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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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  • Not business as usual: Key’s leadership style & the bloggersphere
    Two weeks ago I suggested this could turn into New Zealand's first policy-free election; my instinct seems to have been proven correct. While policy debates are still occuring around the fringes, there is no way now that with just two...
    Pundit | 02-09
  • Rock Star or Rock Bottom
    There was a story in the Press yesterday about 14 people sharing a small 3 bedroom house in Hornby after a family of 6 lost their rental and all their (uninsured) possessions in a fire and had to move in...
    Te Whare Whero | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 02-09
  • To drive or not to drive, that is the question: generation Y research
    This is a guest post from Dr Debbie Hopkins, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Otago – she’s currently doing some research for the NZTA on non-drivers. Read on to find out more and see if you might...
    Transport Blog | 02-09
  • Reclaiming the Third Way & why it’s not a sell-out
    During a visit he made to Melbourne in 2000, I joined some colleagues to sit down for a chat with Dick Morris, the self-proclaimed strategic mastermind who claimed to have single-handedly rescued Bill Clinton's flailing presidency and coined the term...
    Pundit | 02-09
  • The Greens on work and wages
    The Greens released their work and wages policy today, targeted firmly at improving living standards and reducing inequality. The headline policy is an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $16/hour, followed by annual increases to reach $18/hour in 2017....
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • America, America ….
    We hear a lot about American exceptionalism – what they lead the world in, what they think they lead the world in, and their unshakeable belief in their god-given right to do so.  The USA has the highest per capita ownership of...
    Te Whare Whero | 01-09
  • The caretaker convention and elections
    There was an interesting discussion on Twitter yesterday between Dean Knight and Graeme Edgeler about the caretaker convention and elections. Dean highlighted the fact that Key had a perfect right to call for whatever sort of inquiry he felt like,...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • A clayton’s inquiry
    That's the only way to describe John Key's proposed "inquiry" into Judith Collins:An inquiry into the events surrounding Judith Collins' downfall will not examine the relationship between her and Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater or the Serious Fraud Office investigation...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • YahooNZ’s news polls
    Another YahooNZ poll': September 1st"Do you think Dirty Politics is distracting from more important issues this election?" Results at the time of writing this:Yes. absolutely77%  (5622)  No, it's important22%  (1619)   I'm not sure1%  (66)    The capitals on 'Dirty Politics' clearly...
    Te Whare Whero | 01-09
  • Vote Choice: ACT’s Jamie Whyte – a ‘Narrow’ Ally?
    This week, the Vote Choice series looks at Dr Jamie Whyte, the leader of the ACT party, and his views on abortion and decriminalisation. A google search of Whyte and abortion provides little in the way of his opinion but...
    ALRANZ | 01-09
  • Who is Carrick Graham?
    Carrick GrahamIn damage control since their campaign officially began derailing a couple of weeks ago, things took another terrible turn for the National party last weekend. Not only did the corrupt Judith Collins have to resign on Saturday because of...
    The Jackal | 01-09
  • Judith, Cam, and the phantom FB messages
    I see that Judith Collins and Cameron Slater believe the hacker has simply invented Facebook conversations between the two of them. Insitnctively I don;t believe the denials, but I have an idea that could help Collins clear her name. Facebook...
    Polity | 01-09
  • Judith, Cameron, and the phantom FB messages
    I see that Judith Collins and Cameron Slater believe the hacker has simply invented Facebook conversations between the two of them. Insitnctively I don;t believe the denials, but I have an idea that could help Collins clear her name. Facebook...
    Polity | 01-09
  • Matthew Hooton’s dirty tactics
    Outside observers might be watching the National party unravelling and wondering what the hell is going on. This is especially the case with one particular right wing propagandist, Matthew Hooton.At first Hooton’s behaviour might seem a bit strange. He has...
    The Jackal | 01-09
  • Is Petrol cheap?
    I don’t tend to look at the motoring section of the Herald much however every now and then something stands out - often for its comedy value - and that was the case yesterday in an article titled Motoring Mythbusting. The article covers off...
    Transport Blog | 01-09
  • People of Turkey, Ukraine, I salute you!
    For some reason, I seem to be getting a lot of visits from Turkey.  Or perhaps that's just where IP address disguisers are presenting as at the moment.  But I like to thin the Ruritanian nature of New Zealand politics...
    Left hand palm | 01-09
  • The health pillar of good government
    Whatever the result on September 20, John Key will start the next term with diminished personal authority. Our democracy’s health is also diminished. Key’s inch-by-inch retreat to the point where his imagined leftwing conspiracy turned into a rightwing one and...
    Colin James | 01-09
  • Keystone XL: Oil Markets and Emissions
    Estimates of the incremental emission effects of individual oil sands projects like the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline are sensitive to assumptions about the response of world markets and alternative transportation options. A recent Nature Climate Change paper by Erickson and...
    Skeptical Science | 01-09
  • Union to support Work and Income staff following tragedy
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says today’s shooting at a Work and Income office is a tragedy, and nobody should...
    PSA | 01-09
  • We no longer have a Prime Minister
    Having just listened to an item featuring John Key on Checkpoint (National Radio) I now have to announce that New Zealand has no-one at present performing the proper role of Prime Minister. John Key could not have acted less Prime Ministerial if he had...
    Political Scientist | 01-09
  • We no longer have a Prime Minister
    Having just listened to an item featuring John Key on Checkpoint (National Radio) I now have to announce that New Zealand has no-one at present performing the proper role of Prime Minister. John Key could not have acted less Prime Ministerial if he had...
    The Political Scientist | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014.
    Crime Scene: The murder of two WINZ workers and the wounding of another in Ashburton adds another tragic chapter to New Zealand's grim history of lone men committing multiple murders.I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had...
    Bowalley Road | 01-09
  • Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 1 September 20...
    . - Politics on Nine To Noon - . - Monday 1 September 2014 - . - Kathryn Ryan, with Matthew Hooton & Mike Williams - . Today on Politics on Nine To Noon, Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton on...
    Frankly Speaking | 01-09
  • Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 1 September 20...
    . - Politics on Nine To Noon - . - Monday 1 September 2014 - . - Kathryn Ryan, with Matthew Hooton & Mike Williams - . Today on Politics on Nine To Noon, Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton on...
    Frankly Speaking | 01-09
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies, Today no. 19 – The SkyCity deal doesn’t m...
     SkyCity deal doesn't mean more pokies – Key SkyCity is understood to be seeking law changes allowing 300 to 500 additional pokie machines and wider use of technology which would increase gambling revenue in return for building the $350 million facility...
    Arch Rival | 01-09
  • Will an inquiry make it all better?
    So far, the Dirty Politics book has generated two inquiries. The first is into the release  of information from the SIS to a certain blogger whom we don't name. The second is into Judith Collins' alleged involvement with an alleged...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • We Play Dirty at the Climate Talks Too: New Zealand’s Dirty Politics of C...
    This guest post is by David Tong, an Auckland based community lawyer working on his Master’s in Law on the UN climate talks. He chairs the P3 Foundation and co-chairs the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, and last...
    Hot Topic | 01-09
  • The trouble with liars
    A group of habitual liars try to get their story straight....
    Imperator Fish | 01-09
  • Photo of the day: Mitre 10′s bike parking
    The other weekend I went to the Mitre 10 Mega in Wairau Road to pick up some building supplies. To my surprise, they’ve put in a bike rack near the store entrance. I’m not sure how much use it’s going...
    Transport Blog | 01-09
  • TEU VICTORIA UNIVERSITY BRANCH NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2014
      TEU Victoria University Branch Newsletter – September 2014 In this issue: AGM-a-calling: Welcome from the Branch President Ask them Anything: TEU Presidential Election Election Special: Union members could make the difference Election Special: 3 Reasons to Vote Bringing Back Dignity:...
    Tertiary Education Union | 01-09
  • Stumbling towards Power?
    Let's be honest about it.  Labour have absolutely nothing to celebrate just now.The last few days have been fantastic for the left and in particular for a certain Mr D Cunliffe.  But before we get too deliriously joyous, let's face...
    Left hand palm | 01-09
  • Will the police investigate?
    John Key is busy putting together an inquiry into Judith Collins' attempt to undermined SFO Chief Executive Adam Feeley. The effectiveness of any inquiry will ultimately depend on its terms of reference, and the signs are not good; Key looks...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • Dirty Politics symposium on Friday
    Otago University will be holding an online symposium this Friday on "Debating 'Dirty Politics': Media, Politics and Law". Andrew Geddis has more details on the agenda: 1:00-1:15: Opening interview with Mr Nicky Hager 1:15-2:05: Media panel with Dr Rosemary Overell;...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • Debating “Dirty Politics”: Media, Politics and Law
    Love it or loathe it, Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics and its aftermath has lit a fire under our perception of "politics as usual" in New Zealand. Exactly how all that plays out come September 20th is an as yet unknown...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • More British collusion in torture
    This time in Nepal, where they funded, equipped and supported a regime torture-squad:British authorities have been accused of funding a four-year intelligence operation in Nepal that led to Maoist rebels being arrested, tortured and killed during the country’s civil war....
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
      Bloggers in the thick of election campaign? Image Credit: Against the Current PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats using the normal process. I have done a manual work around but it was...
    Open Parachute | 01-09
  • What Collins’ resignation means for journalism & the campaign
    Isn't it curious how often major scandals end in farce and how often it really is cock-up rather than conspiracy? Judith Collins' fate was decided in the end by friendly fire, an accident of one of her own. And it...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • Chalk one up to Cactus Kate
    People must be getting the correct impression about now that Cameron Slater and Cathy Odger’s aren’t the smartest of bloggers.Not only have we learnt that Slater is just a simple copy and paste hack, the leaked emails show that he's...
    The Jackal | 01-09
  • R.I.P Ashburton shooting victims
    Thoughts go to the families. Everyone else around Ashburton – Stay Safe, gunman is still loose! ...
    An average kiwi | 01-09
  • EQC advertises for National
    Yesterday, EQC ran a double page spread in the Sunday Star-Times, timed for the fourth anniversary of the 2010 quake. The ad focused on lessons learned and earthquake preparedness, but part of it was about what a great job EQC...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • According to Slater and ‘Cactus Kate’ Gay People are “F*****g Gross...
    In the latest release of ‘alleged emails’ between National Party affiliated Right Wing BloggersCameron Slater (Racist Adulterous Blogger – WhaleOil) and the other Right Wing Blogger, ‘Cactus Kate’, anti-homosexual comments are commonly made between them. One comment by Cactus Kate...
    An average kiwi | 01-09
  • The Food Industry’s Three Essential Soundbites
    When their backs are against the wall, the Food Industry usually pull out one of three soundbites. Each of these soundbites appear sensible on their own, but when you take them as a package, it becomes clear that they are...
    Gareth’s World | 01-09
  • Urban Farm Vehicles
    Wow who knew there were so many farms in Remuera or have some locals just started taking the term Remuera Tractor a bit too literally. Motorists are evading hundreds of dollars in vehicle licensing fees by incorrectly registering their cars as...
    Transport Blog | 01-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Voting starts tomorrow!
    On the telly, in the papers, on the Net, billboards on almost every street corner – it’s hard to miss the fact that there’s an election coming up. Everyone’s trying to win your vote on Election Day, September 20, (this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry a whitewash before it has even started
    The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote. Whaleoil won’t be forced to appear, it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Press Leaders Debate – Round 2 – 7pm tonight
    This debate is live in a Town Hall, Key has done well at these in the past, but since the hate politics exposed in Dirty Politics, expect real fury directed at Key. My guess is that Key will attempt to use whatever he...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • MANA hit speed wobbles – why Annette Sykes will win Waiariki
    MANA are my favourites. But of late, their transition from crawling to sprinting has hit some speed wobbles. Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidates ‘One Strike’ Crime Policy
    Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal
    67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch
    “Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed
    Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Association welcomes new Chief Executive
    “The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Young Voters Want Politicians to Grow Up
    Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Climate Voter election debate to get big audience
    Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Edge show disregard for consent
    The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand’s Roastbuster Rape Culture
    The Rock are still displaying without-consent images of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities online. They are making fun of this without-consent action, saying that she was "asking for it", etc. They appear to be supporting this kind of...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer
    Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers , was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • SFO lays charges for procurement fraud
    Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand
    The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Sykes: There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party
    Even the satirical 'Civilian Party' has now offered the Taxpayers’ Union more credible figures for the ' Bribe-O-Meter ' than Winston Peters’ New Zealand First. The Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter now includes, National, Labour, the Greens,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
    The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
    New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
    GenderNeutral.co.nz are excited to announce the launch of their new website, GenderNeutral.co.nz ....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
    MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
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