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Open mike 28/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, January 28th, 2014 - 217 comments
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217 comments on “Open mike 28/01/2014”

  1. JK 1

    The Herald’s poll on David Cunliffe’s speech, and Best Start, is showing big numbers opposing it – as is usual with these Nat trolls –
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11192808

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1

      That says something about the political views of Herald readers, and little else.

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        it could reflect that some people with less than 150k but more than a lower amount dont think they need another $60 a week? I would agree with them.

        Cunliffe didn’t have the courage to make it what it should have been… a payment to the households earning under 50% of median or thereabouts…. instead he didnt want to be seen to be cutting out the middle class… he’s still doing a josie pagani and flirting with the magical middle class. My household income is about 95k per year. Is he flirting with me? Cos it’s not working.

        I am still voting greens after hearing the 3 state of the nation speeches.

        • aerobubble 1.1.1.1

          I like Campbells interview that showed that not only would middle class NZ want the money, but they recognized interest rates were going up and they were for a second squeeze on their budgets. Though of course I will continue to support the Green party on the list.

    • Rosie 1.2

      JK, I wonder, is the Herald poll anything like the stuff.co.nz polls where where you can repeatedly click on the same option? That is, X amount of votes can be generated by the same person therefore making the poll a total sham, – (as if it was representative anyway!)

      • bad12 1.2.1

        Rosie, better to wait for the next Roy Morgan, it’s not necessarily something to hang our coats on as totally correct but as the most frequent of polls will give us an indication within the ongoing trend which we should be able to see both the Labour and Green’s start to the election campaign…

        • Rosie 1.2.1.1

          Oh absolutely bad12. Really, I ignore all online msm “polls”, especially the stuffed one due to the issue mentioned.

        • lprent 1.2.1.2

          Rosie, better to wait for the next Roy Morgan

          Generally not the next Roy Morgan. You usually want the one that is about 5-6 weeks later to get the immediate effect.

          The logic is that they will probably be mid-collecting now so the next poll will only partially reflect. It usually seems to take the NZ public a couple of weeks to actually process/read about/discuss political announcements and come to some considered judgement. Just consider that many only get around to considering opinion from commentators when it shows up in the weekend papers roundups. Then it takes two weeks to collect the canvassing.

          Of course the hysterics of the right are busy trying to mould opinion right now in the astroturfing of Stuff. But ultimately that is really just preaching to the converted…. It is as pointless as snap polls on MSM websites.

          • swordfish 1.2.1.2.1

            Yep, the next few Roy Morgans will be interesting reading. All I’ll say for the moment is that in late 2007/early 2008 and in late 2010/early 2011, the Left Bloc was receiving 42% and 40% respectively (and they turned out to be relatively close elections – particularly, of course, 08). Currently, the Left’s averaging around 46% so things aren’t looking too bad (though I still remain slightly – very slightly – pessimistic).

          • Anne 1.2.1.2.2

            It usually seems to take the NZ public a couple of weeks to actually process/read about/discuss political announcements and come to some considered judgement.

            A couple of weeks? More like a couple of months sometimes.

      • JK 1.2.2

        Rosie – No. I’ve tried that, and I get a message flash up to say I’ve voted

        • Rosie 1.2.2.1

          Lprent: Interesting, noted.

          JK: Ok, comes back to your original point then – the nat trolls out in force!

    • logie97 1.3

      Can someone help with the maths and its relationship to opinions expressed please?

      Using a rough estimate of polling as a guide …
      Nats 45 %
      Lab 34 %
      Green 12 %
      NZF 4 %
      Act 1 %
      UF 0.5 %
      Con 2 %
      Mp 2 %
      Others 1

      (I understand that the likes of O’Reilly, Barnett, have just one vote each, just like the rest of us…)
      so how is it that the Media sources comment from all and sundry on the Right for their views on things and very little from the left?

      Now just looking at the above, I would have thought that on the figures of national representation, the likes of Dunne, Boscowan, Prebble, Hide, get a disproportionate amount of air time. For every 49 Right wing commentators, there should be 49 from the Left.

      Just saying

      • TightyRighty 1.3.1

        Read the daily blog? you’ve got 49 blowhards right there.

        in the press, trotter, mccarten, armstrong (dave), one of the rotation of “academics” pushing a left wing cause. against, hooten, hide and one of the normal business type leaders pushing a right wing cause in the business pages.

        pretty evenly balanced. Of course, you’ll hate political journos as they tend to offer balanced opinion and insight. which of course makes them closest right wingers to any right-thinking lefty.

        • logie97 1.3.1.1

          … and the bulletins on radio?

          Try again

        • Draco T Bastard 1.3.1.2

          Of course, you’ll hate political journos as they tend to offer balanced opinion and insight.

          No they don’t, they offer RWNJ opinion and whinging.

  2. tricledrown 2

    Surprised at Paul Henry show last night Henry gave Key a Hard time about going into coalition with winston Peters.
    He was pretty fair with Cinliffe.

    • geoff 2.1

      That is surprising. Might have to have a look.

    • felix 2.2

      Nah tricledown Henry may as well have sucked him off on live tv.

      His first question to his old mate the PM was to ask him whether he agreed that we should all be grateful to have a PM who is so rich and awesome.

      That’s why he’s been bought back for election year and that’s the job he’s doing.

  3. tricledrown 3

    Surprised at Paul Henry show last night Henry gave Key a Hard time about going into coalition with winston Peters.
    He was pretty fair with Cinliffe.

    • aerobubble 3.1

      You can’t lie to people if they don’t trust you. I leaving off watching his show until the election is called, then I won’t be played by his obvious right wing bias. I did however flip and catch 30s of it and it look real cheap.

  4. Saarbo 4

    Took my brother in law to David Cunliffe’s SON yesterday, he was really impressed and after voting Key in 2008 and 2011 will be switching to Labour 2014.

    • Molly 5.1

      Bit simplistic chris73. Do you watch Parliament TV?

      If they were docked for asinine, or childish behaviour I’d agree. :wink:

      But if you are in opposition, with little chance of changing outcomes – then perhaps the public gets more for their money if you are out working in the community – serving your constituents.

      • alwyn 5.1.1

        If they were docked properly for such behaviour I think we could run Parliament at a profit. It would end up with MPs having to pay us to go there, rather than us have to pay them.
        The funny part is that, after penalties were levied, the highest paid MPs would be people like Bakshi, Prasad and Prosser. Can anyone, from memory, say the parties those three belong to?

  5. Looks like National Party bloggers David Farrar and Cameron Slater have got a new favourite dictator… http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/from-hoxha-to-bainimarama.html
    What does this say about their commitment to democracy in NZ?

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      The RWNJs have never supported democracy in NZ. They just say that they do so that the country will be mislead about their intentions.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        Correct. But the public accepts it because National gets stuff done, without endless rounds of consultation and navel gazing.

    • Murray Olsen 7.2

      Slater has been in love with Bananarama for quite a while now. He acts as an enthusiastic chairleader for the state torturers when they inflict anal pain on prisoners with metal rods. He is one very sick puppy and the fact that our PM’s office has direct links with him is a real worry. Farrar probably presages a change of approach on behalf of NAct.

  6. Tracey 8

    The media ought to have to refer to The New Zealand Initiative as fka the business round table… interesting to see them gaining profile in election year. Been quiet since 2008.. must be slightly worried.

  7. burt 9

    Have you selected your candidate for Southland – yeah, nah.

    [Burt TS is not selecting candidates for anywhere, nor is it an entity that you can have discussions with - MS]

    • tricledrown 9.1

      Burt you are on the wrong site but it won’t be hard to find anothet hayseed for National to replace the double dipping dipstock from dipton.
      I see Nationals one of many broken promises to get rid of the Maori seats has been completely forgotten Butt Burt if that had happened both Clutha Southland and Invercargill electorates would be marginal andLabour repectfully as Many Maori live in both electorates .
      So your side swipe at CV is Hollow.
      This time if he stands I hope he prosecutes the National party neatherthals who made threats of violence against A very brave Tatloo.
      Burt you don’t have the balls to come any where near Tats bravery.
      Even on this site you wouldn’t reveal your real name you coward.

  8. is it correct that this new measure from labour will not kick in until 2018..?

    ..so..in their second term..?

    ..have i got that right..?

    phillip ure..

    • freedom 10.1

      Labour’s Best Start

      *Parents with an income of less than $150,000 a year will qualify for it for the first year of their newborn’s life.
      *Will begin April 1, 2016.
      *Parents on modest incomes (up to about $70,000) will qualify for payments for two more years, abating after $50,000.
      *Expected to apply to about 59,000 0-1-year-olds and 63,000 1 to 2-year-olds.
      *Working for Families tax credits will not be affected.
      *Cost of the child payments is expected to be $528 million a year by 2017-18.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11192808

    • Lanthanide 10.2

      No.

      Babies born after 1 April 2016 will qualify for the $60/week payment. Not sure when they play to bring in the paid parental leave, but as it’s currently a members bill before the house, they’d have no excuses not to bring that through in their first 100 days.

      Actually I think the hard cut-off date will be changed in practice, because otherwise we’ll see a bunch of mothers trying to ensure their babies are delivered after 1st of April, which is unseemly.

      A better approach would just be to say any babies under the age of 1 after the 1st of April will receive the payments. That way if they’re born on March 31st they won’t be penalised.

    • Allyson 10.3

      Well spotted. Its not gonna happen is it! Ithink we can call this policy an advertising slogan more than something more concrete.

      • freedom 10.3.1

        The majority of election year policies are always set in the distant future, not sure what the alternative is, unless you look at National of course.

        They do it a little differently. They present a long list of promises short on detail. Then once the election is over those policies get pushed further and further out, whilst policy they never campaigned on gets passed under urgency.

      • Tracey 10.3.2

        remind me when the new top up for the top earning teacher/principals comes in?

  9. is it correct that cunnliffe has vowed that there will be no marijuana law reform..

    ..under a cunnliffe-led labour govt..?

    ..have i got that right..?

    ..phillip ure..

    • bad12 11.1

      Lolz Phillip, did you only read the headline???…

      • phillip ure 11.1.1

        glad you’re ‘lolz’-ing..

        ..i’m fucken not..!

        “..”Labour’s policy is not to decriminalise cannabis. That is not our intention.”

        that was cunnliffe..

        and this from turei makes me puke even more..

        “..Greens Co-leader and former Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party member Metiria Turei said cannabis law reform wasn’t one of her party’s major priorities –

        -“but it is our policy and we’re not ashamed of it”.

        (she’s not fucken ‘ashamed’ of it..?

        ..wtf..!!!)

        ..how about you read the truth behind their bullshit..bad..

        .and then see how ‘lolz’ you are then..?

        ..eh..?

        ..turei viewed the aotearoa legalise pot party as a political vehicle..for her personal ambitions

        ..tureu viewed the green party as a political vehicle..for her personal ambitions

        ..she is a carnivorous.dead-animal skin wearing/pot prohibitionist opportunist..

        ..she comes not within a fucken bulls’ roar of being ‘green’ in any aspect of her life..

        ..she is a cynical political-opportunist..

        ..who claims/ed to be ‘green’..

        ..because she sees that as the best ‘vehicle’ for her personal ambitions..

        ..end of story..!

        phillip ure..

        • vto 11.1.1.1

          calm down mr ure, surely you can see the wave of decriminalisation sweeping places.

          our turn will come sooner than you think I think

          • phillip ure 11.1.1.1.1

            of course i can see sanity breaking out elsewhere..vto

            ..but not fucken here..

            ..just the same old same old bullshit..

            ..with the green brand particularly galling..

            phillip ure..

            • tricledrown 11.1.1.1.1.1

              ….slow down…
              Phil…
              The more votes that Go to the green party the better the chances of change…
              Child Poverty is a bigger issue.
              National will use cannibis reform to beat us.
              Be patient phil take some medical marajuana.
              The reforms in the US haven’t been all good .
              Let’s get a change of govt first.

        • bad12 11.1.1.2

          Lolz,Lolz, and Lolz again, tell me something Phillip, you have a Blog??? is that not part of your personal ambitions, are you then not trying to ‘use’ your readers as part of those personal ambitions,

          You forgot McGillycuddy Serious in your little list of those you accuse Mets of ‘using’ to further Her personal ambitions,as well as the Beneficiaries Movement in which She was also heavily involved back in the early 1990’s,

          The Green Party isn’t going to die in a ditch over the issue of decriminalization Phillip, and only a fool would expect them to make such an issue a ‘make or break issue’ in any coalition talks and as i expect the Green’s to be 12-15% of the vote in 2014 why the hell would they…

          • phillip ure 11.1.1.2.1

            good that you’ve clarified your stance..

            ..and that you are so fucken lolz/relaxed about cancer patients undergoing chemo..

            ..unable to access cannabis..?

            ..this isn’t about me wanting to sit down and smoke a fucken joint..

            ..i do that anyway..

            .it is about the cruelties of denying proven relief to people undergoing a health-hell..

            ..(and personally..of me seeing people go thru that shit…and how much cannabis can help them..)

            .still fucken serial-lolz-ing..?

            ..and it is tureis’ criminal neglect of that medical marijuana bill that was under her care..

            ..that says all you need to know about her..

            ..not a fucken word spoken for those cancer-sufferers..

            ..all now long-dead..

            ..phillip ure..

            • bad12 11.1.1.2.1.1

              Wah fucking wah Phillip, grabbing any excuse in an attempt to justify your outlandish attack on Metiria Turei,

              Funnily it is not until you are put under pressure that you start waving around the dead bodies of cancer victims in your pathetic, childish attacks,

              What Phillip do you think would have happened to the ‘medical marijuana Bill,(if there is one), had it by Chance been pulled from the members ballot, remembering all the while that as part of the Opposition the only way to get such a Bill befor the Parliament is if it is drawn in what is essentially a lottery,

              i would suggest in the current Parliament such a Bill even if with luck it had been drawn from the ballot would not have the numbers to pass it’s first reading…

            • phillip ure 11.1.1.2.1.2

              and that none of them have the balls/intellect to argue the potent/cogent-case for legalising/regulating/taxing cannabis..?

              ..the best they can aspire to is the half-arsed/half-baked worst of both worlds..?

              ..where the state still pisses away vast troves of money playing-prohibition..

              ..leaves control of the pot-market still under gangs/crims..

              ..and ..to say ‘no!’ to the river of green money in the form of taxation..?

              ..have they not heard..?

              ..do they have no examples of this happening elsewhere..?

              ..basically..can’t they/you fucken see this…?

              ..am i shouting in a room full of fucken morons..?

              ..and you defend this shit..?

              ..phillip ure..

              • bad12

                Wah wah wah Phillip, read carefully my comment above this latest of your cry baby bullshit,

                The only person shouting moronically to an empty room is in fact you Phillip…

                • so..arguing for cancer-suffers undergoing chemo..to be able to access the relief cannabis can provide..(a proven medical..as well as an observational..fact..)

                  ..this is ‘cry-baby bullshit’..?

                  ..arguing this..and the rationalities of the colorado-model..vs..prohibition..?

                  ..this is all ‘cry baby bullshit’…?

                  ok..guilty as charged..

                  ..phillip ure..

                  • bad12

                    Phillip, please carefully read again my comment made at 9.32am, the last couple of paragraphs in particular,

                    Then can you please stop being a moronic little cry baby…

                    • i read yr last 2 paras..

                      “..What Phillip do you think would have happened to the ‘medical marijuana Bill,(if there is one), had it by Chance been pulled from the members ballot, remembering all the while that as part of the Opposition the only way to get such a Bill befor the Parliament is if it is drawn in what is essentially a lottery,

                      i would suggest in the current Parliament such a Bill even if with luck it had been drawn from the ballot would not have the numbers to pass it’s first reading…”

                      i never said i thought it would have passed..

                      ..but turei had the perfect platform to advance that cause..

                      ..to argue for those cancer-patients..for medical-marijuana

                      ..she could have got on all the media outlets..

                      ..she could have pointed out the cruelties to cancer patients..

                      ..she did absolutely fucken nothing..

                      ..zero..zip..nada..

                      ..not a murmer..

                      ..and aside from anything else..

                      ..what does she/the greens think the people who first voted them into office would want her/them to do..?

                      ..and this current benign neglect from turei just emphasises the betrayal by the greens..

                      ..of those pot-advocates who first got them over the line..

                      ..without them/their votes..the green party as it exists would not be there..

                      ..and this is/has been the gratitude they have received..

                      ..ever since then the green party has just turned their backs on them..

                      ..(and as an aside..as for yr serial ‘cry-baby’ ad homs..i have two words..

                      ..one of them is ‘get’ and the other is ‘fucked!’..

                      ..mm-kay..?..)

                      ..phillip ure..

            • Polish Pride 11.1.1.2.1.3

              This is New Zealand if Cancer patients want access to Cannabis they should have no trouble getting it.
              but yes it should be legalised and people not criminalised for their drug of choice

    • Tracey 11.2

      Yes, they differ over leagalising cannabis. On that basis Steven Joyce, and therefore the media, have panicked that there are cracks in the Labour green block… Overlooking that they are

      a. two separate parties;
      b. no different to Winston wanting to buy back assets, Key doesn’t, Colin Craig wanting to hit his children and Key not wanting that’

      • phillip ure 11.2.1

        factcheck:..they don’t differ at all.. tracey..

        ..phillip ure

        • Tracey 11.2.1.1

          it’s not labour policy but it is green policy. That labour will leave it to a conscience vote doesn’t change that it is not their policy to decriminalise, does it?

          • phillip ure 11.2.1.1.1

            you can keep dancing on the heads of pins if you like..tracey..

            ..i can’t be bothered..with yr tired/cynical-semantics..

            ..phillip ure..

            • Pasupial 11.2.1.1.1.1

              That is some P Ure bullshit right there! Yeh – I get that cannabis law reform is a priority for you, but that’s no reason to throw a tanty just because it is not as high priority to others. I’m not a fan of the term, but when you agitate for the opportunity to have specialist shops selling expensive luxury items, that truly is; boutique politics.

              • “..that truly is; boutique politics…”

                no it’s not..it’s humane policy..

                ..it’s giving cancer patients access to relief..

                ..maybe not so urgent for you..

                ..more so for those current cancer-patients..

                ..needing that relief..

                (and as for me..?..i already know where to get good quality pot..

                ..it is not my (selfish) needs i am arguing about/for..

                ..patients..here..now..today..vomiting from their latest chemo-dose..

                ..them..

                ..how/where does that hang on yr fucken priority-list..?

                ..phillip ure..

                • Pasupial

                  PU

                  It’s not so much that I disagree with you about the desirability of cannabis regulation (& taxation)/ decriminalisation, it’s just how tightly you let Gower wind you up over this one.

                  As for cancer patients; there are Pharmac approved antiemetics, but their side-effect profile may not be well tolerated in all cases. The same could be said of anadamoid agents though. It’s been my experience that chemotherapy patients who want it are presently quite as able to source decent quality herb as any other member of society (anecdotal).

                • Murray Olsen

                  Mr Ure
                  I have cancer. I have no desire to smoke dope. If I did, it would not be hard to find.
                  It should be legalised because it’s used by the government and police to target a generation of our kids, mostly Maori, and lock them in Serco profit factories. It is also used to attack our rights in other ways.
                  As far as legalising dope goes, it should be done for a number of reasons, and the sooner the better. I personally think the medical marijuana issue is a bit of a diversion.

                  • felix

                    “the medical marijuana issue is a bit of a diversion.”

                    Actually I think it’s worse than a diversion.

                    The reason to legalise marijuana is that it’s no-one’s fucking business if you want to smoke marijuana. Simple as that.

                    The medical thing undermines that stance. The medical thing says that there are legitimate and illegitimate reasons to smoke marijuana and that the govt gets to decide which is which.

                    Bollocks to that.

                    • MaxFletcher

                      “The medical thing says that there are legitimate and illegitimate reasons to smoke marijuana and that the govt gets to decide which is which.”

                      Totally agree

      • karol 11.2.2

        The NZ Herald article is just a repeat of the report on 3 News last night. I was at the Cunliffe press stand up after Cunliffe’s speech yesterday. I saw and (mostly) heard Gower asking question after question after question of Cunliffe about the Greens cannabis policy.

        I couldn’t hear or see everything – media scrum in small space with sound of people leaving the hall in the background – but it just seemed to me to be Gower pushing the wedge/cracks line re Laour and the Greens.

        What I did hear Cunliffe say: the Greens could put such policies on the negotiating table. Cunliffe said he wasn’t going to negotiate such things through the media. He said he wasn’t going to negotiate in advance about what was going to be negotiated when the negotiations start. He supports the Greens’ education policy that was announced the day before.

        On the basis of this qu and a, Tova O’Brien did a report on it in 3 News last night.

        The only evidence they have of the cannabis policy resulting in “cracks” between Labour and the Greens is this, as quoted in the report, and taken from Cunliffe’s stand up yesterday (omitting most of Cunliffe’s replies):

        “They can put on the table what they want to put on the table, but Labour’s policy is not to decriminalise cannabis,” says Mr Cunliffe.

        The NZ Herald article just repeats the 3 News report without attribution. I guess they could claim they got the info from Cunliffe’s qu & a yesterday.

        Watch for more wedge politics against the left, probably being led by Paddy Gower in future.

        phillip you have been played by Gower, 3 News and the NZ Herald – it’s all a beat up, don’t get sucked into their wedge games, aimed at undermining a potential Labour-Greens alliance.

        The bit from Turei saying that the cannabis policy was not high priority for them, seemed to follow from 3 News claiming the Greens were ashamed of the policy – if you watch the video of the 3 news report.

        • phillip ure 11.2.2.1

          @ karol..what ‘crack’..?

          ..they have both agreed to go nowhere near the subject..

          ..as i said..what ‘crack’..?

          ..there is no ‘crack’ for gower to exploit..

          ..phillip ure..

          • karol 11.2.2.1.1

            Exactly. So why use the scurrilous reports resulting from Gower’s questions, as a stick to beat Turei and the Greens with?

            • Zorr 11.2.2.1.1.1

              His comments here and in previous threads seem to confirm my observation that he has serious issues with strong women who have differing opinions and priorities to him

              Resulting in a need to attack them personally rather than engage in discussion

              • @ zorr…heh..!

                ..(cheers 4 the chuckle..eh..?..)

                ..and i don’t attack people..

                ..i attack stupid ideas/arguments..

                ..i praise good ideas/arguments..

                ..the gender of that stupid/smart person is entirely irrelevant..

                ..as for yrslf..?..as an example..?

                ..i have no idea of yr gender..

                ..but whichever cap fits..?

                ..eh..?

                ..’serious issues with strong women’..heh..!..

                ..phillip ure..

          • Polish Pride 11.2.2.1.2

            Phil be a bit smarter around this. To say that they are for decriminalization now risks political suicide and pushing a certain chunk of voters away. After the election once in power it becomes much easier to look at. It could even happen quite early on so any backlash dies down after it is decriminalised or legalised (even better) and people see that the sky hasn’t fallen.

            • phillip ure 11.2.2.1.2.1

              @ polish pride..

              ..yes..i see yr arguments..

              ..and i wasn’t even going to mention pot this yr..(in that context..)

              ..but i have thought more on this..and personal-exposure to suffering cancer-patients..

              ..and realising how many more of them are out there here/now/today..

              ..made me realise this case must be argued long and hard..

              ..’go softly’ has been tried fr so long..

              ..and as for public opinion..?

              ..i say again..go look at that stuff comments-thread i mentioned earlier..

              ..90% of the comments support ending prohibition..

              ..haven’t you noticed the stunning-silences from the prohibitionists..?

              ..they are silent..because all of their arguments have been laughed out of the room..

              ..and a well-argued/coherent/humane policy-promise would find little opposition..

              ..and for now..i would be happy for a promise to extend access to plant-marijuana for those in medical-need..and already legally able to pay $1300 fucken dollars..to a fucken drug-company(!)..for..namely sativex..

              ..that is not a huge leap..and would face little/no opposition..

              ..what is so fucken hard about that..?

              ..and so i have decided ‘no silence’..

              ..and will argue this case..up ’till the election..and beyond..

              ..once again..we come back to those cancer-patients..here..now..today..

              phillip ure..

            • Murray Olsen 11.2.2.1.2.2

              Do you mean they should bring in legalisation the same way they introduced Rogernomics, Polish? I’d rather they were more open about it. Cunliffe seems to have shut the door by saying it is Labour’s policy to not decriminalise, rather than it is not Labour’s policy to decriminalise. I’d decided not to vote Labour before that anyway, so it’s all a bit moot for me.

        • bad12 11.2.2.2

          Well said Karol, as part of the Government i fully expect the Green Party will attempt to find the ‘numbers’ from across all parties in the Parliament for the decriminalization of Marijuana,

          If such an exercise proves to have ‘the numbers’ then i would expect Legislation to ensue, as Lousia Wall showed in the present Parliament ‘contentious social issues’ when cross-party support is sought beforhand can become a simple matter of course…

        • Rosie 11.2.2.3

          “phillip you have been played by Gower, 3 News and the NZ Herald – it’s all a beat up, don’t get sucked into their wedge games, aimed at undermining a potential Labour-Greens alliance”.

          Thanks for saying it karol. I was just about to trawl through yesterday’s statements re the dope and put it up for phillip.

          (And phillip, I have to say, the attention you place on Metiria’s leather jacket is heading in the direction of OTT Comrade. Her choice of clothing has become a sticking point for you. It’s put me in mind of the Chills song despite the affection shown towards the item of clothing in that song)

          karol, back to your talk, last night, about the Tova O Brien “cracks” piece: It has been interesting to watch how she has been moulded into a “political reporter”. I remember her many years ago as a host on Radio Active’s Breakfast show when she was literally been shown the ropes of news reading by the politically aware and well informed Liam Luff. She often had trouble with the pronunciation of international and local politicians and leaders, mainly because she had never heard of them. Fair play she was young, green and learning but it seemed there was no connection with the political and social history of her own country. Interesting the changes a few short years make……….

          And yes, I do remember Gower’s “take” on Cunliffe becoming leader of the NZLP: the attention on the portrait on the wall and the residence in Herne Bay. Irrelevant stuff. Interesting point that Anne made about the Cunliffe portrait too and how it was a gift from an artist with an intellectual disability. Gower couldn’t have got it more wrong.

          • karol 11.2.2.3.1

            Bomber also made reference to Gower’s questions in his report on the conference – though I find Bradbury’s sentence structure a little confusing:

            Cunliffe was relaxed, made off the cuff jokes during the speech and managed to persuasively bat away any questions the media scrum tried to put to him on issues he had little interest in focusing on. Patrick Gower kept asking questions about cannabis reform after it was brought up with the Greens, Cunliffe’s best line when asked by Paddy to offer an opinion on Obama saying alcohol was less harmful than cannabis was to say, “I think Obama has more experience on that than me’.

  10. bad12 12

    Headlines that Lie: Labour has no intention of backing cannabis policy, so says the headline in today’s Herald online in an obvious and pathetically useless attempt by that rag to create division where there is none,

    David Cunliffe’s real stance on the decriminalization of cannabis if a Bill comes befor the Parliament seeking this, Labour will treat the matter as a conscience vote so it’s MP’s will be free to vote for or against decriminalization…

    • at least cunnliffe is more honest than turei..

      phillip ure..

      • bad12 12.1.1

        For f**ks sake, what is dishonest about Mets reported comments on decriminalization, the Green Party has a policy of doing just that,

        In Government i fully expect the Green Party will put forward a Bill at some stage in the electoral cycle that would decriminalize cannabis,

        Befor this occurs tho i would suggest that like Louisa Wall on the conscience vote which saw same sex marraige pass into law an attempt will be made to gain support from individual MP’s across the Parliament,

        It is still a democracy Phillip,so we need a majority to make decriminalization happen and your abuse of Metiria Turei is childish and unhelpful…

      • tricledrown 12.1.2

        .,phil it took along time for gay rights to become mainstream.
        A change of govt is the best way to advance the cause.
        Most university educated MPs will have tried and regularly used marajuana while at University.
        I worked on student flats for 15 years less than 25% of those flats were marajuana free ,those students are Now our leaders National labour MPs.

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.2.1

          I reckon marijuana decriminalisation IS mainstream. Pollies are always conservatives on these matters though, as the 30% (?) or so who remain against it are a very powerful and reliable voting block.

      • greywarbler 12.1.3

        phillip ure
        What’s the matter? Got a fish finger stuck in your throat and now you’re all scratchy and bitey?
        Where is the phillip u of yore with an overview who highlights the important factors in the debate?

        • phillip ure 12.1.3.1

          greywarbler..i have seen the tears of relief from a cancer/chemo-sufferer..

          ..as the effects of potent-cannabis kick in..

          ..and help to put them in another room from their suffering..

          ..that is the source of the ‘fishfinger’ in my ‘throat’..

          ..and if you saw that..you might even get a ‘fishfinger’ in yr own ‘throat’..

          ..this to me is cruel and inhumane..

          ..(the only ‘legal’-cannabis is the spray..sativex..and that costs $1300 for a months-script..(!)..)

          ..and this is happening today..every day..

          ..people are going thru this shit..and doctors will give them vast concoctions of pills..many with horrific side-effects..

          ..but the proven-relief-option of cannabis (no side-effects)..is denied to them..?

          ..just what sort of fucken madness is this..?

          ..and yes..the thought of a ‘progressive-govt/parties not having the balls/intellect to argue for this..?

          ..to just shelve it..(it’s not a ‘key’ policy’..?..)

          ..yes..that does fill me with fucken dismay..

          ..how could it not..?

          ..phillip ure..

          • greywarbler 12.1.3.1.1

            Well phillip u you make a strong case. Just make sure that you always state what you are talking about – it doesn’t confuse people (me) then. If you don’t rant against Labour or politicians in general and just press for positive moves for the good reasons you state then you’re words will hit the target, they must. Which I agreewith and lots do, is one for aiming at.

            • phillip ure 12.1.3.1.1.1

              chrs 4 the advice/wise-words..gw..

              ..your words make sense..

              ..it’s just that when turei opens her mouth about pot..

              ..all that history of betrayal floods back..

              ..and my blood starts to boil..

              ..but you are right…i should stick to the political/idea-arguments..

              ..(and i wd note that i published words of praise @ whoar re tureis wellington speech..

              ..my anger is at actions..and the lack of them..not so much the person..)

              ..phillip ure..

  11. ak 13

    Anyone else this morning feeling warm, comforted, even dare I say it loved by the sight of a committed, intelligent, slightly emotional, vulnerable even, tempered to a finely honed sense of deep and historically-proven values by the insidious forces of satanic personal attack who looks poised to offer a stark contrast to the mammon-based PR-focused plastic and shallow moneychanger front for oppression and greed and usher in the end of the era of middling, muddling, systemic passive-aggressive cruel and abusive torture of the most innocent and already-downtrodden victims and any individual who dares to propose supporting them? Good-oh, same here.

    • Tracey 13.1

      *applause*

    • bad12 13.2

      You mean a damn good double in the speeches of both David Cunliffe and Metiria Turei on Monday and Sunday,

      Definitely!!! two big steps in the right direction and while i might have a moan occasionally about how far up into th middle class these programs are targeted i am eyes open enough to realize that to implement such that middle class has to be taken into the fold to gain electoral support…

      • Pasupial 13.2.1

        Bad12

        +1 re: speeches.

        I can see how the “middle class welfare” meme might stick in the craw. Got to resist those divide & rule tactics. Universality would be better, but until we see the messes that NACT have swept under the rug while they’ve had charge of the account books, its best not to commit too far as yet.

        Community not Division!

        • bad12 13.2.1.1

          Parsupial, +1, totally agree, and where there is a perceived or real division in policy ‘we all’ should try and set aside our ‘tribal affiliations’ in favor of discussing the ways and means of finding a compromise solution that both parties members and supporters can accept…

    • Northshoreguynz 13.3

      Absolutely.
      Isn’t National Super universal? Don’t hear anyone bleating about that!

  12. miravox 14

    Trickledown economics doesn’t work

    Although I guess this is preaching to the converted, this is a nice little summary of research that shows the trickledown approach to boosting wealth for all is a failed theory. The problem is of course overturning the theory, it’s so ingrained in the general population.

    The trickle-down approach has been bad economics. Not only has it failed to deliver on its own terms but it has actively damaged the health of our economy, society and political system. It has supported growing inequality which, rather than boosting economic performance, has deflated it. The UK grew more when we were a more equal country during the post-war, pre-Thatcher era than after. It’s damaging social effects are also mounting. High levels of inequality are increasingly seen as harmful to individual well-being and health, social cohesion and social mobility.

    Obama’s attack on trickle-down economics, echoed by Labour Leader Ed Miliband offered hope that our leaders are finally engaging in the possibility of dethroning this damaging philosophy but the recent response to a potential increase in income tax shows that the theory still festers. We must continue to counter an approach that has created a tide of inequality that lifts up the yachts while leaving the rest of us paddling harder. By pulling the rug out from under trickle-down economics other damaging myths can be exposed, such as the argument for high executive pay.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      I’ve been thinking lately that we need a maximum income of about $100,000 per year with anything over that to be taxed at 100%.

      Combined with a decent UBI this will correct the present massive inequality that’s tearing our society apart.

      Considering that this policy would be implemented after banning all foreign ownership it shouldn’t be too hard to return community assets that have been sold off back to the community.

      • miravox 14.1.1

        “I’ve been thinking lately that we need a maximum income of about $100,000 per year with anything over that to be taxed at 100%.”

        I agree with maximum incomes, but not a dollar value – more a proportionate value – x-times the lowest income. Also a FTT.

        • Draco T Bastard 14.1.1.1

          With the UBI set at 20,000 the maximum income would be 5x the minimum income and thus proportional :P

          And, yes, all in favour of a financial transaction tax while getting rid of the regressive GST.

  13. tricledrown 15

    +1 mirvox.
    All the corporate welfar Nactional has handed out in tax cits direct lump sums and tax cuts for the well off have only lead to increased poverty especially of those who can’t vote. Children.

  14. Ron 16

    Help
    Just missed an item on National Radio must have been first up between 9:10 and 9:30 about outsourcing services to a Perth Company. I think the name of the company was Strike Trust or something similar.
    Cannot find anything on RNZ about the item can anyone point me to what the item was about?
    Thanks

    • freedom 16.1

      It is an odd idea, where we contract in an Aussie company to find New Zealand jobs for people on a sickness or disability benefit, and if that person is still in the job a year later the Aussie company get paid $2500.

      Hard to see how it works as a business model unless there is a massive chunk of the equation missing, and I strongly suspect there are hidden fees attached to this policy that have not been shared.

      • Ron 16.1.1

        Has anyone got details on the company eg. name etc and why it is being run as a trust in NZ?

        It is an odd idea, where we contract in an Aussie company to find New Zealand jobs for people on a sickness or disability benefit, and if that person is still in the job a year later the Aussie company get paid $2500.

  15. Philj 17

    Xox
    Just heard Kathryn on RNZ discussing the privatisation of MSD for placing solo parents and mentally compromised people into work. For a large fee of course. This is another nail in the coffin of public service provision, just like jails etc. More corporate hand over. Despicable that RNZ doesn’t even question the injustice to our public service.

  16. i think/fear that labour have had a rush of blood to the head..

    ..following the ‘success’ of their american-styling leadership campaign..

    ..and are planning to subject us to a year-long american-styling election campaign..?

    ..(shudder..!..)

    ..i think this whole speech/strategy was ham-fisted..(excuse the non-vegan metaphor..)

    ..all cunnliffe need to do yesterday..

    ..was not to release any detailed-policy..

    ..but to speak directly to the unease felt my many (both left..and nats with a heart..)..

    ..of/at our current poverty/inequality..

    ..all cunnliffe needed to do was to speak to those concerns..

    ..and to promise that a lab/grn govt will be focused on righting those inequities..

    ..that..and promising to clean up the waterways..

    ..would have been enough..

    ..when pressed for policy-detail..cunnliffe answers..

    ‘..this is all being worked on..everything is on the table..

    ..we have to rethink how we are running our society..clearly we have some serious problems..ansd a lab/grn govt etc etc..an uncaring key-govt. etc etc..

    ..and our overall plan will be released at the beginning of the election-campaign..’

    …why didn’t cunnliffe just keep it simple like that..?

    ..why the (un-needed..and instantly attacked) policy-ejaculation..?

    ..and as for the cannabis issue..?

    ..all cunnliffe had to say is that ‘we are looking at fast-moving developments internationally..

    ..and will release a clear policy in that pre-election policy-release..

    …why didn’t he leave that door open..?

    ..and as a p.s..could someone tell me why labour are unable to even think about..let alone countenance as a possibility..let alone argue..

    ..the logic/rationalities of the colorado-model..?

    ..and if doubting the public mood on this..go read the comments-thread on that stuff piece from the other day..(highlighted in general debate thread a few days ago..)

    ..a long comment-list..

    ..95% arguing for/demanding an end to prohibition..

    ..i repeat..

    ..what are they fucken scared of..?

    ..phillip ure..

    • Pasupial 18.1

      P U

      Really: Get over yourself.

    • bad12 18.2

      Phillip, stop f**king lying, read the article i alluded to above in the Herald online, David Cunliffe has said that Labour as a party does not intend to decriminalize, BUT, if the issue comes befor the Parliament He will make it a matter of a conscience vote for Labour MP’s,

      i have now heard David Cunliffe say exactly that on RadioNZ national, TV3news, and He has been quoted thus in various newspapers,

      By the sound of you, you need a good puff on the ‘medicinal’…

      • weka 18.2.1

        “David Cunliffe has said that Labour as a party does not intend to decriminalize, BUT, if the issue comes befor the Parliament He will make it a matter of a conscience vote for Labour MP’s,”

        Another smart move from Labour. Let the GP bring it up, but let Labour support it too without having to lead the way.

        Maybe we should start keeping a list of the ways in which L and the GP are going to be in a mutually beneficial relationship.

    • freedom 18.3

      “all Cunnliffe need to do yesterday was not to release any detailed-policy”

      If he had done that Phillip, then all we would be hearing is how Labour has no policy ideas

      =======
      No offence Phillip, and if you want to tell me to f-off and mind my own business that is your right. But may I pass on some advice I have been given (and given more than once.)

      Maybe some time away from the keyboard today would help the headspace. Get out in the sunshine and look for some of the good things that are still out there.

      I know all too well that battling the ills of the world without taking a regular break now and again is unnecessarily destructive to objectivity. Less critical items can artificially inflate their importance. It becomes increasingly difficult to stay focused on the wider issues. In that environment, the human mind has a tendency to foment stress.

      When looking for answers look to nature, find a quiet spot and think on the question most bothering you. I guarantee the answer is not sitting in the keyboard.

      I do hope your day improves
      Kia kaha

      • Polish Pride 18.3.1

        +1 very good sound advice for everyone. Thanks freedom

        • freedom 18.3.1.1

          thanks Polish Pride,
          on-line debate can get out of control at the best of times and with politics in particular it is such a simple thing to forget that people are at the other end. We need to look out for each other on-line as we do in real life. I recently took a big dose of my own advice (including a prolonged break from the FB) and must say I am glad I did. Reflection is an important part of any step forward

      • phillip ure 18.3.2

        @ freedom..

        “.. Get out in the sunshine and look for some of the good things that are still out there..”

        i am doing that tomorrow..going to see/visit with a bunch of vegans i know..

        .(..and haven’t seen for awhile..)

        ..who have turned a dairy-farming-trashed valley..into a minor paradise..

        ..i am on a promise of a vegan banquet as a welcome-lunch..

        ..so yr advice is already in hand..

        ..(and i should add..freedom..that in person i attempt to fill my life with as much humour/good-humour as i can..

        ..i’m often the one wisecracking/making the jokes/trying to extract the best from any given situation..

        (..just don’t get me fucken started on things like how animals..and cancer-patients..just to name two ..are currently treated..eh..?..)

        ..phillip ure..

        • freedom 18.3.2.1

          Cheers for taking it as intended Phillip.

          Have to say, i’m a little envious of the promised banquet, as I am sick of making my own food (The single people out there will understand. ) Enjoy the visit.

    • Bearded Git 18.4

      Phillip-I respect your right to write in this style but I can’t be bothered reading your stuff because of it.

  17. Xtasy 19

    Not unsurprisingly serious questions are being raised about the new outsourced “mental health employment services” that MSD and WINZ have contracted out to various “service providers” like the Perth based ‘APM Workcare’, New Zealand based ‘Workwise’ and a few others.

    Remember this story from 22 January from Simon Collins, in the ‘New Zealand Herald’, titled “Oz firm paid to find jobs for Kiwis”:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11190002

    This morning Kathryn Ryan on Radio NZ National had Sharon Wilson-Davis, CEO of the STRIVE Community Trust, and Sandra Kirikiri from the Ministry of Social Development (Director of Welfare Reform) answer some good questions on the risks, the feasibility and other matters. Here is the link to the available audio track:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2583727/the-new-trial-to-get-sole-parents-off-benefits-and-into-work

    Sharon Wilson-Davis was once also a member on the controversial ‘Welfare Working Group’, that Paula Bennett had hand-picked to discuss getting more persons (also those sick and disabled) into work, as part of fundamental, indeed radical to draconian welfare reforms, of which the last major ones have been implemented since July 2013. There is some info on Sharon (and her ‘Strive Community Trust’) here:

    http://www.strive.org.nz/wawcs0148854/idDetails=164/Sharon-Wilson-Davis-–-Chief-Executive-Officer.html

    http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/WelfareWorkingGroup/Sharon%20Wilson-Davis.html

    Here is also an older article in the New Zealand Herald from 11 March 2011, where she answers to strong criticism from Sue Bradford and others, that was directed at the ‘Welfare Working Group’ and their aims:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10711489

    I listened to the interviews that Kathryn Ryan conducted a bit after 09 am today, 28 Jan. 2014, and I was getting even more worried after hearing Sharon admit what very serious risks there are running such an “experiment” with often very vulnerable persons, who may have all kinds of health conditions and issues, that has left them disabled and disadvantaged to compete with “fit” and “healthy” people. Sandra Kirikiri from MSD was apparently a bit short for answers and explanations, and she basically admitted, it is just a “trial”, and it needs to be seen, how it will work. The pressures seem to be on the service deliverers to get persons into jobs, and if they do not meet a high enough success rate, they will run a loss. That fear they must have, running their “businesses”, will simply mean, they will put pressures on the “clients” referred to them, which will put especially mentally ill in very dangerous situations, fearing losing their benefit and else, should they not accept any kind of “ordinary” job on the open marked, that is deemed “suitable” by WINZ case managers, and by the staff working for the providers.

    I know that there is an OIA before MSD, asking for more info on all this, and it should be revealing yet more.

    This is truly worrying, and MSD are conducting “experiments” with “clients” from high risk groups. Remember ATOS and the Department of Work and Pensions in the UK, I’d say. It is time to stop such risky “experiments”, before any person suffers serious consequences. But we will likely not hear about it, as the providers may not be covered by the Official Information Act.

    Shame on this government, shame on Paula Bennett, I can only say!

    • Will@Welly 19.1

      This whole issue is ideologically driven. The trouble is we have to wait a generation or two before anyone will accept the proof that such acts are not working, but by then, such institutional changes are inground, and bloody hard to reverse.
      Why are we paying overseas institutions to run New Zealand institutions? Bad enough when we hire overseas consultants to confirm what we already know. To me this is an appalling waste of money, and if what we suspect is true, an absurd treatment of humanity.
      I still think Helen Clark’s dismantling of the mental health hospitals, whereby a lot of people were housed in collective units run by the DHB’s has not been entirely successful. Yes for some living out in the community has been a success, but now we are about to see the supports kicked out from under them.

    • Chooky 19.2

      @Xtasy and philj….agreed privatising services to the most vulnerable is not the way to go…it just means the NACT Bankster Govt ….. of Key and Joyce and pawn poodle Paula Bennett …..is less acountable to the most vulnerable New Zealanders…while screwing them …It is despicable!

      …… In the meantime bankster trader ‘custodians’ of New Zealand cream off what they can by selling State Assets and building multi billion dollar privatised toll motorways which will benefit them, their Trust funds and their ‘Chosen’ Bankster overseas mates

      1.) All NACT proposed super motorways should be AXED!( we dont need them and they will be an environmental sore)

      2.) …the billions saved should be used by the New Zealand Labour /Green government to support the most vulnerable….. mentally and physically disabled and beneficiaries ( this is the Christian way! ….to look after the most vulnerable in society!)

      3.) the money saved from the unwanted super motorways costing billions ….can then also be spent on upgrading NZ State free education to a very high quality …..free university education, free polytech education, free apprenticeships, free internships for NEW ZEALANDERS!

      ….lets look after New Zealanders instead of treating them like delinquents in their own country!!!!

      4.).there should be no young New Zealander or any New Zealander left untrained and without meaningful work….this is the job of the NEW ZEALAND government and not the ‘Chosen’ Bankster private companies!!!( from overseas)

      Let us ALL take back New Zealand for New Zealanders!

    • greywarbler 19.3

      Interesting. The damned economy might pick up and there will be less unemployment which will bugger up the hitherto stable settings of our inflation! Am I on Planet Key I ask? And there is No Answer.

      Staff shortage looming for employers
      Updated at 7:12 am today
      The New Zealand economy has soaked up any spare capacity and will be moving into a period of excess demand this year, meaning it could get tougher for employers to get workers, an economist says.

      The Bank of New Zealand-Business New Zealand Performance of Services Index (PSI), was up more than a point at 57.5 in December, compared with 56.4 in November. A reading about 50 indicates expansion.
      During the past year, the PSI averaged 55.8, compared with 53.9 in 2012.
      All five main sub-indices were in expansion last month, including new orders and business, activity and sales, and employment.

      Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) economist Craig Ebert said the economy was picking up and becoming much more generalised.
      “It really tells us that growth is not just good, it’s getting quite strong and it’s going to get stronger,” Mr Ebert said.
      “The issue we see ahead of us is how the economy is going to be able to cope with that in terms of supply.
      “Overall I think there will be some pressure coming from the demand side of the economy which will start to lift some of those inflation measures over the next 12 to 24 months.”

      The economy had soaked up any spare capacity it had during the past few years and if the growth indicators were correct, then the economy would be moving into period of excess demand as soon as this year.
      That equated to rising inflation and, in turn, to capacity constraints, including in the labour market, Mr Ebert said.

      “It may, for example, turn out that firms find it more difficult to secure staff.”

      The property and business category of the index nudged up to 57.5 in December, from 57.4 in November, which the BNZ said showed little sign the property market had fallen into a hole since the Reserve Bank introduced lending restrictions.
      The retail category hit 74.5 points which, although not adjusted for seasonal effects, was 13.5 points above December 2012.

      • Tracey 19.3.1

        So now growth is not good news????

        • Ennui 19.3.1.1

          Its obvious really, growth is good to a point…lets face it I stopped growing, as did you…if we kept growing the doors would not fit and we would crush the seats…or perhaps our size would have killed us. Once we had grown enough, well that was enough. Wish all the idiots out there whose answer to the economy is “growth” understood this, it cant go on for ever…(and in reality it has stopped except on bankers ledgers of imagined money).

      • McFlock 19.3.2

        nah, they’ll boost interest rates to fuck up any recovery before it picks up steam.

        They might be insane, but at least they’re consistent.

        • Ennui 19.3.2.1

          Recovery???? Dont you mean the blip in the graph that makes the short term appear better (as opposed to the constant “real” decline for the last 30 years).

          • McFlock 19.3.2.1.1

            whoops, my computer autocorrected to “English (NZ – Neolib)”. Sorry, yes that’s the one :)

        • greywarbler 19.3.2.2

          LOL

  18. Pete 20

    The Guardian profiles Helen Clark and asks if she’ll be the next UN Secretary-General.

  19. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 21

    @patrickgowernz: David Cunliffe has just walked off on a press conference refusing to answer questions about the baby bonus

    Well, that’s inspiring.

    • BM 21.1

      Oh Dear, The Cunliffe melts under the first sign of pressure.

      A terrible start to this years election campaign for the red team.

      • Chooky 21.1.1

        no why should he talk to Patrick Gower and take this doggie’s shit? ….after all David Cunliffe is the next 2014 leader of New Zealand!……..eat your heart out Patrick Gower!

        …and eat your heart out BM!

        • TightyRighty 21.1.1.1

          he loved it when they listened to kiwipower or whatever the fuck it was called. No real for it though. looks like the markets over the last 30 yrs have delivered lower than cost power prices.

          why wouldn’t he interact with journalists unless he’s worried they’ll see the pitfalls of this rubbish policy?

          all a bit underwhelming really.

          • Chooky 21.1.1.1.1

            TightyRighty …i never laughed so hard when you were banned for trolling….now where is BiG Daddy?

      • Naki Man 21.1.2

        Cunny cant think on his feet, he just reads speeches prepared for him by his spin weasels

        • Chooky 21.1.2.1

          @ Naki listen to Ron!

          …you are a spin weasel if ever there was one….you just go off and suck on your rotten eggs

      • mickysavage 21.1.3

        What a fertile imagination you have.

        Here is the film:

        http://www.3news.co.nz/Labour-Parents-wont-be-able-to-rort-baby-bonus/tabid/1607/articleID/330015/Default.aspx?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

        So:

        1. It was a standup in the hall outside the Caucus room.
        2. Cunliffe spent 9 minutes answering questions on the scheme.
        3. He has a caucus meeting to go to.
        4. He left politely and said he had to go to the meeting.

        I would expect this sort of spin from a RWNJ but not a reporter.

        • Tracey 21.1.3.1

          “@patrickgowernz: David Cunliffe has just walked off on a press conference refusing to answer questions about the baby bonus”

          patrick gower doesn’t get the answers he wants from cunliffe so flounces off on twitter

          FIFY

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 21.1.3.1.1

            Gower is probably sore about the response that Cunliffe gave him last night that made it to air on TV3 (don’t usually watch that crappy 3news – it is full of bias – but wanted to see the framing).

            A loaded question was posed by Gower about poor people spending the $60 on tobacco & alcohol.

            Response from Cunliffe [not verbatim but can be checked on the TV3 Website] – ‘People wouldn’t want me in their houses telling them what to spend their money on and you [Gower] would be the first to call us a ‘Nanny State’ if we did’

            I was chuckling about that for the rest of the evening.
            The response was spot on – quick and appropriate

            Cunliffe ‘can’t think on his feet’ is nonsense – and don’t all you right-wingers know it.

        • Draco T Bastard 21.1.3.2

          Unless the reporter was also a RWNJ.

      • Lanthanide 21.1.4

        BTW, just so everyone knows, that tweet was from yesterday afternoon.

        • karol 21.1.4.1

          Ha! Well the same comments as above applies. If his tweet was about yesterday, then most of the time Gower kept asking questions about cannabis. He seemed more interested in that than asking questions about the Best Start policy.

          Edit: Actually – it’s confusing. In Gower’s twitter stream, it says the tweet was made 3 hours ago. If you roll over the 3 hours, it says 27 Jan 1.37pm

          Edit#2: that 27 Jan time is US Pacific Time. Checked it re one of my retweets to @patrickgowernz within the last couple of hours.

    • Ron 21.2

      He did not ‘just walk off’ He explained quite clearly that he had a caucus meeting and he had to leave.
      Sorry to spoil the great story you were trying to concoct.

      David Cunliffe has just walked off on a press conference refusing to answer questions about the baby bonus

      • karol 21.2.1

        Well here he is at the stand up, answering questions on the policy.

        Sounds like Gower has a touch of this.

        Edit: note how Gower tries to dominate Cunliffe’s stand up, and often keeps getting ignored as Cunliffe also attends to questions from others.

        • geoff 21.2.1.1

          I think he thinks he’s some kind of gonzo journalist but doesn’t realise he’s not funny.

          • karol 21.2.1.1.1

            Gower is trying to be Ace Cub reporter. And there’s a battle of wills going on between him and Cunliffe. Yesterday, Gower dominated a lot of the question time, with mainly only Corrin Dann getting a question in.

            If you look at the video of today’s standup, Gower keeps trying to ask questions, but Cunliffe ignores him and takes questions from others. At one point, Cunliffe turns away from Gower. As a teacher I’d pretty much do the same if someone in the class kept trying to dominate the discussion. The rest of the journos are really polite and let other journos ask some questions, but Gower was always trying to be in there hogging the questions.

            Yesterday, as soon as the speech was over, before Cunliffe had left the front of the hall, Gower was up the front of the hall in front of the camera, with the camera lights on him. For Gower, it’s always “Me, Me, pick Me”.

            • geoff 21.2.1.1.1.1

              Good to get that behind-the-scenes info. Ignoring Gower does sound like the best idea.

            • Rodel 21.2.1.1.1.2

              Karol…..
              “Me! Pick me! Pick me!” . Wasn’t that the Donkey in the first Shrek movie?

              … Come to think of it the resemblance is uncanny..so is the annoyance factor.

              But seriously the other journalists look and sound quite good in comparison to donkey.

              The headline should be: “Thwarted Reporter Throws Hissy Fit”

              Have to admire Cunliffe’s calm patience and manner.He obviously doesn’t suffer fools but doesn’t sneer and become snide like Key.

              • David H

                “Me! Pick me! Pick me!” . Wasn’t that the Donkey in the first Shrek movie?”

                And since then. Every repulsive, self interested little wanna be, has repeated said happy refrain “Pick Me! Pick me! Pick me!”

      • WIll@Welly 21.2.2

        If ever there was anyone desperate, it is Patrick Gower. Always strikes me as a stoat in the headlights.

        • Chooky 21.2.2.1

          lol

        • karol 21.2.2.2

          Gower will probably become increasingly desperate as Cunliffe’s fortunes rise. After Gower’s failed attempt to push Cunliffe from Labour leadership contention, he must now be worried about his future career.

          If his career is his main focus, Gower would be better trying to be a really good journalist, rather than a faux-based jonolist.

    • greywarbler 21.3

      The baby bonus I think was a Muldoon term for something Labour instigated to help parents.
      Why would Cunliffe play to the plastic jonolists second life games?

    • Tracey 21.4

      patrick gower doesn’t get the answers he wants from cunliffe so flounces off on twitter

      FIFY

  20. Molly 22

    Is this the same Bob Jones?

    Without humanities, science could destroy us
    Handout culture should be starved to death

    Does he realise that humanity and humanities is linked?

    • geoff 22.1

      Hey he’s made a lot of money, his opinion matters!

    • Murray Olsen 22.2

      Bob Jones has been saying that sort of stuff for years. He once said he’d rather hire someone with a history degree than an MBA, on the basis that they would have a wider view of the world. In those days he was attacking economics, before Randian repeaters took over the faculties. Now he’s attacking scientists, in line with every other fool who doesn’t want to be responsible for global warming. All the while, he’s never stopped attacking workers, women, Maori,……..

  21. Chooky 23

    …probably not…his business was based on the poor giving him handouts for renting his houses

  22. captain hook 24

    BM wipe your bum.
    and who saw Steven Joyce on the teevee last night. The look on his dial shows that he knows the game is up.
    Byeeee to you and your crowd a.s.a.p.

  23. tricledrown 25

    Bob Jones?? daughter was on the Dole for years she was staying in some run down flat in Dunedin she was suffering from depression very understanable.
    Bob Jones would come and visit her in disguise so no one would recognise him.

    • Tracey 25.1

      source?

    • greywarbler 25.2

      They give themselves the right to delve into the lives of others, the comfortably off that is. Actually I believe many of the c-o have quite serious mental problems, brought on by feelings of inferiority because of the high demands for achievement and inter-sibling rivalry they experience.

  24. Chooky 26

    …yes she is not responsible for him…..and we have bigger fish to fry here counteracting the ugly trolls

    ( and much as I enjoy it…..I have got to go and do some work)

  25. cunnliffe is giving a blinder of a speech in parliament..

    ..and yes..he used the words..’there is an alternative…’

    ..phillip ure..

  26. ianmac 28

    Graeme Aitken, Dean of Education has some very helpful cautions about the Government plan to pay millions for teacher Leadership.

    “Focus on social inequality will aid teachers
    The education changes announced last week are welcome. They acknowledge teacher professionalism and their ability to lead change. They encourage networking and collaboration within and between schools. They offer attractive career prospects that have the potential to significantly raise the status of teachers and teaching.

    They come, however, with some words of caution.

    The Prime Minister commented on the “mountain of evidence” that the quality of teaching is “the biggest influence on kids’ achievement”. That is certainly so if we only consider in-school influences but the mountains are more like foothills when set against the Everest of research that shows that socio-economic status is the strongest predictor of achievement.

    These changes will have limited impact if they are not accompanied by bold initiatives to address social inequality and poverty.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11192750

  27. Beatie 29

    http://www.greystar.co.nz/content/blogger-puts-boot-0

    Cameron Slater’s latest piece of vindictive nastiness has Greymouth in an uproar. This family has lost four sons (including one killed at Pike River) and they don’t need this shit. Judd’s Mum is after Slater and I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes/

    • vto 29.1

      Cameron Slater has just written himself a never-ending debt of horror from the people of the west coast.

      This is the second last time I will ever have anything to do with anything about the cunt. Probably just as well draft post was deleted. Worst person alive in NZ.

    • McFlock 29.2

      wow.
      I’m surprised that I wasn’t overly surprised. Disgusted, of course, but not really surprised.

      Gives humans a bad name, that one.

    • Molly 29.3

      Tui Bromley seems to have done her job well – making sure that Slater’s reference to Helen Clark was shown up for the lie it was:
      “The ‘feral West Coasters’ label has been around since 2000, when former Prime Minister Helen Clark was speaking on National Radio at the height of the native timber logging debate, but her comments were taken out of context.
      A transcript of the sentence in question shows that Ms Clark actually said: ‘Attitudes of some on the West Coast could be fairly feral’.”

      • vto 29.3.1

        The Greymouth Star is a very enjoyable read and Tui Bromley an entertaining journo. It is highly informative (more so than msm shit) and it has a history relating to this website too believe it or not. Pretty much every single person on the coast reads the local rags ahead of anything mainstream.

        Imagine getting an entire region of 30,000 people calling for your blood.

        • Molly 29.3.1.1

          Good to know.

          Was surprised to see a journalist actually looked up a transcript for an article. :wink:

          Obviously spending too much time reading the Herald…

  28. Ron 30

    Oh dear Blubber over at Whaleoil is upset that his site is down from a DOS attack.
    More likely he forgot to pay his server bill

  29. One Anonymous Knucklehead 31

    Poor Cameron. Sob sob; personal responsibility means never having to say you’re sorry.

  30. BM 32

    Ban Facebook?

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Labour-threatens-Facebook-ban-over-tax-issue/tabid/1607/articleID/330056/Default.aspx

    WTF is going on within labour, if this was cricket the ICC would be starting a match fixing investigation.

    Honestly do the left not want to win?

    • McFlock 32.1

      hang on – who brought in the internet censorship law, where ISPs monitor automatically web traffic and send warning notices? And you still think solidly banning a website because of unpaid tax is laughably impossible?

      I think clark overextended himself, and let gower’s crowd do a “funny” editorial on a labour mp (see karol above), but only a little bit.

      • BM 32.1.1

        Overextended himself. True, I got the feeling he’s in way over his head

        Maybe cleaning the skid marks off the parliament bogs may be more his level.

        Christ, what a fucking dumb arse.

        • McFlock 32.1.1.1

          I know it’s the best news you’ve seen in days, but it’s really not that major. Gone by suppertime.

    • Draco T Bastard 32.2

      Seems reasonable. If a company in NZ doesn’t pay it’s taxes it gets shutdown, usually via receivership but the how really isn’t the issue.

      What Labour should be doing is saying that they’re going to re-write the tax laws from the ground up so that companies, especially multi-nationals, can’t dodge the taxes that they’re supposed to be paying.

    • karol 32.3

      LOL – another 3 News special. Where did the idea of banning facebook come from? Who suggests it? Watch the vid.

      TO’B: “Should the government consider banning Facebook?

      Clark: the government should always have in its back pocket the ability to ban websites.

      From that, the Headline: Labour threatens Facebook ban over tax issue

      another 3 News anti-Labour beat up.

      They really are out to get Labour this week!

      Mind you, Clark needs to be sharper and not fall into the faux jonolist traps.

  31. amirite 33

    So fucking what? Facebook is so passe. Don’t touch Twitter though!

  32. Polish Pride 34

    Thought for the day
    Capitalism is inhuman.
    Socialism is enslavement.

    • bad12 34.1

      Polish, qualify the view that Socialism is enslavement, if socialism frees someone from poverty using any means then it is hardly enslavement,

      It is in fact Capitalism in it’s starkest form that is both inhuman and enslavement, look at the US at the moment, millions of unemployment benefits cancelled and no jobs, that’s the inhuman enslavement of people into total poverty in a land of plenty…

      • Polish Pride 34.1.1

        Under Socialism is the goal of the government low unemployment.
        Are those who earn well faced with a higher tax to help support those less fortunate.
        Is the less fortunate man given enough to live what someone else has determined to be a dignified life?
        Does this man have dreams and aspirations that he perhaps cannot afford?
        Is his best chance at having them to one day find a job and earn enough so that he can make them come true?
        Is the generally accepted life in socialism Get an education, get a job, work until you are 65, then retire?
        That is enslavement and is not a system designed to enable man to be happy
        It is a system that man essentially has to continuously work for in order to survive. Or has to be reliant on the taxes of others given to him by the state

        If the goal of unions was to lobby govt to enact policy to have the goal of the govt to steer society on a course that made human happiness and maximising time spent with friends and family the aim of society. What if the goal of unions was to free people from having to work.

      • Polish Pride 34.1.2

        you can earn enough to essentially break free of the enslavement of working under capitalism. It is harder to break free under socialism. The inhumanity of capitalism is in that whilst people can break free, others suffer terribly.

        You think a man is free because socialism has taken him out of poverty…….?
        I guess it depends on your definition of enslavement.

    • Te Reo Putake 35.1

      94 years old and still kicking against the pricks. Here he is with John Cash:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADtAU43MM14

    • karol 35.2

      A life well lived.

      • WIll@Welly 35.2.1

        I watched David Cunliffe’s speech, then switched over to watch the Grammy’s, because of Lorde. She did well. But that pales when I see Pete died yesterday. As you say karol, a life well lived.
        Him and Woody laid down the tracks which everyone followed. Thanks joe90, and Te Reo Putake.

    • joe90 35.3

      Unsurprisingly his site is down so here’s the cache of Pete Seeger’s Statement to the Court prior to his 1961 sentencing for contempt of Congress.

      “Thank you, your honor. After hearing myself talked about, pro and con, for three days, I am grateful for the chance to say a few unrestricted words.

      First, I should like to thank my lawyer for his masterly presentation of my defense. He has worked over many long weeks and months, knowing that it is beyond my power to pay him adequately for his work. I believe that he, and great legal minds like Justice Hugo Black and Dr. Alexander Meiklejohn, have explained far better than I can why they believe the First Amendment gives an American citizen the right to refuse to speak upon occasion.

      Secondly, I should like to state before this court, much as I did before Congressman Walter’s committee, my conviction that I have never in my life said, or supported, or sung anything in any way subversive of my country. Congressman Walter stated that he was investigating a conspiracy. I stated under oath that I had never done anything conspiratorial. If he doubted my word, why didn’t he even question it? Why didn’t he have me indicted for perjury? Because, I believe, even he knew that I was speaking the truth.

      Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over 300 years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England of the 1840’s and 50’s. I believe that in choosing my present course I do no dishonor to them, or to those who may come after me.

      I am 42 years old, and count myself a very lucky man. I have a wife and three healthy children, and we live in a house we built with our own hands, on the banks of the beautiful Hudson River. For twenty years I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me. I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color, and creed.

      The House committee wished to pillory me because it didn’t like some few of the many thousands of places I have sung for. Now it so happens that the specific song whose title was mentioned in this trial “Wasn’t That A Time” is one of my favorites. The song is apropos to this case. I wonder if I might have your permission to sing it here before I close?”

      (At this point the judge refused to hear Pete Seeger sing.)

      “Well, perhaps you will hear it some other time. A good song can only do good, and I am proud of the songs I have sung. I hope to be able to continue singing these songs for all who want to listen, Republicans, Democrats, and independents. Do I have the right to sing these songs? Do I have the right to sing them anywhere?”

      Also, Toshi Seeger died last year.

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/07/11/201159066/Toshi-Seeger-Wife-Of-Folk-Singer-Pete-Seeger-Dies-At-91

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    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar
    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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