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Open mike 22/11/2012

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69 comments on “Open mike 22/11/2012”

  1. Kia Ora te Whanau and Mike Smith.

    Statement by the New Lynn Labour Electorate Committee
    November 21, 2012
    The New Lynn Electorate Committee of the Labour Party, at a special meeting called today, voted unanimously to express its full confidence in its Member of Parliament David Cunliffe.   While acknowledging that this decision was within the prerogative of the party leader, the LEC noted David’s demotion with regret.
    The LEC also resolved to raise with the New Zealand Council of the Labour Party concerns about recent public statements made by Labour’s Senior Whip, and the leaking of confidential caucus information by unnamed MPs following Tuesday’s emergency caucus meeting.
    As these processes are now internal party matters we do not intend making further comment.
    ENDS

    • karol 1.1

      Hope that goes well, micky.  Good point about the unnamed MPs leaking caucus info to the media.

    • Anne 1.2

      May I extend my full support to the New Lynn Labour Electorate Committee, and wish you every success in your endeavour to seek justice and fair play.

    • xtasy 1.3

      I can only point out to ALL again! Look at the website of ‘NZ Herald’, TVNZ, TV3 and the whole whore-mongering media in this country, it is ALL about crime, rape, pillage, deceit, natural catastrophes, who did what to whom, naturally sports, celebrity idiots, who is “in”, “out” and the dumbest, but yet “most appealing” “hulk”, “Slut” or whatever.

      That is “media 2012′, and I do not care a damn about Mr Brown (now with “media3″ for opportune employment reasons) AND others say to justify the CRAP we get fed day in and night out.

      It is an INSULT to intelligence and it must be pointed at for such.

      “Media” used to be called the “4th estate”. It is NO LONGER.

      I and a few others informed also ’60 minutes’ and award winning “media celebrity” Melanie Reid about goings on at WINZ and MSD, but they choose to keep it damned QUIET! I wonder why?!

      No integrity in MSM media, thanks.

  2. Jenny 2


    Auckland mobilisation: end Israel’s siege on Gaza


    Wellington: rally in solidarity with Gaza

    ‘Israel commits war crimes’, says only Kiwi in Gaza

    New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed only one New Zealander is registered as being in Gaza, and has issued an “extreme risk” advisory warning all New Zealanders to leave the country.

    Webb-Pullman said she wouldn’t be going anywhere, despite two recent attacks on media buildings in the last two days.

  3. just saying 3

    I’d like to express something with a venn diagram.
    I’m on vista home premium with office 2007.
    Does anyone know of a facility in this software I could use?
    Ta

    • felix 3.1

      Yep, but first you have some software issues to deal with. You’re going to meed to reformat your hard drive and install a new operating system.

      The safest way to reformat your hard drive is to take your computer and anything that has ever been plugged into it and any furniture it has ever touched and make a pile outside, and pour petrol all over it and ignite. For best results leave it plugged in while you do this.

      Next, get another computer and install any other operating system supported by Office 2007, and follow these instructions: http://office.microsoft.com/en-nz/word-help/create-a-venn-diagram-HA010335959.aspx

      Thanks for your call and have a good day.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Gawd you’re cruel.

        Some free downloadable software like paint.NET might be of help, although its just a generic drawing programme and not designed specifically to do venn diags. so will be a bit fiddly, it’ll do the job.

      • just saying 3.1.2

        Yep, but first you have some software issues to deal with. You’re going to meed to reformat your hard drive and install a new operating system…

        Thanks Felix. I appreciate your time and expertise. I was naive enough to think there would be something in one of my sub-menus that I could be directed to. I’m not up to the above level of computer competence.

        Subtext duly noted.

    • Daveosaurus 3.2

      Step 1: Upgrade to Windows 7.
      Step 2: Download Irfanview.
      Step 3: Design your Venn diagram.
      Step 4: Type the text into Word.
      Step 5: Take a screen shot of the Word text and open in Irfanview.
      Step 6: Use the ellipse tool to draw the Venn diagram.

      Might be better ways of doing it but it worked for me last time I needed one.

      • just saying 3.2.1

        Ta all,
        Unfortunately, One big circle almost entirely overlapped another which made it impossible to effectively label. (Also I couldn’t figure out how to put a smaller circle within….)
        However useful knowlege for future venns.

  4. vto 4

    And so the bizzare world of the rich and powerful grinds on, blind to the pitchforks being sharpened in their gatekeepers sheds…

    1. Ecan boss receives a $70,000 pay rise when the organisation is widely condemned and causes anxiety and grief in its so-called customers.

    2. The ex-directors of Pike River Coal, who have never once fronted personally to the victims families (that’s right, never once), issue a statement through their lawyers, one of the most expensive in the land Minter Ellison Trough, refusing to accept the objective findings of the Royal Commission of Enquiry. John Dow, Stuart Nattrass and Ray Meyer are pigs of men.

    3. Banks lending to the Christchurch City Council demand ever more from the ratepayers of Christchurch. The stench of greed makes one wretch.

    The sooner these types of people are (borrowing Mr Smith’s suggestion in the Eruption thread) buried, the better.

    The downward sloping slide continues…

    • Dr Terry 4.1

      vto. Your words about greed are very quotable: “The stench of greed makes one wretch”. Greed in today’s world might be considered its worst feature.

      Stephen Hawking said, “We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity”.

      And Mahatma Ghandi remarked, “There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed”.

      Nevertheless, take heart! Some of us persist in believing that goodness of character will, in the end, prevail.

    • Jenny 4.2

      Let me ask you one question
      Is your money that good
      Will it buy you forgiveness
      Do you think that it should

      I think you will find
      When your death takes its toll
      All the money you made
      Will never buy back your soul.

      How much do I know
      To talk out of turn
      You say that I’m young
      You say I’m unlearned

      But there’s one thing I know
      Though I’m younger than you
      That even Jesus would never
      Forgive what you do.

      Bob Dylan Masters of War

  5. Rogue Trooper 5

    Demote. Mr Smith
    who cares what the neighbours think
    flock to the pews
    pull the curtains tighter
    Deny there is something greater
    Bill to the Zimmerwald Left
    programming errors
    other through the bottom of a Steiny
    all flesh is grass
    the age of aquarius
    Rhinoceros are dying out
    Orphans on the Planet
    Uturn away
    drag on to the Left
    bite the hand that feeds you
    Fa’afafine far far away
    “get your rocks off get your rocks off”
    Nah honey
    plagiarise
    I TALKED TO GOD
    IN A PHONEBOX
    ON MY WAY HOME
    I TOLD YOU MY
    ANSWER AND
    LEFT YOU MY
    DREAMS
    ON YOUR ANSWER MACHINE
    urban hymns
    beltway memes
    manipulation
    a prentice ship
    hello hello
    is there anybody out there
    just knod if you can hear
    there wil be no more
    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.

    now better do some work

  6. Rogue Trooper 6

    50 Shades of Grey

  7. Professor Longhair 7

    Watch murder shill Gregg Roman get torn a new one

    Suppress your urge to vomit whenever Gregg Roman opens his mouth and enjoy the spectacle of his being bollocked…
    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1353510449.html

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    Outstanding economic – production – energy model by Steve Keen. This is a real world breakthrough in concepting economics.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14vVhhNvWX0&feature=g-high-u

    • freedom 9.1

      Hon John Banks is ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF EDUCATION (also Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Small Business, and Associate Minister of Commerce) and he WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE ” He has never received any government information or briefings regarding Talent2 (or any company they are connected to, – such as Novapay for eg) or participated in any discussions at either Cabinet or Cabinet Committee. Over all those interconnected portfolios no mention of Talent2 or Novapay came across his desk. I smell bullshit.

      first question that pops into mind: Banks is the one with the Charter School Plan, and those teachers will get paid via State agencies sometimes, surely the Novapay system had to be integrated into his planning?

      • Northshoreguynz 9.1.1

        Certainly a large rodent.

      • Penny Bright 9.1.2

        JOHN BANKS – IN MORE TROUBLE?HOW COME NZ MINISTERS CAN OWN SHARES IN PUBLIC OR PRIVATE COMPANIES OR BUSINESSES?AUSTRALIAN MINISTERS CAN’T.

        http://www.act.org.nz/posts/statement-from-hon-john-banks-re-talent2

        21 NOV 2012
        4:28PM

        Statement from Hon John Banks re: Talent2

        JOHN BANKS / BLOG

        The Hon John Banks Family Trust has not held shares in Talent2 International Limited since 28 May 2012 when Talent2 moved to privatise the company and de-list from the Australian stock exchange. Mr Banks advised the Cabinet Office of the sale of his Family Trust’s shares on 29 May 2012. 

        Mr Banks became a shareholder in Talent2 as a result of Talent2’s acquisition of Sugar International Limited which the Hon John Banks’ Family Trust held shares in. 

        Mr Banks declared his Family Trust’s shareholding in Talent2 to the Cabinet Office when he first became a Minister. He has never received any government information or briefings regarding Talent2 (or any company they are connected to), or participated in any discussions at either Cabinet or Cabinet Committee. 

        The issue of the pay system is outside Mr Banks’ responsibilities as Associate Minister of Education, and the Novopay contract was signed off in September 2008 by the previous Labour Government. 

        Note: Andrew Banks, Chairman of Talent2, is not related to Hon John Banks.
        _____________________________________________________

        AUSSIE RULES:

        http://www.dpmc.gov.au/guidelines/docs/ministerial_ethics.pdf

        FOREWORD

        Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries hold high public office and are entrusted with considerable privilege and power. 

        The people of Australia are entitled to expect that, in the discharge of their duties, they will act in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of integrity and propriety. 

        In 2007, the Labor Government introduced new Standards of Ministerial Ethics, requiring our Ministers to conduct themselves to a higher standard of conduct than had been the case in the past.

        The Standards are underpinned by the principle that Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries must act with due regard for integrity, fairness, accountability, responsibility and the public interest. 

        As Prime Minister, I will do all I can to ensure that Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries continue to live up to these high standards of conduct, and in doing so, continue to live up to the expectations  of the Australian public.

        Julia Gillard
        ___________________________________________________

        Shareholdings

        2.9. In recognition of the collective responsibility that Ministers bear in relation to Cabinet decisions, these Standards require that Ministers divest themselves of investments and other interests in any public or private company or business, other than public superannuation funds or publicly listed managed funds or trust arrangements where:

        • the investments are broadly diversified and the Minister has no influence over investment decisions of the fund or trust; and

        • the fund or trust does not invest to any significant extent in a business sector that could give rise to a conflict of interest with the Minister’s public duty.

        2.10. If a Minister becomes aware that a fund or trust has invested in a company that might give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest, the Minister should inform the Prime Minister 
        immediately and liquidate the investment in the fund or trust if required to do so.

        2.11. If a Minister is required by these Standards to dispose of an interest of any kind, the transfer of the interest to a family member or to a nominee or private trust is not an acceptable form of divestment.
        _______________________________________________________________ 

        Penny Bright
        ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’ 

        http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com 

      • David H 9.1.3

        Maybe he thinks that`a grubby envelope filled with equally grubby 20’s and 10’s will do the job better. And on reflection it probably would.

  9. Rogue Trooper 10

    hot son beating down

    followed by Thursdays in The Park
    With Maurie
    phishing fiscing fiskit
    slippery biscuit flys
    through the air
    Frankly, I’m smacked
    in the head by a sugary golfball
    standing in a warm puddle
    of auburn amber gum
    existentially
    came back as a cat
    and all may be rosie
    Son is shining
    “otherwise fine”
    makes one hoarse
    Those Murphy boys
    taking off vertically
    from the fat of the land
    Rimmer round a red dwarf
    Hi ho hi ho
    life’s more than
    Who You know
    we see your credentials
    and raise you
    one scaffolder
    peasants
    Trotsky oh Trotsky
    “where art thou?”
    Vygotsky
    engineer up some
    technicians and and
    thy will be done
    dark art-noveaupay
    Israel widens the net
    no happy Noel
    ring tone heightens
    the driving experience
    as we follow the GPS
    map will tell us where we are
    all ways reference pedantically
    scribe on the arms
    of sailors
    spend six months
    on a leaky boat
    slaving in the shopping mall
    BUT I’M A MILLION
    DIFFERENT PEOPLE
    FROM ONE DAY
    TO THE NEXT
    YES THERES
    LOVE
    IF YOU WANT IT
    DON’T SOUND
    LIKE NO SONNET
    “it’s oh so quiet”
    footnote format
    manicure the herbs
    al wyns a winner
    Baby that’s for sure
    even the pope observes
    the commentary

  10. joe90 11

    The European Environment Agency report on past and projected climate change and the impacts on Europe.

    http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/climate-impacts-and-vulnerability-2012/

  11. Rogue Trooper 12

    TBI
    sure is a kick in the head.
    The Boy who cried Wolf
    to the lioness with a thorn
    in her side where her rib should be
    The Jackal circles Hide
    Nevermind
    The Laws is on our side
    Dishonour Dishonour Your Honour
    shoulda taken the red pill
    anyway freakin Jeeezus bloody Wept
    sadly violence is necessary
    bookmark that Chrome dome
    Ellis Ellis, anyone remember Ellis?
    Who? the Duck is Ellis
    Big mouth little boy
    Go to the back of the class
    clean up after woodwork
    ecocide is Ghandian
    well we are in Right company
    sold to the company store
    just saying something nicely
    spinning Jenny.jelly beans
    for diabetics.eat the red ones last
    Lanth that boile excuse the cusp
    androgenous enhancement
    “can I have some more please”
    Your’e not Popula. enough
    Asterix please.* Thankyou
    So many davids only one Clark
    credentials line up Davids
    Granted. Not true.
    freedom comes freedom goes
    Where zet goes no body noes
    flame on war fair?

  12. McFlock 13

    Sigh.
       
    Key’s expanding his “I don’t remember” alibi for the next couple of years.
             
    Seriously – unless people were asking about the massive bruise on his face, why the fuck is this taking up space? Fucking msm. Grumble grumble grumble… 

    • felix 13.1

      headdesk

      • Jim Nald 13.1.1

        Often, King Kong’s comments and fantasies would be most appropriate for that prime monkey.

    • starlight 13.2

      Lol, he was so delighted the way that shearer is handling everything, he fell over backwards
      to support him.

      • Vicky32 13.2.1

        Lol, he was so delighted the way that shearer is handling everything, he fell over backwards
        to support him.

        Ok. Having followed the link and read the story, I can’t see where it says that, or anything to support that contention.
        Wow, I dream of a world where the Standard leaves off criticising Shearer, and praising our homosexual brethren for long enough to criticise National .. that would be so wonderful! :D

    • Anne 13.3

      The incident happened after he had had a round of golf with Trade Minister Tim Groser.

      As, I suspect, is being inferred… he and Tim spent too long in the 19th hole.

  13. Rogue Trooper 14

    steep

    “Get up Tonto
    we might need to call
    on that Sky-god of
    yours.” Mana
    Not how much you have
    How much you give away
    hi ho Silver away too day
    here’s lookin at you kidding
    what we are working on now
    cuppa joe. Excellently yours
    signed The Pink Postman
    Round up the lambs boys
    she’s dockin’ time
    who takes John Banks
    seriously anyway, nobody
    takes me seriously anyway
    I see rocks Fred.
    Just Killing Time.

    • vto 14.1

      .
      time
      sublime
      always cort in a bind

      • Rogue Trooper 14.1.1

        of corset.
        other than this ‘ere mower Gower all gardening is done with hand tools
        off to theology :707 now
        the laity synod need educating it seems

        (a higherstandard can be expected)

        includes queer theology
        that will go down like a
        round rock :)

    • Uturn 14.2

      When the child was a child, it didn’t know it was a child. Everything was full of life, and all life was one.

      Now there are as many small states as there are individuals …and every state is mobile. Everyone carries his own state and demands a toll when another wants to enter. But one can only enter each state with a password.

      Lover lover let’s pretend
      We’re born as innocents
      Cast into the world
      With apple eyes

      The soul of today can only be conquered by one who arrives with the password. Everyone migrates, and waves his one-man-state flag in all earthly directions. Their children already shake their rattles and drag their filth around them in circles.

      She really loves to break
      Her Dad says it’s OK
      She really loves to break
      And give it all away

      Inescapably gen x on thursdays
      Entertain me Entertaining you

      I’ll be the first to toast, to my rotten soul
      we’re the rolling people
      Following Wim and urban hymn
      Don’t ask why, we just go.

      • Rogue Trooper 14.2.1

        man asks about denominations
        God in Wisdom
        provides an answer
        checking foundations
        Eriksonian Institute (or thoughts from the Louvre)
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fowler%27s_stages_of_faith_development
        or
        infant-trusting, mythical literal
        adolescence-searching, chaotic
        adult-affiliation, conformity, doctrine
        adult individuation-separating, critical
        adult integration-generative, figurative

        churches may correspond to either / or latter three with difference within and between individuals
        politically speaking :)

        007 reporting from duty to Russia with Love; spied a few Goldfingers and U.N.C.L.E Joe.Stiglitz
        M.mmmm.such a wench.Field.ing Tom Jones. Fielding Tom Jones.picaresque Prism revealing

  14. AAMC 15

    This Naomi Klein interview with Bill Moyers is really worth watching if you haven’t seen it.

    Climate change, shock doctrine, Hurricane Sandy, Central Planning, Decentralization, deregulation… it’s all in there and it’s all interconnected.

    http://vimeo.com/53656907

  15. Sorry …. I’ll go back in my cave now …. I’m a bloody troll …. *zzzzzz*-*thud* D-:

  16. Draco T Bastard 17

    Poor little lobbyist, getting upset about the truth coming out.

    A prominent government lobbyist is standing by his leaked comments which slam leading scientists for speaking out about New Zealand’s poor environmental record.

    Mark Unsworth, of government relations consultancy Saunders Unsworth, e-mailed Massey University environmental scientist Dr Mike Joy on Wednesday in reaction to Joy’s comments to the New york Times on New Zealand’s ‘fantastical’ 100% pure image.

    These idiot go round destroying things and then get upset that people take offence at the destruction and think that if people just weren’t told about it that destruction would go away.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      Marked Unworthy of Saunders Unworthy

      • Rogue Trooper 17.1.1

        amusing; foot in mouth spin unsworthy
        one ring to rue them all
        kiwibuilds deflation
        prophecy To Be Indicated
        Still The Herald Rules over my Dominion
        The Sisters of Mercy
        “gotta give the people something good to read on a Sunday”
        Level41? Take me on Take on me
        better give me a poulan ed.Finest cheddar. Tastes better.
        He’s an odd fellow but it’s OK.Takes care of his needs
        and he’s not gay. :)

    • McFlock 17.2

      But it’s okay to piss in the pool if nobody finds out about it…

      • rosy 17.2.1

        Clearly environmental degradation is not going to risk jobs and tourism, but talking about it does.

        In the emails, Mr Unsworth said although he was an academic, Dr Joy had “let his ego run riot worldwide” while risking jobs and incomes from decreased tourism

        I see. No point in telling him to lobby to create jobs by cleaning the sh*t up?

    • weka 17.3

      It’s hard to believe that a senior partner at a govt lobbying consultancy would send such an email without realising it would become public. So what gives?

  17. Rogue Trooper 18

    what gives? Stupid escalation of the information war

    Dispatches from the trenches
    Wonder why.Sorry but your son
    won’t be coming home far away
    so Closer
    Nation of Shopkeepers Grosser
    Do you like Pina coladas’
    ethanol Kills the brain
    Brenner is my bier
    No hang-ups and over we go
    to the Bibliography
    English plays to the gallery
    without blinking
    Like! a cool cat
    descending from Cort
    is glowing
    MY LORD MY LOVE
    THE WORLD DONT STOP
    THERE AINT NO TIME
    FOR CRACKING UP
    BELIEVE ME FRIEND
    caps off to the green and red
    and now, the end is near
    regrets I’ve had a few
    The Great Rock and Roll Swindle
    Roll Swindle.Roll Swindle
    fairlysavage s y d
    a Requiem for a friend
    not in a sly way
    Although Taubmans helped me
    I tumbler’d My Way
    through “the water of life”
    Slainte! Bill and lefty
    awaken the Tane wha
    why don’t you pete
    denied three times
    well Gahhhly Golly gosh
    gotta get up early
    buy the Tangerine jimmie
    although Mandarin is helpful
    to beat the bonobo to the bars

  18. Pete 19

    Kevin Spacey and David Fincher are making a US version of House of Cards for Netflix. I hope it screens in NZ. I’ve watched the Ian Richardson series multiple times.

  19. Rogue Trooper 20

    Jesus and The mary chain
    gotta have the right tool
    for Job.The Johnnys
    Poor ol’ injun joe
    Took on the wrath of God
    It’s up to you not to feel
    The Clampdown
    they say the immigrants
    steal the hubcaps
    of Property gentlemen
    they say it would be wine
    and roses at Ads house
    for scones again
    Remember me
    your telephone number?
    The News of The World
    garnered bribery Uriah.Heaps
    while the BBC channels war porn
    on the Spreadsheets
    “and I tell myself it’s
    Just.a Blue Day”
    hard to see it any
    other way.Free falling
    in and out with U
    had Chinese for dinner.nom nom
    with a cable tie can get
    a DH going right back at ya
    Have a cigar, you gonna go far
    Sanctus Dei.On the left side
    of Pascals wager? hmmmm
    you ‘um it son I’ll play spit
    PoliticallyCorrected off course
    What do we learn if other people
    fix our fucks.Mandarin
    can be bitter experience
    segmentation united
    within the forbidden city
    What three Albums
    Tyranno saw us Rex
    Telegram Sam
    she’s my main man
    might bus down to
    Barmy Palmy.Fitz right in.
    Open 24 hour CaGE
    sumo wrestling economy
    Boing! Back on Tigger Mountain
    with a Harvest Moon
    seen from the Treetop
    not focused souly on trees
    Starlight Star Bright
    YES I’M COMING DOWN
    YOUR BEAUTY
    IS A COLOUR
    SURROUND INTO
    THE HALF LIGHT
    NEON WILDERNESS
    red is a logixal choice
    Beware the Fokker
    taking a Macro-analysis
    AmaKiwi too North
    Te Reo is a language
    language sticks. games.
    Hooten nanny
    I’m On Fire
    wayne wayne
    go to Spain
    Palm.Oil.
    I’m on a Plain
    Dr I like your medicine
    Saarbo like a catchy virus
    “eet doz geet een”
    olwynd back the clock
    1 2 3 O’clock
    6 O’clock Rock
    5 7 M8 O’clock
    faiths all ya got
    words are all I have
    to take apart the grey
    I’ts only words
    from Herod the Great
    remember Figures well
    let’s see more
    of bomber’s damage
    not wallow in whaling
    wendering along
    on Wings of Desire
    queen Anne
    chocolate orange
    cream centres
    mmmmmmmm
    glazed SPC pears
    cracker fatty
    two top cats tc
    flinstones Fred’s a flintstone
    come on baby
    Light My Fire
    the crystal ship
    is being filled
    don’t leave muzza
    behind
    No End of Violence

  20. xtasy 21

    NZ politics are so SICK, I must say. There is little if any integrity, sincerity and solid purpose. It is such a rotten system here, maintained by one of the most corrupt, self serving and rotten lots of media you could find anywhere.

    I hear and read NO criticism apart from here and the odd few other blog sites.

    It is time to block and sabotage ALL MSM for good, but I see and hear few have the GUTS needed.

    So the corrupt and manipulated system will go on.

    I for sure have noticed my emails and other behaviour having been “screened”, and just put one and one together WHY!?

    We are “observed” by SIS and others. This is NOT a free country, for sure!!!

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    In 2011, John Key was Minister for the SIS. At that time, according to John Key: The SIS didn't understand the workings of the OIA. I mean that's appalling, and I accept all of that."1 Well, if that is the...
    Polity
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    frogblog
  • Symposium on the way forward, 4: making our own revolutionary kaupapa and f...
    On Monday, November 24, The Freedom Shop, an anarchist centre in Wellington, held a meeting about the way forward for the activist left.  A number of speakers were invited to give ten-minute presentations; below is the presentation given by Don...
    Redline
  • When will the PM take responsibility?
    It often bemuses me as to why people would vote for a dishonest political party that has spent the last two terms in government undermining our once great democracy. Why on earth would voters support a scoundrel like John Key,...
    The Jackal
  • Gordon Campbell on the inquiry into one case of dirty politics
    Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the damning inquiry by SIS Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn, the government’s response yesterday was utterly in character – it released...
    Gordon Campbell
  • John Key: The buck doesn’t stop with me
    President Harry Truman famously had a piece of walnut wood on his desk in the oval office that read, "The buck stops here", and when the president referred to it in speeches it was to say that he had to...
    Pundit
  • Speaker: Market failure in the research world
    The “serials crisis” has been a feature of research life for over 20 years. According to figures from the US Association of Research Libraries, during 1986-2007 academic journal subscription charges increased by 340%, four times the rate of inflation.Publishers contribute...
    Public Address
  • 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...
    Frankly Speaking
  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
    Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law. TEU, the union representing tertiary education staff, says the...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Being mindful of mental illness
    There’s a lot of mental illness stigma in New Zealand. From the friend or family member who tells you just to ‘get over it’, to the many little ways that living with a mental illness in an unsupportive environment slowly...
    On the Left
  • Auckland Transport November Board Meeting
    Every month I comb through the reports to the AT board looking at what the organisation is up to (that they’ll say in public). I’ve already covered the separate reports on additional bus priority and the New Network for the...
    Transport Blog
  • Henryk Grossman on the struggle for Marxism, 1883-1932
    Henryk Grossman, Fifty Years of Struggle over Marxism 1883-1932, translated by Rick Kuhn and Einde O’Callagan, with an introduction by Rick Kuhn; Ebook AU$6.34 from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OE6KF7O and paperback AU$10 from redflag.subs@gmail.com reviewed by Tom O’Lincoln There is a story about Marx’s legacy that...
    Redline
  • Financial assistance for tertiary students
    I’ve gotten my final assignment back for the 300-level Policy Research & Evaluation paper I did last semester, and earned another A+ and another teacher telling me to do post-grad if I can afford it without starving. The only way...
    The little pakeha
  • A brief commentary from John Key, Prime Minister
    Hello. I’m not going to apologise. There’s nothing to apologise for. I have done nothing wrong. Yes I suppose a few people in my office may have possibly been in contact with people in Camoron Slater’s office, but I had...
    My Thinks
  • A surveillance power-grab
    Section 7 of the government's spy bill introduces a new power for police and SIS to access information held by Customs. Its not mentioned in the press release, and the bill's explanatory note is extremely vague. So what's it about?...
    No Right Turn
  • Another shoddy analysis
    What's the case for the government's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill? I've been reading the bills Regulatory Impact Statement, and the short version is that there isn't one. A RIS is a vital part of the quality control process for...
    No Right Turn
  • “We should be a working on the railroads…”
    Yesterday Peter asked if the Auckland’s motorway network built on “strategic misrepresentations”?. In it he briefly mentioned engineer Joseph Wright who questioned how much the motorways would cost. In response I put this image in the comments however it probably justifies it’s...
    Transport Blog
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    frogblog
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    frogblog
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    frogblog
  • Counterproductive
    Since June, the US has been bombing Iraq. Since September, they've been bombing Syria. In both cases, the aim is ostensibly to stop ISIS. So how's it working out?About as badly as you'd expect:US air strikes in Syria are encouraging...
    No Right Turn
  • No justice in America
    On August 9, police officer Darren Wilson shot and murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.. The shooting of unarmed black men by American police is so routine that they don't even bother to keep statistics on it. And of course,...
    No Right Turn
  • The Andrew Little experiment has failed
    It’s time to admit that the Andrew Little leadership experiment has been a failure. A terrible failure....
    Imperator Fish
  • Abuse of power: The OIA / public records dimension
    One of the things to emerge from the "dirty politics" report is that the SIS pissed all over the OIA:The NZSIS also made a significant error in considering information requests by the news media. Such requests were, from 25 July...
    No Right Turn
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    frogblog
  • A further thought on the Gwyn report
    The report itself is here. The main issues have been well covered by the media. Here’s what struck me. One of Key’s big achievements as Prime Minister has been the expansion of the size and powers of the state security...
    DimPost
  • A further thought on the Gwyn report
    The report itself is here. The main issues have been well covered by the media. Here’s what struck me. One of Key’s big achievements as Prime Minister has been the expansion of the size and powers of the state security...
    DimPost
  • Thin Ice edit for US TV funded in full
    The Thin Ice Kickstarter campaign was resounding success, with the total pledged reaching NZ$34,448 from 228 backers. The extra funds are likely to be used in a PR effort to get the newly-edited film shown on as many TV stations...
    Hot Topic
  • The City Unbound
    The current Metro Magazine has has an article by me on Auckland, its new urban nature, and surprise!: Why we need a change in transport infrastructure investment to unlock its true value. Most here won’t be unfamiliar with the arguments but the...
    Transport Blog
  • The City Unbound
    The current Metro Magazine has has an article by me on Auckland, its new urban nature, and surprise!: Why we need a change in transport infrastructure investment to unlock its true value. Most here won’t be unfamiliar with the arguments but the...
    Transport Blog
  • Cover up in the PM’s office
    Here's an extract from a very good post by Russell Brown this morning: But there’s more. The inspector, Cheryl Gwyn, has this to say: Witnesses appearing before this inquiry also produced documents. Documents were provided voluntarily by Mr Hager and...
    Polity
  • An abuse of power
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has released her report into the release of information to Cameron Slater by the SIS. Its a lot to digest, but it looks like the core allegation of Dirty Politics - that the Prime...
    No Right Turn
  • Media Link: The Slater/SIS/PM’s Office OIA debacle.
    Sometimes one has to speak bluntly but honestly about unethical behaviour within the NZ intelligence community. The revelations about the way an OIA request from a notorious right wing blogger was  handled by the then Director of Security and Intelligence...
    Kiwipolitico
  • The buck stops on level 9
    The IGIS report has come out, saying the SIS failed to maintain political neutrality, smearing Phil Goff, and finding that senior Prime Ministerial staff were complicit in channeling security agency information to Cameron Slater. In response, the SIS has apologised...
    Polity
  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading
    The reporter of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of information by the SIS is now public, and it turns out to be largely about a democratic problem we've discussed plenty this year: the growing contempt in which New...
    Public Address
  • I’m not ALWAYS wrong …
    I'm presently acting as a "parent helper" at school camp in the backblocks outside of Cromwell, so my capacity to comment on recent events is limited (to put it mildly). So I'll simply reproduce this part of this post from...
    Pundit
  • Coal Action Network Aotearoa Newsletter November 2014
    What’s in this newsletter?  1.  Upcoming Events 2.  Heads in the Sand! Join us on December 7 3.  The Elections – analysis from Jeanette Fitzsimons 4.  The IPCC – and New Zealand’s response 5.  Honey I shrunk the Board!  Bathurst...
    Coal Action
  • Is New Zealand heading up shit creek? [infographic]
    Should we be able to swim in our rivers? Water quality has been in the news a lot this year – in particular the impact of dairy farming on nitrogen levels (and algae) in our rivers. But if we want...
    Gareth’s World
  • Reaction to Labour reshuffle
    The commentators have digested Andrew Little's reshuffle overnight, and their verdict is predictably positive. Even if the Herald can't agree on whether the reshuffle was a big deal or not (the editorial says "largely cautious" while John Armstrong says "radical...
    Polity
  • SIS report due out today
    The Gwyn Report into allegations the NZ SIS were used for political purposes to smear Phil Goff, via Cameron Slater, is due for release at 10 am. Radio NZ reports: The report by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn,...
    On the Left
  • Nothing Wrong With John Key’s History.
    Done Deal: The Prime Minister's comments regarding the peaceful settlement of New Zealand have been ridiculed by his detractors, but they were considerably less controversial than the Waitangi Tribunal's assertion that Maori never ceded sovereignty to the British crown. (Image...
    Bowalley Road
  • Hibiscus Coast New Network confirmed
    Back in July and August, Auckland Transport consulted on changes to the bus network on the Hibiscus Coast as part of the region wide new network. The main driver for consulting on the changes now is that AT want to...
    Transport Blog
  • Hibiscus Coast New Network confirmed
    Back in July and August, Auckland Transport consulted on changes to the bus network on the Hibiscus Coast as part of the region wide new network. The main driver for consulting on the changes now is that AT want to...
    Transport Blog
  • (Not) changing the climate on climate change
    Here’s a foreign policy issue the government wishes would go away: climate change. Most other governments wish it would go away, too. They will nonetheless send emissaries to Lima in Peru for 12 days of talks from next Monday. Lima...
    Colin James
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter referring to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    ...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
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    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2009. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
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    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
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  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
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  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
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  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
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  • 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...
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  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
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  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
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  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
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  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
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  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
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    Family First NZ is welcoming a report which says that blaming men for domestic violence is ‘gender bias’....
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    Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law....
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  • Iwi score badly on Māori language report card
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  • Importance of employer support of victims of family violence
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  • Activists celebrate success in ‘Roast Busters’ campaign
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  • White Ribbon Day: A lot of work to do
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  • MBIE acts against Queenstown breaches of employment laws
    Enforcement action has been taken against 15 employers in the hospitality, retail and service industries following an operation in August by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)....
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  • MBIE acts against Queenstown breaches of employment laws
    Enforcement action has been taken against 15 employers in the hospitality, retail and service industries following an operation in August by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)....
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  • E Tu Whānau Supports Glenn Report’s call
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  • Link between inequality and teen births studied
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  • Link between inequality and teen births studied
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  • On White Ribbon Day, and every day, Plunket is here to help
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  • Dr Warren Tucker accepts findings of IGIS report
    I accept the findings of the Inspector-General's thorough and careful report and take full responsibility not only for my decisions but for the systemic errors made by NZSIS at the time....
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  • Dr Warren Tucker accepts findings of IGIS report
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  • Kiwis Embrace the Spirit of Giving This Christmas
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  • Kiwis Embrace the Spirit of Giving This Christmas
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  • Report on release of NZSIS information to Cameron Slater
    The inquiry found the NZSIS released incomplete, inaccurate and misleading information in response to Mr Slater’s request, and provided some of the same incorrect information to the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office....
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  • New Zealand a world leader in animal welfare
    The Animal Protection Index , which ranks 50countries across the world on their animal welfare standards, places New Zealand (along with the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland)in first place....
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  • New Zealand a world leader in animal welfare
    The Animal Protection Index , which ranks 50countries across the world on their animal welfare standards, places New Zealand (along with the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland)in first place....
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  • Corrections Review of Phillip Smith’s Illegal Departure
    Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith has made public a summary of the findings of the review into the illegal departure from New Zealand of prisoner Phillip Smith during a temporary release....
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  • Corrections Review of Phillip Smith’s Illegal Departure
    Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith has made public a summary of the findings of the review into the illegal departure from New Zealand of prisoner Phillip Smith during a temporary release....
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  • 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....
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  • 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....
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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....
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  • 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...
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  • 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....
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