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Open mike 24/02/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 24th, 2013 - 86 comments
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86 comments on “Open mike 24/02/2013”

  1. AsleepWhileWalking 1

    Kerre Woodham: It’s silly to ingore dodgy tax dealings of the well off.
    (Well perhaps not…the well off have better lawyers and therefore are more costly to get money back from, not to mention much harder to intimidate into submission).

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10867271

    • North 1.1

      Here’s why the announcement by Associate Minister of Social Development and ex-policeman Chester Borrows – beneficiary fraudsters partners to be targeted – is an absolute crock of shit and nothing more than flagrantly manipulative, dishonest, bennie-bashing:

      Section 66 of the Crimes Act 1961:

      “66 Parties to offences

      (1) Every one is a party to and guilty of an offence who –

      (a) actually commits the offence; or

      (b) does or omits an act for the purpose of aiding any person to commit the offence; or

      (c) abets any person in the commission of the offence; or

      (d) incites, counsels, or procures any person to commit the offence.”

      Further……subsection (2) of Section 66:

      “(2) Where 2 or more persons form a common intention to prosecute any unlawful purpose, and
      to assist each other therein, each of them is a party to every offence committed by any one
      of them in the prosecution of the common purpose if the commission of that offence was
      known to be a probable consequence of the prosecution of the common purpose.”

      I have no argument with fact of the parties provision in the Crimes Act but there is ALREADY law on the books to combat the “dodgy bennies’ dodgy partners” spectre raised by Borrows. Why do we need “new” law ? Maybe Borrows plans to impose strict liability on the partners, in which case the evidential aspects of Section 66 would not need to be proved at all. Simply being in a relationship in the nature of marriage with the offender would impose criminal liability, no questions asked.

      In which case the over-coiffed “Ladies Lunchalot” who cruise up and down Parnell at 11.45 am daily looking for somewhere to park the convertible European motor had better watch out when their partners get done for corporate fraud in the hundreds of millions. Auckland Women’s Prison ain’t a pretty place darlings…….especially being in South Auckland and all that.

      Is there no upper limit to the moral bankruptcy of John Key and his Cabinet with their incessant urging to sections of New Zealand society that we scapegoat and turn on another section of New Zealand society ?

      Goebbels stuff all the more offensive when it’s done with such righteousness and pomposity !

      t liabilty for those who live in a relatinship in the nature of marriage

      • Mary 1.1.1

        “Maybe Borrows plans to impose strict liability on the partners, in which case the evidential aspects of Section 66 would not need to be proved at all.”

        That’s precisely what Borrows is doing. Notice his rhetoric includes “ought to have known”, which is pretty much a strict liability test, so you’re right to say that “simply being in a relationship in the nature of marriage with the offender would impose criminal liability, no questions asked.” Borrows claims to be a lawyer. He should understand the repulsiveness of such a law.

        What’s worse, though, is that there are many many instances where people are wrongly convicted because work and Income fail to understand the correct legal test for what constitutes a relationship in the nature of marriage.

        http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00182.htm

        Work and Income tell people the wrong test (often based on the old “if he stays more than three nights week you’re married”) and say “just plead guilty and you won’t go to jail”. Of course, many people, mostly women, are still jailed.

        This is an extremely serious issue that’s been going on form years and years without anything being done about it. It’s also an issue that nobody seems to want to do anything about because it’s not popular these days to speak out on behalf of the rights of people on benefits. It’s one law for beneficiaries and another for everybody else.

        • aerobubble 1.1.1.1

          If say a Doctor did not ask hard questions of their gang member patient, would they be liable?

          Would the benefit advocate be liable if they were assisting the beneficiary at the time the beneficiary was applying???

          • Mary 1.1.1.1.1

            A doctor merely provides a medical opinion. They don’t have anything to do with making decisions about benefit entitlement. Work and Income then make a decision about benefit eligibility based on the medical evidence. Doctors could only be liable if they supplied medical information they knew was incorrect.

            If a beneficiary advocate was aware of information that meant the beneficiary wasn’t entitled to the benefit being applied for then they should stop representing the beneficiary. If the advocate didn’t withdraw and continued ignoring the information they were aware of then yes, currently they’d be committing a crime. The new Bill introduced this week, however, relates only to partners of people regarded as having committed an offence, but extends culpability to partners regarded as having ought to have known of their partner’s offending. It’s this lowering of the standard to strict liability within the realm of dishonesty offences that’s so abhorrent. This all on top of how so many women who’re convicted of relationship fraud are not in fact and never were in a relationship in the nature of marriage. Work and Income simply do not understand the correct legal test and continue apply it wrongly. This results in huge numbers of innocent women convicted, jailed and wrongly repaying huge overpayments. Now so-called partners of this group will be criminalised for something they had no idea bout because “they ought to have known”.

            Instead of ensuring intention is retained as the crucial touchstone in such cases, and that it applies across the board to for example tax fraud, this government’s broken with longstanding criminal law principles, and targeted just one group: beneficiaries, the poorest of our poor. Charming.

            • xtasy 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Mary:

              “Work and Income simply do not understand the correct legal test and continue apply it wrongly.”

              You may be right on this in the case of some ordinary case managers not understanding the legal test, but in all honesty: Senior Work and Income staff will know the correct legal test.

              Truth is: They (WINZ) often, if not always try to push boundaries, by trying to take advantage of the client’s ignorance and thus get away with demanding things that they should not demand in the particular manner and form it often is demanded in.

              Look at designated doctor referrals (sending clients for medical exams – for second opinions or assessments). Clients often get “told” whom to see, rather than being allowed any input that the law does give them, to at first at least try to “agree” on a medical practitioner or psychologist.

              If a client is “lucky”, they get presented a brief short-list to pick from, but even that is not in the true meaning of the law. The process, even if improper, becomes routine, and it is done so again and again. There are heaps of other cases, where the law is not followed strictly. And because nobody challenges them, they do it all the time.

              • Mary

                If senior Work and Income staff do know the correct legal test, they certainly like hide that fact. A quick read of Appeal Authority decisions regarding living together cases pretty quickly shows that even they more often than not get it wrong. Accordingly, someone in Work and Income, somewhere, must surely be responsible for those cases getting that far. As I say, if senior Work and Income staff do know the correct legal then they’re not letting on that they do.

        • North 1.1.1.2

          Very true Mary and it’s up to people who know the stuff first to enliven the victims with a sense of “Oh, I’m not such a bludging thieving arsehole then…….”. Awhi. Second, to encourage the standing up and saying – “I’m not a piece of rubbish…….fuck off with your attitude !” Hard I know for wannabee, usually racist wee punks who buy into the John Key cargo cult and who fancy themselves, but to hell with them frankly.

          I’ve spent the last eight years as a legal aid lawyer in Kaikohe, where the average income rounds up to about 17 grand, doing criminal work only. I came from nearly 30 years of practise in Auckland as a conveyancing and commercial lawyer. So I’ll gladly debate with the know-alls and wahanui who know how it is, all according to them pig-ignorant selves of course. (Embarrassing!)

          It’s so important that people who know the shit militate when they hear the utter lies of politicians whose sole kaupapa is to keep their fat and ugly arses on green leather parliamentary seats. And guzzling hard out at the trough. Like they actually believe that luminaries (???) like them are “entitled” for Christ’s Sake. Pleeeze ! Almost invariably they have feet of clay. They must be challenged !

      • xtasy 1.1.2

        You are right, North, and I made mention of this in another earlier post.

        But there is another interesting section, which may qualify this a bit:

        http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM328515.html

        Section 71 seems to exclude spouses from being considered an “accessory to the fact” under criminal law. Whether that now directly also applies to section 66, I can only presume as being so, but I would be happy if someone else can shine a bit more light on this.

        In any case, the true motivator behind that proposed law change is, to have legal provisions to facilitate the pressing of money for “damages” from any “partner” to a DPB recipient, who may have known of alleged welfare “abuse”. They are after getting more money out of people.

        If that law change gets passed (despite of discriminating against beneficiaries and their alleged partner), it will be very hard to prove things. So expect more surveillance and dobbing in strategies to be applied.

        • Mary 1.1.2.1

          xtasy, isn’t there also something in the Social Security Act that allows third parties to be prosecuted for assisting or being a party or in some other way allowing a fraud to continue?

          • xtasy 1.1.2.1.1

            Mary – not to my knowledge.

            Benefits are though considered “inalienable”, and thus only intended for the recipient for specified purposes, so if DPB would be granted, it would be for the sole parent and her/his child(ren). That is what section 84 clearly states. So nobody can claim money from a beneficiary for purposes not intended, nor as a person instead of the beneficiary entitled to it.

            http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1964/0136/latest/DLM364489.html

            Section 86 A says this:
            http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1964/0136/latest/DLM364857.htm

            I would think though that this may only be applied where a third party has been in charge of looking after affairs of the beneficiary, is employer of a former beneficiary, or is one paying any income, interest or else to a former beneficiary. It would probably stretch too far, to authorise claiming any money owed (due to overpayment, unauthorised payment or similar) from a “partner” living with the beneficiary. But maybe it does?

            The proposed law change will be so difficult to apply, I cannot get it, why Chester Borrows actually is so keen on getting it introduced. They will have to engage private investigators, their own fraud investigators, possibly police and independent witnesses, which will create a high level of expenses.

            • Mary 1.1.2.1.1.1

              They should sort out applying the test in Ruka properly before they start convicting so-called partners of those who’ve been wrongly convicted in the first place. It’ll be creating one injustice on top of another.

              • AsleepWhileWalking

                For anyone who didn’t follow Mary’s comment, the Ruka case involved a woman in an on again/off again relationship that involved domestic violence. The ministry declined a DPB and the case progressed through the appeals system and finally into court.

                Ruka won, the precedent being that the ministry had to take into account domestic violence when granting a benefit (or words to that effect).

                So, how does this tie in with the proposed new law? Could be that those “men” from the self proclaimed ministry of men’s affairs do have something to bitch about after all – one day a domestic abuser, the next they are liable for half their partners allegedly fraudulent benefit claim. Oh, no!! My heart bleeds for them. First they don’t get their own ministry, and now other men are promoting a law that will penalise them for something their partner didn’t do.

                • Mary

                  Borrows might be a lawyer but he hasn’t got a clue what the implications of what he’s proposing are. We could talk about them now, but do we want to alert government so they it cover them off with SOPs?

        • North 1.1.2.2

          The defence to being held an accessory after the fact under s 71 (2) of the Crimes Act avails ONLY a spouse in legal marriage or a civil union partner.

          It does not avail a common law partner. Furthermore, the use in subsections (1) and (2) of these word – “…….knowing any person to have been a party to the offence, receives, comforts, or assists that person………to AVOID ARREST or conviction” – takes matters dangerously close to the element of “knowing” being satisfied by deemed constructive knowledge. The defence is so strictly circumscribed as to render it non-existent in practical effect.

          Let’s suppose however that it is a practically meaningful and broad defence, for legally married people or those in a civil union. If Borrows’ does intend strict liability, or even an express constructive knowledge test, then any defence available under s 71 (2) would be swept away.

          I don’t believe even this bunch of backwoodsmen and Tea Partiers would attempt that although nothing would surprise me. Like for example the attempt by some nobody National Party backbencher to misrepresent these measures as protecting beaten women. What ???
          On the contrary they would remove any defence the common law already provides for beaten women, rather than protecting them.

          No, this is more in the vein of “Hey, all you good folk out there……..look at those thieving bastards of beneficiaries………let’s bash them up they’re just scum stealing from you and me !”

          Truly, an amoral bunch of liars and bullies they are.

        • AsleepWhileWalking 1.1.2.3

          In the RNZ interview on (Wednesday?? possibly Thursday) the ministry spokesman said that they expect more partners now made liable by the law to report their beneficiary partners to Work and Income before someone else does. Yeah. Right. Somehow I don’t see this as very likely, in fact I think it is more likely that they won’t move in together in the first place.

          • hellonearthis 1.1.2.3.1

            I heard a few RNZ interviews, on question was with white collar crime and the liability of partners in those cases. Borrows said that, because the offending happen away from the home that partners would not be liable. Which overlooks the home office that may of the white collar criminals have (and claim on there taxes).

            The whole “ought to have known” fails if the person receiving tells there partner that they have contacted Winz and that it’s all been taken care of. What should they do, get an accountant in to see where there partners money is and to contact winz to see if the money is more than what it should be.

            It’s a shocking law and a classic distracting boot at the beneficiaries.

            Laws like that should cover everyone in the community and not just a select few.

            At the end of the say it’s peanuts and the money would be better spent on collecting the $1 – $6 billion for the people who have stolen money from the IRD.

            If winz was interested in saving money, then it could save a few million a year just by syncing up there needs for doctors visits to fill in medical certificates and the yearly reviews. It would make no difference to system but would save 61,000 doctor visits at $40 a visit that would be $2,440,000 saved. Not counting the costs of the community service card.

            • AsleepWhileWalking 1.1.2.3.1.1

              Syncing Doctors visits would be awesome. Combine this with
              – avoiding having clients go into branch wherever possible (saves office space, security guard time, stress on clients, travel costs which are in some instances considerable)
              – sorting out their system admin!!! How many millions is THAT each year in wasted printing and posting of letters that don’t apply? Did anyone else read FranklySpeaking, the post that showed the 70 pages of crap when applying for an unemployment benefit?!

    • xtasy 2.1

      Karol: Hone Key is deeply in “denial”, I am afraid!

      That is the worst and strongest symptom of any form of addiction, certainly also that gambling addicts suffer. So the denial keeps him “hooked”, and like an addicted partner dragging the whole family down with him/her, Key is (with his unchanged, sick habits) dragging NZ into the bottomless gutter!

  2. ScottGN 3

    Reading the article on TV3’s site about the Govt giving up any hope of controlling Kauri Dieback Disease I couldn’t, for the life of me, recall who the Minister for the Environment was. Says it all.

  3. just saying 4

    More insightful analysis from Puddleglum:

    http://www.thepoliticalscientist.org/

    On CERA spinning the Christchurch well-being survey – misrepresenting the results to manipulate the increasingly angry populace:

    …This reveals many things but one thing it does not reveal is a ‘positive outlook’. What were Gerry Brownlee and CERA thinking when they framed that media release so positively two days before the second anniversary of the 22 February, 2011 earthquake?

    Is it now politically incorrect to face facts? Is it seen as some sort of public duty to jolly the populace along? Does CERA now see itself as a branch office of Saatchi and Saatchi, the advertising agency that told us all during the 1990s to ‘accentuate the positive’ and ‘eliminate the negative’?

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      Which post are you talking about? A quick search couldn’t find the quoted text.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          Why didn’t you link to it in the first place? Just linking to the top of the blog as you did won’t point people to the post you think is worth reading and, as blogs happen to be active, the post will get harder and harder to find.

          • just saying 4.1.1.1.1

            DtB, when I click on the link in my post it takes me straight to the blog post I was talking about.

            Do other people have problems following my links?

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1.1

              That’s because the post is presently at the top of the blog but it won’t be there always and you could have been talking about one three or four posts down.

              • lprent

                Case in point is that I just moved the solid energy post off the top of this site after a few days at the top. Put r0b’s hilarious post about Act up.

                After I get back home and do some editing Helen Kelly’s next post will be there.

  4. muzza 5

    Brenton said there were some hopeful technological solutions using experimental geo-engineering to counter carbon emissions.

    Sir Tony Brenton, a British diplomat for 30 years in the Middle East, Russia and the United States, said the threat of social unrest in the big oil-producing Gulf states and the other oil giant, Russia, had put a floor under prices with US$80 ($94.78) a barrel being the new low.

    Leaving aside the poor use of the term *social unrest*, as cover for the creation of *social unrest* by the zionists, its interesting that Sir Tony, refers to geo-engineering, , the article does not elaborate further…

    An open admission – That’s for you Weka!

    Edit – Weka, FYI, I appreciate you have not denied geo-engineering, could be going on.

  5. ianmac 6

    Penny must be hoping:
    Act leader accused of finance law breach.
    A judge is considering whether Act Party leader John Banks should face charges this month for allegedly misleading investors.

    The threat hung over Banks’ head as he took the podium at yesterday’s annual party conference.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10867333

  6. hellonearthis 7

    It doesn’t seem right that unemployed are being shipped from a National held electorate into a Labour held electorate to take there jobs.

    • David 7.1

      Care to elaborate? You haven’t even named the electorate in question.

      • hellonearthis 7.1.1

        Unemployed workers are being transported into the Palmerston North electorate from surrounding electorates for work. Palmerston North people should have first go at low skilled jobs in there area and not have to compete with people from outside there area. The people being shipped in are also getting extra funding from MSD.

        So it make the Labour held seat of PN look like it as a worse job problem and the surrounding National electorates have more people in work.

        It’s unfair to the unemployed in Palmerston North and creates a distorted pattern of employment statistics. Plus is was waste of tax payers money transporting people to these jobs when there are locals who could bet taking advantage of that work.

  7. johnm 8

    U$K loses its AAA rating. The Public sector continues to be looted for privatised gain. Like our Public assets are being looted re. Power Companies. The key government is a total corporatised sell out too. :-( Key and Campbell are chums remember. “The artistic taxi driver” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oQDG0Ctjlk&list=UUGThM-ZZBba1Zl9rU-XeR-A&index=1

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      U$K loses its AAA rating.

      Official UK public debt is 230% that of annual UK tax revenues. To source sufficient money to keep running, more money is being borrowed from the private sector all the time.

      The UK has not deserved it’s AAA rating for quite some time.

  8. xtasy 9

    This is the National led goverment’s new plan for mental health and addiction service delivery – presented in the form of the Ministry of Health’s 5-year plan called:
    ‘Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012 – 2017′.

    http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/rising-challenge-mental-health-and-addiction-service-development-plan-2012-2017 (dowloadable as PDF)

    It was introduced and presented by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne just before Christmas 2012, which ensured that it got very little, if any media and public scrutiny, and it has indeed gone very much under the radar, as no media and no other forums are discussing the contents of this very worrying “plan”.

    At first sight some may find it “reasonable” what is proposed, but looking at the plan in detail, it is NOT encouraging, yes indeed extremely frightening, what is planned. It contains proposals and plans, on which professional organisations like the Royal College of NZ General Practitioners (RNZCGP), NZMA, NZNO and others have already presented interesting, highly critical and damning submissions. Some were not even properly consulted.

    The core message is in short: The Ministry of Health will expect mental health and addiction sufferers to more or less “help themselves” (see chapter 6 on page 6, and under “Self management education”; and also at the bottom of page 27 of the ‘Rising to the Challenge’ plan). Funding is not available, apart from funds to be taken out of other health services, and then to be re-allocated (see details on page 8 under headline ‘Implementing the Plan’, and Part 1 starting at page 10).

    There is much talk about smart-sounding, catchy policy slogans, ambiguous phrases – about better use of resources, integrating infrastructure and services, “cementing” and building on gains, increased access, better performance and measuring output, effectiveness, efficiencies, ring-fencing of spending, KPIs (key performance indicators), supporting and strengthening the workforce, BUT nothing much of substance or detail. Measures are listed according to “rationale”, “measuring progress” and “priority actions”.

    The plan also clearly states, that it takes a different approach to the health care than the so-called “Blueprint II” documents or plan do. This ‘Rising to the Challenge’ plan rather presents much talk and focus on “prioritised actions”. It appears to provide aligned steps to “motivate” or perhaps rather “force” mentally ill and addicted into some forms of work, as chapter 2 on page 28 of the plan ‘Rising to the Challenge’ reveals under heading “Employment specialists”, who appear to be planned to be employed by DHBs.

    Now this must surely also be seen in view of the presently considered major welfare reforms in the form of the ‘Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act’, as alongside the legal changes that are proposed, there is much talk about offering “more assistance” to help sick and disabled (naturally including the 32 to 40 per cent of sickness of invalid’s beneficiaries with mental health conditions) to get treatment, so they can be prepared to take up some form of work.

    It also looks as if most treatment will rather be the cheap and easy mass medication of patients by common GPs, who are deemed by mental health experts to often be insufficiently trained and qualified in this area. They tend to rather prescribe endless dosages of neuro-pharmaceuticals (see ‘Rising to the Challenge’, page 25, under heading “Reinforce evidence-enforced prescribing”). No extra resourses appear to be set aside for improving proper health care!

    Submissions on the proposed plan by M.o.H. are highly critical and sceptical, especially in regards to lack of funding, detailed commitment and how all this is supposed to be implemented and delivered by the needed professional experts:

    http://www.rnzcgp.org.nz/assets/documents/Standards–Policy/Submissions/2012.11.02-MoH-Rising-to-the-Challenge.pdf

    http://www.nzma.org.nz/sites/all/files/NZMA%20Submission%20on%20the%20Mental%20Health%20%26%20Addiction%20Service%20Development%20Plan%202012-2017.pdf

    http://www.nzno.org.nz/Portals/0/Files/Documents/Activities/Submissions/2012-11%20Mental%20health%20and%20Addiction%20Service%20Development%20Plan,%20%20NZNO%20FINAL.pdf

    http://www.psychology.org.nz/cms_show_download.php?id=1753

    http://www.nzcmhn.org.nz/files/file/338/Rising%20to%20the%20Challenge%20Feedback%20form%204102012.pdf

    http://www.nzma.org.nz/policies/advocacy/consultation-documents

    An earlier submission on Blueprint II by the Aoteaoroa NZ Association of Social Workers:

    http://anzasw.org.nz/documents/0000/0000/0031/Submission_of_Blueprint__MHASP_Final.pdf

    So this is supposed to be the “extra support” the government is talking about “offering” sick and disabled on benefits, is it??? It rather seems like more LIES and smokescreens by a government out of touch and caring nothing much for the mentally ill in NZ.

    • johnm 9.1

      +1 Thankyou for your detailed consideration xtasy. I’m more simplistic: our right wing governments copy and receive their nerve from the draconion measures done in the U$K especially. The process of “shooting the wounded” the artist taxi driver talks of has already begun here. For instance just fail one work test, such as being late to a work seminar, and your benefit can be cut, just like that, to get back on you’ll have to go through a tedious review procedure and you may miss out on a couple of weeks income before you’re reinstated by showing you are work ready, your back money is then paid. The message: conform to the letter or we’ll sanction you.

      http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Unemployed-man-dumps-20lbs-dog-mess-Hanley-job/story-18078256-detail/story.html#axzz2LlIqULq0

      http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.400610-Man-dumped-20lbs-of-dog-dirt-in-a-job-centre

      http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/

      • johnm 9.1.1

        “Atos Profits Grow by 36% As Disabled People Get Denied Benefits….”

        “Atos it seems is becoming more profitable the more it denies people’s disabilities and sickness. Atos have published a 36% increase in its profits, an increase which was produced through it’s “Disability Denial Factories”, places where you enter as a severely disabled or sick individual only to leave being cured of all disabilities and incumbrances, a place supposedly with the same curing abilities as “Lourdes” but non of the compassion.”

        “More and more people are being victimized, abused, tortured by the government and Atos, I use those terms because that’s the truth, when someone is continually forced to endure humiliating and uneccessary procedures to prove their disability then to me that’s torture and abuse, it cannot be deemed anything else, the problem is that the vast majority of politicians have turned their backs on the problem, no one wants to say “Enough is Enough”?”

        “It seems the more deaths and abuse we hear about the more the Profits of Atos increase, killing disabled people for profit is obviously the coalitions attempts at growing our economy?…”

        http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/2013/02/22/atos-profits-grow-by-36-as-disabled-people-get-denied-benefits/

        Message? Profits before people, the inevitable NeoLiberal obscenity. :-( :-( :-(

      • xtasy 9.1.2

        johnm:

        “The message: conform to the letter or we’ll sanction you.”

        Yes, that is the ultimate message and applied strategy on most welfare policies, in the UK and already also so in NZ.

        If more beneficiaries would actually know what goes on, and if more would know and understand their rights, MSD and WINZ would be hit by a “tsunami” of legal challenges. Also this government would be exposed, so that the manipulating, indifferent, non researching mainstream media would not get away with ignoring what goes on.

        Sadly this is not the case though.

        Much more work needs to be done, bit by bit.

        • Treetop 9.1.2.1

          The Work and Income review process for a person on sickness or invalid benefit is so stacked up against a person. A review board of three doctors has the last say.

          • AsleepWhileWalking 9.1.2.1.1

            I’ve won one at the medical appeals board before and I suspect success again later this year. It isn’t impossible, but you do need to know your rights and have good supporting information particularly when you go for arrears.

            Towards the end of last year someone I know phoned me relieved his doctor had signed him on the IB again (mental condition which can make him seem ok…until he clearly isn’t. Exacerbated by stress, such as being constantly harassed to get a job, get a job GET A JOB! We know FFS). I warned him that the RDA/RHA would not necessarily support continuing on the IB.

            Sure enough, W&I inform him that they believe he should go on a sickness benefit. I bribe him to go and see the benefit rights service and offer to meet him there (he gets confused, stressed etc). He makes it but there is a wait time to see someone, during which he manages to convince himself there is nothing he can do about the situation. I try my best to get him to see someone but have to make another appointment elsewhere. No idea if he followed through but I doubt he did.

            >> And that in a nutshell is why the ministry is winning. No review of decision application, no follow through, and the false acceptance that the ministry will win in the end.

            Bring on the tsunami.

            • Treetop 9.1.2.1.1.1

              Good on you.

              I wonder who they are and how the medical appeal board doctors are selected?

              They would have to cover a lot of medical conditions and those on invalid benefit can have multiple conditions.

              Work and Income desk staff are not alllowed to comment on medical conditions, it is not their place to. This is where Work and Income need to be sorted straight away. I recall seeing something about the client’s permission is required for Work and Income to access their medical records as there is a person who can checks up on the GP. I think somewhere in Hamiliton (advocacy) said not to give consent.

              • xtasy

                Treetop:

                “I wonder who they are and how the medical appeal board doctors are selected? They would have to cover a lot of medical conditions and those on invalid benefit can have multiple conditions.”

                In total there are about 290 “designated doctors” that MSD and WINZ have on their books, and well over 90 per cent are common GPs, only some of them with post grad “specialisations”. Yet GPs like to see themselves as “specialist generalists” (a bit of vanity, I suppose). There are indeed very, very few psychiatrists, psychologists, orthopaedic or surgeons of specialisation.

                Since 2008 MSD have “trained” their doctors in special training sessions all over NZ, to make the decisions that MSD “expect”.

                These are the ones that do “examinations” and assessments, and many of them also sit on MABs (but not the same who assessed particular clients before the appeal). Usually they have 2 GPs and one rehab or other “health professional”.

                Some of their doctors and health professionals do a lot of work for MSD, others less so. I know one in Auckland, who made much of his livelihood out of WINZ examinations.

                So since they are expected to look at particular informations, and have to meet WINZ expectations and meet their criteria (“to look at what a client can do, rather than what a client cannot”), the chances are usually stacked against an appealing client, but still a fair few manage to convince an MAB. That has been in past years, it seems to get more difficult.

                For a “designated doctor list” check ACC Forum in comment 5 under this thread:
                http://accforum.org/forums/index.php?/topic/13301-what-to-do-if-you-are-required-to-see-a-winz-designated-doctor/page__p__138090__hl__%2Bdesignated+%2Bdoctor__fromsearch__1#entry138090
                (You unfortunately need to log in and join though)

                • Rogue Trooper

                  helps to be mad ;)

                  • xtasy

                    Rogue Trooper: Yes, sometimes I choose that option, not voluntarily, but it is the result of what one has to face. They drive us to madness! It certainly does not offer help and treatment, which is never covered by any disability allowance and the poor health care system in this country. You are left in a catch 22, to opt between medical numbing, suicide or them stuffing you into any other “treatment” that usually never works.

                    Sick really!

    • AsleepWhileWalking 9.2

      Great to have you back X!

      VERY disturbing stuff there. Perhaps worse than the lack of consultation is how National consistently ram through legislation regardless of logical objections – I expect this will be no different unless we can get it read widely.

      Thanks for taking the time to sort through and put it out here for us to check out.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 9.2.1

        When does X get his own welfare column?

        • xtasy 9.2.1.1

          AsleepWhileWalking:

          Hah – it may not be enough yet to fill a regular column, thanks for the thought!

          Maybe it only appears to “much” coming from me, because hardly anybody else is doing much in this regard. Ardern comes to mind, ahem, sorry Jacinda (sometimes it’s good to hear from you, a bit more would be even better).

  9. Morrissey 10

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOUR MORE DAYS

    Following my one month ban, extended by fiat to two months in reaction to the intervention by one of my followers, my time in exile shall finish at the end of this month, and I shall return on March 1st.

    ENDS

    [lprent: Bad idea (like this comment (which i will leave up for the existing comments in reply :) )), it'd be a bad idea to come back so far from the Ides. My notes say that the ban extends until the 6th. You shouldn't need so much time to organize the backstabs of this dictator. ]

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      What are you jesus now?

    • millsy 10.2

      To be honest, when I am banned I dont even go to this site. I just serve out my ban and then come back.

    • felixviper 10.3

      This sort of information is best distributed via a dedicated press release service, perhaps http://scoop.co.nz

      However given that a large number of readers will have no doubt given up using the internet entirely in protest of your ban, I also recommend going directly to traditional broadcast and print media.

      A targeted radio campaign can be less expensive than you might think, and a nationwide flyer drop the day before your much anticipated return should be quite effective.

      However I’d probably wait and see if that deliberate breach of your ban earns you another before spending the big bucks on tv advertising.

      • Colonial Weka 10.3.1

        And don’t forget the invaluable rumour-mongering services available at yournz courtesy of PG :-)

      • North 10.3.2

        Very gently and respectfully I want to ask what’s all this (what appears to my simple mind) virulent anti-Morrissey stuff ?

        And as to a breach of the ban I would have thought that his actually getting through was an implied, if only a one off, suspension of the ban by the moderator.

        Must say I love Morrissey on Palestine.

        • QoT 10.3.2.1

          Morrissey was initially banned for deciding it’d be really, really funny to use a post of mine to call me a whore. Because, you know, it was totally relevant to him.

          His ban was extended when a “friend” of his decided to subvert the ban by posting a sadly deleted statement on Morrissey’s behalf, and also personally attack me again. Morrissey apparently wasting lprent’s time in email probably didn’t help either.

          You may note an interesting pattern of behaviour, per my comment below. You may not, of course, it’s a free world.

        • felixviper 10.3.2.2

          “what’s all this (what appears to my simple mind) virulent anti-Morrissey stuff ?”

          Only speaking for myself, mine was just “anti-absurd-and-delusional-comment” stuff.

        • lprent 10.3.2.3

          And as to a breach of the ban I would have thought that his actually getting through was an implied, if only a one off, suspension of the ban by the moderator.

          Not usually. There are a lot of moderatorsand it is a fast process. It isn’t abnormal for comments to get through. And the idea is for people who are banned to refrain from commenting rather than us to have to deal with their stupidity.

          If they do get through late in the ban, then my usual approach is to double the ban or to permanently ban them. This discourages people from knowingly writing comments while banned and helps moderators be aware of who is banned. A slow winnowing of people who are dumb enough to waste moderator time also makes our lives easier.

          An alternate approach is to assist in their understanding Of why they were banned in the first place. This usually happens when commentators get in their digs before the offending comment makes it to spam. I read Felix, PB, and decided that the process was underway.

          Afterall what we are mostly interested in is that people do not waste our time. The most effective way to do that is to ensure that they understand what kinds of things make that happen. Personally attacking authors instead of the content of their post and wasting moderator time are very high on the list.

          Incidentally, I was fixing the theme to support threading at Brian Edwards site a while ago. I happened to observe that after being banned here, he was one of the very few people banned over there. I wonder how many other sites this carried on for….

    • QoT 10.4

      1. Feels the need to ignore a ban in order to explain when he’ll be back

      2. Refers to people (who were *totally* not sockpuppets) as “followers”.

      … yeah, draw your own conclusions on that one, people.

  10. Marty 11

    Blubber Boys seems to be all cock-a-hoop about disrupting Helen Clark’s appearance on Reddit. Should I, we?, care enough to turn up and rescue her from those troglodytes? http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/02/helen-clark-to-do-a-reddit-ama-early-tuesday/

    • felixviper 11.1

      I wouldn’t lose any sleep over those bogans, I’m sure Helen won’t either.

      The list of questions being proposed includes many thoughtful ones, and the handful from the trogs (YOU DUDNT NEVER PAINT THAT PIKCHUR YOU LIAR) stick out like stupid thumbs.

      Cameron and his friend will sign in early with their multiple accounts and auto-voting scripts and spam the hell out of the board with dumbass questions about her teeth, and Helen will treat them with all the attention they deserve.

  11. xtasy 12

    A 3-wave “tsunami” of comments for a start, not bad!

    Yes, one should never give in, and also inform yourselves well, gather all documentary and other evidence AND take along a SUPPORT PERSON (as witness, to take notes and listen) !!!

    That is highly important, as on your own, it is in many cases like going to the slaughter.

    It is much worse now, with this “looking at what you can, rather than what you can not”. They try to get answers about home activities, hobbies, this and that, which gives them something that can just vaguely imply that there is some “job” a client can do hypothetically.

    The onus now clearly lies on the beneficiary client, and many struggle dealing with that. It is like an accused before court having to prove her/his innocence, without any help (except perhaps some third party documents).

  12. Jane 13

    WTF National up 4.4 in TV3 poll? What’s going on?

    • The Al1en 13.1

      Another month, another ‘rogue’ poll, another bout of left eyed myopia coming up.

    • Pete 13.2

      My reaction exactly. We’re missing something. I consider myself a smart guy. I’ve got a string of letters after my name. I just can’t fathom how the Nats keep on doing it. Except, at present there’s no viable alternative government and Shearer has all the charisma of a fart in a phone box. But even then, there should be a lot of undecideds rather than full on support for the government.

      • Colonial Viper 13.2.1

        They might cut all undecideds out of the polling data, or they might force all respondents to select a party choice.

        No political poll seems to publish undecideds data.

      • gobsmacked 13.2.2

        The undecideds are deleted.

        So the National voters say “National”. The anti-National voters say “Aaaaarghhh!”

        The polls can’t – or won’t – show people saying “Key pisses me off more each day but what choice do we have?”.

        Labour’s “strategy” (a generous description) is that these people will tick Labour on election day. I reckon they’ll stay home, or vote Winston or Hone or McGillyguddy Serious or even Colin Craig. Or Australia.

        The alternative strategy – to, like, stand for something, and be able to communicate it – is there for the taking. But what do we know? Maestros Trev and Grant are in charge, and they delivered the triumph of 2011. Expect more of the same.

        • Anne 13.2.2.1

          The undecideds are deleted.

          Why aren’t Labour and the Greens screaming about this. It amounts to misinformation or worse… an attempt to gerrymander the voters’ perception of the result. Why? Because the majority of people assume it is a poll covering 100% of those who have agreed to take part.

          This is a relatively new tactic. For 40 or more years the undecideds were reported because they actually mean something. If nearly 20% are undecided – and it has happened in the past – then you know the electorate is very volatile and anything could happen at election time if the number of ‘undecideds’ don’t change much. That can have an influence on the way people vote. On the other hand, if the polling companies favour the incumbents – and at the moment I suspect they do – then you are not going to want people to know just how many are undecided. It stinks to me.

          Why doesn’t someone ask the companies why they no longer include the undecideds? The answers could be quite interesting.

          • Anne 13.2.2.1.1

            The undecideds are deleted.

            Why aren’t Labour and the Greens screaming about this. It amounts to misinformation or worse… an attempt to gerrymander the voters’ perception of the result. Why? Because the majority of people assume it is a poll covering 100% of those who have agreed to take part.

            This is a relatively new tactic. For 40 or more years the undecideds were reported because they actually mean something. If nearly 20% are undecided – and it has happened in the past – then you know the electorate is very volatile and anything could happen at election time if the number of ‘undecideds’ don’t change much. That can have an influence on the way people vote. On the other hand, if the polling companies/media outlets favour the incumbents – and at the moment I’m sure they do – then you are not going to want people to know just how many are undecided. It stinks to me.

            Why doesn’t someone ask the companies why they no longer include the undecideds? The answers could be quite interesting.

      • Addison 13.2.3

        It’s simple, Labour could be an alternative Government. A labour Green alliance would be toxic, we need to suck it up, accept another few years on the opposition benches, get our act ready for Government.If we cuddle up to the greens National will be in for a decade.

        • The Al1en 13.2.3.1

          “Labour could be an alternative Government.”
          Not this side of reality.

          “A labour Green alliance would be toxic”
          Clearly the reason Labour are shit is because of a toxic alliance with the Greens.

          “we need to suck it up, accept another few years on the opposition benches”
          Do we, really? There’s no other way, at all?

          “get our act ready for Government.”
          Because 2008 -2013 has just been a practice.

          “If we cuddle up to the greens National will be in for a decade.”
          No-one cuddles Labour. They can’t see the caucus knife coming straight between the shoulder blades.

          I suspect the failure of Labour to present themselves as an alternative government is because they are not one. Not even close. No amount of polishing shines up a turd.

        • bad12 13.2.3.2

          Whats the air like inside your bubble…

    • bad12 13.3

      Lolz an unbiased TV3 political poll featuring Patrick Gower, the first an oxymoron the latter just a simple moron full stop,

      TV3=MediaWorks=$43 million dollar loan gaurantee=Steven Joyce still a shareholder via His ‘blind trust’= everything political said or done by TV3 or it’s head clown Gower can only be laughed at as more bulls**t….

  13. Colonial Viper 14

    Oz Labor Party “conceded the philosophical debate, then lost the political fight”

    Oz Labor Party struggling and struggling. Gillard loses preferred PM spot to Abbott in latest poll, and the Labor Party is sitting on dismal polling numbers vs the Coalition. A 6% swing against the Labor Govt is predicted.

    One writer thinks its a case of the Labor Party no longer having its historical purpose or narrative:

    In short, Labor had bought wholly into the Coalition’s narrative for no discernible reason. It conceded the philosophical debate, then lost the political fight. So now, when it has finally found a Labor story to tell, it sounds convenient and insincere…

    …Once Labor embraced a deregulated, liberal economy, the political landscape was forever changed, leaving a diabolical question for subsequent Labor leaders: what exactly is the point of Labor politics?…

    Labor has been chasing its base ever since. Often it watched helplessly as workers became small business owners and turned into Howard’s socially conservative battlers. Labor cannot offer them industrial protection, and desperately doesn’t want to offend their cultural sensibilities, which is why it says things like ”tough but humane”.

    …Hence the flight to the Greens, the party Gillard so venomously dismissed this week as a ”party of protest”. To which the most devastating reply is surely: ”Fine. But what are you?”

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/labor-has-lost-the-plot-and-the-narrative-20130221-2eua9.html

    • millsy 14.1

      The ALP have been right wing for some time. Probably more historically right wing than our Labour Party, from where I am sitting anyway.

      Some weeks ago, I was reading a transcript of an interview with Bill Hayden, a minister in the Whitlam and Hawke governments (and the leader who lost the 1980 election), and found him to articulate some very right wing viewpoints.

      Other interesting points:

      A Labour government (even the one that will be elected in 2014), would never dream of moving DPB recipients onto the the dole (like the Gillard government did last year), and intervening on the side of the employer in a labour dispute to a degree where even a right wing think tank signalled its unease (like Hawke did in the 1989 pilot’s strike).

      • xtasy 14.1.1

        millsy: They (Labour NZ) do not seem to raise much of their voices here, about the National ACT gang (with that Dunny “Done” guy from Ohariu) moving sick and disabled onto the jobseeker allowance category as a consequence of reforms before select committee now.

  14. North 15

    I’ll say it – don’t ask me for links or some “statistical” proof – this 51.4% claimed for Notional, conducted by whomsoever, is utter bullshit ! Be happy you neo-liberal, right-wing, people-hating arseholes. You’ve got, for now, some figures which buzz you. But even you don’t believe them.

    They are a jack-up knowingly skewed by advisedly limited enquiry. We’re dealing with another wing of the MSM after all. We all know how wannabee, self -interested, and corrupt they are.

    When the tide turns watch those arseholes go for the jugular. Frankly, I’ve got less respect for them than I have for Liar Key. That really is saying something !

  15. James 16

    North – wow you seem all twisted and out of shape.

    yeah – every poll for god knows how long has had the Nats by a large margin. I guess you can keep saying its a rough poll or there is only one poll that matters (election night).

    Truth is – and Im sure in your heart of hearts you know it also – if there was an election today Key would be back in and Labour would get a huge hiding.

    See – the thing is – a lot (hell it would seem most) people either like Key – or think he is better than the alternative.

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      Labour can form the government on 31%-32% but NZF would probably have to play ball. A lot of Cabinet positions would have to go to the Greens and to NZ First.

      National know this of course and have already started courting Winston.

      It’ll all end in tears I reckon.

  16. Adrian 17

    If the undecided are dropped and the ones that tell them to fuck off are ignored how much does that leave 51.4% of?

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      They don’t release enough information to determine that. Personally, I think political polling should conform to an NZS type standard and provide that information.

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    Welcome to On The Left! We’re happy to be here. OTL was born when a couple of lefty comms people got together for coffee and decided that the NZ blogosphere was lacking an accessible, well-written, interesting and above all fun group...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • DEALING WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS
    How can foreign investors in New Zealand be sure that we will treat them fairly? If they are not sure perhaps they will not invest here, even though their investment may be valuable to us. (I do not believe all...
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Cunliffe and Labour
    I didn't cover the election, long story short; the country is still being run by a banker and someone who was in charge of the National Party got its lowest percentage in recent history. Although if Cunliffe gets finance we...
    Topical | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
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