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Open mike 24/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, April 24th, 2014 - 239 comments
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239 comments on “Open mike 24/04/2014”

  1. Not a PS Staffer 1

    Collins: she and Key are guilty and they have to be held to account. Keep up the good work Grant Robertson.

    Dunne: allowing him to continue with the legal highs job while his son is making a fortune from the sales of the shit is not tolerable in this society. Key is failing in his role.

    Jones? An oxygen thief not worth any further effort.

  2. karol 2

    Jones afraid that a Labour-Green government was a real possibility?

    Mr Jones, ask not what your party can do for you: ask what you can do for your party.

    Left politics are not helped by politicians more focused on their own career ambitions than the good of the country.

  3. amirite 3

    Totally agree there, Karol.
    And so it continues. He just can’t help it, can he. It’s his overinflated ego and the imaginary hurt because the plebs haven’t figured out what a great leader he is.

    Seriously, Shane, can’t you just STFU?

    • karol 3.1

      I’m waiting for the term “naked ambition” to be applied to Jones – remember when it was used by the MSM regularly about Cunliffe? Compare and contrast.

      • Olwyn 3.1.1

        Far from it. In fact the sentence “Labour has now got to find a way of appealing to its traditional blue collar workers” and variations on it, has been repeated like a mantra on this morning’s Morning Report, with David Shearer and Damien O’Connor among those quoted.

        Never mind the fact that Jones offered such people nothing concrete – that whatever appeal he had rested on a smoko-room-anecdote way of talking. Never mind either that the whole sentence seems code for “the building contractor who owns several rentals and hires people from overseas, having judged the locals as bloody useless,” and others of similar persuasion.

        The whole business looks more and more like an attempt by the right wing from both inside and outside of the Labour Party to subvert the will of left-voting people while pretending to heed it.

        • Ant 3.1.1.1

          Shearer has been a bit more of a dick over the past few days.

        • Rogue Trooper 3.1.1.2

          Well said Olwyn.

        • Karen 3.1.1.3

          +1

        • phillip ure 3.1.1.4

          “..“Labour has now got to find a way of appealing to its traditional blue collar workers”..”

          there is a simple three word answer/solution to that:..

          ..policy..policy..policy..

        • phillip ure 3.1.1.5

          @ olwyn..+ 1…

        • David H 3.1.1.6

          Well I for one am appalled at what’s been happening in the Labour Party. Jones? a minor distraction, blown out of all proportion by the MSM, and reinforced by dickheads in the Labour Party. Glad it happened now, so I can now look to another party that will WANT my vote (Greens, Mana). and not Labour saying we don’t care if you vote for us. Because that’s the message I am getting. That and ‘We can’t organise Sex in a brothel’.

  4. Ad 4

    Here in Wanaka people just laugh when I talk about Labour or Greens. Phrases like “a house divided cannot stand” and “country’s doing great” for Labour, and “ewwww!” And “ha hahaaa” for Greens.

    Everyone’s income is addicted to real estate, tourism, and superannuation. Those in agriculture can’t get comprehensive irrigation fast enough.

    Quite bracing. Pour me a Pinot.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      you need to get to know more local Wanaka families, and fewer recent (last 10 years) imports from Auckland, Wellington and overseas.

      • weka 4.1.1

        lolz, nice on CV.

        The GP candidate in the Waitaki electorate is a well known Wanaka person and did quite well over there.

        “Everyone’s income is addicted to real estate, tourism, and superannuation. Those in agriculture can’t get comprehensive irrigation fast enough.”

        In other words, Wanaka is being turned into an industrial dairying cesspit like everywhere else. Will be interesting to see how the farmers get on with the tourism lobby and lifestyle block real estate agents in ten years time.

    • left for dead 4.2

      Is that where they truck in cheap labour,oh thats QTN.your next though.

  5. karol 5

    John Key in denial as he visits the front line for the war on the poor.

    He’s talking up the better state houses on offer, and fails to mention the cut backs in amount of state housing, while communtiies are destroyed.

    • bad12 5.1

      Ooops, didn’t see your comment here when i posted one on the same thing below, Slippery and un-Housing Minister Nick Smith must have picked up a sense of disquiet from among the voters in the ‘focus groups’ about the ripping apart of the HousingNZ estate to be using the media in what seems like a week long ‘charm offensive’ where they are spending time ‘highlighting’ what few new build HousingNZ complexes have been completed by this regime…

      • David H 5.1.1

        Nice to see that they were warmly received, and that the people were so happy with the truth they were being told by the TricKey one. Why they even donated eggs for his dinner. And still he moans.

        • Dan 5.1.1.1

          It’s nice to know the poor aren’t so badly off that they can’t afford to waste eggs… our brighter future

    • Molly 5.2

      Interesting framing for the first article to be posted on this in the Herald yesterday, which manages to insinuate Mana Party for staging it all: PM’s car egged during state housing protests.

      Comments allowed on this article, unsurprisingly, and some live up to the quality of reporting.

      • David H 5.2.1

        Molly. I notice that a lot of the comments have disappeared, and there are only 13 left. WTF.

  6. so..jones and mccully have been talking about this ‘job’ for jones since 2009..

    ..key sez that national ‘has had good dialogue with jone..for a long time’..

    ..basically..jones has been nationals’ mole/man within labour..

    ..since at least 2009…

    ..yeah..some ‘loss’ for labour he’s now surfaced/broken cover..and returned to his paymasters…

    ..and walk like a traitor..quack like a traitor..

    ..you probably are nothing more that a traitor..

    ..(jones gone is good news for labour..

    ..the braying/bought-fool will bray no more..

    ..but he still stays ‘bought’..

    ..forever..

    ..what a shabby ending to a political-career..eh..?

    ..by his ongoing treachery jones has guaranteed himself a small historical-footnote..

    ..but we are told..he ‘coulda been a contender!’…

    ..a man sunk by his hubris/ignorances/for sale sign around his neck..

    ..when you look at jones..

    ..he was/is pretty much on ‘the wrong side’ of everything..

    ..his latest move just confirms that long pattern..

    ..jones sells out to the planet-fuckers..

    ..those really on ‘the wrong side’..)

  7. bad12 7

    ”One, two, three, four, stop the war on the poor, Maraenui under attack, stand up and fight back”, so chanted the kids of Maraenui a Napier suburb with a heavy concentration of State housing as Slippery the Prime Minister arrived to gush over the opening of some new pensioner housing,

    Having all the gastronomic fortitude of your average Rat the PM then tried to do a bunk out the back way to avoid the protest, unfortunately someone forgot to tell the driver of the limo of the change of plan and the local kids again had the pleasure of voicing their displeasure in the face of the PM along with tossing the occasional missile in the direction of the limo which eventually left bearing the scars,

    Slippery later claimed that the kids, mostly 10 to 12 year old’s were ”saying things they didn’t understand” and i suppose to preserve His ego He has to think that, but, can assure the PM that subjecting HousingNZ estates to the forced evictions and demolitions of the current regime and its 20%– $2.5 billion HousingNZ sell off leaves those kids knowing full well what is in store for them,

    While it is hard to oppose such actions in the face of the publicity stunts being organized by the current regime where the tame media are being lead around by the nose by the likes of the PM and un-Housing Minister Nick Smith ‘gushing’ over the few completed ‘new build’ HousingNZ complexes we have to remember that for all their worth, and in the future pensioner housing will be like gold with the growth of the aged population, with the proposed shrinking of the States Housing stock by 20% it will be those 10 and 12 year old’s protesting befor the Prime Minister who will be all the worse off in the future,

    Poverty has not lessened in this country, the reverse is true, it is not 20% less State Houses that are needed now in our society, it is at least 20% more of such housing that is needed with urgency…

  8. David Cunliffe on Shane Jones “When a totara falls in the forest another totara grows to take it’s place”.

    How rooted is the Labour totara?

    • bad12 8.1

      :roll: , Not near as rooted as the United Future Party which you obviously helped along the way with your ”contribution” George,

      Your comment is obviously designed to inflame ‘Open Mike’ this morning and deserves nothing more then this, :roll: , this :roll: ,and this, :roll:

    • mickysavage 8.2

      What a silly comment Pete. I thought you would be coming out with the “Labour is ignoring the working class” line that is being perpetrated right now. By all means do that but how about you do a bit of fact checking beforehand. Read the party’s policy platform and then try and argue the party is not interested in ordinary people.

      • Pete George 8.2.1

        I think it’s a fair question Greg, it’s something that’s being widely discussed. I understand that it’s the done thing in politics to stoically say everything is fine and a win is imminent, but when the chasm between reality is so wide then it is counter-productive.

        The party’s policy is not the problem. The perception of the party is tending towards pathetic.

        The party might be interested in ordinary people but it doesn’t show much. I’ve seen here and elsewhere since the loss in 2008 that the Labour caucus in particular is out of touch and doesn’t want to hear from ordinary people.

        Ex Labour minister Michael Bassett may not be a party favourite but what he said on Radio New Zealand half an hour ago about Labour now are common sentiments.

        It’s a difficult hole to get out of, but continuing to dig and deny won’t do it.

        Labour looks out of touch with people and out of touch with reality. If they don’t turn this around very soon it could be terminal.

        The first step is admitting the problems. It’s to far gone for stoic bullshit.

        If the Labour totara uproots and crashes other parties will grow in the gap, but that takes time, and in the meantime Parliament will be significantly weakened.

        • bad12 8.2.1.1

          :roll: absolute drivel George, :roll: :roll: :roll:

        • mickysavage 8.2.1.2

          No it is not a fair question Pete. It is fact free loaded spin. I thought you were trying to appear balanced.

          Michael Basset reflecting common sentiments? Feck his party is now at less than 1% of the vote.

          There may be a perception problem. It is because of a bunch of nodding heads reinforcing all the right wing spin that is fed to them and you should reflect on your comments in this regard.

          • phillip ure 8.2.1.2.1

            “..a bunch of nodding heads reinforcing all the right wing spin that is fed to them and you should reflect on your comments in this regard..”

            given he is one of those (albeit less literate examples of) rightwing nodding-heads..

            ..that is a bit of an ask..

            ..and quoting/citing rabid-rightwinger michael ‘just walk on the poor!’ bassett..?

            ..as the voice of ‘the common man’..?

            ..heh..!

            ..that’s funny..!

          • Pete George 8.2.1.2.2

            I didn’t expect a sudden emergence from denial.

            Blame right wing spin.
            Blame National.
            Blame McCully.
            Blame the media.
            Blame Shane Jones.
            Blame small party support that’s irrelevant.
            Blame anyone pointing out the emperor’s clothes are in tatters here.

            And see how you get on in September.

            It may be that a million non-voters are suddenly attracted to a party fiddling while it’s Rome burns.

            • freedom 8.2.1.2.2.1

              getting a bit tetchy there Pete!

              hey, don’t you have a Budget for Poor People to be working on?

              or have you decided it is in the too-hard basket and Politicheck won’t be doing any fact-checking articles on poverty in New Zealand?

            • mickysavage 8.2.1.2.2.2

              Still waiting for the facts Pete. Go on. Have a look at Labour’s policies and tell me which ones will not help ordinary people.

              • It’s not about the policies Greg. I can agree with most of most of Labour’s policies, and sure, some of them would help ‘ordinary people’ (although spending too much on policies could have negative effects for ordinary people too).

                Very few voters read policies. Most people vote mostly on personalities and perceptions of competence.

                Policies without power are paltry. If voters think a party doesn’t have the people or competence to win power and run a government then they won’t care what policies promise.

                • mickysavage

                  So reality does not matter and perception is all important? So I guess fact checking is a waste of time.

                  • Both reality and perception matter, because people can perceive disconnects from reality.

                    People can be fooled to perceive things that aren’t real some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

                    Fact checking isn’t a waste of time – it can help people perceive more accurately and not get fooled by party propaganda and ignorance.

                    • pg..

                      ..you fool none of the people…all the time..

                      (and..)

                      “..Fact checking isn’t a waste of time..”

                      ..when are ya gonna go and do some..?

                      ..how is that poverty-fact-check coming along.?

                      (and..)

                      “..and not get fooled by party propaganda and ignorance..?..”

                      but that is yr oxygen..there..petey..

                      ..’party propaganda and ignorance’..

                      ..eh..?

                      ..that is what you peddle here..

                    • mickysavage

                      Isn’t it important for a fact checker to put aside perception and determine matters on what is actually occurring?

                    • Ok, can you say what is actually occurring in Labour? Like, actually, and not party spin?

                      I get it that they are gradually releasing policies.

                      What is Cunliffe achieving? and What is Labour achieving? You can set the record straight.

                • “..It’s not about the policies Greg…”

                  fucken bullshit..

                  ..national promised tax cuts as their way to office..

                  ..an agreement on working towards a guaranteed minimum income from the progressive parties..

                  ..would get many of that million to the ballot-box..

                  ..and surely by now labour must realise this is their path to power..?

                  ..and labour may well have some good policy..

                  ..maybe now the jones-circus/obstacle has left town..

                  ..they can focus on selling that policy..

                  ..talking directly to those ‘blue-collar-workers’..

                  ..telling ‘blue-collar workers’ how a progressive coalition will improve their day-to-day life..

                • Pascal's bookie

                  Here’s some data Pete, it’s not as good as we might like, but if you know of better, please share.

                  What does this data say about who people think “Is out of touch with ordinary people”?

                  http://www.reidresearch.co.nz/TV3+POLL+RESULTS.html

                  fact check yo’self Pete.

                  • “Is out of touch with ordinary people”
                    National leader – 52%
                    Labour leader – 22%

                    Estimated from chart January 2014 (a bit outdated).

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Cool. There’s more data there too of course that my be relevant to this discussion.

                      As I noted, the data isn” as good as we might like it, but it’s what we have, unless you have better data to share of course.

                      So, bearing in mind that:

                      “Fact checking isn’t a waste of time – it can help people perceive more accurately and not get fooled by party propaganda and ignorance.”

                      have a quick look at the following statements, and see if the facts revealed by that data can help clear up any propaganda or ignorance regarding what people think:

                      1) “Labour looks out of touch with people and out of touch with reality. If they don’t turn this around very soon it could be terminal.”

                      2) ” The perception of the party is tending towards pathetic.”

                      3) “Ex Labour minister Michael Bassett may not be a party favourite but what he said on Radio New Zealand half an hour ago about Labour now are common sentiments”

                • Clemgeopin

                  If an election is held today, which party would get your party vote?

                  • If this question is for me – none. The election isn’t being held today. The parties and politicians haven’t put all their offerings and abilities on show yet.

                    If I vote I’ll decide who for close to or on election day.

                    But I’ll give you a possibility – if Labour are at 20% in the polls just before the election I’d consider voting for them to help keep them alive, if I thought they deserved it.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Save your pity vote Pete, it’s not needed.

                    • freedom

                      “If an election is held today, which party would get your party vote?”
                      Pete, you know full well it is a hypothetical question.

                      Now if you do not want to share who you vote for that is your choice, just stand up tall and proud and say that you prefer not to share such intimate secret knowledge of your deepest soul. People would respect that. But to hide behind such pitiful reasoning when discussing a hypothetical situation is even more bizarre than you being Editor in Chief of a fact checking site.

                      http://thesaurus.com/browse/hypothetical

                    • wtl

                      But I’ll give you a possibility – if Labour are at 20% in the polls just before the election I’d consider voting for them to help keep them alive, if I thought they deserved it.

                      So basically it seems that you will decide who to vote for near election day based on their polices, but you will not be voting for Labour unless they need you to “save them”.

                      In other words, it seems that you have a rather strong disdain for Labour, as you will not consider voting for them on the merits of their actual policies. This is also evident in many other comments you post: whether or not you will admit to it, many of your comments here are strongly anti-Labour in tone or message.

                      Given this bias against Labour, I fail to see how your position as an independent “fact-checker” is tenable.

            • bad12 8.2.1.2.2.3

              The has been Petty George trying to tell other parties how they should do their bizz, having helped make His own political vehicle United Future a political irrelevancy has to be the joke of the day,

              A piece of toilet paper while not being as ”transparent’ as Petty George is a 100 times more useful, and this :roll:

        • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1.3

          The perception of the party is tending towards pathetic.

          Only according to the RWNJs and their pets in the MSM.

        • Pete 8.2.1.4

          So what is the definition of “ordinary people”? Because according to the 2012 New Zealand Social Survey just 21% of New Zealanders reported satisfactory results across all four of the surveyed areas of health, money, relationships and housing.

          Now relationships generally isn’t the domain of government policy (unless it’s to keep abusive behaviour in check), but Labour is putting in the effort to address the other three areas. I know people who have been helped enormously by Working For Famiilies. Kiwisaver helped me buy my home and plan for my future. And interest free student loans has saved me thousands. By contrast over the past 5 years National has done nothing that it can point to that benefits the people of New Zealand, aside from not rolling back those Labour programmes in the first place. Further, Michael Cullen’s stewardship laid the foundations to weather the GFC better than most countries, although I think he could have done more to keep the housing bubble in check.

          Let me ask you a question, Pete. What do you think is the legacy of this government? How do you think history will remember John Key’s administration? Because I’m really struggling to see any area at all where Key has improved New Zealand social wellbeing.

          • Pete George 8.2.1.4.1

            Any improvements have been modest and you have to look hard.

            Key’s nearly two terms is best known for minimising things getting worse over the course of a New Zealand recession (started under Labour), a Global financial crisis, and major disasters in Christchurch.

            Many people see that as a creditable achievement, and probably at least as good as any alternative government could have managed.

            It’s been unusual circumstances of economic survival that the country seems to have come through better than expected.

            If the National government survives into another term then we will get to see the Key legacy – if it’s any more than a cautious conservative treading water or not when we are expected to recover and grow.

            • David H 8.2.1.4.1.1

              Oh FFS Petey can’t you just answer the fucking questions.

              What do you think is the legacy of this government? A: The Blatant Corruption,

              How do you think history will remember John Key’s administration? A:For the Corruption and deals for the Boys.

              See that’s how it’s done Question. Answer. Simple.. And none of your useless bullshit waffling and link whoring!. And no one screaming at you for being a useless T :roll:

    • Not a PS Staffer 8.3

      :roll:

    • @ pg..

      ..are you using ‘rooted’ in its’ conjugal-sense/meaning..?

    • Oh pete – labour are the forest not the tree and (even as a non-labour person I can see) that forest is an ecosystem that is complete – until the chainsaws arrive and start cutting – are you a chainsaw pete? Do you want the forest cut down? If a tree is old or diseased a big gust of Mcgully-wind can blow it down – that tree is uprooted. The forest remains, ever changing.

      • phillip ure 8.5.1

        in this case the ‘mccully-wind’..

        ..has proven for labour the axiom that ‘it’s an ill wind that bows nobody any good’…

        ..the diseased-totara has fallen..

        ..quick may it rot..

      • Chooky 8.5.2

        marty mars +100.. very good analogy

        .I would like to see what the new tree Kelvin Davis has to offer and what he stands on….get to know him….a guest post/interview ?…. or a statement from him on open mike would be much appreciated

        …particularly on where he stands on Charter Schools and Standards testing…there does seem to be a bit of confusion on where exactly he does stand on these issues

        …the sooner we get to know him the sooner Jones will recede into the past

      • Ad 8.5.3

        Labour’s caucus righties still don’t get how strong the base of the party is. We have comprehensively outplayed them. Jones simply figured that the path to leadership is now determined not by caucus factions, but by the whole.

        Goff and King and Mallard will see caucus slowly tilt away from factions, and towards merit alone demonstrated to us all.

    • rhinocrates 8.6

      Get back under your bridge, the Gruff family is due any minute.

    • united future..not so much a ‘totora’..

      ..as a twig of ti-tree…

    • miravox 8.8

      Trying to be clever? Beneath even you Pete :roll:

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.9

      The Petty George Show roll(eye)s on.

      Yesterday he was offering his “support” to The Greens. Today he’s on a ring-barking mission, and he keeps his little bag of poison handy just in case.

      • fender 8.9.1

        This PG bullshit is getting tedious, I wish he would advise on how the TS site should be run…

        [lprent: ummm... I'm not sure how I feel about people trying to encourage push people into the propeller blades. Perhaps you should desist so I don't find out how I feel about it. ]

        • Not a PS Staffer 8.9.1.1

          Don’t argue with an idiot like PG. Onlookers might not be able to tell the difference. Just eye-roll him and he will go away. :roll:

        • fender 8.9.1.2

          Sure lprent I’ll “desist” from advising PG, cos he always takes my advice :roll:

    • David H 8.10

      PG just Fuck Off, you are nothing but a waste of Oxygen.

      [lprent: If you don't put a point or even some wit to go with the abuse, then don't make the comment. Otherwise I'll eventually get irritated and start banning repeat offenders. ]

    • weka 8.11

      David Cunliffe on Shane Jones “When a totara falls in the forest another totara grows to take it’s place”

      Is that a quote Pete? Can you please attribute it?

  9. Adrian 9

    So you see him ( as I do ) as a “Jonesling”, Phillip.

    • without doubt..

      ..and the further we get from these revelations of this ongoing treachery/double-dealing of/by jones…

      ..the stronger the stench will be..

      ..(i wonder if he/jones realises this yet..?..his guaranteed place in the halls of political infamy..?..)

      ..now..imagine were this a national party ‘high-flyer’..

      ..who had been in ‘good dialogue’ with the labour party ‘for a long time’..

      ..and had now left national..at a crucial pre-election moment..(designed to do the most harm to ‘his’ party..)..

      ..to ‘work for labour’..in a plum/created/troughing-’job’..

      ..i wonder how our corporate/access-media wd handle that scenario..?

      ..differently from how they are handling this breaking from cover of jones..?

      ..i’m betting it wouldn’t be ‘national in disarray’..

      ..it’d likely be all about ‘the treachery/undemocratic-practices of labour’..

      ..eh..?..

  10. tricledrown 10

    So Jones sells out for a few pieces of silver.
    The Noise Jones made over the Countdown super market chain
    Was obviously designed to up his transfer fees.
    The snide flipant attitude over shower flow rates prior to 2008 election were designed to unseat Labour so Hey could have a tilt at leading labour.
    Now all chances of becoming leader have gone.
    Sabotage is his payback for not getting what He wants .
    For all his intellect.
    Jones is just a self centered highly egotistical dickhead.

    • Puckish Rogue 10.1

      At least Shane Jones told us who donated to his challenge

      • anker 10.1.1

        I think what came up about Shane Jones donors supports the arguement for the Trust account DC set up. He didn’t know the donors, so could not be influence by them. That was the intention. Shows integrity.

        Jones knew whos his donors were and what a surprize! not. Anti green, pro mining and secret meetings with National about a job………….Shane “what’s in it for me” Jones.

        I seem to remember him saying about DC after the leadership contest that he lost, “I offer DC my unstinting loyalty”…………..Yeah right.

        Shane Jones……………good for Tui adds.

    • Not a PS Staffer 10.2

      Countdown’s proxies will be called on by National for donations. Ralph Norris will be very pleased.

  11. Ant 11

    LOL Trotter and Bassett on RNZ morning report commenting on Labour and Jones, no agendas there…

    • bad12 11.1

      Dover Samuels, John Tamihere, Bassett, all has been’s, yesterday’s men, all trumpeting the right wing framing of Jones having tossed His toys, class traitors in other words,

      Shane Who, has been a waste of space in both the Labour Government and the Labour Opposition, His quitting is the only positive in a career that has been singularly damaging to the Party,

      Jones touted as the ‘champion’ of the blue collar workers by the media and the ever growing list of political commentators is a joke, and those touting Him as such an even worse joke,

      Good riddance is what the left should be shouting back at the fools touting Jones as any champion of the working class,

      The sooner Labour clean out the old gaurd right wingers from the Caucus the better, Jones wont be missed past the next ‘frenzy item’ seized upon by what is an obviously bored media…

      • BM 11.1.1

        Yes what labour needs right now is a public purging of people such as Goff,Shearer,Cosgrove,O’Conner.

        If Cunliffe is any leader, he’ll start wielding his sword today.

        Their destabilizing influence is destroying labour and must be removed before labour can win this years election.

        • Te Reo Putake 11.1.1.1

          Thanks for your concern, T.R.O.L.L.

        • Puckish Rogue 11.1.1.2

          :)

        • bad12 11.1.1.3

          i don’t usually bother addressing your comments BM, that is probably because conversing with the dumb while having its amusing moments is really an exercise in futility,

          Take your current comment for instance, ”Labour winning the election” is the thinking of the Neanderthal,

          Labour has No chance of winning the election, in 2014 though, the Left has every chance of doing just that….

        • Clemgeopin 11.1.1.4

          As a right wing supporter, why do you post as a Labour party well-wisher?

          • BM 11.1.1.4.1

            The post to Bad12 was purely a piss-take of his ridiculous ramblings.

            I’m predominantly right wing but would have no issue voting labour, if they had decent people and policies.

            I hope one day labour ditches the unions,their last century thought process and becomes a decent party again.

            • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.4.1.1

              Employees must once again unionise and organise in order to exercise collective bargaining power over employers, particularly larger and corporate employers.

              Even better, co-ops of workers need to start taking over and democratically running their own work places, instead of taking orders from some faraway Man who doesn’t even understand the business.

              • Draco T Bastard

                I think all businesses need to become cooperatives with the present shareholders becoming either bond or loan holders and no say in the running of the company. Only those who work there would have any say in the direction of the company.

                • Why don’t workers just set up businesses like this? There’s nothing to stop them.

                  How many workers want to take on the responsibility of running the business they work for?

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Why don’t workers just set up businesses like this? There’s nothing to stop them.

                    Yes there is. Several things in fact:
                    1.) Finances (this is systemic – our entire system is against it)
                    2.) Improper education
                    3.) Raised in an abusive and dysfunctional family (admittedly, 2 & 3 tend to go together)
                    and more that I just can’t think of right now.

                    How many workers want to take on the responsibility of running the business they work for?

                    I suspect more than most people realise.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      PG’s comments are those of someone completely ignorant of the power of corporate forces and big banking in our economy.

                      If he was serious about supporting small community owned businesses he would have more to offer us than “get to it then.”

            • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.4.1.2

              I’m predominantly right wing but would have no issue voting labour, if they had decent right-wing people and policies.

              FTFY

              You’ll never vote anything other than radical right which means National or Act.

            • Clemgeopin 11.1.1.4.1.3

              Are you just thick or a complete idiot? The Labour party was formed for the betterment of the people and the country by the workers who were exploited by the wealthy. In the modern world, workers come from innumerable professions, not just miners etc that helped form the party in its beginning days. It is the Labour party principles, policies and programmes that has made New Zealand a better place for everyone, men and women, children and the elderly, employees and the employers, the unemployed and the poor, and even the rich pricks that now infest the greedy ungrateful right wing parties such as National and ACT that are spitting on the poor and the ordinary people with their unfair, unjust, selfish policies, while happily copying many of the great social policies of the last Labour government.

              But for the Labour’s socialist principles, you would be on pittance wages languishing on 12 hour days, women’s rights would be pretty much non existent like in some middle east countries, homophobia and discrimination would continue unabated etc, etc. Innumerable progress has been made and lots more needs to be done for justice, environment, equity, freedom, true prosperity etc

              Don’t bad mouth the Labour party, you nitwit.

      • miravox 11.1.2

        “Jones touted as the ‘champion’ of the blue collar workers by the media and the ever growing list of political commentators is a joke, and those touting Him as such an even worse joke,”

        He’d only be a class traitor if he was a blue collar worker. But he never was blue collar. Groomed as a future leader from a very early age, wasn’t he?

        Anyway as far as I’m concerned it’s a clean out out of the Labour right, who contradict L(l)abour ideals anyway.

        • BM 11.1.2.1

          Class traitor, phfft what a load of shit, you’re not Pomgolia now, we don’t do classes down here.

          This hang up you lefties have on putting people in boxes/classes is the reason why you’re failing.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1.1

            It’s a class war BM and you know that because you are one of its participants. An ongoing class war that the 1% who hold the largest share of capital wealth wages every day against the 99% who do not.

            You’re on a site with many who are well versed in political economics, so have some respect and please don’t treat the rest of us as ignorant.

            • BM 11.1.2.1.1.1

              It is not a class war, there will never be a class war in NZ.

              If you picked out 100 random people in the street and then told them we’re fighting a class war, they’d think you’re a complete lunatic that should be locked in a padded cell.

              • Colonial Viper

                “It is not a class war, there will never be a class war in NZ.”

                ROFL why are you still trying it on? When you are one of the participants in this very class war?

                Perhaps you should learn about NZ history, check out the great strike of 1913, also how the Liberal Government broke up all the large land holdings of the richest families in the 1890′s. And of course, the dispossesion of the entire working class in the 1980′s and 1990′s due to Rogernomics and Ruthanasia.

          • Draco T Bastard 11.1.2.1.2

            Class traitor, phfft what a load of shit, you’re not Pomgolia now, we don’t do classes down here.

            Really, and I could have sworn that we just had a couple of high-class bludgers go through NZ at our expense.

            This hang up you lefties have on putting people in boxes/classes is the reason why you’re failing.

            That has got to be psychological projection. It’s the left that are trying to break down the class barriers while the RWNJs always seem to be trying to build them up.

            • BM 11.1.2.1.2.1

              There are no classes to break down, do you not understand this?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Yes there are. there’s the rich, the middle class, the poor and now the precariat. Just because you want to deny reality and insist these classes don’t exist doesn’t make them any less true.

                • BM

                  But the poor can become middle class and the middle class can become rich.

                  Where are the barriers?

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Where are the barriers?

                    Debt peonage

                    Lack of cheap credit to start/expand your own business

                    Economic rentier behaviour from the 0.1% and corporatocracy

                    An economic and social system which inherently advantages white property owning males

                    • BM

                      Debt peonage

                      Examples?

                      Lack of cheap credit to start/expand your own business

                      last thing we need is under capitalized businesses starting up, fast way to the poor house

                      Economic rentier behaviour from the 0.1% and corporatocracy

                      Examples?

                      An economic and social system which inherently advantages white property owning males

                      it’s all the fault of white males, seriously?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I’ve already given you the broad categories, look it up for yourself. Not your research service.

                      And I’ll add one more: deliberately reduced and declining income share of labour (i.e. workers) with respect to GDP, with the difference siphoned off to corporations and capitalist owners.

                  • felix

                    “But the poor can become middle class and the middle class can become rich.

                    Where are the barriers?”

                    Oh BM, I didn’t realise you were quite this lost. How do you think you’ll ever be rich without poor people?

                    • BM

                      But there’s no barriers if you want to make the effort, you may not succeed but the opportunity is there.

                    • Paul

                      No barriers at all.
                      Of course not BM

                      In their book on inequality The Spirit Level, British researchers Wilkinson and Pickett devote a whole chapter to showing the different ways that entrenched inequality reduces social mobility.

                      But you have researched this more of course by reading Slater’s opinion and then repeating it.

                      https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/wolfson.institute/events/Wilkinson372010.pdf
                      http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2010/05/inequality-and-social-mobility.html

                    • felix

                      BM, would you like to address my question please?

                      How will you manage to be rich without poor people?

                    • freedom

                      “if you want to make the effort …. the opportunity is there.”

                      gee thanks BM,
                      I never knew the only reason I am poor, is I am lazy

                      In your world no rich person has ever actively worked against poor people doing better

                      know what?
                      for a guy who no-doubt imagines his initials stand for Big Man,
                      you sure do have a tiny mind.

                    • BM

                      There will always be poor people, it’s always been that way and always will.

                      How much money I make is irrelevant.

                    • McFlock

                      But there’s no barriers if you want to make the effort, you may not succeed but the opportunity is there.

                      [my emphasis]
                      lol
                      So even if you make an effort, you might remain poor? But there are no barriers?
                      Fuck you’re a slippery liar.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      “if you want to make the effort …. the opportunity is there.”

                      Ever play video games BM?

                      I ask coz there’s this thing on many of them in ‘settings’ where you can dial things up and down, and make the game easier.

                      You know?

                      Your dude might have more hit points, or it might make the enemies a bit dumber, or fewer, that sort of thing.

                      Imagine that in a multi-player game, and some folks get their settings set, by society, a bit easier on most of the settings. They will find it easier, and if they don;t get that are playing at an advantage, they are gonna think they are shit hot at this game.

                      Aren’t they?

                    • BM

                      Absolutely.
                      Many people have busted their nuts and never succeeded, that’s just how the game goes.

                      Maybe their idea was shit, maybe people didn’t want their product, maybe they ran out of money or the timing was wrong.

                      No one is ever guaranteed success.

                    • McFlock

                      So the poor can become middle class and the middle class can become rich, but even if the poor do everything right they might not succeed, in which case through no fault of their own they can’t become middle class / rich.

                      Are you suffering from severe cognitive dissonance, or are you just a shit liar?

                    • felix

                      Ooh ooh I know this one, he’s a shit liar McF.

                      He still won’t answer my q either: How can he be rich without poor people?

                      Who does he think is going to do the shit jobs? The other rich people? Good luck getting them to work for peanuts.

                      Fucking idiot liar.

                    • Descendant Of Sssmith

                      Cool BM will support 100% death duties and the law that makes it illegal to transfer your personal wealth to anyone else.

                      That way we all start with nothing and only the sum of our personal endeavors will get us anywhere.

                    • srylands

                      “Who does he think is going to do the shit jobs? ”

                      The failures. If we get rich enough the guest workers. You are being stupid.

                    • felix

                      Nope sryass, BM said the poor will become middle class, and then rich. So no more poor people.

                      You can’t have it both ways, dicks.

                • Colonial Viper

                  It’s in the interest of the Tories to pretend that they are not waging war against the under class and working class – stealth is the only way they can get away with it.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    I know.

                  • srylands

                    That is ridiculous. The Government (I assume the “Tories” is some unheard of label you have for the New Zealand Government. Funny I thought it was some ancient English political faction) presides over a $27 billion welfare safety net. You are seriously deluded.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Hey Shitlands. All you’ve pointed out is that the Tories have some remnant electoral self preservation instinct. They know that they cannot dismantle the NZ welfare state expeditiously and have to instead dismantle it bit by bit, while demonising the vulnerable and the poor on the way. And your point is?

                      You are seriously deluded.

                      What’s a servant of the power elite like you who has never voted in NZ care anyway?

                    • McFlock

                      SSpylands, I have serious concerns about your memory. Your confusion about the word “tory” sounded familiar, and less that 30sec using the search box says you were taught about that word last September, and again in October. Try reading those comment branches again before (once again) removing all doubt as to your stupidity.

                      I’m especially concerned that such a stupid fucking idiot, as you obviously must be, claims to be/have been involved in formulation of government policy.

                      Perhaps that would explain why you are obviously unaware that the nats are destroying the $27bil welfare safety net loop by “application declined” loop.

                      Or maybe you think it’s a sophisticated distraction to plead ignorance about a two-syllable word and then argue that the fact the government hasn’t completely destroyed something means that the government must be actively preserving it. Well, an idiot feels compelled to double down on his own idiocy, I guess.

                    • felix

                      Oh god so stupid.

  12. a suggested sign-language-for-deaf ‘sign’ for ‘shane jones’:

    ..a rhythmic half-closed-fist hand-motion should do it/the trick..

  13. Not a PS Staffer 14

    Politics is hard mistress. I just watched the David Cunliffe interview on the Paul Henry Show from Tuesday night. Respect! Respect! David was very calm despite the best efforts of that psychotic arse. I’ll bathe in Dettol!

  14. tricledrown 15

    Education
    The US middle class income falling faster than any OECD country WHy.
    Education has been identified as the cause of decline.
    Decline in Pisa scores directly related to decline in income.
    And we are adopting the same policies that have lead to this decline.

    • Chooky 15.1

      Yes as Kelvin Davis is a teacher …i would like to see/hear his views on Charter Schools and Standards Testing enunciated here for all to see/hear…just so we can have confidence in him.

      On the surface he looks like a very fortunate replacement for Shane

      btw….why is Morning Report bringing out Bassett….of ACT to criticise the Labour Party and Cunliffe….Bassett is an old ‘has been’ Rogernom….he is the last person who should be critiquing Labour and Cunliffe….he was part of the cabal that just about destroyed Labour

      ….what is Morning Report doing?…is it now a mouthpiece for ACT?

      ….that said I thought John Tamihere was very good ….cant he be brought back into the Labour Party fold?…he has done his time for his ‘crime’ insensitivity to women ( a crime many others have committed on the Left) ….and he was very popular on radio …he could be a big draw card for Neathandral Man …Labour working men.

      • David H 15.1.1

        What did you really expect when they put Espiner in there the other week. I have listened only once to Morning Report since he took over, it took me about 40 mins of Espiner to change the channel to something reasonable, like Radio Live.

    • Colonial Viper 15.2

      The US middle class income falling faster than any OECD country WHy.
      Education has been identified as the cause of decline.
      Decline in Pisa scores directly related to decline in income.

      Uh, you’re incorrect on this count, unfortunately. You’ve mistaken cause and effect.

      What getting a higher education means today in the USA is being highly qualifiedand stacking shelves or flipping burgers on the minimum wage, with a massive and unrepayable student loan.

      The true cause of the collapse of the US middle class is far more complex – and has to do with the power elite exporting all solid working class jobs out of the nation and then systematically destroying the value of peoples property and pension funds.

  15. Rogue Trooper 16

    ONE News headline ” Labour in damage control “:National a safe pair of hands “.
    “Labour party has definately been hurt”- Corinn Dann.
    yet “Jones often acted as a wedge between Labour and the Greens” , refused to work with Norman – Michael Parkin with a side order of Pagani spin, “it’s a warning sign”
    Gower- “…risks being punished in the polls.”

    Plenty of balance there was, Not!

    Further to the harms of fructose, The WHO new recommendations for daily sugar intake, 5% of total daily food intake. Equals about 6 teaspoons.
    If cut back, takes about four days of unsettling withdrawals.

    • bad12 16.1

      That doesn’t quite make sense, the WHO 5% of daily food intake that is, i would have to weigh my total food intake for a day,(which is probably a good idea to do for a week), but, am pretty sure that if liquids are included then the daily intake is over ‘ a kilo’,

      Me thinks i will do that starting next Monday, weighing both solid food and liquid intake to see what my normal diet weighs,(weekends are now the ‘fasting diet’ to keep the kilo’s falling off),

      Dieting is interesting, i have found that even the vege and fruit diet can add body weight, which suggests weight loss is more a matter of ‘how much’ of ‘anything’ is the key,

      Still think unless a ‘scientific case’ can be made for adding sugar to food can be made then Legislation is needed to have it removed from food items that are not classed specifically as sweets,or at the least, a large label being a requirement to show the number of spoons of sugar a serving of the product contains per serving,

      Last nights Third Degree was a shallow look at the other side of the health issue ‘fats’, i wasn’t impressed at all,

      Obviously the body ‘needs’ some fat/oil so as to be able to transport vital nutrients around the body which otherwise would simply be discharged via the liver down the toilet, i am though sticking with the view of good fats/bad fats…

      • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1

        Dieting is interesting, i have found that even the vege and fruit diet can add body weight, which suggests weight loss is more a matter of ‘how much’ of ‘anything’ is the key,

        Weight loss is more a question of getting some exercise.

      • Chooky 16.1.2

        @ bad 12

        molasses can be a good substitute for sugar cravings…this is all the minerals /vits etc left over from sugar refining…it is very strong but it can be put in gravies and cakes or on porridge..or just a tsp as a tonic…Red Seal Black Strap Molasses has for a few dollars… manganese( lots), magnesium(lots), iron, calcium( lots), sodium

        …a good book to get is : ‘Stay Healthy by Supplying Whats lacking in Your Diet’ by David Coorey….for $25..(NZ publishing House .Private Bag 12029, Tauranga…(Tel: 0800 140 141)

        ( it gives an index of health symptoms/deficiencies /foods that supply essential vits/minerals for these deficiences eg …advice for weight loss, diabetes, alcohol cravings ,eye sight , dementia, gout, migraines , chloresterol, osteoporosis, gum disease, chronic fatigue, tinnitus….etc.etc.).. you can be your own doctor before your symptoms get out of control…it is very budget friendly …i hardly ever see a doctor!..nor does my family)

        • bad12 16.1.2.1

          Lolz thanks Chooky, but, spending 25 bucks on a book here isn’t an option, i have tho Google as a friend and can find it all out from the basic to the uni studies online,

          Molasses sounds quite interesting and i will check out the cost on my next food forage in the supermarket, still sugar tho,(even tho it contains a good amount of those essential minerals), and, i have to watch total intake,

          That sugar craving at a certain point as you cut down is quite an acute one, psychological more than physical,(for me anyway), i have cut down from 2 teaspoons in my tea mug all the time to 1 teaspoon and then onto 1 teaspoon every fourth cuppa,

          My fruit intake has tho tripled from what has been the lifelong (bad) habit and there are plenty of sugars in fruit, weight has dropped to 95 kilo from 110 kilo at Christmas, i am tho doing mini crash diets on weekends to make up for my bad habit of making big yummy veg and fish meals and then scoffing the lot…

    • Draco T Bastard 16.2

      If cut back, takes about four days of unsettling withdrawals.

      And here’s me thinking that was just the lack of coffee.

  16. fisiani 17

    Political junkie question of the day.
    What do Dunedin North, Mangere Maungakiekie, Mt Albert, Rongotai, and the 7 Maori electorates have in common and why is this grim news for Labour?

    • fisiani 17.1

      2 hours and no one got it.
      These are the only constituencies where National lost the Party Vote.
      New Zealand is blue and will get even bluer.

      • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1

        Nope, you don’t get it – it’s no longer a two horse race an no party will be the sole inhabitant of government ever again.

        • fisiani 17.1.1.1

          No party has been the sole inhabitant of government for more than 20 years – National may have the numbers to be sole inhabitant in September but John Key will share government with willing support parties as he plans to win in 2017 and 2021 assuming we have a 4 year term by then.

          • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1.1.1

            National don’t like sharing power – that was why they took over Act. Sure, they still had to get UF and the mP on board but they knew that they’d be able to buy them up quite easily and that, once bought, they’d stay bought as the mP just proved.

  17. Sure, I think davis is better than jones by a country mile but…

    “It gives me a platform and the resources of an MP to campaign. Otherwise, I would have just been an unemployed bum trying to be a candidate. So it helps my profile and there are more opportunities to get in the media.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11243097

    yeah don’t want to be an ‘unemployed bum’ do we – not for the ‘headhunted by jones’ davis who wants to be the electorate mp by beating Hone.

    Sure, I think davis is better than jones by a country mile but…

    • Chooky 18.1

      …yes Davis needs to be open about what he stands for ..we need to get statements from him so he is on record

      Shane chose him…this is a worry!…also that he worked for the Ministry of Education, which has been hopelessly compromised by its Minister and ACT private company lobbyists for Charter Schools

      We dont want another new Trojan Horse in the Labour Party

      Cunliffe’s job is hard enough as it is….. with all the old Rogernomes guard still unretired

      • bad12 18.1.1

        My view, Davis stands for the Labour Party that represents the New Zealand middle class, full stop…

  18. Jim47 19

    Has labour got so desperate that they have to have children protest.
    Can they no longer find any adults to do their protesting.
    Perhaps they are getting ready with twelve year olds to try and win the 2022 election.
    Just saying.
    I am a pensioner and this time my vote is with national.

    [lprent: Looking at your email address, I'd have been surprised if you'd ever voted for anyone apart from National and/or Act.

    In my experience, Labour and the left usually manages to turn out thousands for their larger protests when the right and National can usually turn out mere handfuls. So I'd suspect that the reason that children were turning out would probably have something to do with how whatever it is affects them.

    However, putting a link or even a reference into the story you're talking about would probably help people with understanding what you are indignant about. I currently have no idea and your comment gives no hint. Please try to do better next time.

    Could someone help this guy out. ]

    • Molly 19.1

      I don’t know whether anyone could help Jim47, given that he has obviously had 65 years to sort himself out, and this is the best he can do.

      However, I think he is referring to the story mentioned above by both karol and bad12, regarding the egging of the PM’s car in Maraenui.

      Jim47 seems to believe from this article that it was a Labour Party – day out holiday activity for the kiddies. Reading comprehension levels shown by his comment indicate that it is probably fairly unlikely that any written comment “helping him out” will do much to change his mind.

      After all, his vote is with National.

      • bad12 19.1.1

        Well put Molly, Jim47 is obviously an idiot by design or genetic irresponsibility on the part of other’s,

        The kids involved in giving Slippery the Prime Minister ‘the message’ were all locals who fully understand what is happening as the PM and un-Housing Minister Smith re-arrange the deck chairs of the HousingNZ estate using the publicity of the mass media to mask the 20%–42.5 billion dollar asset sale they are attempting by flogging off the housing of the poorest in our communities,

        The State Houses bowled over to make way for the ‘pensioner housing’ would have previously housed their cousins and friends so on whatever level they understand what is occurring understand it they do,

        The only visible political presence at this protest,was that of the Mana Party…

  19. Paul 20

    Real important news as opposed to the Jones beat up.
    Wonder what people think of Key and his crew as their mortgages rise.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11243323

    • bad12 20.1

      Lolz the Bank Robbery of the century, with inflation at a miserly 1.5% the Reserve Bank Governor in an act of ”kill it befor it grows” kneecaps the economy and acts to profit the Trading Banks with windfall profits of billions of dollars in added interest payments…

    • Puckish Rogue 20.2

      Meh, mortgage rates rise and mortgage rates fall

      • Draco T Bastard 20.2.1

        When there’s no reason for them to have interest rates on at all. No loans should have interest on them.

        • Colonial Viper 20.2.1.1

          +1

          • Paul 20.2.1.1.1

            Even if some people aren’t concerned by the rise in interest rates, Stuff’s website shows one of its notorious polls, just putting its foot in the water for the elite, as it knows damn well that people struggling to pay their mortgages is electoral poison.
            http://www.stuff.co.nz/

            BTW The wording of these polls is appalling.

            Will higher interest rates hurt you?
            Yes, I’m not happy
            No, I planned for them
            Bring them on, I’m a saver

        • freedom 20.2.1.2

          I disagree there Draco, assuming you are talking about NZ printing our own cash not continuing to borrow from the Central Banks.

          If a 1% interest rate was levied on all loans from the Government to home owners, new business ventures etc, then that is another stable resource for making contributions to the UBI fund. Of course this is in addition to the % taken by the Robin hood Tax when the loan is made operational.

          • Draco T Bastard 20.2.1.2.1

            You’re still working with the false assumption that the government needs a source of income. It doesn’t. The repayment of a loan is nothing more than the removal of money that has been injected into the economy so as to maintain the apparent value of money.

            • freedom 20.2.1.2.1.1

              Not sure I am completely clear on your endgame there Draco.

              No taxes of any sort?
              How does Government function without an income? Do Governments just print money with no controls at all? That is what the central Banks do now and look where that has gotten us.

              How do roads get built?
              How does Healthcare function?
              Education?
              Civil Defence?
              Police and the Military ?? (if we still have to have them :) )

              I must be missing something obvious …
              (no-job stress has me missing sleep, I know that much )

              Yes money is a lie and interest compounds that lie.
              Yes together they are a powerful force but it does not have to be a destructive force.

              As I said, maybe I have misunderstood what you mean.

              • Draco T Bastard

                No taxes of any sort?

                No, there’d still be taxes.

                How does Government function without an income? Do Governments just print money with no controls at all?

                It’s not a question of functioning without an income but realising that taxes are solely the destruction of money already created and spent into the economy by government. And, yes, there would be rules.

                How do roads get built?
                How does Healthcare function?
                Education?
                Civil Defence?
                Police and the Military ?

                The same way that they do now – by paying the people doing them.

                • freedom

                  (excuse the delay in responding Draco, I had stuff to do)

                  Originally you were talking about interest not being needed.
                  “When there’s no reason for them to have interest rates on at all. No loans should have interest on them.”
                  “The repayment of a loan is nothing more than the removal of money that has been injected into the economy so as to maintain the apparent value of money.”

                  You then seemed to shift the same idea onto taxes.
                  “realising that taxes are solely the destruction of money already created and spent into the economy by government”

                  In any economy, taxes and interest are not really the same thing.

                  “You’re still working with the false assumption that the government needs a source of income.” Taxes are Government income. As much as created or borrowed funds are.

                  The not repaying loans idea is pretty out there, I just do not see how an economy functions that way. Governments supply new money, check. It gets distributed into the economy via bank loans, mortgages etc, check. . . .and then what?
                  It just doesn’t get repaid ?

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    In any economy, taxes and interest are not really the same thing.

                    Good job I didn’t treat them as being the same then. Repayment of the loan does not include interest – that’s added on top in the present system and I’ve specifically said that loans won’t have interest.

                    The not repaying loans idea is pretty out there, I just do not see how an economy functions that way. Governments supply new money, check. It gets distributed into the economy via bank loans, mortgages etc, check. . . .and then what?
                    It just doesn’t get repaid ?

                    Well, you certainly didn’t get that from me either. Nowhere did I say that the money wouldn’t be removed from the system afterwards. All, I’ve said is that there was no need of interest and that there shouldn’t be any interest charged. In fact, you even quoted the bit where I said it would be returned/removed/destroyed.

      • ianmac 20.2.2

        When Interest Rates are low, Key/English trumpet their clever stewardship.
        When Interest Rates rise it is the independent Reserve Bank’s work.
        Funny that?

        • Puckish Rogue 20.2.2.1

          You mean like Clark and Cullen when the global market was booming? Its what politicians do on both sides

          • Draco T Bastard 20.2.2.1.1

            Can’t recall Labour ever boasting about low interest rates but I can remember them saying that the interest rates weren’t up to them due to the RBNZ being independent and the rates were the result of the market. I don’t think many people bought it though as most were already starting to realise that the market was code for the rich getting richer at everyone else’s expense.

    • Jackal 20.3

      The OCR increasing 3% won’t just hurt those who already have mortgages, it will lock many middle income home buyers out of the market. Also, the amount of mortgagee auctions will likely continue to increase under this regime.

      People having less money to spend will assuredly slow the economy, which is only showing signs of recovery because commodity prices have increased. Increased spending is a result of things costing more, not because people are buying more. A lack of competition in the retail sector will also effect the housing bubble in a bad way because people won’t be able to save for a deposit on their first home.

      Along with the 20% lending criteria, an already slowing market and unprecedented overinflation, now is clearly not the right time to be locked into a mortgage. Such assets will not be liquid because many thousands of Kiwis will be trapped renting forever.

      If some better policies aren’t implemented soon, homeowners and investors will start to lose equity and our housing stock will be further degraded. In the long run that won’t benefit anybody, not even the speculators.

  20. Paul 21

    If you prefer discussing the continuing evidence of climate change and our governments failure to amend our policies to avoid this, read this
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/9973720/Taupo-sized-iceberg-B-31-on-the-move

    Or you could talk to Pete about totaras..,..

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      “policies” have a very limited role in halting climate change when a centuries worth of built economic and logistical infrastructure of your entire country is predicated on fossil fuels.

  21. Puckish Rogue 22

    I wonder what the rest of the Labour MPs are thinking about Jones leaving, I mean it must be pretty gutting knowing that National think that Jones is such a big threat that they create a job for him but for every other Labour MP theres nothing :)

    • Draco T Bastard 22.1

      Apparently, They didn’t think Jones was a big threat – they thought, and still think, of him as a good friend.

      • Puckish Rogue 22.1.1

        Of course he was a threat, waitakere man and all that. He was smart, spoke well and appealed to a cross-section of people and National took out one of Labours weapons

        Well played National

        • lprent 22.1.1.1

          Of course he was a threat…

          Mostly to Labour as far as I could tell from his screwups.

          • Puckish Rogue 22.1.1.1.1

            Yeah of course because Jones was responsible for:

            The baby bonus debacle
            The power generation announcement dogs breakfast
            Keys leafy suburb botch up
            Cunliffes secret trusts
            Nigella Lawson

            Just as an example

    • at this stage..p.r..

      ..it wd seem jones was the only(?) labour mp..in their pocket..

      ..’their’ man/mole in labour….

      ..and i am sure many labour mp’s are glad this embarassment has sprayed his way off the stage..

      • BM 22.2.1

        Wouldn’t be surprised if Shearer exits stage right.

        Maybe sometime in June?

        • Draco T Bastard 22.2.1.1

          That’d be another plus for labour but I doubt if he will. He actually seems to want to do something about poverty unfortunately he still thinks capitalism can.

      • Puckish Rogue 22.2.2

        The only Labour MP deemed a threat, he probably could have gone toe to toe with Key in the debates but we’ll never know now

        • phillip ure 22.2.2.1

          jones wouldn’t have gone ‘toe to toe’ with key..

          ..it’d be more lips (attached firmly) to arse…

          ..with key as the receiver..

        • bad12 22.2.2.2

          Drivel, 5 and a half years of Opposition and all Jones has come out with is a rave about supermarkets which the Commerce Commission is likely to have the final say of ”nothing to see here folks”, on,

          Jones is gone, good riddance, a waste of space in every sense of the word…

        • felix 22.2.2.3

          “The only Labour MP deemed a threat”

          Yeah, but weirdly the govt and the PM’s office spend all their time attacking Cunliffe and the Greens.
          :roll:

  22. Molly 23

    Revisiting the Fossil Fuel company contributions to global warming printed by the Guardian some months ago (noted by a Standardista), and thought to have a look at what other graphics may have been produced.

    They were working on an Open Corporates map, one that shows the complex web of company ownership and control on a global scale. One problem is that small countries often were the best locations for companies to operate from, and so would have too much overlap when plotting companies. Their solution: to upscale the country in a honeycomb fashion to indicate the company’s presence there.

    I had a look at Goldman Sachs – on their live version which was produced in UK summer of 2013, and was surprised to the relative size of NZ.

    (To see the chain of ownership, just hover over one of the companies (circles) on the map)

  23. aerobubble 24

    We discover now that ACC, Collins, thinks people having accidents is a choice. We’ve understood for sometime now that Bennett believes people choose unemployment and under-employment. How
    long is it before Key believes, like ACT, that proportionality is wrong in sentencing, and retrospective laws are all okay.

    It beggars belief that any liberty loving citizen could vote for this far right government and not vomit in shame.

  24. Clemgeopin 25

    Referring to Jones, Mr Cunliffe stated that when a totara falls, other totara will grow in its place. Mr Parekura Horamia was a true totara. To me, Jones is no totara. In my opinion he has instead just shown himself to be a farterer creating bad stink.

  25. Morrissey 26

    Why you should NOT wear a red poppy
    Far from apologizing, the RSA ran poems in its magazine praising this….

    In late 1918, after the war had ended, New Zealand and Australian soldiers rounded up more than one hundred boys and men in the Palestinian village of Surafend, then methodically clubbed them to death…..
    http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog?topic_id=1115959

    • Blue 26.1

      This is one of many reasons people should wear a red poppy.
      http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/le-quesnoy/the-liberation-of-le-quesnoy.

      Courage takes many forms , being a keyboard warrior isn’t one of them.

      • JAK 26.1.1

        I asked my uncle about the first world war and he talked about the horses.
        I don’t remember exactly what he said, but it was along the lines that they shot horses who were stuck or could no longer pull the guns and he thought it was wrong that animals who had nothing to do with the war were made to suffer and die, while men who could choose did the goading and the killing.
        I don’t remember him going to Anzac Day Parades or wearing the red poppy, and he never showed me his medals.

        • Colonial Viper 26.1.1.1

          Yep. Let us remember…the sheer brutality and utter inhumanity of outright warfare, where it is virtually always the civilians and the children who suffer the most egregious crimes.

      • Morrissey 26.1.2

        Something calling itself “Blue” seemed just a tad bewildered the day before Anzac Day.

        This is one of many reasons people should wear a red poppy.
        http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/le-quesnoy/the-liberation-of-le-quesnoy.

        My post was not about Le Quesnoy, it was about something altogether different: the rounding up and murder of more than one hundred unarmed men and boys in the village of Surafend. And the fact that the RSA’s magazine ran poems PRAISING the massacre.

        Courage takes many forms , being a keyboard warrior isn’t one of them.

        And rounding up civilians and battering them to death certainly is not courageous.

        Or perhaps “Blue” thinks those Anzac murderers and the others who said nothing were courageous?

  26. Morrissey 27

    Blair’s anti-democratic tirade
    by SEUMAS MILNE, The Guardian
    Wednesday 23 April 2014

    The neocons are back. That toxic blend of messianic warmongering abroad and McCarthyite witch-hunting at home – which gave us Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo and the London bombings – is coursing through our public life again. Yesterday the liberal interventionists’ hero, Tony Blair, was once more demanding military action against the “threat of radical Islam”.

    Reprising the theme that guided him and George Bush through the deceit and carnage of the “war on terror”, the former prime minister took his crusade against “Islamism” on to a new plane. The west should, he demanded, make common cause with Russia and China to support those with a “modern” view against the tide of political Islam.

    But he also demanded military intervention against Syria – backed by Russia – along with more “active measures” to help the armed opposition, which is dominated by Islamists and jihadists. It’s a crazy combination with an openly anti-democratic core: the Middle East peace envoy also warmly endorsed the Egyptian dictatorship, along with the repressive autocracies of the Gulf.

    Quite why the views of a man whose military interventions in the Muslim world have been so widely discredited, who has been funded by the Kazakhstan dictator and is regarded by up to a third of the British public as a war criminal, should be treated with such attention by the media isn’t immediately obvious. But one reason is that they chime with those of a powerful section of the political and security establishment.

    In Britain, the campaign against Islamist “extremism” is once again in full flow. In fact, it is open season on the Muslim community. For the past few weeks reports have multiplied about an alleged “Islamic plot”, code-named Operation Trojan Horse, to take control of 25 state schools in Birmingham and run them on strict religious principles.

    The education secretary, Michael Gove, a long-time neoconservative supporter of Blair’s wars and Islamist witchfinder general, responded by sending in an army of inspectors to hunt down extremists and appointing….

    Read more….
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/23/war-islamism-hatred-violence-blair-cameron-toxic

  27. logie97 28

    So Jones is off to help the Pacific Islands exploit the fish that swim in “their” waters.
    When is this organism – homo sapiens – going to understand that it does not have domain over
    and automatic right to gather the creatures of the sea?

    • Draco T Bastard 28.1

      When are we going to realise that we can’t extract wealth from the environment without consequences?

    • Blue 28.2

      The Treaty of Waitangi begs to differ

    • Roflcopter 28.3

      So you’ll be wanting to ban dolphins then?

      • logie97 28.3.1

        No problem with people catching fish off the rocks but once they put to sea in boats …
        I look forward to viewing your link showing where any cetacean comes ashore to pillage the land! :roll:

      • felix 28.3.2

        Roflcopter, what makes you think dolphins don’t have domain over
        and automatic right to gather the creatures of the sea?

        What a bizarre thing to suggest.

  28. RedBaronCV 29

    Just looking at ministerial expenses. Thanks No right turn. Why on earth doesn’t the NZ government have a blanket no alcohol policy. If you want to drink, you pay for it yourself. I’m sure other governments would be delighted to get their people back alcohol free.
    For example Tim Grosser went to the Atlantic on the 9th Oct 13 for a “working dinner” food was $678 and drinks $433 the bulk of which was alcohol.How much much work was likely to be done when drinking.
    And in New York he appears to be spending about $300 for three bottles of wine. And in July his P/S ( private secretary ) had lunch at the Circa Foggy Bottom. Near headquarters perhaps?

    • Tigger 29.1

      +1. MPs should lead then spread it right through government. They’re always looking to save money. Here’s an idea.

  29. Rosie 30

    Apologies if it’s has already been noted (I haven’t been around for the last two days since the news of Jone’s departure has hit) but aren’t the right getting all frothy about it?

    The RWNJ’s have come out from under their damp logs en masse to comment here, the media are spinning so hard that they could collectively, if connected to a generator power a large city (Just one example among many, from yesterday: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9968055/Jones-job-offer-not-shot-at-Labour-PM ) and the real life righties are agog.

    The real life examples:

    Discussion with visitor, a former ACT Party member and National voter on the topic of Shane Jone’s decision to leave, their view: ” I’m really disappointed, Shane Jones was the only decent down to earth one among the lot of them”…………Fine if you like misogynist corporate lobbyists, oh, right, you do………

    And this little gem seen one an outdoor cafe blackboard in the Ohariu electorate: “Shane Jones: A loss to us all”. This guys’ not taking the piss. Its the same business owner that had “The jury is always right” written on his blackboard the day after Clint Rickards was not found guilty of rape in 2006 and once had a sign saying “if you don’t want to pay the surcharge on public holidays turn around and leave now”. (Touching that Jone’s inspired such sorrow in such a RWNJ’s heart)

    What’s got them so ruffled? The prospect of a Labour Green led government advancing forward after 20th September, unencumbered by Jones, no longer there to “keep the Greenies in check”? I guess they are scared………….

    • Puckish Rogue 30.1

      “I guess they are scared………….”

      I am very scared at the thought of the Greens anywhere near finance books. Labour near the books is not so bad but the Greens will wreck this country quicker then you can say green economy

      • Rosie 30.1.1

        Lol you PR. If you’re scared (of your imagination telling you “the Greens will wreck this country…) does that mean you have reason to expect that there will be a win for the Left and the Natz will be out?

        • Puckish Rogue 30.1.1.1

          “does that mean you have reason to expect that there will be a win for the Left and the Natz will be out?”

          I expect National regain power (in fact I’d bet on it but most of the people on here are gutless so no one would take it) however a Labour/greens win is of course always a possibility

      • phillip ure 30.1.2

        “..I am very scared..”

        i hope you make sure to check under yr bed before retiring of an evening..

        ..just to be sure..!

      • Paul 30.1.3

        I’d be more worried by these jokers remaining in power.
        Gradually indebting the country to foreign interests.
        And yet you slavishly support them pr.
        Pathetic, really.

        “Government debt has reached $60 billion, having climbed $27 million a day since John Key became prime minister – and forecasts show it will rise for years to come.
        Despite tax revenue being higher than expected and expenses lower in recent months, Treasury figures show net Crown debt reached the highest yet at $60,015,000,000 at the end of September.
        It already equates to 28 per cent of New Zealand’s economic output, is more than $13,000 for every person in New Zealand and is forecast to climb by another $10b by 2017.
        When National took control of the Beehive in 2008, debt was just over $10b.”

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9380846/Public-debt-climbs-by-27m-a-day

    • Draco T Bastard 30.2

      What’s got them so ruffled?

      I think it’s because they know that Labour is more electable without Jones in it.

      • Puckish Rogue 30.2.1

        Its not ruffled, its the right trying to spread dissent so that less people will vote for Labour with the end effect being National regaining power.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 30.2.1.1

          …because an approach of winning on merit just wouldn’t work for crap-policies-and-no-friends-National
          ….and spreading dissent is the only way they can get votes -that is by creating disharmony amongst us is it not?

          ‘Vote for National and have an increasingly divided country.’

          Sounds about Right.

          Great stuff National.

          • Puckish Rogue 30.2.1.1.1

            National in power is whats best for NZ so National will do what it needs to do to win, Labour will attempt to do what it needs to do to win (it will fail though)

            Thats politics

        • Rosie 30.2.1.2

          “its the right trying to spread dissent so that less people will vote for Labour”

          Aha! Which comes back to being scared. Or at least a bit anxious and uncomfortable about the possibility of a Left win, which you do admit above, could happen.

          I expect it could happen too, especially if UF, ACT and Maori fail to prop up the Natz.

      • Rosie 30.2.2

        Yep Drax, they know and we know it. The brakes are off.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 30.2.3

        +100 DTB

  30. fisiani 31

    Why does the side banner record the amount of sunshine? Seems banal.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 31.1

      Monkey clicky linky?

      The earth has warmed rapidly over the past century due mainly to human activity, and especially over the past few decades. The increased greenhouse effect has warmed the land and air and melted ice, but most of it (about 90%) has gone into heating the oceans. Several Skeptical Science contributors worked together to publish a scientific paper1 which combined the land, air, ice, and ocean warming data. It found that for recent decades the earth has been heating at a rate of 250 trillion Joules per second.

      “Joules per second” is a difficult unit of measure to appreciate, and is especially foreign to people who are unfamiliar with science. This widget attempts to put that heating into terms that are easier to visualize. 250 trillion Joules per second is equivalent to:

      Detonating four Hiroshima atomic bombs per second
      Experiencing two Hurricane Sandys per second
      Enduring four 6.0 Richter scale earthquakes per second
      Being struck by 500,000 lightning bolts per second
      Exploding more than eight Big Ben towers, with every inch packed full of dynamite, per second

      Is “joules per second” too hard for you, Fisiani? That why they make picture books and widgets. Now remember to use your manners and say thank you.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 31.2

      Odd – comment disappeared: wordpress says “looks like you’ve already said that” but still no sign of it.

      In any case, click through the link in the banner for the explanation Fisi.

      Or, the short explanation: that “joules/second” is too hard for some monkeys to grasp so we made this widget to help them.

  31. idlegus 32

    sorry, couldnt reply to BM above. not all of us want to be rich, some of us like working for a wage, i enjoy my job. but that doesn’t mean i should get shit wages &/or job insecurity. there’s got to be a better way of structuring wealth & work, so people can earn decent wages & the bosses still get to buy their convertables for their latest barbie girl etc…

    • logie97 32.1

      Yeah and it’s a curious one that the establishment applies to the teaching profession, particularly primary level. Apparently the meme is that individuals enter teaching for the love of it and not for the money. This has been twisted to, “We don’t have to pay them much because they do it for love.”

      • idlegus 32.1.1

        same with the aged care workers, & nurses i imagine, where a lot of work gets done not because they get paid for it but because they care, they will go the extra mile & help each other out. must run into the millions this unpaid work ppl do.

        • Draco T Bastard 32.1.1.1

          It’s pretty much across every sector. If you love you’re work you’ll get paid less and no employer will hire anybody who doesn’t love the work and they won’t hire you if you show no enthusiasm for working for the company either.

          The ways and means of control are numerous.

  32. I sent an email to David Cunliffe and am interested in his reply. I wanted to know what his motives are for repairing the Gisborne/Napier rail if elected. There are concerns among the locals in Gisborne that Labour are using this to get Napier votes. Many locals here feel he wants to take a piece of Gisborne’s booming forestry to create opportunities for Napier. Unfortunately for us, this means making Napier Port busy, creating large volumes of logs for them. It seems a cynical move by Labour, compounded by the fact Mr Cunliffe and Ms Mackey are silent on the issue, declaring they want to open up the Gisborne to Napier rail line without properly explaining how it will benefit Gisborne. I am a Labour voter but personally I agree with National (which I have never done before) that it is not viable enough and will cost millions to repair the damaged line. It also hits home as we are employees in the forestry industry here, the good wages help us enjoy a reasonable quality of life and we can give our kids opportunities. I hope Mr Cunliffe can assure us that our jobs and our Eastland Port are not at threat and will not be impacted by diverting logs directly to Napier, affecting employees whom service those logs here.

    • Ad 33.1

      Napier port has far superior log handling and storage facilities than Gisborne. Major shipping lines actually stop in Napier. The rail line is no threat to the jobs from the forests.

      The alternative of no rail line is all those logging trucks going onto the highway on High Volume trailer trucks – which is dangerous and expensive. That highway maintenance and safety cost falls on us taxpayers. By rail that cost falls where it should onto the logging companies.

      Remember when there was a rail station and jobs in Gisborne? Time to bring those jobs back.

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    Back in 2008, 2009 and 2010, were we not assured, absolutely assured, that debt rising above 90% of GDP would send the economy into a deathly death spiral and lead to death?Indeed, ladies and gentlement, you had better hope the...
    Left hand palm | 26-07
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #30B
    14 concepts that will be obsolete after catastrophic climate change Abrupt climate shifts in the past offer warning for future Changing human behavior is major factor in selling cleaner cars, curbing congestion China’s energy plans will worsen climate change, Greenpeace...
    Skeptical Science | 26-07
  • French Lessons
    Aux Armes Citoyens! Exacerbating Labour's current difficulties is the unfinished character of the rank-and-file's 2012 revolution. It was as if the revolutionary crowds of Paris, having torn down the Bastille, then decided to build it back up again!“APRÈS MOI, LE...
    Bowalley Road | 26-07
  • Most politicians don’t care about elderly
    Back at the end of June the New Zealand Aged Care Association ran a full paged advert in the NZ Herald concerning a number of questions they wanted politicians to answer. They also sent each party a letter outlining their...
    The Jackal | 26-07
  • I wish you all solidarity
    On Thursday night was my valedictory speech in Parliament – the last official word of my nearly nine years as a Labour MP. Valedictories are rites of passage.  Some of us will be remembered.  Most of us won’t, until we...
    Red Alert | 26-07
  • Billboards
    We drove out to Porirua today and back through the Wellington commuter suburbs: Johnsonville, Ngaio etc. There was a scattering of billboards around, almost all of which were TeamKey/National billboards. Here’s a picture of the cluster near to where I live on...
    DimPost | 26-07
  • Billboards
    We drove out to Porirua today and back through the Wellington commuter suburbs: Johnsonville, Ngaio etc. There was a scattering of billboards around, almost all of which were TeamKey/National billboards. Here’s a picture of the cluster near to where I live on...
    DimPost | 26-07
  • Reconcile this, please, Mr Coleman
    National’s Jonathan Coleman has some explaining to do. He has stated that: “Ministers had absolutely no knowledge of any pending FBI-NZ Police investigation.” The NZ Herald reports that Immigration NZ received a detailed briefing regarding the FBI’s interest in Kim Dotcom, ahead...
    Occasionally erudite | 26-07
  • Much to fight for in the Maori seats
    We all know it could be a fight to the death in the Maori seats this election, but it's startling to think that some candidates are borrowing money off their mortgages just to be able to stand at this election.It seems...
    Pundit | 26-07
  • A plea to all Labour Party activists
    Let's focus on being unfocused. Hey, maybe it will work....
    Imperator Fish | 26-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
    ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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