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Open mike 26/10/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 26th, 2012 - 140 comments
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140 comments on “Open mike 26/10/2012”

  1. ianmac 1

    Hekia Parata is reportedly on “Personal Leave”. Wonder if there is significance in that given the awful exposure of stuff-ups re Christchurch School Reorganisation last night on Campbell Live?

    • vto 1.1

      Yep, useless. In fact so incompetent that the suspicioun of ulterior motive is now paramount.

      Ministry of Education – liars and incompetents.
      Minister John Banks – liar and law-breaker.
      Prime Minister John Key – liar and incompetent.
      Minister David Carter – liar and deceptionist re Ecan and destroyer of democracy. Can’t even look his community in the eyes
      Nick Smith – liar re Wyatt Creech report on Ecan
      Wyatt Creech – liar.
      Winz – complete incompetence
      ACC – complete incompetence.
      Police force – liars, law-breakers and committers of perjury. Utterly untrustworthy.
      Spy agencies – liars and law-breakers

      Is there anything left?

      Deceptive liars and utterly untrustworthy is this government.

      edit: I forgot Bill English but he is so far gone he sort of gets forgotten. Let’s see – double dipping the system for personal gain. And today in the Press lying about the Christchurch City Council and its finances – bare-faced lie (as Mayor Parker confirms) to suit this govts agenda. Liar.

        • Clashman 1.1.1.1

          Actually that Brownlee article is quite reassuring, in a sense – they clearly run their personal business lives as badly as they run the country.
          Perhaps they are just totally incompetent and not corrupt after all.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1

            That would certainly be true of most of them. Unfortunately, the truly corrupt ones are directing the incompetent ones.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.2

            Idiot/Savant raises some good question in his post Fools

            But what is also gives us is another insight into National’s patronage network. This was first exposed in the ACC / Bronwyn Pullar saga, where Michelle Boag and other National party figures were deployed in an effort to gain a payout from ACC. And now we’re seeing more of it: a tight little oligarchy which sorts out board positions for its mates, no matter how questionable the business. In this case, its blown up in their faces. But you really have to wonder how many of our business decisions are made like this, on patronage, not merit – and whether its a factor in the overall poor performance of our business community.

            Uneconomic RoNS perhaps?

        • ianmac 1.1.1.2

          “left after a few weeks.” Wonder how long is a few weeks and why did he leave. Often a vague “few weeks” used to hide from much longer bigger involvement.

      • ak 1.1.2

        Crikey. Worrying list, veets. Wee Dunnokey better watch out, only a short step…. if he signs a painting for charity or sits in the back of a speeding car, the Farrascists will start endlessly shrieking the most corrupt govt in history and the herald will run a red front page comparing him to Adolf…..

    • David H 1.2

      And how long before the Nats ‘need’ an Education Minister ? Are they going to let her anywhere near that portfolio again, or give it to someone else ? Now who in that Nats has a political death wish, as it looks like that’s what Education has become. A far cry from what it used to be.

      • ianmac 1.2.1

        David. Bring back Trevor Mallard. He was a seriously good Minister.

        • alwyn 1.2.1.1

          Thank you for giving me a good laugh on a Friday morning.
          Trevor is far to busy as an aspiring professional cyclist to waste time on politics.

    • Dv 1.3

      >>Hekia Parata is reportedly on “Personal Leave
      Where did you get that Ian?

      Parata has written to the 38 schools most affected by the proposals, offering to meet parents and the schools’ communities over the next three weeks.

      That is 38 schools in 15 days, O r 2 to 3 schools a day.

      So that is about 2 hours per school.

      She hasn’t got time for personal leave.

      • David H 1.3.1

        So maybe she has a convenient mini breakdown (personal time) for a month, and ooppss sorry no time to see the schools.

      • QoT 1.3.2

        Yes, because I’m entirely sure all those letters were individually hand-crafted. And she has no staff to do these things for her.

  2. A thought about the recent disclosure of the police committing forgery, making a false declaration and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

    I wonder if consideration is being given to the enactment of urgent legislation to permit that which has been ruled illegal? 

    • tc 2.1

      Why not mickey they’ve done it before and are often having to rush through patches under urgency to gaps in prior legislation.

      The question is do they have the skill to slip it under the radar like they tried with alot of the supershity shonks.

      Between the police and the judiciary’s ugly side lately WTF is going on ? It never used to be this bad with these usually reliable bastions of the state.

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    http://livenews.co.nz/2012/10/state-of-it-with-selwyn-manning-wtfmsd-a-systemic-failure-or-acceptable-human-error/

    Work and Income privacy issues

    On the page above you can find:
    – article on privacy issues and MSD
    – radio interview (12mins) about the same
    – invite to share your story with Selwyn Manning about your experience with WINZ and privacy

    • millsy 3.1

      Needs to be a royal commission on this ASAP. Not just into WINZ, but the public service in general. Seems that every second week there has been a case of public sector workers ‘looking people up’ in their databases. I personally know of several instances of this happening.

    • The Invisible Meerkat 3.2

      Who is Selwyn Manning and why would a beneficiary want to talk to him? What privacy/anonymity guarantees is he giving for people that share their story?

  4. Fonterra projects a price drop of around $ 0.50 per litre of milk next year leaving countless Farmers facing ruin.
    Here is an Infograph showing why that might be. Imagine a breadline of 45 million people and you are beginning to get the drift.

    • tc 4.1

      Whatever happened to the farmer who used to plan for the rainy day ?

      Price fluctuations for primary industry products is older than we all are. Am I missing something ?

      Watched a few country calendars that clearly show a better model of dairy farming is to be more hollistic and run a closed system rather than push the land and herds to the point of diminishing returns.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1

        Whatever happened to the farmer who used to plan for the rainy day ?

        At a guess, I’d say too busy speculating on asset prices.

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          Banks pushing easy debt hold the majority of the blame.

        • travellerev 4.1.1.2

          Here is the link L, my bad!

          The farmer voting for a bankster thinking that banks were his best friends was busy buying fraudulent Derivatives thinking they were and insurance against a rainy day and is now finding out that with the LIBOR rate kept artificially low to help the speculating banksters, he is being robbed by John Key’s mates except he is so woefully underinformed by the corporate owned MSM and pushed on his toxic shame button, he actually thinks he’s to blame for his demise and judging by TC that is what a lot of really ignorant people are going to think.

          Here is what is happening with small and middle size businesses in England who bought into the CDO/CDS Derivatives scam by the most dangerous financial journalists Max and Stacey

          • Lanthanide 4.1.1.2.1

            Thanks for the link. I didn’t realise it was to your blog.

            I also don’t know why you assume that all 44 1/2 million people with the SNAP cards shop at Walmarts. Walmarts are quite common in rural and lower socioeconomic areas, but not nearly as common in the bigger cities, where actually quite a few of the SNAP card people will be living (since everything is expensive in the big cities and you need lots of money to survive).

            • travellerev 4.1.1.2.1.1

              Did you bother to check the Infograph? This is one from a group who specialising in making clear how bad the situation is in v.e.r.y s.i.m.p.l.e pictures.

              So far with every single one of them they were right on the money. (no pun intended)

              It is they who used the Wall mart connection to make the size of the Bread line in America easy to understand. But it appears nowhere near simple enough for you.

              For those of you interested in other Infographs on the financial Armageddon we are facing here is the link to more terrifying statistics made easy.

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      Your link doesn’t go anywhere.

    • Colonial Viper 4.3

      Yep. It’s going to be very shit next year, for a lot of farmers, and consequently for a lot of provincial centres.

      • Clashman 4.3.1

        Add the kiwifruit industry in there too.

      • The Invisible Meerkat 4.3.2

        Colour me cynical, but if a whole lot of dairy farmers go bankrupt in the next year, who will be buying the land/taking over the farms?

        • travellerev 4.3.2.1

          American Film directors and banksters hoping to get out of the way when their scams implode?

          • muzza 4.3.2.1.1

            Sweet arrangement, bankrupt the producers who make up the primary exports of NZ, then come swooping in buy cheap, keep the farms going, repatriate profits offshore, and have control of yet more resources, which would keep NZ from being self sustaining.

            Couldn’t feed ourselves – Dont own it
            Couldn’t power ourselves – Don’t own it
            Couldn’t sell mineral/oil/gas resources – don’t it
            Water, what about the water – who owns that
            Manufacturing – Not much here

            Nothing happening, toddle along….

        • Draco T Bastard 4.3.2.2

          The people that rigged the market so that they could buy up all the land and resources making everyone else dependent upon them – the banksters.

          • McFlock 4.3.2.2.1

            although to be fair our rivers might get a bit cleaner

            • Bill 4.3.2.2.1.1

              How does a concentration of ownership equate to cleaner rivers? You thinking dairy farms are going to be bought and converted to something else? Not bloody likely.

              • McFlock

                The less profitable dairy farming is, the more likely the land will go to other uses.

                • Bill

                  Uh-huh. Maybe. Or then again, maybe some deliberate loss making facets of a business covering ‘x’ number of farms to shuffle profits around in (or however it’s done) with the intent of avoiding tax payments or whatever?

                  • McFlock

                    Possibly.
                           
                    But e.g. if a movie star buys the land to farm alpacas and saffron close to their mcmansion, the nitrate/faecal contamination would dwindle.

              • The Invisible Meerkat

                Agreed. Most likely the smaller, family-owned farms that go under will be bought up by agribusiness* and dairying intensification will continue.
                 
                *locally owned or foreign.

  5. marsman 5

    Been thinking about the Warrant of Fitness changes that National want to bring in. Where is the scam? Must be the trucking Lobby via Friedlander, more trucks on more roads and a relaxing of the regulations re safety of these trucks. Mayhem in the making. Money first, people second.
    Have National done anything to benefit all of NZ? Have National done anything that is not a scam?

    • tc 5.1

      Agree, we actually need to be tougher rather than more lax. I got a WOF the other week in a garage where I’m pretty sure they didn’t have the right gear to do a proper brake test.

      Going down a steep hill over the weekend under braking that steel on steel sound confirmed my suspicions.

    • Rosie 5.2

      I’ve been struggling with the logic of reducing the safety checking, ie WOF checks on cars older than 6 years. So far when interviewed (I think it was Simon Bridges) and questioned as to why they would want to change the current regulation the only answer was a feeble “its expensive for people to get a WOF every 6 months”. What the? The cost of living is expensive and is increasing , our wages are low – do something about that then!

      The MTA are running a campaign to keep the the WOF requirements as they are. You know when a conservative industry group like that has to run a campaign against national govt intended regulation changes that there is something very odd going on.

      • Lanthanide 5.2.1

        I actually think it’s a sensible idea, but I don’t think extending out to cars of 12 years is a good idea. I’d go mid-way at 9, and make the WOF checks a bit more stringent to help offset it a bit.

      • prism 5.2.2

        Changing the WOF for older cars? That would be suicidal for some unfortunate travellers.

        This NACT government is determined to reduce all regulations until death or horrific damage occurs, then consider having some standards that are checked and enforced. The precautionary principle just doesn’t measure up on a cost-efficiency basis to them. We are watching (helplessly?) the degradation of our society by this cursed RWNJ machiavellian mob.

      • millsy 5.2.3

        A $50 WOF check and a $210 brake repair isn’t that much compared with the costs incurred when your car ends up plowing into a pole because aforementioned breaks dont work. We may grumble about the costs of getting a car warranted, but the costs are much greater when you have an accident.

        Probably better to reduce people’s dependence on cars anyway, ie more public transport, decentralised cities with amenities within walking distance, perhaps even bring back long distance passenger trains.

        • Vicky32 5.2.3.1

          Probably better to reduce people’s dependence on cars anyway, ie more public transport, decentralised cities with amenities within walking distance, perhaps even bring back long distance passenger trains.

          Absolutely right! Especially the trains…

      • alwyn 5.2.4

        The only reason that the MTA is running their campaign is that their organisation makes hundreds of millions of dollars from the present system.
        You do know that the MTA owns VTNZ don’t you?
        “Murph”, who fronts the campaign, lives in Australia where they have vastly simpler requirements.
        There is also evidence, and I’m sorry but I can’t find a link, that the majority of cases where the car’s condition was to blame for the accident were cars that didn’t have a WOF in the first place.

        • Lanthanide 5.2.4.1

          Yes, like most things, the worst offenders are those who opt out of the system anyway. Time and money are both contributing factors to people opting out, so an argument could be made that by reducing WOF requirements, we’ll increase the likelihood of people getting WOFs.

        • The Woodpecker 5.2.4.2

          I wonder how many guys in coveralls are going to be made redundant. Nats putting more people out of work since 2008.

    • muzza 5.3

      Yes this is yet another decision which will be horrible for commuter – The mind boggles at the ferocity and genuine hatred that the current government have for human life.

      NZ’s car fleet is already old enough without putting even more time between check, and as you point out the safety of the cars from trucks on our raods, given the carnage they create is set to be lowered, should this scenario play out.

      One can’t help but think that there is some plan sitting behind what will lead to a rise in the road toll, accidents and general road safety. The toll has been falling in real time, and there would be “benefits & opportunities” to derive from it rising again!

      Also given the attack on the ad campaign featuring Greg Murphy, one can be certain, there is more going on than face value!

      • Rosie 5.3.1

        Hey Muzza.

        “NZ’s car fleet is already old enough without putting even more time in between checks………”

        Exactly. I’ve got a 1994 model and the last WOF check with a new mechanic showed up some real horrors. We’re saving up to get brake hoses replaced and some thingo replaced in the steering column. (Among other less serious issues) They will hold out to the next WOF but what if it had been left a year? I’ve already been involved in a serious crash (caused by a drunk driver, not a dodgy car)so I’m really keen on being safe on the road. Like you say, to paraphrase, it makes you wonder if they’re tryting to kill us off, at a time when our road toll is decreasing.
        Apologies for repetitive posting of this “are you serious” meme image but time and again it sums up my response to anything that has come out of the mouth of the PM or his ministers since 08.

        http://makeyourmeme.ru/default/instance_18/556488/original.jpg

        I’m actually printing this image on to a t shirt.

        • muzza 5.3.1.1

          Hi Rosie, yeah since I heard about this one, I thought it over, and was like, sure the AA, and other inspection companies are making money from the frequency of the checks, and that is likely a large reason they have the campaign, but at the end of the day its about making environments safe for all who use the roads, cars, bikes, trucks, motorbikes, pedestrians etc.

          The state of cars on our roads is awful by n large, in akl I have never seen so many cars missing a front headlights, which to me signals that people don’t have the money, don’t care, or are not getting their cars tested as it is..

          Why would the govt, who are supposed to provide environments which allow the people of this country to be “safe and secure”, are dismantling these structures at pace. They are actively attacking so many people now, its crazy!

          This will lead to more people dying, its as simple as that!

          • Rosie 5.3.1.1.1

            Indeed.

            I’ve taken on board comments re the MTA responding to a potential loss of income (via VTNZ) but they DO provide an important safety service – its not in the same order as British American Tobacco having an insidious emotionally charged framed argument for opposing a govt proposal to get them to plain package their product. One organisation is in the business of reducing risk and the other is in the business of killing people.

            Incidentially AA members were polled on this question: “Do you think the Warrant of Fitness for vehicles over six years of age should be reduced from six-monthly to annually?” 86% said YES, 14% said NO. How about that? So much for safety conscious AA members.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.4

      Have National done anything to benefit all of NZ? Have National done anything that is not a scam?

      Nope, they’ve only done things that benefit rich people. They really don’t a stuff about anybody else.

  6. Rosie 6

    Oh Look. Pete George manufacturing conflict where there isn’t any. I receive the Greens weekly newsletter. There is nothing underhand at all about their “take the step to end child poverty” campaign. Its very clear that they are asking for donations to fund their campaign – as it is quoted in this article. I don’t know how you could twist that, but PG did.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/7865387/Greens-say-funding-ploy-is-Obama-style

  7. marsman 7

    Brownlee “I did no research”. Pretty well sums up his performance as a so called Minister.

    Brownlee was on fraud-accused’s board | Stuff.co.nz

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/7866958/Brownlee-was-on-fraud-accuseds-board

    • freedom 7.1

      A Minister on the Board of a Company wanting to roll SkyCity. SkyCity being a Company the PM decided needs to build a massive new Casino. No, nothing to see here.

    • Chris 7.2

      So,look out if your clothes aren’t up to scratch and your shoes are scruffy, you will immediately be under suspicion of ,oh, I don’t know, anything?Bu–er, will have to stay indoors now until I upgrade my wardrobe.

      • McFlock 7.2.1

        not our sort of person – i.e. not a tasteless oik who masturbates to conspicuous consumption.

  8. prism 8

    Another example of this NACT government lacking in integrity. Trying to ignore the real needs of their interpreters and guides in Afghanistan, then only offering a home to those presently working with a cap on 76 people for the 26 allowed to come here. The interpreters will have extended family, perhaps up to ten for an individual.

    And those who have been working for NZ there for years, one to a decade, are being denied any opportunity to escape the Taliban. They already receive threats to their safety. NZ is putting them in an intolerable situation. It makes us look despicable not noble helpers of a poor war-torn country. We should be acting in a real-world way not doing the minimum that allows us to make self-satisfied comments about fair behaviour which will happen even if we only brought two people here. We see this sort of low behaviour from govmnt all the time.

    One man who is living here was interviewd on Radionz Nine toNoon this a.m. and explained the situation.

  9. prism 9

    And Youth One Stop Shops to support the young people in our community who have many troubles and uncertainties and can be helped through free health services with some advice as well. NACT is allowing these and other helpful community services to die away because of lack of funds.

    Can we ever get back to a government that gives more than just a damn for all the people, especially those who are struggling with the crappy conditions that successive governments have themselves facilitated through past and ongoing bad decisions?

  10. Jackal 10

    The devil’s in the detail

    The real stupid thing is that after the raid, the police were declaring Operation Explorer the most successful undercover operation to date. How things have changed…

  11. gobsmacked 11

    Another week of Labour’s media strategy – keep the leader away from the national spotlight, get him into the local press instead. It’s nice and light, no interviewers eating him alive.

    Unfortunately he still manages to put his foot in it …

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/kapiti-observer/7863210/Labour-unlikely-to-put-brakes-on-Kapiti-expressway

    So, a clear shift in Labour’s position since the last election. Decided by who? When?

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Need. More. Roads. Way. Of. Future.

      • vto 11.1.1

        Somebody prove me wrong but an expressway through this part of the country would be great. It is the most dismal stretch of all – the Wellington hills all the way through the Manawatu and past Wanganui. If you are ever going to get rained on or blown over between Wellington and Auckland it is along this stretch. It should be expresswayed all the way through. But then I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder blah blah…

        • Rosie 11.1.1.1

          Hi vto. “Somebody prove me wrong but an expressway through this part of the country would be great”
          I reckon “Save Kapiti” might want to prove you wrong:)

          http://savekapiti.co.nz/

          Check it out.

          The plans have changed several times over the years but either way the expressway would involve bulldozing a number of homes through the Kapiti region. As well as that owners and tennants of properties affected whose homes aren’t being bulldozed have issues about the proximity of their houses to the 4 lane expressway and have legitimate concerns for their health and well being. Its not an just an expressway out in the country. It goes through coastal neighbourhoods.

          No one on the coast denies theres a problem with traffic congestion and major delays at holiday times but many feel that the expressway isn’t the wisest or most necessary way of dealing with it.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      Actually, it’s a reasonable position just not well put forward. He should have said that Labour would can it depending upon if it was started or not. I have NFI where he gets the idea that there’s any natural justice involved in continuing it because consents had been granted. Consents are nothing.

    • Bill 11.3

      Roadworks aside – ffs, tell me the last two lines of that link weren’t an indication that Hughs was going to be taken back into the fold.

  12. captain hook 12

    speak for yourself gobsmacked.
    why are you hiding behind a link.
    cant you frame a proper argument?

    [lprent: Huh? What in the hell are you talking about? Can I presume (FFS: use the bloody reply!) that you are talking about

    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-26102012/comment-page-1/#comment-538666

    He did provide an argument (in fact two arguments) and provided a link for others to see what he was talking about. All you did was to waste a few precious minutes of my moderating time. I'd suggest that you do not do that again. ]

    • gobsmacked 12.1

      How does one hide behind a link? That’s a neat trick.

      It’s called “evidence”. As opposed to just making things up.

      So now you know what Shearer said. Do you agree or disagree with his comments?

      I disagree. They are confused and waffly and at best unhelpful, at worst a flip-flop.

      You?

      • Lanthanide 12.1.1

        +1 to agreeing with all your comments, gobsmacked.

        Shearer really sucks :(

        • Jim Nald 12.1.1.1

          He said what?? That is truly bewildering!!
          He should be locked in his office with his guitar.
          But, with his strumming, I fear he would be Killing Me Softly With His Song.

          Well, Grant Robertson had a hand in installing him.
          Now, Grant can help get him replaced.
          With someone who has real calibre.

          • prism 12.1.1.1.1

            Jim Nald 12 1 1 1
            Can’t think who to replace Shearer with. But your words seem to indicate a Country guitar stringing, gun slinging singer of great calibre. Is it one of the David’s?

      • McFlock 12.1.2

        Hmmm.
                 
        The comments, surprise surprise, don’t match the headline. 
               
        But basic lessons for Shearer et al:

        familiarise yourself with local issues before doing a local photo-op;
        a leader being non-committal will be printed as a party flip-flop;
        complex answers need to be book-ended with clear and concise commitments to current policy. 
                
            
        I really do recommend reading Yes Minister (as I recall it takes the form of Woolley’s memoirs). Cynical as hell, but it’s gotten me out of one or two scrapes even in office or institutional politics :) 

  13. ianmac 13

    “Hekia Parata is reportedly on “Personal Leave”” This morning on Morning Report about 7:15am the discussion was about Education: Drugs in Schools. They phoned the Ministers Office for comment but the Minister’s Office said that. “Minister Parata was on Personal Leave today.” Could be a tangi, Health problem, or perhaps stress. Maybe just a day off? Who knows

    • Dv 13.1

      In the next 15 days (3 weeks) she has to visit 38 schools which spins out to 2 to 3 hours per school.
      Parata hasn’t time to have time off.

      On the Campbell live report school are being refused OIA request for the info that the ministry holds.
      One school was told don’t put in a request and you will get it faster!!!

      I do not understand WHY were/are they not just given to the schools?

      Another principal in a meeting with the ministry, said nearly every question they asked the ministry person had to leave the room to get the answer!!!!

      And you have the bizarre ‘don’t release what you have to the schools’ ‘instruction’ the CCC.

  14. Pete 14

    So the State Services Commission’s Human Resources Capability Survey 2012 (PDF) has been released and shows a core unplanned turnover rate of 11.4% – an increase on last year’s rate. As I commented in February:
    ________________________

    There’s not a lot of sympathy out there for public servants. The general impression of them seems to be either they are a bunch of do-nothings engaged in cushy Glide-Time or a load of Sir Humphreys undermining the representatives of the people. They are dismissed as bureaucrats whose sole purpose is tie-up progress.

    That’s the general background animosity that public servants have learnt to live with – after all, the terms of their employment demand nothing more than silent, stoic endurance, and they do hold to the ideal of impartially carrying out the policies of the government of the day. Often they really are working out of a sense of vocation, in the true spirit of public service. Public servants, like anyone else, look to find meaning in their work. It’s a hard time to be one, though – be they in Greece, the United Kingdom or New Zealand. It’s not a good feeling when the government you serve regards you and your colleagues with more disdain than something you might find on the sole of your shoe. This has the unsurprising effect of jading many of the best of the public service, who are already looking to move on. Figures from the State Services Commission already show that core unplanned turnover – the number of state servants who are quitting their jobs rather than being made redundant – has already recovered from its historic low of 9.2% in 2010 to 10.9% in 2011. This departure of talent, combined with a de-facto sinking-lid policy will result in a downward spiral resulting leaving behind an ineffective and demoralised public service. A vortex of suck.
    ________________________

    So the vortex has grown as more staff get fed up and decide it’s time to move on. It’s particularly evident in Women’s Affairs (39%), Science and Innovation (29%), Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (25%) and Ministry of Defence (24%). These weren’t redundancies, these were people deciding their jobs weren’t for them any more. Something is going wrong when so many choose to leave, despite a poor economy. Further, the loss of talent damages the effectiveness of government administration.

  15. ianmac 15

    Thanks to No Right Turn who found the Campbell Live program from last night over the OIA and the MOE. NRT has a good write up of the importance of this issue. (MOE told the Christchurch City Council to lie that they had no information about the school closures.)
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Too-many-mistakes-with-Christchurch-schools/tabid/367/articleID/274105/Default.aspx
    and NRT http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/the-purpose-of-freedom-of-information.html

  16. Ad 16

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    Fight them this weekend I urge you – simply by meeting with friends, not visiting a mall or a supermarket, not consuming even media – but to enjoy friendship –

    – do that and you will have triumphed over the most pernicious conspiracy in society today

    – the conspiracy to turn us into a living corpse overcaffeinated by the terror of scarcity and envy – to turn us into ghosts haunting our own brains…

    Actual personal analogue friendship and contact and conversation, in the next 48 hours, will form a little bubble of freedom and relief around you.

    • ropata 16.1

      the national bank is changing over to ANZ systems this weekend so customers won’t be able to use their accounts … that should reduce rampant commercialism a bit

      • Clashman 16.1.1

        I am a Nat bank customer, you’re joking, right?

      • Vicky32 16.1.2

        so customers won’t be able to use their accounts …

        Oh dear! Thanks for the warning… Lucky I always make sure I have plenty of cash.. and this should be a lesson for whoever it was (months ago!) who insisted here that cash was unnecessary!

        • Olwyn 16.1.2.1

          Vicky I rang them and they said that you can still use your eftpos card or draw cash from an ATM, but you can neither get a balance nor set up an automatic payment.

          • Vicky32 16.1.2.1.1

            but you can neither get a balance nor set up an automatic payment.

            But I suppose one that is already set up is okay? I hope so…

            • ScottGN 16.1.2.1.1.1

              Auto payments probably don’t go out (or in) on weekends. I was in the National Bank today to close an account (just switched to Kiwibank as I’m not that keen on ANZ and anyway it’s well past time to put my money where my mouth is re banking profits staying in NZ etc) the teller told me the whole thing is more of a reverse takeover with ANZ adopting much of National Bank’s systems. But what was most interesting was the attitude I encountered as news that I was closing my accounts due to the merger and moving to Kiwibank (who have been excellent with the switchover by the way) filtered along the line of tellers. Without exception they all sneered and said “Come back and see us when you’re sick of the queue next door” (Nat Bank and Kiwibank are next door to each other in Queenstown).

              • Vicky32

                Auto payments probably don’t go out (or in) on weekends.

                It’s my rent, which for some insane reason goes out after midnight Friday/Saturday, to Housing NZ, who are likely to throw a giant wobbly if  it’s so much as a day later than their system expects.

              • Colonial Viper

                NZ’s National Bank’s systems were by far the better ones years ago, when ANZ took them over. It was simply a matter of ANZ having the deeper pockets.

        • Draco T Bastard 16.1.2.2

          and this should be a lesson for whoever it was (months ago!) who insisted here that cash was unnecessary!

          That would have been me and, guess what, cash is still unnecessary and I still look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when we get rid of it completely.

          • felix 16.1.2.2.1

            I’m working on that all the time.

          • Vicky32 16.1.2.2.2

            cash is still unnecessary and I still look forward to the day,

            In tnis case, luckily, it seems that eftpos and ATMs will still work – but what if there was another 6 week powercut such as there was in Auckland in 1998?
            Fortunately for us, we lived just outside the zone (Pt Chevalier) and didn’t use eftpos anyway, but if we had, we’d have been seriously affected.
            No, I always make sure that I have sufficient cash squirrelled away in case of any necessity, for instance, about a year ago, I lost my card, and was without it for a week. I’d done the clever thing, and reported it lost within 15 minutes, only to find it an hour later… too late, she’d cancelled it and I had to wait a week for the new one.
            Lucky I’d withdrawn  my cash just before losing the card (I thought someone had half-inched it from the ATM, it had actually fallen into an open book in my bag!)

          • muzza 16.1.2.2.3

            That would have been me and, guess what, cash is still unnecessary and I still look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when we get rid of it completely.

            This has to be one of your more ignorant comments B

            • Draco T Bastard 16.1.2.2.3.1

              Nope. Done through government so that it’s accountable and it becomes a way to prevent the fraud and other BS that goes on in the high finance sector.

              • Colonial Viper

                You view fragile systems way too optimistically.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Systems are only fragile if they’re made that way.

                  EDIT: What you and others don’t seem to understand is that cash is just as fragile and may be even more so – just in different ways.

      • millsy 16.1.3

        Actually ANZ customers are changing over to National’s system.

        Not really keen on being a ANZ customer myself, enjoyed being with National Bank, the only bad thing about it as that if you lost your eftpos card, you had to have one mailed out to you, whereas TSB give you a new one on the spot. And the overdraft facility leads to an end of being caught short at the supermarket checkout.

        Thought about joining the Co-op bank, I like co-ops, Shearer should put them at the front and centre of his party’s economic poilicy, but they salami slice fee after fee after fee.

  17. Hmmm.

    Labour down to 29% in the latest Roy Morgan.  Not good … 

    • McFlock 17.1

      Nah, what would be “not good” is if it didn’t bounce back a bit next time, contrary to the trend.

      • Jim Nald 17.1.1

        Time to let Shearer loose with that guitar to save the polls !

        • fatty 17.1.1.1

          Its time for a rethink of Shearer’s strategy…maybe Parker on the side with a tambourine?

          • Vicky32 17.1.1.1.1

            rethink of Shearer’s strategy

            As a change from the relentless Shearer hatred to be found here, I came across some praise of the man from a member of the public, on Facebook tonight. Very refreshing!
             

            • fatty 17.1.1.1.1.1

              matthew hooton’s trolling facebook now?

              • Vicky32

                matthew hooton’s trolling facebook now?

                Neither funny nor clever. Whereas the chattering classes hate Shearer, the public like him, and I don’t care if that hacks you off. The guy in question is a teenager and pretty left-wing.

                • …I thought it was really very funny and clever.

                  Come on Vicky32 You say:

                  “I came across some praise of the man from a member of the public,”

                  A member of the public? One?

                  “Very refreshing”

                  Don’t you think that getting one person praising a leader of a political party occurring being a “refreshing event” is somewhat cause for concern?

                  I was happy with Mr Shearer being voted in as leader and considered him to have a lot of good qualities for the job. It is clear he needs time to settle into the role, and that he likely would be good at that point, however, it has been a year now and are we prepared to risk more time trusting that in the fullness of time, he will start to draw numbers? What if that doesn’t occur? Would it perhaps not be better to get in someone with more experience from the outset?

                  I am sorry to take this line of reasoning, and be a bit critical of Mr Shearer, however, I am really genuinely concerned that we get a left-wing government in the next election and we don’t even know that it won’t be an early election; judging by the chaos surrounding our governance at present, I believe this is a real possibility.

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.2

        Nah, what would be “not good” is if it didn’t bounce back a bit next time, contrary to the trend.

        Labour sitting between 28% and 32%. For the last year. Great trend to look out for.

    • Anne 17.2

      Poll taken between Oct. 8th – Oct. 24th.

      That takes in the period when David Shearer – and presumably his strategy team – had a brain fart and went public about… what JK said to the GCSB staff in their cafeteria. It doesn’t matter it was likely to be true. Shearer did it without back-up evidence. Very disappointing.

      • Colonial Viper 17.2.1

        Relevant quote from Napolean Bonaparte:

        Do not interrupt your enemy, while he is making a mistake.

        Please forward to Labour HQ.

    • Te Reo Putake 17.3

      Second poll in a row where Roy Morgan states that a Labour/Greens/NZF coalition would be most likely to form a government. So that’s nice.
       
      Labour? Well, Shearer’s just had his ‘show me the money’ moment. Unlike Goff, he has time to put it right. But not too much time now, I reckon.
       
      Dunnokeyo knows he’s not just dead behind the eyes, he’s dead in the water. Just drifting aimlessly along, springing leaks every time a Cabinet Minister has to go on telly apologising for some fresh incompetence.
       
      Labour and National are both 5 points short of where they need to be to be sure of leading the next government. My bet is that Labour can lift to mid thirties a lot easier than National can get to the high forties.

      • Colonial Viper 17.3.1

        Second poll in a row where Roy Morgan states that a Labour/Greens/NZF coalition would be most likely to form a government. So that’s nice.

        Thanks to the Greens, and especially to Winston, for pulling their weight.

    • Bill 17.4

      Yeah, maybe ‘not good’. But entirely predictable. Dead ducks to the right of us, dead ducks to the left of us and a lot of open water. People want a bird that can fly ffs. And we ain’t got none at the moment.

    • Lanthanide 17.5

      Looks like under-sampling of Labour coupled with oversampling of MP and maybe NZFirst. So I’m not too concerned.

      • Chalupa Batman 17.5.1

        Probably just a rogue poll

        • Rhinocrates 17.5.1.1

          It would be great if that were true, but is that enough justification for hope? Beware wishful thinking. If we have to start making excuses for the polls, especially when this government is so vile, so incompetent and so visibly vile and incompetent, then something is very wrong with the opposition.

          I remember people here looking at the polls and saying “It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen” all through the last term – and then Labour under Goff was still unable to form a government.

        • Redbaron77 17.5.1.2

          The dip is very steep which by itself its something to be concerned about given the Government is continuing by default to present itself as weak and incompetent. I am not sure Shearers “Show me the money” moment whilst embarrassing in fact provided much public traction for the Government. If the pattern is not repeated in the other polls then this is probably a one off. However the fact that John Key and National are still able to garner a good 40% level of support should be of concern…

    • Pete 17.6

      Is it just me, or are there a lot more polls these days given where we are in the political cycle? There seems to be one every fortnight or so.

    • millsy 17.7

      At last, a Labour supporter who is not doing a ‘victory lap’ in the face of entrenched low polling.

      Something has to be done about this. The thing about Labour is that it isnt even coming up with any fresh ideas that can even be seen as viable to the mainstream.

      The Greens seem to be holding their own at 13%. While there are legitamite concerns about the Reserve Bank Act — ie strict inflation targets = low wages and hospital closures, Russel Norman going on about QE was probably the same as Jeanette Fitzsimons 10 years earlier going on about how her party would pull the rug out from Labour if it allowed GE.

  18. Draco T Bastard 18

    Now this is the type of story we should be aiming to produce:

    You see, Swedes are big on recycling. So big in fact that only 4 percent of all waste generated in the country is landfilled.

    Except for the bit about having to import waste.

  19. Unsure if this article has been posted and discussed yet

    It is about a proposal for a new plan written for the IMF

    …is to replace our system of private bank-created money — roughly 97pc of the money supply — with state-created money….Specifically, it means an assault on “fractional reserve banking”. If lenders are forced to put up 100pc reserve backing for deposits, they lose the exorbitant privilege of creating money out of thin air.
    The nation regains sovereign control over the money supply. There are no more banks runs, and fewer boom-bust credit cycles. Accounting legerdemain will do the rest. That at least is the argument.

    ~IMF’s epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers

    • Draco T Bastard 19.1

      It’s been posted a number of times (by me) but I haven’t yet seen anyone comment on it.

      It is about a proposal for a new plan written for the IMF

      Yep, a new plan written in 1936.

      • blue leopard 19.1.1

        Ah! I have viewed a number of good articles over the last couple of days and hadn’t noted where I got them from; which I must learn to do :( Great article: I would have probably got it from you thanks!

        Am I noticing a shift that something like this could be proposed to the IMF, or do the IMF get a range of papers written for them all the time, I wonder?

        I left the link hoping to hear others’ views on the substance of the report.

        • Draco T Bastard 19.1.1.1

          I have viewed a number of good articles over the last couple of days and hadn’t noted where I got them from;

          I’ve done that a few times :mrgreen:

  20. I also found this article heartening, for similar reasons (as above): that experts are coming out and saying such things:

    Iraq War and Afghan Conflict Harmed The Economy

    Are the worms beginning to turn?

    Hope so

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    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • I feel sorry for Labour Party members and supporters
    I feel really sorry for the members and supporters of the Labour Party as they watch their caucus tear itself to shreds. And no matter what the outcome of the coming leadership race Labour members and supporters will be the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Ummmm, why is Auckland Transport spying on Aucklanders?
    Ummm. What? Sophisticated surveillance coming to Auckland Surveillance technology that uses high definition cameras and software that can put names to faces and owners to cars is coming to Auckland. The surveillance has the capability to also scan social media...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • It. Is. About. The. Economy. Stupid.
    Liam Dann does a good job of explaining the positive and negative issues looming for the NZ economy and as dairy prices plunge again overnight alongside a large Wall st sell off  and China Bank rumours begin, his case for the negative...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Don’t think of it as reinvading Iraq, think of it as redecorating Iraq
    I think some NZers view Iraq like an episode of The Block. Yes Iraq is the worst country on the street, but with a bit of elbow grease by our SAS and some great deals down at Bunnings, hey presto we...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Mana Maori alliance
    Most Maori you speak to on the street can’t understand why Mana movement and  Maori Party don’t combine it confuses them why Maori are divided cross benches in Parliament instead of a unified political power that represents 15% of the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • How You Can Help the Homeless
    At any one time, there are an estimated 357 homeless people in Central Auckland alone, many enduring hardships beyond the rain, wind and cold of sleeping rough. October 10 is World Homeless Day when the public are invited to learn...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Over 20% of Gold Production Now Pledged to Kiwifruit Claim
    Kiwifruit growers representing over 20% of New Zealand gold kiwifruit production have already pledged to join The Kiwifruit Claim, the chairman of the claim’s grower committee, John Cameron, said today....
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • ‘Creepy’ Decision on Up-Skirt Filming Slammed
    Family First NZ says that a discharge without conviction given to a man who filmed up a woman's dress in a Wellington department store is a ‘creepy’ decision that should concern all people who value their privacy. “This decision by...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Speaker leads delegation to CPA Conference
    Strengthening New Zealand’s ties with parliaments from across the world will be the focus of the upcoming delegation to the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 4-10 October and the 131st Inter-Parliamentary...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Response to Russell Brown and Tertiary Education Union
    The allegation that I have worked with others to discredit public health efforts is wrong. My public comments in relation to public health researchers have been where academics have mislead the public about official support or endorsement, and where...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • 17 jobs lost as Bridon/Cookes reaches the end of its rope
    Seventeen workers at the iconic Bridon/Cookes wire rope company in Auckland are to be made redundant as the company ceases production in New Zealand. The company has blamed the high New Zealand dollar for making it uncompetitive to keep the...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Slip in University Rankings – Funding Not the Problem
    Responding to the slippage of New Zealand universities' rankings , Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Time to rethink police chases, says safety campaigner
    Police chases are dangerous and generally unnecessary, says the American Federal Bureau of Investigation....
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Robertson now expected to be Labour leader by Xmas
    Grant Robertson is now overwhelmingly picked to become the next leader of the Labour Party by the end of the year, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Another potential Labour...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Documenting historic Māori land law cases for the first time
    A new book from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law will continue to put the spotlight on Māori Land Law judgments which have never before been published....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • ‘Oily’ people greet Petroleum Summit diners
    Greenpeace activists smeared in fake oil have greeted guests arriving at the part-Statoil sponsored Petroleum Summit dinner this evening....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Key Decisions Made About Labour’s Leadership Election
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has made the key decisions about the timetable and process around the election of Labour’s Party Leader. The result will be announced on Tuesday 18th November, following a comprehensive and extensive process unique...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Suspected $6 Million Dollar Wananga Fraud Alarming
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on on the Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi to front up over claims the Wananga has pocketed government overpayments amounting to $6 million of taxpayers' money. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
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