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Open mike 23/08/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 23rd, 2012 - 79 comments
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79 comments on “Open mike 23/08/2012”

  1. Jenny 1

    I see that two of the soldier’s families that were killed in Afghanistan have called on Key to return the troops immediately because of the danger.

    Which is being ignored!

    Yet NZ troops in Syria part of the UN mission are being pulled out for the very same reason, even though none of them have been killed, or even injured.

    Though reportedly, they have had little effect in stemming the violence. The UN contingent is the only constitutional body on the ground, that are a witness to the events in Syria. With the UN gone, any remaining restraint the regime may have felt by having the UN witness there will be gone.

    Despite what all the leftist apologists for Assad claim.

    This shows the interest that the West have for Syria.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      As usual Jenny you are gravely mistaken in your information and your assumptions.

      The pull out of NZ (and UN) troops/observers signals an imminent escalation in the invasion of Syria as it safely clears the way for NATO airpower to be used against Assad in the overthrow of the Syrian government.

      Any claims that this is a “civil war” should be refuted. This is a foreign sponsored invasion of Syria.

      BTW you want to fight against oppression and government violence against their own citizens…ever wonder why the US doesn’t ever act against its good mates Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, but keeps propping them up instead?

      • Jenny 1.1.1

        The pull out of NZ (and UN) troops/observers signals an imminent escalation in the invasion of Syria as it safely clears the way for NATO airpower to be used against Assad in the overthrow of the Syrian government.

        Colonial Viper

        What a crazy fantasist you are CV. An idiot can see that the Assad regime is already done for. It does not need a Western military invasion to “overthrow the Syrian government”.

        Any invasion by the West will be with the aim to subjugate the Syrian people and suppress their revolution. With the exit of the UN observer mission, the West has effectively turned it’s back on the Syrian revolution leaving Assad free to kill as many of the opposition democratic forces as possible. If Western forces enter Syria it will be to finish the job. The Syrian people are aware of this threat. And are not ignorant of the games being played.

        http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/syria-rebels-aware-of-games-the-world-is-playing-reporter/

        “Syrian rebels say Obama is all talk”

        Any claims that this is a “civil war” should be refuted. This is a foreign sponsored invasion of Syria.

        Colonial Viper

        If the West do invade Syria it won’t be done to depose Assad. It will be done to defeat the Syrian People’s genuine struggle for democracy and freedom from autocracy and tyranny. Which is threat to all autocrats and dictators and racist states in the region.

        A full meeting of the Israeli cabinet met to discuss the Arab Spring which they refer to as a growing “ring around Israel”.

        http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/15/world/meast/israel-defense-strategy/index.html?hpt=imi_c2

        If this all a US plot and not a genuine democratic uprising why would US client state the United Arab Emirates expel Syrian residents from the country when they dared to hold a rally in support of their brothers and sisters back home?

        http://www.scoopit.co.nz/story.php?title=uae-expels-pro-opposition-syrians

        Refusing to recognise the democratic nature of the Arab revolutions. And attacking the Arab Spring and the Syrian uprising as a creation of the US and their client Middle Eastern states consciously or not, CV you are actually helping to create the conditions for the right wing argument for Western intervention to attack the revolutionaries.

        And as such Colonial Viper you are an open enemy of all people who desire and value democracy and freedom.

        You should be ashamed of yourself. (It is incredible to me that you aren’t, and persist in supporting a proven torturer and mass murderer)


        [lprent: corrected bold. ]

      • Jenny 1.1.2

        The pull out of NZ (and UN) troops/observers signals an imminent escalation in the invasion of Syria as it safely clears the way for NATO airpower to be used against Assad in the overthrow of the Syrian government.

        Colonial Viper

        What a crazy fantasist you are CV. An idiot can see that the Assad regime is already done for. It does not need a Western military invasion to “overthrow the Syrian government”.

        Any invasion by the West will be with the aim to subjugate the Syrian people and suppress their revolution. With the exit of the UN observer mission, the West has effectively turned it’s back on the Syrian revolution leaving Assad free to kill as many of the opposition democratic forces as possible. If Western forces enter Syria it will be to finish the job. The Syrian people are aware of this threat. And are not ignorant of the games being played.

        http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/syria-rebels-aware-of-games-the-world-is-playing-reporter/

        “Syrian rebels say Obama is all talk”

        Any claims that this is a “civil war” should be refuted. This is a foreign sponsored invasion of Syria.

        Colonial Viper

        If the West do invade Syria it won’t be done to depose Assad. It will be done to defeat the Syrian People’s genuine struggle for democracy and freedom from autocracy and tyranny. Which is threat to all autocrats and dictators and racist states in the region.

        A full meeting of the Israeli cabinet met to discuss the Arab Spring which they refer to as a growing “ring around Israel”.

        http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/15/world/meast/israel-defense-strategy/index.html?hpt=imi_c2

        If this all a US plot and not a genuine democratic uprising why would US client state the United Arab Emirates expel Syrian residents from the country when they dared to hold a rally in support of their brothers and sisters back home?

        http://www.scoopit.co.nz/story.php?title=uae-expels-pro-opposition-syrians

        Refusing to recognise the democratic nature of the Arab revolutions. And attacking the Arab Spring and the Syrian uprising as a creation of the US and their client Middle Eastern states consciously or not, CV you are actually helping to create the conditions for the right wing argument for Western intervention to attack the revolutionaries.

        And as such Colonial Viper you are an open enemy of all people who desire and value democracy and freedom.

        You should be ashamed of yourself. (It is incredible to me that you aren’t, and persist in supporting a proven torturer and mass murderer)

      • Jenny 1.1.3

        Civilian correspondents with no diplomatic immunity, armed with nothing more than cameras are bravely trying to document what is happening in Syria.

        While the UN observers with State of the art body armour and diplomatic status, with access to the authorities and entitled to carry arms for personal protection, and presumably, with far more freedom of movement than any civilian correspondent, have departed Syria. Leaving the regime to it’s own devices.

        Immediately after the UN’s departure, reports are coming in, that the regime is currently staging a nazi style pogrom in Damascus. Conducting house to house raids, dragging men and boys out of their homes and executing them in the street.

        http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-army-batters-parts-damascus-40-killed-115056556.html

        In tactics reminiscent of the Nazi assault on the Warsaw ghetto, columns of soldiers hiding behind tanks entered Damascus suburbs and began raiding houses summarily executing those they captured.

        If the the UN observers were there they could demand the right to investigate this war crime, instead, they have high tailed it.

        Unconfirmed reports claim a prominent Syrian journalist Mohamad Saeed al Odeh who had expressed sympathy for the anti-Assad revolt has been executed in the round up.

        Journalists are a particular threat to the regime because they expose the regime’s propaganda that the revolt is all Western and/or Al Qaida plot.

        The Reuters report carried by Yahoo.com directly links the raids to the exit of the UN observer mission.

        The army has this week used tanks and helicopter gunships in an offensive around Damascus that coincided with the departure of U.N. military observers…..

        Activists in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya said Assad’s forces had killed 86 people there since Monday, half of them by execution. It was not possible to verify that report….

        ….One of the dead was named as Mohammad Saeed al Odeh, a journalist employed at a state-run newspaper who was sympathetic to the anti-Assad revolt. Activists said he had been executed in Nahr Eisha….

        If apologists for the Assad regime like Colonial Viper had their way this sort of atrocity would be carried out right across Syria and not just the small area that Assad controls at present.

        Civilian correspondents with no diplomatic immunity, armed with nothing more than cameras are bravely trying to document what is happening in Syria.

        New Zealander Anita McNaught is one of those risking their life to get the facts. Assad apologist, Colonial Viper in a disgusting personal attack on McNaught suggested that she had sold her journalistic integrity to her current employer, Al Jazeera. He even suggested that she could have staged an explosion while she was interviewing a FSA soldier on the front line in Aleppo.

        I am bewildered by Colonial Viper’s dirty tactics and the motives behind his support for this murderous regime.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.3.1

          McNaught’s current employer was founded and funded by Qatari aristocracy.

          Who happen to be funding and supporting the FSA to take down Assad. And who also happen to host a major US military presence in their country. Connecting the dots too much for you Jenny?

          • Jenny 1.1.3.1.1

            Just like your hero you continue to attack the messenger.

            Where Assad murders them, while you have to be content to murder their reputation.

            I imagine you will not be satisfied until Anita is added to the list of journalists killed in Syria, then you and your dictator will have both achieved your common aim.

        • muzza 1.1.3.2

          Jenny do you actually bother to try and cover various possibilities which might assist in explaining how things are in the ME, or are you too busy on the crusade to understand that you are being lied to!

          As previously stated, it is not possible for anyone angle to be right or wrong entirely, but in the case of Syria, its really just take a look at the ME and so called “arab spring”, read some of the many links you have been provided with, read some history, and understand the support that “leaders” in the ME have had from the west over the past decades, then look at what those same leaders have had happen to them, recently. Notice that the same people behind the scenes in the US administration are the same folk who have been there for decades, or perhaps you don;t know that!

          The ME is the tragic playground of the imperialists, and the Arab people the pawns/collateral, and while your support of the people getting screwed is fair, and right, the energy you are pouring into believing that Syria is some organic uprising, is in fact supporting the dectruction of tha nation!

          The fact you can’t/won’t see that is unfortunate!

          • Jenny 1.1.3.2.1

            An impressive amount of gobblygook completely divorced from reality. Spouting chapter and verse leftist theory and rhetoric about imperialism, from your living room in New Zealand.

            Have you ever been to Syria or the Middle East Muzza? Have you seen the regime of Mubarak, or Bashar Assad close up?

            If you had, even though it doesn’t fit your sterile theorising, you might better understand the Arab Spring.

    • Jackal 1.2

      I would be interested to see a link to any leftist Bashar al-Assad apologists Jenny, especially from New Zealand. Some commentators have argued for a third way, but I don’t think this should be misconstrued as apologizing for Assad’s crimes against humanity.

      Your point is well made though… The difference between the response to Syria and Afghanistan couldn’t be greater. I think this has a lot to do with the political beliefs of the Assad regime and the fact that it’s mainly Arabs killing Arabs.

      No western governments should be fooled by Assad feigning ignorance about what is occurring in Syria and in my opinion a political as well as limited military response needs to take place. The difficulty is that a western intervention is not likely to be successful on its own because there are too many factions and one in particular, Al Qaida, stands out for all the wrong reasons. It could be that interference coalesces anti-western sentiment even further and reunites the country against what could be seen as invading forces.

      Siding with Al Qaida against Bashar al-Assad to ensure his regime falls will be seen as a lose lose situation by many western governments, especially for the US. They will be loath to tell their forces to turn around and help Syria to restore democracy, and side with the army they’ve been fighting in Afghanistan for the last eleven years. That’s why there’s no action to remove Assad so far, and why I think the atrocities against the Syrian people will continue for the foreseeable future.

    • Fortran 1.3

      Jenny

      Please advise where you got your information from.
      Not what I heard from one of the families – must be the other two ?

  2. The Herald is reporting that the sale of Mighty River Power will (not might) be delayed according to unnamed share market sources.  Rio Tinto is throwing its weight around and threatening to close down Tiwai Point.

    The smelter consumes 15% of all of New Zealand’s electricity so any such development would have significant effects.  I cannot but wonder if it is engaging in a bout of brinkmanship at an opportune time in an attempt to get an even better deal than it has right now.

    Norske Skog is also threatening to close its mill. It is the largest customer of MRP.

    Labour MPs today is the day to focus on your job and keep talking about this issue, about the chaos that the Government’s plans are in and about the hugh hole the Government has left in the country’s accounts. 

    • tc 2.1

      Wishful thinking Mickey with the Mallarfia driving the agenda.

    • BillODrees 2.2

      RTZ are canny. They know that Key drops his trousers when a pet political project is under threat. They will have alalysed the Warner deal. 

      The puffing of Key as a “great deal maker” is garbage.  He could not win a poker game with a blind man.  Key shows his hand upfront and plays a predictable game.  

      I bet that Key will buy off RTZ somehow. He will do anything to get the Assets Sale underway!  

      • Sunny 2.2.1

        He’s not playing this particular game of poker with his money…it’s ours! And the game he’s playing is not the game he says he is/the media allow him to say it is.

        ‘Winning the pot’ means flogging off assets to mates for low prices not getting the best price for, what was it? NZ schools, hospitals, share investors, development of the asset itself, debt reduction, new infrastructure….

        Key is not a liar. Liars have to keep a logical narrative and may have a residual conscience which twinges from time to time allowing clues to emerge unbidden that we are being lied to.

        Key is a bull shitter, as has been observed before.

        Bull shitters stories change all the time, even within a sentence. There’s no keeping up with the lack of logic, the constant stream of garbage.

        We used to be good at spotting bull shit in this country….what happened?

        • Dr Terry 2.2.1.1

          Unfortunately Key’s bullshitting is a usually a winning tactic – would you believe it?

          • muzza 2.2.1.1.1

            Yes DT, because those who “suuport” National, and/or JK are the either legacy voters who don’t know any better (same applies to anyone who votes for a party, because, “they just do”), or they are wannabe’s just like JK, and see themselves as him, hence they agree/support his, and his governments actions!

            Monkey see , Monkey do, Monkey is!

    • Te Reo Putake 3.1

      It’s been updated:
       
      Euthanasia Already Happening in Cabinet – PM
       
      Prime Minister John Key says euthanasia already happens in our cabinet – and if his leadership was terminally ill, he would consider it.

      Spin doctors agreed with him last night, saying his view of the situation was typically simplistic.

      Mr Key said yesterday that he could understand the argument that legalising euthanasia might put pressure on the elderly to end their lives early, in the face of “rapacious Epsom voters”, but “I don’t really buy that argument, I buy overseas holidays instead”.

      “I think there’s a lot of euthanasia that effectively happens in our cabinet meetings,” he told Newstalk ZB.”Richard Worth, Pansy Wong, David Garrett, brave little Rodney Hide … the list goes on”

      “. . . If I had terminal voter apathy, I had a few weeks to live, I was in tremendous amount of pain – if they just effectively wanted to turn off the switch and legalise that by legalising euthanasia, I’d want that. And my loyal nurse Stephen Joyce agrees with me 100%. Well, 44% and dropping.”

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        This sums Key up in total:

        Doctors disagreed with him last night, saying his view of the situation was too simplistic.

        • gobsmacked 3.1.1.1

          It shows the arrogance of power. When he became leader 6 years ago, and then PM, Key was smart enough to know that he didn’t know much, outside his own background in finance. His favourite line was “I haven’t received any advice”.

          Now he sounds off on military and medical and scientitfic matters, and displays his embarrassing ignorance, on everything from meteorites to euthanasia.

          This brazen stupidity is the result of over-confidence, and sadly, that comes from looking across the floor of the House.

          (Imagine what would happen if he said something really out-there, like “the world was created in 7 days”. Oh hang on, one of his Ministers said exactly that, and … nothing happened. Home free, every time).

    • CnrJoe 3.2

      Well I hope he never stops with the bullshit. Comedy gold all round and a great legacy for academics to pick over.

  3. Carol 4

    The gradual erosion of privacy in NZ: the continuing spread of the surveillance society. Big Brother is indeed watching you.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10828819

    All motorists using toll roads will have personal information collected under new legislation which removes the requirement for a form of anonymous payment to preserve privacy.

    Civil liberties advocates have hit out at the move which they say is part of a pattern of increasing surveillance of the public which the Privacy Commissioner is not doing enough to oppose.

    The requirement that a tolling scheme must include one method of payment that does not collect personal information will be removed “as an entirely anonymous, yet cost-effective method is impractical”, the Government says in its explanatory note for the bill.

    This bill is still progressing through parliament, so there is time to protest loudly about it…. or even make a submission:

    The Herald understands Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has concerns about the change but she was unwilling to comment on them this week.

    She is expected to make a submission to the select committee that considers the legislation.

    A spokesman for Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said the requirement for a tolling system that did not collect personal information “no longer reflects the working realities of modern tolling systems which collect vehicle information needed to apply tolls without disrupting traffic”.

    And wouldn’t you just know that Brownlee was in the midst of this?

    • Fortran 4.1

      This Road/Vehicle information collection follows the Australian model which has been around for some years.

    • muzza 4.2

      No Carol, people won’t protest loudly, even then roads are sold/tolled, and peoples journey’s tracked, payments no longer in any form of cash, only trackable cards, and their mobile phones tracking their movements…..wait on!

      Sadly the invasion of privacy, while not subtle to those paying attention, has been somewhat incremental, via technologies and legislation over the past 20 years or so, and its really no accident.

      The question is, how far will it be allowed to go, before people are trapped, and all movements recorded and subject to monitoring.

      This is not something which I wish to happen, because it already has, its just something that having witnessed living around the world what is now in NZ, its a case of the horse has bolted!

      One can’t help but feel so sorry for the next generation, who by their digital existence, are already trapped, and will not put up a fight, because to them, privacy is not something they will ever have known!

  4. Lanthanide 5

    I had a lot of connection problems trying to access this site last night. I started a ping running and it didn’t have any connection errors, and did a couple of tracerts too and didn’t find any slowness. So I guess the web server itself was having trouble serving pages or some-such?

    • King Kong 5.1

      It is always a bit of a headscratcher for me that the blog that has one of the giants of the computing world running it seems to be technically the worst performing. Never been able to access it properly on my iphone.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        That’s because your connection is routinely and deliberately assigned the lowest priority, I suspect.

      • Lanthanide 5.1.2

        Actually the site has been pretty damn stable, given the shoestring budget it is run on. Also Lynn does this very much part-time.

        • tc 5.1.2.1

          Agree that Lynn does a fantastic job however it is awful on an iPhone both in Safari and it’s own app.

      • Rosie 5.1.3

        You know what? I’ve read about folks having difficulty with this site bit I’ve rarely had a problem. I don’t have any whizz bang gears, just a clunky old PC that runs internet explorer. Its what my budget allows and it works a treat.

  5. prism 6

    Ground breaking new legislation that will put controls on excessive alcohol consumption, and particularly on that by young adults still growing (up to 25 years according to brain research I think). NO. Collins, ushers in legislation that crushes hopes of rational legislation to bring limits on this product that many users have lost the ability to apply limits to. She and the lax governments we have had of recent years have delivered NZ youth to this debilitating addiction for the benefit of perks and cash that the large alcohol suppliers provide.

    Lion’s External Relations Director has spoken. A woman who can explain in such measured, well-bred tones how it’s all about educating the young not limiting them. Because it would limit her bosses money take and her salary if she couldn’t argue the unarguable. Well we know she has been bought lock stock and barrel. And her title ‘External Relations’ – is symptomatic of the size and importance of big, wealthy corporates so that they are like separate states within states requiring virtual diplomats to ensure their interests are paramount. The alcohol industry is prepared to play on our enjoyment of their product till we are addicted and can’t stop and ruin our brains. Suck our young people dry while the rest of their lives becomes compromised from the harm it causes. And make sure you have politicians in your pocket. It all seems to be well on that track for the industry.

    This from google – a summary of the proposed new law sounding promising.
    “23 Aug 2010 – The Government has announced sweeping liquor law reforms, with a new split alcohol purchase age the headline feature. Justice Minister Simon Power
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4049000/Government-unveils-new-alcohol-plans

    There was discussion earlier this year in Nelson by NACT MPs Nick Smith and Associate Min of Justice Chester Borrows. (Mr Borrows is a former Nelsonian and has worked as a police officer and lawyer, and also chaired the select committee responsible for tightening alcohol laws.)
    However what he must know from his police experience is ignored in the greater interest of strategic law making to suit powerful liquor interests.
    stuff Nelson Mail

    Current situation well covered from Dompost on stuff
    Dompost Editorial: Bill won’t change our booze culture

    • Dv 6.1

      I was interested in the line of self regulation that appeared in two RNZ interviews

      One was the liquor industry
      The next was the fracking industry.

    • vto 6.2

      I was astounded at the hypocrisy of Judith Collins when she said that there should be little need for this because 80% of people are responsible drinkers.

      Why does she and her lot not apply this logic to beneficiaries and do away with all the snoop and drug testing?

      They have no credibility.

      • prism 6.2.1

        vto
        ” apply this logic to beneficiaries and do away with all the snoop and drug testing?”
        They have no logic. It’s hard to know that our policies are merely the slap reaction to the equivalent of being annoyed by a momentary mosquito bite.

  6. Julie Anne Genter achieves an easy knockout against a struggling political heavyweight.
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/brownlee-suffers-knockout-in-transport.html

    • She’s doing a great job. It really is quite astounding the complete lack of argument that Brownlee is bringing to the table.

    • Kevin Welsh 7.2

      I hope she keeps at it, although she needs to bear-in-mind:

      “Hutt skin is extremely thick, and when combined with their redundant organs and tough flesh, can result in Hutts being able to survive direct blaster fire hits. Hutts are also inedible by most life forms, including Sarlacci, resistant to the Force due to their unique thought patterns, and are able to see the ultraviolet and infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.”

      I say, put him on the next star freighter to Varl.

    • fnjckg 7.3

      J-A G: hot hot hot and very brainy

      • Colonial Viper 7.3.1

        You said that, so I opened bsprout’s link, and all I got was an eyeful of Gerry Brownlee. Gee thanks mate.

  7. tc 8

    Has the census deferred after chch been rescheduled?

    If so will the electoral seats/boundaries be reworked before 2014 to include extra population growth in akl.

    • Kevin 8.1

      @tc
      At the rate that Kiwis are jumping ship for Oz we don’t need extra seats for Aucks, nope, we should be setting up seats in Perth W.A. for the Kiwis there.
      By the way what happened to Brash’s brain drain think tank, bullshit if there ever was.

  8. prism 9

    King Kong – can’t resist.
    But you think you’re an intellectual, don’t you, ape?
    Otto West: Apes don’t read philosophy.
    Wanda: Yes they do, Otto. They just don’t understand it.

  9. Another solid takedown of Leonardo Maugeri’s bogus report. Maugeri got far too much uncritical press with journalists blindly accepting his conclusions without any real analysis whatsoever. It appears as though the media is slowly picking up the other side with a recent article debunking Maugeri in the New Scientist as well.

    “This is a guest post by Sadad al-Huseini, now a petroleum consultant and formerly executive vice president of Saudi Aramco for exploration and production, and is a response to the recent article in PIW (Petroleum Intelligence Weekly) by Leonardo Maugeri on his new study Oil: the Next Revolution, challenging his optimism about future oil supplies (PIW Jul.2’12). This article originally appeared in the July 23, 2012 edition of PIW.

    Leonardo Maugeri’s recent paper Oil: The Next Revolution on the presumed future abundance of oil supplies rejects the pessimistic outlook of limited increases in oil capacity over the next decade. It suggests global oil capacity will exceed 110 million barrels per day by the end of the decade, putting an immediate end to concerns regarding constrained long-term oil supplies. This conclusion is based on an assessment of new projects with a reported capacity of 49 million b/d before a downward adjustment to 29 million b/d to allow for completion risks and reserves depletion. Maugeri holds two PhDs, one in Political Science and one in Economics, and has extensive executive experience with ENI in strategies and developments and in petrochemicals.

    In putting forth this optimistic thesis, Maugeri apparently sets aside a variety of technical realities, including the difference between natural gas liquids (NGLs) and conventional oil, reserves depletion versus capacity declines, and proven reserves as opposed to speculative resources.”

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9411

  10. Jackal 11

    Keys euthanasia gaff

    It’s bad enough to make up a story to try and justify his noncommittal to changing euthanasia laws, but to say that doctors are routinely breaking the law and the government knows about it while doing nothing is entirely unacceptable…

  11. s y d 12

    herald headline
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10828941
     
    but apparently its all due to the GFC…so nothing to be done then
     
     

  12. bad12 14

    Are we too poor to afford our own statistics these days, caught Health Minister Tony Ryall spreading fear and loathing on RadioNZ National the other day with the ”1 in 20 of those admitted to hospital in a year have smoking related illnesses”,

    Thought i would check out this latest of New Zealand studies only to find, laughably, that its from the UK,

    http://www.ic.nhs.uk/news-and-events/news/about-1260-hospital-admissions-a-day-due-to-smoking-figures-show

    It’s at the least entertaining to read such mind massaging figures, hell 11% of cancer admissions were so they say caused by smoking, shock horror,

    Stated another way tho, 89% of cancer admissions a year ARE NOT due to use of tobacco, you could almost be forgiven a quick puff on ya pipe,

    Of course if those 11% of smokers had never taken up the habit of smoking its likely that 89% of them would have still been admitted to hospital with cancer….

  13. South African miners stand together against poverty despite slaughter by local cops:
    w.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/72cb0f7c-ec7f-11e1-8e4a-00144feab49a.html#axzz24L3gojIz

  14. AnnaLiviaPluraBella 16

    Collins takes body blow over Pullar affair
    NBR| Jock Anderson | Thursday August 23, 2012
    “Auditor-General Lyn Provost delivered a body blow to ACC minister Judith Collins for her board-level botching of the Bronwyn Pullar affair.
    Without naming her, Auditor-General Provost makes severe criticisms of the circumstances surrounding Miss Collins’ hasty decision to sack experienced board members after the Pullar affair blew up in March.
    When the Pullar incident went public Miss Collins reacted by promptly removing the ACC’s most commercially experienced directors – chairman John Judge (recently appointed chairman of ANZ National Bank), deputy chairman John McCliskie and Rob Cambpell.
    Director Murray Hinder resigned soon after, as did ceo Ralph Stewart, who finishes in a few weeks.
    The expectation ACC board members would do two terms is supported by Auditor-General Provost.
    In her report Ms Provost says this:
    “The ACC board at the time was reaching this point of maturity. Most of its members had served about three years.
    “Its primary focus for that period, at the direction of the previous minister, had been to address ACC’s long-term liabilities, to ensure ACC’s viability into the future.
    “It had carried out that task, and was at the point of broadening its focus to ensure equal attention to all aspects of the business.
    “We consider that a new board member, even if that person is an experienced director, will take two to three years to understand key actuarial and financial aspects of ACC, as well as its culture,” Ms Provost says.
    Board members needed to understand these matters to be able to balance ensuring the fair and equitable treatment of its claimants and keeping ACC financially viable.
    Ms Provost also acknowledged a positive business plan for 2012 to 2015, prepared under chief executive Mr Stewart’s leadership, and the value of retaining highly experienced ACC board members.
    On the back of succesfully meeting their government brief to turnaround and improve ACC’s financial position, the directors were expected to be re-appointed for a second three year term.
    When Miss Collins did not renew their terms, she left ACC – arguably the Government’s biggest investment instutition handling billions of dollars a year – commercially rudderless.
    The jury is still out on how what is seen as a grave knee-jerk error of judgment will damage Miss Collins’ political future. “

  15. Pascal's bookie 17

    To the screen grab machine quick smart. Serious. Check this:

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/south-african-consulate-auckland-protestors-and-media-confused-gb-126490

    But that is not what TV3 reported when the story led its news bulletin that night.

    “Protesters have attacked the South African Consulate building in Auckland,” news presenter Simon Shepherd announced.

    “They used paint bombs to splatter the walls and windows and stuck a letter on the door for South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma.”

    Self-styled activist John Minto – better remembered as a pro-black anti-tour wrecker – was interviewed: “We’ve turned up here to send a message of absolute disgust to Jacob Zuma because we hold him responsible for this massacre.”

    Emphasis mine, racist editorialising all the NBRs.

    ‘He’s not an activist, he’s just pro-black’

  16. Pascal's bookie 19

    Oh. and Judith may be tough, but I’ll tell you who isn’t scared of her. John fucking Campbell, that’s who.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/ACC-report-authors-outline-systemic-failures/tabid/367/articleID/266561/Default.aspx

    marvelous.

    • Anne 19.1

      Campbell leaves Sainsbury for dead.

      I thought the youtube clip was a lot like the Queen’s Xmas message only without the corgis

      - complete with string of pearls (or whatever) and sparkly lapel brooch.

    • deuto 19.2

      Thanks for that link – have only just come up air after refridgeration problems since middle of the night last night. Can’t believe the arrogance of Collins – on second thoughts, yes I can but good on Campbell and calling her bluff.

      However, I also had real problems with the terminology used by Soella Cummings (?) from KMPG – people and their private information are ‘data’ and this is ‘assets’?

    • weka 19.3

      “I don’t want to suggest there is a leek in your office”
       
      ROFL.

    • North 19.4

      Magnificent work Campbell ! And the parliamentary reporter’s mention of the Queen’s speeech. Priceless !

      Let’s hope the now very frequent RNZ refrain – “the minister was not available for comment…..” is identified as reflecting arrogant dereliction of duty by individuals picking up handsome pay and privileges from the people.

  17. Rosie 20

    When push comes to shove you’ve got to act

    Mayor of a Spanish town organises supermarkets raids to ease the burden of austerity

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/?iid=article_sidebar#/video/world/2012/08/21/pkg-goodman-spanish-mayor-robin-hood.cnn

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    Labour | 08-07
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    A new survey finding most parents believe class sizes are too big shows Labour is right to reduce them, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Post-Primary Teachers' Association survey of 750 people conducted by UMR Research found 54 per...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions
    Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers...
    Labour | 07-07
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners in the regions are facing declining equity in their properties, while in Auckland and...
    Labour | 07-07
  • ….except Israel
    ….except Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars
    This year’s opening New Zealand International Film Festival offering was a couple of nights ago, and I still feel this incredible NZ movie reverberating inside me. The Dark Horse is heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks
    NZIFF is here, our picks this season are… The Dark Horse Boyhood Leviathan Is the man who is tall happy?  Hot Air Maps to the Stars Snowpiercer Toons for Tots InRealLife Print The Legend E-Team The Internet’s Own Boy: The...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
    The manner in which Cunliffe has sought to address rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it yesterday is a remarkable contrast as stark as the bias over Cunliffe’s holiday vs Key’s holiday. Key takes weeks off to pose for selfies...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – National Party thugs destroying Internet MANA b...
    Last Saturday morning the volunteer brigade of Internet Mana  went out in the freezing cold to deploy Internet Mana billboards. They braved the cold weather of that icy cold morning only to have National party thugs destroy the billboards and...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Amnesty International: War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is his...
    27 December 2008, 11:30. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commence military airstrikes on a list of 603 targets believed to house suspected Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In just three weeks, the devastating Operation ‘Cast Lead’ claimed approximately nine Israeli...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Rape Culture is not blah blah blah
    To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s ...
    IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air. This chilling exposé of the strategy and tactics adopted by New Zealand’s largest industries to ensure that no effective action to combat...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • CTU resolution on Palestine
    Further to Unite’s position on Palestine, this is the Council of Trade Union position on Palestine… Preamble: Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions and other organizations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions issued a call in July 2005...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal A former chef at an Auckland cafe has been awarded more than $50,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for unjustified dismissal. The Employment Relations Authority...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation’s efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Road fix needed now, not later Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Internet MANA Auckland road show at Kelston – what the media are missing
    The Town Hall in Kelston yesterday was packed well before the start time of 2pm. What many welded to Wellington in the Press Gallery don’t understand about Internet MANA is that its energy and flaxroot mobilisation is far larger than...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is an investment in families and our kids’ education and in reducing poverty. The...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Apocalypse Now
    For a brief moment, the nations of the world seemed united in a peaceful pursuit. The  World Cup finale in Brazil captured the imagination of a global TV audience. Within days, catastrophe exploded into the headlines, sending shards of outrage,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Palestinians suffer from media’s use of derogatory labels
    Why, in our news media, is an Israeli with a gun a “soldier”, but a Palestinian with a gun a “militant”, or even a “terrorist”? The terminology is clearly prejudicial to the Palestinian cause, because New Zealanders are more likely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Another example of media bias – Key’s holiday vs Cunliffe’s holiday a...
    Another, sad, tired example of media bias in terms of holidays this time. I pointed out in the weekend the extreme bias being exhibited by the media… The current level of negative bias being exhibited by the conservative corporate media...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • MANA answers the call to have Apartheid Israeli Embassy kicked out of NZ
    Last week I asked “which NZ political Party will have the courage to call for the Apartheid Israel embassy to close?“, MANA have answered that challenge and have stepped forward as being the political party with that courage… The Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald to speak at September 15t...
      So Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will speak at Kim Dotcom’s Auckland Townhall event . Dear oh dear, how will the mainstream media journalists handle this news? All week they’ve been screaming how unfair it is that they will have...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Press Release “How can someone go to Court on the issue when a person doesn’t even know if...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, the...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday 17Jul On Friday the 18th of July, Unite will be picketing SkyCity Casino urging them not to outsource the Cleaning Services department. This proposal...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • #PIZZAHURT! Rally for fair redundancy pay for Pizza Hut workers 3.30pm Thur...
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: #PIZZAHURT! Rally for fair redundancy pay for Pizza Hut workers 3.30pm Thursday RALLY FOR JUSTICE FOR THE PIZZA HUT CALL CENTRE WORKERS We deserve fair redundancy pay. 330pm, 666 Great South Road,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers Reprinted from the New York Times By STEVEN GREENHOUSEJULY 15, 2014 Sharlene Santos says she and other workers at a Zara store got two...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Minister must come clean on amalgamation The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio. National’s arrogance on...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • The 5 reasons why NZ First won’t get over 5% and how Colin Craig is now a...
    One of the rules of NZ punditry is to NEVER count Winston out. Never. The silver fox has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat so many times he seems immortal with a dislike for sunlight. I love Winston, the way...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what about ‘it is people, it is people, it i...
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    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • End the occupation to end the rockets
    The events of the last few days have been overwhelming to say the least. The atrocities towards the Palestinians has escalated with the ground invasion and a plane was shot down over Ukraine; basically senseless and unnecessary killings are occurring...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • 5,000 strong march calls for campaign to close Israeli embassy
    The NZ Herald claims this was ‘hundreds’ not thousands of protesters  It was marvellous to be part of the huge Queen Street Auckland march on Saturday in support of Palestinians in their struggle for justice and human rights. The march...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Another media gaffe – this time it’s TV3′s Brook Sabin
    . . Every so often (quite regularly, in fact), a media personality will say something outrageously offensive, or just plain gormless, that results in an uncontrollable  *facepalm* reaction. On 19 July, on TV3′s “The Nation“, it was Brook Sabin’s turn....
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • An interesting poll from TVNZ. Note some of the VERY left-wing questions!?
    .   . July 19 – Yesterday, I received this poll, sent by TVNZ to my email. What I found very interesting were some of the question relating to issues that have not been discussed – literally – for decades....
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • If we want to lift participation rates – what about the 5000 prisoners Na...
    Our electoral system at times seems hell bent on making it more difficult for the exact communities it has highlighted as most disconnected from ever voting. While we are scrambling to explain to a consumer culture generation why democracy isn’t one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault Israel’s ground assault on the Gaza Strip, which began Thursday night after 10 days of attacks by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoterselfie this election with you...
    As the importance of democratic engagement starts making its presence felt in the wake of the lowest voter turn out in a century, it’s time to make universal suffrage a goal again. One step towards that is nurturing the future...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, native birds are...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – Equality of Marriage – can we please, fin...
    It’s 2014. Election year. There’s a myriad of wildly important issues facing the nation ranging from breathtaking overreach by our intelligence services, through to ongoing allegations of governmental corruption and the fact that our so-called “Rockstar Economy” is apparently far...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Wow, the Press Gallery really felt bitter about backing Grant Robertson did...
    I started the daily blog in the wake of the 2012 Labour Party conference. I was very close to Cunliffe at the time and had been pestering him constantly during the conference about whether or not he would push a challenge...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated The death of nearly 300 people on board a Malaysian Airlines civilian passenger jet, which came down yesterday in an area of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • The National Party are lying to us when it comes to their facts
    The National Party are lying to us when it comes to their facts, figures and statistics. There are certain lines that each of the members has at one stage or another repeated. For example low unemployment, budget surplus, low crime...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • What Israeli propaganda would have us believe
    What Israeli propaganda would have us believe...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • RSA condemns downing of flight MH17
    The Royal New Zealand RSA has today denounced the downing of flight MH17, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, as an act of terror....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • EDS joins Trans-Tasman Resources High Court appeal
    “EDS has today filed a notice to join (in opposition) Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) appeal against the decision to reject its marine consent application to mine ironsands in the South Taranaki Bight,” says EDS Executive Director Gary Taylor....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Over 1100 dead Kiwis
    Research presented to the NZ Defence Force today shows that an average of 16 service personnel have died away from the front line every year since 1945. Add those from the front line and the figure is 18....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Petition to repeal carer legislation presented at parliament
    Today Rachel Noble, Chief Executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly presented a petition, with thousands signatures, to parliament demanding the repeal of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act (No 2) 2013....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Claudette Hauiti to step aside at election
    National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • LGNZ welcomes Prime Minister to local government conference
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) was pleased to host the Prime Rt Hon John Key at the 2014 LGNZ Conference today in Nelson. The Prime Minister addressed the audience of 550 delegates including mayors, chairs, chief executives, councillors and senior...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Students Challenge Parliament to Protect Student Voice
    Student representatives on Victoria University of Wellington Council. LEFT: Elected-at-large student representative David Alsop. RIGHT: VUWSA President Sonya Clark....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Flockton basin residents deserve fairness
    It is blindingly obvious that the land in the Flockton basin has dropped because of the earthquake causing increased flooding and flood vulnerability says Labour’s Christchurch Central Candidate Tony Milne....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • LGNZ welcomes Labour’s announcement on regional development
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed today’s announcements from Leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe on regional development. The Hon Cunliffe launched Labour’s regional development policy to more than 550 delegates at the annual 2014...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Standing Orders Committee: Review of Standing Orders
    The Standing Orders Committee has presented its report on the Review of Standing Orders. The committee reviews the Standing Orders, procedures, and practices of the House and usually reports towards the end of each parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally on 26th July, Aotea Square
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Human Rights Commission welcomes The Way Forward report
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue has welcomed The Way Forward report on an integrated system for Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect. “The Way Forward report is truly a way forward. We’re not starting from scratch, all the jigsaw...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Young people to face MPs in UNICEF NZ Election Debate
    The UNICEF New Zealand Youth vs MPs Election Debate takes place today (22 July) at the Beehive Theatrette providing a unique platform for young people to debate issues of importance ahead of the 2014 general election. UNICEF NZ will also...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Taskforce Welcomed to Curb Excess Local Government Control
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s announcement at the LGNZ conference in Nelson to establish a 'Rules Reduction Taskforce'.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • LGNZ releases election manifesto
    LGNZ releases election manifesto focusing on the need for strengthening New Zealand’s communities and economies...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Local government celebrates outstanding performance at LGNZ
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards, designed to recognise and celebrate the leadership role local government plays within communities. The Awards were presented at a prestigious dinner...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Cocktails for Industry Officials, Squalor for Pigs
    When members of the pork industry meet at their annual conference at Auckland’s Novotel Hotel today, animal advocates are expecting urgent action to address cruelty issues on factory farms. Animal advocacy group SAFE says pork industry officials...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Forest & Bird to mark On the Block campaign at Parliament
    Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird will hold a photo opportunity at Parliament at noon today to highlight the, unprecedented rights sell-off to frack, log, drill and mine New Zealand’s public conservation land....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZCCSS calls for government to raise care workers’ wages
    The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is joining the call for the government to increase funding to the aged care sector to enable fair wages to be paid to workers caring for New Zealand’s older people. “The...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • CTU Urges Reserve Bank Not to Raise Interest Rates
    The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another rise in interest rates will raise the dollar further, striking another blow at high value manufacturing industries who are exporting or...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • ACT announces Jamie Whyte as Pakuranga candidate
    Dr Whyte was elected ACT Leader in February. Since then he has been travelling around the country meeting New Zealanders and talking about ACT’s key messages of low, flat tax, cutting green tape, getting tough on crime, and “one country,...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Whyte calls on Craig to name his flat tax rate
    ACT Leader Jamie Whyte has hit out at Colin Craig for failing to name his party's suggested flat tax rate. "Page 9 of The Press today is an advertisement for Colin Craig’s Conservative Party and their policy of having two...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • The Letter 21 July 2014
    All tax and spend ; Do not add up ; Bad economics ; We have moved to the left ; Being in government was a mistake...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Aggressive phone scam targets Inland Revenue customers
    Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers who are targeting people for money and threatening actions such as deportation and prison if not paid....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • A talk on wealth, a rant on inequality, & NZ’s latest stats
    I'm giving a talk in Wellington tomorrow night on wealth in New Zealand: how much of it there is, how it's distributed, and why we should be talking more about it. It's at 5.30 at Connolly Hall in Thorndon, and...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Growing Up in New Zealand Report exploring vulnerability
    The Chief Executive of the Families Commission says the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) report released today is the first step towards developing a greater understanding of vulnerability in the New Zealand context....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Christopher Giddens Struck off
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Christopher Giddens be struck from the Roll of Barristers and Solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Downing of MH17 shows the Ukraine crisis is a global issue
    The downing of Malaysian airlines’ flight MH17 clearly shows the Ukraine crisis is not a local or regional affair, it is a global issue and the world community needs to help the Ukraine, University of Canterbury Ukrainian expert Associate Professor...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZEI supports Green party’s commitment to quality ECE
    NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Green Party’s plans to boost the quality of early childhood education by restoring funding for centres with 100 percent qualified staff....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZ First Tax Policy Breaches the China FTA Peters Signed
    Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to introduce a capital gains tax on foreign owned homes and assets, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Interview with Metiria Turei
    We believe that the Green Party and Labour can work together. After the election, we will look at our shared goals and where we can work together to achieve positive goals for New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZ First GST Policy Not Thought Through
    Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to remove GST on food, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • KASM to fight seabed mining decision appeal
    Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) today notified the High Court of its intention to join the EPA in opposing an appeal by Trans Tasman Resources against the EPA’s decision to refuse consent for the country’s first seabed mining proposal....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • MANA Policy Statement- Economic Justice
    A just economy is one where everybody is able to afford the cost of living and enjoy a decent quality of life. In a just economy, tax rates are fair. Those who earn more pay a higher proportion of their...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Waitangi Tribunal Releases Its Report on the MV Rena
    In its interim report released today, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Wairoa District Council Should Not Be Gagging Staff
    Reacting to the Dominion Post article that the Wairoa District Council has removed council staff members' personal submissions on the Council's annual plan, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Staff making personal submissions...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Xero CEO shares ideas on transforming local economies
    Xero CEO shares ideas on transforming New Zealand’s local economies Cloud-based accounting software firm Xero could be based anywhere in the world but Chief Executive Rod Drury keeps the company’s head office in Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • ‘Pay Up or Lose Licence’ Message Is Getting Through
    Coromandel MP Scott Simpson says fine dodgers are finally paying up since the introduction of strict new rules for traffic offenders. Scott Simpson MP says ‘People who get caught breaking traffic rules now have two choices - pay up or...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Petition for new nurse graduates
    Today the New Zealand Nurses Organisation is launching a petition aimed at achieving a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) position for every new grad nurse. New Zealand is facing a significant nursing shortage over the next decade. We need to...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Local government discusses how we can spread wealth
    Opportunities and risks arising from New Zealand’s changing regions were explored today at the Local Government New Zealand conference in Nelson. Shamubeel Eaqub, Principal Economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, delivered...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • FTC Calls for Rational Dialogue Regarding Gaza
    The Free Thinking Coalition (FTC) urges New Zealanders who are engaged in dialogue regarding the situation in Israel and Palestine to think rationally about issues confronting the Middle East....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Craig says Peters should Come Clean
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says "Winston Peters should come clean and declare where he is standing, who he will work with, and what his bottom lines are."...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit announces Party List
    Democrats for Social Credit Party Leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, today announced the line up of the Party’s candidates and list rankings for the forthcoming election. The party will field thirty electorate candidates and four list only candidates....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Economic Growth And Jobs Are Key Priorities
    A new report highlights the major concerns for Mayors and Chairs A report, based on the findings of a recent survey, identifies what Mayors and Chairs of local authorities think are the major issues facing their communities and organisations. Commissioned...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • LGNZ conference 2014: President’s opening speech
    LGNZ conference 2014: President’s opening speech Ladies and gentlemen, the Hon Paula Bennett and particularly our Members, New Zealand’s 78 local governments, this year’s theme: Powering Local Economies | Building Vibrant Communities, is...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • LGNZ announces partnership with FairWay Resolution
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) today announced a significant new partnership under EquiP, its Centre of Excellence....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Local government votes on three important matters
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) members have voted on three remits about topical and important matters for the sector at the 2014 LGNZ Annual General Meeting, held at Nelson. The first remit was a request that LGNZ advocate to the...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Ngapuhi Supports New Maori Language Strategy
    Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngapuhi strongly supports the Minister of Maori Affairs’ new Maori Language Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis
    Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis Basketball, street dance and hip-hop events staged during in the two-week advance voting period in the lead-up to the general election is how Internet MANA plans to get more young...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Q + A: Winston Peters
    SUSAN New Zealand First is holding its annual conference this weekend, it's just about to get underway again at Alexandra Park Raceway. And celebrating 21 years since the party was formed, will they be celebrating another three years on election...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
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