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Open mike 16/09/2012

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138 comments on “Open mike 16/09/2012”

  1. Carol 1

    For many people here, this article does not state new ideas, but is a reminder of the state of the world, and the way forward with the coming global decline.

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/growth_is_the_problem_20120910/

    It focuses on two books: Richard Heinberg’s, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality
    and

    Joseph Tainter’s, “The Collapse of Complex Societies”

    The article lays out the problem from the perspective of those living in the US, in relation to the dysfunctional concept of endless growth. It argues that the solution, or at least the best way to try to deal with the decline, is to organise locally.

    The article particularly blames the major corporates for persisting in dictating the growth meme. For NZ, there is an additional problem that most of these corporates are overseas owned, and a large number have strong links with the US political structure, even if they aren’t actually located within the US.

    The problems we face:

    “The inevitable decline in resources to support societal complexity will generate a centrifugal force,” Heinberg said. “It will break up existing economic and governmental power structures. It will unleash a battle for diminishing resources. This battle will see conflicts erupt between nations and within nations.

    “It could implode in a few weeks, in a few months or maybe in a few years,” Heinberg said, “but unless radical steps are taken to restructure the economy, it will implode. And when it does the financial system will seize up far more dramatically than in 2008. You will go to the bank or the ATM and there will be no money. Food will be scarce and expensive. Unemployment will be rampant. And government services will break down. Living standards will plummet. ‘Austerity’ programs will become more draconian. Economic inequality will widen to create massive gaps between a tiny, oligarchic global elite and the masses.

    Actually, I think it will be a long slow decline, as we gradually shift in the above direction.

    According to the article, the solution (or at least the way to best weather the coming collapse/decline is in local organisation and strong community structures:

    The reconfiguration will arise not through ideologies, but through the necessities of survival forced on the poor and former members of the working and middle class who have joined the poor. This will inevitably create conflicts as decentralization weakens the power of the elites and the corporate state.

    It is important that these structures be set in place before the onset of the crisis, he says. This means starting to “know your neighbors.” It means setting up food banks and farmers’ markets. It means establishing a local currency, carpooling, creating clothing exchanges, establishing cooperative housing, growing gardens, raising chickens and buying local. It is the matrix of neighbors, family and friends, Heinberg says, that will provide “our refuge and our opportunity to build anew.”

    But for NZ there is the additional need for us to continue the pressure on our governments (national and local) to resist the dysfunctional overseas corporates and their colluding governments, and to develop local expertise and sustainable enterprises.

    • Tiger Mountain 1.1

      Society is more fragile than it appears. In the Far North most people have tanks full of nice rain water-yay with a regular rainfall, not so hot in a climate change induced drought or chemical pollution that drifts in from some overseas catastrophe. With just in time systems the Pak’n’Saves etc only have a two day food supply for the region according to Civil Defence.

      For every altruistic neighbour that swaps some veggies for a couple of bottles of home brew and helps home school children say, there will be an armed farmer with fortified defenses and surveillence. We have enough tooled up crazies running around in rural areas now. A guy I know with a small holding on a peninsula out of Whangarei was quite worried by the initial SARS outbreak a while back. He had visions of hordes crossing the mangroves to get his crops, stock and resources, so had petrol storage increased and all sorts of security measures verging on ‘man traps’ installed. He feels a bit of a dick now but that is one anecdote.

      Urban dwellers will get a taste of Christchurch, power out, apartment towers with blocked toilets like some drifting cruise liner. Internet? gone.

      There is a national Civil Defence Earthquake drill on September 26, 9.26 am “Operation Shakeout” http://www.getthru.govt.nz where thousands are being encouraged to join in. Kiwis need to get their heads around this type of thing. But of course it comes back to the shitheads in government who sabotage ETS and all the rest that might buy us more time before a societal breakdown, for short term gain to keep the tills jingling.

      • prism 1.1.1

        Tiger Mountain 1.1
        I feel much sympathy for farmers who feel exposed to thieves. They are sitting ducks for the malevolent remorseless types who want to eat away at their reserves and resources. The policing for farmers is far below what they need and deserve as major producers of food and revenue.

    • just saying 1.2

      Thank you for this Carol, and Tiger Mountain.

      It’s an important summary.

      Like many here, in my own way, I’ve been progressively changing my life to try and meet these challenges, (I draw the line at chickens scratching up the garden).

      They high on my list of priorities when I sold up and moved to where I am now, and I love it here, but for one thing. I’ve found it really difficult to get to know my new neighbours, and even though my various overtures have been characteristically (for me) shy and awkward, I’ve never lived in a neighbourhood with such high walls (physically and metaphorically).

      It’s a classic working -class area in many ways. About 2/3 housing corp tenants, a diverse ethnic mix, loads of young children, and about half of the adults working ridiclously long hours away from the home, with most of everyone else, underemployed or on a benefit. I sometimes joke that half the neighbours keep the other half under surveilance. There is a real tension. I often think that parents who work ten hours a day, and part of the weekend must really resent other parents who get to be with their kids all the time.

      It worries me all the more because local neighbourhoods will inevitably become more and more important in our every day lives. In the past, outward homogeneity helped glue communities together, at the cost of anyone who dared to be different. I’m glad things are different now, but there can be a real challenge where there are diverse communities of people under pressure, getting squeezed more and more, fighting over the crumbs

      • prism 1.2.1

        just saying
        I was involved in trying to gather a beneficiary group together to get strength, cohesion etc from each other. Quite hard because of diversity in life attitudes.

      • prism 1.2.2

        just sayin
        One helpful approach in neighbourhood in Christchurch was that carried out by Sister Pauline O’Regan and others. It was a great example of true Christian work.

        http://www.nzine.co.nz/views/oregan.html?Rcat=Community&Tcat=General

        After teaching for some thirty years she resigned from her position as Principal at Villa Maria College for Girls in 1973 and with other sisters, Sister Teresa O’Connor and Sister Helen Goggin, she moved out of the convent and into a state house in the Christchurch suburb of Aranui

        Books about working in the community
        With Teresa O’Connor Pauline O’Regan has also co-authored two books based on their experiences working in the community. In COMMUNITY Give It A Go! (1989) they describe their work in building community, – how they established networks, started coffee groups, and arranged childcare – and what they learnt about the relationships between local community workers and professional groups..

        And other books are listed. They would be worth reading. Also ideas for community gardens use quite diverse approaches. I heard an Australian or USa person talking about establishing city gardens on public areas which the speaker was very happy about feeling they had been successful.

        That’s a way of bringing people together in a way that will be of benefit. There is a limit to the meetings and talks and planning for fiesta days one can find time for. Practical help like gardens can be so good, and stealing is not too bad. Probably would happen, but would die away over time.

      • Jenny 1.2.3

        … a classic working -class area in many ways. About 2/3 housing corp tenants, a diverse ethnic mix, loads of young children, and about half of the adults working ridiclously long hours away from the home, with most of everyone else, underemployed or on a benefit.

        just saying

        This sounds much like Papakura, the community I live in. I have found that being involved in starting up a community garden has been a great way to break down the high walls, (physical and metaphorical).

        Yes, we have had some vandalism and even a midnight raid on our first potatoe crop, but we have also made valuable contacts with neighbors and community. And along the way are learning many other valuable lessons. It has not been easy but it is still early days.

  2. Paul 2

    With all the news about the Arctic melt being a record this year such as.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/14/arctic-sea-ice-smallest-extent?intcmp=239

    And in this morning’s Herald 32% think “It’s a load of old cobblers’ and a further 19% say climate change has not been caused by humans.

    What an informed population we have. The MSM is doing a great job in distracting them from news.

    • locus 2.1

      almost the same percentage of NZers that support key…. i wonder if there’s a correlation?

    • Carol 2.2

      I can’t find the poll you refer to, Paul.

      I’d like to know if it is one of those dodgy, always-leaning-to-the-right online polls, or a better constructed and conducted one. But, even so, it points to the majority of Kiwis having concerns about climate change… and a government not representing their concerns.

      That a third may be misinformed and a fifth out-right deniers is a worry. However, given the dominance of reactionary voices in our MSM, it must be a worry to right wing spin meisters that there’s a significant percentage who don’t take on board some of their PR.

        • Carol 2.2.1.1

          Thanks. Well, it’s one of those dodgy online polls and which usually lean to the right. There’s about a 50-50 split for human caused climate change and deniers.

          • locus 2.2.1.1.1

            Carol i like your positivity – but i can’t get past the bizarre idea that 50% of educated people either can’t read or comprehend scientific proof that greenhouse gases are creating climate change – I mean 5-10 years ago the jury was still out… but now??

            • Dr Terry 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Let me say again, eduated people are not necessarily intelligent, moral, or discerning. A genius like Gore Vidal, by the way, never went to College (tertiary education). Formal education itself does not necessarily lead to intelligent behaviour.

              • Draco T Bastard

                +1

                IMO, formal education misses the important experience bit. Also, specialisation means that people don’t have an overall understanding of things around them which doesn’t help.

              • Populuxe1

                This would be the same Gore Vidal who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth into America’s patrician class, attended Exeter – a prep school easily the equivalent of many university foundation courses – who remained convinced to the end that the US had somehow tricked Japan into WW2 and turned Truther in his final years, yes?

            • Dr Terry 2.2.1.1.1.2

              Let me say again, eduated people are not necessarily intelligent, moral, or discerning. A genius like Gore Vidal, by the way, never went to College (tertiary education). Formal education itself does not necessarily lead to intelligent behaviour.

              • Colonial Viper

                What you say seems nothing more than a truism yet it has to be stated explicitly because so many (educated) people today appear to not understand it. The irony.

                And a simple corollary – a lot of very smart people, the ones who can get things done and whom you can rely on, have never got a uni degree.

                • Populuxe1

                  And no matter how many times people without degrees repeat this piece of homespun wisdom, it doesn’t make it any more true or relevant.
                  One would hope that one’s lawyer or doctor had a degree if they’re going to “get things done”…

            • Carol 2.2.1.1.1.3

              Well, firstly, those polls are not scientific, and have a tendency to lean to the conservative.

              Secondly, such polls are part of the intensive denier propaganda (and it has increased as the science has got more certain of climate change) – note the wording “load of old cobblers” – who is that appealing to? Those who pride themselves on being down-to-earth? Are generally sceptical of authorities?

              And, thirdly, in spite of intensive propaganda from oil companies etc, a significant proportion of the population do seem to agree that there is a problem of human influenced climate change. So, it means, not time to give up yet…. more people will look at what is happening in the world and are likely to switch to accepting we have a problem that is the result of human impact.

              This means that

        • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.2

          Three sceptics gave affidavits. One of them is Terry Dunleavy, a retired journalist and stalwart of the wine industry. His family has a vineyard on Waiheke Island and he has an MBE for services to the wine industry.

          And I think that proves just how useless these honours are.

          • Populuxe1 2.2.1.2.1

            I hope that was sarcasm – NZ’s wine industry is worth over $1 billion a year, and gives considerable pleasure to a lot of people. The man deserves canonisation!

    • Bill 2.3

      With Arctic ice so low increasing the chances for a severe winter as polar winds get shunted south, I’m interested in any spin the msm might apply.

      Will we see a repeat of the ‘it’s bloody freezing therefore there ain’t no global warming’, line of the last severe winter there (while they roundly ignored the fact the Arctic as some 11 degrees warmer than usual for the time of year)? Or will they report responsibly?

      With denialist rants noticably more muted of late I’m hoping for sober reporting.

  3. Carol 3

    For xtasy…… this story of tame doctors and assessors is gaining momentum and widening to encompass WINZ, as MPs like Keven Hague keep up the pressure on the government over ACC:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7686228/Winz-joins-ACC-in-firing-line-for-hatchet-doctors

    The Government wants to reduce the number of people on a working-age benefit for more than 12 months by 30 per cent within five years, with welfare reforms expected to save $1 billion over four years.

    Winz head Debbie Power said designated doctors were “completely independent”, and made recommendations on the basis of their medical opinion as to whether a person was unfit for work.

    But barrister Frances Joychild was struck by the similarity of allegations about ACC’s assessors to welfare cases she handled. “There are plenty with a reputation as hatchet people.”

    Joychild acted for a client with mental health problems who appealed an assessment from a designated doctor, and she said he received a “brief, inadequate” assessment .

    • Mary 3.1

      Finally they’re cottoning on. Interesting there was no mention, though, of one of the most concerning issues with this which that Work and Income with no medical training contact the doctors after they’ve made assessment just to “check” that the doctor knows about the “correct” eligibility criteria for the benefit. The problem is that, firstly, the doctor doesn’t make the decision about the benefit – the doctor gives a medical opinion only upon which Work and Income then take into account when determining eligibility and, secondly, the non-medical Work and Income person will more often than not not give an incorrect characterisation of the criteria. The result is the same as what was uncovered on 60 minutes with ACC – the doctor goes “oh, I didn’t know that” and changes their mind. In other words Work and Income go hunting until they get the medical assessment they want to base decisions to deny the benefit. And it’s happening not with just sickness and invalid’s benefits but across all medical related benefits, including child disability allowances. It’s been happening for years and it’s disgusting.

    • Vicky32 3.2

      Winz head Debbie Power said designated doctors were “completely independent”, and made recommendations on the basis of their medical opinion as to whether a person was unfit for work.

      Yeah. Right…

  4. Matt McCarten has a good article on the POAL dispute in this morning’s Herald.  He raises the possibility that POAL is dragging this out because in a couple of weeks the collective agreement finally expires and workers go onto individual contracts.

    And something is nagging me.  How much has this dispute cost Auckland ratepayers?

    I tried to find out recently by making the usual request.

    I asked:

    I see that the POAL dispute continues.  Can you advise me if an estimate of the cost of the dispute has been made and if so what this is?  I would also appreciate a figure for the amount spent on legal, PR and consultancy on the dispute.

    The response was:

    The information is confidential.  Can you advise why you require it?

    I responded:

    I would like to see the information because I am fascinated in how much public resource is being used in this attempt to deunionise a site owned beneficially by the people of Auckland.  I also think the information should be publicised.

    Why is the information confidential?  Surely the Auckland Council has received a briefing on how much the dispute has cost?

    Can you advise under LGOIMA:

    1.         Has a report or reports been provided to Auckland Council or any member on the cost of the dispute?
    2.         If so when?
    3.         Was the information presented on a confidential basis?

    I got this back:

    I can advise as follows:

    1.       There are no reports that have been provided to Auckland Council or any member on the cost of the dispute i.e. no information has been provided on the expenditure by POAL arising from the dispute.  However Council is aware of the loss of the Fonterra business and the withdrawal of the Maersk service.  This information was included in media releases issued by POAL. 
    2.       Not applicable.
    3.       Not applicable.

    Rodney Hide must be grinning ear to ear.  His corporatisation of public assets is working out just the way he intended.

    • Tiger Mountain 4.1

      The scabrous Hide slanders previous unionists in this taunting piece that suggests he well knows what is going on at POAL, and why wouldn’t he being a prime architect of the autocratic (to use a polite term) CCOs.
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10834257

      • What did you expect from this anti worker /Union scab Tiger?
        The problem is that a lot of working people believe such propogander.

        I can’t believe some of the things low paid workers I talk to( super market staff ect) believe about unions and Left-Parties /How the hell do we get through to these low paid workers.

    • Carol 4.2

      Excellent work, Micky.

      Doug McKay must also be grinning a lot:

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/local-government/news/article.cfm?c_id=250&objectid=10834358

      Auckland Council chief executive Doug McKay pocketed $840,000 in the past year, making him one of the best paid public sector bosses in the country.

      • muzza 4.2.1


        The draft report contains several other revelations on council pay packets – 123 staff at council or council-controlled organisations are on $200,000 or more, and 1165 staff members are on $100,000 or above.

        Can’t see the council wide contractors/consultants figure included in the article….


        “I simply can’t imagine what he could have done for the ratepayers of Auckland to be handed a salary hike of that size,” Twyford said. “I don’t know how public sector managers can justify these outrageous rises and salaries.”

        Thats right Phil, those at the top are simply not worth the money they are paid, its ridiculous, and who does DM actually answer to anyway…cos is ain’t elected is he!

        No worries though, the people of Auckland will all shout their approval once the transformtion is complete and the number of job losses waved in front of them…

        Its your fellow man in a job, or your rates bill going up even more, is what it will be sold as..

        Who wants to take a stab at estimating how many years until it happen?

  5. prism 5

    The sort of politicians we are getting don’t seem to be coming from a mature and experienced background. Their decisions provide excessive change to solve problems that would be better dealt with differently. So we go on with chronic difficulties and have the shocks of restructuring all the time that weaken, through their excessive targets, the institutions we rely on. Our politicians are not up to scratch. How do we lift the level?

    I think there needs to be a check list. Questions like what working experience have you had? What do you think about protecting the environment?

    If you have ideas I would like to hear them. Just put prism at the top of your comment and I’ll pick it up that way. Ta.

    I repeat yesterday’s Radionz summary of expert in interview on politicians in Britain and elsewhere. Listen if you can. Illuminating.
    This interview was at 8:15 Aeron Davis (a good, clear speaker with nous)
    Dr Aeron Davis is Professor of Political Communication at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has investigated communication at Westminster and the London Stock Exchange, and amongst the major political parties and across the trade union movement, interviewing close to 300 high-profile individuals employed in journalism, public relations, politics, business, finance, NGOs and the civil service. Dr Davis is the author of Public Relations Democracy (MUP, 2002), The Mediation of Politics (Routledge, 2007), and Political Communication and Social Theory (Routledge, 2010). He is currently working on a book on the rise of promotional culture.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      yeah it’s a pretty sad state of affairs.

    • It’s unfortunate that those “from a mature and experienced background” are probably put off by the antics of question time.

      “How do we lift the level?” Only when List and Electorate candidates are selected from people who can prove they care more about New Zealand than their own egos, having stood the test in their local community, rather than from the ranks of those who choose politics as a full-time profession, having “studied” politics and will do anything to stay in “power”. The issue is motivation, as much as ability.

  6. Lanthanide 6

    Two stories on Banksie today:

    The Sunday Star-Times visited Epsom and questioned 30 people who said they voted Banks at the last election. All said they were now embarrassed to have him as their MP because of his actions over his donation declarations during his bid for Auckland’s mayoralty, and because of his behaviour once they became public.

    Not one offered any support for his position, but all of those spoken to said they were stalwart National supporters who voted Banks to toe the party line and keep Act in Parliament as a coalition partner.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7686184/Embarrassed-Epsom-won-t-pick-Banks-again

    The party has made no progress in rejuvenating its brand since the election. A quick kill and a neat by-election would maintain Key’s majority. And any loyalties to Banks can be quickly forgotten.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/7686169/Remember-this-now-Mr-Banks

    • Dr Terry 6.1

      One would expect people residing in Epsom to be intelligent and discerning, but NOT SO. What was patently obvious, they bought hook, line and sinker. Did they really, for one moment, expect the deal to get Banks elected would work wonders? They should not be complaining now because they were so compliant (with Key’s wishes) and naive prior to the election. Embarrassed is the least they should be/.

      • Just because one is rich does not mean one is intelligent DrT . In fact most of the intelligent and interesting people

      • Because one is rich does not mean one is intelligent Dr.T.
        .In fact most of the interesting well informed people I have meet have just been working people many on a low wage. \I had 25 years working in racing stables in UK where horse owners were super rich and had all gone to public (private ) school and had educations I would give an arm for. My close observations were that most were tight miserable ignorant slobs who would sell their grandmother for a couple of bob . They just had the midas touch . they had no idae just how working people lived. Immafraid not much has changed even in Aotearoa

    • QoT 6.2

      Not one offered any support for his position, but all of those spoken to said they were stalwart National supporters who voted Banks to toe the party line and keep Act in Parliament as a coalition partner.

      One hates to sound smug, but oh, poor diddums, sucks to be you. Got played by your own party who didn’t really care who took Epsom as long as it allowed them to pass things that don’t fit with their cuddly image.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.3

      It’s Magic

  7. Herodotus 7

    Q&A Shearer knew what was to be discussed, Key made an idiot of himself, especially re Banks. Yet I walk away from the program thinking Key did less damage than Shearer, how can this be ?
    On reflection I am still not sure what message Labour/Shearer was wanting to promote, let alone that they were able to express it.

    • David H 7.1

      Yep I agree I watched and waited and waited and yeah nothing. Time to go Mr Shearer you just ain’t got what it takes. Now if it had been Cunliffe. Hell even Parker could have done a better job. When Labour lose in 2014 they will only have the ‘insiders’ to blame and a fat lot of good that will do. Shit they say Goff was un prepared at the infamous “show me the money” Shearer is just un prepared full stop. Like I said above. Time to go Mr Shearer.

      • gobsmacked 7.1.1

        Interviewer: “What is 2 + 2?”
        Key: “It’s 5″ (repeats and repeats, but never concedes)

        Interviewer: “Key says 2 + 2 = 5. Do you agree?”
        Shearer: “Well, I think it’s 4, but, well, some people say 5, so …”

        This wasn’t Shearer’s worst performance – he’s done a lot worse. Raymond Millar’s criticism was too harsh. But in an election campaign he would have to do this ten times a day. Interviews, debates, the works. He’d be toast. Shearer can’t change who he is, he’s a decent guy in the wrong job, that’s all there is to it.

        • Tiger Mountain 7.1.1.1

          A better way to run that interview… from a Mana point of view, too far for LP no doubt.

          • National standards-Gone: we support the teacher unions and will be bringing in free meals for kids and a child benefit.
          • Asset Sales–No Way: Not happening, Hydro power is staying in NZ public ownership and what is more all power companies will be renationalised, supply and line remerged into a national grid with fair pricing for consumers, any compensation to have previous profits deducted.
          • Water–Will consult with all Māori over time on the issues till resolved (Shearer almost got that one)
          • Jobs–Scrap WINZ announce UBI (universal basic income) and ‘Hone Heke’ tax, Capital Gains Tax, high earners tax cuts to be reversed, Union rights to be restored: multi employer agreements, scrap 90 day and right of access etc.
          There you go Mr Shearer, done.

          Mr Shearer just doesn’t have the fire or hardline media training. You just repeat the message “I’ve told you Shane, water is not an issue because there Won’t Be Any Sales”, like in a negotiaton you wear the interviewer down, not quite as per Steven Joyce who talks like he eats prozac like tic tacs, but you dominate the interviewer, it is about your answers, the framing not the bloody questions.

          • Socialist Paddy 7.1.1.1.1

            If you want to see how these questions should have been answered have a look at Cunliffe’s recent interview on the Nation. The difference in quality is startling.

            • Tiger Mountain 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Two different formats but your’re not wrong Paddy, would have been interesting to see Cunliffe and Key go head to head on the questions asked of Key on Q & A.

              • Jim Nald

                My brother, who is a staunch National Party voter, says Labour must keep Shearer as their leader at least until 2017.

                • Socialist Paddy

                  Dim post has an article that says “What I learned from that is that Labour is going to have a leadership coup soon. You can’t have Shearer leading the party into a General Election. It’s absurd.”

                  The first comment then is from Matthew Hooton.  He says “I think people are being much to tough on Shearer. I thought he did ok – not brilliant, bit ok.”

                  I think we should stop taking advice from tories. They only want us to lose.

                  • mike e

                    SP MH then at the end of his pure spin said David Shearer can’t even do an TV interview with out mucking it up! forked tongue

                    • fatty

                      How many points does Labour/Greens need to be ahead 6 months before the next election?…I would say 15-20%, because that is how much Shearer will lose in the pre-election debates.
                      Get rid of Shearer soon before its too late. Also get rid of all those people who voted for Shearer, because their stupidity cannot be underestimated.

          • OneTrack 7.1.1.1.2

            How many privately owned businesses will immediately close and move offshore once you start implementing those plans? Will you nationalise those businesses as well? How many people do you think will simply walk away from their jobs since they will all get a universal benefit for doing nothing? That will put even more businesses under and leave the tax base looking pretty limited. Where then will the money come from to pay this benefit. Will you borrow it from China or will you follow the lead of the messiah and start printing money. Well it worked for Mugabe didnt it. We could ALL be millionaires. Bilionaires even.

            That should collapse the exchange rate which will makes the exporters happy – if there are any left. Could be a problem paying for imports but will solve the ,problem of our response to global warming though. We wont be able to afford oil so our emissions will drop to vitually zero.

            The only thing that is unclear is your statement “Water–Will consult with all Māori over time on the issues till resolved ” – Maori have declared that they have full ownership rights. Doesnt look like much room for consultation or much room for “over time”. I think they are saying no consultation is required. Are you just going to negotiate a price – $10 a litre maybe?

            • McFlock 7.1.1.1.2.1

              Amazing how businesses can uproot and leave at the merest whiff of better conditions for workers and bringing tax rates into line with the rest of the world, but export businesses can’t come here or start with equal rapidity if the exchange rate “collapses”.

            • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.1.2.2

              How many people do you think will simply walk away from their jobs since they will all get a universal benefit for doing nothing?

              Very few as most people don’t want to do nothing. And those bosses that do have people walk away should probably be asking themselves why their workers think that they’re arseholes.

              • Vicky32

                simply walk away from their jobs

                A colleague was talk longingly about Big Wednesday last week, and someone asked him whether he’d be in the next day if he won. “Of course!” he said. When I said I would travel if I won, he then asked “What would you do when you got back? You can’t just do nothing”.
                So, we sat and planned our ideal language school that we would all set up together.

        • Dr Terry 7.1.1.2

          Key too is, as many would have it, “a decent guy” – but these supporters would not agree he is in the “wrong job”! The truth is, of course, that Key is neither a decent guy or in the right job.

    • tc 7.2

      FFS what an amateur and unfocused performance from DS, I could do better. Key should’ve been slam dunked for not reading the police report, which shows Blinky broke the law, the electricity demand side being the real issue with MRP sale delay, ETS freebies to farmers, ECAN….so much material. Who the F is DS media trainer sack them as they’re clearly useless.

      The hollowmen must be happy with this and a third term beckons for the asset strippers unless DS grows a pair, uses the media effectively, or gets rolled for whoever getsv trev’s permission as they could hardly do any worse.

      Nice one Mallard are you happy in the opposition benches bicycle boy because you better get used to them with this shambolic performance from your chosen one.

  8. ianmac 8

    In Q&A today John Key maintained his support for Banks. “I take his word…. There is no need for me to read the Police report. (Note the nose stroking of his nose at the start of this topic, and the hooding of eyes.) It is all a Labour plot.” etc etc.
    It does throw a shadow over Key as well. He may feel that it is better to suffer the condemnation of many than upset the majority of his Government but there is a tarnishing risk.
    Not up yet On Demand.

    • gobsmacked 8.1

      Key’s defence was breathtaking. “Some people … different views …” – even after they showed the clip!

      It makes him look terrible, incredibly arrogant. He’s just relying on the Banks story going away. It’s up to the opposition to make sure it doesn’t.

    • Anne 8.2

      Disappointed in Shearer’s performance on Q&A. He’s making the same mistake as Phil Goff. You can’t prevaricate in politics, and you should never get yourself into a position where you have to explain what you mean. Say it loud. Say it clear. Be concise. Don’t move an inch from your position no matter what the provocation.

      Message to Labour’s strategists:
      Voters want a clear contrast – not a lightweight version of National. How long do we have to wait for the penny to drop!!

      • Colonial Viper 8.2.1

        I think we have to face it Anne, the people running the show in Labour are completely disconnected from the on the ground reality outside of the Wellington belt way, and outside of their inner circle of a few dozen people.

        • Olwyn 8.2.1.1

          And when I look at what they are going to be up against, supposing they do manage to get elected, and do want to do anything differently than National has done, I simply despair. They are going to inherit empty coffers, a welfare system that is at least prepared for privatisation, if not already privatised, a renewed housing bubble and an angry and divided populace. I have no sense whatsoever that Shearer and his backers want to even acknowledge let alone address any of these matters.

          • Dr Terry 8.2.1.1.1

            In which case, Olwyn, give the Greens their chance!

            • Olwyn 8.2.1.1.1.1

              It may well come to that Dr Terry. I do see Labour as my natural political home though, and would love to see something come from them in which I have confidence. I also think we need a wide-ranging and coherent left wing alternative, which the Greens by themselves cannot provide and Labour are presently refusing to provide.

              Labour at the moment seems like a group of people who joined the army to get a career, and now that there’s a war against the people they are supposed to represent, they want to quickly surrender so as to get on with their careers. I do not think that this applies to everyone in the Labour caucus, but to enough of them to make it the prevailing mood.

            • Matthew Whitehead 8.2.1.1.1.2

              Or even Mana or the Alliance if you prefer. It shouldn’t be a case of “green or labour or don’t vote”.

        • tc 8.2.1.2

          Agree CV, and what a disconnected enclave of pollies, consultants, lawyers and beancounters that is. When I pass Duckys office and look around Petone the bloke sure has tunnell vision, if any at all.

          • muzza 8.2.1.2.1

            TC – The word you are looking for is OWNED, they are owned and controlled on both sides.

            People can’t accept it, but its naked in its blatantness now!

          • David H 8.2.1.2.2

            Maybe Ducky needs hundreds of E-mails telling him kits time to resign

        • Anne 8.2.1.3

          The sad thing CV, I have a part time job where I am able to chat with a cross-section of people about life in general and sometimes our conversations touch on politics. Many people out there are fed up with this government and they can see through the likes of Key, Brownlee, Parata, Collins and particularly Paula Bennett. They are appalled at what the government is doing, but not one of them has ever mentioned Labour – or for that matter the Greens – as suitable alternatives.

          This suggests to me that neither Labour nor the Greens are getting through to the populace in sufficient numbers yet to make a real difference. That is why I am so keen to see Labour and the Greens setting themselves a joint strategy for the next election, because neither have a show of being in government without the other. It makes so much sense yet there is no real indication that it is happening. What’s more, it would take some of the pressure off David Shearer because he would be sharing more of the opposition responsibilities with the Greens leadership.

          It was my contention from the start that David Shearer was thrown into the top job with insufficient political experience behind him. It’s easy to knock him for it, but most of us would fare no better if we were in the same position. It seems to me he still lacks confidence and that is a direct result of his lack of experience. What he needs is a top class strategy team around him, and I don’t think he’s got it yet.

          • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.3.1

            It was my contention from the start that David Shearer was thrown into the top job with insufficient political experience behind him.

            Something like 18 or 19 Labour MPs, some of whom were very experienced, voted Shearer in to that top job. They picked him, in their best judgement, as the best choice to lead the Labour Party into the 2014 election.

            Yeah, I don’t get it either.

            • Anne 8.2.1.3.1.1

              IMHO some of them swallowed the ABC hype created by a few long-termers who were either taking out misdirected revenge… or they were more mindful of their own political ambitions than they were the future of the Labour Party.

              Oh well, I guess I’ll make a few enemies in the LP for saying the above but… so what.

              • prism

                Anne
                Maybe it was him or Someone Else they didn’t want. So they vote a fresh face in because no-one of those who were offering could a decisive surge ahead.

          • millsy 8.2.1.3.2

            Labour and the Greens should form a coalition — like the Liberals and the Nationals do in Aus. A single indivisible bloc.

            • Anne 8.2.1.3.2.1

              That should be the long term goal millsy, but not at the expense of a single indivisible bloc. The Greens would want to keep their individual characteristics and so would the Labour Party. Scratch a Labourite though and you will likely find a closet Green supporter underneath. And hopefully the reverse is true too. :)

            • fatty 8.2.1.3.2.2

              I would prefer the opposite and have the Labour Party split. Then there would be a third way centrist party, a real Labour Party, the Greens, and Mana.
              Take the power away from the post ’84 Labour idiots, don’t give them more

              • Draco T Bastard

                After reading this I’m not even sure that Labour going back to its roots will help. If that history is even close to reality then Labour has never been a workers party. It may have been slightly left.

          • Vicky32 8.2.1.3.3

            It was my contention from the start that David Shearer was thrown into the top job with insufficient political experience behind him.

            Agreed! That being said, I think that the Greens can’t be trusted, so a ‘joint strategy’ would be undermined by them.. :(

      • mickysavage 8.2.2

        One thing I would like to know.  Why did TVNZ choose Josie Pagani to be the “left” commentator on the panel?

        • Colonial Viper 8.2.2.1

          Tame, corporate friendly, resource extraction allied, token “lefty”.

        • Te Reo Putake 8.2.2.2

          Because she has media cred, MS. Josie appears on RNZ and Radio Live regularly and her name and reputation has been enhanced by the attacks on her here and on other loony left sites over the last couple of months.
           
          One of the weaknesses of the Standard is that we have no one media friendly associated with the site. Farrar and Slater are on speed dial at the MSM and so are David Slack and Bryce Edwards to an extent, but its unfortunate that the leading leftwing blog does not have a spokesperson to be called apon to go on radio and TV shows.
           
          Mind you, CV would probably give it a go, if asked nicely :)

          • Colonial Viper 8.2.2.2.1

            Because she has media cred, MS.

            You didn’t answer the question WHY. WHY does she have media cred. I’ll tell you. It’s BECAUSE she’s a

            Tame, corporate friendly, resource extraction allied, token “lefty”.

            Also her partner Pagani is very friendly with Right Wing journalists, writers and bloggers.

            Mind you, CV would probably give it a go, if asked nicely

            My chargeout rate for this work is $400/hr + GST + disbursements. Asking nicely does not reduce the rate.

            • Te Reo Putake 8.2.2.2.1.1

              Why? Years of hard work doing her job in the media, the Progessive Party and now as a Labour candidate, I imagine.

              John Pagani? Oooh, that’s sexist, CV, she’s not her husband’s property.

              $400? You need an agent, CV! Let’s do lunch, mmmkay?
               

              • Colonial Viper

                John Pagani? Oooh, that’s sexist, CV, she’s not her husband’s property.

                Don’t be a shit head mate. These two work as a team and share their professional networks to help forward each anothers political and media careers. Have done so for years.

                Why? Years of hard work doing her job in the media, the Progessive Party and now as a Labour candidate, I imagine.

                And don’t forget that she’s also a

                Tame, corporate friendly, resource extraction allied, token “lefty”.

                • weka

                  John Pagani? Oooh, that’s sexist, CV, she’s not her husband’s property.

                  Don’t be a shit head mate. These two work as a team and share their professional networks to help forward each anothers political and media careers. Have done so for years.

                  I think he was referencing Josie herself, who seemed to think that any reference to her husband on TS was sexist.

        • tc 8.2.2.3

          Who pulls TVNZ’z strings Mickey ? SOE minister along with bootboy Joyce I’d suggest.

          More masterful control of the message from the hollowmen.

          • Colonial Viper 8.2.2.3.1

            According to TRP its because Josie Pagani has earnt her stripes as an experienced, progressive media Lefty. Nothing more, nothing less.

        • Herodotus 8.2.2.4

          Better question “Why did not David Shearer give Josie better material to work with”
          National Stds – Labour expelled so much energy in opposing it now there is support of the policy. This should have been Shears moment of glory and a victory, he knew the issues what the questions should have been and how to control the message. Instead we got a very bad Kiwi cricket teams batting collapse.
          Shearer followed Key so had the prime opportunity to leave a lasting telling mark without Key having the ability to defend, instead it was how inferior his performance was to Key.

          On Key link his comments on greater ministers behavior and why he has changed from his standards to now it is “He hasn’t broken the law…there is no charge against him.”
          From this he said in 2008
          “I expect high standards from my ministers,” he said.
          “If they don’t meet the standards I set, then obviously I will take action if necessary
          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10543474

      • prism 8.2.3

        Anne 8.2
        That’s the trouble with Labour. They are still basking in the glory of old Labour when we had pennys. They haven’t caught up with the new currency, they’re too lightweight to trigger the mechanism where their presence,and their gravitas will be recognised and applauded.

  9. PERHAPS I SHOULD ASK THE (NOT-SO-HONORABLE) JOHN BANKS – MP FOR EPSOM – IF HE WOULD BE PREPARED TO PRESENT MY PETITION?

    “That the House conduct an urgent inquiry into the findings of the Police investigation into the allegations that the Hon. John Archibald Banks, CNZM QSO, submitted a false donation return in respect to the Auckland Council Mayoral election 2010 – that it was not unlawful for the Hon. John Archibald Banks, CNZM QSO to sign and transmit his candidate’s declaration of expenses without first personally checking and verifying that the information provided (by another party) was accurate.”

    Given that he agrees that the law around election donations should be tightened up and all?

    (Given that New Zealand is ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ according to the 2011 Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’?)

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/115686/banks-welcomes-changes-to-'unfair'-donations-law

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’
    Attendee: 2010 Transparency International Anti-Corruption Conference Bangkok

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

    • ianmac 9.1

      “…without first personally checking and verifying that the information provided…”
      I think that his Secretary has since declared that he did read and/or discuss the return before signing.

  10. Poission 10

    Missed QA but RNZ reports

    Mr Key told TVNZ’s Q + A programme on Sunday that driving up debt is not a permanent solution to the country’s woes.

    “The answer for New Zealand is not necessarily coming up with a make-work scheme funded off taxpayers,” he said.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/115935/key-dismisses-suggestions-of-intervention-on-dollar

    Key seems to be missing the point here,ie the TWI (FOREX) is driving the debt up,the argument is both counter-intuitive and not even wrong.

    The TWI anti correlates with exports,with a clear identifiable response eg.

    http://s1250.beta.photobucket.com/user/Poission/media/07f0711e.gif.html?sort=3&o=0

    The decrease in trade returns AKA the balance of payments,which requires more overseas borrowing hence the TWI clearly affects the trade balance.

    http://s1250.beta.photobucket.com/user/Poission/media/a984d297.gif.html?sort=3&o=1

    If the BOP were in surplus this would both decrease the deficit and entrain positive feedback such as productive employment.

  11. prism 12

    Talk on Chris Laidlaw touching on private public prisons. One such project in USA had the company involved demanding a guaranteed 90% occupancy. The worry is that given half a chance these companies will get bigger, there lobbying power also, and any more intelligent ways of dealing with crime will be killed in their infancy by these soulless businesses. A very large crime in itself.

    Also two I think Pennsylvanian judges who were inclined to give long sentences were found to be directors on a prison-connected company!! So PPP’s are corrupting influences from the start and exponentially.

    And another comment this morning was that Anglo-Saxon thinking is much more punitive and judgmental than say the Scandinavians who try from a social responsibility model. There was even the suggestion that the Enlightenment never really reached Britain or the USA. So that’s interesting to ponder on.

    And on punitive ways. Texans are using police and security officers heavily in their schools.
    They have turned truancy into a criminal case and the children land up in Court. One 17 year old talked about being poor and needing to earn, he couldn’t wait till the leaving age of 18. So they fined him. Being poor and then being fined. What a joke of a system. Which is often what we do here. And why force-feed education to 18 that is not seen as worthwhile. They could find out what he would think worthwhile, but the authorities probably don’t think that’s worthwhile. Chant today’s slogan ‘ Education will make you free’. And what jobs will be open to the young when they leave. Step up all who are willing to employ them, and give them apprenticeships!

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      US prison over crowding. This is what you get when you lock more and more people up for less and less, creating a societal system where they keep coming back in over and over and over again.

      http://kobreguide.com/public/IMGlargephotoPrison.jpg

      Then there is this:

      Former Luzerne County (Pennsylvania) Judge Mark Ciavarella has been spending his time doing odd jobs for a car towing service while awaiting sentencing since being found guilty on felony corruption charges. His car towing days are over, and the 61-year-old judge is heading to federal prison for 28 years — this could amount to a life sentence.

      His sentence brings to closure a dark time in the history of the city of Wilkes-Barre, PA, which is in Luzerne County. He was found guilty in February of racketeering for taking a $1 million kickback from the builder of for-profit prisons for juveniles. Ciavarella who left the bench over two years ago after he and another judge, Michael Conahan, were accused of sentencing youngsters to prisons they had a hand in building. Prosecutors alleged that Conahan, who pleaded guilty last year and is awaiting sentencing, and Ciavarella received kick-backs from the private company that built and maintained the new youth detention facility that replaced the older county-run center.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2011/08/12/pennsylvania-judge-gets-life-sentence-for-prison-kickback-scheme/

  12. prism 13

    CV 12.1
    Spot on. That rounds off completely the passing mention of these two judges that I heard.

  13. joe90 14

    Chris Laidlaw talking to Neil Mitchell about democracies’ teflon leaders and their ability to avoid taking responsibility for the horrors they’re behind.

    Also, Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Our 9/11 Torturers.

  14. captain hook 15

    Hey CV what right do you have to stop a rugged individual from doing business.
    It is his right to get as much as he can anyway he can.
    Isn’t it?

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      Question – has he proven himself an enemy of the tribe or of the nation? Is his business thieving from the tribe’s provisions or taking from the wealth and the peoples of the nation? :cool:

  15. prism 16

    Jokey Hen’s latest –
    When we’re competitive when we’re productive we can sell things on the world markets.
    But at present as far as employment goes, apparently they have tried magic and spell out that they’re no good at it so we have to wait for the myriad variables to fall into line and then sell something overseas that we get paid for. That’s something that employs people in towns not just the something that employs a small proportion in the country.

  16. Good article by Paul Little todays Herald .Im just surprised Tory Herald has allowed it to be published, perhaps even they have had enough of this awfull lot.

  17. Good article by Paul Little todays Herald .Im just surprised Tory Herald has allowed it to be published, perhaps even they have had enough of this awfull lot.

  18. Draco T Bastard 19

    Food for thought:

    The consultation process is an embarrassment. Check out this little beauty where we have been asked important questions like what colour we would like the tool to be. https://pact.intuitionhq.com/progress-and-consistency-tool-or-pact BUT do be aware that “if you have a strong aversion to the PaCT tool… leave the feedback to those with a different opinion”. Oh, really?

    It seems that some gnomes are coming up with ways to make education conform to National Standards.

    • ianmac 19.1

      Gulp! Draco. In the U SA they have/had a textbook system whereby Chapter 1 had to be taught on a certain date, tested on a certain date and assessment recorded on a certain date. The classrooms were stacked with such text books but not only in Maths.
      So where do you think this stuff that you linked is coming from? Surely not from an American failed system. Surely not from a country where the ranking of USA has slipped down to below 18th.
      Of course by the time any assessment of its success or failure in NZ can be measured, the perpetrators will have left the Government.
      They are really serious wreckers and haters.

  19. Chris 20

    Just saw a bit of bennett in Parliament having a rant at Labour about something or nothing.Has lost my sound so don’t know what she was saying but just watching her she certainly sees herself as pm material.Jabbing finger,triumphant sneer, glittering eyes of a plus size model,flicking hair flouncing back into her industrially strengthened chair with a God I’m good attitude Sometimes you don’t need sound, she is truly awful. I think when nats do these turns Labour should have score cards and mark them out of ten and hold them up at the end of a rant followed by a thumbs down.

    • Reagan Cline 20.1

      Is she related to Henry ?

    • Carol 20.2

      It was probably a news item about this:

      http://www.3news.co.nz/Benefits-cut-if-you-dont-return-calls/tabid/1607/articleID/269478/Default.aspx?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

      Beneficiaries who fail to answer three phone calls and a voicemail from Work and Income are being told they’ll have their welfare payments slashed in half.

      The drastic measure forms part of the Government’s crackdown on long-term welfare dependency.

      And this from the MP/s who failed to respond directly to my emails. I got form responses from some staffer saying my comments had been “noted” by the relevant MP/s.

      Is there no end to the Bennett-Key-NAct vicious persecution of beneficiaries? Social obligations? what about the government’s obligation to ensure there are enough jobs before persecuting people unable to get (non-existent) jobs?

      ENOUGH!

      • weka 20.2.1

        If it’s a requirement for UBs to receive phonecalls, WINZ will have pay for phones and voicemail. But of course the ‘policy’ is complete bullshit and not one that WINZ will be able to maintain, or even justify if someone stands up to them on it for legitimate reasons (I don’t have a phone, I don’t have voicemail etc because I can’t afford it). 

        The amount of work involved for WINZ staff to cut a benefit in half, and then a week later disconnect it entirely, sorting the subsequent mess out, and then re-establish the benefit again would be better spent on assisting beneficiaries. 

        This isn’t about getting people ready and available for work. It’s about increasing the systemic dysfunction in WINZ so they can privatise or radically restructure. 

        • Vicky32 20.2.1.1

          If it’s a requirement for UBs to receive phonecalls, WINZ will have pay for phones and voicemail

          When I was working,my  Housing NZ tenancy manager used to make a point of making me miss calls, by refusing to use my work number, only ever calling me at home. I knew this, because my son still lived at home then, and he was a student and then a shift worker, so he’d receive some of these calls. I got into trouble with WINZ as well, because a ‘case manager’ claimed to have phoned me, but we had an answering machine then, and I knew she hadn’t. Later, she admitted that she had phoned once, the phone was engaged and so she’d given up.
          As that’s against policy, and her boss was a reasonable woman, the case manager was in trouble, not me. Thankfully, I now have a mobile and have insisted that HNZ and WINZ people use it!

        • Blue 20.2.1.2

          They won’t fund phones and voicemail any more than they will pay for the increased demand on ECE or create any jobs.

          They require people on the bones of their backsides to be able to afford a phone, voicemail, ECE, doctors fees and the transport to and from etc. or their already puny income will be halved.

          The practical absurdities of their policies are completely lost on them.

          • Draco T Bastard 20.2.1.2.1

            Actually, I doubt that they are. If you can’t afford a phone then you’re easier to cut off the benefit.

          • prism 20.2.1.2.2

            Blue 20 2 1 2
            “The practical absurdities of their policies are completely lost on them.”
            I think that the words “difficulties if not impossibilities” of the policies….would give a more correct summary of the problem. Absurdities has a humorous tone to it and we all agree that there is none to be found in the malevolence of NACT and Polly Benefit, DPB.Grad. cumLoudey or is it LordyLordy!

    • prism 20.3

      Chris 20

      she is truly awful. I think when nats do these turns Labour should have score cards and mark them out of ten and hold them up at the end of a rant followed by a thumbs down.

      Genius!

  20. captain hook 21

    well if some people buy our exports we must be competitive and good at that?
    its a pity kweewee and the rest of the nats never worked at jobs actually making something. they only good for taking the unearned increment.
    i.e. stealing off the legitimate producers.

    • prism 21.1

      captain hook
      What pisses me off is the way that right wing Labour were willing, and NACTs now willing to abandon business that is bringing earnings and providing employment with that airy view that those are old and worn out – we’re on to the new up-market tech industries. Pie in the sky. Don’t give up your day job and other wise sayings.

      Let’s keep present business going if it isn’t outdated. A lot that have gone would still be functional except they have been ringbarked by allowing in cheaper imports with no or tiny tariffs, and also the importing of nasty little organisms that have caused great problems to previously clean and well-run profitable industry.

      Let’s have present work plus build and innovate the tech jobs too. Not likely one developed by our pollies though. They are good at tearing down, or running the family business passed on, giving an established base. And also anything pollies invest in is likely to have to provide a directorship when they leave The House. Don’t leave the house without it their Mum always said. This of course is yer actual quid pro quo.

  21. xtasy 22

    When is NZ getting an OPPOSITION leader!?

    I did by coincidence listen to Radio Live on Saturday evening, where David Shearer was “guest” to Keith Stewart for an hour. NO calls by anyone, and an “interview” raising more questions than giving ANY ideas about what Shearer and “new” Labour supposedly stands for. And that after nearly one year after a lost election! Is this for bloody real? What is this nonsense?

    Shearer was asked re ACC on Radio Live. He evaded every angle of a question, he said, it was not for politicians to judge on whether contracted assessors or doctors make right or wrong decisions. He also was non-committal and had NO answers on how ACC or other clients of government agencies or corporations should best be able to address grievances.

    He repeated the usual taxation proposals by Labour when asked about how to address economic and social issues. He was STRONG on feeding kids in decile 1 to 3, but had not much else to say about education, simply rubbishing national standards and promoting some performance record cards.

    There were only vague comments re the currency, re economic development, and he stuttered or got stuck again and again.

    There was a similarly “poor” performance on Q+A this morning, maybe not quite as bad, but not convincing.

    Now this man comes across as a very “social” and affable man, but he does NOT convince and gain votes, dear readers. Also what the hell are the POLICIES that Labour stands for now, please. The smaller opposition parties may need some guidance.

    Get this changed a.s.a.p., if you would care please, as otherwise we get screwed up again 2014. At present I get more ideas, guidance and leadership from Russel Norman and Winston, at times even feel appealed by Hone Harawira, than by Shearer. This man is a DISASTER!

  22. xtasy 23

    ww.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/7686104/Winz-joins-ACC-in-firing-line-for-hatchet-doctors

    So I want to know, where Labour stand on this one, please, Mr David Shearer!!!

    It was the last Labour led government that brought in Nazi type Principal Health Advisor Dr David Bratt and his willing servants to start scaring the hell out of sick and invalids:

    http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/WelfareWorkingGroup/Downloads/David-Bratt-Benefit-Sunshine.pdf
    http://www.gpcme.co.nz/pdf/2012/Fri_DaVinci_1400_Bratt_Medical%20Certificates%20are%20Clinical%20Instruments%20too%20-%20June%202012.pdf

    http://accforum.org/forums/index.php?/forum/58-acc-asessorscontractors/
    http://accforum.org/forums/index.php?/topic/7309-drs-anthony-djurkovdavid-bratt-peter-jensen/

    http://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=bratt.ppt&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&ved=0CEMQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rgpn.org.nz%2FNetwork%2Fmedia%2Fdocuments%2FConference2011%2FD-Bratt.ppt&ei=p6ZVUO6kOMbUigf8oIH4Dw&usg=AFQjCNFEdYN_dDW9BAZvZo_cQpC2rFyelg

    Or does it require a jack hammer to get this into the brains of the majority of NZers???

    Many now face a regime beyond reason and justice, and Bennett loves what you put into place before, with designated doctor exams and reviews – them even being “trained” by MSD!

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    It's Halloween! Time for a jolly pumpkin to remind everyone that there is chocolate nearby The weather is terrible, and while it can't rain all the time, I suspect there may be an absence of ghosts and ghouls. Whatever shall...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Indistinguishable from totalitarianism
    SF author Charles Stross has a lovely alternate-history thought experiment which demonstrates quite neatly how British surveillance is indistinguishable in practice from totalitarianism. And if you're in any doubt, you've only got to read today's news:The Government is facing calls...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Rate my minister
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to introduce a new ranking system, Rate My Qualification, where employers rate tertiary education courses and then students can look up the results. Well perhaps employers should be able rate other things too, such as their ministers....
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-10
  • To the field experiments!
    In the wake of the Stanford / Dartmouth schnozzle this week, this political science article caught my eye: The way your brain reacts to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether you lean to the left or...
    Polity | 30-10
  • NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s ...
    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue...
    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • Famous Kiwi Radio Host Invites Rapists To “Call In and Defend Yourselves...
    [This post is now being live-blogged. Please check back periodically for updates. The amazing header image is by Occupy Auckland media team co-ordinator @Redstar309z and features an artistic impression of two alleged #Roastbusters serial rapists - Joseph Levall Parker (left)...
    Spin Bin | 29-10
  • Famous Kiwi Radio Host Invites #Roastbusters Rapists To “Call In and Defe...
    [This post is now being live-blogged. Please check back periodically for updates. The amazing header image is by Occupy Auckland media team co-ordinator @Redstar309z and features an artistic impression of two alleged #Roastbusters serial rapists - Joseph Levall Parker (left)...
    Spin Bin | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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