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Open mike 18/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, March 18th, 2014 - 310 comments
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310 comments on “Open mike 18/03/2014”

  1. marijuana-legalisation debate on tvone breakfast:..summary:

    rawdon christie:..’but..but..what about the flat-earth theory..?”

  2. how about that regime-change thing the cia/americans have ‘played’ on ukraine..?..eh..?

    ..hasn’t that gone well..?

  3. Not a PS Staffer 3

    Cunliffe was spot-on on TV One Breakfast this morning. His ability to related schooling issues to economic issue is excellent. The Government is highly vulnerable is this area and David Cunliffe will get serious cut-through by spot-lighting the need for better policies.

  4. Not a PS Staffer 4

    Cunliffe was spot-on on TV One Breakfast this morning. His ability to relate schooling issues to economic issues is excellent. The Government is highly vulnerable is this area and David Cunliffe will get serious cut-through by spot-lighting the need for better policies. (text editor was not working for me)

  5. big bruv 5

    How about those polls?

    • David H 5.1

      Don’t your knuckles hurt??

    • Seti 5.2

      So two-thirds of voters now prefer Key? The more babies he eats the more popular he becomes.

      • RedLogix 5.2.1

        The more babies he eats the more popular he becomes.

        In a nation determined to eat it’s young – that makes sense.

        • phillip ure 5.2.1.1

          i think it is more the paucity of good/new policy-ideas to date from labour..

          (‘we’re not quite as bad as them’..doesn’t really cut it..eh..?..)

          ..that..and the prospect of having the likes of goff/mallard/king etc..(those who refuse to go..)

          ..again staring out/lecturing us from television screens..every day/nite..

          ..i mean..how appealing is that..?

          ..and of course..shane jones hasn’t really helped..eh..?..

          • Seti 5.2.1.1.1

            IMO Goff was, and still is, the most competent leader Labour has. Sure he may have lost 2011 but he would have won this year.

            • phillip ure 5.2.1.1.1.1

              oh..!..that’s hilarious..!..there..seti..

              ..bring back goff..!..eh..?

            • Chooky 5.2.1.1.1.2

              @ Seti

              That really is a joke…. anyone who thinks bring back Goff has to be NUTS or a closet NeoLib….Goff really is “yesterdays man”…He should have won the last election!….But people have long memories….He was a mate of Neolib Richard Prebble and Roger Douglas and Michael Bassett ….and they almost destroyed the Labour Party…. remember!!!!!

              ….Helen Clark kept the leaky Labour boat afloat

              Cunliffe will WIN!…he is just getting up steam

              (as Bolger said “Bugger the Polls!”)…..lies lies and damned statistics/polls

            • felix 5.2.1.1.1.3

              Seti, yep. I don’t think he can be brought back but I did think he should have remained Leader after the 2011 election.

              IMO he was just hitting his strides by the end of the campaign, albeit a little late.

          • RedLogix 5.2.1.1.2

            Oh that. National will remain in power as long as they want until that is Labour can manage it’s own affairs and present a united, working and trustworthy coalition with the Greens.

            Most people are authoritarian followers and will vote for the Party that affirms that value. They vote for Key because he’s in charge of National, just like they voted for the noxious Muldoon – because he was indisputably the top-dog in town. (Until that is he wasn’t – then they all turned on him.)

            Cunliffe has three challenges, in order of importance:

            The right-wing ABC club must be brought not just to a sullen heel, but into an open fealty, as Clark did with Cullen. Until then the media will get away with poisoning the well endlessly.

            Everyone knows that Labour will not form an effective government again without the Greens. The coalition with them must be seen to be open, transparent and Cunliffe must be seen to be the top dog in an effective, working relationship.

            Cunliffe needs a game-changer policy announcement that will demonstrate commitment and a reason to vote for him. And focus the attention on Labour. The only thing I can think of that will leap over that bar is a full-noise UBI.

            Because until someone (preferably Cunliffe) stamps their authority on the Labour Party and gets rid of it’s feral right-wing – then an uninterrupted string of National victories are ‘all over bar the counting’.

            @seti. Actually I agree with you. In many ways it was a shame Goff resigned. And it’s also a lesson Cunliffe should note from the Clark years, that losing an election is not always a reason to give up.

            • phillip ure 5.2.1.1.2.1

              @ redlogix..

              ..plus one..

            • greywarbler 5.2.1.1.2.2

              Red Logix
              +1
              But how can we weed the weeds out. Remembering that a rose is a weed when growing in the wrong place. And rose bushes respond to adept pruning. Can’t we get some good gardeners on the job. Can you get good help these days? Does Matt McCarten run a temp agency for pollies-in-waiting between engagements?
              Questions? Que, Manuel would say? That’s Manuel who learns, from Fawlty Towers.

              I think he is a great mascot for Labour, keen and both naive and fast-thinking so no matter what problems come along he’s always trying and managing to rise above the latest difficulties. We’re not from Barcelona but we can be smart too!

            • MC 5.2.1.1.2.3

              There is a fourth option – Cunliffe can resign today. He is not resonating. He needs to accept reality and go for the good of the Party.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                :roll:

              • greywarbler

                Poor thinking MC. You haven’t got a clue. You can’t even think up a pseudonym for yourself so just wait until you progress up the educational ladder before you offer any comments.

              • mickysavage

                Brent Edwards just tweeted “Labour not surprised by slump in Herald-DigiPoll but says own polling has it in mid-30s ”

                Keep calm and carry on! Some want this to be a self fulfilling prophesy. The Auckland figure is way out and you have to question the accuracy of the figures.

                • Matthew Hooton

                  You really think a party would ever say “actually, our private polling is about the same or worse”???

                  • Chooky

                    possum why are you so concerned and hanging around this site?

                    • rhinocrates

                      So the fraud can keep advertising to his clients claiming that he has a “high profile across the spectrum”.

                    • David H

                      Hooten needs more Horseshite to hawk to his hoi poloi behind the paywall. So he comes here for idea’s to twist around.

                    • Disraeli Gladstone

                      He does bring up a good point, though. Even if it’s brought up with too many question marks.

                  • risildowgtn

                    haha like the clowns you represent…. hence why u r here , how many days in a row?

                  • Skinny

                    Meanwhile down in Auckland in Epsom at quiz night at the Zoo Keepers Son I get another non voter to commit to vote Left because he hates Key. He doesn’t follow NZ politics but follows American politics intensely.

                    Btw we come 2nd :) chin chin Hooton the real poll is we know when!

                • Chooky

                  +100 mickey savage

                • Markymark

                  I’m sure the polls for the last 8 years, showing Key and National way ahead of Labour have all been totally inaccurate Micky.

                  You should personally take some responsibility for the abysmal result for Labour, given your role in offering utterly incompetent legal advice to David Cunliffe regarding using a trust structure for election donations.

                  • mickysavage

                    Don’t believe everything you read in the media.

                  • felix

                    “I’m sure the polls for the last 8 years, showing Key and National way ahead of Labour have all been totally inaccurate Micky.”

                    Well yeah, that’s pretty much true akshully.

                    National has formed the last two governments with teeny tiny razor thin majorities, regardless of how “way ahead” the polls had them.

                    Not saying I like seeing them up in the polls, but facts is facts is all.

                • Enough is Enough

                  Not suprised….I don’t think anyone is surprised but the time is coming for concern to begin setting in.

                  Keep calm and carry on. Carry on with what? If it is carry on with the ham fisted, clumsy, self inflicted, Green attacking incompetence of 2014, I have to disagree with you.

                • mc

                  This is totally untrue, no polls are putting Labour up that high.

                • Disraeli Gladstone

                  If National says their own polling is showing +60% I assume we should believe them at their words too…

                  Frankly, I think mid 30s is still “a bit not good”.

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 5.2.1.1.2.4

              Labour needs:

              To rediscover its working class roots (de-emphasise homosexual, academia, wimmin and other fringe activist concerns)
              Working class in 2014 means “contractor”, it does not mean “cloth cap Unions”
              To decimate the Greens. People may put up with them on soft issues, but are highly unlikely to vote them into a position of real power. They are Labours anchor.

              • absolute horse-shit..there..tigger..

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  Keep on believin’

                  I’m sure all these polls for the last six years have been aberrations.

                  • McFlock

                    well, yeah, they have to greater or lesser degrees.

                    As shown by the difference between polls and the actual election results.

                    You can knock as much as 5 or 7% off national in any particular poll, if the last few elections are anything to go by.

                    And what about those power bills and house prices, eh?

              • RedLogix

                Working class in 2014 means “contractor”, it does not mean “cloth cap Unions”

                That much is true. At the same time the whole point of ‘contracting out’ was to by and large destroy the unions.

                What the contractors need are a modern revival of the old fashioned ‘guilds’. Trade bodies that ensure minimum standards and a voice. Otherwise contractors are the most precarious of all.

                The Greens will eventually make it onto government benches one way or another. Their support base is steadily growing and will break 20% within two or three election cycles.

                • greywarbler

                  RL
                  Guilds for contractors. Yes. The poor buggers need some bodies behind and around them, not just little individuals running around doing their best, doing the hard work but vulnerable to getting shot of fairly easily.

            • Melb 5.2.1.1.2.5

              “They vote for Key because he’s in charge of National, just like they voted for the noxious Muldoon – because he was indisputably the top-dog in town.”

              This is also why they voted for Clark too – her iron-fisted control of the Labour Party.

            • Jackal 5.2.1.1.2.6

              +1 @ RedLogix

              I would personally put certain right wing MP’s within Labour at number one. It’s not just because they’re openly kneecapping Labour’s chances to govern again, it’s that they actually agree with National’s socially destructive agenda. That underlying problem is perhaps the main reason why Labour isn’t presently providing a united front.

              As demoralising as that reality might be for the left, it is nothing that cannot be resolved either on or off the treasury benches. However the sooner Cunliffe makes some changes the better.

              Also remember that these polls are generally wrong! This latest poll for instance wants us to believe the public simply doesn’t care about Judith Collins’ corruption. In fact it wants us to believe the public is rewarding a corrupt MP and her party for using tax-payer’s money to promote their private business interests; that it was fine when Collins blatantly lied and the Prime Minister also lying to try and protect her was all OK! Yeah right!

              At this stage I wouldn’t right off the left winning the next election, even with a reasonable majority. This poll in particular consistently favours the right and is simply a tool used to try and sway public opinion. For Labour to switch leaders every time there’s a bad poll, polling that is consistently faulty, would be silly. Those claiming they should are bonafide morons!

              • thechangeling

                The Roy Morgan poll is the most consistent right, and all the other ones seem to be right-wing biased because of the lack of land lines these days in lower socio economic houses and all houses in general.
                For some reason the MSM is really making a big repetitive noise about this particular poll today as if fashioning a change in Labour leadership (and even more destabilisation) is their determined solution which makes me even more suspicious of their (vested interest) motives.

              • karol

                Herald Digitpoll failed to predict the Lrenslide a little while before the first Auckland Supershity election in Aug 2010 – had Broan & Banks pretty equal.

            • karol 5.2.1.1.2.7

              Interview of Cunliffe by Gordon Campbell in today’s Werewolf:

              OK. But on the current polling, do you expect that you will need Mr Peters to form a government ?

              That is a matter for voters.

              On the current polling [what’s the answer] ?

              On the current polling, it would be more likely than not that an alternative government would include the Greens and Mr Peters. It would need to be carefully put together to satisfy the core needs of all those three parties. However, today’s polling is not a fair indication of where we will be on election day.

              Key is already saying that Peters is a natural ally for Labour and the Greens. Is there a risk that Labour will reap all of the downsides of being associated with Peters before the election, and National will gain all the upsides, after the election ?

              Well, I’m afraid I’m just going to be very plain speaking about it. I’ve always said that we have a respectful relationship with Mr Peters. He’s a very experienced politician and able Minister in the Clark government. I do not agree with all of his views. I would definitely want to see a different kind of multi-cultural community flourish. But at the end of the day, we will be guided by the decisions of the voters and we will make that coalition work

              .

              • Ad

                That’s one terriffic interview – people who have the patience for a good political read should go through the whole thing.
                Thanks for the link Karol.

            • McFlock 5.2.1.1.2.8

              I disagree with a lot of that.

              There is no Excalibur policy that will result in legions of voters jumping behind labour. It’s a hard slog of incrementally releasing policy after policy after policy and taking support back by weight of sheer common sense.

              Similarly, I’m not sure that the best way of imposing caucus unity (if it is genuinely a problem) is to start a witch-hunt for caucus disloyalty. Bring individuals into line when they fuck about, sure: Jones springs to mind in that regard. But seeking out plotters and the discontented because you blame them for your poor performance tends to multiply their numbers.

              It’s also a simple case of not fucking up the campaign – or at least that the nats have a wider margin for fuckups than labgrn.

              But while I’m not ordering in the bubbly just yet, nor am I slitting my wrists because defeat is inevitable.

            • PapaMike 5.2.1.1.2.9

              At what point can you say that the Greens are trustworthy – by whose definition

            • lurgee 5.2.1.1.2.10

              “And it’s also a lesson Cunliffe should note from the Clark years, that losing an election is not always a reason to give up.”

              My cynical side sometimes thinks he’s been allowed a shot at an election the Powers that Be have already written off, so they can get rid of him afterwards and let their preferred candidate have a shot at 2018.

              Still, funny how the sorts of figures that had some screaming for Shearer’s head aren’t prompting the same reaction from the same sources. Almost like they were more interested in having their man in place all along …

              • Colonial Viper

                If you can’t tell the difference between a seasoned politician and experienced Minister of the Crown, and a newbie still finding his way around basic Parliamentary procedure and beginner media training, then it is quite likely that you are the one with the problem.

      • tinfoilhat 5.2.2

        I don’t think it’s so much Key becoming more popular it’s more that many in the swinging middle have seen nothing that they like in Labour/cunliffe.

        • phillip ure 5.2.2.1

          @ tinfoilhat..

          ..snap..!

          • tinfoilhat 5.2.2.1.1

            Instead of dumb and dumber I think the general public look at it as awful and awfuller.

            Just shows we still haven’t really embraced MMP as a country.

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 5.2.2.2

          It’s both. Key is personally very popular. A majority of people like the guy, like they do their neighbour. The left may spit and snarl, but if nothing else, it reveals how out of touch they are with Steveo and Sharon New Zealander.

          Labour offers no likeable alternative. The left look far too ideological and not personable.

          That’s how politics is during these times. Wear ideology very lightly.

          • framu 5.2.2.2.1

            key constructed public image is popular – but personally hes a smarmy arrogant bastard who will tell you your shoes are untied just to make it easier to stab you in the back

            • thechangeling 5.2.2.2.1.1

              I agree totally. Key is just a media construct. Nice and friendly on the outside and a vicious, vindictive, back stabbing bully, carefully hidden underneath. Joyce is the policy and puppet master and Key is the uber P.R puppet.

              That’s much closer to the truth.

              • lurgee

                Disagree. And by painting Key like that, you come perilously close to writing off a large segment of the voting public as stupid. that’s a common fault on the left, I find – for all the pro-people rhetoric, there is too much elitism and the assumption that because the people aren’t going your way, the people must be wrong. I’m not sure I blame them for rejecting Labour. The comments on this thread show even one part of the Labour Party is desperately trying to reject the other. Why should the public vote for a party that would not vote for itself?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.3

        Yeah. If 55% in the polls before the last election translates to 49% of the vote and a one seat majority, 50% polls now point to a change of government. Keep up the hubris, wingnuts.

        • RedLogix 5.2.3.1

          Yes. But regardless of how you slice this – Labour is not going to lead an effective government on these numbers. It’s not good enough to scrape together just enough of a coalition to warm your butts on the Treasury benches again.

          What’s missing is political leadership and effective teamwork from Labour as a party. Cunliffe has the talent and capacity to steer it – but the horsepower has to come from within the Party.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.3.1.1

            Yes, but regardless of all of that, this is one poll result.

            And then there’s this: November 2011, week one, Herald Digipoll. National: 54.2%.

          • greywarbler 5.2.3.1.2

            Red Logix
            I was looking for some good points about this poll. So thanks. I can’t remember – is Herald poll one that always puts Labour down? The way they phrase questions or access their sample?

            Then is there something that has happened between I think the 6th and 16th March involving Labour that would make them drop? Jones and the Greens? Cunliffes speech being touted as lacking firm paths to the vision he offered and the comments he made on the present scenario?

            Then there is Chris Trotter in The Press today. About getting those apathetic forgotten voters out to vote for Labour. And he gives an anecdote of how they could be stirred in the past by personal passion and commitment but perhaps not now. He is wondering if the long period under the neo lib disparagement and disdain have sapped the spirit of the people and shut down their hope and belief in themselves being able to get a better life. Right?
            http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/columnists/chris-trotter/9838319/How-will-Labour-get-out-the-vote

            Maybe it just points out the necessity for huge door knocking in areas where Labour can make a difference, if not through the electorate vote, then the Party one.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.3.1.2.1

              A huge effort. National knows Labour has doubled its membership. There must be some way to demoralise all those fired up activists…

              One of McCarten’s jobs is to make sure that doesn’t happen.

              • RedLogix

                I’m sure you are right OAB. And Labour will get my usual donation again this year (as do the Greens as well).

                Because while a doubled membership is a very good thing – it’s not going to be enough.

                The one thing that will really fire up that membership is something BIG to fight for.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Personally I find our children, schools, rivers, ACC, health system, non-profit penal system, etc. etc. are a big enough reason.

                  • RedLogix

                    For you and I yes. More than enough.

                    But for the 800,000 missing voters? It wasn’t enough last time and I can’t see why it would be different this time.

                    What they need is a positive reason to get out and vote. Just hoping Key will stuff up in the next few months and that the media will suddenly decide to call him on him on it is a very, very weak plan.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Then I sincerely hope it isn’t the plan, and after all, that doesn’t sound like the sort of plan Cunliffe has been talking about, nor McCarten for that matter.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Nah, where’s the concrete game changing policy announcements. The ones which are affect your interest areas re: children, schools, rivers, ACC, health system, corrections, etc.

                    I would personally add housing and mortgage costs/household debt to that list.

                    The election is 6 months away, this week.

                    Where are the concrete game changing policy announcements in each of those areas?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      You think “concrete game changing policy announcements” are going to motivate people who didn’t vote last time. I call bullshit on that.

                      What’s going to motivate them to vote is people knocking on their doors.

                      The Left needs to get the vote out.

                    • cricklewood

                      A good start would be announcing that free doctors visits for under 6’s would be extended year on year until it reaches 18.
                      It’s a simple policy that will benefit a lot of people and will be popular.
                      Hard to attack the cost because it would incrementally increase and easy to budget for, cant really attack a policy to enhance healthcare for children.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You think “concrete game changing policy announcements” are going to motivate people who didn’t vote last time. I call bullshit on that.

                      What’s going to motivate them to vote is people knocking on their doors.

                      So, as a candidate I probably knocked on a few hundred doors in 2011, all up. How many did you door knock?

                      Was turn out was very low in 2011 because Labour didn’t door knock enough? Do you really believe that it would have greatly increased if only Labour had door knocked an extra 100,000 houses?

                    • McFlock

                      well, door knocking is the only way to ensure that the voter is aware of the game-changing, bells-on supercalifragilistic policy (if at all possible).

                      Although it’s an acquired skill to avoid getting – irritated.

            • RedLogix 5.2.3.1.2.2

              Interesting gw.

              I was struck by this quote from CT:

              Had he been dropped into Mary’s social ecosystem 20 years ago, he said, finding a path to survival, though difficult, would still have been possible. The poor still had enough in common with “Middle New Zealand” for a reasonable measure of mutual comprehension.

              Today, he said, it would be much harder. The range of common experiences between the comfortably off New Zealander and the struggling beneficiary has narrowed dramatically.

              “I don’t think I could do it.”

              That lines up with my experience exactly. I’ve lived cheek-by-jowl with the struggling beneficiaries. And while we could talk it was plain to me I could not have survived in their world. However well intentioned my middle-class mores were, they simply got lost in translation.

              This is why a UBI is the big game-changer. Cunliffe simply says this:

              “This Labour/Green UBI scheme will be attacked by my wealthy, confortable opponents who know nothing about your lives. Who do not understand how the current system makes your lives miserable and difficult.

              Now under this UBI system you will not be given any more money than you are now. But you will no longer be a beneficiary of the state, you will be a citizen, you will be treated exactly the same as everyone else, you will have the same chances, the same opportunities and you get to be responsible for your own lives.

              No longer will you have WINZ micromanaging every aspect of your life – demanding endless information and then pretending that they lost it so that they can demand it all over again. No more of that.

              I’m calling an end to the old idea that Labour stood for giving you money if you were ‘deserving’ enough. No more pinched charity from people who despite all the forms you have to fill in for them, know nothing about your lives.

              A sixth Labour government will bring an end to all of that. But you will have to take the chance with your own hands, you will have to put aside the indifference, the cynicism and the stop listening to people in the media who will whisper poison in your ears.

              Labour is only a political Party, we cannot do this on our own. You will have to get up, get aunties and cousins organised, get into a polling booth – and vote for this. “

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                +100

              • greywarbler

                Red Logix
                Could you give me the link to that piece from Cunliffe. It probably has been up already but I missed that part and if you could put it again I would be grateful to have it.

                • RedLogix

                  Sorry I wasn’t being clear – it was meant to be a hypothetical speech.

                  But the point is this – I think Cunliffe is capable of delivering it. That’s a more than I could say for Clark, Cullen, Goff or Shearer – all Labour people I do respect.

              • Chooky

                “a UBI is the big game-changer”….agreed !

                why doesnt Labour do it?

                the time for cautious pragmatism is gone….Labour needs a BIG GAME -CHANGER to convince the 800,000+ non voters last time…. that voting for Labour this time really will make a substantial change in their lives.

                ( where is xtasy?..i am sure he would agree)

              • cricklewood

                Only snag i can see with that is Labour have spent the last few years telling us loud and proud the closet thing we have to ubi in Super is unaffordable and we need to raise the entitlement age. I think its fair to say he would be flayed, what could he say? We were wrong on super, John key is right, we’ve changed our minds and we will offer a ubi to everyone?

                • RedLogix

                  You are right.

                  Which is why the UBI would not only be a great and daring policy in it’s own right, but nothing else could so effectively signal that this is no longer the boring old Labour Party that we voted out in 2008.

                  The whole point of the UBI is in fact to completely re-frame the income distribution debate. This sterile old debate about whether we can ‘afford’ super/welfare would simply go away.

                  • cricklewood

                    Would certainly be an all or nothing strategy, my feeling is that it is to late for a 180 degree policy shift. I suspect the furore around the flip flop etc wouldnt die down fast enough for people to contemplate it and the vote would tank.
                    To my mind as its relativly close between left and right a better strategy would be to release a handful of modest well thought out policies which were very hard to attack like extending free doctors visits, increasing paid parental leave in the hope of picking up 5 or so % and getting across the line. Not to dissimilar to the nats in 2008 then heading for a second term with some much bigger picture stuff.
                    A moon shot at a UBI that fails this time may well doom any constructive discussion bout it for years.
                    I get the feeling labour are flailing about looking for their ‘game changer’ and are actually harming themselves every time they miss ….

                    • RedLogix

                      Hard to argue with you on that cw. I’ve run those counter-arguments through my head as well.

                      But the problem I also see is that if Cunliffe is effectively rolled this election, I can foresee National turning into a 4-8 term government.

                      If we lose this one the left will be effectively neutered, with no alternative leadership anywhere on the horizon that I can see. And with a media machine uncritically supporting them there is nothing to stop National becoming entrenched indefinitely.

                      If you think I’m exaggerating, look at how the US South swung from Democrat to Repug – and has stayed that way for decades. It’s not so much a question of the damage National will do in power (fortunately this lot are lazy and incompetent and tend to a vacuous carelessness rather than malicious cupidity) – but eventually neoliberal political values will become so entrenched into several generations of New Zealanders and our socialist heritage will be entirely lost to memory.

                      Even now it’s only us fogey’s over 50 who can vaguely recall it.

                    • cricklewood

                      Either way you look at it a heavy loss would be disastrous, I hope the campaign strategists sort their shit out and go one way or another with purpose rather than spray a whole heap of half baked stuff out there in the hope something will stick. They also need to make it about what labour will do not what they will undo.
                      I think that once Key calls it quits the nats would lose a chunk of support I just dont see either joyce or collins having the popular everyman type support. So I dont think they would get past a fourth term at most. On the plus side a heavy loss should finally cauterize the rogernome wing of the party.

                    • KJT

                      Judging by Labours recent vote, for beneficiary bashing by National, I do not see much support from “National light” for a UBI, or indeed any form of social wage. They are still chasing the unthinking, mean spirited, and unprincipled 20% of eligible voters, who swing vote. The euphemistically, called, “centre”.

                      David Cunliffe may have some progressive ideals, but his caucus is a bunch of Neo-liberal “has beens” putting the brakes on new Zealand’s progress, along with National.
                      No point having Labour in power if they are just going to “use anaesthetic for the amputation”.
                      I think this is the real reason for the drop in polls for Labour. They are perceived as little different from National, just more disorganised and less competent. (Need to shut Shane Jones up, for a start).

                      If Labour did support a UBI, and lost, the idea may well be buried forever..

                      The only way to get a UBI is with grass-roots and cross-party support, otherwise the next RWNJ Government will simply reverse it.

                      We need to get it into public dialogue every chance we get and build support.

                      Democracy would help, also. Where we get to vote on policies, not figureheads!

                    • lurgee

                      “They are still chasing the unthinking, mean spirited, and unprincipled 20% of eligible voters, who swing vote. The euphemistically, called, “centre”.”

                      You can’t win without them. Get used to it.

                  • Chooky

                    +100…it would be back to the old egalitarian NZ….and restore high quality free secular State education …and clean up the rivers and restore their flow and we would be back in paradise….who needs to be a slave to money?….we would all have wealth enough

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 5.2.3.1.2.3

              Trotter is usually right about things, but I think he’s missing the fact most people aren’t heavily politically ideological any more. Politics is more “steady as she goes” and presidential. This is why it’s so important to have a likeable leader.

              The hard ideological left is at the last-gasp saloon, namely The Greens. Labour need to move more centre.

              • greywarbler

                JLTW You are right I think, but to what extent I question? Is it irreversible?

                And the Greens are hardly ‘hard ideological left’. Maybe to you who isn’t used to thinking in the round about things. We actually have moved beyond the seesaw of Labour-National now with MMP and have to think more widely. Hard left would take us along a different path to the Greens one, that goes through sustainable systems, environmentally and societal including business.

                Hardly hard left. More, intelligent, pragmatic, and forward looking. You could try adopting those filters on your thinking.

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  Characterise it how you like. My point is the heavily ideological bookish left are likely voting Green. These people aren’t representative, they’re a fringe group and always will be.

                  I don’t think it’s reversible, unless you get very big events i.e. Greek style economic failure. Most people fear radical change and they’ll vote based on “whether they like the guy/gal”.

                  I don’t think the Greens are forward thinking. They are living in a snug, ideological bubble more concept than reality.

                  There are always cries of the world ending, doom just around the corner. That doesn’t make someone forward thinking. For starters, they don’t place sufficient emphasis on human invention and ingenuity. We typically adapt, rather than let forces crush us.

                  • freedom

                    “We typically adapt, rather than let forces crush us.”

                    So why do you still vote for right wing parties?

                  • greywarbler

                    JLTW
                    Some good points but on the Greeens you are blinkered.
                    Now racehorses can be blinkered and win the race. Humans who are track athletes don’t need blinkers but can still win the race.

                    Life as we are living it now, with what is happening demands that we are neither focussed in a tunnel-vision way as an athlete or a racehorse and as you are, nor that we dismiss what we consider is irrelevant to our small minds. The problems are bigger than any individual intellect can handle. So don’t give me your complacent bullshit about adaptability and cleverness.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      It’s not complacent, it’s based on history. We adapt. We never used to live in cold areas, and most of us still don’t. Birth rates have fallen almost everywhere. They are at 2.1. We adapt.

                      I don’t like the enviro-trojan horse. I see it as a neurotic vision of doom used to bring about more Marxism. If they placed themselves between left and right, I’d have more time for them.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Speaking of people living in smug ideological bubbles that are more concept than reality, have you figured out that the set of series where no n is <0.6m, is non-zero yet, or are you still wallowing in innumeracy?

                    How’s your understanding of the trend in the atmospheric carbon isotope ratio coming along? Figured out that proofs are confined to Maths?

                    What a twit, attempting to lecture on reality with these week-old howlers ’round your neck.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      You can cut n paste calculations from Sceptical “Science” to your hearts content, but the fact remains there is no evidence of dangerous AGW. But believe it, if you want.

                      Even from a political standpoint, it’s a loser:

                      http://www.gallup.com/poll/167843/climate-change-not-top-worry.aspx

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Rahmstorf & Coumou 2011, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I’ll leave you to discover the title and subject of this paper. Also note Hansen and Sato 2012.

                      I note you are moving the goalposts (you innumerate loser) from no evidence that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, to some strawman argument about “dangerous”. I further note evidence presented by Munich re.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      OAB, you’re not fooling anyone, besides yourself.

                      Very few people are climate scientists. Even many of these people argue about the obscure calculations. The hope of you or I understanding them, or being able to argue them with any credibility, is near zero.

                      What we can do is demand evidence. We can look at their track record of predictions. They have failed in both respects, often enough to convince me they are smart people dealing with a chaotic system that is inherently difficult to predict.

                      The science is certainly not settled. It’s right to ask questions. It is wrong to jump to conclusions.

                      Pretending you know more than I do by cutting and pasting obscure calculations – which we could both do all day long – doesn’t raise anyone’s credibility. It does suggest different levels of honesty, or lack thereof.

                    • McFlock

                      I agree entirely with JLTW.

                      Their predictions have repeatedly proved wildly inaccurate, and their mathematical gymnastics serve only to obscure the futility of their attempts.

                      Oh, sorry, you weren’t talking about economists? You were talking about climate scientists? Actually, nah – their predictions have consistently erred on the side of caution, so their only inaccuracy is to underestimate some aspects of AGW.

                      The glaciers are melting faster than predicted. The economic recovery is not even on the horizon.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      What predictions have peer-reviewed papers made that have been proved inaccurate, apart from those by deniers like Lindzen? Embarrassing failure he is.

                      Be careful to cite the papers, so that I can school you some more.

                      Or you could take a glance at Arrhenius 1896 and note that every single one of its predictions has come true, making you look very very ignorant, or Muller et al’s BEST analysis, or has the cat still got your tongue on Muller?

                      Or you could learn some basic Quantum Mechanics.

                      No, scratch that last suggestion: you lack the cognitive ability.

                      :lol:

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      Again, you’re only fooling yourself.

                      It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

                      The AGW theory does not agree. They are already well off the bottom of the range of IPCC predictions. That’s why they’re scrambling around trying to find the supposed “hidden” warming. The temperature appears to have stalled yet no one predicted it would.

                      They may have overestimated the problem.

                      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/05/has-global-warming-stalled-now-includes-january-data/

                      [lprent: Watts is a scientific idiot as he clearly shows in this post. He compares a decade resolution climate model with a decade of data and then cuts the graph off to make the variation look larger. ]

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Once more, just for the English comprehension challenged. The IPCC doesn’t make predictions. It summarises extant work.

                      AR5 more than covers the “hidden” warming, but you wouldn’t know that because you haven’t read it.

                      Oh, and surface temperatures are well within the predicted range.

                      I note that you rely on the so-called “hoaxers” for your information on the surface temperature record, but only when you think it suits your bias.

                      PS: Anthony Watts? Can you cite someone credible? His behaviour over the BEST analysis showed him up for all to see. Did you miss it?

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      Whatever semantics float your boat. The IPCC made multiple claims about levels of warming that didn’t eventuate.

                      http://www.dailytech.com/After+Missing+5+Predictions+IPCC+Cuts+Global+Warming+Forecast/article33457.htm

                      It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

                      [lprent: So you now have the task of defending using this comment, and ONLY this comment for the next week. All other comments will be spammed and a extra week added for each one including any diversion off the topic. An extra week will be added for every day that you don't manage to defend your use of this link to support your comment. ]

                    • lprent []

                      Useless link

                      1. Not related to the IPCC. Appears to be links to deniers talking about what they think other people have said – not the IPCC
                      2. IPCC model measurements are averages for decades. That is why they are smooth curves. In this case the heat has been going faster into the ice melt and oceans than the older models expected. If you look back in the record you will find that their model predictions for the past also vary from the year by year records over a decade.
                      3. The author is accusing the IPCC for not observing actual climate events and building it into their mode,s. In this case the disappearance of ice mas in the Arctic decades before it was expected.
                      4. Has nothing to do with the IPCC science at all.
                      5. Gee the author couldn’t count. Said 5 claims that were wrong and only gave 4.

                      Denier porn for scientific wankhards like JLTW who appears to be too busy stroking his brain to actually read his crappy links..

                      So exactly one point in there related to levels of warming. I guess JLTW didn’t read it. That has me pissed off….

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      It does agree, though. CO2 does have the appropriate absorption frequencies to warm Earth – as do the other GHGs. The Arctic is warming faster than the Antarctic. The Northern Hemisphere is warming faster than the Southern, etc, etc.

                      Your excitement over this so-called pause is laughable, considering that (cf: Tamino) you need thirty years to establish a trend with data this noisy, and that almost every year since 1998 has been as hot or hotter.

                      But please keep up your denial: it puts everything else you say into context.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Note, JLTW: a word to the wise: the dailytech article you cite, presents figures that show alleged IPCC predictions.

                      These predictions are presented as single lines on a graph.

                      I note that IPCC illustrations of existing research come in bands which get wider the further into the future they go.

                      So whoever compiled the graphs in the dailytech article is lying to you.

                      You poor dupe.

                      [lprent: They did have the bands on the right as thin vertical bars. Not exactly visible and carefully only looking at the end of the sequence which makes them extremely misleading. I guess that putting the actual bands would have only have disturbed their argument. They also took a single decade rather than the 3 decades of estimates against actual data. Reads like a Watts "science" lesson: self-serving and corrupt. ]

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      By the way, JLTW, and I realise, with Lprent’s task this might take you a while, but have you figured out that “your” arguments that “the hockey stick is false” and “global warming has paused” are mutually exclusive?

                      Which one are you nailing your credibility to, shit-for-brains?

                    • lurgee

                      “We can look at their track record of predictions. They have failed in both respects, often enough to convince me they are smart people dealing with a chaotic system that is inherently difficult to predict.”

                      Their modelling matches the temperature record well enough, for all the Daily Mail hysteria about the 17 year plateau and failed predictions.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    My point is the heavily ideological bookish left are likely voting Green. These people aren’t representative, they’re a fringe group and always will be.

                    Well, the figures coming through the grapevine is that 80% of people when presented solely with the policies and not the actual parties choose the policies of the Greens. That, if correct, is not what one would call fringe and it seriously calls into question the role of the MSM in shaping polls and voting.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    “We typically adapt, rather than let forces crush us.”

                    I don’t think you have any idea how trite that statement is. If we didn’t adapt, we’d be extinct.
                    The real question is how do we adapt? We do not adapt by doing nothing. We adapt because the more far seeing among us recognise problems and work to find solutions. The adaptations don’t fall from heaven, nor are they made by conservative fools who don’t recognise the problems. When the oceans rise, we won’t survive by growing gills, which is what you would have us depending on. We’ll survive because Green politicians and Green scientists and Green farmers and whatever have worked hard to minimise the problems and ameliorate the effects. Unfortunately from my selfish point of view, we’ll be helping your descendants as well. That’s one area where I’d love to apply user pays, and see you guys stuck 10m under a salty carbon rich sea, full of jellyfish.

            • phillip ure 5.2.3.1.2.4

              what a non-story/pile of horseshit from trotter..

              ..proving what..?..exactly..?

              phillip ure..

              • greywarbler

                phillip U
                I think it proves that Trotter has been thinking, not just spouting from the subconcious. (Not that I always agree with him. I just don’t agree with spraying everyone with spit when you take against them.)

              • RedLogix

                ….proving phil that if you don’t want to understand something ….

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  Yes. Trotter is right on with this:

                  “…. if the sort of well-read, politically aware, working-class families that made Mary possible no longer exist, then the mission of “getting out the Labour vote” has become a fool’s errand. Twenty years ago the ecology of poverty still possessed a sufficiently political dimension to preserve Labour’s honour. Twenty years later – it’s gone.”

                  It’s also non-ideological. It’s steady as she goes and more personality driven. Do they like the local MP or PM?

        • Enough is Enough 5.2.3.2

          OAB

          Forget the numbers – look at the trends.

          The story of 2014 has been National growing support and Labour shredding it. Its that simple.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.3.2.1

            The Nats are polling less than the ratings that gave them a one seat majority and that means you’ve given up?

            • Seti 5.2.3.2.1.1

              The poll average of Colmar Brunton (50%), Roy Morgan (49.5) and DigiPoll (50.9) immediately prior to the 2011 election was 50.1%, which is exactly the same as the 3 polls this month (CB 51, RM 48.5, DP 50.8 = 50.1).

              Maybe it is time to give up.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                What was the average of those three polls six months out?

                • Seti

                  I’ll concede it was 53.1%, however a year out from 2011 it was also 53%. A year prior to the next election the average was 43.9, so a 6% increase is clearly showing significant momentum.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    So, what you’re saying is a that a good campaign from Labour (one in which, for example, they had twice the membership resources to draw on than in 2011) or a bad one from Gusher Collins and Prattler, and it’s anyone’s election to win.

                    Choice.

                    • Seti

                      Yeah, sure anything’s possible. Just like MH370 might be stuck on my roof.

                      However I don’t think Cunliffe is the sort of personality many voters are attracted to. Only a third of Labour’s own supporters want him as PM, and they still have a fifth column in caucus. Labour need someone they can rally around – a dynamic persona, or someone voters can grow accustomed to. DC doesn’t have the former and needs more time for the latter.

                      And the leader is what the campaign is about. He is the mouthpiece selling the policies. I don’t buy into the activist knocking on the door. The last thing I want is a campaigner, of any hue, lecturing me on my doorstep.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Thanks for your concern. It’s so sincere.

                    • lurgee

                      you’re assuming a Labour-green coalition is a given. I’m not so sure. If I was the leader of the greens, I’d be very sceptical of putting Labour into power if they only poll 33%. I’d even think carefully about whether I’d support National (utu for all those years Labour spurned the Greens) to rein in their excesses. Though I’d probably decide to remain in opposition, constructively working with a minority government.

                    • McFlock

                      yes, but if that government is national, the greens are fucked.

                      So they either lend support to labour and not be in a formal coalition with minsterial bling, or they go full coalition. Depending on how badly nz1 is needed (me preferred option is where lab need greens but nz1 aren’t enough to be in govt for either lab or nat).

                      I think the greens have generally played the mmp game pretty well over the last 20-odd years, generally staying close enough to a receptive govt to get stuff done, but not so close that they lose their identity. And they’ve avoided compromising their party too much in order to get short term bling.

            • Enough is Enough 5.2.3.2.1.2

              Giving up – No.

              Losing faith in this campaign and tactics – yes.

              The trends are quite clear that 2014 to date has been hopeless. Fumbled policy releases, attacking the Greens and blind trusts are are arecipe for disaster.

              Time to sharpen up.

      • kenny 5.2.4

        2/3rds of those who responded to a digipoll (how many would that be?) – not 2/3rds of voters.

    • Francis 5.3

      The 11.4% undecided voters is fairly significant – higher than many of the recent polls I’ve seen. It helps to confirm that it’s not that people love National, but that they’re still uncomfortable with Labour. Of course, there’s still heaps of people out there with the FPP mindset, so they’ll never vote for anyone but the two major parties…

    • Enough is Enough 5.4

      Does anyone get the feeling that the tide is going out on Key and that there is a sentiment in the electorate to change the government like there was in 1999 and 2008?

      This is going to take a herculean effort to win this year when the media want a National government.

      It can start with Labour pulling their heads in and start acting like they hold a coalition together. I.e. pull back attack Dog Jones. The Greens are not the enemy

      • idlegus 5.4.1

        i was so pissed off when i listened to radiolive political panel with mau & jackson last thurs, they had hyde on ‘for the right’ & williams in ‘for the left’, & what really got me riled was williams putting down the greens, calling them clowns etc…actually, no one said anything positive about the greens (btw im not a greens supporter), now i’d expect it from hyde whatever, but it would be nice to have some commentator ‘from the left’ not barrage all the other left parties.

        • phillip ure 5.4.1.1

          chief-‘clown’ williams called the greens clowns’..?

          ..whoar..!

          .that man who presided over labours’ worst election result since forever..?

          ..yeah..!..we’ll listen to him..

          ..he knows what’s what..

          ..eh..?

          ..fucken neo-lib-apologist trout..!

  6. involuntary humour on tvone breakfast:..

    rawdon christie criticises the ‘journalistic-standards’ of others..

    ..brilliant..!

    (update:..the female co-host topped him..

    arguing against decriminalisation of cannabis:

    (said in disbelieving-voice..)

    ..’i’m against decriminalisation..’cos if you decriminalise everything..you’d have no crime..?’

    ..so..so..dumb…!

    • tinfoilhat 6.1

      I don’t know how you manage to watch it

      • phillip ure 6.1.1

        @ tinfoilhat..

        ..it’s a love/hate thing..

        ..i ‘hate’ how unbelieveably bad it is/they are….

        ..but i ‘love’ how they can also make me crack up laughing…

        ..not with them..but at them…

        ..(with the female co-host getting the crown today..(so far..!….)

        ..with/for her ‘decriminalisation’ brain-spasm/fart…

        ..it really was..brilliant..)

        ..and the other options..?

        ..michael wilson on 3..?..(shudder..!..)

        ..or mercep on rnz..?

    • David H 6.2

      I’m sorry but after watching TV1’s brekkie offering. And near losing my coffee all over my laptop from the dumb comments from Christie. Leaves me to wonder, how much self indulgence of the good medicine is needed to suffer through 2.5 hours of that Drivel. Maybe one day, I’ll try to find out.

      • phillip ure 6.2.1

        funny you should say that david h..

        ..as normally i wd say ‘self-indulgence of the good medicine’ is an essential ingredient to best appreciate the involuntary-humour of/from that show/those hosts..(and as i have long practised..)

        ..but it so happens i am on day two of a break from ‘self-indulgence of the good medicine’

        ..and it’s still funny…!

        • bad12 6.2.1.1

          Round of applause Phillip, the last line of your comment is the one you should focus on,”its still funny” without the ingestion of your usual medicine should over a period of time lead to ”it still tastes as good” and various other minor revelations…

  7. swordfish 7

    After by brief comment (yesterday Open Mike) celebrating the way good has finally managed to vanquish evil (Liverpool 3 Man United 0), some discussion ensued as to which team was the most Left friendly.

    tricledrown was largely correct to suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson “is one of the few top celebrities to come out and support the Labour Party”. Which is why, despite abhoring Man United and eveything it stands for, I’ve always had a lot of time for the Scots self-described Socialist and life-long Labour supporter.

    But let’s remember that Liverpool’s legendary manager, Bill Shankly, (another Scot, indeed another Glaswegian) introduced the all-red kit to symbolise his communitarian Socialist beliefs and to foster this spirit among the Merseyside community.

    Like Merseyside, Greater Manchester is a strong Labour area. Just a pity the city’s stuck with such an enormously irritating club.

  8. JustLikeTigerWoods 8

    It doesn’t look like Cunliffe is up to Shearer’s popularity….

    • bad12 8.1

      Meaningless drivel, if 60 or 70% ‘popularity’ can only give to Slippery’s National Government an effective one seat majority,(leaving aside the lapdogs for the moment), then it is a truly meaningless piece of information,

      Something sparkly to inflame the more base ‘Wing-nuts’ in other words…

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 8.1.1

        Labour should be very worried. Only some bizarre twist of MMP could likely save them now, and were that to be the case, the country may well be ungovernable. A tail wagging the dog scenario against such a popular choice (Key) would have all the legitimacy and effectiveness of, well, that man Brown.

        • bad12 8.1.1.1

          Laughable, a 2-3% gain from either Labour, Green or both on voting day gives them as much chance of forming the next Government as National have,

          Doomed doomed, off of the back of a Herald-DigiPoll,(the usual Govern alone lies),is one hell of a giggle…

        • PapaMike 8.1.1.2

          Would it be fair to say that true Labour supporters are afraid of the influence that the Greens will bring to the coalition.

          • phillip ure 8.1.1.2.1

            well..daddy-michael.the facts would appear to make yr claim a nonsense..

            ..labour members have long shown a preference for coalescing with the greens..

            ..rather than with the likes of dunne…

  9. adam 9

    The death of the liberal classes. This is what happens when you dance with the corporate lords.

    • greywarbler 9.1

      Very poetic adam.
      Made me think of Lord of the Dance. These words are appropriate for Labour and union supporters.
      An unusually sprightly hymn, I think from the Quakers.
      They fought against a harsh opposition trying to get a better life with respect for all.

      I danced on a Friday when the world turned black
      It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back
      They buried my body, they thought I was gone
      But I am the dance, and the dance goes on….

      They cut me down and I leapt up high
      I am the life that will never, never die
      I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me
      I am the Lord of the dance, said he.

      Take a minute or two for a lively version from the Oirish (think recent St Patricks Day!)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEAIJV6CmtA

      • mac1 9.1.1

        Good comment, Greywarbler. Lord of the Dance is a song of hope and indomitable belief. It was a song written about the Shakers, based on another song’s tune “Tis a Gift to be Simple”. Written by Sydney Carter, it also much loved by us Quakers. Thanks for the new insight into this hymn.

  10. Wyndham 10

    Labour supporters fought long and hard to reclaim the party from the rightwingers who wanted us to be light blue. Cunliffe is the right man with the right values and the ability to communicate them very well.
    Heads down, continue to do the hard yards and execute the winning strategy that is driven through the hubs. Cunliffe and team have already recovered from the recent hiccup. They will play their role well. We have to do likewise.

    Labour is going to lead the opposition to the Tories and get the country back for ALL New Zealanders.

    • JustLikeTigerWoods 10.1

      New Zealanders just called. They said they want light blue.

      You need to stop listening to your self-obsessed, laughably out of touch hardcore and start listening to, you know, real life working class voters.

      • the pigman 10.1.1

        Yeah, real life working class voters. Just like Tiger Woods. The good-natured concern from our friends on the Right almost brings me to tears sometimes.

    • Olwyn 10.2

      I agree Wyndham. While I think that RedLogix makes some good points with regard to cohesion, leadership, and game-changing policies that actually speak to the people whose votes are needed, I place no store whatsoever on Herald Digipolls. This is the same poll that always managed to squeeze out a couple more popularity points in favour of David Shearer whenever he looked to be on the ropes. We should not be disheartened by such polls, but instead fired up with urgency to do the hard yards.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 10.2.1

        +1

        Anyone who thought the MSM (never mind caucus/ABC) were just going to roll over when Labour changed its leadership election rules was dreaming.

    • JK 10.3

      Good stuff, Wyndham. + + 100%

  11. bad12 11

    Policy that might swing the vote Labour’s way 2#, Labour probably along with the Green Party need formulate a coherent policy surrounding the OCR, the Reserve Bank Governor, and bank interest rates,

    My view is that such a policy must remove the Reserve Bank Governor from the responsibility of decisions of raising or lowering the OCR, instead what is needed is a small committee of 3 to 5 of this countries prominent non-bank economists who would be tasked with overseeing the OCR from an ”all of economy view”, including in that view the state of the Governments accounts,

    It is obvious that the current 1-3% inflation band used by the Reserve Bank in its decision making surrounding the OCR is far too restrictive and should be changed to an effective 3-5% along with a guideline from an all of economy view that 4% of GDP growth annually is the desirable level at which the Reserve Bank should begin to start the process of upward movement of the OCR,

    The difference in such a policy would be stark compared to the current status quo, saving billions across the economy in unnecessary interest payments,

    Such a policy would need be announced off of the back of one of the upcoming announcements of a OCR for maximum effect…

    • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1

      It is totally the wrong thing to do to start talking about messing with economic settings. For starters, most people don’t understand them, and secondly they won’t be voting for significant change in economic policy unless faced with sheer economic catastrophe. That isn’t the case.

      The last time they voted for significant economic change was Lange/Douglas (term 2). They’ve been wary about making major fiscal changes ever since.

      • bad12 11.1.1

        By November 2015 sheer economic catastrophe will have arrived in the back pockets of anyone with a mortgage in the form of at least a 2% interest rates hike,

        Business nor the Government accounts will escape from that interest rates rise, what most people will understand is that under the current policy they will be forced to pay an extra 20 dollars a week for every $100,000 of debt they are carrying which under current debt loadings would indicate that at a minimum $6 billion dollars a year ill be sucked out of the economy,

        Changing the focus of the economy to one of 4-5% annual growth is hardly major in terms of the back pockets of those who carry debt of $100,000+ except in positive terms, leaving $1000 a year per $100,000 in the back pockets of all those with debts of this nature,

        It is well past the time to move on from the failed low inflation theory which simply stunts growth at a time growth is necessary in favor of enriching the trading banks profits,

        We need to move on to an economic model which gives ‘real choice’ back to those who wish to avoid inflation which is not of an economy wide nature by removing the Reserve Bank Governor’s ability to act in favor of the trading banks profits when a 1.6% inflation rate says that this is unnecessary…

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1.1.1

          Interest rates SHOULD be moving higher. Artificially holding them low is why the US is in such deep trouble.

          A 2% hike isn’t an economic catastrophe. That’s just silly. They were higher during Clarks reign.

          • freedom 11.1.1.1.1

            “Artificially holding them low is why the US is in such deep trouble.”

            No, a 23 Trillion dollar debt and a corrupt Banking system is why the US is in trouble :roll:

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1.1.1.1.1

              That, too. But they are holding interest rates artificially low by buying up securities. NZs interest rates should not be held artificially low as there is no need for us to get into the same trap.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                How would you know? If by some miraculous serendipity you’re actually correct, I’m sure you’re just parroting something someone numerate said.

                Citation needed.

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  I’m as numerate as the next lay Economist reader. I think it’s fair to say I do as much primary economic research as you do, although if you’re not aware of how the FR has been buying up securities in order to hold interest rates, I think I can safely say your knowledge of the topic is very light.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Care to revisit your opinion that it is impossible for everyone to be paid at least 60% of the average (or median) wage, then?

                    You might also thank Puddleglum for schooling you while you’re at it.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      No, I do not. That figure is an artificial, academic construction that will not happen. There is not enough productivity to make it so, and more people would choose unemployment, so it would plunge more people into poverty.

                    • McFlock

                      So what do you believe is the minimum realistically-possible level of poverty in New Zealand?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Are you so fucking stupid you think you can change your argument to another fact-free dribble and no-one will notice? Or check your facts.

                      So I checked your facts. Who knew there were countries that according to you are physically impossible?

                      It’s official: Slovenia, France, Chile et al don’t exist!

                      We need better wingnuts.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      TigerWoods is pretending that Political Economics is not an artificial construction with parameters designed and enforced by people, but rather some force of the universe beyond human control.

                      Or maybe it is just beyond the control of ordinary bog standard proles, which is exactly how the power elite 0.1% have set it up to be, with the overwhelming complicity of the top 20%.

                  • JustLikeTigerWoods

                    You are obviously intellectually insecure. You won’t make yourself smarter by trying to define other people down.

                    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8177864.stm

                    “Romanian pensioners can have much less money than UK pensioners but fewer of them be described as poor. That’s because they are closer to the median person in their country, not because they have more money. In fact, they are simply bunched together at what others would consider the bottom…..The richest can become richer and it has no effect at all on poverty.”

                    If you attempt to pull everyone in NZ closer to that line without increasing productivity, then you’ll just make most poorer.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      If you attempt to pull everyone in NZ closer to that line without increasing productivity, then you’ll just make most poorer.

                      Hmmmm, I see you are repeating the same BS line from the 1980’s Thatcher years.

                      Like you think we will ignore the role of the big corporates eg retail banks thieving from the productivity of NZ workers through onerous interest rates and fees.

                      Why don’t we set a little rule then? Workers wages should increase in line with per capita GDP. And let’s retroactively apply it from say 1990 onwards.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      It’s time for your reality check.

                      Per capita productivity has consistently increased since the 1970s but the wage:GDP ratio has decreased

                      So you’re full of shit. Productivity increased and wages fell.

                      Are you lying or mistaken? Dupe, or duplicitous? Which is it?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      TigerWoods is just trying to deflect from the facts: we have a 1% which is sucking up a growing and hugely disproportionate amount of the financial benefit resulting from the work put in by everyone else.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      [deleted]

                      [lprent: You have been given a task. To justify how one of the links you gave earlier supports your comment. You appear to be doing fire and forget on comment links because most of them that I have looked at so far are unrelated to your claims for them. ]

                    • McFlock

                      If you attempt to pull everyone in NZ closer to that line without increasing productivity, then you’ll just make most poorer.

                      Um, no… if you are pulling everyone closer to the median value, half are getting richer and half are getting poorer. That’s what “median” is. It’s a pretty basic concept from maybe even primary school. You’ve just outed yourself as being dumber than a ten year old. In fact, even a ten year old would think you were a fucking idiot.

                    • RedLogix

                      Well I think you may be intending arithmetic mean ( aka average) rather than median.

                      The median is obtained by ranking the entire population from top to bottom and then picking the value of the exact 50th percentile member. How it relates to the whole population very much depends on the shape of the distribution.

                      It’s only on nice symmetric binomial distributions that the mean and the median are very close together – and income distribution tends to be very different:

                    • Tracey

                      dont let tighty righty see you relying on median. he thinks people who do that are stupid

          • bad12 11.1.1.1.2

            Giving 6 billion dollars annually to the trading banks in unearned profits is what i would describe as silly,

            80 billion dollars of gross Government debt says that SOMEONE has to at some time pay for this sugar rush of National Party borrowing,preferably befor the next crisis in Capitalism hits us all firmly in the head, or do you suppose that the GFC was the last collapse of the system,

            Under the current policy of taxation and expenditure there can be no paying down of this debt and in a round of interest rates rises across the whole of economy which will shrink economic activity leaving the Government books further in the red,

            The only means by which such books can be balanced and that debt reduced while retaining the current levels of taxation and spending is for the economy to be set to run at an annual GDP growth rate of 4–5% which would generate a strong Government surplus,

            Interest rates have risen in no other jurisdiction from where our money is sourced therefor there are no added costs to the trading banks which lend money into this country the raising of the OCR at this point is simply a tool of profit gouging on behalf of the banking system which acts as a detriment to the whole of our economy…

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1.1.1.2.1

              As I say, higher interest rates than we have now, including the 2% rise, didn’t affect Clarks popularity.

              Secondly, the Federal Reserve is purchasing securities. We don’t do that, so your comparison doesn’t make sense.

              • Colonial Viper

                Of course it makes sense: the retail banks are extracting billions too much in profits out of NZ communities and small businesses.

                As I say, higher interest rates than we have now, including the 2% rise, didn’t affect Clarks popularity

                Huh? Wages were strongly rising and employment very low during Lab 5. Don’t act as if those weren’t offsetting. None of those protective factors apply to National.

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  The same is starting to happen under National. Not that National or Labour were responsible, it’s due to our exports.

              • bad12

                Lolz, what you post here does exactly that, NOT make sense that is, what the fuck has the Reserve Bank lifting the OCR prematurely got to do with the US means of printing secuities,(money), please do explain if only for the laughs it will generate,

                Your anology of the Clark Government is also spurious, we don’t live in a time 5 years ago we live in the now and in the future…

      • Tracey 11.1.2

        ooooooooOOOOOOOOoooooo like the mysteries of the ancients, we need to rely on the high priests to interpret the entrails and bestow their wisdom from on high.

    • Melb 11.2

      Higher inflation aye – that’ll help the poor!

      • bad12 11.2.1

        What higher inflation, food prices are not inflated, transport costs for the poor,(you probably never use public transport),are largely static,

        House price over-inflation is the driver of the current OCR lift, with an overall inflation rate of 1.6% this is unnecessary,

        If you are suggesting that the poor are helped in any way by a low growth high interest rates economy i would like to hear how you think this helps,

        Raising interest rates across the board as a tool to address inflation in house pricing in two cities has to be the economics of the dunce,

        To suggest it is impossible to have variable interest rates for Auckland and Christchurch housing is also stupidity,

        The poor have some choice, admittedly small, in avoiding consumer price inflation, when the OCR is raised it simply leads to a contracting economy which in turn leads to more unemployment, helping the poor by making more people poor is a new one to me…

    • the disenfranchised one million care not a jot for ‘ OCR, the Reserve Bank Governor, and bank interest rates..’

      all that will move them to vote – is ‘big’/seachange-policies.

      ..that directly promise to improve their lives/lot..

      ..and such improvements as soon as a progressive govt is elected..

      (no incrementalist..’only when we can afford it..paddy’..as cunnliffe stated in that interview..)

      • bad12 11.3.1

        In other words Phillip, pissing into the wind, you will be waiting until a long time after your expiry date has long past befor Labour will put forward any such policy that you would see as sea-changing,

        Dreams are free and you are free to dream, Labour are still flogging the raising of the age of superannuation as part of their economic policy, that i would suggest is worth a negative 2–5% of the vote…

        • phillip ure 11.3.1.1

          i agree..i don’t see it happening..

          ..i’m just saying that is what needs to be done..

          ..but will they do it..?

          ..doubt it…

          ..those neo-lib trouts still have their boots on the throat of the party..

          ..until they are gone..nothing will happen..

          ..and that would be the only consolation from a third-term key..

          ..how/when after that defeat..

          ..the schadenfreude to be had from watching how..

          ..the labour party membership will/would turn on these fuckers..

          ..like rabid dogs..

          ..and tear them limb from limb..

    • RedBaronCV 11.4

      I agree a committee would be a good idea but maybe not all economists..

  12. Wyndham, George 12

    Hi wyndham (small w) . I’ll amend my name to avoid confusion.

    [lprent: Cool. Beat me to requesting it. ]

  13. tricledrown 13

    Swordfish .
    Competitive to the end who cares I like watching good football no matter which team is playing.
    The United Liverpool history is like NZ Australia history.
    Taking the piss out each other for over 100 years.

    • Allyson 13.1

      Man U’s league position can be compared to NZ Labour party recent polling. A tale of two Davids, Cunliffe and Moyes, although I think only one of these will be back on top by 2017 .
      Was a nice comment from swordfish about the great Bill Shankley. I well remember Evertonian repetitively chanting “We all hate Shanks and Shanks and Shanks” (repeated ad nauseum).It reminds me a bit of some peoples obsessive dislike of John Key.

      • Te Reo Putake 13.1.1

        And yet Shankley spent his retirement years coaching Everton’s youth teams for free. Funny old world.

  14. Monty 14

    I am always amused at how the left keep pointing to the last election and the 54% the Nats had a week or so out from the election. Maybe you should also talk about the support labour had a week or two out only for it to plummet to 27% and their worst election result ever on election night.

    This year the Nats can quite legimitaly use the don’t risk it campaign. Already NZers are wary of the greens, and that is without the campaign advertising that will come. At present the labour greens are a long way behind. The left policies seem to be based around undoing the policies implemented by national for example such as charter schools and national standards. These are negative policies. Other policies such as CGT and increased taxes are not going to convert the middle ground. Where are the positive policies ?

    labour are in a worse position than they were under Goff and indeed shearer. People simply don’t trust or like Cunliffe. He talks in cliches, and there is no substance to his eight second sound bites. How can a guy whose popularity is around 11% beat a guy who is so popular inspite of seven years of attacks is still rating as high as 66% in the preferred PM stakes? And the worse news is that labour have no one who could dream of being as popular as John Key. Grant nor Shane are really a leader in waiting and who are capable of challenging John Key.

    And then to top it off, middle NZ, including centre left Labour supporters do not trust or like Russel Norman. So the left support hovers around 40% which is where it has been for seven years! and will remain for the next few years.

    I have said this before and I’ll say it again. Labour need to look at their entire policy platform and accept that many policies are unpopular with the middle ground supporters. labour renewed to think and understand why they are failing to get traction and look at what they need to do to get the middle classes support. That does not include raising taxes, implementing new taxes, more welfare, undoing education reforms, being soft on unions and crime, threatening to stop roads being built, and being negative about every national policy.

    [lprent: I have to say that it is nice seeing you actually arguing your side and on the right post too. I might disagree (and do), but it is worth reading. Nice to see that even those on the right are capable of learning.

    Unlike the recent dumbarse trolls who aren't making it through the first time commentator check because they keep repeating rote phrases that they read or heard somewhere else. I just spammed the last 4. I'd be ashamed if I'd written such stupid code as these bots. ]

    • bad12 14.1

      Oh so you want a choice of two National Parties, i am sure Labour head office will take note of your wishes…

      • lurgee 14.1.1

        Better a slightly left party in power than a left party forever in opposition.

        Once you have power, you can start to change people’s minds and move public opinion. That’s very difficult from the opposition benches.

        To get there you need the long suffering left and the centre. Wailing about purity-and-compromise-and-feeling-all-dirty-but-not-in-a-good-way is a longwinded means of saying you’d like to lose, again.

    • BM 14.2

      Problem for David is that he comes across a such a smarmy dislikable prat and the way he seems to talk down to people puts peoples backs up straight away.

      In his defense, he probably isn’t doing it intentionally it’s just the way his personality is and it’s going to take a lot of hard work to modify that impression.

      I’d say like Clark, give it another six years and then I think he might have a shot at the PMs job.

      • framu 14.2.1

        “Problem for David is that he comes across a such a smarmy dislikable prat and the way he seems to talk down to people puts peoples backs up straight away.”

        im staggered as to where you lot get this from – can you point to an example or is it just repetition?

        serious question

        • BM 14.2.1.1

          It’s comments I’ve heard from number of people, especially women.

          What would probably help him in the short term is if he gave up on all those nasty little cheap shots he throws out in his interviews.
          He’s playing the man far too often which is why he’s not resonating at all with the voter.

          People want to hear positive stuff not negative insulting BS.

    • Enough is Enough 14.3

      “And the worse news is that labour have no one who could dream of being as popular as John Key.”

      Wrong and incorrect.

      Jacinda Adern will be the PM in 2017 in an outright landlside victory for Labour.

  15. Monty 15

    No I am extremely happy with one true blue national party. I love that Labour wallow in the 30% support range and dropping. I love that Labour are completely red and not looking to change anything.

    My point is that is labour want to increase their support they need a policy platform that will compete with National. Because of the strong hold of the unions is labour I am grateful that this won’t happen, and as a result total left support is circa 40% and no chance of change.

    Maybe after another thumping on 20 September labour will take an honest look at themselves and remodel their entire policy platform. Maybe at that point labour will make the hard decisions about who they have representing their Party, and why they have struggled to get past 30% in eight years of polling? Then they can rebuild in 2017 and hope to win in 2020

    • so..monty..labour need to move even further to the right..eh..?

      ..that’ll get that one million disenfranchised out to the ballot-box..

      ..eh..?

      .(bring back rogernomics..1..eh..?

      ..right ho..!..)

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 15.1.1

        Labour need to be a centre party. You can’t win if you don’t hold the center.

        Some people live in a cosy left wing bubble (Greens, some of Labour, Mana) just as some live in a right wing bubble (ACT, during their heyday). Ideologically, it’s sound. No pragmatic rough edges to break the illusion.

        This bubble keeps people insulated from real New Zealanders. Real poor New Zealanders are lining up at the KFC drive-thru, not eating hand-picked lentil stew. Real middle class New Zealanders have jobs and don’t want economic upsets. Real New Zealanders couldn’t give a flying **** about cod-Marxist chattering classes ideological bubbles.

        Key understands this.

        • BM 15.1.1.1

          Most of the labour pollies probably understand this as well, it’s the paid up party members and trade unions who don’t or refuse to accept it.

          Which is why Labour is in so much trouble.

          • JustLikeTigerWoods 15.1.1.1.1

            I think so.

            I can imagine the loud-mouthed ideologues get the heart pumping at party meetings, but these people are seriously disconnected with the people they claim to represent. In reality, they represent little more than an abstract idea from pages on dusty books.

            Long may Labour be infested with them, really…

          • McFlock 15.1.1.1.2

            So the labour caucus should drop the bulk of the party membership in order to increase their support? Be a bit of a booboo if your earnest advice happened to be incorrect, though – labour would lose membership without gaining right-wing members and voters.

            Oh, and in a democracy, it’s the other way around – if the mps really want to be right wing but don’t want to be in nactional, they should fuck off to united future. The members joined a left wing party, and have the power to keep it left wing.

            thanks for your concern, guys.

            • BM 15.1.1.1.2.1

              I agree, the politicians are supposed to represent the party.

              The big issue though is that the current crop of Labour politicians realize they’ll never win if they follow the wishes of the party because what the party wants the voters don’t.

              No wonder there’s no enthusiasm, you’re hobbled before you even start the race.

              • McFlock

                IF that were correct and power is more important for some MPs than the principles they were elected to promote, then they should join the other narcissists in the National party.

                But I suspect you are full of shit and playing to the “there’s an ABC faction, that’s why Cunliffe hasn’t polled 40% yet” paranoia. Because nothing distracts from nactoid corruption like a loyalty witch-hunt in one’s own house.

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 15.1.1.1.2.2

              The party members need to wake up. It’s 2014, not 1972.

              There was a good reason Labour became Labour all those years ago. However, the ideology hasn’t adapted with the times. You’re left with a lot of people fighting old battles using a dusty instruction manual that doesn’t apply in 2014.

              Just observing. I was once a Labour voter. The longer the party members and Unions ignore reality, the longer they’ll remain in their “Bill English” phase.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                What “reality” would that be? The one we’ve already established you have a feeble grasp of? Or the one where being in a union means higher wages as well as a range of other benefits?

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  Go get a labouring job. Eat KFC. Watch the Warriors. Buy the t-shirt. If you bristle at the thought of that, then I don’t think you have much chance of understanding the working class.

                  I grew up working class. How about you? Soft middle-class by the sound of it….

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    So, not only is it utterly irrelevant, your personal experience hasn’t done you much good, has it? Thus far it’s taken you from a solid background to a manipulated shill with a feeble grasp on reality. Basic Maths eludes you, as does basic Physics, basic Chemistry, and basic Economics.

                    All this makes you a piss-poor source of advice for the Left, but thanks for your concern.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      I hope they ignore everything I say. The left are at sea, led astray by soft activist middle class students who never grew out of their idealism.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      I love it when witless wingnuts aim at me and miss by a country mile :lol:

                    • @ tigger..

                      ..so..’idealism’ is something you ‘grow out of’..eh..?

                      ..that explains you..

                • interesting-fact..

                  wages in a unionised general motors plant..(the biggest employer at the time..the sixties..)..was in todays’ money over $35 per hr..

                  ..today..the largest employer in america..is walmart..

                  ..with their average wage being just over $12 per hr…

              • McFlock

                Labour is better off without folk like you.

      • lurgee 15.1.2

        Neither will a long march to the left. The ‘missing voters’ don’t care. They’re not interested. If they wouldn’t vote against National in 2008 or 2011 they aren’t going to come out in 2014. They don’t care enough to vote against a party that threatens their livelihood and the chances of their children. Peeling off 5% of National’s vote and getting into power, into a position where we can actually help these people, by creating jobs and improving school and healthcare access and so on might be more effective than promising them jam tomorrow if they vote today.

    • bad12 15.2

      Exactly my point, as a Tory shill we all should take about as much notice of you as a single turd floating down a sewer, pretty much of a muchness with all the other turds, and, expend as much energy as i have in replying to you,very little…

      • srylands 15.2.1

        That does not detract from the substance of what he says. I think you should cut back on the toilet insults for a while.

        • bad12 15.2.1.1

          What He is saying s that He wants a Labour Party that behaves in exactly the same manner as the National Party,

          Having outed Himself as a National Party voter as much notice of Him should be taken as i ascribe above, which incidently SSLands is as much notice as should be taken of your lies, none…

        • McFlock 15.2.1.2

          The substance of what he said was pure conjecture.
          Therefore his motives for saying it are relevant context.

          I think you should stop shilling for policies that kill children for a while.

  16. freedom 16

    maybe I am simply missing something or maybe it is an Emporer’s New Clothes moment ?

    but is not our Prime Minister travelling through China strongly endorsing a private company ?

    • nadis 16.1

      Yes, you are missing something.

      • freedom 16.1.1

        Care to elaborate?

        Talking about the New Zealand dairy industry, (the regulations, the oversight, the safety concerns etc) is one thing and part of his job, but the minute he specifically mentions Fonterra, doesn’t that change the situation?

        I thought those where commercially diplomatic skills required of a Prime Minister?

        • freedom 16.1.1.1

          dang, missed the edit, bloody typos (ridiculously unreliable data service) :(

        • veutoviper 16.1.1.2

          I don’t have time to find links right now, but from what I have heard/read, other dairy exporters as well as Fontera are represented in the large party accompanying the PM. Think I heard this totals about 30, but not sure whether this includes press.

          Patrick Gower is already in China, and I have little doubt that people like Fran O’Sullivan, Audrey Young are also there. Possibly Vernon Small from Stuff (Andrea Vance is in Ireland)?

          • Hayden 16.1.1.2.1

            And now:

            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11221902

            Prime Minister John Key has pulled out of a Beijing meet-and-greet session for New Zealand dairy companies and their local business partners following an unexpected dinner invitation from Chinese President Xi Jinping, leaving exporters who have travelled to China for the event disappointed.

            “Fonterra keeps on happily selling its commodities to China and global companies while legitimate New Zealand infant formula brands are struggling to recapture the position they had [before] August last year,” Marinkovich said. “Now we have some kind of make good with our distributors in China and we get this last minute change to the agenda.”

            Hope it’s a good dinner.

    • Bill 16.2

      I think the point that you’re missing is the fact that a goodly number of Nat MPs and ex-MPs (would love a run down on exactly who and in what way) have their greasy fingers, and so financial futures, sunk deep into dairy. I’d suggest that John is merely responding to the the gang’s wishes and trying to shore up their futures.

  17. bad12 17

    Of small but worth noting interest in the numbers from the latest Herald-Dodgy-Poll is the fact that this supposed decline in the Labour vote occurred in the period that Shane Jones is said to have made such a dramatic ‘hit’ on the Supermarkets,

    It appears, if we are to give the Herald-Dodgy-Poll the slightest iota of credence, and most will find its results as a cause to snigger,that Mr Jones’s ‘hit’ resonated nowhere except within His own ego,and, for what it was worth the ‘hit’ appears to have missed a consonant in the form of an S,

    Perhaps Shane should be better employed taking the vows of silence as what noise He does make tends to be entirely in the negative…

    • Not a PS Staffer 17.1

      Shane, up to recently, thought he was the leading intellectual in Labour but that nobody was giving him sufficient attention. Now, with the benefit of a make-over and some slimming regime, he thinks of himself as an Adonis as well as a stunning intellectual.

      Shane Jones, like Winston, spends heaps of time on front of mirrors: any mirror anywhere!

      Shane Jones see a Kiwi Bill Clinton looking back.

      Shane’s antics are only about Shane. As sure as night follows day Shane will be a negative force in the Labour constellation.

    • srylands 17.2

      You sound like someone who is in total denial. The Ipredict price for PM National is down to 27 cents. (I bailed out at 29 cents covering all my shorting of Labour for a tidy profit :-)) And guess what ? After I bailed out the price didn’t move. Guess I wasn’t the rich prick “manipulating” the market. Must have been the other 367 traders with active orders.

      Seriously, who would have ever believed that the price could go to 27 cents? Yes I know you think it is a “gambling” site. You don’t need to say it again.

      • vto 17.2.1

        I guess for someone who thinks everything can be priced Ipredict is some sort of nirvana.

      • bad12 17.2.2

        SSLands, as if any of us care about your pathetic little foray into gambling…

  18. “..Loving Animals to Death..”

    ..How can we raise them humanely –

    and then butcher them?..”

    http://theamericanscholar.org/loving-animals-to-death/#.UyaBv61dVz8?src=longreads

  19. Steve Walu 19

    I’m left wing in my politics but regret Cunliffe inspires me not one jot. And it obviously isn’t inspiring the electorate either with a 29% poll rating. What astounds me is the lack of criticism towards his uninspirational lack of leadership on this site which was vitriolic against the last two leaders. Are you censoring negative comment to save poor David’s feelings? We’re being fed BS lines from him on how passionate he is compared to the alternative and we’re not as bad as the other lot. It doesn’t wash. So why should I bother voting. Passion is not going to get me out of bed. But a good economic policy, good social policies, education and none of this current arrogance we see from National and sadly Cunliffe too, will. Between 2008 & 2014, Labour’s polling was never better than under Shearer. So the only leader kiwis might have trusted was dumped in favour of one with an ego bigger than Texas and a foot that’s constantly in his mouths, the ones on both sides of his face. Yes, he needs some major surgery to get that one fixed but time has run out. We’re going to lose again this year. Dump Cunliffe now and save ourselves wasting time on a new leader after the election.

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Hey Steve, dump Cunliffe now and go with whom?

      That’s sorta an important question you left unanswered in your well thought out “plan.”

      • Chooky 19.1.1

        Steve Walu is obviously a Mumblefuck….ite

        there is not much that one could say to Steve Walu’s hint that Labour goes back to Shearer …except…. and go “fall down a well?”

        Cunliffe is just getting up a head of steam…but Labour needs to throw caution to the winds now…. and get some really radical proposals out there to help those at the bottom of the heap…

    • bad12 19.2

      Fair comment, tho who you would propose as the next Labour leader would have been a nice addition,

      What you have forgotten tho is the not inconsequential fact that David Cunliffe has the mandate of the members of the Labour Party which incidently doubled so as to take part in His election,

      Like you i do not find Him to be inspirational as a leader, but, i am a jaded cynic and willing to admit such,

      Unfortunately Labour appear to be saddled, from my point of view, with a couple of flagship policies that totally grate against my core beliefs, the 30,000 houses proposed to be built for the children of the middle class,(while not appearing to have a similar State House build proposed), and, the raising of the age of entitlement for superannuation which favors the monied over the poorer sections of society on the basis of both ability to work over a lifetime and earnings over that lifetime,

      So, among the disenfranchised sitting on the sidelines a life of being rack-rented in the private sector appears to be the Labour offer, a good means of 2–5% of voters being uninterested in Labour as a voting proposition,

      Along with that comes all those who can only hope to fail to save a significant amount for their retirement, these people can ”see” this for themselves even if the Labour Party cannot, being told that no matter how much of their labor they give to the economy it will have little value in terms of their retirement which will be moved further and further from them, chalk up another 2–5% of voters remaining supremely unmoved as far as voting Labour goes,

      Making grand speeches about ‘smarter’ economies is meaningless to the core of people who will be negatively effected by these two Labour Party policies, an estimate of 4–10% of the vote, these are the people who only see the daily drudge of their working lives more worried about whether they will continue to have a job than hot air expelled about such grand plans,

      It is the bread and butter issues like these two highlighted above which leaves a large pool of voters believing that there will be for them ‘no difference’ should they turn out on election day and vote Labour so why would they bother…

      • Jim Nald 19.2.1

        “raising of the age of entitlement for superannuation”

        Hmm, some questions to pose:

        Who will be voting for Labour in support of this proposed policy?

        Will David T.I.N.A. Parker reveal the profile of such voters?

        Is the policy such a turn-on or turn-off for Labour’s core voters or the so-called missing millions?

        • bad12 19.2.1.1

          Jim Nald, i would have to assume that Labour has focus grouped the hell out of this policy, you would think so would you not???,

          Then again, having gone through the numbers, both backward and forwards, i would suggest they havn’t simply taking the Treasury and Retirement Commissioners word for it,

          Bounce, bounce, bounce, i will simply kick the ball back at you, would you vote for Labour having considered this policy, and if so why???…

  20. greywarbler 20

    Tiny homes on radio nz 15 square metres. Surprising what you can do. Clever possible – would be good to have a development underwritten by local Council, which ultimately paid back in full over in the medium term.

    11:20 Bryce Langston on the tiny house movement
    Bryce Langston is an Auckland minimalist and permaculturist, who is building a cheap, eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing “tiny house” to live in. He’s making a documentary about the process of downsizing his life into 15 square metres, explaining why he’d want to live in a tiny space on a trailer, and exploring the wider social movement of tiny housing. Audio may go up, but they say they have images on gallery.

    Gallery: Tiny Houses
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon

  21. Dear NZSIS

    I’m having problems getting hold of my old Vodafone land line and cellphone records for my upcoming employment hearing.
    Could you please send me copies of what you have.

    Many thanks,

    The Al1en.

    :lol:

    • Blue 21.1

      Dear Alien. Sorry we have nothing on you. In fact no one here has ever heard of you. Our focus is on important and influential people.

      Regards
      NZSIS

      • Murray Olsen 21.1.1

        PS Try the NSA or ASIO. Under our defence of liberty program, they’re the ones who keep personal information on New Zealand citizens. In the future, if you should need information on Australian or US citizens, we are able to help.
        Your disobedient servant and school friend of the Prime Minister,
        Sir Ian Fletcher

        PPS Doesn’t the Sir look good? John asked me not to use it in public until it’s announced by Wills on the tour, but I couldn’t resist just this once.

      • The Al1en 21.1.2

        Dear NZSIS

        Thanks for the prompt reply. With the new ‘spy on anyone legislation’, please check your records as you’ve now heard of everyone in NZ, even a no one like me.

        If it helps jog your collective memory, I am overweight (not obese) and a foreigner (not German) with residency, though I have never donated anonymously or otherwise to John Banks or petitioned a member of parliament for citizenship.

        Mp3s of phone taps will be acceptable if you’re saving on printing costs – You already have my email addresses.

        Thanks again,

        The Al1en.

  22. greywarbler 22

    Damien O’Connor doing sterling work arguing for structural reform to be facilitated by Nathan Guy to carry forward expenditure already made by the NACTs. This is connected with the red meat industry that has been arguing since Adam was a cowboy (very long time). In the meantime our exports in this sector and this important part of our agriculture is declining and we need the balance of this part of the industry instead of complete reliance on dairy, which is becoming a smothering monster that monpolises the land. And if it fails we could end up in a 1900’s type depression. So go Damien. He’s good value.

  23. ianmac 23

    Mmmm? John Armstrong’s headline was pretty mean this morning but now it has been changed to ” Labour’s best hope for Key to hit political banana skin pre-election.” and a lot less spiteful. Wonder who changed it?

    • greywarbler 23.1

      As you said who wrote it? This is where thesmall pool of subeditors who write the headings now (have I got that right) can have a disproportionately large effect on the news slogans that get into public consciousness.

  24. veutoviper 24

    Calling Tracey

    Here is a ‘non’ answer to the question you have been asking for some days. Who paid for the infamous dinner in China?
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/239144/collins-still-quiet-on-who-paid-for-meal

    My pick is that the tab was picked up by Deyi ‘Stone’ Shi, and/or Julie Zu (CEO of Oravida) either personally or on behalf of Oravida. IIRC Collins was invited by Shi and/or Julie Xu to the dinner, and therefore they were the hosts.

    Tracey Watkins on Stuff also thinks it was Shi or Zu, or less possibly the Chinese border official.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9837963/Dinner-bill-under-wraps

    More questions to Collins in this afternoon’s Question Time
    3.GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements?

    6.Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she still stand by her claim that Oravida business was not discussed at her dinner in Beijing at which Oravida personnel were present as well as a senior Chinese Government Customs official?

  25. captain hook 25

    God defend New Zealand.
    Has shifty key resigned yet?

  26. gingercrush 26

    Labour or its voters should not panic about this poll result or any poll result. The polls tighten and every election post MMP has shown how close Labour can come to government. 2011 certainly proved that. It shouldn’t have been close and yet Labour was 2% away from grabbing the government benches.

    • Enough is Enough 26.1

      WTF do you mean it should not have been close.

      We were in the middle of a recession and the government stood on seeling state assets.

      We lost the unlosable election and look odds on to repeat.

  27. q-time commentary..

    (excerpt..)

    (a (permanently smirking) lotu-liga tries to defend the shocking pacific-island stats (unemployment 7.8% in 2008..to 13.7% today..income falling $78 per wk for p.i.workers..vs. a $58 increase for pakeha..

    ..and guess what..?..he blames the last labour govt for those stats..)

    ..pacific-women are the lowest-paid workers in nz…

    http://whoar.co.nz/2014/new-zealand-parliament-list-of-questions-for-oral-answer-tuesday-18-march-2014/

  28. Notanymore 28

    Regarding the latest poll and the trends. I am seeing consistency in 2/3 of voters prefer JK as PM.
    Surely the issue remaining is that 2/3 of Labour voters prefer someone else rather than David Cunliffe to be PM.
    I know this is not a presidential campaign but if only 35% of your party supporters want you as a leader then isn’t that a problem ?

    [deleted]

    [lprent: You have asserted a fact about Cunliffes support amongst Labour voters. As far as I'm aware there is no such survey. Provide a link to support the claim. You are banned until you either do so or explain how you screwed up. Also read the policy. ]

    • Anker 28.1

      No leadership blunder.

      I talked to a Labour voter today, who says she wasn’t that keen on DC to start with, but she has started to think he is good and she can’t understand why the polls are low. So I guess we can all find individuals who have one point of view or another.

      DC is able to bring about some real change in NZ. He understands the financial systems that need to be changed and he has good evidence based policy, like best start. His speech last week was excellent to.

      After a week of the media writing articles to discreet him, its not surprizing the polls are down.Its called spin, and unfortunately it can be effective.

      Actually he hasn’t down anything wrong, but far more punished than Key or Collins.

      If you saw him on The Nation, he was brilliant, unlike Key on the same show.

      • nadis 28.1.1

        I talked to a Labour voter today, who says she was keen to start with, but she has started to think he is no good and she can understand why the polls are low.

        See, I can make up anecdotes too.

    • Seti 28.2

      lprent: You have asserted a fact about Cunliffes support amongst Labour voters. As far as I’m aware there is no such survey. Provide a link to support the claim.

      I believe the poster was deducing Cunliffe’s support amongst Labour voters from the DigiPoll, where even though the party has 29.5% DC enjoys only 11.1%, ergo 11.1 / 29.5 = 37.6% of Labour supporters want him as PM. So a slight miscalculation, not 35%.

      • lprent 28.2.1

        Wrong. You can’t calculate percentages that way unless you know the number of people who answered each question. It would be an inference that has about much validity as reading chicken entrails. That is of course why the not answered isn’t usually attached to each question.

        Only a silly fool like Cameron Slater or this fool would make an estimate like that.

  29. meteorism 29

    What is it with European ‘freedom’ campers and crapping all over the place ?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9840768/Campers-poo-in-red-zone-home

    • One Anonymous Bloke 29.1

      They see we elected the National Party and figure that shitting in your own nest is a national pastime.

    • vto 29.2

      Many places we frequent are now littered with euro turds. Disgusting. Can’t let the kids roam in certain places. Pigs do their shitting in a cleaner fashion than the dirty euro campers.

      In the bushes, behind the rubbish bin, under the picnic tree, in the open, just everywhere, everywhere …….

      Mind you they get some good verbal roastings-plus from the locals ……………

  30. weka 30

    Is it just me, or has the new google maps taken out most of the street names in satellite view? Hoping there is a button to push…

    • vto 30.1

      dunno weka, there be some strange shit going on….. I just found some salt advertised as organic …. unbelievable that such is believable ….

      • weka 30.1.1

        ha ha, not sure what that is about. Processing maybe?

      • mac1 30.1.2

        Organic salt- sun-dried sweat straight from the brow of the toiling worker, for that extra bit of class in your cooking..

  31. chris73 31

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9839504/Labour-plunges-in-poll

    You don’t need to worry about the polls lefties because:

    the only poll that matters is on election day
    the trend is upwards for the left
    the MSM are evil
    John Keys evil
    no one on the left can afford a telephone/internet connection
    the people will suddenly wake up and realise John Keys evil

    Take whatever reason you like from above to make you feel better and whatever you do don’t change anything that Labour are doing, they’ve got the right people in charge and things are bound to turn :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT3Ec1SIHc0

  32. karol 32

    Oooo. Just noticed the “Parties” tab! Cool!

    That and the other 3 tabs provide a good overview of current political topics.

    • lprent 32.1

      Yeah. Just have to do some minor adjustment on the layout. It doesn’t quite fit on my browser on the android tablet.

    • JK 32.2

      Whatg is this about , Karol ? Parties tab ? ? please explain ….

      • karol 32.2.1

        Scroll up on the right side of the screen: 4 tabs: Feeds: Parties: Daily Blog: Scoop.

      • felix 32.2.2

        Parties and tabs, you say?

        • lprent 32.2.2.1

          I should put in a tab called “drugs” and load it up with choice recipes from a late 19th century Mrs Beaton’s cookbook. Drugs and food were kind of “interesting” then. You can see at least one reason that the mortality rates were pretty high.

          Or I could just leave that out there as an idea for clickbait sites.

  33. captain hook 33

    so tell me one more time just so I will understand.
    where and how did key get $90,000,000?

  34. karol 34

    Where’s my boom? Not evident at budgeting services (RNZ)

  35. One Anonymous Bloke 35

    Love the current sequence of Stuff headlines:

    “Rena’s logs still cost.

    Farmer cheats death again,

    US to share NZ fingerprint info.

    Man left to die with box on head,

    Can Cunliffe turn things around?”

    Yes he can, with a little help from the Labour Party’s newly replenished army of volunteers and The Greens’ battle-hardened cadres.

    • BM 35.1

      No he can’t. the Labour party is fucked

      Born 7 July 1916
      Died sometime early 2015

      Still, not a bad innings.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 35.1.1

        Love your hubris. It renders you impotent, arrogant, and out of touch.

    • Chooky 35.2

      “Man left to die with box on head”…this is something to really think deeply about! …could be a bit like a berka if you cut holes out for eyes

  36. drongo 36

    The Greens are growing at Labour’s expense. Some distance between D. Cunliffe and communist R. Norman is needed or the trend will continue.

    • Chooky 36.1

      reds under drongo’s bed….there was a book called ‘Reds Under the Bed’….maybe drongo has been reading a copy?

    • the pigman 36.2

      Great to hear you’ve got the Left’s best interests in mind. I’ll file that in the concern trolling wastebin folder.

  37. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 37

    Great to hear Phil Goff in parliament today (amongst others on the left) telling it like it really is re National and ‘transparency’.

    The National Party operates something called the Waitematā Trust. The Waitematā Trust money-launders millions of dollars into the National Party’s coffers in a way that you cannot tell where that money came from. Do you know what percentage of donations to the National Party are identified by the donor? It is 7 percent. Ninety-three percent of the donors to the National Party are hidden. The National Party knows who they are and that they will return the favour, but the public do not know and they cannot scrutinise what the National Party is doing, why, and for whom. That is a disgrace.

    There was one occasion on which the National Party was transparent. It did not mean to be. It was the Don Brash email leaks. The whole of the correspondence of the then leader of the National Party was leaked to the media —I think by Bill English, actually, whom he had deposed—and we saw for the first time what was happening in the National Party. Let me read one tiny extract from a book called The Hollow Men, which is authenticated by the emails that were leaked. Listen to this—talking about the National Party—“The party was not only secretive and deceptive about its election finances; some of its activities appear to have breached both the electoral laws and the parliamentary spending rules and it seems to have been party to others’ breaches in election legislation.”

    What a pity such speeches as occur in the debates over Bills in parliament are not reported by the media; I think the public opinion on National and Key would be quite a different story if they were.

  38. Morrissey 38

    Stephen Franks unleashes another anti-Māori rant;
    Even Jim Mora expresses some discomfort at the vehemence of it.

    The Panel, Radio NZ National, Tuesday 18 March 2014
    Jim Mora, Michele A’Court, Stephen Franks

    After a dull discussion about the latest political leaders’ poll, the Panelists turn their lively minds to the subject of the missing Malaysian airliner….

    MICHELE A’COURT: I can tell you one thing about this: it’s an absolutely NO GO AREA for comedy at the moment. [1]
    STEPHEN FRANKS: Yes that’s right. Even the Aussies haven’t made any jokes about it, and they’re usually pretty quick to make jokes about anything.
    JIM MORA: A young American comic was slapped down the other day when he tried to say something about it. But that’s only right and proper isn’t it?
    MICHELE A’COURT: [solemnly] Yes.
    STEPHEN FRANKS: Yes it is.

    So, in the words of Jim Mora, it’s “only right and proper” to “slap down” someone who dares to make a quip about a news story; the dictates of good taste mean that joking about this topic is “an absolutely no go area” That’s a remarkable opinion to be spilling from the facile mouth of Mora, who has in the past been only too ready to laugh along with guests like Chris “Haw Haw” Trotter and Noelle “The Plagiarist” McCarthy as they have whinnied and snickered at the plight of political prisoners [2] and victims of massive campaigns of state vengeance. [3] On more than one occasion, Jim Mora himself has instigated the gang-banging. [4]

    But now, apparently, he’s become what Ms Judith Collins would call a sensitive wee sausage. If Mora’s show of solicitude for the missing passengers were genuine, that would be a quite stunning reversal of attitude and sensibility. Time will tell, I guess.

    Sadly, however, some things on the Panel remain exactly the same. One of those grim constants is the near-certainty that ACT/S.S. crank Stephen Franks will say something utterly bizarre, resulting from his extended viewing of Fox News, his uncritical reading of batshit-insane right wing websites, his own hateful, neurotic and sub-sophomoric views about Māori, all combined with his willful and poorly thought out contrarianism. Franks rarely misses a chance to air his crazed thoughts, even when they are irrelevant to the discussion at hand….

    After the 4:30 news, Jim Mora brought up the subject of a controversy at a Steiner school in Wellington. Teachers there have been accused of teaching a “racist philosophy”, viz. Anthroposophy. I think Mora genuinely intended for his guests to say something intelligent and thoughtful. Unfortunately for him, Stephen Franks was on the Panel today, and civilized, rational discussion was therefore off the menu. Instead of talking about the Steiner school, Franks chose to embark on a wandery, disconnected rant about how the idea of Māori spirituality was utterly bogus, and if Anthroposophy was going to be attacked on grounds of alleged racism, then it was time for someone to attack Māori. No doubt at an ACT party corroboree in the lounge of Catherine Isaacs’ mansion, or at a Sensible Sentencing Trust cross-burning, such mad sermons are hailed with cries of “About time somebody spoke about that!” and/or “Those bloody darkies!” and/or “Send the Maoris back to Africa, I say!”

    After that extraordinary speech had ended, Jim Mora was, quite clearly, flabbergasted. “I didn’t know you were going to extrapolate from the topic to quite that extent!” he said, only half-jokingly. “I guess the difference is that the idea of rangatiratanga is not predicated on the assumption that Māori are inherently superior.”

    Franks was having none of that wishy-washy liberal namby-pamby common sense. “Well I think it is,” he barked, and started off on another round of half-witted talkback radio-level speechifying, this time condemning the way that “you guys up there” (i.e. Aucklanders) have allowed Māori to run roughshod over the Auckland Council….

    Disappointingly, Mora, although clearly concerned about the way this crank had hijacked the discussion, was not prepared to argue with him robustly. He did express, diffidently, the view of most sane and reasonable New Zealanders that Māori culture should be respected, but he lacked the willpower or courage to strongly contradict the vicious nonsense being promulgated by Franks. In fact, in addressing the topic of Māori representation, he resorted to the same mealy-mouthed formula he used yesterday to claim that the United States was “not exactly meddling” in Ukrainian politics. “The rancor expressed by some over Māori representation–or the disagreements—I wouldn’t quite call it rancor…. That is Māori redress, which is another issue isn’t it.” [5]

    Franks had nothing intelligent to contribute by way of rejoinder, but that didn’t stop him from setting off again like a particularly vicious pig-dog going after the family cat.

    Yes, it was a typically substandard, idiotic performance—vintage Stephen Franks. It will lead to only one possible outcome: beleaguered listeners can expect to hear a lot more of Stephen Franks on the Panel this year.

    [1] Michele A’Court’s view differs markedly from that of comedians that are actually funny….
    http://www.jewishjournal.com/israelife/item/joan_rivers_and_the_consequences_of_holocaust_jokes_in_broadcast_television
    [2] http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-19072013/#comment-664870
    [3] http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-17082012/#comment-509221
    [4] http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-14062013/#comment-648511
    [5] http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-17032014/#comment-787172

  39. captain hook 39

    someone should tell bm that bm is a medical term for having a crap and maybe he should go away and do it in private.

  40. Whateva next? 40

    I already did that Captain Hook, and his response proved it.
    Back to politics, what will it take fornthe masses to stop playing ” personality politics”. Tuning into talkback, I hear nothing but ” I don’t like what the government are doing……but I like John Key” go figure!

  41. captain hook 41

    I suppose that $90,000,000 bux buys like a lot of ass licking from a fawning proletariat.
    wow, what a GUY.

    • Not a PS Staffer 41.1

      Sadly many “proletariat” think that arseholes like Michael Fay, Bob Jones and DotCom have a valuable perspective on matters of state because they have accumulated a stash of money.
      While some of the fawning fans of John Key fans fit in that category it would be churlish of us to ignore Key’s talents as a communicator, charmer and leader.

      Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know thy enemy but not yourself, wallow in defeat every time.
      Sun Tzu.

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    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • More police misconduct
    Another day, another IPCA report - this one into a police officer who unjustifiably set a police dog to savage a surrendering suspect:A police dog was set on a man who had his hands in the air in what is...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Media Link: The revolution will not be televised.
    I had the opportunity to do a long interview with Olivier Jutel, host of the Dunedin Radio One show “The revolution will not be televised.” It is a rare occasion when one gets to converse at length about a variety...
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Key spoke to Cameron Slater ‘not as Prime Minister’, but as a sponge
    Cameron Slater (left), and John Key (right), presumably in his capacity as a kitchen sponge. Facing fresh criticism about the details of his relationship with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Prime Minister John Key today claimed that, on the occasions...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Musa Kart is a Turkish cartoonist. In February he published a cartoon criticising Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's cover-up of a corruption probe. Now, he's being prosecuted for it:Turkish prosecutors have filed an indictment against a famous cartoonist working for...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Workers’ rights under attack
    Now that 51st Parliament has been officially opened and sworn in, the government’s first order of business is to ram through an amendment to the Employment Relations Act. These legislative changes represent a massive assault on the rights of everyday...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Assaulted for protecting olive trees
    Villagers and activists were assaulted, handcuffed and hospitalized today while protecting olive trees at the site of a proposed coal plant in Turkey.The Kolin Group wants the olive trees cut down to make way for a new coal power plant....
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Shell Oil Cowboys Caught Drilling Illegally in New Zealand
    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Freedom of information: How it works in Norway
    While we're all wailing and gnashing our teeth about the corruption of our Official Information Act, the Open Government Partnership has a great piece on how Norway does it better. Key to their approach is proactive publication of the metadata...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    CTU | 22-10
  • There appears to be an off button
    John Key’s ability to turn his Prime Ministership on or off as he pleases raises a number of troubling issues for the general public....
    Imperator Fish | 22-10
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – the John Key edition
    It’s standard practice for Ministers and Prime Ministers to wear different “hats” in the course of their work. Work done as a Minister can obviously be separate and distinct from an MP’s ordinary functions on behalf of the constituents in their electorates....
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • The many hats of John Key
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    On the Left | 22-10
  • Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl
    Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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