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Open mike 27/10/2012

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  1. Logie97 1

    Once there was a proud nation which lead the world in so many ways.

    A few to remember …
    . first to have all adults voting.
    . welfare state to look after its disadvantaged.
    . in the vanguard of anti-apartheid movement.
    . stopped the atmospheric weapon testing in the Pacific and then championed the anti-nuclear movement and gave hope to many other nations.
    . developed an independent foreign policy.
    . introduced an ETS scheme.
    . developed a world leading education system.

    But what leadership has it had since 2008?

    Well for starters,
    . a PM who believed we were missing in action in Iraq, and has now managed to all but completely trade away any independence.
    . gutted the ETS scheme.
    . demoralised the education sector

    Add to the list as you feel …

    • tinfoilhat 1.1

      Key and his band of crooks should be tried for treason.

      • marsman 1.1.1

        tinfoilhat. Yes Key and his crooks should be tried for treason AND stripped of any entitlements like Parliamentary Pension and Free Travel. AND definitely no knighthoods. AND never be referred to as The Honourable.

        • Jackal 1.1.1.1

          It’s going to be a 50 50 whether a future government allows the investigation into any impropriety on the part of the current administration… Don’t hold your breath.

          • prism 1.1.1.1.1

            Politics today. In Italy Berlusconi has had 33 cases brought against him. It’s only the last one that has gone against him and he is gobsmacked. He also got the law changed so that over 70s can’t be jailed.

            Mind you they had it coming to them – they let a media magnate in to the job and wiped the controls to prevent cross-media ownership. He has floated along since then pleasing himself and self promoting. If you don’t demand good results from pollies then you get things you never had the guts to wish for. Have we guts in nz or not? Or are we waiting for a party that has guts to inspire us for a better nz?

    • – raised GST to 15% to hurt the poor; which also forces people to spend less (less money to spend on luxury items and New Zealand made goods) hurting small business
      – introduced charter schools (where teachers need not be trained, and where creationism is king)
      – introduced draconian surveillance and copyright laws
      – made New Zealand the puppet of foreign interest groups i.e. raid on Kim Dotcom
      – worked hard to increase child poverty, inequality, push down incomes and raise unemployment
      – did nothing to get the dollar down so forced businesses to close down or move to China
      – cannibalized the welfare system so no one can get help (including rape victims)
      – made student loans harder to get and increased fees; thus forcing more across the ditch
      – did nothing to stop New Zealand’s rising suicide rate i.e. listen to radio live at 11:00 pm onwards
      – eliminated privacy i.e. a politician can just pick up a W&I file and read it for political purposes

      If you need help from the government we know now that the only way to get help is to go on a hunger strike for 30 days or more; because they don’t care about people, only the votes they may lose for not helping someone that has gone to the media. Where is the ‘brighter future’ John?

    • marsman 1.3

      Logie97.
      Strangling Kiwirail.
      Wasting money on unnecessary roads.

      • ianmac 1.3.1

        Looks like the coastal rail Picton to Christchurch Passengers will disappear and the Christchurch to Greymouth Alpine passenger line.

        • marsman 1.3.1.1

          They could try doubling the price of fares as they have done for the Wellington to Auckland train. But seriously…….

          • ianmac 1.3.1.1.1

            I think that the Coastal rail fare is going up from about $60 to $100-180. Pricing to kill the market?

            • marsman 1.3.1.1.1.1

              Pricing to kill Kiwirail, the passenger service especially and probably Kiwirail in total e,g. the Napier-Gisborne rail link is to be stopped. As Minister of Railways Richard Prebble had an arsehole appointed as CEO of then NZRail to do similar damage as the current one appointed by National is doing.

            • Jim Nald 1.3.1.1.1.2

              In the meantime, you can fly AKL to WEL, vice versa, for $29.
              Or $7.
              Waahaahaa.

            • Vicky32 1.3.1.1.1.3

              I think that the Coastal rail fare is going up from about $60 to $100-180. Pricing to kill the market?

              My niece was just complaining about that on Facebook! (She’s the carer for her brother’s kids, and wanted to take them on a trip).

    • Luva 1.4

      Well from an international perspective (i.e. not those narrow minded Kiwi’s who continue to ignore the daily international economic storms) New Zealand is leading the world. In fact some have singled out New Zealand alone as the model for its balanced approach to the deepening international debt crisis.

      Peter Orszag I think was the man to have made this claim.

      I went searching and can’t actually find any international criticism of how the New Zealand government is managing and showing leadership through the double whammy of a major city rebuild during the worst economic meltdown in a generation.

      The worst international economic year that Cullen and Clark had to govern through was still infinitley better than any year Key and English have had to manage. Blind Freddy could have governed through the 9 Clark years, those years when the world went on a debt fuelled spend up of anything and everything.

      • Dr Terry 1.4.1

        Luva – it is hardly a matter of congratulation to be leading the world as it is today. But, then, we have to take your word for it, don’t we?

      • prism 1.4.2

        Luva
        Oh good we can stop thinking for ourselves now – we know our judgment is so poor. We can just listen to what the rest of the world is saying about us and accept that as gospel, doesn’t matter whether it is based on rock hard reality or just hyperbole from the latest political/ economic movement. And always ignoring how the low income people are managing in the business environment that is unhealthy to say the least.

  2. David H 2

    And of course with all that you would expect any decent opposition to make a huge dent in the NACTS numbers. But as usual Mr Stutter Stumblebum, and his merry band of me, me’s, are missing in action. Time for a serious rethink at the top of Labour.

    • muzza 2.1

      The sooner people accept that our “democracy” is a sham, the sooner people might consider getting of their arse and demanding change, instead of sitting back and hoping the theatre script might change direction!

      Its only going to get worse, that is 100% certain!

      Your complacency is appreciated, and anticipated!

      Sincerely

      Your local (controlled) MP

  3. KhandallahMan 3

    +1. First giggle of the day.

    “Mr Stutter Stumblebum, and his merry band”

  4. Te Reo Putake 4

    Calculating the seats suggested by yesterday’s Roy Morgan gives an interesting result. Assuming that ACT, UF and the Maori Party retain their current seats, the current Government totals 61 seats in a 123 seat Parliament. Labour/Greens/NZF also total 61 and Hone Harawira gets to be kingmaker.
     
    National 55, MP 4 (one list), UF, ACT, Mana 1 each. NZF 9, Greens 16, Labour 36.
     
    However, if National win Epsom, then the right bloc loses a seat and it totals 60 in a 122 seat parliament. Any improvement at all in the current opposition bloc just stretches the gap. As I noted yesterday, it’s far easier for Labour to lift their results than it is for National. And it looks like the Conservatives are just going to be a spoiler for National, draining votes from the right, but never likely to make the threshold.

    • muzza 4.1

      Is there an election today!

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      Unless the threshold is dropped to 4%, in which case they have a good chance of getting in, and NZFirst is almost certain to as well.

      I also think on those results, that an NZFirst – Nat coalition is the easiest ruling majority.

      • Te Reo Putake 4.2.1

        I really don’t see NZF going with National, Lanth. There are some pretty big policy differences between them for a start and Winston currently seems determined to avenge his dumping 4 years ago by bringing National down. And seeing Labour, the Greens and NZF at the same table at the EPMU jobs summit sends a positive message that they can work together.

        • ianmac 4.2.1.1

          Not sure that Winston would let revenge get in the way of power.

        • weka 4.2.1.2

          Peters can’t be trusted. 2 years is a long time, and he has demonstrated in the past that he is willing to betray even the people that vote for him. The left relying on NZF to form government is almost as stupid as Labour keeping Shearer as leader.

          Still waiting to hear an analysis of how a L/G/NZF/Mana govt would work.

      • Fortran 4.2.2

        Must drop to 4% to let Winston back in.
        He will then almost certainly have the balance of power (to whoever promises him personally the most).
        Have to be Foreign Affairs to keep him out of the country as long as possible via Air Force flights in which he can smoke, as no civilian ones will.

    • Dr Terry 4.3

      TPP – you really think National needs to lift their results, which given everything, are astonishingly high?

      • Te Reo Putake 4.3.1

        Yep, Doc. National need to lift their vote to compensate for the weakness of their allies. There are no guarantees that ACT, UF and the MP will retain their current seats, so the Nats have to cover the gap. 47-48% is an outright win. 45-46% leaves them needing a hand up. Less than that and only Winston can save them.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Most of what he says isn’t that bad until he gets to this bit:

      The report had this to say about farm finance: “Farmers face significant challenges in raising sufficient capital to fund growth and support farm turnover.

      “Farm debt levels are already high and few external sources of equity capital are available to farmers, particularly in Australia,” it said.

      “New structures for owning and operating farms need to be encouraged to attract investment from domestic and foreign investors and capital markets.

      “These structures might include rapidly evolving partnerships, modern variants of share farming and use of off-take agreements, as in the mining sector.”

      Between now and 2050 New Zealand agriculture will require $210 billion of additional capital to generate growth and a further $130 billion will be needed to support the purchase of existing farms from ageing farmers.

      Where he makes the assumption that the only place that capital is available is from over seas at interest. Basically, he’s just another economist that wouldn’t know what an economy was if he tripped over one.

      • muzza 5.1.1

        Where he makes the assumption that the only place that capital is available is from over seas at interest. Basically, he’s just another economist that wouldn’t know what an economy was if he tripped over one

        Which is why the rest of it, making some sense or not, is irrelevant!

      • Fortran 5.1.2

        Understand from Reserve Bank figures that there is around $114 billion invested in (mostly Foreign) Bank Term deposits and the like in New Zealand.
        Kiwisaver has some but only a small share so far, and not earning very much either (nearly all below term deposit rates.)
        If no Asset sales this oney will continue to stay where it is on minimal interest returns, but in safe places.

  5. ianmac 6

    On Kim Hill this morning Dr Ben Goldacre author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic said that Tamiflu bought all around the world at the cost of billions and billions of dollars has little in the the way of published research/trials. Remember bird-flu precautions? The company marketing Tamiflu has avoided publishing credible research in spite of many requests to do so. If there was good news from the research you would think that the company would rush to publish. The absence of consistent credible trial data seems to spell out one thing. And NZ spent millions and millions as a precaution.

  6. muzza 7

    John Roughman – As an ordinary citizen, I don’t find it offensive that police would fake a prosecution to protect someone’s cover.

    find it harder to credit that a High Court judge would let 21 people off criminal charges to demonstrate judicial indignation.

    Roughmen – The ordinary citizen, happy to tell you how he wants to turn whats left into rubble, and happily so!

    • ianmac 7.1

      Hope John Roughman never finds himself at the bottom of a very slippery slope.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Man, he is either blind to the truth of what happens when the police break the law with impunity or he’s selling snake-oil. I’m going to bet on the latter.

      • QoT 7.2.1

        But obviously the police would never break the law to get an “ordinary citizen” like him. As long as the only natural justice and human rights breaches are happening to Those Kind Of People it’s for the greater good.

      • Jackal 7.2.2

        Roughan’s article wasn’t worth the time it took to read it.

    • Murray Olsen 7.3

      I think the fake case against the undercover cop should go ahead. Either he does prison time or the police who forged a search warrant and committed perjury do time. If the police agree to take that risk, then let the case against the bikers proceed. It’d probably get thrown out for some other reason anyway, because the police are so arrogant they don’t even bother to do their jobs properly. Oh, and John Roughan’s cryptofascist column is more of a threat to society than any number of outlaw bikers. He’s openly encouraging people (police) to break the law. Will he be charged? He should be.

  7. ianmac 8

    More doubt on Police practices, maybe enough to collapse the extradition plans. Thanks to the on the ball David Fisher:

    Police got personal banking details of Kim Dotcom and his staff without getting a search warrant in a move that has implications for bank customers……….
    ….and received information back the same day from the BNZ showing names of account holders, account numbers and home address details.
    …..Dotcom was charged with money-laundering when arrested – the only charge he faces on which he can be extradited. Criminal copyright violation charges are not serious enough for extradition. If they are dismissed, then the money laundering charge also collapses.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10843215

    • Dv 8.1

      I liked this comment
      “The banking industry last night said customer privacy was taken “very seriously” but offered no information about the level of proof needed to turn information over to government agencies.”

      Feel a yeah right comment coming on.

    • Vicky32 8.2

      Police got personal banking details of Kim Dotcom and his staff without getting a search warrant in a move that has implications for bank customers………

      My giddy aunt…
      As a matter of interest, I have spent days trying to interest Americans on the IMDB message boards in the Dotcom macello. Not one of them could give a monkey’s – I don’t understand why!

  8. Draco T Bastard 9

    Well, it appears that the oil industry in NZ doesn’t want any public oversight for operating in our waters and that the government is thinking about giving it to them.

    The Government is developing regulations under the new EEZ legislation on which offshore activities should be prohibited, discretionary, which require consent, or are permitted within stated rules.

    Mr Hughes and Forest & Bird were responding to reports Minister for the Environment Amy Adams would not rule out allowing deep-sea drilling as a permitted activity in the act.

    • muzza 9.1

      Publicly notified consents should not be required for offshore oil and gas exploration activities within New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone, says the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association.

      Yes they would say that…

      The association’s chief executive, David Robinson, said the topography of New Zealand’s seabed was entirely different to that in the Gulf of Mexico, where the 2010 disaster occurred in 1500m of water. “The terrain and activity of the south is vastly different to the Gulf, which was [oil under] high pressure and high temperature.”

      He noted the Great South Basin and Canterbury Basin, which may be hosting an exploration drill ship in about a year, were “more than likely gas prospects” rather than oil.

      Because its been known what oil is in the GSB for a very long time already!

      While he said there would always be “residual risk” to any drilling programme, it was “very unlikely New Zealand would ever have any problems drilling around its coastlines”.

      Phew thats good then, risk acceptance = check!

      He likened the risk mitigation to that of Air New Zealand, where commercial aircraft had crashed but Air New Zealand maintained theirs to the highest standard possible.

      But not at the expense of profits though….good to get that cleared up!

  9. millsy 10

    I see the school principals are screaming blue bloody murder because they wont be able to have drug dogs go through students school bags and essentially run their schools like mini police states.

    God forbid that students should have any protections from unreasonable search and seizure. From a young age they are being taught that the authorities can go through your possessions and invade your privacy and more or less treat you like a common criminal.

  10. millsy 11

    300 Tongans march against the right of consenting adults to arrange their own relationships. Someone needs to get the message through to them that they are filthy homophobes.

  11. gobsmacked 12

    Here’s a fun quiz for the weekend.

    Find out who you should vote for in the US presidential election …

    http://www.isidewith.com/presidential-election-quiz

    Hints – if the choice is too limted, click on the “other” option, more choices available.

    Picking Obama over Romney is easy, but you might be surprised how you align with other candidates.

    • millsy 12.1

      Ive got the Green candidate, Jill Stein…

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1

        Yep, me too.

        That’s actually a good test and someone should probably do something similar for NZ. I think a lot of NZers would be surprised with who they actually agree with.

        • Jim Nald 12.1.1.1

          If I take another position and type in ‘mmm’, ‘aah’, ‘uhh’ and the like, might Shearer pop up as the choice of presidential candidate?
          Guitar is good. Must put guitar in there.

        • RedBaron 12.1.1.2

          And Me. 96% for Jill Stein. I’m sure I read somewhere of a survey taken a couple of years ago that getting people to vote on blind policy tests gave green policy the overwhelming thumbs up.
          So it seems that most of us fall into the group labeled “we know that there is only a finite amount to share and we’d like to share fairly equally.”

        • mickysavage 12.1.1.3

          Me too! Hmmm …

      • Pete 12.1.2

        Likewise. 91% Jill Stein, 84% Barack Obama. If I had a vote in America, I might consider Stein and hope for eventual electoral reform, but were I in a swing state I’d go with Obama.

      • Vicky32 12.1.3

        Ive got the Green candidate, Jill Stein…

        Me too!

    • coolas 12.2

      thanks for that .. Stein 94%, Romney 11%, Obama 68%, but he was bottom last .. curious!

  12. BLiP 13

    .

    Oh, noes!!!! Its all over for Obama.

    ; )

  13. Jackal 14

    Pathetic fine for Rena disaster

    Another judge has got it wrong! How topical is that?

    • muzza 14.1

      Yeah saw that – Not sure I agree with the got it wrong statement..

      Again its a question of representation, and whom is representing, whom, or what!

    • muzza 14.2

      But the people of Denedin get to pay the equivilent of what the maximum fine for Rena would have been of over 600k in severance money…Lets see then..

      Rena disaster fine 300K (half of max fine)

      Total cost to “The Crown” of Rena Estimated at 47m, ..but…

      “As a result of “extended and co-operative negotiations” the defendant and its insurers had agreed to compensate the Crown 27.6m

      So thats a loss to “The Crown” of 20m – I’m sure QE2 will be happy to eat that loss won’t she eh!

      Dunedin Council severence payouts 628,513,

      In Summary

      1: People of Dunedin have to eat job just payouts worth 2 x the Rena fine (will their rates come down now)

      2: People of NZ get to eat the 20m loss on the Rena situation (not sure the breakdown)

      3: People of Tauranga, and eastern coast get to eat the delayed fallout of – Rena chemicals at sea worry scientists

      There is some twisted goings on in this country, that is for sure!

    • Draco T Bastard 14.3

      Fairly typical in a capitalist society – save the capitalists by throwing the workers under the bus.

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  • Polity: Mike’s minute: Mike’s maths!
    Today, media ubiquity Mike Hosking took to nzherald.co.nz to vent his frustration at Labour for suggesting that it would re-convene the same Tax Working Group first used by National. He was clearly very upset.For Mike, Auckland’s housing crisis is a… ...
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  • Polity: Mike’s minute: Mike’s maths!
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    1 day ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
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    frogblogBy Denise Roche
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  • Helter smelter deja vu: Tiwai Point uncertainty stalls NZ renewables
    Simon Johnson looks at how New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy… ...
    Hot TopicBy Mr February
    1 day ago
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    Simon Johnson looks at how New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy… ...
    Hot TopicBy Mr February
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
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    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
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    frogblogBy Jan Logie
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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
    It's eight days since the Prime Minister airily assured Guyon Espiner on Morning Report that "in my experience with Work and Income", homeless people could go along to their local office and get sorted with some emergency housing.We now know… ...
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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
    It's eight days since the Prime Minister airily assured Guyon Espiner on Morning Report that "in my experience with Work and Income", homeless people could go along to their local office and get sorted with some emergency housing.We now know… ...
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  • A great Budget would
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    frogblogBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 day ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
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    frogblogBy Gareth Hughes
    1 day ago
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  • The end of Auckland’s old growth model
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    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    1 day ago
  • The end of Auckland’s old growth model
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    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    1 day ago
  • Why are whistleblowers being prosecuted as spies?
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 day ago
  • Spend and Tax
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    Briefing PapersBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • The birth place of the artist
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    Bat bean beamBy Giovanni Tiso
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right, and battle bots
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    2 days ago
  • Why Corrections prevented Tony Robertson from getting treatment in prison
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    PunditBy Roger Brooking
    2 days ago
  • Have We a Housing Policy?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Have We a Housing Policy?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Climate denial arguments fail a blind test
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    2 days ago
  • Palmerston North librarians gather to support UCOL colleagues
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  • Accountability for Iraq?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Accountability for Iraq?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Not Quite But Getting There
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    2 days ago
  • Climate change: The latest inventory
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate change: The latest inventory
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia lets kiwi detainees literally rot
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia lets kiwi detainees literally rot
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • CRL already impacting land use on city fringe
    The City Rail Link will be one of the most transformational projects Auckland has ever seen. Perhaps nowhere else will see experience that transformation more than the inner west of the isthmus which effectively gets picked up and moved much closer to… ...
    2 days ago
  • CRL already impacting land use on city fringe
    The City Rail Link will be one of the most transformational projects Auckland has ever seen. Perhaps nowhere else will see experience that transformation more than the inner west of the isthmus which effectively gets picked up and moved much closer to… ...
    2 days ago
  • National should give us our $13,000 back
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • National should give us our $13,000 back
    We all know that National works for the rich and screw over ordinary New Zealanders to funnel wealth upwards into the pockets of its rich mates. But how bad have they been? $13,000 bad:Yesterday, Mr Little said that since National… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and its implications for citizenship
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    2 days ago
  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and its implications for citizenship
    The suggestion about a possible Universal Basic Income (UBI) was only one of numerous suggestions to come out of Labour’s Future of Work initiative. This a wide-ranging policy discussion that the Party’s economic development spokesman, Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson,… ...
    2 days ago
  • Review: The Block Party
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    2 days ago
  • Hard News: The media awards are dead – long live the media awards!
    Friday's Canon Media Awards was the most interesting instance of the long-running national ceremony in a long time, maybe ever. There were notable insurgencies – The SpinOff took two awards from 11 first-time nominations, Radio NZ's The Wireless won Website… ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: The media awards are dead – long live the media awards!
    Friday's Canon Media Awards was the most interesting instance of the long-running national ceremony in a long time, maybe ever. There were notable insurgencies – The SpinOff took two awards from 11 first-time nominations, Radio NZ's The Wireless won Website… ...
    2 days ago
  • New research confirms water fluoridation does not cause bone cancers
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    2 days ago

  • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
    Investors cashing in on skyrocketing Auckland house prices are driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland and causing homeownership rates in some of our poorest suburbs to plummet, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New analysis shows… ...
    2 hours ago
  • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
    Budget 2016 must deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave by April 2018 – anything less will be short-changing families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “My Bill which is before Parliament this afternoon has majority support and does just that. I… ...
    2 hours ago
  • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
    John Key didn’t tell his own Finance Minister he was about to go on radio and announce he wanted $3b of tax cuts, just days after Bill English ruled them out, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “In Parliament today… ...
    20 hours ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    21 hours ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    21 hours ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
    Aotearoa’s new New Zealanders,  come to our country in vulnerable position: – often away from the culture, communities and families they know, sometimes in neighbourhoods without familiar faces and often encountering barriers to employment. With net migration at 50,000+ a… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • A great Budget would
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 day ago
  • Budget building materials policy backfires
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    1 day ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
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    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 day ago
  • Govt must come clean on tax cuts in Budget
    National is making a mockery of the Budget process by dangling the promise of tax cuts but failing to include them in the Budget, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s tax cut promises have turned into a farce. One… ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
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    2 days ago
  • Budget must deliver for middle New Zealand
    The Government must ensure next week’s Budget stops the squeeze on middle New Zealand and delivers shared prosperity for all New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. The call follows new research commissioned by Labour that shows working… ...
    3 days ago
  • Our housing emergency – why we have to act
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    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Car rego victims must get a refund
    Motorists who have been overcharged for their car registration should get a refund, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “Minister Nikki Kaye’s ‘faulty risk’ rating scheme has blown up in her face with over 170 different models of car having… ...
    5 days ago
  • Council statement shows they just don’t get it
    The Auckland Council’s statement today shows they don’t understand the problems created by the urban growth boundary, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “I have been the first to defend the Auckland City Council when Bill English has been blaming… ...
    5 days ago
  • Inspecting electronic devices a potential privacy threat
    Labour is expressing concern for New Zealanders’ privacy rights as the Government signals Customs will have the power to inspect electronic devices coming across the border, says Labour’s Customs Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. “We agree that customs officers should have the… ...
    5 days ago
  • The Price of Water
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    5 days ago
  • Caption It NZ!
    Today I received a petition from the NZ Captioning Working Group urging the government to legislate for accessibility via closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders. It was timely because today is the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Older Kiwis to miss out on electives
    The Government is not doing enough elective surgery to keep up with New Zealand’s ageing population, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s damning that the targeted national intervention rate for cataract and knee and hip surgery is the same… ...
    6 days ago
  • Most principals say their college is underfunded
    The Government must substantially increase funding for secondary schools in next week’s Budget after a new survey found 86 per cent of principals consider their college under-resourced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Just 14 per cent of secondary principals… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour calls for independent inquiry into illegal fish dumping
    The Labour Party is reiterating its call for an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s fishing industry after two reports revealed the Ministry for Primary Industries turned a blind eye to widespread fish dumping in New Zealand waters, says Labour’s Fisheries… ...
    6 days ago
  • Mt Karangahake and Newcrest Mining
    On Wednesday and Sunday of last week the local residents of the Karangahake mountain in the Karangahake gorge of Hauraki/Coromandel peacefully protested against a gold mining drill rig on private land adjacent to the DOC land. The drilling rig was… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    7 days ago
  • Robbing Aucklanders to pay Rio Tinto
    New Zealand’s national electricity grid stretches the length of the country and contains some 11,803 kilometres of high-voltage lines and 178 substations. It wouldn’t make sense for competing power companies to duplicate and build their own expensive electricity transmission system… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    7 days ago
  • Government should abolish Auckland urban growth boundary
    The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Over 25 years the urban growth boundary hasn’t… ...
    7 days ago
  • Kiwis don’t want iPads for Land deals
     It is outrageous that schools are relying on money and iPads from foreign land investors to meet the learning needs of their students, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  “Several OIO land applications by offshore investors have claimed that without… ...
    7 days ago
  • Homelessness – National has failed all of us
    A young South Auckland Māori woman recently tried to get hold of me around midnight. I missed her call. The woman wanted me to know the sharp reality facing too many families looking for a stable place to live. Things… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Moko case should never have been manslaughter deal
    Confirmation again yesterday that the manslaughter charge in the Moko Rangitoheriri case was a deal done by the Crown Prosecution Service is justifiably the cause of outrage, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.“This should never have been a case where… ...
    1 week ago
  • Overseas investor funds school’s digital devices
    The Government must address the inequality laptops and tablets in classrooms are causing after a Queenstown school was forced to use a donation from an overseas investor to get their students digital devices, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Documents obtained… ...
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
    This Government has consistently failed to recognise the links between Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and intimate partner violence. For me, the recent review of CYFS has highlighted this misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and its impacts… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
    This Government has consistently failed to recognise the links between Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and intimate partner violence. For me, the recent review of CYFS has highlighted this misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and its impacts… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
    It was interesting to attend the ForestWood Conference in Auckland recently and learn about the extent of innovation in the wood processing and manufacturing sector. The forestry sector may be New Zealand’s third largest export earner, but raw logs make… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
    It was interesting to attend the ForestWood Conference in Auckland recently and learn about the extent of innovation in the wood processing and manufacturing sector. The forestry sector may be New Zealand’s third largest export earner, but raw logs make… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Key plucks $3b out of thin air – reckless and irresponsible
    John Key refuses to give up on his dream of tax cuts to the wealthy, despite being shot down by Bill English, and is resorting to plucking numbers out of thin air, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “On radio… ...
    1 week ago
  • John Key woefully out of touch on homelessness
    John Key is completely out of touch if he thinks desperate South Auckland families forced to live in cars can simply go to Work and Income for help, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Many of these families are working and… ...
    1 week ago
  • Under-reporting shows need to review quota system
    The Government must launch an independent review into New Zealand’s 30-year-old Quota Management System following a new report suggesting gross under-reporting of catch in the New Zealand fishing industry, Labour’s Environment spokesperson David Parker says.  “The Auckland University report found… ...
    1 week ago
  • Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue
    A Tertiary Education Commission investigation into the Tai Poutini Polytechnic is overdue and should have been launched last year, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “Labour has been calling for an inquiry into potential rorts at Tai Poutini… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue
    A Tertiary Education Commission investigation into the Tai Poutini Polytechnic is overdue and should have been launched last year, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “Labour has been calling for an inquiry into potential rorts at Tai Poutini… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where is the fair share for most New Zealanders?
    Most New Zealanders reading the news that chief executive pay has risen 12 per cent in the last year will be wondering when they are going to get their fair share, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “More and more… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where is the fair share for most New Zealanders?
    Most New Zealanders reading the news that chief executive pay has risen 12 per cent in the last year will be wondering when they are going to get their fair share, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “More and more… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Mega media merger is bad news
    Some people call newspapers “tomorrow’s fish and chips” but this week’s news around a mega media merger is not an issue we should discard. Media giants Fairfax and APN News & Media announced they were in discussions to merge their… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    2 weeks ago
  • Mega media merger is bad news
    Some people call newspapers “tomorrow’s fish and chips” but this week’s news around a mega media merger is not an issue we should discard. Media giants Fairfax and APN News & Media announced they were in discussions to merge their… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    2 weeks ago
  • National puts Easter trading in the too hard basket
    All Labour MPs will vote against National’s move to leave Easter trading laws up to councils, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain-Lees Galloway says.  “Despite this being a conscience vote, Labour MPs are united in their opposition to the Government’s moves… ...
    2 weeks ago

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