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Open mike 22/08/2014

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168 comments on “Open mike 22/08/2014”

  1. Jepenseque 1

    Herald Digi is a bit of a relief to nat supporters like me. Yesterday the election coverage seemed to reach a fevered pitch of anti nat sentiment but then eased. Thought JKs perf to Campbell interviewing was good, well controlled and importantly, patient. Corin Danns report on the news that night had a “tide has reached its peak and now turning type feel” – or maybe that is just the optimist in me! My take ilon this whole sorry saga is that it hasn’t dented my view of JK significantly. Judith Collins however is largely finished in my humble view. If nats get back will be very interesting what position she gets if any. Cheers

    • Enough is Enough 1.1

      The Nats drop 5% points.

      I expect them to continue to shred support like this every week between now and election leaving them at around 25%.

      Be very afraid National list members.

    • Tigger 1.2

      So you’re happy for Key to have either (a) overseen leaking to a blogger to destroy his enemies or (b) been so clueless that he didn’t know his office was doing that despite huge red flags that it was going on under his nose?

    • Molly 1.3

      Jepenseque, do you understand that your lack of critical reasoning and appraisal over the actions of John Key, Judith Collins and others within this National cabal allow external strategists to take over the “ownership” and focus of the National Party?

      There will be traditional National Party voters whose strong moral, ethical values will make them appalled at the use of abuse of office, misinformation techniques, and smear campaigns orchestrated through third parties as evidenced by the book.

      Complacency, such as yours, and lack of transparency of internal processes means that those with little scruples, and access to money can take over an already established party and its loyal membership with very little public bloodletting.

      It is no surprise to me that National made continual snide remarks about Labours internal leadership election, it’s agenda for discussion on female/male ratios, the Greens co-leadership, and the completely transparent hui that Mana undertook before joining up with the Internet Party. They did so, because the idea that membership has a transparent process within the party is a complete contradiction of what has been happening in National.

      Colin Craig, at least, put his vast financial resources into a fairly honest expression of what he is standing for – Something.

      The traditional National Party members should understand that when their leader, and our PM, consistently asks an electorate to vote for another party – this inexcusable public endorsement – is merely the slip of someone involved in much greater machinations behind the scenes. ACT policies are going through at a much higher rate than their 1.1% of support should allow.

      Those traditional National Party members who have shown integrity and ethics in the past, need to take a good hard look at what is going on. They may not recognise their own party in the Frankenstein it has become.

      • CnrJoe 1.3.1

        Very well put Molly

      • Dumbrse 1.3.2

        I agree. Vote LABOUR, but wait there’s more….. Vote Labour and you get Harawira, Haare, Norman, Turei AND WAIT FOR IT…..Krim Dot Con, all for your one Labour vote.

        Vote Labour. On On.

    • minarch 1.4

      you must have low standards…

      • Jepenseque 1.4.1

        Hi – I do think standards have dropped and there needs to be better behavior. Am just not seeing anything that implicates the PM such that I’d want to shift my support from the party. You can say that unsavoury elements should be strongly discouraged while still supporting the party platform and leadership.

        JK has been a bit too defensive I’ll say that and should have swung the axe more freely against unsavoury behavior. Maybe that would come after winning the election I hope – that is the sad fact of our political discourse that admitting weakness is losing (as DC has discovered also).

        Cheers

        • minarch 1.4.1.1

          My standards haven’t dropped at all ,

          I expect honesty (at the least) from our Politicians/Govt, always have & always will

          It seems quite obvious to me that the PM has tried to put in place some “firewalls” for plausible deny-ability ,

          whether those walls are going to hold or not is the only question in my eyes

          Not only is the PM weak and possibly a crook ,, he also appears to not even be particularly good at covering his tracks

          so hes not even very good at being crooked

        • Molly 1.4.1.2

          “Am just not seeing anything that implicates the PM ..”

          I’m guessing that you are not seeing anything, because you are deliberately not bothering to look.

          A trait shared by your PM – but it is not a reasonable or ethical one.

          And for me, admitting weakness or wrongdoing when it is realised IS strength, and winning. It is a requirement of a high standard – not an indication of a failed one.

          Your implied high “National Standard” is flawed – even if John Key passes it with a Merit.

          The “explaining is losing” approach has as much meaning as “Working for New Zealand” – a jumble of letters that happen to make up a sentence that translates into nothing of substance.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.4.1.3

          I do think standards have dropped and there needs to be better behavior.

          And yet don’t seem willing to do anything about it.

          Am just not seeing anything that implicates the PM such that I’d want to shift my support from the party.

          Despite all the evidence.

          JK has been a bit too defensive

          Dude, he’s been outright lying.

    • Murray Olsen 1.5

      You’re confirming my feeling that hard core Nact supporters are more like cult members than anything else. Evidence is not enough to make them think. They accept that NAct can break the rules because they’re doing god’s work. They approve of the mentality of coppers who bend the rules and bash confessions out of suspects, knowing that they can because they’re the good guys. That there are so many of you does not fill me with hope for the future of our nation.

  2. Craig Glen Eden 2

    So Key lied by his own words he has admitted he was briefed by Tucker during the time Tucker had discussions with the legal advisor he said Tucker advised him at that point due to the no surprises policy. Game over. However now he has made Tucker into a liar and the Ombudsman integrity is also in question I suspect as a result of being lied to by the Prime Minister and Tucker. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11312590

    Keys Dog Tucker you cant use the SIS for political purposes and you can not lie around your involvement about such matters. To quote Key “people go to jail for doing so”. Looks like Mr 22% will be back in charge.

    • Tracey 2.1

      funny you say that about English, see my reply below, currently in moderation, about a polling experience I had last night…

      Mr Key referred to the briefing from Dr Tucker while being questioned about the matter during his post Cabinet press conference on August 8, 2011, in the days following the document’s release.

      Responding to persistent questioning from then Scoop editor Alastair Thompson and Herald political editor Audrey Young, Mr Key said: “What happened is Warren Tucker didn’t come to me, he went to his legal adviser and his legal advisers told him this is the process they have to follow and when he was going through that process it was at that point he told me he’d release it because he has to tell me that under the no-surprises doctrine.”

      The footage spotted by a Herald reader comes after Mr Key’s version of events – that he was never directly briefed by Dr Tucker on Slater’s OIA request – was backed up yesterday by two senior public officials.

      Two letters emerged yesterday – one from Dr Tucker and another from Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem – which referred to Dr Tucker briefing the Prime Minister on the release of the documents.

      Dr Tucker and Dame Beverley both said later that they meant they had briefed Mr Key’s office and not the Prime Minister himself.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2

      What happened is Warren Tucker didn’t come to me, he went to his legal adviser and his legal advisers told him this is the process they have to follow and when he was going through that process it was at that point he told me he’d release it because he has to tell me that under the no-surprises doctrine.

      Groundhog day :D

      • Tracey 2.2.1

        And then Tucker lied for me and lied to the Ombudsmen as well. But what i want to talk about is Democracy. All this telling the truth is destroying our democracy. Soon you will expect your votes to count. Cant you all see how badly that could work out?

      • vto 2.2.2

        But hang on, didn’t Key say he wasn’t told?

        And he now says he was told? Is that correct?

        ..

        and didn’t he have a shocker in Christchurch. Tough luck – he has taken on the stench of whaleoil, that much is very very clear.

        Key now has a stink about him and the public are screwing up their noses.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.2.1

          Not quite: that quote dates from August 2011 :D

          • vto 2.2.2.1.1

            Aha, so he said he was told

            But now he is saying he wasn’t told

            What a great man our PM is

          • Tracey 2.2.2.1.2

            Now what we need is a ballsy journo to stick a microphone in Keys face and ask

            ” Prime Minister, were you lying in August 2011 or were you lying yesterday”

            Anyone who has done litigation will tell you that when there is a conflict, the version closest to the event everyone is trying to recall carries more weight.

            • Chooky 2.2.2.1.2.1

              +100 Tracey

            • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.2.1.2.2

              What does it make of yesterday’s statement by the SIS that they only told his office? Red faces, clown shoes, totally undermined.

            • yeshe 2.2.2.1.2.3

              +100% Tracey. Hoist him in own petard. which literally means catch him in the smell of his own farts. This is so Nixonesque.

        • Dumbrse 2.2.2.2

          No, the left are screwing up their noses, the majority of NZ don’t give a fat rats arse. Check the polls.

      • Ant 2.2.3

        This all happened on the same day the request came in, must have been a busy day at the SIS…

    • Red Rosa 2.3

      +1. The Herald link has Key dead to rights.

      So he lied on the Tucker briefing – his own words condemn him. And somehow he has made liars out of Tucker and the Ombudsman as well. What, after all, did they finally say or finally mean?

      The average voter can be forgiven for confusion in this shambles, where ‘clarifications’ are evasions and ‘denials’ turn out to be confirmations.

      No wonder Key ‘welcomed’ the official enquiry if it won’t report till after the election.

      Meantime, it would be good to see Collins, Ede etc tracked down and put on the spot.

      • Chooky 2.3.1

        +100…still no sign of Ede…who is he and what does he do ?! He needs to go under the magnifying glass.

        Slater has said Ede is “gutless” ( as if Slater is taking the rap and Ede is into it up to his eyebrows ie far more guilty in the dirty tricks)

        ….John Key never mentions Ede except to indicate he has nothing to do with leaks…this is a sure sign Ede is pivotal .

      • politikiwi 2.3.2

        I wonder if he’ll now play the “well I can’t comment on that as an inquiry is under way” card?

        It must be hard being FJK at the moment. That manion in Hawaii must be looking pretty damn tempting.

        Just do it, John – fuck off back behind your towering fences and let the rest of us clean up your mess.

  3. Tracey 3

    last night Curia polled me. Trying to getting a handle on which policies matter and liar in chiefs honest man image is being tarnished. They didnt put it that way, its my interpretation. Things like name first party that springs to mind

    Best education
    Best health
    Best able to keep interest rates low
    Can best form a stable and something government
    Regardless of who i will vote for who do i think will win the election
    Whose views mirror mine on immigration

    And so on

    Interesting question stuck in my mind

    Chap said he was going to ask my view on party l leaders

    I could choose from

    Very favourable-favourable-neutral-unfavourable-very unfavourable

    Norman

    Key

    Peters

    English

    Cunliffe

    Given English doesnt actually lead a party…

    And

    What does this tell us about what the national party and cmr farrar think is important to National….and where they are focusing their attention. No turei, sadly…and no joyce

    • veutoviper 3.1

      I had the same Curia Poll last night. (Landline about 7pm, Wellington). – and agree with your interpretation as to what they were after.

      The party leader question stuck out for its inclusion of English – but the exclusion of Turei, Flavell, Harawira, Harre. I pointed this out.

      Throughout the questions, I made it clear what I thought of Key (not positive!) that I was reasonably politically aware, knew Farrar’s connections to Curia, and knew what the policies of the various parties were – answered with a variety of Labour, Greens, Mana, and even one NZF (definitely not on immigration though).

      The question that also stood out for me was the loaded one asking to make a choice between two options as to what was more important in a leader. I cannot remember the exact words as I am currently full of flu and drugs, but I think that the options were something along the lines of honesty and transparency vs experience and stability. Hope you can remember Tracey – and correct me if I am wrong.

      Anyway, my response was that that question was totally loaded – and I would expect both options. IIRC the interviewer told me that a lot of people had said the same.

  4. RTM 4

    Whaledump’s campaign against the Key regime may use new technology, but it echoes the efforts of generations of left-wing pamphleteers, like the trade unionists who fought National PM Sid Holland’s police state in 1951:
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/the-whaledump-tradition.html

    • and all the way back to the ‘chapbooks’ of the 17th century..

    • swordfish 4.2

      And not just trade unionists. My grandmother was active in helping set-up a civil rights group in 51 aimed at challenging the Holland Government’s draconian moves. It involved a number of Labour Party, liberal and left-wing activists. And I think I’m right in saying both she and my mother were involved in distributing pamphlets around their neighbourhood in Wellington putting forward the wharfies’ side of things. Which, of course, was illegal under the temporary Police State. There were quite a few people doing that throughout urban NZ. Like whaledump, they weren’t gonna just sit back and allow a bunch of overly-privileged Tory smegheads to destroy basic democratic rights.

      Great to witness Whaledump’s current efforts. David vs Goliath – and David’s winning.

      • Tracey 4.2.1

        Last night paddy gower went all conspiracy theorist about who the hacker is. He surmises thatby drip feeding they are showing political savy. Jesus paddy, you dont need a political science degree to work out drip feeding is good.

        According to the herald the hacker says this is personal. I am wagering its related to the death of the young man on the coast…

        • yeshe 4.2.1.1

          something deep in my bones tells me the hacker is likely female, unexpectedly … and I’ll take that wager with you re the death of Judd, the young coaster.

          • veutoviper 4.2.1.1.1

            My gut feeling is also that the hacking was related to the death of the young West Coaster and WO’s despicable response – and that the person fronting Whaledump is a woman. But I also think that there is a possibility that the Whaledump fronter is not in fact the hacker per se.

            • yeshe 4.2.1.1.1.1

              and we will likely never know, but at least we can thank her/him/them here on TS.

              • Tracey

                you dont think the gcsb and sis are working on it

                • yeshe

                  yes, but don’t think they’ll make any progress ! btw new whaledump again lusk 2

                • minarch

                  If they are using TOR its very unlikely he could be tracked,

                  unless JK has had a word with his pals at the NSA

                  even then it wouldnt be easy

              • Rosie

                yeshe and veutoviper. I’ve made a mental note on your feeling about the identity of the Whaledumper (whaledumpress?) and or hacker.

                When Campbell Live interviewed the father of Judd Hall earlier this week it went through my mind that it could be someone from the West Coast, when he talked about Judd being an IT student.(A girlfriend or friend who was also an IT student?)
                I think I recall Hagar saying the person who sent him the info wasn’t politically motivated.

                Speculation aside we owe that person(s) our humble gratitude. They’ve done the right thing.

          • Man in a Barrel 4.2.1.1.2

            I’ve never visited WhaleDump, but applying Occam’s razor to this matter and asking who has the technical resources, knowhow and incentive to hack into a secured computer system it’s hard to see past a certain KDC.

            • yeshe 4.2.1.1.2.1

              just try harder .. cut some eye holes in your barrel !! it’s not him. and the dump today shows that slater paid someone $11k for the work. Def not Kim Dotcom.

              • Man in A Barrel

                Speculation is fruitless…

                Nevertheless were this simply a revenge attack on Slater for his disgusting comments regarding Judd Hall it’s had Collins, Key, Ede et al very firmly in its sights despite the fact they had nothing to do with that particular pile of Slater shit.

                And I understand we only have a ‘hint’ from Hager as to the hacker’s motives and misdirecting him, too, would be a very logical thing to do if one wanted one’s motives disguised.

                Don’t understand the $11k reference, tho’, or why that would exclude KDC.

                • Murray Olsen

                  If someone gets into a computer, they take everything there. It’s pretty obvious to a reasonable person that a piece of shit that would post what he did about Judd Hall would have a hard drive full of foul excrement. And lo and behold, he did!

                  You need an air hole in your barrel as well. You’re suffering from lack of oxygen.

                  • Man in a Barrel

                    Plenty of oxygen in my barrel thank you. And a good view from it, too.

                    I invite you to apply Occam’s razor to the following three scenarios:

                    1. Someone with a reasonable knowledge of IT is deeply offended with Slater’s comments concerning Judd Hall and decides to take action on behalf of Hall. He accordingly assaults WhaleOil with DoS attacks, fills the comments sections with ads for Viagra, penile enhancements, baldness treatments and links to web-sites for sheep-shaggers. If he has a lot more technical knowhow he digs deeper into the site for mailing lists and captures commentators’ email addresses, and sends them boundless revolting spam under the heading “If you like WhaleOil, you’ll like…”
                    2. Someone with a high level of IT knowledge hacks Slater’s site in the off-chance of finding embarrassing material, and finds he has a veritable treasure-trove of stuff that embarrasses both Slater and the National Party, and in fact is likely to be more damaging to the latter. Accordingly – presumably on the grounds that revenge is a dish best eaten cold – he hands to lot over to Hager hoping a) that he will use it and b) is willing to wait for the months it takes to make a book out of it and publish it in anticipation that the resulting odium will satisfy his quest for revenge against Slater and despite the fact that his actions will almost certainly result in a Government-whipped Police and Intelligence Service attempt to track him down as the hacker, the latter probably supported by the vast resources of the US counter-intelligence services.
                    3. A private individual with huge IT resources and knowhow who already has a very good reasons to be p****d-off with the National Government and who has just launched his own brand-new political party which is never likely to get into bed with the said Government, uses those resources and knowhow to get some extremely damaging dirt against the said Government, and has the nous to know that releasing it himself will considerably undermine its impact – as well as exposing him to criminal charges. Hence he sensible elects to use an innocent and well-respected journalist as cover, and for additional cover points the finger away from himself at someone else with a perfectly understandable motive for releasing it.
                    • Man in a Barrel

                      And I would add to 3. above that the person concerned has already promised his own startling revelations to come with regard to the said Government, and who stands to gain even more credence for them if the ground has already been prepared.

                    • Murray Olsen

                      I’m not convinced. Dotcom has already been arrested for hacking and would be stupid to risk getting caught up in this when he already has his own stuff via Greenwald. Dotcom may be many things, but he’s not silly.

                      I believe that when Nicky Hager says it’s not Dotcom, it’s not. To use Occam’s razor on your scenarios, I’d have to count up the assumptions in each of them, and you’ve made so many I just don’t have time.

                    • Man in a Barrel

                      You’re not wrong. KDC would be unwise to get fingered for breaking into Slater’s site. That’s why, IF he did it and I’ve no evidence for that, he would be both wise and likely to cover his tracks.

                      Maybe it was someone in KDC’s office who did it – in which case we have it on very high authority that no blame can be attached to KDC for what his officials do and would also justify Hager’s claim that it wasn’t DotCom who dun it ‘cos he himself personally didn’t.

      • Karen 4.2.2

        You’ve probably seen it Swordfish, but if you look at part 2 of the documentary ‘1951’ (available on NZonScreen) you may see some of the people who were part of that group.

  5. Adrian 5

    The video that the Herald has as Craig says has got to be the last nail.

    • Tracey 5.1

      Why? Do you really see him resigning?

      Funny it was a reader who found the heralds video, not the herald

      • Craig Glen Eden 5.1.1

        No he wont resign now but even if elected the Prime Minister will have to face an inquiry.This will be rehashed over and over.

        • Tracey 5.1.1.1

          ah, kind of nixon ish, he might survive the election but not the aftermath?

          Curia is polling peoples views of party leaders. The five leaders they have chosen?

          Norman
          Key
          Peters
          English*
          Cunliffe

          • english is not a party leader
          • Rodel 5.1.1.1.1

            Tracey
            Might Curia’s poll be paid for by Bill English? (out of his own pocket of course)

          • McFlock 5.1.1.1.2

            I think it’s evident that however the election turns out, this is dunnokeyo’s last.
            He just doesn’t want it any more.

            What I find interesting about the poll is that there was no mention of Joyce, just English. If they’re positioning for after the election, maybe Joyce will be inserted as an option in the next poll. Or maybe curia’s working for English, and Joyce is behind the ball when it comes to getting the numbers.

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Curia works for National. And the balance of power has begun to shift to the English faction once again.

              Re: Joyce. There’s every possibility he has been ruled out (for the moment) because some of the material involves him. Context: Collins would have been keen to undermine Joyce at every turn over the last couple of years.

              • McFlock

                so joyce and collins knobbled themselves and each other with dirty tricks, and now collins is weak and key is on the back foot Blinglish is about to sneak through the middle?

                Seems plausible.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I’ll add that this may not be about English becoming National leader – it may only be about securing positions for people in his faction. Or it could be both.

      • phillip ure 5.1.2

        @ tracey..re reader finding vid..

        ..and what’s with all the journos there in that 2011 press-conference..?

        ..have they collectively got the memory/attention-spans of fucken goldfish…?

        ..(and all the relevant action in that 16 min 2011 vid is in the first 7-8 mins..

        ..the rest just has the odd wry laugh..as key promises..hand on heart..that the asset-sales will pull in $7 billion..and the like..)

        • Tracey 5.1.2.1

          indeed sir. Audrey did her piece on the herald poll thru gritted teeth, probably very grateful it showed nats at 50% so she still show some positivity.

          Its other reporters stepping up…

        • yeshe 5.1.2.2

          there is also a Q&A from that time mentioned yesterday that also proves the question — did he lie then or yesterday ?? will try to find the link

    • Weepus beard 5.2

      Interesting that exactly the same questions were being asked then as now. There was a fair bit of nose pulling from John Key which, as some people have said, looks like was he does when under pressure.

  6. Chooky 6

    ‘Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%’

    By Martyn Bradbury / August 22, 2014

    “I think the Greens are on track for 15%. Their clever mix of policies which have targeted the soft urban liberal vote of the National Party rather than tack harder Left in a crowded political spectrum is giving them the ability to pull both sides of the political divide with them which gives the Greens unique prospects at the election…

    • Ant 6.1

      The Greens definitely do benefit from people who for all intents and purposes are right-wing in outlook but see the Green Party as another type of lifestyle brand.

      However, I disagree about NZF, I think they will surge, especially if the Conservatives are looking dire come Election Day.

      • Chooky 6.1.1

        @Ant …I agree with you…. NZF will SURGE!..Winnie will be working his way around the country doing his magic

        (….Bradbury always underestimates Winston Peters …for his own reasons I suspect)

        Last election I went to a rally with my Mother and her elderly friend ( both old school teachers)…..and it was amazing the numbers of well heeled farmers and farmers wives there….of the sophisticated,sort ( once were beautiful young people, now beautiful stylish old people) very well and expensively dressed , hair immaculate ( they looked better than your average wannabe venal NACT)…and they looked intelligent and vibrant ! ( unlike your average NACT of the boring unthinking variety)

        ….they were just eating out of Winnies hand….hanging on every word….and by God what a master he is at wooing the crowd!…what an entertainer!…what a showman!

        ..Winnie had the regional rural hall packed with several hundred people….no chairs left , people packed around the edges of the hall, struggling to squeeze in through the door( as latecomers we had to stand)….He had the crowd on their feet at times applauding!

        …..there was something in his speech for everyone ( and even i ,a committed Greenie, was wooed…it was an experience I wont forget)

        …and hardly a mention about the meeting in the newspapers….Winnie flies under the radar

        ….Just think where New Zealand would be today if the National Party had appointed him as Leader…It would be a very different New Zealand!

        (…instead the old National Party has been privatised and corrupted by John Key’s cuckoo NACT Party)

    • swordfish 6.2

      I’d be cautious about reading too much significance into the Greens’ latest poll rating. In previous elections, the Greens have enjoyed an upward poll surge in the final few weeks of the campaign. And on Election day, they generally end up about a point down on their poll average for that final month. So, on past experience, I would expect them to start peaking at about this point.

      Having said that, the Greens do tend to do slightly better than their monthly poll averages from 2, 3, 4 or more months out. It’s just that – because of that last-minute surge in the final weeks of the campaign – they finish slightly down relative to where they were in the final round of polls.

      I think 13% is significantly more likely than 15%.

      • Chooky 6.2.1

        …yes I am aware of that….and Labour usually does much better on the DAY ( when some of those ‘undecided’ for the pollsters go and vote)

        …lets hope the ‘undecided’ Labour voters are not so dispirited by the polls they stay home this time (as the NACTs want them to)

      • Bearded Git 6.2.2

        @Swordfish-I’m not sure if anyone can predict the script this election will follow. The Greens could surge to 16% if disillusioned Nats drift to other parties.

        • swordfish 6.2.2.1

          Yeah, but (despite frequent claims to the contrary on the blogosphere) Tories tend not to swing Green. Twice as likely to swing Labour’s way. And three times as likely to move into Undecided / Non-Vote territory.

          • Bearded Git 6.2.2.1.1

            @swordfish and agreeing with phillip ure at 6.2.3

            I know what the normal trends are but National have lost control of events and the Greens never seem to put a foot wrong. With IMP in the mix, Labour’s policies starting to resonate (especially in Dunners and Chch) and whaledump dropping bombs the election is in a state of flux.

            But all good for the Left!

            David Parker and Labour’s Waitaki candidate Glenda Alexander were excellent at a meeting in Wanaka last night, btw.

            • swordfish 6.2.2.1.1.1

              BG and Phillip. Fair enough, but I will say that my Tories tend not to swing Green point is predicated on very recent (ie 2014) poll data, reinforcing the trends of both 2008 and 2011.

              I’m a big fan of relying on hard data. And I’m cautious about anything that borders on grand hopes or wishful thinking.

      • phillip ure 6.2.3

        @ swordfish..

        ..while i respect yr skills at reading the runes of elections-past..

        .i wd submit the differences between now and 2011 mean less weight should be put on looking back..to predict what will happen this time..

        ..’cos really..2011 and 2014 are chalk and cheese..

        ..key being at the height of his powers/appeal to the public..going for only his second term..(having spent his first term ‘softening-up’ the electorate..)

        ..whereas now he is shown by hagers-revelations to be just a lying ‘dirty’-politician..seeking a third term..and with the key-gloss of 2011 well and truly worn off..

        ..and an ignored mana party last time..vs. the unable to be ignored internet/mana phenomenon now..

        ..poverty/inequality an unmentionable last time..front and centre now..

        ..the environment..still serious group-denial last time..a different tack now..

        ..are just a few of the current factors that must seriously skew any ruminations/conclusions based purely on past results..

        ..and the greens now are a different beast to 2011..

        ..and much more appealing to middle-nz/disillusioned/soft-nats..and not only because green-issues/concerns are now mainstream..and they too are looking for politicians with solutions..

        ..turei in particular has grown in stature since 2011..

        ..and is far more confident/poised/convincing than just three yrs ago..

        ..and so the timing for her/norman would seem to be ‘right’..

        ..all of this leads me to think that all/most past-bets are off..

        • swordfish 6.2.3.1

          Phillip, see my reply to BG at 6.2.2.1

          • phillip ure 6.2.3.1.1

            @ swordfish..i am not predicting a wholesale defection to the greens..(and of course those who swing between national/labour cd return to labour..

            .(.what is uncertain is just how many in national will still prefer key..dirty hem and all..)

            ..but the greens are no longer the unthinkable option for many on the right..

            ..that they were for so long..

            ..norman and turei don’t ‘scare’ anyone..

            ..and that change was not apparant as recently as 2011..

            ..and all of that must translate into votes for the greens..

            ..if the mud recently worn by key sticks/worsens..

            ..(and we/he still have the dotcom/greenwald spook-dump five days before election..to look forward to/to dread..)

            ..and i’m picking that dump won’t reflect well on the clark-labour-govt era..

            ..key only really ramped-up what was already there..

            ..so i am sure labour are dreading those townhall revelations as much as national/key..

            ..and i’m forgetting that master-stroke from the greens..and one guaranteed to assuage any national-voter doubts re the greens..

            ..their auditing by infometrics of their economic/fiscal-policies..

            ..(that move is on my ‘smart-thinking-award’ shortlist..)

    • Enough is Enough 6.3

      I think the Greens are untainted by the stench around Wellington.

      Non beltway people are just think, typical politics and turning off both major parties.

      The Greens have never been in government so can’t be tarred by that brush.

      They are principled good people with the best policy and the best brains.

      Party Vote Green people for a cleaner Parliament.

      • phillip ure 6.3.1

        @ enough..

        ..i agree with all you say..

        ..but wd also add an un’tainted’ internet/mana party as another voting option for those desiring a ‘cleaner’ political world..

        ..time for some idealism in politics..methinks..

        • adam 6.3.1.1

          Always time for idealism in politics Phillip.

          But then again I’m a unreconstructed anarco-communalist.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.4

      It would be good to see the Greens with 15%+

  7. Bearded Git 7

    Things are changing quickly in this election. Key/Cunliffe popularity has changed from 73.3 versus 10.5 to 64.8 versus 14.6. People are getting to know Cunliffe at last.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/election-2014/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503581&objectid=11312362

    In terms of policy it was all positive for Labour and Greens from Dunedin and Christchurch on Morning Report this morning.

  8. yeshe 8

    new Whaledump … 3 mins ago … http://pastebin.com/ntEhGCtM

    after Lusk …

    edit .. oh my goodness !! This will have the Nats eating each other .. it’s going to be like honey to fire ants!

    THANK YOU, WHALEDUMP, WHOEVER YOU ARE !! THANK YOU.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      …and the “last last” political dump later. Someone has a sense of humour :)

        • yeshe 8.1.1.1

          Lusk to Slater ( if I am permitted to post it ?)

          “Todd has to work on not annoying people. Tim has to work on not being a tool. Louise has her structure and plan in place for 2011. Jonathan is going well, solid guy. Hekia needs to watch her temper. Quinn shouldnt get ticked off at caucus for doing things like points of order when JK is speaking.

          Aaron has done a fair bit of the intellectual heavy lifting and will go a long way if he remembers to sing himself the tigger song before breakfast every day. Amy shouldnt dance quite so much but is regarded as very, very safe and capable. Michael Woodhouse is highly regarded as a competent guy in health.

          They have been helped a lot by CJ Tremain, but National need to lift their game and professionalise their ongoing training and career management of backbenchers.”

      • Inky 8.1.2

        I saw that. Is it possible it’s not a joke and that he/she will be stopping at this point? Surely there’s a lot more ammo in the bandolier?

        • yeshe 8.1.2.1

          inky, re-reading the tweets, whaledump has made it clear this is not about party politics, and also that today the last political dump. reads to me like there is much more to come … popcorn ready again ! ( anyone know the code for the popcorn emo btw ? thx)

    • adam 8.2

      I think Lusk, is a devil in a blue suit.

      If the national party faithful don’t deal with him and his kind, they can kiss their party good-bye.

  9. tricledrown 9

    come on left
    while we have to sheat home Nationals corruption we are drowning out our own policy like regional development national are very light on Development !
    Milk Logs and natural disasters are their policy Joyce is good at getting his meagre policy across but grant Robertson is good also we need to pair back on the exposing of John Keys Corruption be way more considered in and focused on sheating the blame where it lies Pun!
    Reduce the column inches on the standard of nationals own doing and focus on our policies at least half the posts should be about the difference in policy between our positive regional and economic development policies!
    Better funding for education better funding for preventative health care.
    More openness in democracy!

  10. Tracey 10

    Cameron Slater, 1/29, 7:20am

     

    just emailed the press council asking how to join

     

    if i join everything the cunts won’t be able to touch me

    • yeshe 10.1

      Tracey .. all this, and it’s only two months worth of their comms ? Filthy filthy people .. and look at the names they are quietly advising ( until now anyway !).

      Can you see where some prosecutions might come from ?

      • Hayden 10.1.1

        Perhaps someone could look at this as well:

        ————————-
        Aaron Bhatnagar, 5/27, 8:41am

        Because I imagine that Simon’s graduates will have factions lining up against the in pre-selection meetings.

        them in pre-selection meetings
        ————————-
        Cameron Slater, 5/27, 8:42am

        yes…but there are ways to combat them

        they say paid advisors must be declared

        in other words npaid ones don;t have to be…

        oh dear

        hunting coaches though…not related to politics

        fishing coaches th same
        ————————-
        Aaron Bhatnagar, 5/27, 8:43am

        LOL

        investment advice – Simon is after all an investment advisor isn’t he?
        ————————-
        Cameron Slater, 5/27, 8:45am

        yes
        ————————-

  11. tricledrown 11

    Now we are just wallowing in their Mire even KDC has recognized thats not a good ststrategy let the News Media have the feeding frenzy the have smelt the blood their not goig to let it go because of ratings !
    lets get back to offering a Cleaner more Positive alternative to National!
    By the way their Rowing add is better than Labours Muldoon esque reds under the bed !
    I hope the greens come up with something better labours add looks decidedly Amateur!

  12. Tracey 12

    Simon Lusk, 1/29, 11:32pm

     

    you know you have won the argument when the far left are on your side

     

    Mr Norman says a capital gains tax would bring in over four billion dollars a year, enough to make a significant reduction to debt, and is also advocating capping government borrowing.

     

    telling that he wants to reduce debt and cap borrowing not piss away other peoples money on halfwitted projects like climate change promotion.

     

    you could give him politician of the week for being more fiscally conservative than Bill English who never talks about debt reduction or capping government borrowing. He just watches and commentates.

     

     

    February 3, 2011

    Simon Lusk, 

  13. ianmac 13

    Listened to David Cunliffe yesterday in his hour long interview with the 4 from the Herald. Very specific and very fluent and very intense. Wide ranging knowledge.Excellent. 9/10

    Today I listened to Key in the interview recorded before the “Book.”
    He dissembled a lot. Not very knowledgeable about some areas. Mumbled and “ahh” and “umm” a lot. Figures at his fingertips over trade and capital investment. False equivalents. 4/10

    I am biased but was not at all impressed. (Bill English is much more fluent and concise but not as loveable.)

  14. karol 14

    Slater faces prosecution re- the Blomfield case.

    Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater is being prosecuted for the same thing he is complaining about – using someone else’s private communications without their permission.

    And the prosecution could see the blogger ordered to produce in court original copies of information used in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics.

    • Tracey 14.1

      i am sure it is all part of slaters plan. He is more intelligent than anyone else remember. I read he said that somewhere so it must be true

      • McFlock 14.1.1

        my personal theory is that it is why he was gifted the best blogger media award – a little help pleading “journo” from the folk who need him for throwing dirt.

        • Tracey 14.1.1.1

          i think amongst his emails he says, about himself, that he is not a journalist. Cant place it right now so only have memory to go on.

          • McFlock 14.1.1.1.1

            lol
            Nice for the prosecutors to know exactly what to look for during discovery.

  15. yeshe 15

    Crsoby and Textor sailed to sea

    in a beautiful dark blue boat;

    but they sailed away for a year and a day

    ‘cos Key couldn’t get the vote !

  16. yeshe 16

    AND MORE TO COME FROM WHALEDUMP LATER TODAY !! such a shame for the Nats when this is their launch weekend … and with the timing, it must be truly fetid I think as whaledump seems to have skills … making popcorn ..

    edit:
    https://twitter.com/whaledump

    with an invoice from slater to lusk 2012

  17. i hope someone is using these whaledumps/dirty-politics’-info..

    ..and working on/up an infographic detailing/explaining/linking-up this far-right toxic-tree..

    ..and showing just where all those branches/tendrils extend into..

    ..i can’t see the right/neo-lib holdouts in labour coming out of that exercise looking too crash-hot..

  18. i wd expect the next round of polls to show labour slumping further..

    ..and not only because they are seen by many as too close to the neo-lib fanaticism that got us to this toxic/unequal/poverty-blighted/blighted-rivers country/society..that we currently are..

    ..and aren’t really promising the wholesale changes/recipies needed..

    ..but also because parker has been..during this polling period..talking up his/labours’ plans to raise the pension-age..(a policy they have made a pigs’ ear of selling to a sceptical/dubious electorate..and esp to maori/p.i/workingclass..)

    ..and just that will see the labour vote collapse/fan out further..

    • Anne 18.1

      …because parker has been..during this polling period..talking up his/labours’ plans to raise the pension-age..(a policy they have made a pigs’ ear of selling to a sceptical/dubious electorate..and esp to maori/p.i/workingclass..)

      ..and just that will see the labour vote collapse/fan out further..

      I fear you might be right.

      • Colonial Viper 18.1.1

        Absolute electoral tone deafness. NZF and Greens will benefit most from National’s troubles IMO. Winston will be the force to be reckoned with.

    • The Al1en 18.2

      “i wd expect the next round of polls to show labour slumping further..and not only because they are seen by many as too close to the neo-lib fanaticism that got us to this toxic/unequal/poverty-blighted/blighted-rivers country/society..that we currently are..”

      Define many. Do you mean, on current polling, the 45% that vote national, the 30% that vote labour or the 13% that vote green?
      That’s 88% accounted for, which doesn’t leave many to be classed as ‘many’. Less partisan and blinkered rethink needed?

  19. rnz is reporting key is going with yesterdays’-version..

    ..heh..!..i know it’s an overworked/used word..

    ..but this is getting fucken more surreal by the minute..

    ..and the campaign-proper hasn’t even really even started yet..

    ..whoar..!..

    ..i dunno about anyone else..but my pulse is racing..

    • Tracey 19.1

      So he was lying in 2011? Even tho, memory wise, thats closer to the actual event.

      Thing about lies, is the more you tell, the harder it is to recall them…

      • adam 19.1.1

        The questions become, if he is now in the habit of lying – and it appears, that he has had this habit for some time.

        Will rehabilitation be enough?
        What drugs can he take to fix this vexing issue?
        Is stress exasperating his condition?
        If the people around him know he’s lying, do they fib as well to keep him happy, or are the confronting the issue?
        Time for some tough love?
        Or would isolation be the best option?

        Lying continuousness is a serious medical condition – it’s time we took a more sombre approach.

  20. yeshe 20

    Is CrayCray Craig’s complete and deafening silence on Dirty Politics due to his name being mentioned by Lusk as a potential client included in the dump today?

    • Tracey 20.1

      he is hoping for a poll slump by nats, then a phone call, and then a safe sear. He doesnt want to threaten that by saying what he thinks of the appalling behaviour. At least this is my take on what mr christian moral high ground is doing

      • yeshe 20.1.1

        interesting thoughts as always .. thx Tracey. Maybe they could gift him Papakura :grin:

        Hoping someone on the ‘trail’ will ask him a about the Lusk connection.

  21. yeshe 21

    NEW WHALEDUMP Lusk2 available …

    http://wikisend.com/download/438974/Lusk%202 but I couldn’t open it with Adobe .. had to use Office instead.

  22. joe90 22

    Master of nothing.

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:38am

    haven’t spoken to him

    Just got three files of all of labour’s online donations and cc details

    Simon Lusk, 6/10, 6:38am

    interesting

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:38am

    from my it support person

    only $11k

  23. lprent 23

    I was just asked by RadioNZ if I was the Whaledumper. Chortle….. My response was (paraphased) “Nah. That kind of thing was interesting 30 years ago. I’m 55 – why would I want to do it now”.

    They were doing something on the OMSA, the daft online standards. Otherwise known as the complaint line with a wrist slap. Good for people who intend to push the bounds of defamation like Whaleoil. I have to wonder why Farrar is joining….

    In other news, Matt Blomfield pointed this article out to me. The privacy commission is targeting Cameron Slater for leaking from stolen emails and documents

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11312691

    Slater filed a complaint with the Privacy Commission after Hager used years of hacked email and social media conversations to write the book, which paints a picture of a National government which encourages attack politics through blogs.

    But the Commission has recently decided Slater had breached the privacy of businessman Matt Blomfield after the blogger published dozens of posts on Whale Oil based on a computer hard drive he had obtained.

    It passed the case to the office of the Director of Human Rights Proceedings, which is now prosecuting him over five days in October.

    Barrister Simon Judd, who is prosecuting the case for the Director of Human Rights Proceedings, said Slater was defending the case by claiming he was a journalist and not subject to the Privacy Act.

    He said it would be argued Slater was not a journalist – and even if he was, the material he published on Mr Blomfield was not a “news media activity”.

    It is going to be interesting listening to Slater squealing that it is ok when he does releases stolen data, but not when someone else does it to him.

    So paradoxically I suspect that his action against Hager will depend on him losing this one…… Oh the irony

    :twisted:

    • Tracey 23.1

      investigating the wrong thing i see, the msm

      • Inky 23.1.1

        I keep seeing the term MSM popping up everywhere, I’m not familiar with it. Can someone explain?

        Also, yesterday someone had transcribed Key’s embarrassing 10 or 11-minute interview and I’ve lost the link. Does anyone have it?

        • Rich 23.1.1.1

          Mainstream media. The short version is derogatory but on a scale depending on who’s using it.

  24. rob 25

    my wish

    Whenever the media publish things about Slater, they use a picture of a kitten or flowers in a field, at the end of the day

  25. ianmac 26

    Here we are. Panic over.
    “Prime Minister John Key says nothing has changed after a video emerged from 2011 appearing to contradict his claim he was never told by the SIS it intended to release politically sensitive secret documents to Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.
    Speaking to media outside Mt Roskill Grammar school this afternoon, Mr Key denied the video was a contradiction.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11312794

    • Tracey 26.1

      Did mr key deny it or his office?

      • yeshe 26.1.1

        Did anyone else see a reference and clip yesterday from a Q&A segment from August 2011 where Key likewise confirmed what he is now denying ? I heard it last night, but can find no record of it anywhere on line … and Q&A archives seem not to have it either …

      • yeshe 26.1.2

        maybe we need a new generic term for Key and his office .. I suggest ” Mr Key’s orifice was quoted today” or SIS can claim they briefed Mr Key’s orifice .. would save some time for us all.

      • ianmac 26.1.3

        His office cannot speak because the people in it are all hiding.
        In future I guess any mis-speak from Key can be explained by blaming his office. “No. Not me what done it. Its them silly clowns back in the office. No just because my lips move does not mean it is me who is talking! Are people stupid or sumthing?”

    • Chooky 26.2

      ‘Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS Release To Whaleoil’

      By Selwyn Manning / August 21, 2014

      Analysis by Selwyn Manning.

      “SSC-GuidelinesINFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of sensitive intelligence information.

      The official guidelines further cast doubt over the Prime Minister John Key’s version of events that the Prime Minister was not made aware that intelligence documents were being declassified and prepared for fast-track release to Cameron Slater….

  26. Blue 28

    Interesting. Donghua Liu has changed his plea:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11312852

    Frank Macskasy have you seen this?

  27. Inky 29

    This is a snortingly funny quote from a story on Simon Lusk by Andrea Vance on the stuff site, 25/05/2013, when you consider how tight he is with grace-less Slater and in light of the pair’s grace-less, vicious plotting as outlined in the whaledump postings:

    Vance: He [Lusk] says he prefers to work for individuals – and only those on the Centre-Right.

    “Many on the Left lack grace and I find it hard to deal with people who lack grace.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8717357/Seriously-happy-to-upset-the-status-quo

    • ianmac 29.1

      Ironic Inky. As you say Slater must be the most graceless inhuman bloke around.
      Your find shows just how significant Google is.

  28. Inky 30

    As someone who’s not a political animal but whose interest has been piqued by the whaledump postings, I’m at a loss when Slater and his cronies refer to people by their initials or first name. I’m sure many others are in the same situation, so that the relevance of a lot of it is lost on me, which obviously defeats the purpose.

    If anyone here has an “in” with a mainstream journo, it might be useful if it was pointed out to them that printing a “Whaledump Who’s Who” would help a lot of people understand who and what Slater etc are talking about.

  29. Rodel 31

    Amidst all the Hagersaga I’m missing Colin Craig- (the boy named Sue)
    Christine The earnest and soooo sincere advocate for the nuclear’ family..(insert Tui comment)
    Jami Wit= the pillosopher supreme.. (well, you see….the answer is yes and know or maybe no.)
    Wotsisname ? the ACTor from Epsom. (‘ Never mind who I am, Just vote for me dummies)
    but most of all Jonny Banks the convicted one.(Now if I can just get rid of that Commie sex machine, I could be a super mayor – after I’ve finished my PD)

    I’m bored… Hopefully Crosby will have sent John a new parrot mantra by the time I’ve read Nicky’s book by the end of this weekend.

  30. North 32

    John Key reckons “[MyOffice] am prepared to give evidence on oath” – Snort – Laugh – Out – Loud.

    • Rodel 32.1

      North
      I think you mean John Key’s orifice’?
      No. Sorry that’s Cameron.
      Yes , Tucker advised John Keys orifice..not Key himself.
      (must go to bed)

  31. North 33

    John Key reckons he’s prepared to give evidence on oath. Snort – Laugh – Out – Loud.

  32. Alistair Connor 34

    John Key:

    Key denies video was a contradiction – Election 2014 – NZ Herald News

    Mr Key said he “probably should have” clarified that it was his orifice which was briefed over the OIA release, not him. “But, to be honest, that wasn’t the big issue at the time.” It was “definitely not the case” that he was briefed about the release while on holiday either, he said. “I’d be more than happy for my phone records to be [seen].” “There’s no dispute that somebody in my orifice was briefed. I don’t think anybody disputed that and, in fact, ultimately the inquiry’s undertaken [and] those people will be spoken to. […]
    “No, not at all. In the context of that video, I meant ‘my orifice’. Frankly the demarcation wasn’t significant back then.

  33. Draco T Bastard 35

    BFM interviews of party leaders on tertiary education.

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

  34. This whole key issue is a non event, barring key has been lazy in his communication. Did he lie who knows, barring he is willing to swear under oath, as are other parties that he did not . This whole business of trying to turn key into a right wing monster is ridiculous. So is the right demonising of Cunliff I believe both men have good of nz at heart but just have different prescriptions of getting their. People either are more predisposed one way or the other. The personality attacks from the likes of the standard, whaleoil are infantile and reflect extremes of both sides and just turn people off.

  35. Draco T Bastard 37

    Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

    Researchers have developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface.

    This is the type of technology that should be getting a priority for government R&D funding simply because we need to replace the use of fossil fuels.

    • ianmac 37.1

      Does this mean that a house could cover all the north facing windows with transparent luminescent solar concentrators and power up the house or in a car etc?
      An evolution from solar panels then?

      • Draco T Bastard 37.1.1

        It’s an evolution in directing solar energy onto photo-voltaic cells. I suspect that because the energy so directed would be such a narrow band of electromagnetic spectrum that the cells could also made more efficient as well.

  36. Murray Olsen 38

    This is interesting. From the whaledump site today:

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:38am

    haven’t spoken to him

    Just got three files of all of labour’s online donations and cc details

    Simon Lusk, 6/10, 6:38am

    interesting

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:38am

    from my it support person

    only $11k

    Simon Lusk, 6/10, 6:39am

    they will have the shits with you pretty seriously

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:39am

    they are fucking broke

    its doing my head in on best way to do the story

    i thought a post each morning promising a data dump each afternoon

    Simon Lusk, 6/10, 6:39am

    yes but do a deal with someone too

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:39am

    then a post dumping data each after noon

    Simon Lusk, 6/10, 6:40am

    it is worth something

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:40am

    have to abe a daily

    but i want this to drip feed all week

    the traffic is going to be masive

    Simon Lusk, 6/10, 6:40am

    promise to stop

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:40am

    once i start though they will all have it so maybe not give to a network

    Simon Lusk, 6/10, 6:41am

    if trev resigns and lets darren have his seat

    there are so many cunty plays you can make

    Cameron Slater, 6/10, 6:41am

    which means the hits will just keep opn flowing

    i eant to devastate the cunts

    this will make me bigger than nicky hagar

    %———————————————————————————————–
    Looks like Slugboy paid his IT person $11,000 for the Labour data. Was this for being shown how to access it? He also talks about how much he can make from it. This suggests that it was accessed for financial gain. He thinks it’ll make him being than Nicky Hager. Haha, only in kilograms, you fat fool.
    I’m seeing it as more and more likely that he’ll end up behind bars. Great. He’s written often enough about what should happen to prisoners.

  37. Draco T Bastard 40

    And the hole gets deeper:

    In other words, the Gannaway Mercer NZ companies represent the New Zealand end of the international Maharal network.

    There’s another link between these Gannaway Mercer NZ companies: each and every one of them is 100% owned by GCSL (New Zealand) Limited, whose director, since January 2011, is Catherine Michelle Odgers of Hong Kong. That’s our Cathy Odgers, of course.

    Now, the Maharal network is an important part of the so-called Russian Laundering Machine,

    My bold.

    • yeshe 40.1

      Hi Draco .. OMG ! such an important post .. wanna re-post today where folks can catch it ? And I think maybe they cd read the end four or five paras and conclusions, then go back into all the details.

      So sad for NZ, and so shaming it will be when it call comes out, as surely now it must ?

  38. bad politics 41

    http://www.lifebuzz.com/rethink/

    Rethink Homelessness asked homeless people on the streets of Orlando, Florida, to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn’t know just by walking past them.

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    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • The week in politics vs. Gilmore Girls
    This week in politics: Andrew Little became leader of the Labour Party. Julia Gillard spoke at the University of Auckland about gender and politics. Gerry Brownlee was fined for breaching airport security. Tony Abbott threw down with Vladimir Putin at APEC....
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Whither the class line?
    In 1995 I published a book that explored the interaction between the state, organised labor and capital in the transitions to democracy in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The book was theoretically rooted in neo-or post-Gramscian thought as well as the...
    Kiwipolitico | 19-11
  • This video shows the pain caused by NZ’s current benefit system
    Darryn bravely talks about the stigma that comes with being on the benefit, and how that has affected his life. This stigma is just one of the many problems our current benefit system creates. These problems would be removed if...
    Gareth’s World | 19-11
  • Climate change: The cost of past inaction
    For the past 20 years, New Zealand's climate change policy has been one of inaction and delay. While we've seen no less than four failed attempts at putting a price on carbon (including the current ETS), we've never really tried...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • Policy of fear
    Community groups have a vital role in New Zealand. In addition to speaking out on social problems such as poverty, mental illness and addiction, they also often have a direct role in fixing them via government funding. Unfortunately there's an...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47A
    A carbon tax could bolster wobbly progress in renewable energy A dam revival, despite risks Congress is about to sabotage Obama’s historic climate deal David Cameron urges Tony Abbott to do more on climate change G20 pledges lift Green Climate...
    Skeptical Science | 19-11
  • ‘Consult on promotions policy’: TEU to Auckland VC
    TEU is asking the vice-chancellor of the University of Auckland to engage in a process of consultation on the university’s Academic Grades, Standards and Criteria policy and other policies so the two sides can avoid further litigation. Earlier this month the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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