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Open mike 26/02/2014

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183 comments on “Open mike 26/02/2014”

  1. bad12 1

    From RadioNZ National news, the latest round of of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade deal have ended in failure to reach agreement,

    This piece of ‘pull your pants down and let us have our way with you’ stupidity is just that because the US Senate simply will not agree to a ‘trade deal’ that strips away the ‘protections’ of the US farming lobby,

    ‘Free trade’ is a lie, the cost of it, free trade that is, can be found in the rising number of unemployed people in our economy after every act of ‘trade liberalization’,

    This cost, the unemployment on a ‘rotational basis’ so as to disguise its true effects, simply equates to a shifting of wealth within our society with the creation of a demographic of have nots as much out of employment as they are in,

    The true cost of this unemployment has remained unmeasured as it has occurred over multi-decades with those negatively effected being so over periods that measure weeks, months and years, there is no measurement of the ‘human cost’…

    • Saarbo 1.1

      agree. On this matter I was recently told by a good source about the Chinese Trains, apparently they are really struggling, recently needed some SKF branded bearings changed, it turned out that the SKF Bearings fitted were actually counterfeit SKF bearings. I don’t know a lot about Trains but I do know that if you purchase from a Chinese manufacturer who has fitted counterfeit bearings then you will have major major problems coming up.

      • bad12 1.1.1

        The human cost of a train set that can barely keep its wheels on, all those who gave their labour year after year for the benefit of both business freight and passenger travel in this country, those from the Dunedin railway workshop made rendundant, thrown on the ever growing scrapheap of employment destroyed by trade liberalization…

        • Skinny 1.1.1.1

          I was on a picket line opposing the arrival and use of wagons from China. It makes me shiver thinking back, it was the coldest day of the year, 4.am kick off, I’ll never forget my teeth chattering on the loud hailer lol.

          The subsequent amount of problems with these inferior made wagons were shameful. Brakes, bearings, poor welds, inadequate primmer/paint coating. A lession learnt is ‘you pay and continue to pay’ for what you get, and the taxpayer will pay through the nose for both Chinese made trains and wagons for many years to come.

          Meanwhile many of the highly skilled workers from the workshops took their skills abroad to Aussie, others left the undignified task of battling WINZ for a subsistence payment (dole) probably the first time in their working life.

          For this reason and others I am proud to have joined our local protest against the TPPA last Saturday. The TPPA will not ‘Keep New Zealanders working’.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1

            The TPPA will not ‘Keep New Zealanders working’.

            It’s not supposed to. It’s supposed to keep lowering wages so that the rich can keep getting richer.

      • Te Reo Putake 1.1.2

        The fake bearings wouldn’t surprise me at all. I was told a few years back by the CEO of a tool manufacturer of a worrying increase in product failure in the Asian market. Turns out it was inferior pirate copies being badged as their stuff, right down to their own website and toll free number being prominently promoted on the packaging if customers had any complaints!

        • bad12 1.1.2.1

          Lolz, i do so love the Asian minds ability for attention to detail…

          • phillip ure 1.1.2.1.1

            racist..?

            ..with an underpinning of eugenics..?

            ..ew..!

            phillip ure..

            • bad12 1.1.2.1.1.1

              That Phillis is Laughable, i should have included the word She somewhere in the comment so you could accuse me of Missongloaphology as well,(did i get that spelling write,snigger)…

              • no..it’s not ‘laughable’..

                ..it is blatant..if a tad retro..anti-asian racism..

                ..they are yr words..all yr own work..

                ..and so ‘casual’ with it..eh..?

                ..phillip ure..

                • bad12

                  Your stupidity deepens Phillis,it’s good to see tho that you are blind to the subtle differences in the thinking of Asians V Europeans in a broad context,

                  Had the train set highlighted by Saarbo above been built in the US with such faults alluded to, those having used ‘pirate parts’ in the manufacture would never have ‘thunk’ for a moment to set up a 0800 number and a website to deflect and handle complaints,

                  An interesting story broke in the past couple of days about a supposed Lawyer attached to the TPPT negotiations having fraudulently claimed to have such a university qualification, a European He simply relied upon the claim,

                  i would suggest that the Asian mindset would have if such a false claim were to be made resulted in the claimant either having had someone hack the university web-site and include them in the years for having sat the relevant Lawyers degree, OR,the person wishing to assume a law degree without the intellectual capacity to have passed such a qualification would have got someone else to sit the degree for them in their name,

                  Drug use they say Phillis, broadens the mind, in your case tho, poly abuse of various drugs have in fact seemed to have created the opposite effect, the fact that you continue to use in spite of this would tend to suggest a reinforcement of such damage…

                  • keep digging..

                    ..you might even reach china..

                    ..the rate you are going at..

                    ..shortly..we can branch into the long history of that (unfortunate)-fact of the strong ties between fascist/racist/eugenics/far-right..and what we loosely call the ‘green’ movement..

                    ..won’t that be fun..?

                    ..we will be able to trace yr lineage..right back..

                    ..as it were..

                    ..phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      Yes of course Phillis, everyone on the planet thinks to a lesser extent just like you,

                      How you see ”i do love the Asian minds ability for attention to detail” as a racist slur is beyond me,

                      The fact that you can trot out a list of your favorites in the comment below shows that you have a tidy amount of racism you so deplore set deeply into your mind…

                    • keep digging..

                      ..you are almost out of sight..

                      phillip ure..

          • Disraeli Gladstone 1.1.2.1.2

            Racism.

            • bad12 1.1.2.1.2.1

              Gallstone, stop it please, Phillis has already delivered that gut-buster, the neighbors will be getting itchy phone fingers listening to the gales of mad laughter emanating from my place at the likes of you…

              • what’s next..?

                ..black people make good field-hands..?

                ..you can’t trust those jews..?

                ..arabs are shifty..?

                ..do give us yr match-up list..

                ..phillip ure..

                • bad12

                  Phillis, keep em coming, it appears that it is not my head that is full of racist smears, the little list you trot out with the greatest of ease tells us all a story of an entirely different nature…

                  • ah..!..the old he’s-a-racist-’cos-he-said-i’m-a-racist racist/racism-defence..

                    ..i haven’t heard that hoary old chestnut for awhile..

                    ..and it always was a shaky defence/come-back..that one..

                    ..phillip ure..

              • Disraeli Gladstone

                It doesn’t matter what you think.

                Racism isn’t something where intent actually matters. Racism is something that can cause hurt and be completely unintentional by the speaker/writer. Just because you don’t think it’s racism doesn’t make it so.

                Just like, me saying it is racism doesn’t automatically makes it racism, but I suspect I’m in the vast majority when saying that “yes, it is.”

                • bad12

                  Gallstone, as a latecomer to this little discussion i am going to ignore you as you have only chosen to be Phillis’s little tool on this occasion for personal spite,

                  That and the not inconsiderable fact that i don’t give a fuck what you think…

                  • you’ve stopped laughing..?

                    ..your neighbours will no doubt be relieved..

                    ..phillip ure..

                  • Disraeli Gladstone

                    Bad12′s comment translated:

                    “I don’t have any way to respond so I’m going to ignore you instead.”

                    That’s fine. I just hope you’ve learnt that words matter.

                    • ka-boom..!

                      ..well..that’s bad done and dusted..

                      ..(and obviously now marked as one to now ‘go to’ for racial-characteristic-updates..who knew..?..)

                      ..can i suggest you go and seethe in a corner..

                      ..somewhere..?

                      ..(i’m almost tempted to use a smiley-face-emoticon..)

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      Aw Phillis, so childish of you to play little ego games of victory or loss…done and dusted has simply got me chortling again…

                      The fact that you have to get into a little love–fest with Gallstone in an effort to do or dust me makes me wonder…along with your little list of racist slurs so glibly trotted out in the comment above not only if the Junk has scrambled whats left of your brains…but…whether or not you are,as Gallstone appears to be…a closet ‘wing-nut’…

                      Phillis…you can suggest whatever it is that fires up whatever neurons that have survived the self inflicted drug binging to no effect…a bit like me suggesting that you go fetch that which you wake up every morning craving like nothing else on this earth and fire as much as possible into those aching veins…

                    • Crunchtime

                      bad12′s comment was NOT racism.

                      Racism is oppression, discrimination, fear or hatred of another race.

                      bad12′s comment was none of these. It was certainly racial or cultural stereotyping, but I think Ure (and Gladstone) making the racist call is oversensitive.

                      bad12 for his part is responding in a personal way to Ure which is wholly unnecessary.

                      Settle down all of you.

                • Colonial Viper

                  The Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, and South Koreans built their industries upon wholesale and detailed copying of western designs and technologies. This was very obvious in the early decades of both the Japanese and South Korean car industries, as well as the many cheap electronic toys and consumer goods you would get out of places like Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong in the 70′s and 80′s.

                  Japan pre-WWII and post WWII modelled its entire heavy industry on American approaches, right down to copying exactly the paperwork and statistical methods used in the USA.

                  None of this is in question.

                  The calls of “racism” are meaningless in the context that entire Asian nations, their leaders and their workers used these highly detailed and methodical approaches to economically leapfrog ahead. To me these calls are especially funny as it appears to underline how little understanding some people in western nations have of what actually happened and how it happened.

                  One bit which is actually racist IMO is all the self righteous pronouncements based solely on ones own cultural outlook and values. That and how the western powers treated SE Asia and China as backward colonies to exploit and wage horrific wars of empire in.

                  Exploitation of Asian workers by western powers and corporates is still rife. Now that’s actual racism. Not the silly little comments that the PC brigade appear to take great pride in demonstrating all kinds of offence at.

                  • bad12

                    My whole point, obviously one that escapes both Phillis, and Gallstone as they come ‘ a hunting’ wishing to vent their personal little hard on’s they have for me is in the modern context of thought as set out in Saarbo’s comment,

                    i should imagine that ‘copy fraud’ is rampant in the US,(they have a whole spy network which services such),

                    Had the ‘train sets’ being discussed been sourced from the US with the same copy-fraud parts attached i doubt the Americans would have the subtly of thought nor the attention to detail to have set up an 0800 number or a website with which to snare complaints over the faulty parts,

                    Then again, that of course is simply my opinion having not deeply researched such an issue…

                    • just yet another orifice-pluck..?..then..?

                      phillip ure..

                    • and dunno if it is happening for others..but i have ‘lost’ three comments to header/blank white page..

                      phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      Phillis, losing comments to a blank page is simply a reflection of the inner workings of your mind…and…the effect your squirts of increasingly abusive invective have upon me…

                      Which equates to zero, zilch,nada,none in other words…Pssst…stop beating up on your computer…you are barely coherent…and…the blank pages might just stop…

                  • Disraeli Gladstone

                    So you stand by “Lolz, i do so love the Asian minds ability for attention to detail…” as not being remotely racist or offensive?

                    • wtl

                      1) Not racism: Saying counterfeiting is rife in China.
                      2) Not racism: Saying that some Chinese counterfeits can be really hard to tell from the real thing because they go to a lot of trouble to make the counterfeits seem genuine.
                      3) Is racism: Saying that all Chinese people can’t innovate and all they can do is copy.

                    • bad12

                      Gallstone, go fetch…take a poll of commenters of the Standard of Asian descent…if the majority of those polled are offended and consider my comment,(and the other comments which lead to my comment) racist…

                      Then i will happily withdraw and apologize for having made the remark…as far as your pretense at offense goes tho…go have sex with Phillis it will give your hand a rest…

                    • weka

                      o/t Disraeli, not sure if you would see this so am linking. This doesn’t need a response necessarily but I felt given the accusation that I had right of reply

                      http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-25022014/#comment-778635

                    • Disraeli Gladstone

                      Bad 12, the fact that you’re so obsessed with sex and masturbation suggest you are quite young so I’m going to stop now. Like you said, you seem to think you’re done and you haven’t responded to what I said constructively but with insult.

                      So, we might as well stop.

                    • bad12

                      wtl, i do not know if (3) is directed at CV’s comment above, but, it got a laugh outta me as i am sure it would have from CV…

                    • tsk tsk..such a potty-mouth..

                      ..and from such a ‘prominent’-green..

                      ..too..

                      phillip ure..

                    • weka

                      There should be a Godwin-like law regarding the use of the term “potty mouth”.

                  • Bill

                    Hey CV? You overlooking the historical fact that Britain built up a lot of its industrial base by copying, for example, Indian ship building technology of the time? Maybe stealing would be a more accurate term insofar as they used extreme stand over tactics to ensure that, for example, Indian ship building ceased.

                    Same for cotton manufacturing – chopped off weavers’ thumbs and then had all raw cotton exported to Britain.

                    Probably many, many more examples…

                    • wtl

                      That’s because copying is the most obvious and usually the best way of learning something new. Even non-human animals do it.

                      Counterfeiting, of course, is not the same thing as copying, as it contains an element of deception or fraud.

                    • Tracey

                      Interestingly, the rise of “entrepreneurship” as a notion in Britain very quickly led to slavery… so the free market has always been more free to some than others.

                  • that’s a first..!

                    ..being called a member of the ‘pc brigade’…

                    ..heh..!

                    ..phillip ure..

        • Huginn 1.1.2.2

          For example . . .

          ‘Aston Martin has recently made a big announcement of a major recall which will affect about 75 percent of all cars manufactured since 2007.

          This huge recall will affects at least 17,590 cars made by Aston Martin.

          This reason behind the massive recall is a Chinese sub-supplier who was using counterfeit plastic material for a component which they supplied to Aston Martin.

          http://speedlux.com/aston-martin-recall-75-percent-cars-2007-affects-17590-units/

    • Ron 1.2

      Maybe we should consider changing TPP to a five way deal excluding USA and Japan.
      We might find that we could have an effective relationship with the other five and forget about the machinations of USA and Japan trying to protect their own markets while being free to dump whatever they like on the rest of us.

      • bad12 1.2.1

        Ron, as an opposed view, not saying you are entirely wrong, but, maybe we should consider that the economies which are buying in massive bulk our raw milk products and raw timber logs are doing so ‘in spite of’ any trade deals we may have with them,

        i would suggest that such economies with growing populations are buying our primary produce simply because they ‘need’ the stuff,

        The proof of this will be in 5–10 years time when the Chinese dairy industry is sufficiently geared up to supply a larger part of their ‘needs’ at which point we, a nation, will be left sitting here dick in hand with a very large problem,

        i would suggest to you that the current enrichment of 40,000 dairy farmers has lead to 40,000 manufacturing jobs being lost to the Asian economies as the trade off, now the increased tax take from dairy that accrues to the Government books might look fine as it pays the extra dole payments and more,

        BUT,

        The miserable level of dole payments, and yes, in the current climate of rotational employment such misery is ‘shared around’,(mostly among the already poor), no account of the human misery inherent in such a system is thought of as of such import as to be quantified…

    • Disraeli Gladstone 1.3

      Free trade is good. It is a largely responsible for the huge drop in worldwide poverty. It has its flaws. There are some concerns. Developed countries need to make sure they still offer protection for developing countries (and the GATT/WTO does this). But free trade is good.

      The TPPA isn’t free trade. It looks like it is going to have various level of protectionism written into it to protect the US while removing any worthwhile protection for the other countries.

      So, free trade is good.

      TPPA is not so good.

      • Tracey 1.3.1

        Interestingly, the rise of “entrepreneurship” as a notion in Britain very quickly led to slavery… so the free market has always been more free to some than others.

      • wtl 1.3.2

        I don’t really see how you can make such a general statement. Free trade in itself is neither good or bad, what really matters is the outcome of free trade.

        In an extreme example, let’s say country X produced all their food using slave labour and country Y does not uses slaves and instead has workers that are paid fairly. Originally country Y had trade barriers to prevent the food from country X entering their markets, but a free trade agreement removed these barriers. Next thing, the food from country X starts dominating the market in country Y because it is cheaper, so country X acquires more slaves to increase production volume.

        Was free trade in this example good?

        Yes, I know you caveated your response, but I think simply shouting slogans like “free trade is good” is extremely unhelpful to proper discourse.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.3.3

        Free trade is good.

        All the evidence indicates that it’s not.

        We built ourselves up to a first world nation through protectionism (So did the UK and USA) and now that we’ve dropped that we’re steadily going backwards. We seeing increased poverty and a declining manufacturing base (it really is the manufacturing base that puts a country into “developed” status). And we’ve done it all because a few people wanted to be richer.

  2. 11 Outrageous Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana

    “..Nearly 80 years ago -

    the feature film “Reefer Madness” hit theaters -
    projecting demonstrably false anti-marijuana propaganda all over the big screen.

    In today’s era of legal medical and recreational cannabis-

    the tone of this movie is often mocked.

    But drug warriors are still employing many of the same hysterical arguments -

    to prop up their campaign against weed..”

    (cont..)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/marijuana-legalization-arguments_n_4789444.html

    phillip ure..

    • bad12 2.1

      Are you arguing for the legalization of the current addiction which you use as the poly-addicts crutch to subdue your craving for a stronger addiction simply based upon your personal financial situation and availability of supply Phillip…

      • phillip ure 2.1.1

        i understand the above ‘commenter’ is a ‘green’..(!)..(they do say it’s a broad church..but..y’know..!..)

        ..and i had the thought the other day..

        ..what if it is a ‘prominent’ green..?

        ..whoar..!

        ..eh..?

        ..phillip ure..

        • bad12 2.1.1.1

          ”What if it is a prominent Green”, well Phillip what if i am, my denial of course quickly follows but then i am one of the opinion that ‘prominence’ or lack of it is simply an ego contest and the Green’s have need of ‘leaders’ with prominence only as far as being able to fit into the current power structures,

          In reality i am a supporter of legalization with no attached codicils and i neither smoke the Lady Jane nor drink alcohol,

          Got your heart rate going at a normal level for the morning did i Phillis…

        • RedLogix 2.1.1.2

          Exactly bad12.

          I don’t use either drug but I’d be happy to see decriminalisation – if I thought that people like Mr Ure would take some personal responsibility for their ellipsis abuse.

          • phillip ure 2.1.1.2.1

            i can’t..i’ve got a 300 a day ellipsis-monkey on my back..

            ..i’ve tried uses dashes (-) as a form of methadone..

            ..but i seem to lapse on a regular basis..

            ..phillip ure..

            • RedLogix 2.1.1.2.1.1

              lol – guess I need to own up to my own hyphen habit.

              • i congratulate you on yr ‘hyphen-habit’..

                ..if it means you have banished that most annoying of all punctuation-affectations..

                ..the ever-ugly comma..

                (the only other that comes close in ugliness..is that (neither here nor there)..semi-colon..)

                ..tho’ i am a firm fan of the colon..

                ..it’s brutalist efficiency appeals..

                ..you know where you stand..with a colon..

                phillip ure..

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    Hmmm, not so sure Matt McCarten’s consistent history of great ideas that go nowhere is the right fit for Labour. But Greg Presland (who he?) sounds like our kinda guy.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9763705/Matt-McCarten-tipped-for-top-Labour-position

    • mickysavage 3.1

      Hehe.

      I can confirm that I will not be the next chief of staff. Announcement today at 1 pm …

      • Tiger Mountain 3.1.1

        Talk about fear and loathing in the beehive. I will eat my leather stetson if Matt gets this role. Someone with Unite type views would have to top the usual bland “yes Minister” careerists though.

      • Te Reo Putake 3.1.2

        Bugger!

      • just saying 3.1.3

        Damn.

        Still, on the bright side, I suspect a chief or staff would not be free to blog at TS.

        Those being mentioned seem to be actual left-wingers which must be a good sign (desperate for good signs from Labour – but won’t be holding my breath).

      • Ron 3.1.4

        Can we get Frank Underwood ex House of Cards. He would be so helpful

      • weka 3.1.5

        Micky, you are one of the reasons I still have faith in the Labour party. Not that I vote for them you understand ;-) but am still hoping they get their shit together (for their own sake and everyone else’s) and it’s people like you that make think this is still possible.

    • bad12 3.2

      Interesting, might fit in with the big ‘Slurp’ Matt gave to the Alfred E. Nuemann of television jonolism Patrick Gower in His weekend Herald column,

      Getting onside with the media would probably fit in with the ‘job description’ but did Matt have to be so blatant in what looked like giving Gower a tongue bath with the comment He,(Gower), was ”a frighteningly good journalist”…

      • Skinny 3.2.1

        It all makes sense to me now Bad12. I was somewhat bemused with Matt’s suck up to Gower, actually thought he was taking the piss. Truth be known Gower is Garner’s attack dog… all be it a skittery goofy type dog at that.

      • Ant 3.2.2

        I think the idea behind Matt is that they can’t rely on the media to tell their story so they are putting energy into grassroots organising.

        • Skinny 3.2.2.1

          Matt would bring a much needed double edge sword to the messaging being relayed. He would as you say counter the media spin on things. Of course the bias media would try bypassing him altogether. I note Helen Kelly has said it’s highly unlikely. Must be some push back from the ‘old’ Unions. Nice thinking of what might have been I guess.

    • Skinny 3.3

      It would be a real back straightener if Mc Carten got the job. I’ve always liked Matt’s skills campaigning as he cuts through the nonsense and remains focused on the task at hand.

      I won’t hold my breath he will get the appointment, too many obstacles like the beltway and last stand MP’s. If he does, expect a much needed no nosense approach. Are you in or are out!

      • phillip ure 3.3.1

        tho’ surprised at mccarten getting in bed with what has been his ‘enemy’ ..for so many neo-lib years..

        ..i am encouraged at the (possible) confirmation of some seachange-policies coming up from labour..

        ..as i can’t see mccarten signing up to help steer a same-old same-old neo-lib ship…

        ..so all in all..

        ..good news..

        ..and yes..!..as noted above..mccartens’ surprise tongue-bath of/on gower the other day..

        ..now comes clearer into focus..

        ..as to ‘why?’..

        phillip ure..

        • phillip ure 3.3.1.1

          hooten was just on nat-rad..and seems to be somewhat panicky..

          ..and we are told that a david talbot will be labours’ campaign-director..

          ..i know nothing of him..

          ..but i understand he has strong mana/green ties..

          ..(the neo-lib apologist labour mp’s will be freaking out..

          (..lefties to the left of them..lefties to the right..)

          ..the walls having been breached..and all that..)

          ..but i am encouraged by these straws in the winds of change..

          ..phillip ure..

          • phillip ure 3.3.1.1.1

            mod -mod mod..mod mod-eration..

            ..(sung to tune ”barbara-ann’..beach boys..)

            phillip ure..

          • Tim 3.3.1.1.2

            “hooten was just on nat-rad..and seems to be somewhat panicky..”

            heard that too – it seems to be scaring him (Hooton) shitless – not just panicky. Out came all that “far left” kaka.

            ……. and just as an aside PU – do you know of a recent study that shows excessive use of pot is as bad as alcohol regarding Hep C recovery, etc. (That’s a question btw). It’d certainly explain my brother’s demise. But then he was a greedy guts when it came to anything, along with a needle fetish.

            • phillip ure 3.3.1.1.2.1

              don’t know of that..

              ..that wasn’t my recent experience..

              ..and i was very open about my pot-use..

              ..and/yet received no health/pot-warnings..

              ..when raised..it was brushed aside as inconsequential..

              ..sorry to hear about yr brother..

              ..did he turn to alcohol..?

              ..many ex-junkies do..

              ..and that is perhaps the worst thing they could do..

              ..for their already battered liver..

              ..phillip ue..

    • Disraeli Gladstone 3.4

      Can you imagine how much fun Kiwiblog, WO, Gower, Garner, etc are going to have with McCarten is in Cunliffe’s office considering his less than stellar history with UNITE paying tax. Anytime, Labour brought up multinational companies not paying their fair share, it would instantly be shut out with questions about “doesn’t your Chief of Staff have the same problems?”

    • Saarbo 3.5

      Its been confirmed on RNZ via text to Hooten from Mc Carten.

  4. Sanctuary 4

    I got to self-righteously and triumphantly ring my bell at a member of the lycra-clad plutocratic cycling elite today.

    A small victory for the working man.

    • i hate that ‘ lycra-clad plutocratic cycling elite’..

      ..(mainly ‘cos of the ‘lycra’..)

      phillip ure..

    • Ad 4.2

      Now what we need the complete netwrk of dedicated fully separated bike lanes across every city in the country.

      BTW TransportBlog and GenZero guys did a good presentation ot the Auckland Transport Board yesterday – very slick, very positive, and challenging.

      • RedLogix 4.2.1

        And a separate lanes for working class three-speeds and another for the lyrca-clad plutes….

        • phillip ure 4.2.1.1

          @ red-logix..

          1..

          ..can’t we put them in a tunnel..?

          ..so we don’t have to look at them..?

          ..oh..!..the humanity..!

          ..phillip ure..

          • phillip ure 4.2.1.1.1

            i think there should be an age-limit on lycra-use..

            ..(i dunno what the cut-off age should be..but as an example..mallard is well past that date..)

            ..and at that (to be determined) age..cyclists must be forced to shed the ever-more-spongy to the touch lycra..

            ..and into (sensible) jodhpur-styling trousers..

            ..preferably made of corduroy ..(and whale-cord..at that..)..

            ..can we have a referendum on this..?

            ..phillip ure..

            • fender 4.2.1.1.1.1

              You’ve just blown it Phillip.

              After your desperate attempt to secure a wife the other day I felt a little sorry for you and I decided to play match-maker. I searched high and low for someone special who would get you out of your rut and had all but convinced a slightly crazy eccentric vegan lady I know to take a chance on you. Once she answered affirmative to the ‘do you really really like Nutella’ question I was certain there was some hope for you.

              But this age-limit you have suggested for wearing lycra has given her cold feet because she’s a keen cyclist and (although prefers her birthday suit when riding) often wears the tight-fitting apparel.

              So I’m sorry but you’ll have to be content for the time being with your four legged pet dog for a little while longer, but all is not lost; just be thankful Lucy(?) doesn’t have a nut allergy :grin:

  5. bad12 5

    Interesting readers poll on Stuff.co this morning asking what are the main concerns for voters in this election year,

    At number one by a country mile, the economy 39.4%,(its–the–economy–stupid),

    Second, who would have thunk it,Affordable Housing 12.7%,(hopefully the relevant parties can ‘see’ that this also includes affordable rentals, rebuild the numbers in the States portfolio please),

    Third, but hardly least, Unemployment 8.2%,(i should imagine that if the dole wasn’t such a disgustingly low level of ‘at least they can eat but only if they ‘choose’ to live under a bridge’ the employment issue might have rated higher than 3rd)…

    • karol 5.1

      I voted afforable housing. It has a significant direct impact on more people than unemployment. Those worried about affordable housing include the unemployed as well as many low paid, precarious and employed people.

      Edit: That poll is a bit of a push poll, with “the economy” at the top of the list. It’s a general term that encompasses aspects of most of the other things on the list.

      • Pasupial 5.1.1

        I don’t generally pay attention to self-selecting polls such as that on Stuff – can you “vote” multiple times on that one the way you can with the NZH?

        The recent Roy Morgan has a better sampling method than most published polls (still phone interviews, but at least includes cell phones – though the 14+ age-group will include some not eligible to vote this year). They also define what issues they regard as “economic” (42%, but that includes 7% “unemployment/ job security”), no category directly corresponds to “Affordable Housing” but “Cost of Living/ Increasing Prices/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt” seems closest (5% also categorised as “economic”).

        http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/5445-issues-facing-new-zealand-world-february-2014-201402210457

        “Poverty/ The Gap Between Rich & Poor/ Imbalance of Wealth” (16%) was the largest issue of the “Economic” category (42%). “Social Apathy/ Lack of Values/ Lack of Empathy Toward Others/ Intolerance” (5%) for the “Social issues” (21%). “Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government Spending” (8%) for “Government/ Public Policy/ Human Rights issues” (19%). “Environmental Issues/ Degradation” (4%) for “Environmental issues” (9%). However 8% were “Can’t say”; of the “993 men and women aged 14 or over [who] were interviewed by telephone in February 2014″.

        Looking at the trend from Oct 2012, it appears economic issues have reduced in priority for the population studied (from 57% to 42%). Whereas; Social issues (13% to 21%); Government issues (14% to 19%); & Environmental issues (4% to 9%), have all increased.

      • Tracey 5.1.2

        I said affordable housing also… People first baby!

        I take it to mean rent too karol.

    • Bill 5.2

      Just an observation, but 1 and 3 are concerns that essentially ‘get in behind’ and push in the direction of unsustainability.

  6. ianmac 6

    Interesting. Fran reckons that Mr Prebble will get Mr Key out of a tricky spot by “forcing” the retirement age up to 67 as part of a deal when/if ACT gets some MPs into Parliament. Mr Key would be able to say, “They made me break my vows. Pity that.”

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      Key has recently said that if they broke their word on that, voters would ask what else they would break their word on.

      So I think it’s a bridge to far for Key, and they’d really only go there if Act had a significant, required, presence (say 6+ seats) which I don’t think they have a hope in hell of getting.

      Prebble thinks they can get to 9 seats, which is just la-la-land thinking. Jamie Whyte himself is aiming for 5, but I think they’ll be lucky to get 2-3.

      • ianmac 6.1.1

        If it was a condition for regaining power, Key would claim that it is the price of that MMP that people wanted and that his hands were tied.
        Like Charter Schools? An ACT condition but not what National wanted. Really. National did not want Charter Schools. Really and truly!

  7. bad12 7

    Was that wee Matty Hooton i just heard on RadioNZ’s Nine to Noon, screeching like a demented child that David Cunliffe had promised a far left Government over and over as if some psychiatrist practicing hypnosis had put the ‘spinner under’ and then forgot to bring Him back to reality,

    Labour wee Matty is a very broad church and thus must appeal to a broad cross section of the community from those living on benefits to those in the comfortable middle class,

    So of course the message to different audiences is going to be different, just as Slippery the Prime Minister carries in His carpet bag various disguises so as to enable Him to ponce among those attending the Big Gay Out, and, preen among the fat-cats of the Business Roundtable or whatever their new disguise happens to be…

    • Tracey 7.1

      it’s wednesday, i thought monday was his soapbox day?

      • veutoviper 7.1.1

        Usually, but Ryan got both Hooton and Williams on again this morning to discuss the McCarten rumour. She kept stressing that it was the middle of the night or similar for Hooton, so don’t know where he was calling in from. Obviously somewhere overseas.

        • Tracey 7.1.1.1

          so now it’s news to discuss something not actually official yet? Good God. Did mike say ” I agree with Mathew?”

    • NickS 7.2

      The sooner we legalise dope, the better, especially for Hooton’s blood pressure come election time

      It would mean less stupid, mindless ranting though ;)

  8. Rosie 8

    For James Thrace:

    Hi James. Thanks for your response on Open Mike on Monday in regard to newly “announced” Labour candidate for Ohariu, Virginia/Ginny Anderson.

    I detected a sense of annoyance from you, that I hadn’t read your earlier comment from 11th February stating that she was indeed the candidate, as a response to my questioning when Labour would announce their Ohariu candidate. Apologies – I spend too much time here at TS as it is and usually don’t get overly involved in discussions, as much as I would like too, so hadn’t checked up on follow on comments.

    It would have been good if I had on that occasion however because I would have known two weeks earlier.

    I continue to remain in a state of puzzlement about the way the candidacy hasn’t been trumpeted given the importance of this electorate,and Epsom, is to National.

    • James Thrace 8.1

      Sorry Rosie, didn’t mean for it to come across as annoyed! Definitely not my intention though I can appreciate it did seem like it.

      I am concerned that this late in the piece, for a new candidate with no name recognition, Labour will lost Ohariu.

      Chauvel did well in Ohariu in successive elections through constant door knocking and street corner meetings over 8(?) years.

      I don’t believe that the new girl will achieve the same level of succes, and moreso that Wadestown, a highly blue area, is now included in Ohariu.

      Although, it could be seen that Dunnes sell out may be the death of his political career, but unfortunately people are so anti labour that they may yet again allow the Hair to live again.

      • Rosie 8.1.1

        No worries James :-)

        I share your concerns, but as mentioned, am trying to keep a lid on them, as I may potentially offer to support her campaign in this electorate. (I have no idea who she is, apart from the small amount of her work history outlined in the RNZ piece).

        One thing possibly to go on is the 64.6% out of a 49% turn out of Ohariu voters who voted NO in the asset sales referendum. If they come out in force with a Labour vote there may be some hope. In the meantime there is a huge amount of work to be done, quickly!

    • Bill 9.1

      Confused. “TDB is calling the Chief-of-Staff position for Matt McCarten.” is not the same thing as announcing his appointment to the position. Just curious as to whether that’s designed as a way to break an embargo on an announcement or if it’s wishful thinking on the part of ‘Bomber’.

      • Rosie 9.1.1

        MS says above there will be an announcement at 1pm today…………

        Yay, didn’t have to click on TDB link.

        • phillip ure 9.1.1.1

          @ rosie..

          ..can i ask what you have got against tdb..?

          ..to be so averse as to cheer at not having to click on a link to it..?

          ..i don’t comment there because of past censorship..

          ..(i would rather have the likes of bad ranting on about junkie-me at me..boring tho’ it may be..than he be silenced..)

          ..but there are useful articles posted there,,

          ..and their roundups of local blog-action are well worth the effort..

          ..and show up the offerings of pete-george-pimp/wannabe-acceptable-gatekeeper edwards-the-younger..in his corporate-trout role in the herald..

          ..as the lite-weight efforts they are..

          ..what’s yr prob..?

          ..phillip ure..

          • Rosie 9.1.1.1.1

            Hi phillip.

            Well, I’ve already blathered on about the reasons enough here at TS and don’t want to bore folks, but for your benefit I will blather a little more.

            Main reason: same as you, previous censorship experiences such as not having comments posted, albeit just a couple, or them being held in moderation all day.

            Other reasons:

            Bad experiences with trolls, I just couldn’t be bothered continuing commenting. The worst was a guy who high jacked a conversation I was having with a woman about men who use porn as form of harassment towards women (I don’t want to go into this discussion here by the way: the example I had given was about a close friend who had been traumatised by her partner) The guy went on and said it was her fault etc and was being a complete A- hole. He ended up with heaps of “thumbs up” and I got plenty of “thumbs down”. Sounds petty but I felt quite freaked out about that and annoyingly he got free reign in the comments section where as I had to wait in moderation.

            Bad experiences with Martyn: One time he just nutted out in an anti Wellington tirade of an article. His trigger for the tirade was a report he linked that indicated that Auckland received less infrastructure dollar per capita than anywhere else and that Wellington received more than Auckland per capita. It was basically a a no holds barred hate speech in which he made up all sorts of bullshit about Wellingtonians as a group. He sounded like a 5 year old who had his toys taken from him. I tried to reason with him but he just packed a sad.

            Disappointing, as previously I had given positive feedback and had been supportive of their efforts in the early days.

            This article came a couple of weeks after the TICS talk that TDB hosted in Wellington in late August last year. There was an embarrassingly poor turnout and that would have left him out of pocket. Maybe the article was him taking his revenge. I don’t know.

            Personally although I believe his heart is in the right place he does appear to have a fragile ego and is prone to outbursts. (Remember Green Storm troopers!).

            Yes, there are excellent authors in TDB but I don’t want to support a site where I don’t’ feel welcome and where I am insulted. You could say it’s personal.

            • Pasupial 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Rosie

              It was “Emerald Storm Troopers” (as in “Imperial Storm Troopers”; Star Wars allusion). Which I found ironic due to one of 4 principles of the Green Party charter being Non-Violence.

              Bradbury isn’t really about facts as such; not that he intentionally deceives, but neither he does he let excessive consideration get in the way of a turn of phrase. I actually think his persona worked best back when he was doing his Bomber’s Blog comedic infotainment TV bit. The demands of running TDB may not be the best fit for his talents. Though he does seem to have boundless energy – when QoT was disentangling herself from TDBs clutches she had a line about three-quarters of the posts being written by half a dozen middle-aged white men. My opinion is that fully half the content (barring comments) is produced by that one man.

              That said, I still read it; though rarely comment and often get snagged in moderation limbo myself when I try. If I boycotted every publication where I disagreed with the editorial decisions I’d never read any newspapers.

          • Rosie 9.1.1.1.2

            Lol. In moderation whilst talking about moderation on TDB, phillip. Hopefully you will receive your answer shortly.

            • Rosie 9.1.1.1.2.1

              Hmmm, o.k, it’s been one hour twenty now…………….was it the t….s?

              • i find singing ‘mod mod mod mod mod-eration’..

                to the tune of barbara -ann..

                ..sometimes works..

                ..phillip ure..

                • Rosie

                  I noticed. I’ll do the harmony.

                  Coulda been the potentially defamatory things I said about Martyn Bradbury, seeing as we’re being watchful of fragile ego’s and their propensity for defamation cases – although I wouldn’t put Bradbury in the same league as Craig…………

      • karol 9.1.2

        Bradbury links to a Stuff article calling it for McCarten – via an alleged leak from Mike Williams.

    • just saying 9.2

      Not cheered.
      Anyone who says he thinks Parick Gower is an outstanding journalist either lacks judgment, or is a liar. Also his tactical and uniting skills didn’t work out that well for the Alliance.

      Was a time when I would have been happy – but reading McCarten’s column doesn’t inspire confidence.

      Just had a thought though, McCarten was an honourary ABC before Cunliffe won. Maybe there is some Mchiavellian genius at work here, not yet visible to the naked eye.

      • Bill 9.2.1

        “Not cheered”

        Neither. Sure, there might be good tactical/political reasons as to why DC (or whoever gets to make the call) would appoint a man who is so consistently ‘out for himself’ and willing to ride any bandwagon on the go, to such a team leading position. Bit beyond me to figure it though.

        • McFlock 9.2.1.1

          To be fair, the alliance was royally fucked by anderton – Mccarten mad a decent attempt, as I recall.

          But I’ve never been into his column – and wasn’t he one of the bold Waitakere Men for a comment or two? Or was that just JT and WJ?

          • Tracey 9.2.1.1.1

            remember lailla hare’s parental leave stuff has mad eit to law, braddford’s change to s59a and other alliance measures are implemented. It seems only natural that IF labour is moving toward its roots, that alliance type policy and thinking wouldbe re-embraced

            • McFlock 9.2.1.1.1.1

              true true

              Breath ain’t bated, tho’ :)

              • Tracey

                I am trying to think why Williams would leak it. he’s a cunliffe supporter isn’t he, or did he just think Cunliffe would win leadership which isnt the same thing at all.

                perhaps they think the alliance leaning labour non voter is highh among the 800,000 non voters?

                • McFlock

                  Bit much entrails-reading for me

                • williams was a shane jones supporter..then a robertson supporter..

                  ..he is a fully paid up member of the abc’s…

                  ..a man who took every opportunity to sneer at/belittle any idea of cunnliffe being the one to lead labour..

                  ..week after week he used his pulpit on nat-rad to push this message..

                  ..a man totally on the wrong side of history..in so many ways..

                  ..(who tho’..will rewrite his own..on the hoof..)

                  ..a man so drenched in hubris/ignorance..

                  ..he can’t even seem to see how bad/wrong neo-lib was/is..

                  ..not a hint of any contrition from him..(of..’shit..!..we got it wrong..!’..)

                  ..let alone any acceptance of the needed change..

                  ..he is now just doomed to forever ‘agree with matthew’..

                  ..phillip ure..

  9. captain hook 10

    did you hear hooton whining and lying again on RNZ this morning.
    He is sh*t scared because Matt Mcarten will get the job done and he will have lost his number one client and have to sell weetbix for a living.

  10. Danske 11

    Matt mcarten? What is David Cunliffe and his advisors thinking?
    We need a voice of moderation and common sense to counteract National, not a shill unionist.

    • bring back stuart nash..?..y’reckon..?

      ..he’s got enough ‘moderation’ and ‘common sense’ to bore the opposition into submission..

      ..is this the tactic you are advocating..?

      (and nice typo..on the ‘shill’..eh..?..)

      phillip ure..

  11. Colonial Viper 12

    Ernst & Young consulting partner walks away from million dollar job to blow whistle on Dubai blood Gold trade

    Going against big money, defying your own institution, and killing your corporate career in the process. Sometimes that’s exactly what it takes, but so few people do it, deciding to succumb to careerism instead.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26341072

    • greywarbler 12.1

      Wow right at the start of that story the journalist’s name is outstanding – Andy Verity.

      But reading on I wonder would withholding gold mined in conflict areas be good, because it furthers human rights abuses and funds armed guerilla groups which could be people like the Lords Resistance Army in Uganda? Or would it be bad because it denied armed guerilla groups funding so that they could carry on a fight against cruel, totalitarian governments?

      Then another confusing thing – it is normal for gold-painted silver to be received as if it was real gold?

      Alice in Wonderland seems like an imaginative scenario for today.

      • McFlock 12.1.1

        Then another confusing thing – it is normal for gold-painted silver to be received as if it was real gold?

        Well, it would be normal if the “gold” came from legitimate sources and you had a stash of real gold from other sources – it adds up in the books. 4 tons in (silver), 4 tons out(gold), profit is essentially the same as the gold price (silver’s pretty cheap on that scale).

        And if you’re also refining silver ore, you simply record after the fact that the ore’s purity was surprisingly high, so you got 4 tons of silver from dirt. And everything you have to sell looks kosher.

    • Tracey 12.2

      According to RadioSport hosts no one would ever walk away from big money.

  12. mac1 13

    I just heard on National radio 11am news that Mighty River Power has an increased return to its shareholders. Partly this was achieved by some weasel words along the lines of, “reduced exposure to commercial interests”.

    Now, I read recently that power prices to business are cheaper, deliberately so, and the price to domestic consumers is higher since we don’t have the same commercial clout/interests/favour. The Mighty River website confirms today that its sales in the low-price commercial sector are down 9%, and sales are down 11% over all.

    Am I right therefore in saying that the recently sold Might River Power, once an asset wholly owned by the state and people, with returns going back to the people, is now more profitable, and that this profit which was taken from the backs of the domestic consumer, i.e. the people, is now being returned half to its new private and wealthy owners and half to the government which also represents the wealthy?

    Could this increased profit have been engineered as a fillip to the government’s further assets sales, the viability of which which have been compromised by low share prices and demand?

  13. captain hook 14

    Mighty River Power was a pork barrel job pure and simple.
    The New Zealand economy is not big enough to hide financial depredations and legalised liens on the taxpayer so this is the only way they can do it.

  14. Colonial Viper 15

    Feminist infighting and activist groups self destructing: “Death of a Revolutionary”

    (By Susan Faludi)

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/04/15/130415fa_fact_faludi

    Anselma Dell’Olio, the founder of the New Feminist Theatre, in New York, was the first to speak publicly about trashing. In a 1970 address, titled “Divisiveness and Self-Destruction in the Women’s Movement: A Letter of Resignation,” which was delivered to the Congress to Unite Women, in New York City, she warned that women’s “rage, masquerading as a pseudo-egalitarian radicalism under the ‘pro-woman’ banner,” was turning into “frighteningly vicious anti-intellectual fascism of the left.” After hearing about the speech, several women, including Freeman, met and vowed to fight the problem. “Instead, each of us slipped back into our own isolation,” Freeman said. “The result was that most of the women at that meeting dropped out, as I had done. Two ended up in the hospital with nervous breakdowns.” After Ti-Grace Atkinson resigned from the Feminists, a group she had founded in New York, she declared, “Sisterhood is powerful. It kills. Mostly sisters.” The observation rang true for so many that it soon became one of the lines most frequently quoted by feminists, or, rather, misquoted: the “mostly” was dropped.

    The second-wave feminists had hoped to alleviate this isolation through the refuge of sisterhood. “We were like pioneers who’d left the Old Country,” Phyllis Chesler, a feminist psychologist and the author of “Women and Madness” (1972), told me. “And we had nowhere to go back to. We had only each other.” That is, until the movement’s collapse. Last fall, as I interviewed New York’s founding radical feminists, the stories of “social defeat” mounted: painful solitude, poverty, infirmity, mental illness, and even homelessness. In a 1998 essay, “The Feminist Time Forgot,” Kate Millett lamented the lengthening list of her sisters who had “disappeared to struggle alone in makeshift oblivion or vanished into asylums and have yet to return to tell the tale,” or who fell into “despairs that could only end in death.” She noted the suicides of Ellen Frankfort, the author of “Vaginal Politics,” and Elizabeth Fisher, the founder of Aphra, the first feminist literary journal. “We haven’t helped each other much,” Millett concluded. We “haven’t been able to build solidly enough to have created community or safety.”

    • karol 15.1

      Thanks for the link to a very interesting article, CV.

      You have been very selective with your cherry picked quotes there, failing to put them in context. The article is from mid 2013, is an obituary for Shilamuth Firestone, and sets this in context of her role among New York radical feminists.

      The kinds of factions, struggles and personality conflicts referred to, can be seen across the left in various countries, and not just within the US feminist movement. And it puts that in the context of the first and second waves of feminism – the way each wave has risen, bringing with it much needed changes, then been appropriated and weakened – and along with that, often the full story has been revised and/or written out of history.

      Firestone is characterised as a brilliant, energised, but divisive figure, suffering from schizophrenia. Ultimately the story of her final years makes sad reading. I read her book, “The Dialectic of Sex”, way back. An interesting but flawed theory. She did provide some very significant insights: she modelled her theory on Marx’s dialectic, but posited that the primary social divide was one of gender. She was criticised for her biological determinism, as she argued that the basis of female oppression was the role of women in the reproduction of the species. She argued that the rise of new technologies (of birth control etc), would free women from their biology and their oppression.

      In Faludi’s article, she outlines Firestone’s role within the US radical feminist strand of feminism, especially in the late 60s and early 70s. In the US liberal feminism dominated. They wanted an equal role for women within the existing social structure. Radical feminists wanted to change the whole social structure.

      Unfortunately, it seems that Firestone wanted to hold on to some key features of US culture: she wasn’t keen on the move to non-hierarchical structures favoured by both the radical left, and left wing feminists, including most radical feminists. The whole of the NY radical feminist strand seemed also to not want to let go of aspects of the wider US celebrity culture, favoring “star” writers/leaders etc.

      My understanding of Firestone and the work of Kate Millet, was gained from my perspective in the late 70s early 80s women’s movement in London. The dominant strand of feminism in the UK in the 70s was socialist feminism. There was a secondary strand of radical feminists – there was much cross fertilisation of ideas and practice between strands. There was far less of a tendency to make stars out of key theorists.

  15. Penny Bright 16

    FYI

    LATEST LEN BROWN UPDATE:

    26 February 2014

    Graham McCready

    9:04 AM (2 hours ago)

    The Auckland Electoral Officer confirmed yesterday to Grace Haden the former Police Prosecutor that her complaint of a $750,000 election donation fraud has been referred to the Police for investigation.

    Len Brown now finds himself in the same position as John Banks in 2012. That police investigation led eventually by way of a private prosecution to hi(s) committal to trial in the High Court.

    Again if the Police do not prosecute the New Zealand Private Prosecution Service will.

    The Len Brown election allegation may be coupled with a Police investigation for money laundering the donations through the New Auckland Council Trust

    Graham McCready

    Prosecutor for NZPPS Ltd

    …………………….


    Again – ever wondered why you haven’t heard Prime Minister John Key say a bad thing against Auckland Mayor Len Brown?

    Because, in my considered opinion, Auckland Mayor Len Brown, is Prime Minister John Key’s ‘little helper’, doing a GREAT job looking after Sky City, property developers and BIG business interests ……

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption/ anti-privatisation’ campaigner.

    • Tracey 16.1

      Grrace Haden once said and did some disgraceful things in her blind pursuit of a single person. She did not give a damn about the innocent folks she damaged along the way. There is searching for truth and there is distorting the reality to fit your version of truth.I have little faith in the integrity of any allegations and alleged supporting evidence supplied by Ms Haden. Statistically, even the misguided, can be right once.

      • Penny Bright 16.1.1

        I have worked with Grace Haden for many years, know her to be both very capable and helpful, and have the evidence to support this.

        I am not aware of the matter to which you are referring, but would equally remind you of the old adage ‘ one swallow doesn’t make a summer’.

        Penny Bright

    • ianmac 16.2

      As a non-Aucklander bemused by this sad vendetta against Len Brown, I do hesitate to ask but,where did this $750,000 “fraud” come from?

  16. Tracey 17

    I know many people make out the Greens are crazy but you knnow, they are the only party that could have plans to alleviate the kinds of “disasters” that would impact hugely on big business. ironic yeah?

    I speak of their exploration of solar and wind technologies which could one day cut off major black outs at the pass.

    • yep..!..that’ll do it..!

      ..slap a solar panel on the roof..and buy a prius..

      ..we won’t need to do anything else..eh..?

      ..we can still nod and wink to the really big elephant in the ‘green’ room..

      ..the dairy industry..eh..?

      ..no mention of the upcoming massive changes we are going to have to undertake..

      ..as a people and as a country..

      ..to have any hope of staving off disaster..

      ..don’t want to scare the horses..!..eh..?

      ..have to be seen as ‘a safe/calm pair of hands..eh..?

      ..when what they should be doing..

      ..is screaming alarms/warnings from the bloody roof-tops..

      ..they should be flaming radicals..using their pulpit for what it is meant..

      ..telling people what is coming up,,

      ..if we/they don’t get our shit together..

      ..and soon..

      ..but i think they are too busy..

      ..bbq-ing…

      ..the blind..gently leading the blind to the cliff-edge.

      ..(but they were so polite/nice!..with it..)

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.1

        Sorry mate, you should realise by now that the mainstream political parties are by definition part of the establishment. And they will not do anything radical without radical pressure placed upon them by the wider populace through mass movements.

        Having a bitch about them is good and all, but won’t change that simple political fact.

        • phillip ure 17.1.1.1

          you are denying all the major changes of history..

          ..and yes..they will have to be dragged there..

          ..but dragged there they will be..

          ..or else they will be swept away..

          ..phillip ure..

          • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.1.1

            I’m not “denying all the major changes of history” as much as I am describing them. I think that much was clear about the point I was making.

  17. Penny Bright 18

    MEDIA ALERT: ‘Len Brown – Stand Down Coalition’ PROTEST:
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown is certainly NOT ‘New Zealander of the Year!’

    According to the following Auckland Mayoral Office Media Advisory, Len Brown is to attend the Kiwibank ‘New Zealander of the Year’ award, to be held at the Auckland Langham Hotel, (83 Symonds Street, Grafton) tonight, at 7pm.

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/aboutcouncil/mayorelectedrepresentatives/mayordiary20140224.pdf

    ” Wednesday 26 February

    7pm Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year”

    “Members of the ‘Len Brown – Stand Down’ coalition and supporters, will be holding a colourful protest outside the Langholm Hotel, from 6pm.

    https://maps.google.co.nz/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=The+Langham&fb=1&gl=nz&hq=Map+Langham+Hotel+Auckland&cid=17989029583253604632&ei=dyUNU-OhLueciAfHq4BQ&ved=0CPoBEPwSMAs

    The attendance of Mayor Len Brown at this event, is a disgrace.
    We believe that he is not fit for duty, and should resign forthwith,” says coalition Spokesperson Dick Cuthbert.

    “The pressure on Mayor Len Brown to stand down, has significantly increased with today’s news that a complaint to the Electoral Office, alleging electoral fraud against Len Brown, has been handed over to the Police for investigation,” says coalition member, anti-corruption campaigner, Penny Bright.

    Penny Bright …………………..

    Dick Cuthbert ………………….

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION

    26 February 2014

    Graham McCready

    The Auckland Electoral Officer confirmed yesterday to Grace Haden the former Police Prosecutor that her complaint of a $750,000 election donation fraud has been referred to the Police for investigation.

    Len Brown now finds himself in the same position as John Banks in 2012. That police investigation led eventually by way of a private prosecution to hi(s) committal to trial in the High Court.

    Again if the Police do not prosecute the New Zealand Private Prosecution Service will.

    The Len Brown election allegation may be coupled with a Police investigation for money laundering the donations through the New Auckland Council Trust

    Graham McCready

    Prosecutor for NZPPS Ltd

    • Tracey 18.1

      Any reason your group doesn’t demand Key step down for qall his lies and lies and lies… he’s an Auckland Mp afterall?

      • Murray Olsen 18.1.1

        It might be a little difficult finding a former police persecutor who was willing to use her dubious professional skills against Key. I can’t think of any profession that I would trust less. That sex is involved makes me think instantly of Graeme Capill. This whole thing against Brown is sordid and cheap, especially when there is no campaign for a left wing candidate to replace him.

  18. Puckish Rouge 19

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11210282

    interesting when bloggers from the left and right all have issues with the article

  19. greywarbler 20

    A huge number of Labour electorates across the country have electorate nominations closing on Friday, 28 February. This will be interesting when we hear the results in March. CViper are you there?

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Hi GW, I will not be standing as a candidate this year, but will be very active in the Labour Party on other fronts.

  20. Tim 21

    Joan Withers …. not a patch on Joan Rivers – not even Joan River’s nether regions.
    But I’ll give her an A+ for trying hard. Give the neolibs another + for appointing her.
    No doubt she’ll be joining Jenny and Burton down on the ranch for a BeeBee Q in the not-too-distant – unless some “far left cnut” jumps up and spoils their plan.
    Oh well – burnt steaks darling! We can improvise. A haw haw haw.

    (I think you’ve already said that! – such is the nature of our 3rdWorld Interweb)

  21. drum 22

    not sure whether this has been featured on TS…but interesting to see a former National cabinet minister having a good poke at the current lot… http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/perspective/9732947/Doughnut-represents-Ceras-failings

  22. Colonial Viper 23

    Mass surveillance state reaches Dunedin roads

    It seems that earlier this month, the first vehicle number plate recognition cameras went live in Dunedin. An extensive network of these cameras is being planned around the city. The cameras digitally record the number plate of every single passing vehicle for real time character recognition analysis, number plate data matching and storage. The data is currently being used to issue instant fines to vehicles without current WOFs and rego’s.

    There will be many other uses to this real time data as well, beyond that of mass traffic enforcement.

    Personally, I think that the way these cameras have been introduced, and their potential uses within a surveillance state apparatus, are extremely disturbing.

    Does anyone here know what legislation empowers the use of these cameras in the issuance of vehicle infringements?

    • karol 23.1

      Disturbing – but maybe it’ll drive more people onto public transport, or to walk, or get a bicycle?

    • greywarbler 23.2

      Pity that it doesn’t work out for you this time CV, but if you can increase your public interaction, perhaps you can provide some balance in the Council next time and seek an electorate position later.

      I’ll be interested in what you find Colonial Viper about this surveillance. I find it very disturbing that checking to see if WoFs and other certificates are current is being used as an excuse to place the populace under surveillance.

      And particularly seeing that WoFs are being downgraded as a regular check.
      It’s like creating a type of law that will be easy to break (forgetting) and then hitting people with large fines, not to encourage people to keep current, but just as an automatic machine printing money for the authorities.

      I hated Dunedin for fining me $65 for parking illegally for 10 minutes in an empty street, years ago. It appears that Dunedinites have a very authoritarian, grasping, top down council. Councillors were prepared to satisfy personal desires for sport enjoyment and force debt to be incurred to the tune of $millions to the ratepayer. Apparently it will do anything it wants to its residents and there is nothing that can stop its old-money, mean-minded, presbyterian tight-minded approach to its citizens.

      • Colonial Viper 23.2.1

        Cheers, GW.

      • Murray Olsen 23.2.2

        I was in Dunedin recently and noticed the over the top parking enforcement. The street where I was staying was so empty that the warden couldn’t even walk from one car to another, but had a motorbike. I suppose someone has to pay for the Rugby stadium, much as citizens paid for cathedrals in past centuries.

        • greywarbler 23.2.2.1

          Murry O
          Yes I believe they had little scooters when I was there way back. And the bit about the cathedrals is too right. Pyramids also. Ozymandias despair. Let the rats get into the larder and they will take more than they should. Question to ask each electorate candidate at meetings – Are you a rat who wants to raid the community larder? And see them start and how they respond, calling on their dignity and affronted, or with a sharp look and a firm answer as to why they aren’t.

    • karol 23.3

      Surveillance systems seem to be covered by a mix of government regulations and council regulations or by laws.

      This is Auckland Council’s guidance documents on it.

      This Aussie report refers in several places to an NZ Law Commission report. It looks like the NZ Law Commission felt there were gaps in the legislation and that it needs a specific new law governing it. e.g p25:

      In March 2009 the New Zealand Law
      Commission (NZLC) released an issues paper
      on the adequacy of New Zealand’s civil and
      criminal laws in dealing with invasions of
      privacy. They found a number of significant
      gaps in the law.36

      1.41 In February 2010 the NZLC published its
      final report, Invasion of Privacy: Penalties
      and Remedies, which recommended a
      comprehensive model to reform the gaps
      identified in the existing law regulating the use
      of surveillance in New Zealand. Central to these
      recommendations was the creation of a new
      Surveillance Devices Act that would establish
      both civil and criminal remedies in relation to
      the misuse of visual surveillance, interception
      and tracking devices.37

      • Colonial Viper 23.3.1

        Thanks karol. I fear we are going down the paranoid surveillance state route of the UK, where you even get schools hiring private investigators using tax payers money, to follow parents they deem to be suspicious, around.

    • RedbaronCV 23.4

      And no doubt the infringement notices will be much more expensive than the sentences handed down by law courts for much more serious offences.

  23. karol 24

    So the government asset sales now includes selling more state houses – ones that are either “in the wrong place”, or are the “wrong” sort of house. sigh is there no end to their hatred of struggling Kiwi?

    • bad12 24.1

      Yeah Karol, i too seen Bill the Minister of Ever Widening Deficits admitting to what i have posted here a couple of times,

      Got a hole in ya budget, who do you call, sure as hell ain’t Ghost Busters, get Bill ex of Dipton having tired of actually representing anyone except His self serving troughing, the right bloke to get you out of that hole,

      Having double dipped His way to infamy via double dipping on His own Parliamentary housing allowance Bills going to get you all out of that hole, which incidently is the one He has overseen the making of for the past 5 years, by kicking 20% of the poorest people/families out of their’s, houses that is, so He can flog them off in an exercise of book balancing,

      No worries right, after all the houses are all too big or too small and the ones Bill has no fucking intention whatsoever to build will all fit just fine, after all shop doorways are of a one size fits all nature if the poor need to get out of the winter weather and there are some fine bridges scattered across the whole country so those who Bill gives the kick will have a wide choice of accommodation,

      Bills mate Nick Smith having changed the law to be able to give anyone the kick from a HousingNZ home for any old reason, strange, bizarre. or, normal, and, believe me Nick has very few of the latter, reasons that is, but, the strange and bizarre when Nick is allowed to be himself he has a veritable smogasboard of, will quite happily balance Bills books by simply ridding the poorest of their homes and selling them off to the richest,

      What could be more fairer than that…

  24. andy (the other one) 25

    Act Leader Jamie Whyte stands by incest comments

    um, er, eh, pffftttt! Go Epsom voters, your all the smartest voters in NZ (cf Mathew Hooton).

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11210373

    • AWW 25.1

      Yea… I remember an interview (I think it was Barbara Wood) where the lady was talking about how children subjected to incest still felt powerless to stop further sexual violation by the same perpetrator as an adult.

      Does Jamie White think “consent” in this type of power dynamic is ok? Sounds like another JT and Willie type to me.

      • Pascal's bookie 25.1.1

        Jesus though, what a way for ol’ John Banks to end his political career though eh.

        The trial, and now his party leader going on about how incest should be legal.

    • Murray Olsen 25.2

      I always suspected ACT on Campus was a group of guys who’d like having their invisible hands inside the intimate apparel of close relatives. Truth is almost always stranger than fiction with that lot. Given that the overt racism spewed by Banks was acceptable to the good burghers of Epsom, will this be the straw that breaks the thoroughbred horses back? No camels in Epsom, mate. Dirty Arab things!!

      • Pasupial 25.2.1

        It’s not just the disinclination to accept the long established societal condemnation of incestuous relationships (he’s the leader of Act, so won’t believe in the existence of such a thing as society). It’s also his comparison of the risks in pregnancy over the age of 35 with; “the increased risk of congenital disorders in children from incestuous relationships”:

        ” The probability of having some problem with the children is greater when the mother is over the age of 35 but I’ve never heard anyone suggest that anyone over the age of 35 shouldn’t be allowed to have sex.”

        This, mind you, is Whyte’s idea of a “virtuous” position. I’d hate to read the statements of his that he considers sleazy and manipulative. But no doubt there’ll be ample opportunity in coming months.

  25. bad12 26

    My ears didn’t deceive me today when i heard on RadioNZ National that all the ‘partners’ in 5 eyes, those who spy on their own and share the info with each other, have all been tutored in how to use various means to disrupt on-line blogs that they feel are not supportive of a particular Government,

    Here i was thinking the likes of SSLands was a lowly bean counting serf for a little firm of Wellington tax lawyers with an office on the Terrace, my mind has been changed by one small article of news, the cubicle i will now have to have a think about could for all we know be one located in Pipitea Street instead,

    Can anyone contemplate the stupidity of Government organizations like our GCSB or SIS, in my view stupidity personafied, having actual people in their employ with a job description of entering online debates at the likes of the Standard so as to disrupt our opposition to the current Government,

    Lolz, poor old Fish-head, if He is one of the aforementioned a quick redeployment will obviously be necessary as Lprent cancelled His contract last night,

    David Cunliffe says review the whole NZ apparatus of spying, my view is scrap the lot, simply close them down, turn their office building into a homeless shelter,

    These people having had a taste of snooping on the citizens and even using human means to try and disrupt political blogs cannot be trusted to obey laws that would restrict their activities even if such existed,

    Information after all equates to power…

    • bad12 26.1

      Lolz, that’ll learn me for not looking, Karol has a Post up on this very subject,and, this comment is possibly more appropriate over there…

    • karol 26.2

      Yes, I posted about those strategies re – the Snowden leaks yesterday. I partly meant it by way of a warning about how the right are deliberately promoting such techniques of covert action.

      The various agencies may enlist others to do their actual covert action, infiltration, etc. Much like has been done in the past offline re various activist groups.

  26. Colonial Viper 27

    Financial Times reports gold price is manipulated 50% of the time: then pulls article

    So you right wing free market morons…what do you make of this…it should clue you in on how rotten the financial markets used by the power elite are…

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-25/here-fts-gold-price-manipulation-article-was-removed

    Global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between January 2010 and December 2013, according to analysis by Fideres, a consultancy.

    The findings come amid a probe by German and UK regulators into alleged manipulation of the gold price, which is set twice a day by Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, Bank of Nova Scotia and Société Générale in a process known as the “London gold fixing”.

    Fideres’ research found the gold price frequently climbs (or falls) once a twice-daily conference call between the five banks begins, peaks (or troughs) almost exactly as the call ends and then experiences a sharp reversal, a pattern it alleged may be evidence of “collusive behaviour”.

    “[This] is indicative of panel banks pushing the gold price upwards on the basis of a strategy that was likely predetermined before the start of the call in order to benefit their existing positions or pending orders,” Fideres concluded.

    “The behaviour of the gold price is very suspicious in 50 per cent of cases. This is not something you would expect to see if you take into account normal market factors,“ said Alberto Thomas, a partner at Fideres.

  27. greywarbler 28

    I was just listening to the radio report on the USA training spy agencies to interfere with activists called hacktivists. The GCSB won’t comment as it is an operational matter. Key of course doesn’t know about it, but throws in some words about warrants being necessary.

    See Karol’s post 25 February 2014 The surveillance state online.

    I was wondering in today’s climate, if the terrible doctor from World War 2 Mengeles was being questioned about his horrors, would he say that he couldn’t comment because ‘it was an operational matter?. It seems as if there are no standards against which some of these people today measure their behaviour. Truly hollow men, and women too.

    • karol 28.1

      Key said something about the GCSB working within the law, and that he hadn’t actually seen the Snowden material. As you can see in my post, the strategies being promoted by the NSA, 5 Eyes, etc, involve ways of working around the law, so what they do is legal – but not acting within the spirit and intentions of the laws.

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    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • Nats sold 500 rugby fields of land a day offshore
    Under National over one million hectares of land has been approved for overseas sale – 16 times the size of Lake Taupō or the equivalent of five hundred rugby fields a day, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “According to...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Joyce’s dodgy sums fool no-one
    Steven Joyce's attempt to attack Labour's positive plan for affordable healthcare will fool no-one. "We knew that National would try to say that we can't afford free GP visits and prescriptions for the New Zealanders who need it. But, as...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Campaign Launch – Ready to Win
    Today I launched Labour's election campaign at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. Here is the speech I gave....
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour extends free GP visits, free prescriptions
    Nearly 40 per cent of Kiwis – or 1.7 million people – will be eligible for free doctors’ visits and free prescriptions under a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Last year more than half a million New Zealanders...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour promises a fairer ACC for all Kiwis
    Accident compensation for loss of potential earnings will rise under a Labour Government, while people not earning at the time of their accident will also be eligible for compensation, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Releasing Labour’s ACC policy today...
    Labour | 08-08
  • NZ Govt must push for fair play in Fiji elections
    The New Zealand Government needs to do more to push for human rights and media freedom in Fiji as it stages its first election since the 2006 coup, the Green Party said today.Amnesty International has released a report which documents...
    Greens | 07-08
  • Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%
    The biggest problem for John Key is that there are swathes of National Party voters who are educated and decent people whom will be forced to read Dirty Politics out of intellectual curiosity and will be horrified by what National...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Dirty Politics and Dirty Media
    The Nicky Hager book is mind blowing on so many levels. The revelations of government ministers and their staff colluding with vile and hateful schemers to attack other people, is truly ugly. When the dust settles on the illegalities, immoralities...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • “You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei
    We’re meeting in her office. It’s austere, though she does have a nice teapot. The view is startling. One can map the Bowen Triangle, though the teapot is still more interesting. A group of pink faced men are running across...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Taxation and Real Estate – turning housing debate on its head
    The debate about property prices in New Zealand is disingenuous. It is clear that there is a global process in which speculators are using massive amounts of unspent and borrowed money to blow bubbles in the world’s major asset markets....
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Faith and politics
    In a week which has seen our collective focus shift to those who see politics as a great game to be manipulated for their own ends, it is timely to reflect on the fact that many people are in fact...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • LIVE STREAM: You, Me and the GCSB ChCh Public Meetings
    LIVE STREAM EVENT here at 1pm & 7pm: The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. PLEASE NOTE: TDB recommends Chrome and Firefox...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • How @whaledump might destroy the popular vote for National
    Dirty Politics is now creating a meltdown and National are in danger of a total vote collapse. The real threat to for National was if Nicky had all the emails released via the anonymous hacker who took them. That danger is now a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Open letter to Radio NZ – you need to make a retraction now
    I have just sent this off to Radio NZ right now Dear Radio NZ Firstly, what a great interview by Guyon Espiner this morning with the Prime Minister. Great to see such hard hitting journalism. Unfortunately I am not contacting...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Radio NZ are lying about me
    I am getting this all second hand at the moment as I don’t bother listening to Radio NZ (except for that wonderful Wallace Chapman in the weekends) but there is a claim that Suzie Ferguson just insinuated on Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Farrar’s fake claim of being invaded + Slater’s claims of death threats...
    The counter spin to avoid focus on the series allegations made in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics continues. David Farrar’s ridiculous hysterics that he was invaded and his privacy has been blah blah blah has all been reduced from computer hacking to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A shout out to the unsung heroes – our Public Service staff
    Government departments, particularly in the social welfare, education and health areas get a lot of shtick. And it’s not unjustified. We have problems in the way that our government departments treat those in need. And I do not intend to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Key’s ducking for cover – utterly unbelievable!!!
    .   . I don’t often re-print media stories verbatim – but this piece by Andrea Vance, for Fairfax Media,  deserves wider circulation. Please note the highlighted statements by Dear Leader as he ducks, weaves, obfuscates, and deflects any and...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Who is the source of Hager’s emails?
    Who is the source of Hager’s emails? Kim Dotcom has categorically denied he has anything to do with this and Nicky Hager has categorically denied that Kim was the source of the emails. Whatever you think about Kim (and he...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Dirty Politics – Audio+Text Why It Is Essential Raw Data Be Released Imme...
    MIL OSI – Source: RadioLive – Sunday Panel Analysis Headline: Dirty Politics – Audio Analysis by Selwyn Manning + Rodney Hide + Mark Sainsbury MIL Video: Selwyn Manning, Rodney Hide, and Mark Sainsbury discuss and debate the explosive details revealed...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • TV One and TV3 Political Polls – not such a landslide now
    Before the impact of Dirty Politics has been felt, the National Party high point in the Polls had been reached and their inevitable  drop begins. Despite the mainstream media telling NZers for almost 3 years that John Key would win...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Roy Morgan Poll August 20
    National (48%) holds its lead over Labour/ Greens (39%) as ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations provide a new challenge for PM John Key’s leadership. NZ First surge to 6.5% - highest support since September 2013....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Glen Scanlon to Head Digital Media at Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealand has announced the appointment of Glen Scanlon to the recently created position of head of digital media....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Israel’s Gaza ceasefire violations go unreported
    It seems that it is only ceasefire violations that emanate from the Palestinian side that ever get publicised....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug courier sentenced for importing heroin
    South African drug courier, Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court to 7 years and 10 months in prison for importing approximately 1.2 kilograms of heroin....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Residential Property Speculators Days Numbered
    Rent heat cools as homes are replaced ... Liz McDonald ... The Press http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/your-property/10400851/Rent-heat-cools-as-homes-are-replaced Comment on thread (in moderation) … Christchurch is a “severely unaffordable” City as the Annual Demographia Survey ( www.demographia.com ) illustrates … thanks...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Academic’s study shows need for a Ministry of Public Input
    A book by Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment recommends the creation of a Ministry of Public Input to collect, process and communicate the publics’ ideas to government. The University of Auckland’s political marketing expert says the...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Government inaction killing innocent motorists
    Innocent people are dying due to long delays in installing centre lane barriers on high risk roads, says an outspoken road safety campaigner....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Property revaluations for council rates must be reformed
    Opportunity to bring controls on rating value changes and more equitable level of annual rates increase...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ron Mark Sets the Example
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the pledge by Mayor of Carterton and NZ First candidate Ron Mark who has announced he would relinquish his roles as Mayor and member of two District Health Boards if successfully elected to Parliament. Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election
    MEDIA RELEASE: Angry rural communities want issue of 1080 aerial drops taken to the polls, says party co-leader Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Governor General Gives Direction to Conduct Election
    The Governor General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has given the green light for this year’s General Election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • New Zealand Animal Groups Unite to Help
    WELLINGTON (19 Aug 2014) – The Be Cruelty-Free campaign to ban animal testing of cosmetics in New Zealand just got bigger and stronger, as two leading animal protection groups come on board. Joining forces with Humane Society International which has...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Students Interrupt Steven Joyce at University Event
    A group of 30 students this evening interrupted an event about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce began to speak, students interrupted with a speech of their own....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Caritas among first responders offering relief in Iraq
    As the plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution reaches tragic levels, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of families affected by the war and...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • iPredict 2014 Election Update #31: Nats take hit
    Election race narrows significantly · National party vote now below Labour/Greens · National’s probability of leading next government dips to 72% · Joyce expected to take over as National leader before end of 2015, as Collins’ prospects fall...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Call for applications – Fulbright scholar awards
    Fulbright New Zealand calls for applications to a range of scholar awards for New Zealand academics, artists and professionals to undertake academic and cultural exchanges to the United States of America. A Fulbright exchange provides life-changing opportunities...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • CWS launches appeal for Iraqis on World Humanitarian Day
    Christian World Service is appealing for help for tens of thousands of Iraqis caught up in one of the world’s horrifying conflicts....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Promoting the Voice of the Rangatahi
    Young Māori voters are seen by the Māori Party to have a vital part to play in saving the Māori seats in Parliament says the Māori Party’s youngest candidate, Reverend Te Hira Paenga. “What we’re hearing on the ground is...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nelson Election Candidates’ Community Forum
    Nelson’s community and volunteer sector has some serious questions to put to the local candidates in the run up to next month’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
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