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Open mike 28/02/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:54 am, February 28th, 2014 - 171 comments
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171 comments on “Open mike 28/02/2014”

  1. Paul 1

    After the ‘Speaking for the 0%’ article ( http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/speaking-for-the-0/ )
    here’s Herald ACT watch…
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11210507
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11209825

    0 % of the vote, 20% of the attention.
    Is Roughan, Sullivan, Murphy and the rest of the Herlad repeaters card carrying members of ACT?

    Or do the paper’s owner’s (APN News & Media Limited) and their major shareholders want to pay less tax?

  2. Philj 2

    Xox
    Another bad day for NZ with Phillipino workers rebuilding Christchurch being exploited by corporate construction companies. Working for $16 per hour and weekends for free, and extortionate fees to dodgy immigration officers. NZ has become a place with low standards. Like a poor US southern state.

    • KJT 2.1

      I am a bit baffled as to where they found the Filipinos getting as much as $16 an hour.

      Minimum wage, or less, is more like it.

      • Lanthanide 2.1.1

        Skilled construction jobs. I’m sure they’re still being paid less than other nationalities would be.

        • McFlock 2.1.1.1

          probably being overcharged for company-supplied “accommodation”, too.

          • KJT 2.1.1.1.1

            The next “leaky homes” when all the Christchurch building done by cheap semi-skilled, badly supervised, labour comes home to roost.

            It has been good for the rest of New Zealand though.

            All the cowboys who undercut real builders, have left for Christchurch.

          • Murray Olsen 2.1.1.1.2

            And a storage fee for their passports, no doubt. These companies really value their workers. Sigh.

    • PapaMike 2.2

      Is it not the Philippine Employment Agencies to whom they paid money for the job who are the offenders ?

  3. i found a round-up of batshit crazy rightwing reactions to the vetoing.. by the governor..

    .. of an anti-gay bill in arizona..

    ..(that would have allowed people to discriminate against gays..on ‘religious grounds’..(!)..)

    ..and this one is my favourite:..

    ’Now we’ll all have to bake penis cakes’.

    ..phillip ure..

  4. and of course that duopoly that profiteers by flogging us (expensive!) unhealthy fat/salt/sugar/chemical-laden crap..

    ..disguised/marketed as ‘food’..

    (their taglines should be:..’come buy your premature/nasty illness/death from us..!’..

    ..”..want obese/unhealthy children..?..shop at (fill blank space)..!’)

    ..they aren’t just screaming out for the twofer of regulation/reform..

    .are they..?

    “..500 Other Foods Besides Subway Sandwich Bread – Containing Yoga Mat Chemical..”

    http://www.alternet.org/food/500-other-foods-besides-subway-sandwich-bread-containing-yoga-mat-chemical

    phillip ure..

    • bad12 4.1

      Looks like it’s Mung beans and Lentils from here on in then Phillip, seems a lot of the 500 ‘other foods’ are bread products,

      Just dragged what’s left of my loaf of multi grain outta the cupboard and ‘Innocence” is screamed at me from the table of contents,

      Best i ask Google what are Emulsifiers 471 and 481 befor i agree with any claim of such ‘Innocence’…

    • Danske 4.2

      Are you off your rocker, Mr Ure? Sorry, but you wrote unadulterated rubbish.

      • phillip ure 4.2.1

        “..Are you off your rocker, Mr Ure? ..”

        ..debatable..depends who you talk to..

        “..you wrote unadulterated rubbish.”

        ..could you sort that ‘rubbish’ a bit more..

        ..be more specific about what it is you disagree with..and why..?

        ..and i will try to answer you..

        ..and/or..do you have shares/a financial-interest in that duopoly..?

        ..that could explain your splutter..

        ..or..do you sell something ‘Containing Yoga Mat Chemical’..?

        ..phillip ure..

  5. freedom 5

    this was shared on FB today, anyone able to confirm it ?

    I am told that Parliamentary Services is coming out with a new Code of Conduct that not only bans political activity by Out of Parliamentary staff in work time, but also bans any political activity out of work hours. This is a flagrant breach of civil rights. No employer can dictate to workers what they do in their own time! I suggest if you aren’t already a union member, join up now. It is time to take a stand against the silencing of workers in public service. BTW You can join the SFWU. We’ll stand by you!

    ( I copy/pasted what was posted )

      • freedom 5.1.1

        Those videos are such a waste of time, money, people and are a terrible example of everything useless the combination of those three things can create. The invasive aroma of bad ideas that reeked from the screen when I saw that the other day is still causing reflux.

        But as to the posting above, I only received the text, which I posted, with no supporting data. That is why I dropped it in here to see if anyone had any other information.

    • Antonina 5.2

      Yes that information is correct.
      I should like to remain an anonymouus parliamentary service employee.

      • Rosie 5.2.1

        Antonina, quick quick quick, get off this site! Your presence here is compromising your political neutrality!!!

      • freedom 5.2.2

        Thanks Antonia

        Hopefully it gets shared widely, with enough questions attached that it gets onto the right desks and someone decides the future of an employee’s political freedom should remain an important part of our democracy and is deemed worthy of being a news item. Unless of course Miley bends over again or there is a sighting of a puppy wearing a tutu.

        Our MSM is fubar.

        Kia kaha to all who care

      • freedom 5.2.3

        and please excuse the typo Antonina

  6. Rosie 6

    On the topic of pantry items. Am I the only one who looks at expiry dates on dry goods in the pantry and for example, notices it might be something like 15 January 2015, and feels a thrill go through your heart as you think “those fuckers will be well and truly gone by then” ?

    Inane observation of the day.

    • ianmac 6.1

      Or the pantry ones that have 1 June 2003. Aha! A bargain and still going strong.

    • veutoviper 6.2

      LOL – yes, Rosie I do the same; and usually look at the best by/use by date when buying.

      I am totally obsessive in looking at the ingredients of most food products before buying – and the different prices for different sizes, different brands. Shopping is time consuming! But it is amazing how often two of a smaller size (eg 500g) cost less than the 1kg price Rice is one recent example. Go figure. And the fat level and sodium levels for essentially the same product (eg rice crackers and other types of crackers) can vary widely depending on the brand and the flavour.

      But I don’t want to trigger another long thread as I did some Saturdays ago when my comment to phil or bad12 (?) that Kim Dotcom did not drink alcohol but a lot of milk led to a flood …. So I will shut up now!

      • Rosie 6.2.1

        Veutoviper, I have a count -down- to -election- time calendar in my head when looking at expiry dates on dry goods. Not on the chilled products mind you, theres no way we can get rid of this government that fast.

        I’m also a vigilant shopper/ ingredients label and expiry date reader. On the subject of buying two smaller sizes of a product for less than the larger size, yes it is puzzling. Thats how I usually buy my Spanish Borges olive oil, 2 X 500ml instead of the I ltr. Yet, it’s the opposite for booze, Maybe you just want to buy one single mini serve of 180ml and that can be $5 but the 750ml bottle can be only $9 on special. Smaller purchases of alcohol should be encouraged.

        And lol, yes, best be careful with the food discussions, it can get personal and a bit fraught at times.

  7. karol 7

    Heh. Well said “Comrade Boni” on floating the idea of a government/state owned supermarket chain.

    • comment@whoar:..a new govt-owned supermarket-chain..?..or (my idea) of partial nationalisation..?..

      (excerpt..)

      “..ed:..i prefer my idea of partial-nationalisation of the current duopoly..

      ..whereby the state takes/(buys out..paying from future-profits) 51% control of both chains..

      ..this will achieve the above-touted outcomes for a govt owned chain..

      ..but right across the board..

      ..plus..partial nationalisation avoids the horrendously expensive costs in setting up a competing chain..nationwide..

      ..you just have to work with what is already there..

      ..no set-up costs..”

      (cont..)

      http://whoar.co.nz/2014/a-new-govt-owned-supermarket-chain-or-my-idea-of-partial-nationalisation/

    • bad12 7.2

      Yes i would definitely agree to direct State owned intervention to create competition in the Supermarket industry,

      It becomes a pointless ‘moan’ unless a Government is prepared to act and rolling out across the country a Supermarket chain capable of introducing a real level of competitive pricing among the big 2 currently operating in this country would provide to the average citizen ‘gains’ on a number of levels along with a profit making enterprise for the Governments coffers along with ‘buying power’ which would favor New Zealand made goods,

      The added pluses to this are extra sustainable employment, both directly and indirectly, lower food bills for Kiwis thus creating a lower level of inflation where it matters the most to the most people…

      • srylands 7.2.1

        We can call it Kiwimart.

        • felix 7.2.1.1

          No, we will decide what to call it. You’re not included.

        • freedom 7.2.1.2

          all jokes aside srylands,

          Kiwimart could be a great way of focusing on Kiwi Goods and it could even be done inside the existing supermarkets.

          Imagine if there was a Kiwi Goods section in the supermarket, or Kiwi Goods shelves distributed amongst each Supermarket sector.

          Not only would it offer Kiwis the choice to openly support local product and produce, but it would most certainly highlight how many Kiwi dollars leave the country every time you do your shopping.

          well maybe not your shopping of course,
          are you in NZ this week?

          Then again the shift to a Kiwimart might expose the deathgrip on Kiwi goods that the OZ supermarkets have, so their owners would probably not be entirely supportive of the idea.

          • Jim Nald 7.2.1.2.1

            Hmm .. perhaps call it something along the lines of the National Trade Union Congress FairPrice … grin … some of you who have travelled to a certain country might recognise that … or rather NTUC FairPrice :-)

          • greywarbler 7.2.1.2.2

            The supermarkets would charge the Kiwi marts extra for setting aside the dedicated area.
            I must remember to go regularly to the local farmers market. On my to do list. I do shop at the organic green grocers so that’s a small tick for me.

        • bad12 7.2.1.3

          We can call you T–lling s–thead SSlands…

          • Mainlander 7.2.1.3.1

            I thought trolls were the ones that sat around all day every day abusing people that didnt agree with their opinions, cant imagine who that might be refering to eh

            • bad12 7.2.1.3.1.1

              SSLands, deserves little else, a special case of trotting out the same old lies day after day in spite of being linked to specific information which proves ‘its’ lies are just that the next day ‘it’ is back again with the same old lies,

              The short version of the above is F off dick…

        • Skinny 7.2.1.4

          I will give you an ‘C’ for effort Shrillands. Your suggested name Kiwimart got downgraded due to the ‘mart’ which reminds too many of us Lefties of the scumbag American chain ‘Walmart’

          However on a brighter note the people’s supermarket will require very good accountants. Which will allow you to dust off your CV. Note: incomes of staff including CEO, Accountants and other paper shufflers will not exceed 10 x the lowest paid worker base rate of $18.80 per hour.

          • Skinny 7.2.1.4.1

            On reflection 10x is far to generous make it x7

            • bad12 7.2.1.4.1.1

              Skinny how bout x5 a far easier calculation, with small bonuses for providing the most competitive prices across all items while still returning a profit to the Government…

              • Skinny

                X5 which broken down into an hourly rate equates to $94, however we would have to write into an employment agreement capped at no more than 5 Sundays to be worked. The temptation of gaming the system to cash in on the double time rate of $188.00 would be too much. Are you listening Shrillands :)

            • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1.4.1.2

              3x

              • Skinny

                X3? I now understand where the Bastard in your dial comes from lol.

                • bad12

                  Lolz, now that Draco has undercut us i feel like i have to take on the guise of a Tory Mogul and agree with the x3 proposition,(perhaps we should just have a management committee made up of a number of those working on the shop floor on a rotational basis, they could meet outside of their shift hours and make decisions then, being paid double or triple time for the extra work)…

          • Murray Olsen 7.2.1.4.2

            SSLands can start his 90 day trial on a beginners’ rate of $4 an hour. He’s lucky we don’t charge him for the valuable skills he’ll be picking up. Of course, once he pays for the voluntary drug testing each week, his pay will be a bit less, but it’s for his own good after all.

      • phillip ure 7.2.2

        why not just partial-nationalise the existing duopoly..?

        ..you achieve all those ends you list..across the board..

        ..and you avoid the eye-watering costs/time-taken/logistics-problems involved to set up a competing chain/supply lines..

        ..(with some vague hope of battering the curent duopoly into submission thru competition..?

        ..i just see that as an expensive minefield..)

        ..partial-nationalise is effective..broad-based..immediate..

        ..and cheap as chips to do..

        ..phillip ure..

        • felix 7.2.2.1

          Yep and the tories can’t complain either, seeing as how they all put so much energy into telling everyone that part-privatised is teh awesome.

          • phillip ure 7.2.2.1.1

            @ felix..

            ..aye..!

            ..i’m actually waiting for them to come out in support of this partial-nationalisation/51%-control idea..

            ..am i being unrealistic in my expectations..?

            ..you mean..!..it was just all ideological-rhetoric from them..?

            ..all that ‘teh awesome’ stuff..?

            ..say it isn’t so..!

            ..phillip ure..

        • bad12 7.2.2.2

          That Phillip is a recipe to have New Zealand become the Cuba of the South Pacific, do you think International Capital would simply sit still and say ”Ho Hum” as a New Zealand Government engaged in what they would call an act of theft,

          Rolling out a supermarket chain across the country paid for from the tax base can have no such negative effects as those which would occur upon the seizing of the means of distribution would have…

          • phillip ure 7.2.2.2.1

            it is not ‘theft’..

            ..current shareholders are bought out..nothing is ‘stolen’ from them..

            ..and if other overseas models arestudied..

            ..it will be shown that my partial-nationalisation idea is not only not fraught with those eyewatering set-up costs..

            ..it is not actually that radical an idea..

            ..and it’s ultimate beauty is..

            ..that it is a simple solution to a set of complex-problems..(if tackled any other way..)

            ..upcoming healthy-food regulations implementation..

            ..not being the least of these..

            ..(+..of course..51% control..means 51% of the annual profits..

            ..are returned to the people who put that money into those tills..

            ..this also..makes this a multi-win-win solution..financially..

            ..on every level..and in every way..)

            phillip ure..

            • bad12 7.2.2.2.1.1

              Yeah right!!!, so as soon as the Government attempted to buy up the shares in the Supermarket chains their price would suddenly skyrocket, and, that is said without having even checked to see if the duopoly is actually a solely Australian registered monopoly which would make any Government regulatory move to ‘buy’ the shares impossible,

              Good to see Phillip you are concerned with keeping the enrichment of the current owners in place…

              • interesting how you so cower in fear of the current paradigm..

                ..(and urge we just leave them alone..?..(!)..)

                ..boo..!..foreign-owners will be pissed..?

                ..cry me a river..eh..?

                ..and i notice you don’t answer the concerns/main objection to yr old-skool socialist wet-dream idea..

                ..namely the eyewatering costs/amount of time/logistical-nightmares involved ..

                ..in yr setting-up-a-new-chain..idea..

                ..(and yr first ‘prices will skyrocket objection is both farcical/a nonsense..and easy to counter..)

                ..is that all you’ve got..?

                ..phillip ure..

                • bad12

                  That comment Phillis, which is simply a trail of un-factual abuse is obviously a result of your over-use of your penis-pump so it’s best you put it away for the day and switch to Daisy your blow-up rubber woman…

                  • what a strange little person you are..

                    ..have you always had issues with anger management..?

                    ..do you speak this way when interacting face-to-face..?

                    ..spilling into personal-abuse at the drop of a hat..?

                    ..(and invariably sexual-fetishistic in nature/tone..quite complicated/complex..are you..?..)

                    ..or is it just the keyboard-warrior in you..acting out..?

                    ..that makes you so dick-wavey..?

                    ..best you retire to the re-group-corner..again..eh..?

                    ..and maybe you need a ciggie..?

                    ..give the monkey a snack..

                    ..eh..?

                    ..phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      Another tragic example of Babble speak Phillis, at least this one escaped moderating wink wink and gave you less excuse to whine like a beaten dog,

                    • um..!

                      ..how old are you..?..

                      ..(decade-band will do..)

                      .(i’m picking 19..?..lot’s of acne..?..pretty awkward/anti-social..?..)

                      ..engage in auto-eroticism perhaps a tad more than most..?

                      ..diagnosed with adhd when a child..?

                      ..prescribed ritalin then..?..still..?

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • bad12

                      Phillis, another disjointed piece of junkies drivel from your 2 working neurons, please refer to my comment to you of 1.37pm as the answer…

                    • um..!..i’m just gonna give ignoring you another go..

                      ..any slight questioning of yr prescriptions unleashes a torrent of (poorly-composed)/’blow-up-doll’ (!) themed flaming..

                      ..and it is very very same-same boring..

                      ..so i think i will just leave you to howl into the void..

                      ..(don’t forget to take yr ciggies..eh..?..)

                      ..you little ball of fun..you..

                      ..phillip ure..

        • cricklewood 7.2.2.3

          Im not sure that you will lower prices though? Surely any nationalized supermarket should be expected to treat suppliers fairly and to pay them a fair price? Plenty of family growers work effectively for a pittance if you work it out hourly… a lot are marginal at best and only continue due to already owning land and its the sole source of income…
          Its actually fiercely competitive hence suppliers are been hammered so hard to maintain profit levels. Take out the profit things get cheaper but do you still hammer the suppliers?

          • freedom 7.2.2.3.1

            or, radical concept time……

            Keep prices where they are and make sure the profit is shared more equally by giving more of it to the suppliers in a ‘reward for sales’ bonus scheme to top up the wholesale price instead of just shoveling barrow loads of cash into the open jowls of the shareholders.

            The more of a product that people buy, the better return that product delivers to everyone.
            This would also encourage better quality products and fairer pricing.

            This obviously sits easily on the Kiwimart shelves as the rewards would get redistributed back into the local community producing the goods.

            this could be the future of your neighborhood
            of your neighborhood
            of your neighborhood

            this could be the future of your neighborhood
            if people only knew that things could change

        • Danske 7.2.2.4

          Mr Ure, have you conside how silly your proposal is?
          I suggest you think before you write, otherwise people will skip your silly comments.

          • Draco T Bastard 7.2.2.4.1

            I suggest you take your own advice.

          • phillip ure 7.2.2.4.2

            @ danske..

            ..i have asked you further up the thread to detail yr objections..and for why..

            ..and that i will try to answer/address them for you..

            ..how about you ‘consider’ that..?

            ..otherwise..you are just really spluttering..eh..?

            ..phillip ure..

      • aerobubble 7.2.3

        NZ’s was built in the oil glut era. As any competitive retailer will tell you, its all about passing traffic. If you can locate your retail outlet where people are likely to stop you half way there to profitability.

        So we live in this car country, where government has been interfering in the free market. Yes the free market is good and does work without government intervention, the only problem is we can’t live without a government and it has to intervene. So the distraction of the right is to make out they rejoice in the free market while ignoring government interventions, and the left likewise ignores the free market while lusting after government interventions.

        We can only have trust in government when both the effects and choices of how government is actually intervening and how we want to pick and choose which interventions. You see the political class wants to keep this actual debate out of the way so they can pick and choose, and so
        create the inequality and poorly designed cities, that reward big companies, big retail, big drugs, etc… big fast food, big car.

        Now I would argue we cant just start from year one again, we have to accept the landscape we live in, and so over emphasis the remedies. Public transport for example to offset how big retail benefits from our investment in roading.

        Take the dams, someone actively got it into their head that the public didn’t pay for them and so we all now aren’t paying enough for electricity. While that kind of outrageous lie is constructed how can we trust either major party.

        Take the nonsense about land farming, by not measuring the quality and quantity of the toxic inputs to the soil, or the outputs, the scientist was able to claim land farming wasn’t so bad.

        That’s wrong. Yet its common practice to allow distortion into the debate, because it serves both the major parties, as they can bury how they actually decide which winners to choose.

    • Rosie 7.3

      That was a good article article karol. I was interested in the overseas examples, in particular, the Swiss co-op.

      I’d definitely support either a government owned supermarket or people owned national cooperative alongside improved regulation for privately owned supermarkets, especially around employment and suppliers.

      Any new grocery chain could raise the stakes in regard to retailing ethical products. For instance a Govt owned or coop could have it’s own farms where only the highest standards of animal welfare were the norm (which should be the case any way but isn’t). All imported goods could be fair traded as much as possible

      All workers on the farms, distribution centres and in the supermarket to be paid the living wage and not be discouraged from being a Union member. Self serve checkouts wouldn’t exist, customers would be encouraged to interact with workers and more people would be employed. There could be a return to higher levels of service such as workers helping the elderly with their shopping where necessary.

      Such a concept would mean the privately owned supermarkets would be compelled to raise their game.

      • phillip ure 7.3.1

        @rosie..

        ..so you favour spending an eyewatering amount of money..

        ..with the aim of ‘shaming’ the duopoly into better behaviour..?

        ..you can’t see how fraught with both expenses/obvious dangers this is..?

        ..why not just partial-nationalise the current duopoly..?

        ..none of those expensive costs..

        ..and 51% control would ensure those outcomes you/we all desire..

        ..in one fell/inexpensive legislative-swoop..

        ..tho’ one thing we agree on..

        ..the current ‘freemarket’-model is broken/doesn’t work..

        ..so change/reform for them..

        ..is inevitable..

        ..and really..all their own work..

        ..eh..?

        ..phillip ure..

        • Rosie 7.3.1.1

          I hear what you are saying about the free market model being broken phil and I agree. However, I do wonder whether we as a public are so culturally entwined with the neo lib agenda that a partial privatisation would freak everyone out. Did you see the author of that article that karol posted say she had a pile of “commie” hate comments in response to her previous article?

          Granted in was in a right wing biased rag so thats not surprising.The same would happen on fearfacts.

          People still bleat on about the neo lib lie of “choice” when they don’t even realise they don’t have any. Give them a real choice! Demonstrate capitalism Vs. people owned and see a cultural shift as the benefits to all become apparent.

          In saying that I’m not ideologically tied to the above suggestion. I’d be thrilled to see any efforts to improve our standards and if that meant partial privatisation of existing supermarkets then, yahoo, bring it on.

        • Rosie 7.3.1.2

          Hmm phil just thinking aloud for a moment. There could be a logistical difficulty with the set up of yet another chain of supermarkets, so I may begin to see your point about privatisation, or at least the pro’s in it.

          At first I was thinking of say 4 to 5 supermarkets around the country as a starting point. Dunedin, Chch, Wgtn and Akld and maybe one in the Tron (is Hamilton still called the Tron or is that a bit 90’s?) But this is the thing, in the lower North Island at least the two chains have already reached saturation point, so at least one may need to be taken over.

          For example, I will quote from the (pass the sick bucket) “Peter Dunne Reports” newsletter I have here. He is expressing his enthusiasm for the opening of the new Countdown in Crofton Downs, which he himself opened and states “This is the fifth supermarket to be opened or upgraded in Ohariu in the last two years, so increased competition should improve plenty of bargains for local shoppers”

          Bollocks to that I say. None of these supermarkets have a point of difference from each other and the variety of goods on offer in the northern suburbs in appalling. Cheap crap is cheap crap where ever you go. Thats where a govt run or people run coop would make a difference.

          Also, knowing those in the engineering industry I can say that one particular company is lols lols lols all the way to the bank as they are doing the work for BOTH chains who are desperately trying to get ahead of one another with opening new stores and doing upgrades. There IS shitloads of money being chucked at these stores – so maybe I can see the merit in a partial privatisation, one region at a time. Still gotta pay for it though either way eh?

          • phillip ure 7.3.1.2.1

            ..@ rosie..

            ..i am obviously glad/cheered to see yr rethink on the merits of this idea..

            ..”..Still gotta pay for it though either way eh?..”

            ..easy to pay for..an as yet to be worked out formula of a partial-payment now..(remember..the govt can borrow at basement-rates..and that 51% profit-take will ease/pay for that/any repayment..)

            ..and the rest from future profits..

            ..done..and dusted..

            ..phillip ure..

          • Draco T Bastard 7.3.1.2.2

            Also, knowing those in the engineering industry I can say that one particular company is lols lols lols all the way to the bank as they are doing the work for BOTH chains

            Same thing happens in telecommunications. Most of the work is done by contractors who work for all of the telcos.

            There is a distinct lack of competition behind the facade.

            • Rosie 7.3.1.2.2.1

              Drax. A crap situation. I just replied to you and lost my reply when I submitted it, but don’t have time to reword it all.

        • bad12 7.3.1.3

          Phillis, you argue your point like a snake, a two headed one at that, are you suggesting to Rosie that the Government simply seize the supermarket duopoly by Legislation or legislating to simply take half the shares of the duopoly,

          Admit it, this is just some pie in the sky buzz of a couple of drug addled neurons in your head, the cost of actually buying the 51% stake in the supermarket duopoly on the Australian share-market would far out-way the roll-out of a solely Government owned supermarket chain across the country starting in the cities and as soon as the Government entered the market to buy up such shares the price of them would go through the roof…

          • Rosie 7.3.1.3.1

            And an example that illustrates the success of the govt setting up in opposition to private business and forcing it to raise it’s standards, is Kiwibank.

            All done without nationalising a thing. Not that I’m opposed to nationalisation per se, no siree, just thinking of the pro’s and con’s in the supermarket industry in light of this thread.

            Now, I really must dash.

            And bad12, I hope your plants are coming along well. I miss weekend social where such things could be discussed.

            • bad12 7.3.1.3.1.1

              Rosie, Re Nationalization, i think if we are going to nationalize anything it would have to be a whole of economy nationalization, and for that we would need a one Party State to ensure longevity,

              Borrowing monies to indulge in some fanciful forced buy in to the current operating supermarket chains i consider to be laughable as the banking cartels upon seeing such Legislation of forced buy-in would simply refuse to lend such monies,

              i would suggest the most efficient means of addressing competition in the supermarket duopoly would be for the Government to establish its own chain with a direct intent of having the lowest prices in the country and providing a return to the Government which should not hve to only rely upon the tax base for earnings,

              Other than that the Government perhaps should facilitate the entry into the market of the German supermarket operator Aldi said to have recently entered the Australian market with pricing on average 20% lower than the Australian operators,

              The garden was a great success again this year after a bad start which i put down to the utter crap weather that kept on hammering us well into November, and my use of bought compost which i had been digging into the soil, i had to spend a couple of days pumping in water so as to dilute the stuff which along with the weather was giving my babies a bad case of burnt leaves,

              The compost works great as a top dressing and eventually my plants did their thing growing like jacks beanstalks, i have a crop that i have just about finished processing, taking the stem out of the middle of the leaf and giving them a first cut on the road to being a rollable, smokable product,

              i have 3 left in the ground waiting for the seed pods to dry enough so i can harvest next years seeds,(no worries if the weather lets me down there i can buy some in), and now it’s back to slowly feeding all my plots with food scraps and my own compost made from tree clippings, lawn mowing’s and general weeding,(plus my neighbour from down the street has started dropping off His food scraps, a bonus for us both as He has no means of recycling them),

              i am now well ahead as this years good crop will put me ahead by about a 2 year supply with a better smoke being the result of having a longer curing time, the neighborhood cats are also as happy as i am as they can do their thing without the monstrous human throwing hunks of wood at them,(they should complain if only they had been around to see what i threw off the balcony at a dog that kept coming up to my place from the house below to shit in my plots while my little ones were trying to take root),

              Lolz Rosie, that’s my short garden talk for the day, how does you one grow…

              • “..Ban roll-your-own tobacco – expert

                Roll-your-own tobacco is ”more dangerous” than factory-made cigarettes –

                • and should be banned -
                • says Professor Richard Edwards -

                • head of public health at the University of Otago’s Wellington campus.”

                http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11211577

                phillip ure..

                • fender

                  Tailor-made cigarettes have a high percentage of bark-like twigs in them, and when they are broken apart and re-rolled two or three roll-your-own type cigarettes will result.

                  “In New Zealand the ”concentration of additives is higher in loose tobacco at about 18%, compared with 0.5% for factory-made cigarettes”

                  I suspect the reverse is true.

                  I’d like to see the evidence the professor failed to link to.

                  • fender

                    Interesting that one minute Prof Edwards said “roll-your-own tobacco was at least as harmful as factory-rolled tobacco”, then later he says “more dangerous”.

                    But don’t worry Phillip, Bad12 grows his own so there will be no additives in his.

                    Incidentally, a cannabis cigarette is said to be worth 4 or 5 tobacco smokes as far as lung damage(?)

                    • bad12

                      Lolz fender, but Phillip needs His Marijuana as a crutch for the Needle full of chem He so loves shoving up His arm and can no longer support the doing of financially,

                      Can say that there is probably less Nicotine in the home grown stuff, and from experience definitely less tar,

                      As i was building up to finding out the amount i needed to grow to support the addiction for a whole year i was in previous years having to resort to the bought stuff as i run out of home grown,

                      The first day of the change i noticed there was definitely a queasy oily feeling going on in my gut,

                      Anecdotal of course, i would love for one of the universities to do a chemical comparison,

                      i am of course a bit annoyed with the advertising, might have to do a query with the standards authority, having smoked tobacco for 44 years, most of that unfiltered bought tobacco or boob weed surely i should be a prime candidate for ‘Death’,

                      Having endured a series of blood tests and x-rays in the past couple of months there’s no sign that it’s happening anytime soon, i want my money
                      back it sure as hell is taking its sweet time to snuff me…

                    • @ fender..

                      ..untrue..

                      ..if true..all those old hippies would be presenting with corresponding lung disease rates..by now..

                      ..that hasn’t happened..

                      ..same as that other anti-pot lie..

                      ..the schitzo-one..

                      ..same again..

                      ..schitzophrenic rates haven’t altered since before pot became prevalent..

                      ..they are the same now..as they were then..

                      ..and now that you know these facts..

                      ..i am sure you will no longer spread that false ‘4-5 times stronger’ misinformation again..

                      ..eh..?

                      ..phillip ure..

                    • fender

                      LOL

                      Those “old hippies” won’t bother telling the doctor is was cannabis as opposed to tobacco.

                      ..”i am sure you will no longer spread that false ’4-5 times stronger’ misinformation again..”

                      Sure, once you provide the evidence. I’m sure you will understand that I won’t just take your word for it.

                    • um..!..fender..you are the one making the 4-5 times stronger claim..

                      ..yr evidence for that plse..

                      ..first things first..eh..?

                      phillip ure..

                    • fender

                      Did you miss the (?)

                      There are differing opinions from worse to not as damaging

                      And there’s significantly more damage

                  • Chooky

                    fender +100…it is quite evident that some of these so called doctors and their hangers- on are are on a power kick ( especially over compulsory vaccination for measles and other once normal child viruses)

                    …i just can not see that the roll- your- owns from tobacco plants at the bottom of the garden are more harmful than the factory-made cigarettes which have unknown addictive additives…. and of the known additives …some are very toxic indeed

                    ….makes one wonder if the multi-billion dollar tobacco industry which is now fighting for its life has not got to the ‘good ‘doctor ( this industry must after all find roll-your-own tobacco addicts, not buying commercially made cigarettes any more… a threat to profits)

                    …just the way the multi-billion dollar vaccination (and Tamiflu?) industry got to ‘good’ doctors…by giving them golden handouts for every child vaccinated ….and no statistical records kept of the side effects and long term effects ( even deaths) due to vaccination…those with anecdotal evidence are pooh poohed and made out to be dunces or nut jobs….( i am not speaking of ALL doctors here…many genuinely do care about their patients and treat their choices with respect…and some doctors genuinely can think for themselves and retain open and skeptical minds about the multi-billion dollar medical industry they are involved with )

                • McFlock

                  Evidence also revealed there was a high rate of roll-your-own cigarette smokers in disadvantaged groups in many countries, there being higher usage among New Zealand Maori, black South Africans and smokers of lower socioeconomic status in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

                  In New Zealand, roll-your-own smokers were more likely to have been diagnosed as having ”mental health, drug use and alcohol-related disorders and to have hazardous drinking patterns”, Prof Edwards said.

                  lol
                  So take the tobacco that disadvantaged groups use, just to shit on them a little bit more. Classy.

                  The one thing I wasn’t hugely impressed with at todays health meeting in Dunedin was Annette king announcing that the goal is 5% tobacco use by 2025. But then, smokers are used to being kicked, these days.

                  • aww!!..no longer those heady days of being ‘cool’..like joe camel..eh..?

                    ..what happened to the joe camels..?..btw..

                    ..emphysema..all of them..(cough..!..cough..!…)

                    ..and seriously..of all drugs/intoxicants..don’t you get the most damage from..and the least kick from..

                    ..tobacco..?

                    ..it makes people smell so classy..too..

                    ..mmm!!…ashtray..!

                    ..and how about that first one of the morning..eh..?

                    ..with the accompanying big-phlegm cleanout..

                    ..tasty..!

                    ..such a class act..that ciggy-smoking..

                    ..and did king get you so upset..

                    ..that you had to go and have a ciggy..?..to calm down..?

                    ..furiously puffing there..outside..

                    ..phillip ure..

                    • fender

                      shakes head

                      The “1:37pm” is the best advice for your loony tune…

                    • bad12

                      Lolz fender, just reading the erratic gibberish becomes tiresome after a few of ‘its’ comments let alone the wearying toil of answering what is mostly bullshit,

                      Phillis wouldn’t have a clue how many old Hippies have died of what, simply choosing to make it up as he goes along fired up by the remaining two working neurons in the cranial cavity…

                    • McFlock

                      I don’t smoke heavily or regularly. Haven’t smoked since last night, no worries. Might not even smoke tonight, given the rain.

                      I wasn’t particularly agitated by king’s comment. It was simply the only thing at that meeting that I did not agree with. But like I say, we’re used to being kicked. No point in getting worked up about it now.

                      So your rant was actually a pretty good example of the propaganda people say to ostracise smokers and justify maltreatment, phil. To reciprocate, I might point out that, seeing as I bathed today, I’m probably significantly less smelly than you. Now kindly go hug a tree (but not a tobacco plant, because in my addictive haze I might set you on fire by accident – although the onset of hallucinations and mania would be a quick clue that I lit the wrong thing).

                  • bad12

                    Mac, wonder who the next target to get it in the neck in the blame game over the 69% of people who die yearly in this country of heart diseases and cancers out of total deaths will be,

                    i doubt even in 50 years time when the current demographic of smokers have all puffed on one for the last time that the stats are going to reflect the fact that smokers will only be 5% of the population,(not that i believe anything they say these days about tobacco use), so 69% of annual deaths will certainly need a new scapegoat…

                    • McFlock

                      Obesity is the next priority.

                      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not even against modest excise taxes, and I’m certainly not against controls on advertising harmful products or having standards on how addictive they can be made or restricting consumption to adults, but everything in moderation – especially the controls.

                      Frankly, a society with no smoking, no caffeinated beverages, and all sugar, meat and alcohol consumption limited by law to recommended daily servings – well, that would be boring as fuck.

                      State the risk, cut the levels of individual consumption, fair enough. But life is for living.

                    • bad12

                      Yep pretty much the same here on the over the top punitive taxation, we are paying well over the odds for any cost we cause to the Government accounts,(well not me any more for obvious reasons),

                      And, repetitive i know, there need only have been a registering of all users with their doctors which would have allowed tobacco to be declared a restricted poison only available by prescription, smoking problem among the young solved and rates of smokers in the future dwindling to near zero…

                    • Chooky

                      @ McFlock …how do you know obesity is not cause by a metabolic syndrome associated with excessive vaccinations?

                    • McFlock

                      @chooky

                      lol
                      I don’t. Have you got any evidence for that claim?

                  • Chooky

                    @ McFlock: “Obesity is the next priority”…. …Q: “how do you know obesity is not caused by a metabolic syndrome associated with excessive vaccinations?”….@chooky…lol…I don’t. Have you got any evidence for that claim?

                    Well here is some evidence after a very very brief search::

                    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vaccines-are-causing–the-epidemics-of-type-1-diabetes–obesity-and-type-2-diabetes-metabolic-syndrome-181513501.html

                    http://www.vaccines.net/newpage11.htm

                    http://www.whale.to/vaccines/diseases.html

                    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread654829/pg1

                    • McFlock

                      Seriously, do you ever consider the sources you use? Let alone the fact that two of those links refer to the same nutbar source, and none of them are verifiable in any way.

                    • northshoredoc

                      That is not evidence.

                • Chooky

                  …i know this is a late comment …but I really am sick of doctors and other ‘know- it- alls’ seeking to ban things and then insisting they have every right to tell you to vaccinate your children….

                  ….reminds me of the Catholic Church telling women how to run their lives …especially reproductive lives…

                  …i have no objections to people using roll ups or having a good fag if they want to …it is their life

                  one for McFlock….ciggie brain mate

                  http://www.samesame.com.au/forum/showthread.php?p=710876

                  • McFlock

                    I reckon that’s an interesting cross-section of issues.
                    There’s the public health efficacy issue – how much of a negative effect a health factor might have, and whether it would even be viewed as a negative effect in 30 years (we’ve butted heads on that re: measles, but BMI cod definitely go either way).

                    Then there’s the degree to which we should be able to endanger others and increase the burden we make on the public health system (although the tobacco tax addresses the latter, passive smoking is a factor for colleagues and cohabitants – but people in the street get not detectable effect from smoking, unlike general air pollution).

                    And even if the first two cross the threshold, there’s the failure to communicate that to some people and get active buy-in from the population, and health information fatigue in general.

                    PS: I generally keep a spare disposable lighter to lend to folk I don’t entirely trust, if I’m going to be smoking at a party or something :)

                    • @ mcflock..@ p.s..

                      ..’tis a marker of the depth of ones’ addiction..to whatever..

                      ..that increasing need for ‘essential’ paraphernalia..

                      phillip ure..

                  • KJT

                    “Know it alls”, that tell you to keep your kids at school until 16, unless you have a valid alternative education for them, that stop you from hitting your children, just because you feel like it, insist that you feed and cloth them, tell you that they have to be taken to a doctor when ill etc etc .

                    And, we want you to protect your kids, and other peoples, from unpleasant and difficult illness and the potentially debilitating, or fatal, side effects, using PROVEN safe and effective vaccines.

                    Terribly authoritarian of us. To expect parents to do the best for their kids, and not abuse them..

                    • Forgive me if I’ve got it wrong but you provide light discipline(or whatever you want to call it) to your child don’t you – which some (including me) would argue is not necessary as it breaks the trust and so on but you have decided where the line is for you and your family based upon your beliefs and knowledge – but other parents in other areas don’t get that privilege or ability? They are abusing their kids but you are being a good parent?

                      School is a classic – all of the ‘shoulds’ like going at 5, ending at 16 are manmade constructs designed to support other aspects of society not actually based on helping the kids at all imo more related to creating a compliant workforce that does the bidding of the man to help him make more money. You are not doing the best for the kids by putting innocent lives in that meat grinder but we do it, why? Some person in a white coat says ‘jump’ and we say ‘how high sir’.

                      This is all a side issue to the vaccination issue but interrelated imo.

                    • KJT – kia ora e hoa i might have come in a bit hard and personal on that comment above – arohamai. I’ve had a coffee now and calmed down…

                    • Chooky

                      @ marty mars…are you talking to me?….

                      “Forgive me if I’ve got it wrong but you provide light discipline(or whatever you want to call it) to your child don’t you – which some (including me) would argue is not necessary as it breaks the trust and so on but you have decided where the line is for you and your family based upon your beliefs and knowledge – but other parents in other areas don’t get that privilege or ability? They are abusing their kids but you are being a good parent?”

                      No i only spanked my kids once or twice in their lives and then with an open hand on a well clothed padded bottom…i felt guilty afterwards and knew it was counterproductive ….

                      however my generation was often spanked or got the wooden spoon or strap…(my mother only used the strap about twice and then my brother nailed my mothers strap to a telephione pole) or got chased with a big stick ( as in the case of the neighbours kids )…..but we were also given a hell of a lot of love and laughter …and we forgave our parents because we knew they were at the end of their tethers…and they felt guilty afterwards

                      ….a little more respect and tolerance for people/parents/kids ….a little less fascist judgement ….and a lot more love and care would go a long way

                      …the real child abusers in this society are often deep down abused children themselves…and an abusive society creates abusive parents

                    • No chooky I was talking to KJT :)

                    • KJT

                      Yes, I did, Marty. Just like everyone else at the time, I thought it was the right thing to do. One of the many things as a parent I feel guilty about but cannot change. Don’t think that damaged my kids. The lack of time I had for them due to work and illness, did.

                      Now, I think the only reason you should smack a child is to prevent greater harm. Like the time when every other method of keeping a child away from the fireplace fails. Which is, mostly, the only reason we smacked our kids anyway, as it happened.
                      The same as I would restrain, slap or punch an adult, if it was necessary to keep them from running into a burning building.
                      Never felt right, as a method of discipline.
                      And the sadists who used the cane on us at school made me very anti that also. (Which is why I am comfortable with the law as enacted).

                  • it’s hard to find ‘a good fag’ these days…chooky..

                    ..and i live in the 3rd best city in the world..to live in..

                    ..(aren’t you all jealous..?..)

                    ..phillip ure..

                    • Chooky

                      @philip ….at least you are not a control freak…i do appreciate this and your humour

                      …yes there are fags and fags and gags and gags ….and fucking statistical know it alls ( lies , lies and damned statistics)….and those fascists who want to tell others what to do (especially woman on reproductive issues) and what to put in their bodies and …. how to bring up their children ( they should all fuck off imo)

                      …in the end people will do the right/healthful thing for themselves and their families if given care and support by the community and a good socialist caring government

                      ….why dont you grow some (fags) tobacco plants in the bottom of your garden like my brother does?…ooops …maybe you are not a tobacco smoker but your predilections are in other areas…that is ok too

                    • just waiting for legalisation..chooky..

                      ..then i will grow some green thumbs..

                      ..phillip ure..

      • RedBaronCV 7.3.2

        Do the current chains use the RMA and other duopoly powers to prevent the opening of competitors?

    • veutoviper 7.4

      I don’t usually read Comrade Boni, but your link led me to search out her earlier column floating the actual idea of a government/state-owned supermarket chain.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/dita-de-boni/news/article.cfm?a_id=611&objectid=11206513

      That article touches on a number of the comments/ideas expressed by people on this tread, and is well worth reading. Haven’t attempted to read the 180 comments the article sparked, however, before it was closed off!

      So, perhaps there are some free thinkers amongst the Herald columnists after all.

      • veutoviper 7.4.1

        Fruther to my comment above, strictly as an aside, (or two asides) I decided to do one of my very rare visits to KB today – and surprise (not), we seem to have a commenter here who does what PG used to do. That is, comment here and then go over to KB and comment there on what is happening here. None other than srylands:
        OK time for today’s “The Standard Idea of the Day”. A Government owned supermarket. You couldn’t make this up.

        “Kiwimart could be a great way of focusing on Kiwi Goods and it could even be done inside the existing supermarkets. Imagine if there was a Kiwi Goods section in the supermarket, or Kiwi Goods shelves distributed amongst each Supermarket sector.
        ………..
        “It becomes a pointless ‘moan’ unless a Government is prepared to act and rolling out across the country a Supermarket chain capable of introducing a real level of competitive pricing among the big 2 currently operating in this country would provide to the average citizen ‘gains’ on a number of levels along with a profit making enterprise for the Governments coffers “

        I could not be bothered checking whether anyone responded to him, or whether he does this regularly – his first line suggests he might.

        But I did enjoy the KB responses there on today’s General Debate to PG’s outrage at Imperator Fish’s http://imperatorfish.com/2014/02/27/politics-explained-its-all-about-the-kids/. IF’s later post closing off the ability to comment there in future is also worth reading although it is a shame he has done this. http://imperatorfish.com/2014/02/28/no-comment/ It starts with “I have some terrible news for Pete George …”

      • phillip ure 7.4.2

        @ veuto..

        ..dunno about ‘freethinkers’..

        ..the blsck-hearted cynics amongst us may see this as a strawman-argument..ultimately favouring the duopoly..

        ..’cos as an idea/solution..

        ..it is easy to laugh/scare out of the room..

        ..if only on cost-logistical-nightmare-grounds..

        ..so therefor..is no real solution..(with the subtext of retaining the status quo..)

        ..now..if de boni was arguing the merits of partial-nationalising the duopoly/taking 51% control..

        ..a solution that is cheap/do-able..

        ..then she could accept/deserve the free-thinker mantle..

        ..phillip ure..

  8. Tigger 8

    Mobile site won’t let me reply to Karol’s supermarket link. The end describes a co-op in Switzerland, of 2 million citizens. We already have buying co-ops in NZ, anyone game to lift this to something national? Hey, something for that taxpayers union? :) They’re about people power, yes?

    • Skinny 8.1

      Like many I’m absolutely dog on the dominance of Corporates in this Country.

      With the overwhelming bitter taste of the Super Market duopoly operating in New Zealand perhaps it’s timely we collectively fight back with good old fashion ‘people power’.

      Maybe someone who knows how to contact workers warrior, fomer General Secretary of the National Dairy Workers Union, James Ritchie, who is working for the International Food Workers Union, based out of Geneva, Switzerland . He could probably give a very good critique of the supermarket cooperative your talking about.

      Maybe we could call on the CTU, with a power base of over 300,00 members to moot supporting a people’s supermarket cooperative in principal to start with. Coupled with other organistions such as Grey Power etc, would mean a powerful consumer bloc to start with. Getting the initial demand may even get ‘supply’ from a truly Left Government.

      Calling Helen Kelly for comment…come in Helen!

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      What people seem to fail to realise is that the government doing anything is, as a matter of fact, the country operating as a cooperative. I think this is because, especially over the last three decades, we’ve been taught to think of the government as other, something that’s done to us rather than something we should be participating in.

    • i am actually very nervous about this..

      ..it has so much potential to spin out of control..

      ..on a local-level ukraine is riddled with russian miliary-bases..

      ..and those uprising-citizens now controlling kiev are in the main neo-nazi/fascist groups funded/supported by america..

      ..and with half the county russian in origin..the other half pro-europe-intergration..

      ..there are so many local fuses..

      ..and on a geo-political level this is part on the ongoing cold war against russia..

      ..and part of the neo-con program of regime-change..over recent decades..

      ..and for putin..he either lies down and becomes americas’ ‘bitch’..as the american empire sits panting right on his doorstep..(anyone see that happening..?..)

      ..or he ‘fights’ back..

      ..it is for all these reasons i am very very nervous about this one..

      ..more so than over any other recent international ‘incident’..

      ..this one has the potential of/for an out of control..

      ..unravelling..

      phillip ure..

    • bad12 9.2

      Me thinks that should the divisions in Ukrainian society deepen into a real fight between anti-Russian and Pro-Russian factions which becomes bloody, Putin will not sit idly by and the Tanks will again roll across the Cossack Steppes,

      Its a bit further East than the norm for the usual river of blood that has soaked European soils down through the ages, but,the current situation has the ability the become a war involving all of Europe,

      The impoverishment of whole Nations caused by the Global Financial Crisis adds another necessary ingredient to the stew that would create an unnecessary war…

  9. mod mod mod – mod mod-eration..

    phillip ure..

  10. bad12 11

    Listening to the head of NZ greyPower on RadioNZ Nine to Noon this morning i was struck with how badly we treat the aged, along with the children living in what is abject poverty,

    It would seem that poverty among the elderly is on the rise as a direct result of ‘Rents’ also being in a state of constant inflation especially in the cities,

    Auckland where the maximum payment of the Accomodation Supplement is said to be $220 a week has the highest growth of poverty among the aged as the game of Monopoly takes more and more of a pensioners entitlements every year and the Accommodation Supplement has been static at that $220 for the past 9 years,

    Bill English and Nick Smith have an answer to all this of course, sell off 20% of the Housing NZ estate to National Party voters and donors with a consistent track record, thus creating even more ‘candidates’ for the private sector rental market to plunder,

    This problem is going to grow as the Baby Boomer bulge gets to retirement age and i will not here go through the complex game of wealth transfer that occurs between the landlord class in this country and the foreign owned banking cartels, BUT, i will state quite bluntly that raising the amount of the Accommodation Supplement will help no-one in the long term simply intensifying that wealth transfer to the foreign owned banks,

    My view is that this whole unholy alliance that has been created between the middle class of New Zealand and the foreign owned banks need have a large spanner jammed in its works,

    The Government itself need involve itself in building factory built housing for the growing tide of young and old being impoverished by the rent demands of the middle class, with the profit motive removed such construction of factory assembled housing units which could be sited on serviced sites already owned by the State in clusters so as to make best use of such scarce land, would mean housing costs of well under 100,000 dollars per individual,

    A new Ministry of Works should be created to accomplish such a major and much needed build of State units suitable to house single and retired people thus freeing up what is left of the HousningNZ estate for those with children…

    • RedLogix 11.1

      i will not here go through the complex game of wealth transfer that occurs between the landlord class in this country and the foreign owned banking cartels

      As a landlord myself (how I dislike that word) – I could not agree more.

      Personally I would welcome exactly the solution you suggest – while the speculator class who just happen to be landlords would of course hate it.

      whole unholy alliance that has been created between the middle class of New Zealand and the foreign owned banks

      Which has arisen primarily because we needed to invest in something to support our retirement. The Super may well prevent abject poverty but it’s way short of being able to enjoy life and visit the grandkids.

      Stashing cash in the bank just gets you poor slowly.

      The sharemarket was just a way to get poor unexpectedly and suddenly.

      And the finance houses have been proven a way to get poor with certainty.

      That left housing as the only option. (And it’s way short of ideal as well.)

      So while it’s no doubt appealing to shove it to the middle-class with your spanner – you might want to consider what could be achieved with a carrot instead.

      • bad12 11.1.1

        Red, i fully understand the rational decision of a masse of the middle class to invest in rental property,

        The NZ share-market vultures and thieves would make such an investment the only logical one when investment losses and gains are viewed through the lens of history,

        My banging on constantly about this masse investment in rentals by the middle class, 200,000 homes having made the transition from home to rental investment in 20 years should in no way be taken as a personal denigration of yourself or any other individual who has taken that rational decision,

        However, my belief that such investment is not contained within any particular political demographic, such investment is likely to have occurred across the political spectrum and my worry about such as far as the left goes is that personal imperatives may come to the fore when any party of the left makes decisions about the needed numbers of State Housing,

        Obviously there are a couple of juicy monetary considerations given out by successive Governments both left and right which further the desire for rental investments, the ability to deduct interest payments from personal taxation and the Accommodation Supplement payments to the tenants,(ending up a direct subsidy through the rental investor to the banking cartels),

        Given the nature of city rents i would suggest that everyone with a household income of less than 30 or 40,000 a year should be provided a State house and as i suggest above, that consideration is a growing one as the Baby Boomer bulge begins retirement en masse and the real need is to stop the abbhorent 20% sell-off of the current HousingNZ stock which will simply fuel demand in the rental sector and create even more house price and rental inflation,

        My proposal above is a simplification of what are complex issues along with my view that a rebuild of State Housing stocks should concentrate upon clusters aimed at the single or retired coupes demographic which would free up the larger houses,(whats going to be left of them),for low waged working families…

        • bad12 11.1.1.1

          Red, a PS, i have deliberately not answered the inflammatory last little bit of your comment, but, its such an attitude in a nutshell that has 800,000 voters sitting on the sidelines looking at the Labour Party like it is a creature chock full of strangers from another planet,

          If i fully understand that comment it seems to suggest that as that investment property owning middle class has effective control of the Labour Party and also has the poor by the balls in light of the continued sell off of the States rental stocks by the National Party this middle class rental property owning demographic should be rewarded for letting go of the testicles of the poor…

      • Draco T Bastard 11.1.2

        So while it’s no doubt appealing to shove it to the middle-class with your spanner – you might want to consider what could be achieved with a carrot instead.

        They’ve had the carrot for the last thirty years – the country is worse off because of it.

  11. Herodotus 12

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11211046
    Are not these the same group that has profited by quantitive easing ?
    As a result what ground gets wrongly demonised ??
    http://thestandard.org.nz/damien-grant-thinks-tax-fraudsters-are-more-worthy-than-beneficiary-fraudsters/
    Who is the real enemy of the state ? Perhaps there is a real solution to how to fund govts.

  12. BM 13

    Shane’s doing a good job for the red team.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11211496

    On the down side it does rather make Cunliffe look like the wrong choice.

    • marty mars 13.1

      Shane could be doing a winston – this could stir up a bit.

      Interesting in this report that

      The current draft plan has come under fire because some building projects would require iwi input, meaning Aucklanders might have to pay thousands of dollars in extra consent fees.

      There are more than 3,500 sites across Auckland which have been identified as being of cultural significance to Maori.

      That is forcing applicants to consult with up to 19 different iwi based as far away as Whangarei in the north and Paeroa in the south.

      Each individual iwi can request a site visit for which some are charging up to $2,500.

      They can also request a ‘Cultural Impact Assessment’ at a further cost of around $3,000.

      However, not all iwi are charging those fees and say they are disappointed some are.

      http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/last-chance-aucklanders-have-say-draft-unitary-plan-5854098

      Is this just scare-mongering?

      • BM 13.1.1

        I was going to write he seems to be channeling Peters.

        Do you think this is Jones working his own strategy , trying to position himself as the only choice for new Labour leader after this years election?

        • Danske 13.1.1.1

          It is a plausible scenario: Jones taking over the leadership after Cunliffe’s electoral defeat. Fingers crossed it does not need to happen.

    • bm..you remind me of an idiot commenter @ kiwiblog called kiwiinamerica..

      ..over what seemed like forever..he beseiged the site with the reasons why hillary clinton wd beat obama for the nomination..

      ..and then all the reasons why mccain was going to beat obama..

      ..shine on.!…you crazy/denying diamond..!

      ..eh..?

      ..phillip ure..

  13. tricledrown 14

    Brainless Moron is to busy being comfortly dumb.
    …eh .phil.
    Incest is a hard ACT to follow.Dickensian days are here again
    285,000 reasons not to vote Nactional.

  14. Saarbo 15

    The attached article from the Fonterra website highlights Fonterra Australia MD Judith Swales calling for “more flexible work practices in Australia”

    Amazingly she wants to “make dairy faming more appealing”

    by

    “Ms Swales suggested a review around penalty rates for casual labour on dairy farms and greater access to 457 visas to help increase Australia’s milk supply”

    Basically the sub text of this article suggests that the reason NZ dairy farming is so strong is because we pay our workers such shit wages that dairy faming is profitable in New Zealand.

    https://www.fonterra.com/fencepost/wps/myportal/fp/!ut/p/b1/04_SjzQxMzI0M7M0MtGP0I_KSyzLTE8syczPS8wB8aPM4r0sHM2cnAwdDfzd_Q0MPE3D_F28HB2NDIJNgQoigQoMcABHA0L6_Tzyc1P1c6NyLAD11rPO/dl4/d5/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS80SmtFL1o2X0o4QTZCQjFBME9HTzAwSTVWT0RKQUEyT0k0/?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/myconnect/fencepost/fencepost/news/rural+news/fonterra+calls+for+workplace+flexibility

    That link looks messy..off the Fonterra website.

    • Murray Olsen 15.1

      Shit wages and compliant local and national governments that hand over all the water to them. Geographically, Aotearoa has fairly predictable water, and topsoil. Australia has this in a few places. I can’t see Fonterra capturing their regulatory bodies to the extent they would need to in order to make huge profits.

  15. McFlock 16

    Excellent public meeting with Annette King, the dn mps and some panellists on healthcare in otago/southern dhb. Very well attended.

    What I found interesting was that the MPs were careful to address healthcare as part of a wider issue – inequality. Bodes well for the campaign.

    One of the more surprising comments was from the orthopaedic surgeon on the manel – he said he was glad he wasn’t operating today, because it was raining and he guaranteed that there would be buckets in the theatre to collect the drips from the ceiling. fucksake.

  16. Penny Bright 17

    FYI

    To Solicitor-General: Graham McCready’s response to Proposed Defendant’s submissions:

    February 28, 2014

    From: Graham McCready

    Date: Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Subject: Application to Prosecute Len Brown – Response to Proposed Defendant’s submissions

    Please find attached the final submissions of the proposed private prosecutor on this issue.
    I ask these are taken into account before the decision is made today.

    Graham Mc Cready

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz/to-solicitor-general-graham-mccreadys-response-to-proposed-defendants-submissions/

    • bad12 17.1

      Thanks for being unusually succinct Penny, i would love to see a brief of the proposed evidence that you lot intend to use to try and convict Len of anything,(spose that’s impossible tho sub judice and all that)…

      • ianmac 17.1.1

        Yep bad 12. A weird puzzle for a non-Aucklander to figure just what the problem is.

        • bad12 17.1.1.1

          Indeed ianmac, if that lot manged to get rid of Len i wonder what they think will replace Him, perhaps Penny as an also ran in that Mayoralty election has dreams that Brown’s removal would result in Her ascendency and like you i cannot fathom their hitching of the rid Auckland of Len campaign they are waging to that of the ‘wing-nuts’ as well as the wide gap between allegations and evidence they as yet have not publicly addressed,

          i should imagine that if as i expect the Crown prosecutor refuses to prosecute through lack of evidence the cry of bias will ring loud and share market registers will be minutely examined to try and attach the prosecutor to Sky city,

  17. Penny Bright 18

    Yes – ‘us lot’ who managed to get John Banks committed to trial for electoral fraud weren’t supposed to succeed on that front either ………

    Have you bothered to check out yet those who REALLY run the Auckland region?

    http://www.committeeforauckland.co.nz membership

    Try joining up a few dots …………………

    Not hard – once you get over the ‘willful blindness’ affliction, and ‘follow the dollar’?

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

    • bad12 18.1

      Is that right Penny, by us lot you might have to include me as it was i who paid Graham Mac’s phone arrears which i sure as hell wouldn’t have had i believed Banks had no case to answer,

      The continued attack on Brown tho looks to me to be a complete waste of the courts time, of course you may have ‘the smoking gun’ in the form of direct oral evidence from high up managers of one or more of the hotels involved who is willing to give evidence that the free rooms and upgrades were given to Len on the basis of payments for favors past or future and that both the hotels and Len Brown knew this,(if you have i will have to make a contrite mea culpa but don’t see that happening),

      Without the above Penny you have nothing with which to convict Brown of anything and this whole escapade simply becomes a sideshow,

      In the unlikely event that you managed to unseat Len i would be interested in what you see His replacement would behave like, you might think Brown ‘the evil Mayor’, just wait until one of the ‘wing-nuts’ takes the chair that will make Brown look like a choir-boy…

      • karol 18.1.1

        Well, I heard on RNZ Checkpoint in the last hour that McCready’s attempt to sue Brown has been rejected – evidence does not meet the bar needed for prosecution to begin.

        • bad12 18.1.1.1

          i will have to resist the urge to GLOAT, loz excuse that little outburst, so Penny, perhaps now you can feel free to release a draft of your ‘actual’ evidence,

          i read the PDF attached to your earlier comment from Graham Mac to the Crown prosecutor and sad to say the only evidence it contained was the usual ”i thunk it therefor it is allegations”,

          Do neither of you two understand the difference between Brown and Banks cases, in the Banks case there were two witnesses prepared to stand in the witness box and say what was ‘thunk’ actually occurred, in the Brown case there were how many witnesses???…

  18. vto 19

    I love the Christchurch street art…

    … spectacular, moving, passionate, provocative, powerful…

    check it

  19. floyd 20

    I found it deeply ironical and disturbing to see that key handed the award of New Zealander of the Year to Dr Lance O’Sullivan. This is the man(key) who has overseen the breakdown of our democratic society and created absolute poverty and deprivation to thousands of our citizens and then denied it’s existence. Dr O’Sullivan is the man picking up the pieces in the worst off areas in the North and helping put these people back together, with the help of donations from many people who don’t have much themselves but have heart and soul.
    key was on natrad this morning explaining in suitably modest tones that he is our MOST POPULAR PM EVER because he is just an ordinary kiwi BLOKE and that what you see is what you get and PEOPLE LIKE THAT IN HIM Sorry for shouting, but wouldn’t be fit to clean Dr O’Sullivan’s shoes.
    Expecting his next appearance in gumboots,farmer hat and black singlet. I still cannot believe that he is our pm. We deserve much,much better.
    Will be donating to Dr O’Sullivan to help in his fight to give his patients the treatment and assistance that they deserve,

  20. Draco T Bastard 21

    The free capitalist market doing what it was designed to do:

    “Gone are the days of staff positions,” says Daniel Lay, a visual effects animator who runs the influential VFX Soldier blog that tracks industry trends. “If you aren’t on a project at the company you work for, you were laid off. Smaller companies have transitioned to offering no benefits and employee misclassification.”

    This has been a boon to the six major studios that the MPAA represents. According to the Hollywood Reporter, those giants “combined to generate more than $4.3 billion in operating profit in 2013, up 23 percent from $3.5 billion in 2012.”

    Lower wages and job insecurity for the many and higher profits for the few.

    Although, if that article is correct, we can kiss our movie industry goodbye. Just another fuckup by Labour and National.

    • bad12 21.1

      It will be an interesting watch when Bizz begins to import that scenario into the New Zealand economic equation and apply it across the middle class,

      Slippery the Prime Minister’s ‘brighter future’ payed for off of the back of the ransacking of the tax base and 80 billion bucks gross of Government debt will quickly take on all the dimensions of a bad nightmare for those who have been kept in comfort while the bottom third goes backward at speed…

  21. Huginn 22

    The bankers have started giving themselves obscene bonuses – again. They are impervious to embarrassment. They cannot be shamed. So, what to do?

    Demanding greater transparency about their fee structure, it turns out.

    Brent Sheather has written an excellent column (I found it hidden in the Herald’s Business section) which shows how bankers use complicated, layered, fee structures to siphon money out of investment accounts. It’s a pyramid scheme, and of course this is where the bonus money is coming from.

    His conclusion is that ‘ . . . NZ regulators still have an awful lot of work to do before the FMA’s vision of “promoting fair, efficient and transparent financial markets that restore and inspire investor confidence” becomes a reality in NZ.’

    Brent Sheather: When layers of fees stack up

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=11209687

    • Tim 22.1

      “The bankers have started giving themselves obscene bonuses – again. They are impervious to embarrassment. They cannot be shamed. So, what to do?”
      The French had an idea – they called it the guillotine. Whilst it might take a while – perhaps not even happen, but if it does Huginn, please don’t feel guilty if and when you’re unable to feel pity (which is what they’re desperately asking for)

      • Huginn 22.1.1

        Tim

        I read and occasionally post to The Standard because I believe in the political process
        I’m not interested in violence or talk of violence

  22. bad12 23

    Rosie, Rosie, your wish has been granted, you said it and hey presto weekend-social is back…

  23. captain hook 24

    Who does john key think he is. He is headhunted by boag and co with no known interest in anything except stealing other peoples money and now he presumes to change the New Zealand flag all on his ownsome because he doesn’t like it. to answer the question he is nothing but a parvenu manque carpetbagger with a big head.
    and he is about to get flagged himself.

  24. xtasy 25

    I do NOT know, whether anybody has posted this here, but Bryce Edwards posted a few links in his last summary opinion comment on the Herald, which is highly interesting. He offered a link to TVNZ, and a 22 minute long video, showing a background report on MATT MCCARTEN, who is, as we know, the new Chief of Staff in David Cunliffe’s office!

    I am totally mystified, why they do at TVNZ not broadcast such personal history profiles and documentaries, instead of all those crap cooking and supposed “talent” shows, but here it is, MEET MATT MCCARTEN:

    http://tvnz.co.nz/nz-story/s1-ep16-video-5799995

    So all who do not know the man, especially the younger ones, you can here get an excellent intro to Matt and his life!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11211561

    It seems there is much good stuff on TVNZ’s archives, that we never see and hear about, until they may feel “safe” enough to share it. Why is this? Is it because the government and the minister may not approve of it?

    It is time to tell more real stories about REAL New Zealanders, not just “shoeshine turn to speculative adventure gold kind” of glory boy Key and that lot, thanks!

    • xtasy 25.1

      They seem to have broadcast this in late January, but I did not see it, so who else did?

      • idlegus 25.1.1

        i did, was on a staurday at about 7:30 (from memory). was a great doco, & i couldn’t believe what i was watching, something sympathetic to the left, mccarten is a legend & a fighter. i’m a mana supporter, but am watching the cunliffe led labour with a lot of interest.

        • xtasy 25.1.1.1

          Thanks, we need more of this, and it is a shame that we only get the odd good, “real” program, that is in the MSM, and that is “informative” not just on biographies of persons and history, but that tell us what really goes on in NZ and the wider world.

          That is why I DEMAND we get a restored TRUE public broadcasting body , that is funded securely, is robust, independent and informs and educates, which is something NZ has not seen since the mid to late 1990s, when TV was globally privatised and was sold out, same as much of most media here.

          And the people can make the difference, if they only want, but sadly, most are so brainwashed and constantly inundated with commercial advertising and stupid programs, they all just “value” every little think on a “beneficial level scale” like, is this going to feed me, satisfy my thirst, get me a kick here or there, does it solve my immediate bill problem or else, and if it does not, they dismiss it as “unimportant”.

          Sad but true, most people are their own worst enemies.

  25. xtasy 26

    Meet and learn more about Matt, in all honesty, it cannot harm, and it may just offer more insight and respect:

    http://metromag.co.nz/metro-archive/matt-mccarten-better-red-than-dead/

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    Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says. “It...
    Labour
  • Turning up the heat on working conditions
    A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Organised by the Meat Workers Union, the campaign aims to put the spotlight on job insecurity in the meat processing industry....
    Labour
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    Greens
  • Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk
    Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says. "National’s failure to rebalance the economy is further exposed in projections from its...
    Labour
  • Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity
    John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says. “The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review...
    Labour
  • Bill English’s face is redder than his books
    The Government owes New Zealanders an apology for failing to deliver the surplus it spent four years and two election campaigns promising, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English’s face is redder than the Crown accounts. This is the...
    Labour
  • Is the Health Minister accountable to the public? He doesn’t seem to thin...
    Lately I’ve been involved in a sort of farcical standoff with the Health Minister, who seems to be under the illusion that I have no right to ask questions about conflicts involving Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich, and...
    Greens
  • Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit
    National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic...
    Greens
  • Minister closes down dissent on climate change
    Minister closes down dissent on climate change In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. “In...
    Labour
  • Heartfelt sympathy for Sydneysiders
    The Labour Party has offered its heartfelt sympathy to the people of Sydney after the hostage situation in the city, says Labour’s Acting leader Grant Robertson.  “Our thoughts are with all those who went through this horrific and traumatic experience....
    Labour
  • Farewell at Phillipstown
    Last Wednesday, I attended the farewell for Tony Simpson, Principal of Phillipstown School. It was a very emotional event where many of us in the large crowd shed tears. Bagpipes and tiny tamariki performing kapahaka brought the house down and...
    Greens
  • The CIA Torture Report
    Earlier this week, the United States Select Committee on Intelligence released the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The report, which was five years in the making, looked into the CIA’s interrogation techniques from 2001...
    Greens
  • Haere Rā 2014
    We’ve almost reached the end of the Parliamentary year so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of my highlights of the term in this blog post. It’s been an absolutely hectic year juggling an election campaign...
    Greens
  • Labour applauds High Court decision on Ruataniwha
    Today’s decision by the High Court on the Ruataniwha scheme is a victory for NewZealand’s environmental groups, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson RuthDyson....
    Labour
  • A welfare system for the 21st Century
    Today Child Poverty Action Group released a background paper on ‘The complexities of ‘relationship’ in the welfare system and the consequences for children.‘ The report includes 16 recommendations to modernise our welfare system which is no longer fit for the...
    Greens
  • Welfare system out of date and out of touch
    A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare...
    Labour
  • NZ should formally recognise Palestine
    New Zealand should follow the lead of Sweden, and now recognise Palestine as a separate state On 30 October, Sweden’s new government formally recognised the state of Palestine, only the second Western country to do so, after Iceland. Down here...
    Greens
  • James Shaw’s adjournment speech on behalf of the Green Party
    It is a great honour for me to speak on behalf of the Green Party in this adjournment debate. I thank my colleagues for the privilege. I became a MP only 12 weeks ago, a period of time that seems...
    Greens
  • Time to end legalised cruelty of factory farms
    We can ensure that animals are kept in safe and ethical conditions. Claims of economic impact and practicality as justification for animal cruelty just don't stack up.Use our easy e-letter to write to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy...
    Greens
  • Government can’t rely on geothermal to grow itself
    While Electricity Authority figures showing geothermal has risen from the fourth to the second highest source of power generation are a promising sign for a geothermal renaissance, there can be no cause for complacency, Labour’s Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says....
    Labour
  • Big bickies for bosses despite subpar performance
    While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional...
    Labour
  • Consent should come before research grants for phosphate mining
      The Government’s decision to make a grant by Callaghan Innovation to Chatham Rock Phosphate is highly questionable, says Labour’s Science spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “The fact is that the company still has to get a marine consent to mine the Chatham...
    Labour
  • A Tale of Two Farms
    Pig farming has yet again been thrust into the public view with two programmes this week on Campbell Live highlighting the very different conditions for pigs on two very different farms. The first programme exposed the awful conditions on a...
    Greens
  • Dirty Dairy Accord failing to clean up rivers
    The first monitoring report of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord fails to show progress on cleaning up our rivers since the Accord was introduced, the Green Party said today. The Accord's targets for stock exclusion are weaker than the previous...
    Greens
  • The Indignant Kiwi: Why we need to do more to protect our national bird
    A kiwi, about to be released into the wild, was first introduced to Prime Minister John Key and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on her recent visit to New Zealand. By all reports, Dr Merkel was delighted to meet the rather indignant...
    Greens
  • Conflicted interests and health promotion; my opinion.
    As it happens, I know quite a bit about health promotion. It was an area I worked in prior to becoming an MP. What differentiates health promotion from the strict biomedical model, or from health education, for example, is its...
    Greens
  • Transparency on foreign buyers register needed
    News that Overseas Investment Office officials have been working on a register of foreign buyers of New Zealand homes is a welcome surprise, but Land Information Minister Louise Upston now needs to be clear on the details of the project,...
    Labour
  • National moves on state house sell off
    The Labour Party understands the Government has decided to move ahead with a mass sell-off of state houses. Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says he has been told by sources that Cabinet agreed the plan for their sell-off this week....
    Labour
  • Back-down on expert teacher plan welcomed
    News that the Government has backed down and returned to the drawing board on its flagship ‘expert teacher’ policy will come as a welcome Christmas present to schools and teachers, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Teachers throughout New Zealand...
    Labour
  • John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases
    Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today. “As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now...
    Labour
  • An astounding disregard for Māori Affairs
    I have sat on the Māori Affairs Select Committee for most of the last 12 years. I love the committee, its work, its constituency and I especially love how it works differently than other committees, with a strong commitment to...
    Greens
  • Plunging dairy payout will hit regions hard
    The plunging dairy payout will hit New Zealand’s provincial towns and farm service industries hard, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Farmers have been bracing themselves for this expected announcement but it will be small towns and those who...
    Labour
  • Reducing inequality creates a stronger economy
    An OECD report finding New Zealand has one of the fast growing rates of income inequality shows “trickle down” economics has failed and that everyone is better off under a stronger economy, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “The Government should...
    Labour
  • Government surplus target turning sour
    The Government’s golden surplus target is under threat with today’s Crown accounts showing the deficit is $260 million worse than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is two blows in one morning for the Government’s economic credibility after...
    Labour
  • Greens call for end to cruelty of factory farming
    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
    Greens
  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
    Labour
  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
    Labour
  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining.   “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today so the...
    The Daily Blog
  • Letter from Pakistan
    I was in Peshawar last week. It is a vibrant city with a real energy to it. It is my favourite place to be in Pakistan. You feel the energy as you drive around the city. I am in an...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
    The Daily Blog
  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
    The Daily Blog
  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
    The Daily Blog
  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
    The Daily Blog
  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
    The Daily Blog
  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
    The Daily Blog
  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
    The Daily Blog
  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
    The Daily Blog
  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
    The Daily Blog
  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
    The Daily Blog
  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
    The Daily Blog
  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
    The Daily Blog
  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
    The Daily Blog
  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
    HOW TO ELIMINATE one’s rival without getting one’s hands dirty? It’s a problem with a prodigious political pedigree. King David’s lust for Bathsheba drove him to order Uriah, her unfortunate husband, placed in the front line of battle – where...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
    The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time...
    The Daily Blog
  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
    We heard from the OECD on Wednesday morning (10 Dec) [Focus on Inequality and Growth] that inequality suppresses economic growth. (Here are Radio New Zealand’s morning reports on this.) This is hardly a surprise to many economists and non-economists alike. The key point in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
    Analysis (Text & Audio): Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey Headline: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us! 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.FiveAA’s Peter Godfrey and MIL’s Selwyn Manning present their last...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
    New Zealand’s spy agencies have long presented intelligence sharing with their US counterparts as mutually beneficial and benign. That stance has always lacked credibility and is now its impossible to justify. The just-released US Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
    The Daily Blog
  • Economic ideology destroys us all
    The OECD’s latest report says “The biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the gap between lower income households and the rest of the population. The negative effect is not just for the poorest income decile but...
    The Daily Blog
  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
    The Daily Blog
  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
    The Daily Blog
  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
    An important story in 2014 has been the Reserve Bank’s ‘loan-to-value ratio’ restrictions, which have made it extremely hard for first-time house buyers to get sufficient finance to buy a house. Corran Dann in TVNZ’s  Q+A (7 Dec) suggested that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
      This weeks Waatea news column - How should  Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
    The Daily Blog
  • This Is The Headline For Test Post
    This Is The Headline For Test Post Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut eget neque facilisis sapien laoreet volutpat. Nulla vel nisl nec purus interdum tincidunt. Phasellus orci sapien, vestibulum et pulvinar non, pellentesque eget leo. Sed...
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  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
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  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
    The Daily Blog
  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
    The Daily Blog
  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
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  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
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  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins   I don’t read the Sunday Star Times, so had no idea that they had just decided to make Judith Collins of all people a new columnist. Her appointment cements into place...
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  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
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  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
      Tau Henare accuses TV3 of stalkingA former National MP has accused TV3 of stalking after one of its journalists attempted to question a former Beehive spin doctor. Today’s episode of The Nation featured an unsuccessful attempt to question former...
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
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  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
    The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity. Obama claims cameras on every office would stop this type of brutality, these cops knew they were being filmed and killed him anyway. In...
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  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
    Once again National and Labour have succumbed to the “law and order” brigade enabling the passage of a Bill imprisoning people for crimes they might commit in the future. The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill allows the Court to...
    The Daily Blog
  • SPCA welcomes glueboard traps ban
    The Royal New Zealand SPCA applauds the ban on the sale and use ofglueboard traps in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today...
    Scoop politics
  • Review into Phillip Smith’s escape submitted to Government
    A multi-agency review on the escape of Phillip Smith to South America has submitted its initial report to the Government today....
    Scoop politics
  • Len Brown gets haybales from giant chicken and Ms. Santa Cla
    Today at 10.30am, Ms. Santa Claus and a giant chicken delivered haybales to Len Brown’s office, urging Auckland City Council to decline a resource consent application sought by cage egg producer Craddock Farms....
    Scoop politics
  • Increased Abuse of Parents A Predicted Outcome
    Family First NZ says that the increasing level of parental abuse , especially towards mothers, is an unfortunate but expected outcome of the rise of children’s ‘rights’ and the undermining of parental authority....
    Scoop politics
  • Brownlee’s Misplaced War on Acronyms
    The beleaguered Minister of Defence who reportedly cannot tell an RFL (required fitness level) from an AWQ (annual weapons qualification) has declared war on military acronyms while proving the proverb about those in glass houses....
    Scoop politics
  • Fluoride risks whitewashed in rushed consultation
    Ministry of Health propose to exempt toxic industrial waste products used in water fluoridation from the Medicines Act 1981...
    Scoop politics
  • Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand
    JUANderful Juan” in 7-Minute Migrante Video Project Shares Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics
  • Christmas Day in Prison
    Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main meal of the day, so that dinner will be served at lunchtime, leaving the evening meal to be sandwiches. This is standard practice for this day....
    Scoop politics
  • Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence
    Wellington (18 December 2014): The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, today urged Cabinet to look to the evidence before banning alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The Ministerial Forum on Advertising and Sponsorship...
    Scoop politics
  • EPA grants marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has granted a marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd to continue its development drilling programme in the Maari oil field in the South Taranaki Bight....
    Scoop politics
  • DHB puts staff and patients at risk in order to save money
    The Public Service Association (PSA) is alarmed that the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) is proposing to cut the 4 and 2 roster system, established nationally, for mental health nurses. The PSA represents more than 210 mental health nurses working...
    Scoop politics
  • Ambivilence about alcohol marketing recommendations
    Ministers Adams and Dunn issued a media release yesterday nearly two months after receiving a final report from their Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, and four years following an original announcement to review alcohol...
    Scoop politics
  • Alcohol forum recommendations: a step in the right direction
    The Forum has stated clearly that that it accepts alcohol marketing plays a role in heavy alcohol consumption and subsequent harm, and that young people need to be protected from it by regulation....
    Scoop politics
  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
    Mr Hager alleges that steps taken by the second respondent (the Police): first, in deciding to apply for a search warrant in respect of Mr Hager’s premises; secondly, in applying for the warrant; and thirdly, executing the warrant at his...
    Scoop politics
  • Holiday home hazards revealed
    Common sense ways to look after your property this summer Auckland, 18 December 2014 – Burglars aren’t the only threat to your home during the holiday season, says AA Insurance. It’s more likely to be broken water pipes, burst hot...
    Scoop politics
  • Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace
    Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace 18 December 2014 Funeral directors are relieved that Wellington City Council has finally dropped plans to charge families for permits to scatter ashes in public places. Funeral Directors...
    Scoop politics
  • RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege
    As an organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders, the RSA has today condemned the actions taken by Man Haron Monis during his siege in a Sydney café, and offered their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Tori Johnson...
    Scoop politics
  • Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges
    Almost seven thousand New Zealanders have taken part in a crowdfunding campaign, and have raised enough money to put a billboard up in Tauranga that is directed at Simon Bridges, the Minister of Energy and Resources....
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  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
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