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Open mike 20/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 20th, 2014 - 171 comments
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171 comments on “Open mike 20/01/2014”

  1. whoar..!..the far-right has topped party/pm polls in britain..

    http://whoar.co.nz/2014/far-right-prty-beats-tories-and-lib-dems-in-british-poll-and-far-right-leader-beats-cameronclegg-as-favoured-for-prime-minister-ed-whoar-eh-and-good-news-for-kim-dotcom-and-should-h/

    (excerpt..)

    ..and for the likes of kim dotcom..

    ..this will be very good news..

    ..the electorate is ripe for something/anything different..

    (and funny story..!..the greens in the past would have been in pole-position to grab that opportunity..

    ..but..the compromises/moves to the centre the greens have taken..and their failures to be a strong different-voice..

    ..with their (criminal) inaction on/around the medical marijuana bill they (supposedly) supported/fought for..

    ..being perhaps the most damaging to that ‘outlaw/change’-meme..

    ..(the greens tried out an innovative new campaigning method with that medical-marijuana bill..

    ..it was ‘the embarrassed-silence’ mode of campaigning..

    ..and it wasn’t a success..on any level..

    ..that and their earlier skirt-lifting/winking/flirting with the idea of supporting a key/tory govt..

    ..pretty much put the seal on the greens becoming ‘suited-up’..)

    (cont..)

    phillip ure..

    • Arfamo 1.1

      WTF?

      • phillip ure 1.1.1

        what exactly are you having problems getting yr head around..there..

        ..arfamo..?

        ..need some help..?

        phillip ure..

        • Arfamo 1.1.1.1

          If the help involves any more fucken dots and effort to try and work out what the hell you are raving on about exactly, no thanks Phil. Appreciate the offer though.

          • phillip ure 1.1.1.1.1

            @..arfamo..

            ..you do know that dot-o-phobia is covered by a.c.c…eh..?

            (virgo..?..they tend to dot-o-phobia…i’ve noticed..)

            phillip ure..

            • Arfamo 1.1.1.1.1.1

              (virgo..?..they tend to dot-o-phobia…i’ve noticed..)

              Do they? Sounds right. Heaps of scientific support for astrological personality classifications. Astrologers are amongst our best thinkers.

              • vigos can’t take a joke..(the evidence is building..)

                ..they also have issues with lateral-thinking..eh…?

                ..does any of that sound familiar..?

                ..phillip ure..

                • Arfamo

                  Well, no, phil, I’m not virgo. I prefer my chinese astrological classification. If it helps, that one describes me as the type of person who “likes to make love in a laundry chute, just to see what it feels like”. Anyway, I’ve had enough dots and blank space for the day. I’m off to do something useful.

                  ..Have …

                  ..an…

                  ice…

                  …day

                  • weka

                    Good for you Arfamo.

                    • @..weka..

                      .are you cheering on arfamos’ desire to bonk in a laundry-chute..there..

                      ..weka..?

                      phillip ure..

                    • Arfamo

                      Phil, it’s never going to happen. My girlfriend is emphatically not assisting in my ongoing search for a chute of an appropriate size and design. My last 10 advertisements for another girlfriend who might have produced a blank.

                    • @ arfamo..

                      ..are you/they known as ‘chute-ists’..?

                      ..and have you faced any (laundry-based) discrimination..?

                      ..since coming out..?

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • Arfamo

                      All I have gained to date is 5 trespass notices. This is why I don’t like astrology. I am considering entering politics in France, Italy or the US, where this kind of activity is likely to get me elected.

                    • the auckland mayoralty position is coming up soon..?

                      ..there is a pattern there..

                      ..has the object-of-desire manifestation of the incumbants’ mid-life-crisis ever been asked about their relationship..

                      ..and/in the context of.. ‘laundry-chutes’..?

                      phillip ure..

                    • Arfamo

                      Hmm. Hotels have laundry chutes. Good tip. Thanks Phil.

                    • are there any protocols in/around your (ahem..!..)..interest..?

                      ..there…arfmo..

                      ..do you prefer an empty or full basket @ the bottom of the chute..?

                      ..does ‘odour’ have a part to play in that chute-attraction/pre-chuting-suitability evaluation..?

                      ..do you like to visit whiteware-showrooms..?

                      ..and stroke the appliances..

                      ..and dream of chute-ing..?

                      ..and do your interests spread/stray into any other part /aspect..

                      ..of the laundry-experience..?

                      phillip ure..

                    • Arfamo

                      I’m sorry Phil, your questions indicate a level of interest that is getting prurient. I’m away. Try not to overdo the dots.

                    • it’s alright..i know how to handle my dots..

                      ..and also i’m on a form of apostrophe-methadone..

                      ..it’s called the dash-program..

                      – so i am learning to substitute – eh – ?

                      ..you should have seen me back in the day..!

                      ..whoar…!!…..

                      ..mainlining dots..all day..and all of the night..

                      ..phillip ure..

                  • greywarbler

                    Very amusing Phil U and Arfamo. Good repartee.
                    Reminds me of Jewel of the Nile discussion refereed by the Jewel who was Avner Eisenberg – looking at him on google seems very funny

                    • chrs gw..

                      ..and good on old weka for kicking it off eh..?

                      ..and a bit of a touch of the law of unintended-consequences for that quarrelsome/destructive/hectoring native-bird..

                      ..(of the very very pale-green/carnivorous variety..)

                      ..eh..?

                      (what’s that sound..?

                      ..is that what a ‘grinding’ weka-beak sounds like..?..)

                      ..and weka is/must be an early short-lister –

                      – for todays’ foil-of-the-day-award..eh..?

                      phillip ure..

                    • ..”..what..?..”

                      the very very pale-green/carnivorous native-bird..

                      ..howled into the void..

                      ..(there was no answer..there usually isn’t..)

                      ..phillip ure..

      • Te Reo Putake 1.1.2

        Phil is extrapolating from a headline in a UK sunday newspaper. The actual result on voting intention is:

        Labour leads on 35 per cent, the Conservatives are 30 per cent, UKIP have19 per cent and the Lib Dems remain stalled on 8 per cent. Given the UK’s FPP voting system, the support for UKIP is illusory; they won’t actually win 19% of the seats. They may, however, cause the Tories to lose quite a few.

        The upcoming European elections, which are on a proportional basis, may be more fruitful for the swivel eyed loons of UKIP. Ironic, given their hatred of Johnny Foreigner.

        • Arfamo 1.1.2.1

          Righto. Thanks for that. I think I’ll have some breakfast.

        • phillip ure 1.1.2.2

          @..trp..

          ..i wd add that the sunday newspaper is the independent..

          ..hardly a rightwing-rag..

          ..and i think the unlying thesis of my piece..stands..

          ..namely how ripe for change the voters both there and here are..

          ..and how that ‘protest’ eu-vote..is their only outlet..

          ..whereas here.?.

          ..we have mmp..eh..?

          ..aren’t we lucky bunnies..?

          ..we can have our revolutions @ the ballot-box..

          ..we can throw the bastards out..

          ..and install whoever we so wish..

          ..(let us pause once again to thank those who made that happen for us..eh..?..

          ..rod donalds’ finest hour…eh..?..

          ..vale..!..rod..)

          ..phillip ure..

  2. Not a PS Staffer 2

    “Paying out KiwiSaver cash under the serious financial hardship provision benefits only the bankrupt’s creditors rather than the bankrupt themselves,.”

    Stephen Joyce’s department (Business Innovation and Employment) are undermining the KIWISAVER scheme.
    The ministry’s view is that a bankrupt’s KiwiSaver money should be available to pay creditors.
    That will lead to money-lenders extending debt at high rates on the strength of a KIWISAVER statement.
    That will screw the poorest and benefit usurious gangsters.

    See story in the NZ Herald.

    • RedBaronCV 2.2

      I’d wondered about this and looking at the article there does need to be some clearer rules. Firstly, most kiwisaver is the normal modest contributions from work. But it is possible to set up a personal kiwisaver scheme and if the dollars in it are large enough then it can be quite worthwhile (main cost are the audit requirements) so they can be set up and business people could and are hiding large dollops of assets in them.
      Second problem is the ability to get at it at 65. Banks if they have a security that they can readily access leave loans outstanding, accruing interest and then take control of the estate or in this case could go for the kiwisaver at age 65. Some other pension funds require a court order to pay out.
      And then there are issues around welfare benefits and care payments for the elderly etc, etc. Didn’t matter until now when kiwisaver dollars are getting up.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Just the rich looking for more ways to take everyone else’s money off them.

      • RedBaronCV 2.3.1

        So right DTB – so how sacred do we make kiwisaver funds – protected up to say $300,000 + CPI

      • Tracey 2.3.2

        doesnt a banrupt owe some hard working folk some money for goods or services rendered?

        I know alot of hard working small business owners and sole traders who have missed out because of a bankruptcy or liquidation declaration.

        • RedBaronCV 2.3.2.1

          Yep, and frankly they should be at the top of the queue along with/just after employees. That would stop banks and the like overlending. BTW liquidation is for companies so no kiwisave rimpact

        • Draco T Bastard 2.3.2.2

          Yeah, I know a few of them as well but they’re not going to get anything out of this as they happen to be unsecured creditors. To get it so that the small business owners and contractors get paid requires a law change to make them secured and primary creditors. All this seems to do is give the banks access to someones retirement fund if they go bankrupt.

  3. One Anonymous Knucklehead 3

    What normal people do when the government attacks the right to protest.

    Riot.

  4. len brown on nine to noon..now..

    phillip ure..

    • Paul 4.1

      Was it worth it?

      • phillip ure 4.1.1

        @ paul..

        ..nah..!..

        ..but that could be my bad..

        ..i have found that whenever brown starts spouting that aspirational-bullshit he slathers/trowels over everything..

        ..(with that rictus-grin firmly in place..)

        ..that my eyes glaze over..my ears shut down..

        ..and i seem to slip thru a tear in the space-time-continuum..

        ..and i can’t remember a single fucken thing he said..

        ..eh..?

        ..i only came back..when a ditty heralded his exit..

        ..blessed-relief..!..that was…

        ..i dunno where i go..at moments like that…

        ..but i do know it is somewhere where brown is not..

        ..(i think maybe i am allergic to aspirational-bullshit-slathering..eh..?..

        ..and have physical-reactions to assaults like those from brown..

        ..i mean..imagine being trapped with him in one of those ‘sacred-to-maori-rooms @ the town hall..?

        ..history has showen/proven..

        ..that anything could happen..

        ..with ‘down-trou’-brown..

        ..whoar..!..eh..?..)

        ..as i said..’my bad’..

        ..phillip ure..

        • Tim 4.1.1.1

          “my eyes glaze over..my ears shut down.”
          No matter – you didn’t miss a thing
          (i.e. despite his being challenged by the best, better, bestest pretender to the title of “ethical, incisive, public service broadcaster extraordinaire, regular and work-life balanced regular Gal or Guy”)
          … oops – no wait – there’s a Mora to come – I’ll hold off just for now in aaaaantici……..pay.shun….

  5. Lantahnide 6

    Ianmac posted this in Open Mike yesterday but it seems to have been overlooked. I think it’s important so re-posting:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9626111/ACC-payments-manipulated

    Basically it says that when National gets into power, they screw down on ACC and make it change it’s policies so that fewer people get the cover they are legislated to receive.

    • dv 6.1

      AND as an example.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9626960/No-surgery-for-ailing-woman

      DAILY STRUGGLE: Rewa Eves has been in constant pain since she fell during the magnitude 5.9 aftershock in June 2011, but has been denied surgery by ACC and the Canterbury District Health Board will not accept her on to the surgical waiting list.

      ACC, however, has refused to pay for the surgery she needs to fix her shoulders.

      “They told me it’s a pre-existing condition . . . and apparently I left it too long after the fall to apply, but I didn’t know whether I was coming or going.”

      • weka 6.1.1

        ” A letter from the board’s orthopaedic department said although it was “clear [Eves] will benefit from surgery”, the board was unable to provide it.

        It said public hospitals could only accept patients on to the waiting list if surgery could be provided within six months”

        WTF??!? When did that happen? Is that just Canterbury DHB or are they all doing that?

        • RedBaronCV 6.1.1.1

          I think they all are. That way you always have a six months waiting list and no priority below that. and no one can measure the unmet needs.

          • weka 6.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, but I think they still get reassessed as the the person at teh top of the list drops off when they get their surgery. ie they’re still in the system (in effect on the waiting list without being prioritised).

          • millsy 6.1.1.1.2

            So what makes it possible for a patient to be operated on in 6 months?

            All this crap came about when Shipley was in charge of our health system. She actually abolished waiting lists and instead implemented a ‘booking system’.

            National came very close to destroying our public health system. The falling down hospitals at the edge of every provincial town in the country attest to that.

            • weka 6.1.1.1.2.1

              The article above is a good example of just how stupid and callous this govt is. Refuse people surgery on ACC, put them on the second tier waiting list at the local DHB, and get the person’s GP to monitor while in limbo. Let the person deteriorate, and prevent them from being a (productive) part of society.

              What’s the collective cost of all that?

              • McFlock

                makes me wonder how many other earthquake victims are still waiting for treatment.

                The trouble with NZ health system is that we’re still good at keeping people alive, but we’re shit at that gap between “barely alive” and “well”. People either sit in limbo waiting (but not “waiting”) for treatment, or progressively degrade in condition until they need the machine that goes “bing” (at which point we give them excellent, but much more expensive, treatment).

                The cause is simply that the system has been degraded and shuffled about for decades, and the medics and administrators naturally prioritise treatment for greatest need as resources are depleted.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  It’s not the resources that are depleted but the money as government after government cuts taxes on the rich.

                  • McFlock

                    I meant from the operational (lol) perspective, rather than the strategic perspective. But feel free to invent a disagreement where there was none.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      I was just pointing out why “resources” were being depleted from the hospital. It’s easy enough to fix but it would cost money (more hospitals, doctors, etc) thus would require higher taxes and would possibly drive up wages as unemployment decreases.

        • Rosie 6.1.1.2

          “WTF??!? When did that happen? Is that just Canterbury DHB or are they all doing that?”

          Well, CCDHB has certainly cut waiting lists to six months. From this article:

          “Dollars before health: Faulkner”

          http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

          “……….waiting lists had apparently been cut after the Minister told the board that nobody was to wait for more than six months.
          GP’s were referring people who never made it on to the waiting list because their case was not sufficiently urgent, she said.
          “This is going to have a real blowout because we have a lot of very sick people who are not getting on to the waiting list” “.

          So, yeah, Go Tony Ryall.

    • xavier 6.2

      ACC was ruthless under Labour too. Its strategy was to exit as many long term clients as possible, which included the use of private contractors to do so. A lot of this filtered through to the media in the early 2000s. It didn’t affect the broader middle class the way the Nats’ cuts have though. It’s probably why Labour don’t make too much noise about ACC now.

      • Tracey 6.2.1

        +1

      • millsy 6.2.2

        Doesnt anyone worry about what exactly happens to those that have been ‘exited’?

        • RedBaronCV 6.2.2.1

          Not down at ACC. They are on the welfare now. 2013 annual report boasts that 2740 long term claimmants returned to “independence” whatever that means.

          And I’m not so sure that ACC aren’t gaming the system. It would need more time to work out but given that the company levies (work) are going down but the earner levies (you & me in the workforce) are not to the same extent, then it’s possible that:

          -treatment costs are being shoveled disproportionately onto the earners account to benefit company levies and reduce the government dollop for non earner injuries

          – The release of liabilty for earnings compensation (as the boomers approach 65 the need for earnings compensation shuts down which will reduce liabilities horrendously) is being handed to employers despite both employers and employees funding it originally.

          Employees fund earnings for non work accidents but the the earnings compensation is split roughly 50:50 between work and non work accidents so treatment costs and reduction in earnings liability should be shared in the same ratio.

          • millsy 6.2.2.1.1

            If they are on welfare now, their living standard would have taken a tumble, Both ACC and the government are very heartless in doing this.

            I hope someone is held to account.

    • Tracey 6.3

      read that on sunday. Am a little surprised that some seem surprised.

      this is the type of “skill” that Wayne referred to in another thread as being at the heart of this govt’s economic management.

    • millsy 6.4

      Meanwhile, buried deep in the news reports, was a report that ACC and the Hawkes Bay Reigonal Council has entered into a pretty dodgy looking deal whereby ACC paid the HBRC a lump sum in return for ACC getting the income from their leasehold property for the next 30-odd years.

      Kinda like if I owned a rental property, and rented it out for $300 a week, someone comes along and offers me $50000 in return for keeping the rent I get from it for the next 30 years.

      Its effectively a loan, but not called that on the balance sheets.

      I tried to find the link to put up, but it has disspeared.

      • RedBaronCV 6.4.1

        It’s securitising a stream of income Millsy and has been around for a while. Imagine they assigned the property leases. Can be used to turn revenue streams into capital blocks of money.

        Main problem here is that the HBRC has grabbed future council income to spend today (Ruitaniwha Dam?) and reduced choices for future elected bodies – and any problems with the details.
        Does the council have to make up any shortfall in the rents, who maintains the properties, what rates of increases did they build into the rents, etc, etc and who benefits from these details.

        • alwyn 6.4.1.1

          Oh dear. I read this and suddenly get reminded of one of the main causes of the GFC.
          Sell a collection of repayment obligations in return for a large chunk of money now. Gee that’s securitising a stream of income isn’t it?
          There it was mortgages, here it is property leases. Tell me it aint so.
          Yes I know that this is stretching things a bit, but still.

          Incidentally the lease is only on the bare land, not the house so maintenance doesn’t come into it. I believe that these leases have 21 year terms after which revaluation takes place. I wouldn’t guarantee that though.

    • Rosie 6.5

      Yes, I saw Ianmac’s yesterday comment re the stuffed ACC article and was not remotely surprised by the policy direction influenced by the board “plants”.

      Having accessed ACC services under Labour in 2007 and under National in 2011 – 2014 I can say I couldn’t have received more differing levels of service. (Xavier has a point at 6.2 though about Labour’s role, I was one of the lucky ones however at that point). Personal experience aside, the Nat Govt has demonstrated fairly consistently it’s contempt for the aims of ACC via their policy changes. The increasing number of people denied surgery is an example of the worst aspects of the changes to ACC.

      My reply, (part of which I posted on OM last week) from Ian Lees Galloway regarding reinstating full funding for ACC physio visits was a bit luke warm and didn’t fill me with confidence for Labour’s plans to restore ACC to it’s former levels of service. Yet to hear back from Kevin Hague.

    • Michael 6.6

      Then privatise provision – you get to choose the level of entitlements and because you have a contract they can’t be backed out of.

      • RedBaronCV 6.6.1

        Tell that to AFFCO

      • Lantahnide 6.6.2

        Yeah, ’cause insurance companies never back out of their obligations or contracts. There’s no track record of that happening overseas or in New Zealand in any insurance industry whatsoever.

        Give me a break.

        • greywarbler 6.6.2.1

          Is your pseudo spelt right L?

          • Lanthanide 6.6.2.1.1

            No, ta. Replying from work and the cookies are picking up the typo I made first day back last Monday.

            • greywarbler 6.6.2.1.1.1

              Lanthanide
              Did you get discombobulated coming back from holiday? Won’t be long to Easter.

              • Lanthanide

                I frequently typo my name as Lantahnide when typing quickly. It’s only because The Standard has cookies (or my browser remembers, whatever) that you don’t see it more often.

  6. Draco T Bastard 7

    We Would Have Eliminated Poverty Entirely by Now if Inequality Hadn’t Skyrocketed

    Jared Bernstein at The New York Times and then Elise Gould at EPI produced counterfactual poverty estimates showing that, had inequality not shot up in the last forty years, poverty as we measure it in the United States would have been eliminated

    Basically, if we hadn’t have followed the neo-liberal fallacy and rewarded the rich for being rich we would have eliminated poverty. Instead, we’ve been increasing it.

    • Lantahnide 7.1

      Which more or less dovetails with predictions from the 50’s and 60’s that in the future people wouldn’t need to work and there’d be a lot of leisure time.

      Instead, the leisure time has accrued to a tiny elite while the rest get crumbs and wage slavery.

    • freedom 7.2

      most recent example being: imagine if the US Bailout Funds had actually gone where they could have done some good and were used to pay off people’s morgtages, instead of being repeatedly gifted to the criminals who leveraged off them.

      Of course doing so would mean central banks having to admit the entire ponzi scheme is not helping the global economy, but enslaving it like a millstone mule, grinding out a profit for them and leaving the rest of us to scrabble for the broken chaff.

  7. Disraeli Gladstone 8

    I don’t know if it’s been said here or not but George Osborne (the Most Cutting-Tory of Tories) has decided he wants to see a large above-inflation rise in the minimum wage. It’s currently at around £6.30 ($12.60 roughly) and he wants it raised by 70p ($1.40) to £7 ($14). So we have an austerity-focussed Tory Chancellor in England backing a sizable rise in the minimum wage believing businesses can take the hit and it would be good for the economy.

    It’ll be interesting if Key and English sticks to tiny, in line with inflation rises.

    • vto 8.1

      “It’ll be interesting if Key and English sticks to tiny, in line with inflation rises.”

      You mean like the pay rises they get themselves …. ?

    • Tracey 8.2

      If National thinks Labour has any traction with living wage rhetoric, they will increase minimum wage in May Budget BUT it wont be called a “lolly scramble” by the press or national’s supporters. They will puff out their chest reassured they still have a caring side.

      • Disraeli Gladstone 8.2.1

        The argument is already in place if they look to Britain. Osborne is essentially saying “we can do this because our management of the economy and the deficit was so good.”

        I can see the same argument being used by English. I still don’t think they will go to $15 though. Maybe $14.50 or something. Compromise. It’s the government’s modus operandi.

        • bad12 8.2.1.1

          It seems to be ‘fashionable’ emanating from Europe the desire to lift the living standards of the ‘have nots’ even among the hardened Tory’s, perhaps the rioting that at times has gone largely unreported,(Hamburg in Germany), and that that has been covered here by the media,(Greece etc), has shown the Tory’s the ‘writing on the wall’ if the acceleration in inequality continues on it’s current trajectory,

          Listening yesterday to RadionNZ National replaying an earlier interview Chris Laidlaw with ex Prime Minister Jim Bolger that i had missed had me laughing like a loon,

          Once past the waffle and excuses surrounding the actions of His time as Prime Minister Bolger talked of what has been occurring in today’s New Zealand and global economy,

          What Bolger said could have been direct quotes from what we see CV and Draco commenting here at the Standard every day and i was left with the strong suspicion that old Jim might be a secret lurker and looker at what goes on here,

          On inequality Bolger was adament that should such continue in this country it posed the ‘greatest danger’ to the economic well-being of NZ and in a world wide sense described Neo-Liberalism particularly in Britain as a ‘money go round attended by ‘ticket clippers’ every step of the way’,there was a lot more in such a vein and for a laugh it might be worth while going to the RadioNZ National web-site for a listen,(but you have to wade through 20 minutes of Bolger waffle to hear Jim expound socialism),

          Lolz, listening to him brought to mind that old adage that a lot of ‘Lefty’s move to the right as they age’ and i thought then that perhaps the same is true of those on the right as well but in reverse…

    • alwyn 8.3

      At this moment seven pounds converts, at the mid-rate for the currency, to $13.92. Thus his desired figure is only $0.17 above the current New Zealand, which is due for revision in February and will be paid from April 1, when it woud likely go to at least $14.00. Seems like the UK is trying to catch up with New Zealand doesn’t it.
      Does anyone have official, rather than anecdotal, numbers for the Cost of Living in Britain compared to New Zealand?

      • Bill 8.3.1

        Average cost for renting a house in England and Wales is around 800 UK pounds per month. ($1600 per month or $400 per week according to your conversion above).

        There was an article in ‘the guardian’ a week or so back comparing prices across Europe that also (from memory) included average wage comparisons.

        Anyway. Average wage rates in the UK are higher than here. Problem with NZ is that far too many workers bumble along just above that min wage level.

  8. Penny Bright 9

    FYI

    Media Alert from Graham McCready:
    _____________________________________________________________________

    Graham Mc Cready, Prosecutor for New Zealand Private Prosecution Service will attend the Auckland District Court Public Office Today at 4:00PM to file:

    Memorandum;

    Application to make Len Brown case a test case for gifts/bribes and corrupt practices in local body politics;

    Application under Section 106 of the Crimes Act 1961 to the Attorney General for NZPPS to Prosecute Len Brown under Section 105(1); or in the alternative an application for the District Court to refer that issue to the High Court to seek an order for the case to continue using the precedent in the Tito Phillip Field case;

    Written Submissions; affidavits and exhibits as Required under the Criminal Procedures Act sufficient for the Court to issue a summons to Len Brown using the precedent in the John Banks case;

    An urgent application for the Court to set a date for a hearing where all these matters be dealt with in open court before a District Court judge.

    There will be no other charges filed against any other named defendant until all these issues are disposed off.

    The filed documents will be distributed to media after filing.

    Respectfully
    Graham Mc Cready
    Agent for NZPPS Ltd
    Prosecutor
    ……………..
    …………………

    Note to media:
    I will be working on these documents all day
    Please refrain from phoning so I can get the job done.
    ____________________________________________________________________

    • bad12 9.1

      Good luck with that, hopefully the absurd decision to go after Brown’s wife will now be seen as a step too far,

      To use the Taito Phillip Field case as a precedent you will have to provide the Court with a little thing called ‘Evidence’, the Field case only succeeded because those who gifted the labour to Field gave evidence that both they and Field knew exactly why they were providing Him with such free labour,

      Good luck with putting someone on the stand from any of the relevant Hotel’s or organizations who will give such evidence, without it you have no precedent and thus little chance of having this prosecution proceed,

      There can be no precedent applied to Brown from the Banks case, both are entirely different matters of law requiring entirely different charges to be laid, in not declaring the ‘gifts’ Brown appears to be subject to no ‘legal remedy’ other than being ‘sanctioned’ by His Council for not declaring the gifts,

      i will tho watch this little side-show develop with interest…

      • karol 9.1.1

        bad – you nailed it! McCready drops suit against Browns. Although McCready claims his dropping of the suit is due to procedural problems.

        Retired Wellington accountant Graham McCready has dropped procedures to file legal charges against Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s wife, Shan Inglis.
        [..]
        Mr McCready says he found out yesterday that there’s a procedural issue of applying to the Attorney General for permission to prosecute anyone for corruption.

        “If you want to know why I didn’t know before I will just tell you that I stuffed up, and that’s a very honest situation.”

        • bad12 9.1.1.1

          Thanks Karol, my description of the charge Graham Mac,(with the help of Penny Bright),intended to lay against Brown’s wife as absurd is the ‘mild version’ of what i think of such an action and i think i made my anger pretty much clear in a comment about the matter a couple of days ago,

          As a public figure Brown has to be answerable for His actions and it’s fair enough for Graham Mac to attempt to make Him answerable befor the Courts,(although i do not believe He has a show in hell of being able to satisfy even the Attorney General that He has sufficient evidence for such a charge to proceed against Brown unless He and Penny have ‘the smoking gun’ so far kept secret),

          My opinion, expressed the other day, about the proposed charges against Brown’s wife seems to have come about solely because Graham Mac belatedly realized that most of the hotel accommodation was booked by Shan Inglis,(which may or may not lead the Courts to conclude that it wasn’t Len Brown who accepted such ‘gifts’ that were given,(the hotels will simply point out that for VIP’s this is normal practice),

          Hopefully Browns wife will now be left alone to get on with Her life as she sees fit…

          • Will@Welly 9.1.1.1.1

            The thing about these hotel up-grades, they only have a nominal charge. There isn’t anything tangible in them. You’re still paying for the bed, the room and the servicing. They are fixed costs – an up-grade costs the hotel nothing if that room will not be sold on the night, and that tends to be the main reason why people are up-graded.
            The main thing Len did wrong is not declaring the freebie’s.
            But listening to L.B. on Nat. Radio with Kathryn Ryan this morning, he stills seems unable to differentiate between the public and private person. While he “was on the job” he was the Mayor, most of his liaisons were initiated while he was the Mayor, but then took place after hours.

            • bad12 9.1.1.1.1.1

              I entirely agree with you on the matter of room upgrades, such upgrades in my opinion are only worth what Brown and His wife were prepared to pay for a night’s stay in whatever hotel(s) gave the upgrade…

      • Paul 9.1.2

        The Herald seems obsessed by the story.

  9. Will@Welly 10

    English is overseas at some forum, looking to see how other countries are tackling the growing gulf between those who have and those who don’t. (Was on RNZ 10am news) Interesting, he is there for ideas – apparently our Government doesn’t have any – surprise, surprise!!
    So like the green paper on “child abuse” – first a meeting, then a round of ideas, then further meetings, time for a breath and a cup of tea, more consultation, finally consult the stake holders, and then present the grand plan. Time elapsed – maybe 2 – 3 years. As for most of those in poverty, well, your guess is as good as mine, but in reality, their prognosis is not good. A bit like Paula Bennett’s guide for dealing with child abuse and child poverty – zip it sweetie.

    • Rosie 10.1

      Re the green paper on child abuse. Wise observation as per usual from you Will. And English? Ha, well perhaps he may be listening to George Osbourne? (Comment above from Disraeli Gladstone)

  10. dv 11

    In todays Herald

    Apart from the first, the rest would seem to fit PIKE RIVER too.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11189193

    • She operated Easy Rider knowing that a master holding a skippers certificate was required and that the appropriate certificate was not held

    • She caused or permitted the vessel to be operated in a manner which caused unnecessary danger or risk to the persons on board

    • As the director of AZ1 Enterprises Ltd, she acquiesced or participated in the failure of the company to ensure that no action or inaction of any employee while at work harmed any other person on board Easy Rider

    • As the director, she acquiesced or participated in the failure of the company to ensure the safety of its employees while at work on board the Easy Rider

    • As the director, she acquiesced or participated in the failure of the company to ensure that no contractor or subcontractor was harmed while doing work on board.

  11. tricledrown 12

    Phil ure
    Trying some Dot Com.edy

  12. tricledrown 13

    Dv the bigger the crime the less the time.
    Penny Bright Graham McCready
    Why aren’t you taking the Directors of Pike River to court
    Me thinks you are just in it for your own ego stroking and political gain?.

    • Penny Bright 13.1

      Whatever ‘tricledrown’ …..

      Like to point a stick at anything useful you have done lately to help the public or the public interest?

      When you’re ready …………………………

      Penny Bright

      • tricledrown 13.1.1

        Penny for your information i have been involved in various community initiatives for most of my life the list is long fostering children,helping street kids turn their lives around, political party involvement from beating the streets to high level organization, sports teams organizing coaching playing, environmental clean ups tree planting etc etc.I belong to a community service organization we do a lot to foster young into volunteering building stronger communities most of us in this organization are fed up with the snails pace of govt action so we are working from the bottom up,
        29 people died at pike river loose morals len hasn’t killed any one i don’t disagree with him facing the music.
        but those board members and managers at pike river should be in gaol for a long time.
        I just criticised you to get your attention.
        This corporate corruption is far worse than any political scandal
        this is corporate manslaughter .
        you seem to be a person along with mr mcCready who could put some real criminals on trial.
        Sorry it really pisses me off that no one is being held accountable for this horrific crime
        can you help.

        • bad12 13.1.1.1

          In all fairness to Penny Bright and Graham Mac, the families of the Pike River 29 have been reported as asking that ‘others’ do not mount private prosecutions against the hierarchy of the Pike River Mining Company as an attempt to prosecute that fails may prevent the families themselves from pursuing their own prosecutions in the future…

  13. Morrissey 14

    Now they’re claiming Key has an “unusual degree of integrity”
    Mike Williams continues to act as Hooton’s patsy

    From the Left and From the Right, Radio NZ National, Monday 20 January 2014

    I tuned in to this morning’s programme late, about 11:25, just in time to hear this….

    MATTHEW HOOTON: John Key does operate with a degree of integrity that is unusual in politics…..

    Hooton went on to burnish what is obviously a major new National Party talking point—that the prime minister is a man of integrity—making sure that he repeated that canard as many times as he could in sixty seconds. All up and down the length of the country, listeners snorted in derision, shouted in outrage, ground their teeth and shook their heads in disbelief—but in the Radio NZ studios, there was silence. There was not even the hint of a suggestion that Hooton had just committed yet another gross violation of truth. There was not a word of demur. Paul Holmes’s former high school classmate and pal Mike Williams, billed as being “From the Left”, remained silent, as did the host, Kathryn Ryan.

    Admittedly I heard only the last few minutes, so perhaps I’m being harsh on Ryan and Williams. Perhaps Ryan actually said something intelligent earlier in the programme, and perhaps Mike Williams had the courage to contradict one of those sly, cynical, loaded comments that are Hooton’s speciality.

    But by the sounds of the dismal three minutes or so that I heard, it sounds like it’s business as usual at National Party Radio.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      MATTHEW HOOTON: John Key does operate with a degree of integrity that is unusual in politics…..

      Well, I suppose lying and getting away with it shows something about his character – usually not integrity though.

      • bad12 14.1.1

        The Hooten quote should have continued with the words,”but in the realm of the sleazy backstreet used car salesman is par for the course”…

    • Paul 14.2

      How does Hooton have a clue what integrity looks like?
      Bomber had it spot on about Pagani and Williams – they are Fox Democrats.

      • David H 14.2.1

        “How does Hooton have a clue what integrity looks like?”

        He thinks it’s something that’s stuck to the bottom of his shoe. To be gotten rid of at the first opportunity, he keeps it there along with Truthfulness and Honesty.

    • David H 14.3

      And Hootens horseshit spreads across the land

      [lprent: Get the name right - it is hooton. ]

    • David H 14.4

      You couldn’t be too harsh on Williams if you tried. He is getting more and more like the proverbial wet bus ticket every time he deigns to open his mouth, if only to change feet! If onlt he would get permanent Laryngitis!

      • tricledrown 14.4.1

        DH did you listen to the show listen( listen carefully on live stream) Williams and Ryan were silent because hootons comments were unbelievable.
        both Williams and Ryan took hooton to task on every other issue.
        Including Hootons comment that Key is a shoe in 2014 election pointing out key is running out of coalition partners.
        Morissey only heard one comment out of context.
        Just have a listen DH then come back to me if you think i was wrong.

        • David H 14.4.1.1

          I have listened to it again I even put on Headphones so there was no distraction, and I stand by what I said. And silence because they were what? Appalled ? They didn’t say that. In fact they said nothing. And if something is that bad to render them speechless, even after having time to think about it, still can’t come up with anything to say. Then they both deserve to be changed. And I thought Ryan is supposed to be good at this interviewing stuff.

  14. freedom 15

    Governments the world over are tacitly admitting the war on pot has been lost and the sooner education regulation and decriminalization enter the fray the better for all. No better proof for this than Obama’s recent comments. That said, we still seem to be facing some odd decisions. Despite this and quasi-valid decisions like it, progress is being made but any real step-change won’t occur until every last patent has been sewn up by the pharmacrats and the light turns green, so to speak.

    Despite decades of stating there was no such thing, the US patent office have begun to approve patents for medicinal use of cannabinoids. Big pharma has an ever-expanding web of patent applications being duly processed. I read somewhere it is estimated that China alone has over three thousand medical-use patents under consideration. Atop this health horizon are the mountain ranges of tax dollars hemp regulation would generate, not to mention the piles of Police dollars marijuana reform would free up.

    Those three elements, health, tax and policing, prove how the breadth of the approaching transformation is not able to be quantified into a quick-fix soundbite. It will require a herculean effort in stage-managed incrementalism, fortunately the MSM are well trained for this heavy lifting.

    The few Hemp products available and the timid steps towards legal reformation being explored, are simple manoeuvres designed to tie down social engineering options necessary for the big international roll out. After a century of propaganda it is no easy ask to return balance to the discussion but once the patents are signed and the greenlight is given, just watch how quickly the message changes. It took almost twenty years to cement petrochemicals as the saviour of the world and turn the world against hemp, which at the time was one of the biggest Industries on the planet. Admittedly that was a different time. Flipping the message would be a lot faster and for a few, just like last time, it will again be very very profitable. Despite the social blowback from decades of lies being overcome, the lollies will be dispersed, the rules will be changed, the people will forget and the game as always will continue. The difference this time is the product they are pushing might actually help the planet.

    • gsays 15.1

      i recently had a conversation with a cop from the far north.
      we eventually got on to the subject of pot.
      he was of the opinion that it would never be deriminalized/legalized, in fact there have been murmurs of it being changed from class c drug to class b.
      the reasoning he gave was that the thc levels had increased from 3-5%, in the ’70s to a staggering 33%!
      obviously this is all anecdotal, but an interesting insight into how the powers that be are thinking.

      • freedom 15.1.1

        As you say, an anecdotal insight, but it is a sad reality expressive of the current thinking.

        It is however, a bluntly innaccurate insight, designed to excite the puritans and build fear in the ignorant. It is as absurd as saying all roses are red.

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.2

        This Drug Foundation article remarks on the supposedly increasing strength of THC levels

        http://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/mythbusters/cannabis-potency

        • Molly 15.1.2.1

          Thanks for that CV. Have heard that meme a few times now, – good to have a reference back to this article.

        • gsays 15.1.2.2

          hey thanx c.v., its good to be able to point out what the “experts” have discovered.

          another thing, the drug foundation seems to have taken a slighltly different tack over recent years away from the knee jerk “all drugs are bad, …mmkay..” (thank you south park) to a more reasoned and considered tone.

    • David H 15.2

      Looks like they trying to stop ‘every joe blow’ growing thier own strong stuff and only getting weak shit (and probably full of ‘Keep it burning chemicals’ from them.) Good luck to them trying their ‘It’s all ours’ Patent bullshit down here.

  15. Draco T Bastard 16

    Metals in your smartphone have no substitutes

    Graedel’s analysis of substitutes involved ploughing through scientific literature and interviewing product designers and material scientists. The results are a sobering reminder of how critical some metals are. On seeing the data, Andrea Sella of University College London said, “This is an important wake up call.”

    None of the 62 elements have substitutes that perform equally well. And some of those have no substitutes at all (or if there are substitutes, then they are inadequate). They include: rhenium, rhodium, lanthanum, europium, dysprosium, thulium, ytterbium, yttrium, strontium and thallium.

    Only to those of us which didn’t realise that the world was limited to begin with – which would include economists:

    Economists have long assumed that a shortage of anything will promptly lead to the development of suitable substitutes, an attitude fostered in part because there have been successful substitutions in the past, such as the cobalt and rhenium examples.

    But, then, the average, run of the mill economist wouldn’t know what an economy was if they tripped over one.

    • weka 16.1

      And smartphones will be the least of our worries.

      Interesting point about the consumption of some bulk metals having peaked. Anyone know what that means?

      • lprent 16.1.1

        Use of alternatives

        Worldwide recession possibly combined with a reduction in the rate of increase in world population and/or high consumption populations?

        Take your pick.

      • Draco T Bastard 16.1.2

        That part seems to be saying that some advanced countries no longer have a growing demand for metals such as iron and aluminium. These types of metals have a massive abundance in the Earth’s Crust and are also easily recyclable. It’s implied that, therefore, these metals use is sustainable but we need to look to how those metals are produced. Iron, for example, uses a lot of coke in it’s production and so needs a supply of coal available to be produced and coal is likely to peak and then decline putting a limit on availability of steel.

      • Colonial Viper 16.1.3

        Interesting point about the consumption of some bulk metals having peaked. Anyone know what that means?

        China uses half of the world’s cement, ostensibly to build infrastructure and new developments. But also things like ghost cities.

        If that bubble is about to collapse, there will be a major reduction in the use of things like structural and reinforcing steel.

        • Lanthanide 16.1.3.1

          I really wonder about those ghost cities.

          Are they a massive power-play by the Chinese government? They know that fuel prices are likely to skyrocket in the next 10 years, so figure “hey, lets build new cities while the crude flows?”.

    • tricledrown 16.2

      graphene very strong carbon one molecule thick able to conduct electricity and a good way to lock up carbon the rate of change in technology is gathering pace.
      recycling of circuitry will become more economically viable!

      • Draco T Bastard 16.2.1

        But does it work the same way semi-conductors do?

        As the article points out, the bulk metals such as aluminium and iron availability isn’t really a problem but once you get into the rare earths and stuff then we have a problem.

        That said, this could be interesting as far as computers and cell phones go.

        • Colonial Viper 16.2.1.1

          What’s the issue? Just go back to vacuum tubes and electromechanics. Civil society will do just fine, even if the iGadget crowd is despondent.

  16. Tim 17

    Alienated as I am at the moment from various goings on at RNZ, but can someone confirm for me whether or not the participants (i.e. mathew Hooten, and “I’m Inclined to Agree with you”), regulated, or should I say “regularised” by the ‘regular-work-life-balanced-Regular-Gal’ (coming in a nearby second from the world’s most (and ‘nicest’) Regular Guy – can you tell me whether they’re ekshly getting some sort of FEE for this bilge?

    “Great Having you on board guys” of course, and Rinnie holds you in nice-gal-esteem, and she’ll keep ACROSS it all – y’all – of course.
    But… do they get some sort of remuneration for all that first-of-the-year Nine-ton-Noon “from the right, and from the right” spin, opinion and spiel?

    kathryn – please take another diving trip

    • weka 17.1

      Translation: do Hooton and Williams etc get paid for being on Nine to Noon?

      Don’t know, but have wondered myself. I assume yes.

      • Tim 17.1.1

        Ah …. you goet my point then weka – a hugely wafflised question asking a simple question

  17. Draco T Bastard 18

    Anyone else confused?
    A screenshot of Family First’s home page.

    • QoT 18.1

      The trick is not to look at the words, Draco. It’s all perfectly reasonable if you understand that their core tenet is “scare the middle/lower-middle class into conservatism by implying that the State is trying to control your life while letting degenerates roam free.”

    • karol 18.2

      It took me a while to see the point of the screenshot – the print of “my mummy’s a criminal” bit – I couldn’t read the small print on my laptop – had to go to NZ First’s website. It’s a vid against the removal of the protection for child bashers in the section 59 Bill.

  18. amirite 19

    The ‘booming’ economy does not feel like it to our regions:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11188961

  19. Will@Welly 20

    With apologizes to all my gay friends.
    In England, as reported in todays NZ Herald, some twit, a Councillor, is reported as saying the flooding there is to blame on – “gay marriage.”
    Colin Craig? Cameroon Brewer? anyone like that spring to mind in New Zealand. ffs, what century are we living in? do you laugh or cry? absolutely absurd.

  20. fatonia 21

    The dirty politics behind Key and McCully’s betrayal of Tonga:
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/letting-down-family.html

    • weka 21.1

      That is shameful of NZ.

      Thanks for the link, was good to understand that part of Pacific cultures a bit better (fatonia).

  21. tricledrown 22

    Morrissy you missed the rest of the show listen to it on livestreaming
    Mike Williams gave his best account in a long time.
    Hearsay Hoodwinker was put in his place by Ryan and Williams countered every argument hooten tried to put foward its electon year williams is not agreeing anymore no more free ride smart move by Williams .
    Last year williams let hooten have a free ride this year is different.
    Listen to live stream of the whole show.
    Even on the Peters issue hooten was rabbiting on about Keys integrety about no deal With Peters Ryan hauled him up on that saying hooten has got that wrong.
    Doesn’t Hooten remember Keys change of heart.
    Hollow hooter is trying to stop national potential voters supporting Peters with his dog whistle but Ryan was having none of it.

    • Morrissey 22.1

      Thanks for that encouraging information, tricledrown. I did say that maybe they had performed better than they did on the few minutes I heard, and it appears that they did.

      That’s great news.

    • bad12 22.2

      i only half listened today but heard Williams with a bit of bite at least attempt to put Hooten in His place…

  22. Te Reo Putake 23

    Big shake Central NI

  23. risildowgtn 24

    Wow that shake at 3.50 was a disturbing one. one of my sheds is now lop sided. Am based just out of Levin . not much frazzles me but that has. Am still shaking a tad

    • Rosie 24.1

      Sorry about your shed and your nerves risildowgtn. I hope you soon begin to feel more settled and that you’re not getting the aftershocks up there. All quiet here but I think there are aftershocks going on around Manawatu. Hopefully they are not making their presence felt in Horowhenua there.

      Take it easy.

  24. Paul 25

    From a long 2008 Herald article all about Key’s early life unearthed by travellerev.
    Ask yourself as you read this paragraph….does this ring true with someone unable to remember which he stood on during the 81 tour?

    Sounds like porkies, Mr Key.

    Key himself credits those early debates as sparking his interest in politics. He remembers being attracted by the fiery political arguments of the 1970s and 1980s. “They were quite intense debates – Kawerau and Kinleith and people striking over the Cook Strait ferries – all of those kind of things,” he says. “It was certainly a period of time where politics were prominent and I was fascinated by it.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/john-key-the-unauthorised-biography/news/article.cfm?c_id=1502247&objectid=10522310

  25. Tracey 26

    Mr Brewer said the protesters did not justify security being there.

    “I don’t believe ratepayers should be funding security guards to surround the Mayor on such occasions. A few hecklers and peaceful demonstrators exercising their democratic right is no justification,” he said.

    Havent heard him object to the pry ministers over use of guards? I bet they cost more than 20 bucks an hour.

    • Paul 26.1

      “Labour has accused Key of using the Diplomatic Protection Squad as an entourage, after its costs blew out by $800,000 in 2009/10.

      Part of the $800,000 blow-out was $30,000 for squad members to accompany Key during his summer holiday to Hawaii at the end of 2009.”

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4968881/Clark-turned-down-diplomatic-protection-emails-show

      • karol 26.1.1

        3 News tonight, in Tory propaganda mode: have a go at Kim Dotcom for copyright infringEments by some Mega users: Brewer having a go at Brown, and Tory spin on the need to make more Auckland land, on the fringes of the city, for home buyers (spinning for property sepculators)….then talking up Canterbury housing upsurge.

        • Anne 26.1.1.1

          Yes it was appalling stuff alright. No proper investigations. Just innuendo and snide inferences. I guess the truth is too boring. The decision to raise security detail around a VIP – be they prime minister or mayor of the supercity – is taken by the person/body charged with providing the security and not the VIP. The only exception is John Key who likes lots of DPS fellas around him cos it makes him feel so important.

          The reality is: a senior council official would have made the decision to up security detail around Len Brown. I understand it was also partly due to the fact a cabinet minister was also present.

        • Bearded Git 26.1.1.2

          Terrible stuff on TV3 news Karol I agree. Rather than drawing the bleedin’ obvious conclusion from the fact (stated) that Akl house prices are over 8 times average earnings, that is that:

          1. There is a speculative bubble happening in housing in Akl. 2. A CGT would help to fix this.

          Instead the so-called expert they had on went on about freeing up more land.

          When will they learn this is NOT the problem or the solution-rather it is the tax system we have that favours housing rather than productive investment. Even people like Gareth Morgan are now shouting this from the rooftops.

      • David H 26.1.2

        And Key just wanted them to look important (Like a pale an Obama clone)

    • bad12 26.2

      Yes Brewer a minor fly in a very large bucket of ointment is being given oxygen far above the amount He has either earned or deserves, if not for Lens indiscretions Brewer would be the unheard of nobody that he actually is,

      That’ll learn ya Len…

  26. joe90 27

    Erik Ravelo – Los Untocables

  27. Xtasy 28

    DOCTORS and their professional organisation members seem to be reading blogs and online forums (e.g. Sciblogs, ACC Forum, even The Standard, The Daily Blog, Kiwiblog and so forth)!

    They have been getting worried about stuff that has been found out, that has been raised concerns about, and they have now apparently seen a need to take actions and defend the profession, their members, and policies that organisations like the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and their Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine have started promoting since 2010. This includes their policy statement on “The Health Benefits of Work”!

    It was all phased in and developed with the help of Professor Mansel Aylward, Dame Carol Black and pushed for with the help of Dr David Beaumont (President Elect of AFOEM, formerly working for ATOS!), same as Principal Health Advisor Dr David Bratt, MSD.

    After launching their ideologically coloured policy and consensus statements, and follow-up ones, they have now got worried about their claims. Hence they now saw a need to specify what “work” is supposed to be “good for health”, and they have come up with a statement on “What is good work?”!?

    See the details from their further statement on this from Oct. 2013:
    http://www.racp.org.nz/page/racp-faculties/australasian-faculty-of-occupational-and-environmental-medicine/realising-the-health-benefits-of-work/latest-news/

    Download the ridiculously explained, bizarre publication they released on that: http://www.racp.org.nz/download.cfm?downloadfile=E2F6A860-D1D5-E958-6D9D641F04477400&typename=dmFile&fieldname=filename

    Here a further statement to governments, employers, businesses, insurers and the likes:
    http://www.racp.org.nz/download.cfm?downloadfile=E2F74DB8-95EE-6BC7-9E2C313D721B6F11&typename=dmFile&fieldname=filename

    But that aside, they still stand for this, and try to justify what they said before, and what the high calibre “experts” that pushed for all this, still adhere to:
    http://www.racp.org.nz/index.cfm?objectid=E1D5428F-B1BF-2C2F-7A247F80DC4F363C

    Here is what the Medical Council of New Zealand saw necessary to remind their members of in September 2013:

    http://www.mcnz.org.nz/assets/News-and-Publications/Statement-on-medical-certification-v4.pdf

    “Background
    1. As a doctor you are expected to sign a variety of medical certificates that range in purpose from confirming sickness to certifying death and are required by receiving agencies, which include employers, insurers, ACC and government departments.
    2. This statement outlines the standards that you must follow when completing a medical certificate1. It may be used by the Health Practitioner’s Disciplinary Tribunal, the Council and the Health and Disability Commissioner as a standard by which your conduct is measured. A certificate you have completed may also be challenged in a New Zealand court and you may be called upon to justify your decisions.”

    “Professional obligations
    3. Certificates are legal documents. Any statement you certify should be completed promptly, honestly, accurately, objectively and based on clear and relevant evidence.
    4. Your obligation is to the patient and to the law. Issues like the type of certificate being completed or who initiated, or pays, for the consultation must not influence your assessment and findings.
    5. You must not complete a medical certificate for yourself or someone close to you.”

    “Implications of certificates
    6. You must be aware that completing a certificate has implications for the patient, yourself, and the agency receiving the
    certificate.
    7. Studies have shown that patient, family and cultural factors may influence how doctors complete certificates. Certificates may have financial implications for the patient and the recipient through benefits, employment and compensation payments and failure to complete a certificate appropriately may have a negative impact on the patient, the patient’s family
    or the receiving agency. You need to be aware of these influences and recognise that you may be susceptible to them.
    8. Completing a certificate may also directly affect the safety and security of others. Certifying a patient to undertake work when he or she is unfit may place the patient or the patient’s colleagues at risk.
    9. Because a certificate has implications for the receiving agency, that agency might contact you for more information. You should therefore have a conversation with the patient about the information you are permitted to disclose if you are approached.”

    Yeah, right, the Health and Disability Commissioner will ensure rights of sick and disabled are met, is he?
    http://accforum.org/forums/index.php?/topic/14923-health-and-disability-commissioner/
    I would rather advise people to take doctors to court than go there!!!

    I think that much more needs sorting out here, and the ones that have to correct their ways above all else are the top dogs sitting in the MSD and in government as a whole!

    And any “research” from Professor Mansel Aylward should go straight into the waste paper bin, for shredding and recycling! Dr Bratt should himself be sacked and sent to spend the rest of his “working life” on the “dole”, I suggest, and his assets should be frozen, so he has no access to them.

    • Arfamo 28.1

      and his assets should be frozen, so he has no access to them

      I’d be ok with it if they just froze him.

  28. Xtasy 29

    The Medical Council of NZ, the RACP and AFOEM have got worried, and I wonder how MSD and WINZ are going to work with them and their doctor members in future, as they seem to be planning to be more careful with assessments and diagnosis.

    So maybe that is behind the plans for WINZ to start contracted out “medical assessments” and “work capability assessments” in February this year, following the UK example with ATOS, and possibly some competition for them over there some time soon.

    Keep your eyes on WINZ and what their “contracted” providers will get up to!

  29. Penny Bright 30

    FYI

    Any considered opinions on this one – given that NZ is perceived to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’?
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    EVIDENCE Attorney-General Chris Finlayson voted in favour of the New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill — Third Reading 12 November 2013

    How is this not a significant ‘conflict of interest’ for NZ Attorney-General Chris Finlayson?

    Even worse that it was a ‘personal’ vote?

    NZ Attorney-General Chris Finlayson voted in favour of the NZ International Convention Centre Bill (Third Reading). yet under s.106 of the NZ Crimes Act 1961,

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM328783.htm

    106 Restrictions on prosecution

    (1)No one shall be prosecuted for an offence against any of the provisions of sections 100, 101, 104, 105, 105A,105B, 105C, and 105D without the leave of the Attorney-General, who before giving leave may make such inquiries as he or she thinks fit.

    (It is s.105(1) of the Crimes Act 1961, that a private prosecution of Auckland Mayor Len Brown was received by the Auckland District Court on !5 January 2014.)
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/debates/debates/50HansD_20131112_00000024/new-zealand-international-convention-centre-bill-—-third

    New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill — Third Reading

    [Sitting date: 12 November 2013. Volume:694;Page:14549. Text is incorporated into the Bound Volume.]

    New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill

    A personal vote was called for on the question, That the New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill be now read a third time.

    Ayes 61

    Adams (P) Dunne (P) Key (P) Simpson (P)
    Ardern S (P) English (P) King C Smith (P)
    Auchinvole (P) Finlayson Lee (P) Tisch (P)
    Bakshi (P) Foss (P) Lotu-Iiga (P) Tolley (P)
    Banks (P) Foster-Bell Macindoe Tremain (P)
    Barry (P) Goldsmith (P) McClay (P) Upston (P)
    Bennett D Goodhew (P) McCully (P) Wagner
    Bennett P (P) Groser (P) McKelvie (P) Wilkinson (P)
    Borrows (P) Guy (P) Mitchell Williamson
    Bridges (P) Hauiti (P) Ngaro (P) Woodhouse
    Brownlee (P) Hayes (P) O’Connor S (P) Yang (P)
    Calder (P) Heatley (P) Parata (P) Young (P)
    Carter (P) Henare Roy (P)
    Coleman (P) Hutchison (P) Ryall (P)
    Collins (P) Joyce (P) Sabin (P) Teller:
    Dean (P) Kaye (P) Shanks (P) Ross

    Noes 59
    Ardern J (P) Harawira (P) Moroney Street (P)
    Browning (P) Hipkins (P) Norman (P) Tirikatene (P)
    Clark (P) Horan (P) O’Connor D (P) Turei
    Clendon (P) Hughes O’Rourke (P) Turia (P)
    Cosgrove (P) Huo (P) Parker (P) Twyford (P)
    Cunliffe (P) Jones (P) Peters (P) Walker (P)
    Curran King A Prasad (P) Wall (P)
    Delahunty Lees-Galloway (P) Prosser Whaitiri
    Dyson Little Robertson G (P) Williams
    Faafoi Logie (P) Robertson R (P) Woods (P)
    Fenton Lole-Taylor Roche
    Flavell Mackey Sage (P)
    Genter (P) Mahuta (P) Sharples (P)
    Goff (P) Mallard (P) Shearer (P)
    Graham (P) Martin Sio (P) Teller:
    Hague (P) Mathers (P) Stewart Beaumont

    Bill read a third time.

    _____________________________________________________l

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM328753.html

    105 Corruption and bribery of official

    (1)Every official is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who, whether within New Zealand or elsewhere, corruptly accepts or obtains, or agrees or offers to accept or attempts to obtain, any bribe for himself or herself or any other person in respect of any act done or omitted, or to be done or omitted, by him or her in his or her official capacity.

    (2)Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who corruptly gives or offers or agrees to give any bribe to any person with intent to influence any official in respect of any act or omission by him or her in his or her official capacity.

    Compare: Criminal Code (1954) s 102 (Canada)
    Section 105(2): amended, on 3 May 2001, by section 7 of the Crimes (Bribery of Foreign Public Officials) Amendment Act 2001 (2001 No 28).
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright

  30. Jilly Bee 31

    Surprise, surprise – funny how Bill English wants to tax Google et al to pay their fair share of tax after Labour made the same suggestion last week http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11189319

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    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
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