

      A man has been killed in a forestry accident in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley and another worker has been seriously injured near Whakatane.

      Last year forestry-related accidents claimed 10 lives.

      WorkSafe NZ said it had sent expert forestry health and safety inspectors to investigate both of today’s incidents.

      Ambulance officers pronounced the Marlborough forestry worker dead about 10.30am. The incident was reported to emergency services about 10am.

      WorkSafe NZ general manager health and safety operations Ona de Rooy said that to have a death just 16 days into the new year, following an appalling safety record in 2013, showed how much the forestry sector needed to change its behaviour.

      “We have identified an alarming rate of safety non-compliance amongst cable logging operators – nearly half of the 162 we’ve visited weren’t operating in compliance with the industry code and we had to take 203 enforcement actions to force those operators to comply. We had to shut 15 of them down they were so dangerous.

      “We are so concerned at this level of unsafe practice that we have sought meetings with individual forest owners to make very clear to them that they have significant responsibilities,” de Rooy said.

      “We will want to see their safety plans for the contractor crews demonstrate active management of safety standards. If they are deficient, we will be holding them to account.

      Council of Trade Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly has made many calls for immediate interim regulation for the industry.

    • Arfamo 14.1

      Lol. Oh dear, never mind. People can still have a party and pay for their own drinks on the day. Bomber might want to shout – although possibly he’s already got an unexpected headache. Wouldn’t this be better posted in the Internet Party thread?

    • BM 14.2

      Lol, what a numpty.

      Shades of Weedle.

  13. Pascal's bookie 15

    here’s a funny old yarn from the old days, while the big important story of the day is media outlets with owners who do politics and stuff

    http://publicaddress.net/onpoint/gotcha/

  14. tracey 16

    ” A senior Italian IOC member criticised the United States for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month’s Sochi Olympics.

    “It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established),” Mario Pescante said at an Italian Olympic Committee meeting in Milan, in comments widely reported by Italian media.

    “The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.”

    The Italian Olympic Committee would not confirm or deny Pescante’s comments, but his speech was reported by the Gazzetta dello Sport and the ANSA news agency.

    Asked for clarification later, Pescante said he is not anti-gay.

    “Of course not,” the 75-year-old Pescante he said. “I just wanted to make the point not to let politics interfere with the Olympics.” “

  15. chris73 17

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2014/01/a_newspaper_that_pays_no_tax_complains_about_tax_avoidance.html

    – and the msm wonder why people are turning away from newspapers…

    • Paul 17.1

      David Farrar gets told to criticise the Dom Post when it forgets to act as a mouthpiece for the government.
      “Good boy, David,” said his Tory masters. ” You’ll get your overseas holidays if you keep this .”

      I have nothing contempt for that paid Tory propagandist.
      Yet you use him as a source!

    • Anne 18.1

      Joe 90 has beaten me to it.
      TV1’s take on it

      http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/john-boscawen-makes-bid-act-leadership-5801517?autoStart=true

      As someone who once knew Boscawen, I baulk at the “safe pair of hands and a positive outcome for ACT” meme pushed by the politically ignorant blonde reporter who fronts the item.

      He was regarded by those who knew him (including me) as an old woman. He’s obsessive and completely lacking in even a modicum of vision. He’s an ideologically based Climate Change denier who has close links to the NZ Climate Science Education Trust – that’s the outfit that took NIWA to court and lost. They were ordered to pay costs to the tune of around $80,000 plus (if I remember correctly) but have never paid them. He’s an accountant by profession. Need I say more.

      In short, a one eyed pratt who thinks because he has a few bob in the bank that makes him an important person.

      • bad12 18.1.1

        Lolz, i have trouble in what to refer to Boscowan as, the prez of ACT or the ‘new owner’…

  16. Ian 19

    gareth Morgan is a trick. Gareth became rich through capital gains.Untaxed capital gains. He is a hihpocritical fraud, Got to go and feed the cats.

    [lprent: Back again? Lift your game up a bit. I looked at this comment, decide that it was by someone mindless repeating crap that they hadn’t bothered to think about, and started the “stupid troll parrot” scan. It won’t take too many of those before I decide to boot you again as wasting too much of my time moderating a stupid simpleton.

    BTW: While I have very limited respect for him. As I remember it, Gareth Morgan made most of his money in ventures that were and are taxable. This includes such things as the sale of trademe shares. Perhaps you should read the wikipedia entry and point to untaxed capital gains in OpenMike. Because at this point I rather consider that you are a really idiotic and foolish liar.

    Adding you to moderation so that you don’t divert on this post. And moving this comment to OpenMike. ]

  17. joe90 20

    I could get used to servicing like this.

    Tesla and GM have both issued fire-related recalls, but Tesla’s fix doesn’t require owners to bring their cars in.

    Tesla Motors is using over-the-air software updates to quickly fix the sort of problems that often arise when bringing a new car to market. This forward-looking approach is an important part of the company’s success.

    http://www.technologyreview.com/view/523621/tesla-motors-over-the-air-repairs-are-the-way-forward/

  18. Penny Bright 21

    SEEKING TRUTH – FROM FACTS?

    I respectfully suggest that those who have yet to do so have a very good read of the following Auckland Council ‘Code of Conduct’ – particularly :

    APPENDIX 1: CONFLICTS OF INTEREST POLICY FOR THE AUCKLAND COUNCIL and

    APPENDIX 2: LEGISLATION BEARING ON THE ROLE AND CONDUCT OF ELECTED
    MEMBERS

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/aboutcouncil/governingbody/codeofconductelectedmembers.pdf

    Then, you might care to have a good, hard look at section 8 – which deals with ‘Compliance’, particularly:
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    8.5. Conduct Review Independent Panel

    The governing body shall constitute a Conduct Review Independent Panel.

    The members of the Panel will be selected from a list of persons with appropriate skills and knowledge, to be recommended by the Chief Executive.

    The Independent Panel is not a Committee of the governing body and its sole function is to investigate those matters referred to it and to make recommendations on those matters to the governing body/local board.

    Up to three members on the list will be deemed to be ‘convenors’ who will be the Council’s primary contact in relation to convening a panel when required. ‘Convening’ a panel includes
    chairing that panel. A convenor may appoint other convenors to a panel.

    8.6. Procedures of the Conduct Review Independent Panel

    The Independent Panel will establish and notify standard procedures, fair to both
    complainants and respondents, which it will apply to the investigation and consideration of
    all complaints referred to it. ”
    __________________________________________________________________________

    Why was this process not followed with this ‘inquiry’ into Mayor Len Brown?

    Upon what lawful basis did (former) CEO Doug McKay, apparently chose a ‘process’ which he just made up – then appointed his own people (Ernst and Young) to carry out this ‘inquiry’?

    In my considered opinion, the purpose of so doing was to attempt to protect Mayor Len Brown from prosecution for arguable statutory breaches of the LAWS which cover the role and conduct of elected representatives, as outlined in the above-mentioned APPENDIX 2.

    Other ‘conflicts of interest’?

    Anybody else noticed how (former) Auckland Council CEO Doug McKay, Ernst and Young and Sky City are all members of the unelected private sector lobby group Committee for Auckland?

    http://www.committeeforauckland.co.nz/membership/member-organisations

    How many of you know that Mayor Len Brown has been reporting to ‘members only’ meetings of the Committee for Auckland on a regular quarterly basis, behind closed doors, with no media allowed?
    http://www.committeeforauckland.co.nz/events/127-regular-bi-monthly-quarterly-events

    Oh yes – who did Auckland Mayor Len Brown commission to write a (favourable) report on Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) – none other than – Ernst and Young:

    http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/document/pdf/201348/PPPStudyForAttachmen1.pdf

    (First CCOs – then PPPs?)

    There is a LOT more to come…………….

    Penny Bright

  19. Draco T Bastard 22

    Steve Keen explains the Laws of Thermodynamics to economists and politicians.

    • Colonial Viper 22.1

      +1 i.e. the physical reality of the economy, not the financialised paper account of the economy.

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    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • The week in politics vs. Gilmore Girls
    This week in politics: Andrew Little became leader of the Labour Party. Julia Gillard spoke at the University of Auckland about gender and politics. Gerry Brownlee was fined for breaching airport security. Tony Abbott threw down with Vladimir Putin at APEC....
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Whither the class line?
    In 1995 I published a book that explored the interaction between the state, organised labor and capital in the transitions to democracy in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The book was theoretically rooted in neo-or post-Gramscian thought as well as the...
    Kiwipolitico | 19-11
  • This video shows the pain caused by NZ’s current benefit system
    Darryn bravely talks about the stigma that comes with being on the benefit, and how that has affected his life. This stigma is just one of the many problems our current benefit system creates. These problems would be removed if...
    Gareth’s World | 19-11
  • Climate change: The cost of past inaction
    For the past 20 years, New Zealand's climate change policy has been one of inaction and delay. While we've seen no less than four failed attempts at putting a price on carbon (including the current ETS), we've never really tried...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • Policy of fear
    Community groups have a vital role in New Zealand. In addition to speaking out on social problems such as poverty, mental illness and addiction, they also often have a direct role in fixing them via government funding. Unfortunately there's an...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47A
    A carbon tax could bolster wobbly progress in renewable energy A dam revival, despite risks Congress is about to sabotage Obama’s historic climate deal David Cameron urges Tony Abbott to do more on climate change G20 pledges lift Green Climate...
    Skeptical Science | 19-11
  • ‘Consult on promotions policy’: TEU to Auckland VC
    TEU is asking the vice-chancellor of the University of Auckland to engage in a process of consultation on the university’s Academic Grades, Standards and Criteria policy and other policies so the two sides can avoid further litigation. Earlier this month the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Asia-Pacific plans for gender equality
    New Zealand is one of the few countries who have not sent a government minister to an Asian and Pacific conference on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Thailand, but it has sent TEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb.  The conference...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • TEC, Ministry and Treasury want new funding model
    The government should consider a radical shift in tertiary education funding policy according to advice from the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Education and the Treasury. All three agencies advise the government to shift tertiary education funding away from...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • The awkward question of New Plymouth
    It’s rather common knowledge that Andrew Little wasn’t exactly a star in New Plymouth. He stood in the former Labour Party seat in 2011 and 2014, losing ground in both the electorate and party vote on each occasion. Overall, the...
    Occasionally erudite | 19-11
  • Academics say academic freedom getting worse
    Nearly two-fifths of academic staff say that their level of academic freedom is worse than when they started work, according to a survey on the state of the tertiary education workforce. AUT’s Work Research Institute undertook a State of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Academics say academic freedom getting worse
    Nearly two-fifths of academic staff say that their level of academic freedom is worse than when they started work, according to a survey on the state of the tertiary education workforce. AUT’s Work Research Institute undertook a State of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • 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. Staff and South Auckland community members had been campaigning to turn around the polytechnic’s proposal for mass redundancies since they were announced last...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Proud’s Britain
    Alex Proud has a very good long piece in the Telegraph that is as disturbing as it is accurate. The subject? Baby-boomers, and the way they have blindly robbed the generations that came after them. He is writing about Britain,...
    Polity | 19-11
  • This year’s (super) model: visualising atmospheric CO2
    Here’s a superb high resolution supercomputer visualisation from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center of the flows of CO2 in the atmosphere around the planet. Apart from being beautiful to look at, it shows the major sources of CO2 emissions in...
    Hot Topic | 19-11
  • Public Service Announcement: Advice to Andrew Little
    Over the last 48 hours absolutely everyone and his/her dog/cat has been publicly advising Andrew Little what he should with his front bench and much else decides. Good for them. Free speech is super. I won't be joining the chorus,...
    Polity | 19-11
  • Jordan uses Islam to battle ISIS
    My former UCLA colleague Larry Rubin, and my former Michigan colleague Michael Robbins, have a fascinating piece at the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog overnight, all about how Jordan is setting Islam against ISIS: Many people in the Hashemite Kingdom...
    Polity | 19-11
  • a respnse to robyn malcolm
    yesterday i had a brief exchange on twitter with robyn malcolm regarding roger sutton, and you can see the whole exchange from this tweet:A CERA employee with some humanity https://t.co/VgjwPhpUVz http://t.co/2Q9s8efQBx— Robyn Malcolm (@robynmalcolm) November 19, 2014twitter is unfortunately not...
    The Hand Mirror | 19-11
  • Gordon Campbell on the SAS role against Islamic State, and Podemos
    Could this news report serve to explain – in a nutshell – why Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the SAS forming part of New Zealand’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State? From the New York Times...
    Gordon Campbell | 19-11
  • Support Andrew Little
    We need to get in behind the new Labour leader. Let's focus on the need to defeat National in 2017, and not concern ourselves too much with the utter destruction of everything we had ever hoped to achieve for this...
    Imperator Fish | 19-11
  • Marshall Islands takes on the nuclear-armed states, for all our sakes
    “The day the sun rose twice”. That's how 1 March 1954 was recorded in the history of Rongelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, part of the Marshall Islands. Early that morning, shortly after the sun rose in the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 19-11
  • Unwelcome prayer
    Parliament’s speaker has proposed a new prayer to open each sitting day in our House of Representatives. You might be reasonably surprised at that sentence – why, in a supposedly secular country, is each day in Parliament opened with a...
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Mill Rd update
    While it emerged the other day that AT are looking to cut back on rail to the airport due to it’s cost, a day later they announce they are seeking a designation for a $300 million mini highway through currently...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections On Andrew Little’s Narrow Defeat O...
    Bugger! Grant Robertson's and Jacinda Ardern's bitter disappointment was written all over their faces as the listened to Andrew Little fielding questions at his first media conference as Leader of the Labour Party. The extreme closeness of the result, however,...
    Bowalley Road | 19-11
  • Occupation is responsible for escalation in Jerusalem
    The following statement was issued by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on 18 November 2014. “The operation today in Jerusalem is a natural response to the ongoing racist policies and crimes of the occupation, and it is...
    Redline | 19-11
  • Occupation is responsible for escalation in Jerusalem
    The following statement was issued by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on 18 November 2014 in relation to the attack on a synagogue in the Har Nof area of Jerusalem. “The operation today in Jerusalem is a...
    Redline | 19-11
  • Turbulent week for global climate policy leaves many questions
    They came, they saw, they cuddled koalas and world leaders then largely ignored the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s instructions to ignore the global, intergenerational and morally challenging kerfuffle over climate change. All in all the last seven days have...
    Skeptical Science | 19-11
  • Andrew Little: A Man for the Time?
    In an ideal world good men and good women would be elected to government; the best would achieve high office and a few the highest office in the land. New Zealand, still one of the least politically corrupt nations in...
    Brian Edwards | 19-11
  • World News Brief, Wednesday November 19
    Top of the AgendaSynagogue Attack Heightens Israel Tensions...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 16-11
  • 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 | 13-11
  • 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 | 13-11
  • 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 | 13-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 10-11
  • 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 | 10-11
  • 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 | 09-11
  • 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 | 09-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Wild West culture a result of gung-ho government
    Successive employment law changes over the last six years that have taken away work rights have led to a Wild West employer culture in many workplaces, Labour’s workplace relations spokesperson Andrew Little says. A government audit of 23 Christchurch building...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Dr. Kennedy Graham’s speaks in the 2014 Ministerial Statement –...
    I have listened closely to the Prime Minister's statement this morning and to this debate over New Zealand's engagement towards the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In my contribution I want to focus on the broader aspect...
    Greens | 05-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • The SIS won’t use 48 hour warrantless spying for ‘evidence’
    Let’s just slay one of the myths the Government are trying to use right now to justify the SIS 48 hour warrantless search fishing expeditions shall we? The Government has been telling all who listen over the weekend that the SIS...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • There’s a better way of discouraging would-be jihadists
    The Prime Minister claims there is a growing threat from New Zealanders attracted to Islamic State and he wants to increase state powers to watch such people and take away their passports. I believe there is a better way to...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Nationwide Day of Protest Captures Public Attention on TPPA
    . . NZ, Wellington, 8 November 2014 – Wellington basked in a beautiful summers’ day with nary a breeze and only a few clouds in a clear, blue sky. The sort of summer day that we keenly await after months...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests
    A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU congratulates new Labour leader
    The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union congratulates Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. “I have worked closely with Andrew and know he will be a strong and successful leader,” says Bill Newson,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 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.”...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • WHO Highlights Devastating Global Impact of Drowning
    The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. Safekids Aotearoa, as a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, has joined the worldwide effort to focus more attention...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPA must refuse phosphate mining application
    Text of the Press Release issued by KASM (Kiwis against Seabed Mining), Greenpeace and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on 17 November 2014: “EPA must refuse phosphate mining application” The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Compulsory smoke alarms needed in rental accommodation
    The tragic deaths of three young people during a house fire in Hamilton, hot on the heels of a 3 year old dying in a house fire the previous week, point directly to the need for compulsory smoke alarms in...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • CAA fines Minister for security breach
    The Civil Aviation Authority has completed its investigation into an alleged security breach at Christchurch International Airport by then Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee and two aides on 24 July, 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Pacific climate funding must prioritise the poor
    Caritas supports the government’s prioritising of the Pacific for direct climate change related funding, rather than making a major contribution to the global Green Climate Fund....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
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