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Open mike 25/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, January 25th, 2014 - 123 comments
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Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step right up to the mike …

And for those living in Dunedin local standardnistas are meeting at 1pm at the bandstand in the Dunedin Botanics.

123 comments on “Open mike 25/01/2014”

  1. let’s go kiwi..!

    ..a little bit of ‘clean’..

    ..to get yr morning bouncing..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm3UGftvCRo

    ..tally-ho…!

    (how could you not love that sir douglas quintet organ-styling..?

    ..eh..?..)

    phillip ure..

  2. millsy 2

    Anyone got any inside info on what will be in DC’s speech?

    Its going to have to be good, given that the other guy has raised the bar — even though these reforms are little more than creating a few more job titles and salary packages (For this plan to even remotely be able to work, EP’s need to have more independence, and be able to employ their own staff to help them, and be able spend time equally at each school).

    • QoT 2.1

      It’s weird, millsy, because under Shearer you couldn’t move for senior Labour MPs leaking things to Patrick Gower, and now Cunliffe’s in control they seem to be running a tight ship. It’s a mystery for the ages.

      • alwyn 2.1.1

        I think it is much simpler than that.
        Did you ever happen to see the 1972 film “The Candidate” starring Robert Redford?
        If you did you will remember the last line when, after winning, Redford comes out with the rather panic-stricken question “What do we do now?”.
        He obviously didn’t have any idea. Perhaps we should accept that Cunliffe is in exactly the same situation after winning the Labour Party leadership. Not having the slightest idea what to do he hasn’t come up with what he is going to say in his speech yet. If even David doesn’t know what will come out of his mouth , how could anyone else, and therefore how could anything leak? He is simply going to wing it and hope he doesn’t sound too foolish.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.1.1

          Weak Alwyn – yet top marks for imaginative skills

        • QoT 2.1.1.2

          Yes. When we don’t know in advance what David Cunliffe is going to say in his speech, despite him posting to the Standard and setting out what kind of announcements the speech is going to contain (http://thestandard.org.nz/david-cunliffe-on-the-state-of-the-nation/) we have two options:

          a) his office have a basic grasp of building anticipation and information security
          b) literally no one has any idea what to say and Cunliffe and his advisors think the best way to use his first speech of an election year is to ad lib.

          And b) is absolutely the most likely scenario. :roll:

          (Of course the hilarious thing is that Cunliffe probably could adlib a decent speech if he had to.)

          • alwyn 2.1.1.2.1

            I must admit I thought that what was in this link was simply a big thank you for the ideas he got in the previous post in the Standard where he, clearly not having any ideas of his own, was pleading for people to suggest something, anything, that he could say.

            Why someone who knew what he believed in, and therefore would know what he wanted to say, should have to plead for suggestions a few days before he had to give his speech shows desperation to me.

            I am quite sure he will prove to be quite capable with an adlib speech. Any link to reality will, of course, be entirely coincidental. Like his CV in fact. If there is one thing his time in a junior role with the Boston Group would have taught him it would have been how to utter reams of rubbish.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Lolz – You’ve got some comedian talents there too, Alwyn, you clever wee thing!

              psst [I suggest humoring it, its grasp on reality appears tenuous]

            • QoT 2.1.1.2.1.2

              Any link to reality will, of course, be entirely coincidental.

              Aw shit, my irony meter just exploded. Those things aren’t cheap you know!

        • North 2.1.1.3

          Yeah Alwyn, utter wishful thinking rubbish. Not a thing to commend it. Don’t take time out from licking Keys’ arse Alwyn. While your tongue is forked I doubt that it’s the 5,000 miles long it will need to be when your predominant (in your mind) alter-ego buggers off to Hawaii without so much as a goodbye. Leaving you in pathetic tears for all that could have been. If only the ponce had acknowledged you.

    • Ron 2.2

      He hasn’t raised the bar at all. In fact there is no likely hood of National ever carrying out this policy. First it only applies if they are re-elected, which seems unlikely. In the remote event they are re-elected there can be a myriad of reasons why the policy will not be exactly what they offered in Key’s speech.
      No incoming government will be obliged to go ahead with a national election promise.
      I would not hold my breath if I was a teacher/principal etc

      • newsense 2.2.1

        I love this from John Armstong:

        Key, no doubt, will want to be remembered as a “change agent” – one who took the people with him. Witness this week’s announcements on lifting school performance through salary hikes for the best teachers and principals.

        like Billy T on learning Japanese- you need to then get amnesia so you first forget everything you who about him…

        • newsense 2.2.1.1

          wait I should have read all the way through! Armstrong for Epsom…

          Or was the surprise a manufactured excuse seized upon by some as another opportunity to express indignation at what might seem to be more evidence of the Prime Minister’s increasing willingness to flout principles he previously espoused?

          I’m not even sure what this means. The surprise was an excuse was an opportunity was an expression was indignation was evidence of Key’s having other principles.

          There are mitigating factors in Key’s defence. The Labour Party may love Opposition – as an exercise in masochism at least.

          National in contrast has a bodice-ripping lust for power

          I’m beginning to think John Armstrong has had a very very good week. All this while PM Winston just watches.

          • bad12 2.2.1.1.1

            That column was a bit bizaare from Armstrong, He doesn’t seem to know whether He is supposed to be kissing Slippery upon the nether regions or caning Him,(the editor of that particular rag will probably put Him right later),

            Perhaps the author has had a medication change, the prose has certainly changed from the usual dull monotone…

          • North 2.2.1.1.2

            Armstrong’s a riot !

  3. millsy 3

    By the way, I note that one of the charter schools due to start lessons this year — the Christian one that plans to teach kids that homosexuals should be exterminated and the earth was created by magic spells — plans to provide its students with stationery and uniforms — something that would be unthinkable in a state school.

    • karol 3.1

      Do you know the name of the school?

    • karol 3.2

      Looking for the school – it’s hard to tell if this article is actually a piss take – but, it is for real. The school that is the biggest problem seems to be this one:

      C-Me Mentoring Foundation Trust is a trades mentoring programme from South Auckland providing pre-apprenticeship training in Auckland secondary schools (but is not itself a school at present). Its CEO, John Kotoisuva, is a former Destiny Party Te Atatu candidate. His on-line profile states that ‘John Kotoisuva is standing against gay cabinet minister Chris Carter’. This is all shaping up so well: an establishment to train students to be soldiers and police; a trades mentoring programme headed by an anti-homosexual Destiny-aligned political candidate; and both organisations headed by males – excellent. What satisfactions are to follow?

      As confirmed by this article by Craig Young of gaynz:

      When it came down to it, though, only three fundamentalist applicants were successful. These were Mangere’s “Rise Up Trust” in Mangere, South Auckland, which assuringly states that it will stick to the New Zealand curriculum and only hire registered teachers. Of concern is that one of the board members of the Rise Up Trust is Moko Ngaro, wife to conservative Christian National List MP Alfred Ngaro. The second successful applicant will run a South Auckland Middle School and states that it will be “inclusive,” use registered teachers only … and teach “applied Christian values.” Of particular concern is the third successful conservative Christian applicant, the C-ME Mentoring Trust, whose CEO, John Kotoisuva, was a former candidate for the defunct antigay Destiny Party Te Atatu seat, running against then-Labour MP Chris Carter before the latter left Parliament. It will provide trades training. Mr Kotoisuva has stated that he has since left Destiny Church, which ran the Destiny Party.

      However, it should be noted that these three mean that sixty percent of the first charter school initiatives are run by fundamentalist churches or individuals, although none have stated that they will teach creationist pseudo-science.

    • joe90 3.3

      The accelerated christian education (A.C.E.) curriculum is here, next up, responsive education solutions?.

      The more than 17,000 students in the Responsive Education Solutions charter system will learn in their history classes that some residents of the Philippines were “pagans in various levels of civilization.” They’ll read in a history textbook that feminism forced women to turn to the government as a “surrogate husband.

      http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/01/creationism_in_texas_public_schools_undermining_the_charter_movement.single.html

  4. Molly 4

    Te Ururoa Flavell in this mornings Herald: Maori Party open to Labour

    “We have generally got the message that our people are not comfortable with the relationship with National.”

    Can only say – Took you long enough. Still don’t believe you.

    • Molly 4.1

      Edit function not working to fix up link…

      [Fixed - MS]

    • Colonial Viper 4.2

      Exactly. Totally venal and mendacious.

    • freedom 4.3

      and this wierd comment from Sharples yesterday …

      ” When asked whether it was time for the Maori Party to move away from National, Sharples conceded “it probably is”.

      “I think we’ve already started to be honest,” he said. ” /blockquote>
      (file in ‘things politicians should never say?’)

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9644043/Key-Maori-better-off-under-National

      • bad12 4.3.1

        Indeed, having dragged themselves from the rarified air of the Parliament and it’s surrounds onto the Marae at Ratana Pa, Sharples and Flavell will have ‘got’ the message loud and clear in a 100 subtle and not so subtle ways,

        As Slippery the Prime Minister has started the election year with the ‘dance of desperation’ spurning one overly well publicized future coalition policy in favor of NZFirst, the Maori Party having spent 5 and a bit years locked in the embrace of what is anathema to most of it’s supporters, should i say ex supporters, have come to the belated realization that the band has stopped playing, and for them,the dance is all but over…

    • QoT 4.4

      I think that might be third-co-leader-speak for “what do you think I’ve being telling Pita and Tariana for the past five fucking years?”

      • Pasupial 4.4.1

        QoT

        Surely, for the first couple of years Flavell would have been more; “we’ve got to get rid of Hone – he’s not the right kind of Maori for our Party”. I took it as more of a; “now Tariana’s gone we can finally try to patch up this anti-labour feud that she saddled us with”. A justifiable grudge; given just how great a height Labour shat on their maori caucus with the Seabed & Foreshore Act.

        • Will@Welly 4.4.1.1

          Flavell coveted Hone’s job, that’s why Hone had to go. For that reason, never the two shall meet – Maori and Mana.
          Maori could “patch” things up with Labour, but I think the Maori Party life span is now terminal – too much betrayal. Sitting in a waka while the “big fella” is drilling holes in the waka is not smart.

      • Lanthanide 4.4.2

        If true, makes me wonder if the MP – Mana rift would be healed once Pita and Tariana fuck off.

  5. karol 5

    NZ Herald journo refuses to provide Crown Law with his notes from his interviews with Kim Dotcom

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      I’m waiting to see if and when NZ starts overt attacks on journalists, I.e. following the lead of the US and UK.

    • alwyn 5.2

      I wonder whether Russel Norman will ever tell us what he discussed with Dotcom, and what offers he put up as to what the Green Party would get for him if he didn’t put together a party that would be most likely to cost the Green Party votes?
      Promise of NZ citizenship? A guarantee of no extradition from NZ? Permission to buy his mansion?
      Russel would probably offer anything to get KD out of the way.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5.2.1

        Oh dear me, no Alwyn you’ve got your notions all mixed up again; it is John Key who carries on doing shady deals behind the scenes and his party is the National party – you have appeared to have got your copy and pasting all wrong here.

      • bad12 5.2.2

        Ah smell the fear of the Green Party alwyn exhibits as the realization that young born to vote National voters in safe Tory electorates are increasingly splitting their votes electorate to National and that all important Party Vote to the Green Party sinks in,

        Never mind alwyn a 40% National vote in 2014 will get you a very effective number of MP’s to form an effective opposition from…

        • alwyn 5.2.2.1

          Oh dear bad12. I wonder if you distort the numbers, although in the opposite direction, when talking about opponents of the Greens as you do when talking about the Greens themselves?
          You managed to turn a 58% rise in the Green vote into “doubled” a few days ago, didn’t you?

          Stretching the numbers by as much, but in the opposite direction, when talking about the National vote would imply that the real Nat vote will be (40 * 2 / 1.58) % next election.
          This is about 51% which sounds about right. Gosh, that means being in Government again, doesn’t it?

          • bad12 5.2.2.1.1

            Your flights of fancy while laughable are probably going to see you have to double the dose of anti-depressants later in 2014,

            That was brilliant tho or your part, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in such a spectacular manner has me having a little chortle every time you post a comment to me,

            ”The Green Party vote has ‘only’ risen by 58% between elections 2008 and 2011 in the Auckland electorates held by National”, now that is funny…

      • QoT 5.2.3

        Spinning like the Brooklyn turbine in a southerly today, alwyn.

        The myth that the Internet Party would cost the Greens significant votes interests me. We do all remember it’s headed by a man who gave John Banks $50,000, right?

        • alwyn 5.2.3.1

          Oh yes, I remember that, although probably not as well as John.

          I am not suggesting that Kim Dotcom has any Green interests at all. Indeed he is probably one of the more spectacular consumers in New Zealand.

          I do think however that if he did start the “Internet Party” the natural group of supporters it would attract would be the younger, technically savvy, voters, or those who choose not to vote at all. I would expect the first type of voter to be a larger proportion of Green voters than they are of the general population. Thus it would seem that an Internet Party could take a disproportionate number of voters from the Greens in comparison to other parties.

          The Herald story did suggest, when reporting Norman’s visit, that Norman considered that “Dotcom would be competing for votes (with the Green Party)” and directly quotes him as saying “I tried to talk him out of setting up his party”. He would appear to be of the views I am suggesting, if those quotes are accurate.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2.3.1.1

            He would appear to have these views, to anyone who read the article the same way you’re reading it. It’s called “bias”, and renders your opinion utterly worthless, as if the fact of your bad faith hadn’t done so already.

            • alwyn 5.2.3.1.1.1

              “bias” you say?
              Pray tell me, how else can you interpret a statement that says “I tried to talk him out of setting up his party” as anything other than “I tried to talk him out of setting up his party” and that it means I don’t want him to set up a party? You must have a phenomenal imagination.

              I will admit he didn’t give a direct quote that he feared the Internet Party would steal votes from the Greens. It is hard to see any other interpretation but perhaps you can provide an “unbiased” one? I doubt that, saintlier older brother of Mother Terasa though he may be, he was worried that it would affect the National Party vote and cause votes for the right to be wasted. Somehow I think my opinion that he thought it would reduce the Green Party vote is the only rational one.

              • karol

                This is what Norman is reported to have said, Newstalkzb:

                Greens co-leader Russel Norman says he visited Kim Dotcom’s Coatesville home twice at the end of last year.

                “it was more about the policy commonality and obviously there’d been the rumours about Kim Dotcoms party, and we weren’t keen for him to start his own party.”

                Mr Norman’s concerned that instead of keeping National out of government, Dotcom’s Internet Party might instead split the vote on the left.

                That is the view of some standardistas. It doesn’t mean Norman thinks KDC will take Green votes. Could be from any of the “left” parties, including Labour.

                PS: On searching for the report, I see that it is KB, WO, and other right wing blogs that are trying to spin it that Norman thought the IntP would take Green votes particularly.

                • alwyn

                  I read the first report of the affair in the Herald, not from Farrar or Slater.

                  The Herald’s report seemed to be that he was worried about the Greens, but there aren’t any of the New Zealand papers that are unambiguous, or particularly accurate in their reports. That applies to their stories about ALL parties by the way. If only we had a paper that was as good as “The Australian” in this country. Papers like the Times, Telegraph, Mail or Guardian would be heaven.

                  It is my own opinion that the people that might vote for a Dotcom party are currently more likely to be Green voters by the way. I don’t get that opinion from KB or WO, even if they might think the same.

                  Where do you think he would pick up votes from?

                  • karol

                    KDC? From libertarians, the young who don’t necessarily vote. Possibly some disaffected centrist/right leaning, sometime Labour voters.

                    • alwyn

                      I will admit that the Libertarians had not occured to me but I see what you mean. That does seem a pretty good fit for their views, at least as I know them.

                      On the other hand, looking at the 2011 election results, I don’t think that is going to help him very much. I just looked at the 2011 results and the Libertarianz Party got 1,595 votes. That was less than 14% of the Legalise Cannabis Party vote (11,738) and only just ahead of the Alliance Party (1209) in last place.

                      I still think that Green voters would be a likely source though. Certainly the young who don’t vote would be prospects but I can’t see too many Labour people. You would, of course, be much closer to, and much more likely to know about them.

                    • karol

                      Many libertarians vote ACT, some don’t vote at all. Both Mana and Labour have talked of trying to attract the (current) non-voters. This is also the block that the IntP would have some appeal for.

                      I’m not a member of any party, and currently vote Green Party. I see them as tending to be more left than the current Labour caucus. So i don’t think they’d have much appeal to the same people who’d be attracted to the IntP.

                      I understand KDC has more appeal to young men with a bit of a leaning to digital games with a more traditional masculine style. The Greens appeal more to women and more new agey,* type men, rather than macho gamers, IMO.

                      *Maybe not the right description – maybe just less of the traditional kind of masculinity, and into a different kind of digital culture than KDC.

                      In understand Norman’s worry about KDC splititng the left. The Greens would much prefer a Labour-led governent. If Labour is drained of votes, then the Greens stand to lose out on being a supprot partner.

  6. get angry..and then plan to vote to/for real change..

    ..don’t forget..we have mmp..

    ..we can have our revolution at the ballot-box..

    the ‘obscene-lifestyles’ of the ‘super-rich’..

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/super-rich-cnbc

    phillip ure..

  7. bad12 7

    Colin Who???? after months of talking up Colin’s balloon the Herald online has suddenly taken the vows of silence as far as Colin’s Conservatives are concerned, we have to assume i suppose that after months of blowing up the balloon with a torrent of media hype across the television and print media the dismal poll results have resulted in all the media and politicians involved not having the energy to get it up any more,

    Flavor of the day now is Winston Peters and NZFirst, with all 3 political commentators in today’s Herald online devoting all their column inches on the possibility of a NZFirst/National coalition resulting from the 2014 election, we all could b forgiven a brief flash of intuitive fantasy here where we see the editor of the Herald’s door fly open as fresh off of the phone with National HQ, the command is yelled into the news room, NZFirst, i want copy on NZFirst and in unison the hacks intone ‘yes master,’

    Right, not a very up to date flash of intuitive fantasy that one, ‘the commands’ of the editor these days more likely to have been delivered via email,

    Armstrong this morning flies off into the realms of fantasy Himself, speculating wildly that Winston Peters having already tasted the sugar rush of various Cabinet positions might well have to be placated in a coalition deal with National by being made Prime Minister,

    i have for quite some time considered this particular Jonolist to not quite be in control of all His faculties, that’s a speculation that Armstrong Himself seems happy to provide no evidence which would lead anyone to a contrary view…

  8. mickysavage 8

    The charges against Len Brown have been thrown out. Judge Emma Aitken had ruled that since McCready did not get the Attorney General’s permission there was no authority to start the prosecution. Under section 106 of the Crimes Act 1961 prior permission is required.

    Will this be the end of the matter?

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/234187/court-throws-out-brown-prosecution

    • bad12 8.1

      Apparently not MickySavage, the Court refused to proceed with this case because for a allegation of ‘corruption’ to proceed the, (ahaha i have forgotten the actual Title, Help!!!),damn this is going to make the comment messy, whats Findlayson’s position???,

      Anyway for an allegation of corruption to proceed someone ‘on high’ has to give permission, a little legal nicety that Graham Mac seemed to have missed befor filing this prosecution,

      This of course begs the question, the law favoring the rich and powerful???, a point could be made here that the judicial system in cases of at least ‘corruption’ is then open to political interference if in fact the permission has to be sought from the likes of Findlayson,

      In general this is just the first little fish hook that has derailed Graham Mac and the upcoming Banks trial will reveal a few more of them to Him as will this case He is attempting against Len Brown if it gets the go ahead to proceed to court,

      Being able to read the relevant ACT surrounding an alleged crime is only a small part of the ‘game’ of justice, having the dough to hire the smartest legal eagle having a big part of deciding the winner or loser,

      i think Graham Mac is a bit out of His depth and i also think He knows it…

      • bad12 8.1.1

        Lolz, should have read the link befor my fingers got to feverishly typing, to proceed with the Len Brown case Graham Mac must seek the permission of the Attorney General,(which He has indicated He will do)…

        • dv 8.1.1.1

          But it is an odd oversight seeing he has already been successful re Banks, in which he will have had to get the permission of the AG
          (May be he didn’t write it in the correct form as per Findlaysons needs)

          • mickysavage 8.1.1.1.1

            A charge of corruption needs AG approval, a charge of filing a false electoral return does not.

          • bad12 8.1.1.1.2

            i think that Graham Mac was successful with the Banks prosecution because the Judge had direct evidence from both SkyCity and Dotcom over the events surrounding the ‘donations’, and, if my memory serves me right Banks chose at the hearing not to produce any evidence to refute that evidence…

      • Penny Bright 8.1.2

        Shortly I will provide a link to Graham McCready’s legal documents, and my affidavit in support, and you will be able to read it for yourselves.

        [As these documents have not (yet) been filed, this is not subjudice.]

        Personally, I think he’s done a great job.

        Penny Bright

        • bad12 8.1.2.1

          Penny Bright, do you have direct knowledge that SkyCity gave ‘anything’ to Len Brown as any form of ‘payment’ for Brown supporting the convention center,

          We are all entitled to think that free rooms and convention center support looks a bit dodgy, and it does, but, i thunk it therefore it is, or, i have attended a number of international conventions on identifying corruption is not Evidence a judge would find sufficient to convict Brown of anything,

          If you cannot provide evidence from the SkyCity employee who authorized or gave the free or upgraded rooms to Brown on the basis that this was payment for Browns support of the convention center, and just as importantly, that Brown knew that the freebies and upgrades were being given specifically for the support Brown gave to the convention center then you have No Evidence a judge will find sufficient to convict Brown of anything,

          The above paragraph is in fact the test applied by the Court to the Phillip field case which only succeeded because those who gave their their free labour to Field gave evidence that both they and Field ‘Knew’ why they were providing such labour for free…

    • Penny Bright 8.2

      Nope.

      More later …………..

      Penny Bright

  9. Bill 9

    Really like the wee addition to the front of today’s open mike. ;-) Nice thinking, whoever did it. If you haven’t noticed it yet, scroll up, be there and bring others along.

  10. bad12 10

    A gem of what looks like actual information from this mornings Herald online, it appears that Winston ”any program from government directed solely at Maori is separatism” Peters has met at least once with the Mana Party leader Hone Harawira to discuss the alarming rates of prostate cancer among Maori men,(some might call it an epidemic),

    i have to wonder if Winston seeking out Hone on this issue is simply one of gathering support for a screening program for Maori men in particular, or, is Peters being cunning/dishonest here perhaps seeking the help of the Mana Party to front this issue while allowing Him,(Peters),to still push the ‘separatist’ line when it comes to other programs directed at Maori…

  11. chris73 11

    Judging by the threads just recently National have set the cat among the pigeons with it education announcement (and getting the support of the unions)

    They must be doing something right

    • Ron 11.1

      According to news item National shouted the heads of various education unions to a freebie trip to Singapore and Hong Kong to study their education systems. Doesn’t take much to get union leaders on side does it. If I was a teacher/principal I would be looking for new heads of my union.

      • chris73 11.1.1

        John Keys a smart guy

        • bad12 11.1.1.1

          One man’s ‘smart guy’ is another’s ‘corrupt a/hole’…

          • chris73 11.1.1.1.1

            The ends justifies the means

            • Tim 11.1.1.1.1.1

              ….. said the deluded, protesting his innocence as he was about to meet his end.
              They do put themselves out there though aye C73, then squeal like stuffed pigs when it looks like its all turning to shit.

              (no doubt some algorithm has just kicked in – either technical, or in the mind of some jack-booted philistine)

              (Btw…. Finlayson’s just gorjiss in black and leather aye!)

              • North

                Then what did Naida Glavish, president is she of the Maori Party, say just yesterday ? We won’t talk to Hone because he won’t deal with National. WTF x 20 ???

                Seems like Naida, the fine person from the toll exchange “Kia Ora” days has completely forgotten those days. Just look at what the KMP (Kupapa Maori Party) and ShonKey Python does to peoples’ heads ! Terrible it is. Ne’er mind. Their deserved extinction looms. No worries.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 11.1.1.2

          @ Chris73

          It is not smart to continue pushing for the short-term interests of a few at the expense of many – this ideology continually shows itself to be a catastrophic failure – and any person stating that is a smart thing to do needs to take off their blinkers and start seeing what is going on and thinking clearly.

          The system that you are advantaged by, Chris73, will collapse entirely if your type of blinkered ‘thinking’ is persisted in.

          • chris73 11.1.1.2.1

            I just think its amusing that the unions are supportive of this and its the Greens and Labour that are against it which will bite them in the backside because parents especially swing voters will support it as well

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 11.1.1.2.1.1

              You omit to address the point I made Chris73. If you persist in ‘living in fantasy land’ your advantages will be lost.

            • Anne 11.1.1.2.1.2

              The union leaders in their unedifying haste have shown some support for yet another step along the pathway of privatised education, but they seem to have gone a bit quiet. Could it be that many of their members have bawled them out for being thick headed fools? Or worse…

  12. chris73 12

    https://www.labour.org.nz/media/education-announcement-underwhelming

    And Cunliffes answer is “we’ll do the same but more”

    • Zorr 12.1

      Oh… did I miss Cunliffe’s State of the Nation speech?

      Oh wait… today appears to be Saturday and Monday is another 2 days away.
      Also, I don’t get how reading that makes you think Cunliffe is going to say the same shite as Dunnokeyo? It looks like he is setting himself up to have education as one of the planks in a central announcement of combating poverty as a primary cause of national concerns such as poor student achievement.

  13. bad12 15

    Also from the Herald online, it appears that Slippery and His National Government have so far spent 700 million dollars on buying up property on the proposed route(s) of Roads of No Significance,

    Thanks for the info Granny Herald but that’s what i would call shallow journalism and on a planet far far away named Competent Journalism a major newspaper would have as a matter of course assigned a reporter to trawl through the property records seeking any pattern of previous sales of this particular land involved and looking for political connections of the individual or companies involved in prior sales…

    • Draco T Bastard 15.1

      +1

    • alwyn 15.2

      Well, you are little bit closer to reality with this number that you usually are with your claims.

      Still not accurate of course, but I guess to think that there is no difference between the $700 million you claim and the $600 million that is the number your source, the Herald says is fairly typical for a Green Party enthusiast. Most of their MPs numbers are much, much further off.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11191751

      • bad12 15.2.1

        Lolz alwyn can i run all my comments past you for fact checking befor i post them, you could correct any spelling mistakes i make while your at it…

        • alwyn 15.2.1.1

          Oh, you’re not completely incompetent bad12. You only have two spelling mistakes and three cases where you have used a lower case i instead of an upper case I in that line and a half. You should also put a full stop after alwyn and start a new sentence with a capital C. A new sentence at “you could correct” would also be better English.
          (God I hope I haven’t got any mistakes in this. The second you make remarks like this you screw up.)

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15.2.1.1.1

            Yep you are correct there, Alwyn:

            It should be: “…you have used a lower case ‘i’ instead of an upper case ‘I’ in that line and a half.”

            And your name should start with a capital.

            [Now it's my turn... :) ]

            • alwyn 15.2.1.1.1.1

              Damn. God wasn’t looking out for me. Yes it should be ‘i’ and ‘I’.

              No, of course he shouldn’t have used a capital letter for alwyn. If I choose to use a lower case letter he should do so whan he is typing my pseudonym. To do otherwise would be an error on his part.

              You could rightly object if I chose to call you BluLeopard etc couldn’t you?
              e e cummings would agree with me.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                I think you will find it is Blue Leopard – interesting re the non-capital pseudonym though, – I have usually capitalized all names out of some type of [perhaps] misguided respect – but that is a good point – in fact the only good point you’ve made all day – well done you! :D

                • alwyn

                  Of course it is! why do you think I left off the “e”, capitalised it, and ran the words together?
                  They are all mistakes because you choose to use “blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)” and, although I wish it wasn’t quite so long, I should use it the way you enter it if I am going to refer to you.

                  On the other hand I have seen many, many variations of Lanthanide, all by him/her so I don’t worry to much about not using the version used for any particular comment.
                  It is an element name of course, so perhaps the person concerned should pay proper respect to the official name “Lanthanide”?

                  • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                    When that bill is reversed I will change back to ‘blue leopard’ – and the sooner that occurs the better -I added it as a reminder not to let that bill get forgotten about (for myself and others) !

                    I don’t care if people shorten my pseudonym or spell it with capitals

                    It is amusing re spelling one’s own name incorrectly though!

          • bad12 15.2.1.1.2

            Pffft, talk about pedantic, and if you think i would bother looking for any mistake in your script you must be as loose upstairs as i believe you to be,

            If it’s readable, including anyone’s comments, then it’s alright with me…

            • alwyn 15.2.1.1.2.1

              Oh, but I thought you were offering me a job, and would pay me for picking up your errors?
              After all, you asked me if I would do it. At a dollar an error I thought I might make quite a nice piece of pocket money.

              Meanwhile, back to the battle.

  14. Te Reo Putake 16

    More desperation from Dunnokeyo:

    During a stopover in Feilding, on his way to the annual political power meet in Ratana yesterday, Mr Key questioned Mr Lees-Galloway’s aptitude, saying he walked into a seat made safe by former Palmerston North MPs such as Steve Maharey.

    “He’s largely been a beneficiary of the fact that it’s been a Labour stronghold rather than [him being] an outstanding performer in Parliament,” Mr Key said.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9649902/Prime-Minister-takes-aim-at-MPs-performance

    Funny that. When John Banks asked Key what the chances of winning Palmy were during the infamous Epsom cuppa, he replied that Lees Galloway “bloody worked hard last time…he knocked on a lot of doors for a year, so I’d be surprised…”.

    Just for the record, Iain not only won, he substantially increased his majority and as one of the organisers of DC’s successful campaign, he has been promoted to a whip’s role, which I’m told he’s performing well in. National have also jumped on the ILG bandwagon in parliament, nicking policies he’s promoted around cigarette advertising and drunk driving.

    National’s underwhelming response is to put up newbie backbench list MP Joanne Hayes as their candidate in Palmy. No, I’d never heard of her, either. Pffft.

    • newsense 16.1

      Funny that. When John Banks asked Key what the chances of winning Palmy were during the infamous Epsom cuppa, he replied that Lees Galloway “bloody worked hard last time…he knocked on a lot of doors for a year, so I’d be surprised…”.

      really? brilliant. Pity none of the journalists managed to dig that up yet.

      • alwyn 16.1.1

        Pray, what is the point of this remark?

        It appears to be saying that Lees-Galloway worked very hard to get elected in 2008.
        After all the Epsom cuppa was before the 2011 election and therefore “worked bloody hard LAST time” had to be referring to 2008.

        Now, talking about the 2014 election, Key thimks they have a good chance of winning Palmerston North. All he is saying therefore is that after two full terms the public are going to decide they have had enough of someone who has done very little since he was first elected.

        That certainly seems long enough to put up with a pretty useless MP doesn’t it?

  15. North 17

    Is there a starker example of the emperor with no clothes whistling in the dark ?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9649902/Prime-Minister-takes-aim-at-MPs-performance

  16. Penny Bright 18

    FYI

    24 January 2014 (Sent 3.57pm)

    ‘Open Letter’ – Application for ‘speaking rights’ at the Auckland Council Governing Body meeting to be held on Thursday 30 January 2014, 9.30am Auckland Town Hall.

    Dear Elaine,

    My subject matter will briefly cover:

    WHY WAS ‘DUE PROCESS’ AS OUTLINED IN THE AUCKLAND COUNCIL ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ (s8 ‘COMPLIANCE’) NOT FOLLOWED?

    Given that Section 8 of the Auckland Council ‘Code of Conduct’, clearly outlines the process to be followed when there are allegations of ‘statutory’ (or ‘non-statutory’ breaches) thereof – why wasn’t it?

    Why was an independent ‘Conduct Review Independent Panel’ not constituted by the Auckland Council Governing Body, based upon their selection of suitably qualified persons, ‘with appropriate skills and knowledge, recommended by the Chief Executive’?

    “8.5. Conduct Review Independent Panel

    The governing body shall constitute a Conduct Review Independent Panel. The members of the Panel will be selected from a list of persons with appropriate skills and knowledge, to be recommended by the Chief Executive. …. ”

    Upon what lawful basis did the (former) CEO, Doug McKay, chose NOT to follow this ‘due process’, but effectively made up his own process and arguably ‘picked his own people’ – Ernst and Young?

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/aboutcouncil/governingbody/codeofconductelectedmembers.pdf

    ………………………………….
    8.8. Responses to Breaches of the Code

    To avoid doubt, a breach of the Code of Conduct does not constitute an offence under the Local Government Act 2002. The exact nature of the action the governing body/local board may take depends on the nature of the breach and whether there are statutory provisions dealing with the breach.

    Where there are statutory provisions:

    breaches relating to members’ interests may render members liable for prosecution by the Auditor-General under the Local Authority (Members’ Interests) Act 1968;breaches which result in the Council suffering financial loss or damage may be reported on by the Auditor-General under the Local Government Act 2002, which may result in the member having to make good the loss or damage;breaches relating to the commission of a criminal offence may leave the elected member liable for criminal prosecution.

    In these cases the governing body or local board may refer an issue to the relevant body, any member of the public may make a complaint to that body, or the Auditor-General or Police may take action of their own initiative.

    Where there are no statutory provisions, the governing body or local board may take the following action:

    censure;
    removal of the elected member from representative type bodies;
    dismissal of the elected member from a position as Chair or Deputy Chair of a committee.
    A decision to apply one or more of these actions requires a resolution to that effect.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    (Reply received 4.06pm 24 January 2014)

    Dear Penny

    Confirming that I have received your request to speak in public input at the 30 January 2013 Governing Body meeting on the issues outlined in your email below.

    I will progress this and respond further on Tuesday to advise you on the outcome of your request.

    Regards
    Elaine Stephenson | Democracy Advisor |
    Governance Support I Democracy Services
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Will Mayor Len Brown, as Chair of the Auckland Council Governing Body, grant me speaking rights?

    Upon what lawful basis can he try to decline this application?

    The Auckland Council Governing Body meeting, to be held Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 9.30am, at the Auckland Town Hall, should be FASCINATING……..

    Penny Bright

    • bad12 18.1

      Lolz, probably not Penny Bright, i doubt because your a pain in the butt will be Len’s ‘lawful basis’ for denying your application, but, He will probably be thinking just that while He consults the book of 1001 ways to get the overly fervent off your back for a convenient lawful basis…

      • Penny Bright 18.1.1

        Denying me speaking rights on this matter will simply pour petrol on the fire …….

        There are a number of ‘conflicts of interest’ in the (unlawful?) appointment of Ernst and Young to do this ‘inquiry’, which, in my opinion, effectively helped to shield Mayor Len Brown from prosecution for alleged criminal offending.

        Who did Mayor Len Brown commission to do a (favourable) report on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)?

        Oh – that’s right.

        Ernst and Young.

        http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/document/pdf/201348/PPPStudyForAttachmen1.pdf

        Penny Bright

        • bad12 18.1.1.1

          Penny Bright, Cameron Brewer must simply adore your provision of ammunition to Him and the right wing cabal on the Auckland Council…

          • Penny Bright 18.1.1.1.1

            I’ll say it again for the 30,000th time – it’s no longer ‘left’ vs ‘right’ and hasn’t been for the last 30 years since the 1984-87 Labour Government introduced the neo-liberal ‘Rogernomics reforms’.

            In my opinion, it’s the corporate minority vs the public majority (1% vs 99% – as it were), which is why I was so involved in the Occupy Auckland movement.

            In my opinion, those who REALLY run the Auckland region (the unelected Committee for Auckland), much prefer the smiley faces and more personable approaches of those who pretend to serve the community and public interest, because the public tend to trust them more than the nasty, openly divisive ones (like John Banks).

            Yep – I’m sure Cameron Brewer and the ‘right wing cabal’ would have loved it when some of us managed to help get John Banks committed to trial for electoral fraud?

            Sorry that the FACTS are not to your liking ‘bad12′ – but your disapproval isn’t going to stop my ‘blowing the whistle’ and telling the truth.

            I don’t expect some of you to like it.

            So be it.

            Penny Bright

            • bad12 18.1.1.1.1.1

              Well said Penny Bright and i do not disagree with much of what you post here in this ‘comment’ one of few i have seen from you explaining your position and actions as apposed to the usual overly-long dump of ‘stuff’ that is a ‘turn-off’ to wade through,

              While i am on the one hand happy to see Len Brown being made accountable for His actions i do have some disquiet about how far the attempts at seeking this accountability will push the average Auckland head toward the right when it comes to voter choices,

              i do point out above why i believe the current attempt at prosecuting Brown will not succeed and have to point out that i believe that any alternative to Brown voted into the Mayoral position would in fact be a far far worse for the people and the City of Auckland thus the attempts at unseating Len can be seen as attempts to speed up the time where Auckland will find itself with a Mayor of the caliber of a Palino,Brewer, or, Hide,

              i beg to differ on your, there is no left or right, and, hope to see you debate this point further,(how bout a guest post on the subject Penny Bright???), but, the 99% against the 1%???, nah sorry although i ‘see’ the point vis a vis who holds the wealth the 1%, unless you consider all votes to be rigged, are voted into positions of power,(those that represent them in plain English), which ‘more or less’ requires some form of majority,

              i will lastly in a ‘me too me too’ claim to have had a hand in the placing of John Banks befor the High Court for trial, my small contribution was a matter of putting my money where my mouth is, not being a resident of Auckland,

              i tho see a stark difference in the politics of John Banks when compared against those of Len Brown, it’s a pity that you fail to differentiate…

  17. Colonial Viper 19

    Gathering in Dunedin went well :-)

  18. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 20

    I just came across these ‘Top 10 Media Manipulation Strategies’ and am sharing the link for anyone who hasn’t seen them and is interested.

    Strangely enough they sound familiar.

  19. Anne 21

    I don’t know whether anyone has already mentioned it, but there was a fascinating interview with Professor of Culture and Economy at Loughborough University, England, Graham Murdock on Kim Hill’s show this morning. The subject matter: The problems of surveillance by governments and corporations. It’s a shocking eye opener!

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2583455

    He emphasises ” the privatisation of public sector information on people”. Something we have reason to be very concerned about here in NZ under this government.

    • newsense 21.1

      there was an article in the business papers about the likely success of a software company working in surveillance

  20. ropata 23

    NZ beaten by Australia in Oxfam’s global food index

    NZ is only 23rd in the world for a plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet according to new Oxfam report. detailed data here

    1: Netherlands
    2: Switzerland
    3: France
    4= Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Denmark
    8= Australia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Italy, Ireland
    13= Iceland, Cyprus, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Spain
    21= Japan, USA
    23= New Zealand, Israel

    NZ is also 23rd worst for diabetes and obesity, hooray …

  21. newsense 24

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11191707

    The Herald says that because Len Brown refused to stand down when they told him to he is now fatally comprimised and can’t adovacte for proper public transpo rt for Auckland. Farken hogwash.

  22. newsense 25

    Also this from Fraaaan:

    Typically, Cunliffe qualified his new public support for oil and gas exploration by saying Labour will look at the Norwegian model for regulating the oil and gas industry, including stronger environmental safeguards and steeper taxes. The industry can wear this. It is, after all, in their own commercial interests to ensure they do not have major spills.

    In many respects it is like Cunliffe’s qualified support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Not against the TPP, but wanting to see the fine print to ensure New Zealand’s national interests are looked after in the final deal.

    yes. wanting to see NZ’s interests looked after before signing off one something is the rational thing to do…

    I can’t figure out why we haven’t heard anything about all the things Gordon Campbell writes about:

    this among other columns
    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2014/01/15/gordon-campbell-on-the-lack-of-incentives-for-anadarko/

    • floyd 25.1

      Ooerr. Fancy wanting to see the fine print to ensure Nzs national interests are looked after in the final deal.

  23. North 27

    The arsehole’s after the pimply Religious Right now…….

    http://news.msn.co.nz/article.aspx?id=8789183

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    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • Dirty Politics symposium on Friday
    Otago University will be holding an online symposium this Friday on "Debating 'Dirty Politics': Media, Politics and Law". Andrew Geddis has more details on the agenda: 1:00-1:15: Opening interview with Mr Nicky Hager 1:15-2:05: Media panel with Dr Rosemary Overell;...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • Debating “Dirty Politics”: Media, Politics and Law
    Love it or loathe it, Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics and its aftermath has lit a fire under our perception of "politics as usual" in New Zealand. Exactly how all that plays out come September 20th is an as yet unknown...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • More British collusion in torture
    This time in Nepal, where they funded, equipped and supported a regime torture-squad:British authorities have been accused of funding a four-year intelligence operation in Nepal that led to Maoist rebels being arrested, tortured and killed during the country’s civil war....
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • The Press Leaders Debate – proof a newspaper can kill the internet
    No more beersies for you Mr Key. Seriously – was the Prime Minister drunk during this debate? I am so sickened by what passed as a Leaders debate, I will make this review short and vicious. Everyone involved in putting...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Voting starts tomorrow!
    On the telly, in the papers, on the Net, billboards on almost every street corner – it’s hard to miss the fact that there’s an election coming up. Everyone’s trying to win your vote on Election Day, September 20, (this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry a whitewash before it has even started
    The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote. Whaleoil won’t be forced to appear, it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Press Leaders Debate – Round 2 – 7pm tonight
    This debate is live in a Town Hall, Key has done well at these in the past, but since the hate politics exposed in Dirty Politics, expect real fury directed at Key. My guess is that Key will attempt to use whatever he...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • MANA hit speed wobbles – why Annette Sykes will win Waiariki
    MANA are my favourites. But of late, their transition from crawling to sprinting has hit some speed wobbles. Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
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  • Independent Epsom Candidates ‘One Strike’ Crime Policy
    Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal
    67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch
    “Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed
    Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Association welcomes new Chief Executive
    “The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
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    Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Climate Voter election debate to get big audience
    Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Edge show disregard for consent
    The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand’s Roastbuster Rape Culture
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    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer
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    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • SFO lays charges for procurement fraud
    Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand
    The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Sykes: There’s Only One Poll That Counts
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    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party
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    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
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    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
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    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
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