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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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    The government is fudging the figures over Wellington road project, Transmission Gully, the Green Party said today.The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said today it had let the contract to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for "a net present cost...
    Greens | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    New Zealand needs to listen to Pacific Island leaders when it comes to climate change action, said the Green Party today. Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is rife at the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit which commenced today...
    Greens | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government's attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows National will stop at nothing to open up our coastlines to deep sea oil, the Green Party said today.The article outlines...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Gerry Brownlee today tried to poor cold water on the...
    Labour | 29-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced 27 July...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry. Maritime Union of New...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Māori Privilege
    Contrary to what some may believe, Māori aren't privileged citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr (yes this guy is learned) Jamie Whyte and Winston Peters would obviously beg to differ, as their recent remarks clearly propagate a narrative that belongs...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • We need a civilised discussion about racial law
    Yesterday I published the speech that I gave to the ACT Party Waikato Conference on Saturday. It concerned a fundamental principle of Western civilisation....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Returns Not Royal Treatment Will Lead to Investment
    Reacting to the NZ Herald’s reporting of a $240,000 bill for taxpayers to wine and dine eleven oil executives - including four nights' luxury accommodation, a sailing trip, and two Rugby World Cup games, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • SFO Must Examine Disappearance of Tuwharetoa’s $20m
    Reacting to the NZ Herald’s report into suspected financial irregularities at Tuwharetoa since its Treaty Settlement in 2008, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union , says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT leader’s race-based privilege claims “preposterous”
    Historian Professor Paul Moon has blasted ACT leader Jamie Whyte’s recent policy announcement on so-called race-based legislation....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville
    Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville Internet Party Leader Laila Harré will stand in John Key’s Helensville electorate because “the Prime Minister has some explaining to do”. Ms Harré wants to debate Mr Key at candidate meetings in his own...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist
    West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Cliff Curtis Apolitical
    While I respect my cousin Annette Sykes commitment in engaging in the political process, I do not endorse or support any political party. I respect all candidates who make the commitment to stand for political office. It requires and takes...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • National getting students into science
    National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today supported the government’s launch of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara, a programme to boost community involvement in the science sector....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • NZ NGOs respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza
    NZ NGOs are responding to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip with news today of an upsurge in violence and an increasing number of civilian casualties....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement
    ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement David Seymour, ACT Candidate for Epsom 29/07/2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Colin Craig (sic) Launches New Website
    Colin Craig today advised that his web presence was not large enough, especially when compared to similarly polling parties such as the Internet/Mana Party. “After extensive discussion and advice from my full time legal team, and my IT part timer...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Spat between Minister Smith and Fish and Game overdue – ACT
    With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Maori King challenges Ngapuhi leader to front up
    Following his strong condemnation of the Maori King, Tuheitia yesterday, Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has received a challenge this afternoon from prominent Kingitanga [King Movement] supporter Mamae Takerei....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Speech to Waikato Conference: Race has no place in law
    David Cunliffe recently apologised to a Women’s Refuge symposium: “I don't often say it – I'm sorry for being a man … because family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.” The Prime Minister accused Cunliffe of being insincere....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Greg Campbell Chief Executive of Wellington Regional Council
    Chair of Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde today announced the appointment of Greg Campbell as Chief Executive of the Council. Greg Campbell will take up the role in September following the departure of outgoing Chief Executive David Benham...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • We are going to campaign harder
    “It was great news to learn that John Key says I am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime Minister, John Key is just one voter. I...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Why Green isn’t the best colour for water
    Why Green isn’t the best colour for water Ian Mackenzie is Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson and was on the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. An opinion is also running in the New Zealand Herald. The Green Party recently...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum
    In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Defence Lawyer Disgust!!!
    “ The Sensible Sentencing Trust is horrified by Defence Lawyer Steven Zindel's comments at the Sentencing of a Man Jailed for the Rape of his 4 year old daughter .”...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Ōhāriu deserves better than a rort
    The National Party's deal with Peter Dunne is a rort and shows the people of Ōhāriu are being taken for granted, Labour candidate Virginia Andersen says. "Peter Dunne has been placed on political life support by the National Party. His...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • FMC Backs Fish and Game’s Role on Freshwater
    Federated Mountain Clubs today reinforced its strong support for the New Zealand Fish and Game Council's statutory role in advocating for anglers and hunters interests in freshwater. FMC President Robin McNeill stated that the Federation's 17,000 members...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • The Letter: Key Gives Nod for Seymour in Epsom
    This afternoon the PM acknowledged the importance of Epsom to National’s re-election prospects when said he wanted National’s supporters in Epsom to vote for ACT’S David Seymour. We always thought David could win Epsom, for which he has been campaigning...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
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