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Open mike 18/11/2012

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  1. LynW 1

    Here it is in black and white, stark evidence of NZ’s hypocritcal injustice.

    “They have the same victim – the government and society – yet one is punished much more harshly than the other,” said tax lecturer Dr Lisa Marriott of Victoria University. “The study does indicate there is a fairly serious problem there.”

    “The sentences are intended to reflect society’s views. And it seems we take a dimmer view of people on welfare – even the language is more punitive,” she said.

    Marriott found that attitudes towards tax evasion were indulgent, even occasionally admiring, while beneficiaries were considered “scroungers or cheats”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7965045/Courts-softer-on-criminals-wearing-suits

    • Chalupa Batman 1.1

      I agree this is very wrong. The law should apply equally and it doesn’t. Maybe judges shouldn’t have tenure (or whatever they have)

    • muzza 1.2

      Remember that the theatre is all about creating propaganda and perpetuating memes, while hiding the true crimes which is what “the establishment” actually is, a crime syndicate!

      The Judiciary is simply the entity created to entrench the propaganda by ensuring the trends continue in the sentencing, further embedding the memes in the minds of “comfortably lazy”!.

      When the Police make their regular cock ups trying to fit people up, or blatantly trying to protect their own (look at how dirty that both these aspects are) it gets exposed for a while, then people go back to sleep again, knowing that their “protectors”, are actually the worst criminals, backing eachother up!

      Politics, Police, Lawyers, Judiciary – Making up the law, bending it, and selectively enforcing it, is fraud and lies. When there is fraud and lies, its only reason is to provide cover….The questions people should be asking, is covering for who, covering for what, and how long has this been going on!

      Notice NZ’s slide down the rankings, well it really got going about that time, but was already going on before that began.

      Fraudulant, corrupted, hollowed out NZ – All the while told how special and unique we are!

      Blind stupidity is far from unique sadly, which is why the country in in the hole it is, and sinking fast!

  2. Chalupa Batman 2

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20364595

    The maker of Twinkies, the cream-filled sponge cakes well-loved in the US, has said it will close down the company, leading to the loss of 18,500 jobs.

    “We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said chief executive Gregory Rayburn.

    Well played union, that’ll teach them a lesson.

    • freedom 2.1

      but yet Hostess Brands recently gave their CEO a 300% raise and are set to sell off the rights to make the sugar-laden treats in various other countries at a fraction of the slave wages and ever decreasing benefits being offered the long serving US workers.

      But ok Chalupa, you carry on seeing half the story

      • KJT 2.1.1

        Sounds like another Mearsk are withdrawing from Auckland story to me.

        Took the Mearsk branded ships away briefly and replaced them with charters.

        Now have ships twice the size using Auckland.

        A class to J class. 1000 TEU to over 2000.

      • Descendant Of Smith 2.1.2

        You also forgot to mention the bit at the bottom where the employer appears to have used and stolen the workers pension funds to the tune of $944 million dollars.

        Also the bit of common knowledge that Twinkies taste like over processed shit.

        The world will be much better without them.

        http://lifetwo.com/production/node/20070227-twinkie-ingredients-facts

        Out of the thirty-nine ingredients in a Twinkie there are a few recognizable ones: flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, water and a trace of egg.

        As for the rest, be prepared for incomprehensible and barely pronounceable ingredients that resemble industrial materials more than foodstuffs. Here is a sampling:

        The cake:

        * Lecithin is an emulsifier made from soy. It’s also used in paint to keep pigments evenly dispersed.
        * Diacetyl mimics the taste of butter, since the real stuff would go rancid on a store shelf.
        * Cornstarch is a common thickener. But it’s more often used to make cardboard and packing peanuts.
        * Yellow No. 5 & Red No. 40 give the cake the golden look of eggs.
        * Sorbic acid, the only actual preservative in Twinkies, comes from petroleum.

        The filling

        * Shortening (in the form of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and/or beef fat) is the main ingredient.
        * Polysorbate 60 is a gooey substance that helps replace cream and eggs at a fraction of the cost. It’s derived from corn, palm oil and petroleum.
        * Cellulose gum gives the crème filling a smooth, slippery feel.
        * Artificial vanillin is synthesized in petrochemical plants. The real thing comes from finicky tropical orchids that are pollinated by hand on the one day they bloom.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      It has long been in trouble – emerging from bankruptcy protection in 2009 only to file again in January 2012.

      All indications are that it’s the result of poor management and not the union. In other words, the management is blaming the union for their own poor performance. Typical of the well off not taking responsibility for their own actions and blaming others.

      • KJT 2.2.1

        In my experience, if a company cannot afford decent wages, no concessions by the workers are going to keep it in business.

    • Chalupa Batman 3.1

      But but but piracy is killing the movie business as well (just don’t check Skyfalls box office take…)

      • David H 3.1.1

        And supposedly the Music biz too. Just don’t forget the $25 buck cd price.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 3.1.2

        A business that operates in such a manner that technology has now negated, but blames consumers for their increasing use of the technology instead of adapting DESERVES to go under.

    • felix 3.2

      Lolz.

      They used to say that about music too. The common refrain was “If they made it easy to buy, I wouldn’t have to pirate it”.

      iTunes made it all pretty easy, so the refrain changed to include the issue of file quality: “If they offered decent file quality AND make it easy to pay for, I wouldn’t have to pirate it”.

      Which was fair enough, the original iTunes files were 128k, and it took a couple of years but sure enough the files got much better.

      Then argument changed to “but artists don’t get a big enough cut and I don’t want to give money to greedy exploitative companies” (which oddly didn’t seem stop people buying the devices to play all this music on from greedy exploitative companies btw).

      Anyway it didn’t really matter because by this time services like Bandcamp were offering recording artists a way to sell their music at any quality, for any price, to people with or without a credit card, and keep most of the proceeds.

      It seems people just pirate stuff because the technology allows it. Which would’ve been a far more honest position to have taken all along.

      • Chalupa Batman 3.2.1

        For myself I’d be quite happy to pay for a service like isohunt if only the companies could get together and realise they’d make more money embracing downloading rather than trying to put the genie back in the bottle

        • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1

          For myself, I’d be more inclined to pay to download a movie/song if I got asked for money after I’ve watched/listened to it. It then becomes a vote saying that I liked it and want the creators to make more or, if I didn’t pay, that I thought it was crap and that the creators need to try harder or find something else to do (you’ll note my support of a Universal Income which would allow the creators to do either).

        • felix 3.2.1.2

          Chalupa, no argument from me there – the majors really screwed themselves from the start and wasted the best part of a decade doing it. The most convenient technology was always going to win the argument, one way or another, free or not.

          Draco that’s a nice sentiment but it just doesn’t happen. You’d be doing it now.

          Mind you the whole thing is becoming less relevant as better connections and plans make streaming more convenient than saving files for a lot of people.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.2.1

            Draco that’s a nice sentiment but it just doesn’t happen. You’d be doing it now.

            Um, no, because I can’t do it now.

            • felix 3.2.1.2.1.1

              Of course you can. There are a million ways to listen to songs without paying anything and nothing to stop you buying them afterwards.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Songs I watch on Youtube – prefer official channels thus they get the advertising $$$ but there isn’t always one and sometimes the official channels actually has the worst version of the song (I really have NFI WTF they do that). Not that I listen to songs much – I figure I’ve bought less than 10 albums in my entire life and I’ve got three left.

              • Descendant Of Smith

                I’ve got plenty of mates who all watch TV series before they are here and buy the DVD if liked. Some torrent, some stream via Hulu, etc with a US account and a fake IP address.

                Fringe, Chuck, Big Bang Theory, Homeland, Dr Who and so on and so on.

                The DVD then gets ripped at the quality wanted to suit your TV and hard-drive space and replaces the downloaded TV episode with the overseas TV logo on it.

                Plenty of sales happening for programs people like.

                Would be much more useful if you could buy the episodes for $1-20 or so like you can via iTunes or Amazon in the states.

                There’s no good consumer based reason why we don’t have the same ability to do so here.

                What is consistent is that most people prefer to watch TV episodes without ads and would like world-wide release dates.

                Kudos to TV3 for doing the latter with Homeland.

  3. North 4

    Palestine……..yet again. Zionists slaughtering Palestinians. Oppressed turned oppressor.

    Only the ignorant/stupid will invoke the sham moral equivalency expressed in the response – “Well, they [Palestinians] shouldn’t be firing those rockets into Israel”, as though that’s the long and short of it.

    History records that there never was a moral equivalency. The state of Israel is essentially an amoral, illegal construct. It remains so today, with illegality piled upon exponential illegality. Repeatedly unleashed on apartheid-afflicted Palestinians. For “illegality” read “injustice”. Oppressed turned oppressor.

    To the ignorant, amongst whom there will be millions who admiringly laud Nelson Mandela as the scion of justice and equality – this post is not addressed to the lunatic fringe who don’t – they are in racist stupour – drop the facile moral equivalency mouthing and Google “Mandela Palestine”. You won’t persist with your ignorant mouthing.

    There’s that line – “Justice the Seed Peace the Flower”.

  4. freedom 5

    One of the long standing and rarely mentioned issues within Israel is how they treat non-white jews. Especially the hundreds of thousands who took Israel at its word and ‘came home’ from Africa. In general they got one hell of a shock when reaching the Homeland. They sadly discovered the leaders of Israel are no different to any other separatist cabal.
    They only want the right sort of jews.

    I call Israel what it is, an Apartheid State run by bigots and driven by hate. I stand with the Refusniks, I stand with those who work for Peace.

    http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/converted_islam/35446474/13326/13326_original.jpg

    • Foreign Waka 5.1

      You do realize that most settled people today in Israel came originally from Russia. Secondly, this is about a population growth that cannot be contained on that small strip of land that was “allocated” after WWII. So there is an ever more aggressive expanding going on. There is also the fact that about half of the drink water wells on Palestinian land has been bored and taken by the Israelis. This means that Palestinians are being condemned to suffer as without water there is no life. Now, I am not sure whether this is about religion but I do see bully tactics. One has to understand that the Israelis from today have hardly anything to do with the people before the war and as such “sell” family memories that just simply do not exist just to play the political ball. Of cause the other side is in their approach is not much different, especially with such aggressive and divisive religious stand. As for both to claim that they look for peace, well who is going to belief this? But one thing that stands out is the selective reporting of facts about it all.

      • freedom 5.1.1

        Foreign Waka

        “You do realize that most settled people today in Israel came originally from Russia.”
        During the day i have found myself looping back to your above comment and cannot for the life of me figure what the hell it has to do with the price of eggs or indeed with any aspect of my truthful statement about apartheid in Israel. ” You do realize…” is used when inferring the person you are responding to has erred or otherwise been shown to be incorrect in their assertion. I am wondering what your attitude was meant to achieve?

  5. Chalupa Batman 6

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2012/11/caption_contest-45.html

    If anyone wants to join in (my favorite is “hes behind you” in pantomime voice)

    • mike e 6.1

      Sloppy Batshit I can see why the right has no humour.
      The best comment was keep your freiends close but your enemies closer!
      Original whatever!
      Other wise the rest of the comments were boring as Batshit!

  6. North 7

    Google “Jews for Justice in Palestine” also.

    I’m insufficiently computer savvy to provide the links – any help out there folks ?

    And once you’ve checked the sites which’ll come up let the humanity which has you lauding Mandela take you to human empathy.

  7. Rogue Trooper 8

    hmmmm
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10848200

    Oh dear, how sad, Nevermind:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10848218
    (“luvly boys, luvly boys….We will not have gossip in this jungle!”)

  8. ianmac 10

    Wonder where this will end up. From the Herald:

    Kim Dotcom says he has proof that Prime Minister John Key has lied about not knowing who the Megaupload millionaire was until just before the raid on his mansion.

    But Dotcom says he will not reveal his evidence until he is in court.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10848267

  9. Sounds too me that Labours’ Soul is in much better shape than it was being given credit for.

  10. kea 12

    http://conservativehome.blogs.com/thetorydiary/2012/11/lynton-crosby.html

    ” .. it appears to almost be a done deal that Mr Crosby’s firm – Crosby Textor Fullbrook – will start advising the party from early in the new year. The role will be part-time at first but may become full-time closer to the election.

    Lord Ashcroft had worried that Cameron already had a strong enough team and that Crosby joining would be a “recipe for the kind of conflict and confusion that dogged the 2010 campaign”. Number 10 sources have made it clear to ConHome that Stephen Gilbert, the PM’s Political Secretary, and Andrew Cooper, his polling and strategy adviser, continue to enjoy David Cameron’s full confidence and will continue to be central members of his team. Mr Gilbert ran the party’s marginal seats operation at the last election – where the party consisently won a bigger swing than the national average. Andrew Cooper is credited with developing the grittier “Cameron 7.0″ message delivered at the Tory Conference – and widely welcomed by most commentators (and not just Bruce Anderson).
    I wouldn’t be at all surprised, however, if one of Cooper or Gilbert leave before the next election. As Lord Ashcroft has argued, Cameron is in danger of spoiling the broth because of too many cooks.”

  11. weka 13

    Anyone else having trouble getting the Standard to load tonight? Very slow at my end.

  12. muzza 14

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7965049/Chinese-company-wants-easy-visas

    Are we witnessing the removal of NZ’s sovereign ability to protect its own boarders borders?

    [lprent: fixed the amusing typo ]

    • McFlock 14.1

      what about the day students?

    • muzza 14.2

      LOL, just send the chinese to the kazzy via Tibbs house or some other school hostel, let the boarders show them around town, that will certainly help protect our (borders)…

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    2 days ago
  • Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific
    Speech – New Zealand Government I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this International Conference on the Future of Asia.22 May 2015 Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific (speech delivered to 2015 Nikkei Forum, Tokyo,… ...
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    2 days ago

  • How many victims missing out on protection?
    Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“In the last two years some 351 people who applied for legal aid for… ...
    6 hours ago
  • Government kicks hardworking whanau
    A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.… ...
    6 hours ago
  • Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong
    Bill English’s admission he doesn’t know whether National’s new speculator tax will have any effect shows last weekend’s announcement by the Prime Minister was a desperate political stunt, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “This Government is so desperate to… ...
    9 hours ago
  • The value of parenting
    This week, as part of the Budget, the government introduced a bill to address child poverty. This bill will require parents receiving income support to look for part-time work once their youngest child is three years of age rather than… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    13 hours ago
  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    1 day ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 day ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    1 day ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    1 day ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    1 day ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    1 day ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 day ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    1 day ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    1 day ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    2 days ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    2 days ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    2 days ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    3 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    4 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    4 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    4 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    4 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    4 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    5 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    5 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    5 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    5 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    6 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    6 days ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    6 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago

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