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Open mike 25/02/2010

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  1. Jenny 1

    “Right now there’s a revolution in local government, arguably the biggest development since the big bang of 1989.”
    Don Nicolson, president of Federated Farmers, to the Local Government New Zealand Rural and Provincial Group, 18 February 2010

    With the rise in GST to 15% tied to income tax cuts, the wealthy are succeeding, with the help of their right wing friends in parliament, to transfer the central tax burden away from themselves and onto the rest of the community.

    After this ongoing success at central government level, the battle ground for neo liberal restructuring and deregulation of the economy, is now set to move on to the local government level.

    Hoping to take the advantage of Rodney Hide’s enforced amalgamation and centralisation, of councils. Right wing business lobby group, Federated Farmers are lobbying government and the new “Super” councils themselves to be able to impose a Maggie Thatcher type poll tax, which they call a “Residents Tax”, coupled with a complete, yes complete, abolishment of property rates.

    The Fed President calls this reorganisation, part of the change in the three Fs for councils.

    “Form, Function, Funding.”

    Now that the Form and Function of councils is well under way.
    And considering the domination of new Super Councils by the Right, a fore gone conclusion, Don Nicolson says, “I do look forward to taking this third ‘F’ out of the shadows and into the light
    of day.”

    http://WWW.FEDFARM.ORG.NZ/n1912.html

    If they are successful the Feds and other right wing political lobbyists, seek to to transfer the cost of this huge rates cut for themselves and their rich business mates, by imposing a poll tax on every single adult, including pensioners and the disabled. Quoting from a speech by Federation’s President, Don Nicolson, they want a Residents Tax, “That includes beneficiaries too.”

    From Nicolson’s speech:

    “We want local government to get its tax income from every resident and not just
    those who are considered to be ‘landed’.

    The ‘landed’ should not be expected to subsidise the rest of the community as a
    result of a theoretical value placed on their property.

    Our future must be one where everyone pays for activities where everyone
    benefits equally – perhaps through a fixed charge on every adult resident.

    I believe if it looks like a tax, feels like a tax and impacts your wallet like
    a tax, then let’s stop calling it rates. Let’s call a spade a spade.

    A Residents’ Tax is our preferred outcome as it impacts 100 percent not just 64
    percent. Our starting point is that every adult should pay a Residents’ Tax.
    Handing over your hard-earned money to a local council changes the
    psychological stake you have in a community. That includes beneficiaries too.
    Building community wellbeing starts with having an investment in a place. That
    place being your community.”

    As well as a poll tax the Feds are demanding much more user pays for council services.

    The not quite overt message from Federated Farmers, is that the bulk of the urban and rural working poor are bludgers on the farm and business owners.

    As race and class are often very much intertwined you can detect the silent dog whistle behind these statements.

    Further from the Feds statement.

    “While local government has been modernised in many ways – it continues to rely
    for a large part of its income on rates based on property value. A Victorian
    notion of the landed class.

    Although councils have tools to reduce their reliance on these rates, such as
    user charges and uniform per property charges, the value of property remains
    key to allocating the cost of a council onto its community.

    Despite a growing use of targeted rates and the continued use of differentials
    by some councils, any funding system that is reliant upon property values
    places a disproportionate burden on those who either have valuable land or land
    intensive businesses.”

    • prism 1.1

      It seems that there is a desire to undermine and circumvent the established democratic processes by right wingers. Particularly came to my notice from the time of right wing Labour such as Douglas et al. Every time right wingers are elected they find a new way to strip process away from the people, and give it to this small elite band of mostly, men.
      Their accumulation of wealth, certainty that its acquisition gives them superior vision, and constant focus on gaining control over public assets to advance that vision, makes them less active citizens than crafty thieves in a position to change the laws to turn their crimes into appearing as creating public good.

      The latest ‘crime’ is calling urgency all the time on bills which mean that the policy is not properly scrutinised and analysed.
      This is really serious attack on our style of government and shows the need for some body to stop such behaviour.

      • gitmo 1.1.1

        Um China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela………… gotta love em right wingers circumventing the democratic processes.

        Get real we haven’t had anything apart for social democrat type govts in NZ for a very very long time.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      To be honest, I don’t have a problem with everyone paying a tax (rates). Just set it at ~3% of income for every address you live at and house you own and it should be good. Prevents people who are temporarily in the doldrums from losing their homes and is likely to return more to the councils who actually need it. Council services should be free and land taxes should still exist. The deed to owning a property should become a lease.

      I’m pretty sure that the Fed Farmers will be screaming blue murder if you tried that though.

  2. Jenny 2

    Oops posted twice.

  3. prism 3

    TVs Rick Ellis says that NZs have an “almost unique appetite for local content” .
    WTF Do the USA like to watch their programs, Brits and Canadians seem to have an active film/tv business. The lack of appetite for supporting the making of our own television is a dumbing down of our country by those who only know about using the goods to make a profit. That’s not encouraging to the minority bright lights thinking and showing interesting things about us to us.
    When I was overseas in the 70s I noticed that only Switzerland mainly relied on overseas material but I think they were unique in that as in other things.

  4. prism 4

    Quote from Jenny’s blog – The ‘landed’ should not be expected to subsidise the rest of the community as a result of a theoretical value placed on their property.

    It is a fact that the value is adjusted regularly and can be questioned, and revalued, and is a fair assessment of the asset value, it isn’t some airy fairy amount not connected with reality. When you buy a property, the valuation forms the basis for the amount paid. You buy the property that is within your income level. Everybody contributes to the rating system through their habitation. Renters pay in their rent to the landlord, and the landlord pays the rates. The idea that some people are having a rates holiday is faulty and a convenient myth to gripe about. Possibly the truth is only those sleeping rough are not contributing.

    The present rating system is a good one, but needs some extra levers. Farmers tend to complain about the rates they pay. It seems the bigger they are the more complaints.

    • gitmo 4.1

      The present rating system is a bogus load of cak – increases year on year on year for little or no increase in services.

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        Yeah, because guess what, things get more expensive every year to run at the same level! It’s called inflation, as well as people wanting higher wages.

        If you want your rates to be frozen, expect to receive fewer and worse services as time goes on.

        Duh.

        • gitmo 4.1.1.1

          I do receive fewer and worse services each year but the rates continue to increase ….. duh de duh duh !

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1

            Ever consider that that might be because the rates aren’t increasing enough to cover increasing expenses?

      • Armchair Critic 4.1.2

        Once the services currently provided by local govt. are privatised the costs will do pretty much the same thing, increasing year on year, and individuals will have even less say about the practices of their monoploy service provider.

  5. BLiP 6

    Government PR printed as fact in the New Zealand Fox News Herald

    At the top of the Government’s agenda is the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill, which cuts some ACC entitlements and raises levies, although by only half the amount that would have been enforced if the legislation had not been drafted.

    No mention of the fact that the figures are bullshit and no mention of the fact that the name of the legislation has been changed so as to eliminate the words “prevention” and “rehabilitation”. Fuckers.

  6. OK, I’ll say it, I’m pissed off. Why did the Standard mangle my blog name?

    At the moment I’m working on a new look of my blog and in my search for inspiration I decided to check the code behind blogs I like and one of those blogs is the Standard. To my surprise I found a link purporting to link to my blog but when I looked for my blog in the blog roll I could not find it. What I did find was a part of my name and sure enough when I clicked it I was linked through to my blog.

    Here is a combined screen dump of both the site and the source code:

    I was a tat befuddled about this and decided to check if this was a policy of the Standard in order to perhaps better manage the blogroll size but no, every other name with the exception of the CAFCA blog had their entire name mentioned.

    Now CAFCA or watchblog – the online tool for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa as it is officially named is generally known by its acronym so that makes sense but no other blog had their name changed or mangled beyond recognisability. So no Curmudgeon for The Irascible Curmudgeon or Idle fellow for Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, Highway one for Born on state highway one, hell even Auckland Transport blog had their whole name mentioned. Every blog except mine had their whole name mentioned and was properly linked to their blog and that is how it should be.

    So why was the name of my blog mangled to the point of being unrecognisable? I can only come up with one thing but what a childish thing that would be.

    When I started commenting on the Standard I was almost without exception ridiculed for my opinions about the events of 911 and the international banking world to which I contented John Key belonged. In fact I was almost banned for doing so and only the opinions of a few of their steady readers kept them from banning me at that time.

    Times and some of the authors have changed and I no longer am the house nutter. In fact more and more readers of the Standards seem to openly doubt the official version of the 911 events and it seems to me that with linking to my blog even with the mangled name the Standard has made a kneefall and is acknowledging the validity of my blog and that can only be a good thing.

    After all I work hard to bring alternative information to my readers and I do so with the greatest integrity and dedication. You may not like the information I gather and in fact you may think I’m nuts but there you have it. Take it or leave it and it seems the Standard (and not the Dard or the Stand) or some of it’s authors have decided to take it.

    But… and that is a big but it seems that the Standardistas (as the Standard authors point out they are a collective) do not want to wholeheartedly admit to doing so and as far as I’m concerned they are breaking a rule that I take very seriously: Thou shall not mangle another blogs name in order to have your cake and eat it too.

    In other words if my blog is worth linking to it is worth linking to with its full name. Just like every other blog the site links too. If you can’t be bothered to do so then kindly take my mangled name of you blogroll.

    Although to do so now would be incredibly petty so come on guys, I work hard for my blog so why not give me the recognition the link suggests you think I deserve.

    [lprent: I was asked to reactivate the CAFCA blog (which has been sitting on private for a long time) last friday whilst at the pub. I still haven’t plugged in the other site that was requested at the same time. At some point in the last few years I’d have turned off the site because it was moribund. There is post that I wrote last night which was telling people that I was about to do a sweep… Send me a e-mail via the contact-us page with the correct details and I’ll fix it. ]

  7. Couldn’t you have just emailed the sysop politely asking for the full name to be used instead of cut and pasting your latest lengthy, rambling and paranoid blog entry? The real error seems to me that you are in the left blogs section. Surely there must be a seperate section for moon landing denialists, flat earthers and Elvis spotters you’d be more comfortable in?

    ‘Times and some of the authors have changed and I no longer am the house nutter.’

    Don’t sell yourself short, Trav.

  8. You are correct Jenny, Certainly lets be wary of the FF . Lets remember that they have always supported low wages for people who work for them .Have supported a low mininum wage for others .With their smart accountants they have for years dodged paying their fair share of tax. I well remember one FF member boasting that”:The day I pay tax is the day I sack my accountant.”
    Yet sent his sons to state schools and used the public health system .
    They were very welll organized in the last election and were bringing their families and employees in to the booths by the hundred, Although why farm workers would vote ACT /Nat beats me.

  9. George.com 10

    The speech John Key should have delivered as his maiden speech as PM.

    “Mr Speaker, I rise today as leader of the newly elected National Government to announce that during my term as Prime Minister I will maintain an unrelenting focus on dismissing cabinet ministers…”

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    1 day ago
  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
    It's eight days since the Prime Minister airily assured Guyon Espiner on Morning Report that "in my experience with Work and Income", homeless people could go along to their local office and get sorted with some emergency housing.We now know… ...
    1 day ago
  • A great Budget would
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    frogblogBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 day ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
    This Thursday Bill English will deliver his eighth Budget. Will it continue the trend of previous National budgets, making tertiary education less affordable, putting only token funds into innovation, and subsidising polluters? Budgets aren’t what they used to be. Once… ...
    frogblogBy Gareth Hughes
    1 day ago
  • What we are expected to believe
    In recent months I have become increasingly concerned at the state of bullshit in this country. Bullshit, as Harry Frankfurt famously wrote, is distinguished not by its intentionally negative truth value (those are lies) but its absence of intentional truth… ...
    1 day ago
  • The end of Auckland’s old growth model
    The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development’s public shark-jumping exercise the other week got me thinking. While their flagship policy of a new megabillion eastern tunnel project is a bit mad, their report does a reasonable job of diagnosing one… ...
    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    1 day ago
  • The end of Auckland’s old growth model
    The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development’s public shark-jumping exercise the other week got me thinking. While their flagship policy of a new megabillion eastern tunnel project is a bit mad, their report does a reasonable job of diagnosing one… ...
    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    1 day ago
  • Why are whistleblowers being prosecuted as spies?
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 day ago
  • Spend and Tax
    As a general rule, New Zealanders want more public spending. Surveys (such as the 2014 Election Survey) show consistent support for increases in spending, particularly in the areas of health, education, housing, law enforcement, public transport and the environment (in… ...
    Briefing PapersBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • The birth place of the artist
    It may not be the best reason to fund the arts. It’s certainly not the only one. But travelling to the small city of Rovereto, at the feet of the Italian dolomites, reminded me of the lasting influence that a… ...
    Bat bean beamBy Giovanni Tiso
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right, and battle bots
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  • Why Corrections prevented Tony Robertson from getting treatment in prison
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    PunditBy Roger Brooking
    2 days ago
  • Have We a Housing Policy?
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    2 days ago
  • Have We a Housing Policy?
    The Prime Minister’s announcement that there is nothing new about homelessness is both an example of his strengths in reassuring the public that there is never really a problem and the weaknesses of the government’s policy approach..read more ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Climate denial arguments fail a blind test
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    2 days ago
  • Palmerston North librarians gather to support UCOL colleagues
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  • Accountability for Iraq?
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    2 days ago
  • Accountability for Iraq?
    Six years after it was established, the Chilcot Inquiry into the UK's involvement in the Iraq war is finally about to report back. And from the sound of it, its going to pin the blame squarely where it belongs: on… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago

  • Police Minister admits resolution rates fall short of expectation
    Police Minister Judith Collins has admitted in Parliament current burglary resolution rates are not meeting the expectations of our communities, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash “Out of 284 police stations in New Zealand in 2015, 24 stations recorded zero… ...
    44 mins ago
  • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
    Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    49 mins ago
  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
    2 hours ago
  • Dairy exports fall of 11%: Budget action on diversification needed
    Dairy exports have fallen 11 per cent compared to this time last year, a fall of almost $1.5b, showing the Government must take clear action on diversifying the economy in tomorrow’s Budget, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David… ...
    3 hours ago
  • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
    Investors cashing in on skyrocketing Auckland house prices are driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland and causing homeownership rates in some of our poorest suburbs to plummet, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New analysis shows… ...
    5 hours ago
  • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
    Budget 2016 must deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave by April 2018 – anything less will be short-changing families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “My Bill which is before Parliament this afternoon has majority support and does just that. I… ...
    5 hours ago
  • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
    John Key didn’t tell his own Finance Minister he was about to go on radio and announce he wanted $3b of tax cuts, just days after Bill English ruled them out, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “In Parliament today… ...
    23 hours ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 day ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 day ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
    Aotearoa’s new New Zealanders,  come to our country in vulnerable position: – often away from the culture, communities and families they know, sometimes in neighbourhoods without familiar faces and often encountering barriers to employment. With net migration at 50,000+ a… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • A great Budget would
    A great Budget would embrace the challenge of our polluted rivers and move the money away from justifying the status quo water rules into cleaning up waterways. A great Budget would take the Ministry for the Environment freshwater budget and… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 day ago
  • Budget building materials policy backfires
    On the eve of this year’s Budget official figures show Nick Smith’s Budget 2014 centrepiece to reduce the cost of building materials has backfired, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have spent the… ...
    1 day ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
    This Thursday Bill English will deliver his eighth Budget. Will it continue the trend of previous National budgets, making tertiary education less affordable, putting only token funds into innovation, and subsidising polluters? Budgets aren’t what they used to be. Once… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 day ago
  • Govt must come clean on tax cuts in Budget
    National is making a mockery of the Budget process by dangling the promise of tax cuts but failing to include them in the Budget, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s tax cut promises have turned into a farce. One… ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
    Today I want to talk about success. As we know success can come in many different forms, from the fact you all made it here at such an early hour on a Monday, for which I am very grateful, to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Budget must deliver for middle New Zealand
    The Government must ensure next week’s Budget stops the squeeze on middle New Zealand and delivers shared prosperity for all New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. The call follows new research commissioned by Labour that shows working… ...
    3 days ago
  • Our housing emergency – why we have to act
    Marama and Metiria at Homes Not Cars launch On Thursday, Metiria Turei announced the Green Party’s plan to start addressing the emergency housing crisis facing our country. Too many people are without homes right now – homeless. It is the… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Car rego victims must get a refund
    Motorists who have been overcharged for their car registration should get a refund, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “Minister Nikki Kaye’s ‘faulty risk’ rating scheme has blown up in her face with over 170 different models of car having… ...
    5 days ago
  • Council statement shows they just don’t get it
    The Auckland Council’s statement today shows they don’t understand the problems created by the urban growth boundary, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “I have been the first to defend the Auckland City Council when Bill English has been blaming… ...
    5 days ago
  • Inspecting electronic devices a potential privacy threat
    Labour is expressing concern for New Zealanders’ privacy rights as the Government signals Customs will have the power to inspect electronic devices coming across the border, says Labour’s Customs Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. “We agree that customs officers should have the… ...
    5 days ago
  • The Price of Water
    This week I hosted a public meeting at EIT in Hawkes Bay to discuss how we might put a price on the commercial use of water, so that water may be valued and treated more sustainably. I invited a… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    5 days ago
  • Caption It NZ!
    Today I received a petition from the NZ Captioning Working Group urging the government to legislate for accessibility via closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders. It was timely because today is the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Older Kiwis to miss out on electives
    The Government is not doing enough elective surgery to keep up with New Zealand’s ageing population, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s damning that the targeted national intervention rate for cataract and knee and hip surgery is the same… ...
    6 days ago
  • Most principals say their college is underfunded
    The Government must substantially increase funding for secondary schools in next week’s Budget after a new survey found 86 per cent of principals consider their college under-resourced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Just 14 per cent of secondary principals… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour calls for independent inquiry into illegal fish dumping
    The Labour Party is reiterating its call for an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s fishing industry after two reports revealed the Ministry for Primary Industries turned a blind eye to widespread fish dumping in New Zealand waters, says Labour’s Fisheries… ...
    6 days ago
  • Mt Karangahake and Newcrest Mining
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    7 days ago
  • Robbing Aucklanders to pay Rio Tinto
    New Zealand’s national electricity grid stretches the length of the country and contains some 11,803 kilometres of high-voltage lines and 178 substations. It wouldn’t make sense for competing power companies to duplicate and build their own expensive electricity transmission system… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 week ago
  • Government should abolish Auckland urban growth boundary
    The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Over 25 years the urban growth boundary hasn’t… ...
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis don’t want iPads for Land deals
     It is outrageous that schools are relying on money and iPads from foreign land investors to meet the learning needs of their students, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  “Several OIO land applications by offshore investors have claimed that without… ...
    1 week ago
  • Homelessness – National has failed all of us
    A young South Auckland Māori woman recently tried to get hold of me around midnight. I missed her call. The woman wanted me to know the sharp reality facing too many families looking for a stable place to live. Things… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Moko case should never have been manslaughter deal
    Confirmation again yesterday that the manslaughter charge in the Moko Rangitoheriri case was a deal done by the Crown Prosecution Service is justifiably the cause of outrage, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.“This should never have been a case where… ...
    1 week ago
  • Overseas investor funds school’s digital devices
    The Government must address the inequality laptops and tablets in classrooms are causing after a Queenstown school was forced to use a donation from an overseas investor to get their students digital devices, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Documents obtained… ...
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
    This Government has consistently failed to recognise the links between Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and intimate partner violence. For me, the recent review of CYFS has highlighted this misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and its impacts… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
    This Government has consistently failed to recognise the links between Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and intimate partner violence. For me, the recent review of CYFS has highlighted this misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and its impacts… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
    It was interesting to attend the ForestWood Conference in Auckland recently and learn about the extent of innovation in the wood processing and manufacturing sector. The forestry sector may be New Zealand’s third largest export earner, but raw logs make… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
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    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Key plucks $3b out of thin air – reckless and irresponsible
    John Key refuses to give up on his dream of tax cuts to the wealthy, despite being shot down by Bill English, and is resorting to plucking numbers out of thin air, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “On radio… ...
    1 week ago
  • John Key woefully out of touch on homelessness
    John Key is completely out of touch if he thinks desperate South Auckland families forced to live in cars can simply go to Work and Income for help, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Many of these families are working and… ...
    1 week ago
  • Under-reporting shows need to review quota system
    The Government must launch an independent review into New Zealand’s 30-year-old Quota Management System following a new report suggesting gross under-reporting of catch in the New Zealand fishing industry, Labour’s Environment spokesperson David Parker says.  “The Auckland University report found… ...
    1 week ago
  • Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue
    A Tertiary Education Commission investigation into the Tai Poutini Polytechnic is overdue and should have been launched last year, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “Labour has been calling for an inquiry into potential rorts at Tai Poutini… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue
    A Tertiary Education Commission investigation into the Tai Poutini Polytechnic is overdue and should have been launched last year, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “Labour has been calling for an inquiry into potential rorts at Tai Poutini… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where is the fair share for most New Zealanders?
    Most New Zealanders reading the news that chief executive pay has risen 12 per cent in the last year will be wondering when they are going to get their fair share, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “More and more… ...
    2 weeks ago

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