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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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  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
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  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
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  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
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  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
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  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
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  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
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  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
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  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
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  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
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  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
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    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
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  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
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  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
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  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
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  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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