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Open mike 27/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 27th, 2012 - 79 comments
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79 comments on “Open mike 27/12/2012”

  1. KhandallaViper 1

    Are the bloggers on “The Standard” the cause of the divisions in he Labour Party?
    Mike Smith, a Standard luminary, who i’ve heard recently went on the payroll of the Labour Caucus offices, effectively says so. See his post http://thestandard.org.nz/amidst-thencircling-gloom/

    “our aim was to set up a labour movement blog and offer a counter to Kiwiblog’s pro-National line; not to join Farrar in making the prospect of Labour government the principal target for attack”.

    I’m perplexed frustrated and angry with this comment by Mike Smith.
    As a Labour activist I want to kick John Key and his team out of the Treasury Benches and install a Labour led government ASAP.

    Mike Smith and the current Labour Caucus leadership, and the bloggers and their fellow travellers are being painted into two opposing camps within the New Zealand Labour Party.
    –What has caused this division within the Party?
    –What is characterising and feeding the ongoing divide?
    –How can the destructive spell be broken and the ground prepared for a Labour victory in 2014?

    • bad12 1.1

      My view- at the heart of the ongoing tensions within Labour is the divide between the Neo-Liberals and what could be seen as the traditional Labour membership, the ‘cloth cap’…

    • Coronial typer 1.2

      One suspects after 220 comments Mike Smith realises that sometimes not even the Jesuits could convert such a rebellious, stinky, furious, mucky, inchoate, atavistic, ebullient, wilful, growly, vituperative, beastly bunch of heathens as The Standard.

      And Mike, just as we took back the constitution, we are going to convert you as well.
      You are going to go Native by the time we’ve finished.

    • GeoffCartwright 1.3

      Nice post kandalla.
      I see a party a a cross roads, desperate to embrace modernitively practices and ideas but scared of the reactionary element – the loud vocal voices crying for a new direction or any direction but rightwards.

      We have the Fabian influence steering middlewards, the traditionale neoliberal neo glib centralists do nothing scare no one, and then the progressives, the young bloods who desire change, open govt. we also have the coming home to roost misaligned lefties, all splintered and cross aligned into different ideological matrix makeup.
      Poor shearer twisting turning pulled in every direction.

      We have CC back off message and on segregation on gift giving at hillside for the workers but for only the deep red ones. Message to the electorate from CC this xmas. Love me tender love me true but only if you are a extreme red, an extreme feminist and or anti freedom of speecher and I will love you too.
      Way to reconnect to all the people in Dunedin south CC and regain those lost and turned off voters.
      Way to go reframing the message and your image to the electorate.

      • weka 1.3.1

        The Labour party has extreme feminists?

        • GeoffCartwight 1.3.1.1

          Framed from the centre voter viewpoint anything not centre or middle wide wide middle is extreme my friend, scary scary scary and too easy for the spinners and the msm spin adopters to twist.

          • Tim 1.3.1.1.1

            The problem being though that the political centre has swung to the right over the past quarter century – which unfortunately is the way many in the Labour Party parly r munt like it.
            From my perspective, its a case of “I didn’t leave Labour, Labour left me”.

            • Polish Pride 1.3.1.1.1.1

              I see the problem as being many with loud vocal voices crying for a new direction. They do want Labour to get into power and National gone. The change and policy direction they are asking for is good and just and for the benefit of many. It is direction that understands the importance and value of people over money.
              The problem is that this is at odds with the party leaders current focus to recapture the centre ground. There are many centre/swing voters out there that are not yet as open to (or more accurately unaware) of the values and policies being pushed at a more grass roots level. Yet it is these very voters that may very well be needed to secure a Labour victory. Getting their vote is the goal of the party leaders and therefore the apparant direction of the party and policies that will do this. This is scary for many longterm Labour voters who see themselves as not aligned with this direction. They feel they have been deserted by their party.
              What all this fails to take into account is the effects of MMP on this situation. Make no mistake Labour need to shift their policy to appeal to the centre/swing voter, but they will not be in power without the Greens and even Mana and as a result what is implemented policywise once in power may be much more aligned with what it is that the left and grassroots Labour are wanting. But again they have to do what is necessary to get into power first, such is the nature of our system.

              • aerobubble

                What we need is to do away with mass private automobile ownership, get lots of young hoodlums to give the private car a bad name, have them running around killing people like the women just a few days ago when a boy racer run the lights.

              • karol

                Once in power they will be limited in what they can do if they get in on the promise of a pretty right wing government. The shift to a new direction needs to happen well before the election, and in a way that carries a significant number of people with it.

          • weka 1.3.1.1.2

            So there aren’t any extreme feminists in the Labour party?

      • McFliper 1.3.2

        segregation on gift giving at hillside for the workers but for only the deep red ones

        funny. Publicly it was a bit of an oversight, but at worst it was a case of “National Party member who didn’t join the union did not receive a union service and ran crying about it to the ODT”. Fuck freeloaders.

    • Morrissey 1.4

      Smith should stick to chopping down pine trees.

  2. AsleepWhileWalking 2

    ACC makes another family miserable because they can, top lawyers powerless to stop the bastards:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10856177

    ” Lawyers had challenged the decision in court, arguing there was “no logical reason” Paige could not receive the same payment in Britain, but the case was dismissed.

    Wellington firm John Miller Law, representing the family, launched further tribunal action.

    Practice manager Jonathon Miller said the case was a result of Parliament establishing that payment for overseas claimants was available only through attendant care, with decisions at the discretion of ACC and not challengeable.

    “No one denies that if Paige was back here in New Zealand, she’d be getting attendant care – but it’s just really the stopping of the payments, and whether we can legally challenge that,” he said.

    “It’s not a matter of how horrible the ACC decision seems, or how unjustified it is – the bottom line is there’s a provision in the act which says you’re not allowed to challenge these types of decisions.”

    Mr Little said he had not seen anything like the case. “From what I’ve seen, I can’t understand why ACC has made the payments, stopped the payments, and then put them through the extra hassle of demonstrating their situation,” he said.

    “I just think there’s got to be a better and more streamlined way for ACC to handle their particular case. There just seems to be a lack of transparency about it at the very least, and that needs to be clarified.”

    Citing privacy reasons, ACC said it could not comment on the case.”

    • aerobubble 2.1

      This is one of those awful bad cross border policies. Our economies are interwoven, our ability to live in each other countries is taken up, so let’s to the cost analysis. Scenario A,
      i.) pay lawyers to get the same access to health care they would of,
      ii.) just provide the same access across the border (based around some metric like how much our economies are engaged in activity together). So if we have the same economic integration as another state of Australia has internally to Australia, then matching provisions must be made. If its only 80% then pay only 80% of the ACC provision. Similar to the UK, if we are integrated with their economy in the billions a significant part of our own economy, then pay a proportion. If we have no economy with say an country then pay zilch. Why should Chinese NZ suffer because some UK NZ can use the legal system to get a remedy? We should have a ranking of our economic friends, and above some amount payment should be 100% maybe. All those pacific islands who get tempted by China might think twice if many of their potential retires are living in NZ with a pension coming to them.

      • aerobubble 2.1.1

        Similarly with Tarp. Why should a country pay out the full amount, as if a international company were equal to a national company. Pay a proportion of the fine to the international firm based on their proportion of their business in the country, since their loses would only be proportional to their activity in that country. So if a company won an action against a nation for loses, then the lose would be much less if the company has a wide international foot print.

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    Chinese slave labourer slips desperation note into Halloween decorations, discovered by US housewife.

    Indicative of the character of the nation. Is this who we want buying our farms? Do we really need more cheap plastic shit??

    http://www.oregonlive.com/happy-valley/index.ssf/2012/12/halloween_decorations_carry_ha.html

    • felixviper 3.1

      Anonymous desperation note. Which as we all know means not valid.

      • McFliper 3.1.1

        Lucky. The last one I recall hitting the news was signed. The Chinese govt assured the customer who complained about it (apparently the note quite disrupted their Christmas) that it wouldn’t happen again.

    • aerobubble 3.2

      This is why we have batch control numbers, so we can fire a worker who puts political stuff in with the NZ product.

  4. AsleepWhileWalking 4

    Ah hahha ha. It’s from 2008 and parodies the Reserve Bank (Australian). Watchout for the bit at the end just after the first credits run…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NIfH0vY2ANA

    • Populuxe1 6.1

      Yeah, apparently the Taliban have taken over the Supreme Court of Oregon

      • Napkins 6.1.1

        No, it’s just that the US judicial system no longer consistently protects the rights of ordinary citizens.

        • Populuxe1 6.1.1.1

          Not sure that sexy people are all that “ordinary” but effectively this is the same as forcing women to wear burkas because they might inspire lustful thoughts in weak-willed, childish men. I rest my case.

  5. bad12 7

    A simple thought on a dull morning, as part of the extensive sloganeering that accompanied the ‘neo-liberal revolution’ we were constantly fed new-speak slogans such as ”the Government has no business in business”,

    It’s the same part of the ism which provides the ‘justification’ for the present Slippery lead National Government to offer up the most profitable of the remaining State Owned Assets for sale,

    Looked at seriously though in a small economy with continual high levels of unemployment the Government would seem to be the only institution of such a size to have the means at hand to alter these statistics in any meaningful way,

    Lets take something simple like clothing manufacture, this is a highly labour intensive area of business where a Government need only,(if the business owner),’break even’ to turn an actual ‘real’ profit for itself,

    The real profit for a Government to be involved in business, especially that which is labor intensive can be found in the other areas of Government concern, for every 1 person employed a Government would pay 1 less unemployment benefit and collect 1 more weekly PAYE payment, those 2 previous items alone would make a ‘break even’ business for a Government highly profitable,

    Obviously if we follow the money, the wages paid to our Government owned factory workers, out into the real world of the economy we can see that having come from the unemployment benefit to a wage the workers would now spend more into their local community where Government would again collect more profit from it’s investment in the form of increased business and the taxes it collects from this,

    Just a thought…

    • aerobubble 7.1

      Yeah but computers, automation, petrol powered machines, have done away with work. So much so that by Thatcher revolution was required to create a service economy, where the huge glut of cheap middle eastern fuel would create excesses of activity for its own sake. Enter thirty years of declining government integrity, enter in rout education for kids, universities that publish publish publish, the modern sprawl all forcing longer commutes, housing shonkier every decade….

      Its call national socialism, its fascism, as all fascism is, its cannibalizes to create a veneer of success.

      • bad12 7.1.1

        That’s a interestingly negative view of my comment, i would imagine every neo-liberal politician past and present would agree with you,

        By your reckoning Government ownership of Solid Energy and various Power company’s is National Socialism???,

        The fact is that ‘globalization’ of economy has lead directly to a glut of ‘labour’, this over-supply of labour will not become less into the future, instead becoming even more pronounced where the Asian and Indian economy’s use their advantage of ‘low priced labour’ to make more and more of the worlds consumer products,

        A large part of the shift of production to the ‘low priced labour’ economy’s’ is the cost of capital and the profit motive, funded from the tax base with only the impetus to ‘break even’ Government owned and operated factory’s of production would easily match or better the ‘low priced labour’ economy’s on a retail price of product basis…

        • aerobubble 7.1.1.1

          We can feed, house, entertain, educate everyone on the planet. We don’t because the debt machine is at work, having turned money into the new one God to rule us all. All money is is a abstract construction of the people to facilitate society, its the MSM and corporations that demand we keep the status quo by imposing government upon the people (either by deregulaing and letting corporations run roughshot over the people, or regulating badly so needing the private sector either sell offs of state functions or PPPs). Science and industry have reduced the need for people to work, Thatcher came along, and using the cheap oil of the middle east, decided we all needed to be active, the alternative was a more leisure oriented society, so in order to create this new utopia of activity we have cannibalized the one off energy windfall of hydrocarbons, all to build a unbalanced economy design upon the precept of continuing cheapening energy supplies. Until we recognize that the free market can only work when the right wing stop their mantras used to cover up how they are gaming the market. The relative question of the merits of the low wage economy is irrelevant in the present context of peak oil induced climate change.

          • bad12 7.1.1.1.1

            My view is that the ‘free market’ would have worked fine if there had of been at the outset that other mantra force fed us all at the time we ‘globalized’ our economy and went all international free trade,

            Remember ‘the level playing field’, not often mentioned these days simply because it was one of the bigger lies that sold the masses the ism,

            If all country’s had an ‘internationally policed minimum wage of an equal value, AND, if all country’s had their individual currency’s of an equal value then and only then would we have ‘a level playing field’ on which to base competitive capitalism,

            As far as i can tell you are agreeing with me on the issue of a global over-supply of labor, but, there will obviously be no move by either of the major political party’s to truthfully address such an over-supply where the dialog is firmly entrenched in labeling those who have no work in a negative way,

            Back to my original question tho, if a Government owned clothing factory is ‘national socialism’, then is not Government ownership of Solid Energy and various Power company’s the same…

  6. KhandallaViper 8

    —-What has caused this division within the Party?

    Helen. Yes, Saint Helen herself…Sorta…
    She, and the then Party leadership including M. Smith, failed to move the Constitution forward with the times and especially failed to put a democratic leadership process in place.
    Also Helen (&H2) ran a very tight centrist and autocratic shop. She and Michael were doing such a good job on many fronts that they were forgiven failings.
    Many of the current team like Ardern, Hipkins, Robertson, Faafoi and more learned, as Beehive interns, to believe that this was the NZ Labour way. When Phil Goff became leader, under an opaque process, he surrounded himself with these neophytes.
    But the world has changed: Helen is gone and only mere mortals were available to succeed her. Also the take-up of Social Media has changed the dynamic of the relationship between the foot-soldiers and the leaders in organisations, whether business, governmental, social or political.
    Once the party leadership (Moira) announced that the members would attend Leadership debates the Jeannie was truly out of the bottle. And the membership were very very disappointed with how all the leadership gig was conducted.
    The Majority of the Membership did not buy into the self anointing of the current Leadership team. And that team said: Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers!
    They embraced division rather than unity.

    • GeoffCartwight 8.1

      Double jeapody double bind, double division or twin unity, party and caucus. Trouble is we have an election to win and time is ticking.

    • Saarbo 8.2

      The division will remain until Shearer and leadership do something to fix otherwise many of us will simply move to the greens. A very interesting and well researched article by Chris Trotter in Bowally today on David Shearer, for me it supports some the reasons I have about his weaknesses to lead Labour. Shearer needs to make sure there is a membership vote for Labour leader in Feb. If he wins then fine, if not that is the way it is. Then we can work together, otherwise I am very uncomfortable with the structure of the labour party caucus given the shenanigans that went on in the days after the conference.

      • Polish Pride 8.2.1

        If he doesn’t win Labour may not win the next election….. Unless the replacement also covets the centre vote.

      • aerobubble 8.2.2

        What was interesting was what they did do at the conference. Reconnect to the root of the party rank and file. The Labour was able to go far right into neo-liberalism because it disengaged from the roots, Clark was able to run a strong leadership because the party was disengaged. So the current batch of MPs know they would be washed up, exposed as they were, out of touch with a party base. The base had been shrinking because members could not get a voice. Obama election and re-election was due to a strong rank and file, and Labour’s collapse in vote matches up with a party not representing its members. The strength of the Greens emphasis this, Labour is tired insular and boring. Geez, Shearer looks tired, uninteresting and as closed to evaluation as John Key. They want the power but not the accountability. As for the up coming challenge, the new opening up will not have the effect on the leadership to change anything, that’s why the rush in the Shearer camp, over time they will have to move to a new way to deal with politics. The politics of huge fiscal activity force driven by cheapening middle east fuel is over. Welcome back to the return of compromise and the death of ‘don’t they miscarry if its rape’, ‘our children are patriots they should fear gun violence even at school’.. …elder abuse does mean denying your bedridden relative a mobile phone for emergencies.

    • Murray Olsen 8.3

      I suspect Helen’s tight management style was a delayed reaction to Lange’s loose management style, which had the lasting effect of making neoliberalism the new kiwi paradigm. Even though she did little to roll back the changes in favour of capital, she made sure she knew what was going on and that any further changes would be the ones she approved of.
      Until the neoliberal Rogergnomes are finally cleared out of caucus, Labour needs Helen’s style, not David Lange’s. I see Shearer as having the management style of David Lange, but without the wit, oratory, or vision. Lange was obviously a narcissist, but a very bright and talented one. Shearer is a dreary and mediocre narcissist who would let the remaining Rogergnomes run amok as long as they complimented his guitar playing and his (wooden) stance on a longboard. He really is hopeless and we should all be worried because just when we have some new blood entering the political scene with the Greens and Mana, we have the ABC crowd, who should probably change their initials to ABCEKOC (Anyone but Cunliffe, even Key or Collins). They, not the left activists, will be the ones responsible for a potential loss at the next elections. There is no reason to vote for Mallard that doesn’t equally hold for Key, for example. Ditto Shane Jones and Tau Henare.
      I want them to clean up their act not so that we can end up with a Labour government, but so that the Greens and Mana can have some access to the levers of power and actually change a few things. A government formed by the Mallards and Hipkins of this world would be little different from the one we’ve got now. The idea will not inspire the hundreds of thousands who didn’t vote last time to get out and vote. I hope Shearer is gone in the New Year and we can get to work building some sort of real alternative to the financial sector driven “business as usual” that we have now.
      Kia kaha and Happy New Year.

      • karol 8.3.1

        Having read Trotter’s post on Shearer’s back-story, and some of Shearer’s 1990s-2001 articles on private military companies, I am thinking he may not be the toothless, guitar-strumming hippy I took him for. Consider some of the things that have happened int he ,last year under Shearer’s watch?

        • felixviper 8.3.1.1

          Well he’s definitely shown an authoritarian streak.

          * Support for the intimidation of party members who speak out
          * Support for Jones’ bullying attacks on the Green Party
          * Showtrial-like punishment of those who even look like they might ever challenge him

          Interestingly, this authoritarian streak only seems to come out when he’s attacking to his left.

          But these pro-privatisation writings perhaps offer an insight into the reason that extreme right-wing free-marketeers like O’Sullivan and Hooton are such big fans.

          • karol 8.3.1.1.1

            Agreed. Though it’s kind of joining up some dots, because the writings are over 10 years old. Still, does make one wonder?

            • felixviper 8.3.1.1.1.1

              Wouldn’t have to wonder if he’d said anything to contradict his earlier statements in the intervening years.

            • Saarbo 8.3.1.1.1.2

              It seems that DS has privatisation/outsourcing tendencies driven by his experience in the UN, perhaps mainly the success at Sierra Leone which he failed to replicate to the same level later in his career. Trotter’s article does show that DS operated at a higher level than I thought he was cable of, given his atrocious mismanagement throughout most of 2012. But perhaps the biggest problem is that he was clearly buried in the business of the UN over the 1990′s and 2000′s…which does explain his performance, he is not au fait with New Zealand.

          • Anne 8.3.1.1.2

            But these pro-privatisation writings perhaps offer an insight into the reason that extreme right-wing free-marketeers like O’Sullivan and Hooton are such big fans.

            Would that not also mean they both knew about Shearer’s links to the secretive world of the military, foreign intelligence agencies and sub-contracting ‘security’ companies? If so, I want to know how they knew…

            Chris Trotter has done a magnificent job hunting this information down, and I’m interested in his timing – under cover of Christmas?

            • karol 8.3.1.1.2.1

              It wasn’t unknown previously. When I was researching for my (tomorrow’s) post, I found some old posts on NZ, very well-known, right wing blogs, having a go at Shearer, some with images of Blackwater etc (postings from 2009). I think Trotter has some extra info via personal communication.

              Also Shearer’s articles, or at least abstracts for them, were easy to find using google – needed to use my public library login to access the full texts. Shearer wrote a few articles between 1990s & 2001, on use of private military companies, especially for UN and peace-keeping operations.

              (I’m not keen to link to the sewer or the blubbery one).Try searching on:

              David Shearer Private military companies

  7. lprent 9

    Test message. Checking on the reedit.

  8. Amongst the dust there has to be a story,so i went the the source, the labour party website,
    there i found some crucial fundamental principles the labour party was founded on and it
    all involves the care, welfare and concern for the people of NZ, those aspects have been
    tossed aside and today the labour party caucus beliefs and principles certainly don’t resemble
    anything it was founded on, below is a paragraph i thought i would use.
    ‘ Labour started it’s life as a party of change – a voice for the working classes who believed
    that a fairer future was possible.
    Many of those first involved just wanted the basics – adequate food,clothing and shelter,a
    job with reasonable conditions and regular wages; support in illness or old age; and a hope
    for an even brighter future for their children.
    When Micheal Joseph Savage led labour to a sweeping victory in 1935,he promised major
    changes.
    Over the next few years labour introduced a series of measures which would become
    fundamentals of NZ society and culture.
    For the first time accesss to health care became affordable for all, the state assumed a
    major responsibility to provide low cost housing to those in need.
    A comprehensive social welfare system that gave support and security to the elderly,the
    sick and those without employment’, end of paragraph.
    The labour party representatives in cacus over the years have strayed far from the core values
    and fundamentals and that is the problem.
    The current housing policy, ie, building 100.000 homes is only targeted at those who can afford
    a deposit, the beneficiaries have been made to feel like ‘bludgers’ and in the Clark era it was ‘pay as you go’ for our elderly in rest homes,some lost their life long homes because of Clark’s changes to the health policies.
    It’s is easy to see why so many of us here are disturbed by the continual movement
    away by the current caucus to exact even more destruction of what was an
    amazing,respectable Labour party,it brings tears to the eyes.
    Leadership’s of the labour party change but there is one aspect that doesn’t change and
    that is the fundamental needs of the people,those needs are forever.

    • xtasy 10.1

      “the labour party was founded on and it
      all involves the care, welfare and concern for the people of NZ”

      Fine and great, but having been through what I went through, even under Labour, I feel “tossed aside”, sames as I feel they “tossed aside” some of their principles.

      SAD!

      • McFliper 10.1.1

        I recall back in the day that local MP (especially opposition) staff were dynamite at dealing with people “tossed aside”. If Labour were no good, try the Greens or Mana. Or a charity/church advocate (see your Citizens Advice Bureau).

        A lot of the time things were dealable without expensive court action as soon as the people doing the shafting realised that you had people who knew the system on your side. Good luck.

  9. Rogue Trooper 11

    “The Saint is a sinner too” (not a love song, or Pop :))

  10. Rogue Trooper 12

    ream (did two front axles, both sides, hangars and eyes, one time, arms above my head, with
    adjustable hand reamers)
    Thomas Oord-The Polkinghorne Reader
    Keith Ward-The God Conclusion (which reminds me, listened to Lloyd Geering up last night
    more to come)
    Roy Baumeister-The Cultural Animal. Meanings of Life.
    Antonio Damasio-Self Comes To Mind; constructing the conscious brain
    Iain McGilchrist-The Divided Brain and the Making of The Modern World
    Jerome Bruner-Acts of Meaning. Making Stories
    Jung- Answer to Job (just throwing that out there)
    Rodney Stark-One True God. The Victory of Reason; how Christianity led to Freedom, Capitalism
    and (former) Western Success
    Stephen Toulmin-Cosmopolis; the hidden agenda of modernity
    Jurgen Habermas-The Future of Human Nature
    Joshua Berman-Created Equal
    Martin Buber-I and Thou
    William P. Brown-The Seven Pillars of Creation (remember T.E Lawrence?)
    John F. Haught-God After Darwin; a theology of evolution
    Martin J. Rees-Just Six Numbers. Our Cosmic Habitat (and now he’s formed an “existential” society
    For God’s Sake) ;)
    Gerald L. Schroeder-Genesis and the Big Bang

    Robert D. Putnam-American Grace
    Peter L. Berger-The Desecularization of the World. Resurgent Religion and World Politics
    Mark Lilla-The Stillborn God

    Steven Solomon-Water;the epic struggle for wealth, power, and civilization
    Reinhold Niebuhr-Moral Man and Immoral Society

    “Let us face the fact that the monastic vocation tends to present itself to the modern world as a
    problem, and, a scandal”
    -Merton (it’s a scandal i tell ya, a scandal; not a sandal)

    “But often, in the crowded streets, but often in the din of strife, there rises an unspeakable desire
    After the knowledge of our buried life…”
    -Arnold

    “I circle around God, around our primordial tower. I’ve been circling for thousands of years
    And I still don’t know: am I a falcon, a storm, or a great song.”
    -Rilke, Book of Hours

    “Word I was in the house alone
    Somehow ;) must have gotten abroad,
    Word I was in my life alone,
    Word I had no one left but God.(that’s “deception” for ya)
    -Robert Frost, Bereft.

    (i know which Spirit i prefer) and how that story ends.

    -”When The Man Comes Around”

  11. fenderviper 13

    I guess when solo parents are unable to partake in the usual “holiday season” activities many people enjoy at this time of year then today at 9am is as good as any day to phone them (behind the veil of “unknown number”) to “gently” terrorise them with questions about their job seeking activities and to “remind” them of their obligations to seek part-time work for those caring for children under 14, and full-time work once their youngest reaches 14 years of age.

    Heck if they are not exactly a “box of fluffies” at this time we could get some of them off their “welfare dependency” by making them feel worse and maybe drive them to suicide if we hassle them enough.

    It makes no difference at all that the present Govt. have done NOTHING to create any employment whatsoever, in fact despite them shrinking the job market today would be a fine day to ring around these “bludgers” and terrorise them some more.

  12. Jim Viperald - Once was colonised 14

    Has anyone been keeping an eye on this?

    Fiscal cliff – or “a slope, or a slow but steady decline, down the road of fiscal austerity (for the US)”

    1. “The New Zealand dollar fell against most major currencies as the looming US fiscal cliff sapped risk appetite, stoking demand for the greenback …” (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/124395/nz-dollar-continues-fall-ahead-of-fiscal-cliff)

    2. Obama shortens his Hawaii holiday to return to the White House for talks (http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/8121789/Fiscal-cliff-threat-nears-reality)

    3. Let it fall … and pick up the pieces – as Michael Cohen, last month, was picking would/should happen (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/28/falling-off-fiscal-cliff-scenario)

    • Jim Viperald - Once was colonised 14.1

      Much ado about nothing (till 1 Jan) ?

      Oops, I had wanted to point out this paragraph by Cohen:

      “There is, of course, an easier solution to this problem: do nothing. Let the tax cuts expire on 1 January, with taxes going up on every American. Then, Congress can quickly pass a massive tax cut for those making less than $250,000, retroactive to 1 January. Neither side will want to wait long and force Americans to pay higher taxes, but especially Republicans won’t – as they will likely be blamed if no deal is swiftly reached. To do so would mean that all sides are politically satisfied: President Obama can say he stuck to his word about raising taxes on rich Americans, and taxes will have gone up without Republicans having to cast a vote; and both parties can reap the political benefit and claim credit for having cut taxes for the middle class.”

  13. Rogue Trooper 15

    testing (ok, i do make random notes; i’m not a machine yet)

    -The Swedenborg (a replicant)

  14. Rogue Trooper 16

    RNZ-Lloyd, coal and the commotion;
    cosmogenesis-our common origins-”adam”-Hebrew for mankind
    communication and cooperation for a viable for future (even Lloyd is a semi-pessimist)
    We can tell. Expanding U? Red Shift; Let us expand.Universality is a safe assumption
    Singularity and homogenesis follow.quarks, hadrons and me sons et al;
    “Come together…right now..over you.” Here we are, Back in the USSR.
    Dark Energy-mysterious or not.Red Giant.oils the white dwarf and the Black Hole
    for Satan himself masquerades from Berlin as an angel of light.It is not surprising if his servants
    Masquerade. Sex…I’M a man, I’m a goddess, I’m a one night stand and we make love
    Together we can do know wrong is Right (he hardens whom he wants to harden)
    a slice of Lemon with your Corona?

    Tasmanian devils-hardwood.Shearer Hawkes Bay Today?”Leopard does not change it’s spots”
    Space and Time drawing the Son out with the bathwater; There’s always the Son
    ahhh…The circle of life
    -Man in Black (does the lion sleep at night?) I witnessed a meteorite yesterday p.m
    these thoughts are fading, will not see them again.See that chameleon there like
    The News of The World pressing down on your receiver.Is there anybody out there…
    “run run away”.Meanwhile, whose singing lullabyes?; the Arab world’s gettin in tune
    http://www.abeautifullie.org/ Who do not lie.She don’t like that kind of behaviour
    Like Scott on the ant arctic, faith, if not accompanied by action is dead.

  15. Rogue Trooper 17

    home is just an emotion sticking in our throat, Home is Close to control, home is “i don’t recall”
    Let’s go to hawaii for the “Holy Days”. Home’s mind your business, “well pay the fine”
    Fuck you all very much; we value ENZA.Let the good times roll down the sluice…
    “rollin, rollin, rollin down the highway of no return.Not Fragile,Production’s in Overdrive
    concrete catchment.Time for some parchment anarchristic
    “but it’s not sphere, raising taxes will tie up our boats.”

    Ho, blind Bartimaeus…your faith is healing you…no more occular reduction. Think Globally
    act locally. Chavez is up and about. Beautiful Gate to the south the Golden Bay.
    The greatest amongst you will be your servant; Einstein and The Reverend Hone Kaa.III John

    poverty tours missionaries.you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come scoffing
    following their evil desires. 270,000 children living in poverty.The wealth of the rich is their
    Fortified City, but poverty is the ruin of the poor Refuges funded for 2000 women and children
    Respond to 30,000 while principals chalk reaching breaking point.Yes, it will break now,
    I think it will break now this is Permanent.Love lies bleeding in the Strand while lawyers milk the
    ERA.”pack mentality” as the Brethren “king of this world” bites back, yet our real furry friends
    lead the way; modify that science priests (no funeral for a friend quite yet) Don’t give up :)

    -Gabriel (from the burning bush)

  16. Rogue Trooper 18

    Be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.
    an inspection of the pharoah’s surplus grain reveals the draft papyri passes with nearly two thirds
    while parts of China duck the coldest temperatures on record (judgement without mercy will be
    demonstrated to any merchant not merciful; the potter has the right to make from the same lump
    of clay, some soldiers for noble purposes and some for common serfdom, yet Mao’s vision-
    That every chinese citizen prosper.However, cars are not just a particulate matter or a polished
    Customline.White Detroit Noise; freeze block parking. Got hot near the former freezing works
    Klan Lab? burn like a fire, burn like a fire in Cairo; neither can you bear fruit unless you remain
    In Lyn e. Love each other and not serve the apple. Make every effort to ad to your faith, goodness
    To goodness, knowledge to knowledge, self-control to self-control…perseverance cos the
    Spooks are comin’ outta the hoodwork, disclosing to Facebook HQ.ED (where upon 17M
    Iranians are disobeying their Holy Father, or following above) cultivation of virtue = called
    Benediction; lets talk 16 Times about ending the slaughter of Syria.shoulda sucked it up Hillary
    he is not William Jefferson by accidental cigar. Did you know that a foundational function of the
    ACLU was to defend against the pitch poured upon the cause of radical labour rights following
    the arrest and deportation of leftist activists deemed to be communist, Bolshevik or Anarchist
    During the 20′s? Scope it out.leek out into the world the love that God leeks into us-AB of C
    self preserve not (are we agee jars, or Jars of Clay?). Consequently, faith will come from
    Hearing the Message in a Bottle, we are spirits, in a material world (no need to break a leg
    walking on the moon) or be carried away into Babylon at 5 by strange teachings.

    There are three magisteria

    -The Police (speaking on behalf of Hermes Trismegistus)

  17. aerobubble 19

    A merry festive New Year to our furry bouncy government immune to the storm due to their rich fur coats, happily bouncing around like Tigger, and making as much sense.

  18. Tim 20

    Obama returns home from Hawaii early……
    ………there goes a social climbing slippery Dick Wanker’s chance to meet and fraternise aye!
    Oh well……there’s always next year I ‘spose.
    Hope and Change (and all that kaka).
    I bet Dippery Slick has done more hoping and changing than Obama has though

  19. Rogue Trooper 21

    He wakens me morning by mourning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught
    The sovereign Lord has opened my ears,
    No longer rebellious and practicing the “withdrawl” method; ahhh…the sweet and sour release :)
    Under Pressure…people on the street, It’s a terror knowing what the world’s about
    Watching the good people scream “let me out”

    Shameful to mention what the disobedient do in secret Banks (do not dwell on evils that The Sun
    exposes)
    These columns have renounced secret and shameful ways, using deception sparingly
    Aero, Baby won’t you had me a line. Set forth truth plainly
    For The Sandman has Entered and blinded
    the minds of the unbelievers.To paraphrase “American slavery is not a spaghetti western”-Spike

    You did not choose me, but i chose you and lprent gives us shelter. Standardize to go and bear fruit
    that will last longer than Zespri; lepers and famine. Starvation, Self, or, Shares? 2 Kings 3-

    Each of you may look not only to their own interests; Look to the interests of others.
    Follow the money trail as it comes round the mountain social climbing.
    As for us? Let Him lead you, and the road will rise as you follow the way.

    Pr 10:9 The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

    Pr 10:20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value

    Heb 5:1

    -Billy The Kid, beyond the Pale.Rider. (off to clean and oil the Revolver)

  20. New Zealand really needs anti-corruption legislation, Roger Douglus would have been imprisoned rather than been given a knighthood. But I can dream.

  21. Morrissey 23

    New Zealand really needs anti-corruption legislation, Roger Douglus would have been imprisoned rather than been given a knighthood.

    As would David Caygill, Richard Prebble and Trevor De Cleene.

    But I can dream.

    Don’t dream; SCHEME.

    Don’t agonize, ORGANIZE.

    • kiwicommie 23.1

      “Don’t dream; SCHEME.

      Don’t agonize, ORGANIZE.”

      Maybe if I still lived in New Zealand, the country has lost it’s charm for me. In 2014 though things could change, but while National is in total power I don’t think I could cope living there either psychologically or financially.

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    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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