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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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    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • TV News Geography
    TV News Geography...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The best bit about gay sex
    The best bit about gay sex...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 1
    On not voting 1...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 2
    On not voting 2...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour on trucks
    Labour on trucks...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
    Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett… David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’ Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
    Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
    Graphic: shutterstock.com Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
    Racist Cartoon by Al Nisbet sums up the casual racism NZers enjoy The New Zealand government must consider United Nations rebukes on their indigenous rights record as ordinary and unremarkable by their casual reaction to the latest indictment - delivered through the clear and clinical...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: What has ACC Minister been doing? Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Judith Collins has made such little progress on ACC’s unacceptable privacy practices and needs to be held to account for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tukituki decision a win for water quality and farming
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • ACC reflects on passing of great Kiwi
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Lincoln cleaners outsourced
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
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