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Open mike 29/09/2012

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131 comments on “Open mike 29/09/2012”

  1. T 1

    Samuel L Jackson’s expletive-laden election ad. I wonder if NZ would benefit from such an approach next election..

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/sep/28/samuel-l-jackson-obama-video

  2. LynW 2

    All lined up! Well I never!

    Key needs to tighten up political oversight Fran O’Sullivan
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10837235

    One more episode of official incompetence Paul Holmes
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10837238

    Fortune’s favourite comes unstuck John Armstrong
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10837232

    Dotcom Diary: A story of Keystone’s Cops Paul Thomas
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10837269

  3. deuto 3

    And the mud gets murkier – do we now have one agency bagging another – thereby deflecting from Key.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7745445/Police-had-queried-if-spying-was-illegal

    Police officers told the Government’s spies in February that surveillance of Kim Dotcom may have been illegal.

    But after its legal department reviewed the case, the Government Communications Security Bureau concluded their actions were legitimate.
    ….

    Inquiries by The Dominion Post have revealed police first raised the problem with GCSB agents at a meeting on February 16. Mr Key said this week GCSB became aware of the law-breaking about a fortnight ago.

    Officially a debrief on Operation Debut, which had culminated in a raid on Dotcom’s mansion on January 20, it is understood the February meeting was a “back-slapping” exercise, with a Power Point presentation.

    The potential problem and the subsequent legal review was not disclosed to Mr Key, who was unaware of the GCSB’s involvement in the high-profile case until last week.

    I had a Tui moment when reading the last sentence quoted above.

    • karol 3.1

      And good on the Greens for keeping the heat on the police. Looks like the police are covering their a*ses.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 3.2

      Evidently, the Prime Minister’s “control” of this organisation is not in any way equivalent to the “control” a pilot has over an aircraft. Or an adult their car.

      When police believe someone has broken the law, what is their usual practice?

      If this shiny brand new narrative is correct, the GCSB’s legal department decided the surveillance wasn’t illegal. Did they talk to the Director about it? Did they tell the cops?

      In what sense is Key in “control”?

    • deuto 3.3

      And Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s take on the GCSB fiasco – headed “Former PM aghast Key left out of spy loop”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10837316

      Sir Geoffrey Palmer says GCSB should have told its political master of Dotcom mission right from the start

      Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says he is astonished John Key was not told about the foreign intelligence agency’s involvement in the Dotcom case much earlier.

      Sir Geoffrey said Mr Key should have been told from the start.

      “I would have thought if the GCSB was using its sophisticated surveillance methods in a situation like this, it would be prudent to tell the minister. I don’t understand that at all.

      “In my experience with them, they were meticulous in consulting ministers when they needed, and should have.”

      And further down in the same article

      Mr Key also defended the police over another legal misstep in the case – the search warrants that Chief High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann found were illegal.

      The Prime Minister said describing that as a bungle by police was “a bit harsh” because it was a matter of differing legal interpretation.

      Bold is mine – is Key now questioning Winkelmann’s ruling? Dangerous ground for a member of the Executive (a PM) to query/comment on a Judicial ruling, IMO.

      • Tiger Mountain 3.3.1

        The history of some recent PMs is they seemed to enjoy the ruling class inner circle’s attention and inclusion in ‘cloak and dagger’ briefings. Key may just, and only just, have done enough backside covering to wriggle out of this one.

        But many more kiwis will now greet ShonKey’s utterances with a “Tui” response. The Blinglish certificate will probably rev up the succession plans of the other National factions too.

      • Poission 3.3.2

        Palmer is on the nation this morning to discuss the GCSB

      • Draco T Bastard 3.3.3

        is Key now questioning Winkelmann’s ruling?

        Key will question and cast doubt upon anything that doesn’t suit his narrative. We saw that in the British interview about just how dirty NZ really is and I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen both him and other NACT ministers use the same or similar language elsewhere.

    • freedom 3.4

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVc29bYIvCM
      Confusion in his eyes that says it all.
      Key’s lost control.
      And he’s clinging to the nearest passer by,
      Key’s lost control.

      And he gave away the secrets of his past,
      And said I’ve lost control again,
      And a voice that told him when and where to act,
      Key said I’ve lost control again.

      And he turned around and took me by the hand and said,
      I’ve lost control again.
      And how I’ll never know just why or understand,
      Key said I’ve lost control again.

      And he screamed out kicking on his side and said,
      I’ve lost control again.
      And seized up on the floor, I thought he’d die.
      Key said I’ve lost control.

      He’s lost control again.
      Key’s lost control.
      He’s lost control again.
      Key’s lost control.

      Well I had to phone a friend to state my case,
      And say he’s lost control again.
      And he showed up all the errors and mistakes,
      And said I’ve lost control again.

      But he expressed himself in many different ways,
      Until he lost control again.
      And walked upon the edge of no escape,
      And laughed I’ve lost control.

      He’s lost control again.
      Key’s lost control.
      Key’s lost control again.

      -my most sincere apologies to Ian Curtis and the lads

      • North 3.4.1

        Freedom……..brilliant, brilliant, brilliant !

        A thousand scourges upon the hypocrite dissembler, the gutless thing to whom power, however taken and maintained, is all.

        “Responsibility……..higher standards” – a sick joke !

      • Jokerman 3.4.2

        Excellent. “..they walked in line…they walked in line..they walked in line…”

        Another ” Atrocity Exhibition”

    • Dv 3.5

      The thing that struck me was that the spies GOT Bill to sign the certificate while Key was away.
      I got the distinct feeling of butt covering and don’t tell the ‘boss”.

      Can anyone explain how they could be confused about the immigration law?
      The other interesting fact is the spies got a legal opinion, so this was all a ‘simple mistake’ as implied by Key.

      It was all very deliberate.

      • Colonial Viper 3.5.1

        The GCSB is likely to have very direct and independent access to Immigration databases and the exact immigration/citizenship status of individuals in this country.

        They will have this because they will not want to tip off normal police and immigration channels every time they do a background on a target or are interested in surveilling a suspect, and because in some cases time is of the essence and you don’t want to be constrained by an outside bureaucracy turning their wheels.

      • BloodyOrphan 3.5.2

        Well I guess the real question is ….
        “Who instigated the investigation and why?”

        Those cats where trying to do a job, the real mistake was John Key using it to grandstand.
        He shouldn’t have told them to investigate a NZ resident in the first place.

        Furthermore those good men are the ones most likely to stand there and take it on the chin, that is what they do.

        Think about it …
        “Would Dotcom have discussed residency with those politicians?”
        And would that be blanked out of certain documents perhaps?

    • mike 3.6

      Ha! The police bite back.

      “Inquiries by The Dominion Post have revealed police first raised the problem with GCSB agents at a meeting on February 16. Mr Key said this week GCSB became aware of the law-breaking about a fortnight ago.”

      Please explain.

  4. karol 4

    Chris Hipkins: doing a very good job on relentlessly rattling Parata’s cage:

    http://www.labour.org.nz/news/key-and-parata-at-odds-over-schools

    “John Key and Hekia Parata are continuing the ongoing fiasco that is the Canterbury schools plan. Yesterday John Key assured Cantabrians that changes will be made to the closure plans, yet today Hekia Parata sent letters to schools formally commencing the process to close or merge them.

    “Schools have been given until 7 December to provide feedback on proposals for closures and mergers, the first two weeks of that time will be school holidays and for senior students, exams will dominate the rest of the school year.

    “John Key is out there trying to tell Cantabrians that the consultation process is a genuine one, yet his Minister of forging ahead with the legal process to implement decisions that appear to have already been made.

    • ScottGN 4.1

      Hipkins is doing a great job, he totally owned Parata in The House the other day. And I reckon of all the issues gifted to the Opposition in the last little while it’s Hekia’s train wreck stewardship of the Education Portfolio that could do most to undermine Key’s re-election chances in 2014.

  5. Netanyahu thinks we should bomb Iran and here is why

    • Netanyahu should be in prison he’s a phsycopathic terrororist who is the leader of a country.
      He’s no different from Assad in Syria if all he can talk about is WAR, freakin moron.
      Imagine if that CRAZY Fuckwit had yellowcake on his piece of dirt.

    • OneTrack 5.3

      Nothing should be done until an Iranian nuke goes off over Tel Aviv. And then we can wring our hands a bit to make it look like we “care” but say it was Israel’s fault anyway because they didnt let themselves be pushed into the sea by the arabs whenever they have been attacked in the past. And America supported them. And everybody supported by the US must be “bad” by definition.

      And it’s not like Ahmadinejad has actually promised he will destroy Israel. Oh wait….

      • BloodyOrphan 5.3.1

        Destroy the Zionist regime not Israel
        It’s separatism they (Iran) have a problem with.
        They’d never instigate anything, they are civilised.
        Israel is trying, but doesn’t have a Historical precedent to work with, hence Zionists.

      • BloodyOrphan 5.3.2

        In the name of peace means something to both parties, but where from here?

        They worry that the local populus will hold fear in their hearts if they aren’t percieved as strong.

        Neither side truly wants war, yet their words deny that fact.
        It’s almost “classical” in it’s current form, they need to play chess for it somehow.
        A formal “Togetherness” day maybe, or a great minds share a panel/expand some thought TV show, or a sporting challenge that can bring the two peoples closer in their hearts perhaps.

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.3

        Nothing should be done until an Iranian nuke goes off over Tel Aviv.

        Please remember it is Israel who has the unregistered nukes. And, only one country in the world has used nukes on a civilian population.

      • BloodyOrphan 5.3.4

        Absolutely, Bloody Well said M8! :-)
        Keeping them honest is paramount.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.3.5

        What a surprise, an ignoramus stating things that have been disproved.

        The Proof:

        The full quote translated directly to English:

        “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”

        Word by word translation:

        Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).

        So, no, neither Ahmadinejad nor Iran has said that they will attack Israel.

      • Vicky32 5.3.6

        And it’s not like Ahmadinejad has actually promised he will destroy Israel. Oh wait….

        Ma dai! I had assumed that by now, everyone knew about the false translation of Ahmadinejad’s words….

  6. muzza 6

    Why didn’t CNN’s international arm air its own documentary on Bahrain’s Arab Spring repression?

    In late March 2011, as the Arab Spring was spreading, CNN sent a four-person crew to Bahrain to produce a one-hour documentary on the use of internet technologies and social media by democracy activists in the region. Featuring on-air investigative correspondent Amber Lyon, the CNN team had a very eventful eight-day stay in that small, US-backed kingdom.

    It is CNN International that is, by far, the most-watched English-speaking news outlet in the Middle East. By refusing to broadcast “iRevolution”, the network’s executives ensured it was never seen on television by Bahrainis or anyone else in the region.

    Yeah, thats the stuff, don’t hassle the dictatorships that you “support”

    • Jokerman 6.1

      EXODUS-Tradesmen and Tradeswomen Diaspora

      ol’ FOX aye, Blown Away (man ends own life on film, on screen)

      speaking of screen,
      FreeView- Taxpayers Fund 15M of Opiates

      maybe they could school ol’ Heckya Piranha down at King Salmon?

  7. Poission 7

    The Tea-leaf Paradox is by a number of commentators described as Einsteins best paper here it describes the inverse response by an action (stirring ) for the migration of the tea-leafs to the centre and bottom of the teacup ( by frictional dissipation )

    The tea leaf paradox describes a phenomenon where tea leaves in a cup of tea migrate to the center and bottom of the cup after being stirred rather than being forced to the edges of the cup, as would be expected from a spiral centrifugal force.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_leaf_paradox

    Or as Einstein suggested .

    Hence in the case depicted in Fig. 2 the erosion is necessarily stronger on the right side than on the left.

    http://people.ucalgary.ca/~kmuldrew/river.html

    As they cannot override the Laws of Physics,the change is coming or as someone suggested (a quote I cant find) John you cant stop spring by cutting down the flowers.

  8. marsman 8

    A very good article on Stuff Nation written by a reader. It has a prominent headline on the page so hopefully will get a fair bit of exposure.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/7741651/Less-beneficiary-bashing-more-compassion-needed

  9. Jokerman 9

    The Nation-

    Colin James-devolved style of P.Mship not helpful with LESS CAPABLE ministers
    -international press-“just the facts make us look like Hillbillies” pa..

    Shearer-started well, plateaued, then a small climb (nice tie)

    to the Fair(not)fax dogs-foreign investment is ALREADY POLITICISED, fools

    Martha Nussbaum in “Poetic Justice”on why Judges should read novels.

    Pray God us keep
    From Single vision and Newton’s sleep!-William Blake

    God lives where we let Him in.-Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Kotzk

    • ianmac 9.1

      I watched the entire The Nation for the first time. A very interesting program with succinct telling commentary from Geof Palmer, Colin James, and David Shearer. Worth watching but why the hell isn’t this in Prime time?

      Geof Palmer said of the GCSB that they inform the PM of significant actions and especially any that would likely become contentious. (Me: Was Key informed during those 15 briefing meetings this year? Can Key deny being informed? Yes because the GCSB cannot possibly publicly refute his assertion.)

      The interviewers with Mr Shearer asked searching questions and I think David gave as good as he got. David came across as thoughtful rather than glib. A good platform.

      • ianmac 9.1.1

        Just noticed in the Herald:

        “Sir Geoffrey Palmer says GCSB should have told its political master of Dotcom mission right from the start.

        Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says he is astonished John Key was not told about the foreign intelligence agency’s involvement in the Dotcom case much earlier……..
        …In my experience with them, they were meticulous in consulting ministers when they needed, and should have.”

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10837316

        • BloodyOrphan 9.1.1.1

          I’m sure they were trying to help as well, it was an obvious thing, many would have seen it’s downfall coming.
          It was announced by John Key himself on the Herald, that he was in charge.
          L8r he called for more involvement, and all of a sudden Dotcom happened.
          The chain of events is fairly obvious, he was covering his buttocks, but wanted Dotcom investigated.
          Just a Cowboy with power when it comes down to it.

      • Poission 9.1.2

        I thought this was a good piece for TV3 where the issues can be more broadly discussed,as posed trying to overfit the issues to a 90″ sound bite.

        Shearer framed or outlined the issues relatively well,and did not rise to the logical fallacy of the “markets” are pricing the $ correctly. ( and which is a faith based entity )

        DS correctly identified that there needs to be a mixed model ( both fiscal and monetary) to correct the asymmetry that prevails in the economy at present.

    • millsy 9.2

      Did DS give anything away as to Labour Party policies, or the direction in which he is willing to take the party?

      • OneTrack 9.2.1

        No he didn’t. It doesn’t look like they have decided their policies yet. Must be still running focus groups.

        Also Rachel let him off a few times when he wouldn’t answer the question that was asked. I couldn’t tell whether he didn’t know the answers, didn’t want to give the answers or had been told that he wasn’t allowed to talk about anything that wasn’t on his prepared script. But she will get her invitation to the xmas bbq for sure.

  10. Treetop 10

    At times like this the privy council is surely missed.

    The only way that Key can now get caught in the headlights is for someone from the GCSB to whistleblow that Key knew more e.g. was informed about GCSB spying on Dotcom since February 2012.

    Someone from the police could whistleblow as well. Marshall only has a three year appointment and once again he is being asked to investigate strong connections to Key which can prove that Key is involved.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      WTF has the Privy Council got to do with that?

      • Treetop 10.1.1

        So you have complete faith in the NZ judicial system.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          Its been pretty damn fine this year. Not perfect. But better than the US or British judiciary by far.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.2

          More faith than in the Privy Council and why shouldn’t I? NZers are just as capable as the British.

          • Treetop 10.1.1.2.1

            “NZers are just as capable as the British”

            Were it not for the Privy Council, Bain would not have had his convictions quashed.

            • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.2.1.1

              Really? So you know what the Supreme Court would have ruled if it had gone there instead?

              Wow, a real live Nostradamus.

              • Treetop

                When it comes to checks and balances I would have more faith in the Privy Council (if available) that the Supreme Court. The Bain case was not tested in the Supreme Court so the outcome is unknown.

                The police have no respect for Cheif Justice Elias’s authority. It is nearly five years since Patrick O’ Brien wrote to her about commiting multiple perjury and NOTHING substantial has occurred and probably will not.

  11. ianmac 11

    The appearance of “The Media” with Russel Brown on TV3 was pretty good too. National Standards. Mr Keith Ng has previously criticised Fairfax and the Herald for their publication of National Standards and this was a chance for Mr Ng to explain why the data is so dodgy, or ropey as the PM calls it. Unfortunately he was shouted down by Hartevelt and simultaneously by the man from the Herald. Wonder why they did not want Mr Ng to explain why it is a farce?
    Watch it if you can.

  12. weka 12

    The following was on NRT yesterday. I wonder if someone at The Standard could do a regular, or semi-regular round up of these issues like r0b does with Poverty Watch. Maybe Democracy Watch (dot.com, CERA, ECAN, Bennett/prviacy etc)? So much is being done by NACT, and with such spin, that too many NZers don’t realise we are losing rights all over the place.

    (sorry for the bold, can’t get TS formatting to work properly)

    The Ombudsman’s Office released its annual report [PDF] yesterday, which strongly criticisedthe government for its attitude to the law:

    The Ombudsman’s Office has warned of “highly dangerous” moves by the Government to keep information secret by drafting laws to avoid the Official Information Act.

    Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem says she is concerned at the increasing number of officials in government agencies who fail to understand the constitutional importance of the legislation.

    She pointed to several “reprehensible” attempts in the past year by officials to disallow Official Information Act requests for drafts of legislation, in particular on partial state asset sales, charter schools and changes to mining permits.

    “I think it’s the beginning of something that’s highly dangerous,” she told the Herald.

    This is extremely strong language for an Ombudsman, and it suggests that the problem is serious. After thirty years of growing transparency, the government is trying to roll back the Act – and officials are taking their lead. Its not something we should let them get away with. 

     
    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/international-right-to-know-day.html 

  13. captain hook 13

    they never were businessmen.
    just a collection of inheritors and grabbers out for anything they can get.

  14. captain hook 14

    and has Len Brown fired the POAL managment yet?

    • Te Reo Putake 14.1

      T :roll:

    • Hey try this ….

      “Hey LEN BROWN Have you sacked the mangement of POAL yet M8!”

      I had to add the yet, damn ur repetitive M8!

      • Te Reo Putake 14.2.1

        Repetitive and stupid. Brown can’t sack the board, it’s not within his powers. But Captain Hook knows that and is just trolling.

    • Tiger Mountain 14.3

      @ Cap’n Hook–14
      Hey, he is not “Red Len”, if he was he could appeal to residents and ratepayers with the left pro worker arguments some have made at the Standard and elsewhere and try and force them all to resign. But technically he can’t and more importantly he won’t because “Lenslide” has been substantially captured by business. Plus he is eating a regular helping of Wellington s**t sandwiches in the vain hope his transport vision may sneak through if he plays nice.

      Doesn’t work, the right wing fleas play for keeps unlike misguided social democrats.

    • tc 14.4

      Can Len sack the board? Did rortney and shonkey give allow him that ability….

    • tc 14.5

      Can Len sack the board? Did rortney and shonkey allow him that ability….

    • OneTrack 14.6

      But he cant do that. He still needs more money for his plans and he has put the rates up as much as he can for the monent. He wants to leave a “legacy” for future generations saying Len was here.

  15. prism 15

    Kim Hill quoting Al Gore on preparing for environmental and economical change “What do we do to prevent people going direct from denial to despair”. What a telling slogan.

    This interview from Radionz is stuff for all those likely to be alive in about 15 years – I will be on my way out but could die happier knowing that a large group of intelligent, thoughtful, pragmatic and practical people had formed a definite bloc to see that we transitioned into the new aware simpler no-growth community with local core and focus and well-informed about the rest of the world.

    On Radionz this morning listen audio in about an hour
    11:05 Richard Heinberg
    Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. He is the author of ten books, most recently The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality (New Society, ISBN: 9780865716957). He is visiting New Zealand for presentations in Auckland (30 September, University of Auckland Business School), Hamilton (1 October, Hamilton City Council Lounge) and Tauranga (1 October, Baycourt Exhibition Hall).

    • muzza 15.2

      No one should quote Al Gore when citing anything to do with the environment Prism, (Kim Hill is not all that clued up, and easily “star struck”, and actually does not understand simple concepts), the man has no credibility, and no interest other than furthuring an agenda many want to believe either does not exist, or includes them!

      http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/27/as-un-opens-its-general-assembly-session-it-is-already-thinking-up-new-global/

      Yeah it all sounds great at face value, you gotta save all those poor people, but really thats not happening is it or it would have by now, and the funds which are lent by nations, borrowed from the same “institutions” who manage and control the UN,, and its NGO offshoots, its a dirty little loop, which people like to pretend does not exist. Borrow to “save the less off”. from , run yourself into debt, then we can use our “global banking arms” to come bail you out, but we will take your resources, and your sovereignty as well.

      When the nations who are supposed to give funds to the less off, are disintegrating themselves onto basket cases, one has to question the altruistic sincerity of the UN, IMF, WB, WTO, UNESCO etc

      Hey but “we” will BS people into thinking that we can tax the billionaires, even though “we” are the billionaires, and our wealth is untouchable, because, well “we say it is”, and we make the rules up, and its all “off-shore” and/or in the ground. But we will let the people think we are going after the uber rich on their behalf, when actually we are going after “the people”, and their countries too!

      Carry on!

      • prism 15.2.1

        muzza – Don’t put me off your comment by dissing a good point because you think the person who made it was flawed. Al Gore has apparently got under the skin of some people like scabies. But that remark I quoted stands on its own as being what all people of good will would wish. Stop being so doctrinaire.

        There’s too much time put into mocking and dissing by some commenters. More time should go into finding things that can be agreed with, and then questioning how they could be implemented querying the validity of the rest. I have a rant now and then myself but it isn’t a useful exercise except for me. When someone attempts to think about a problem we shouldn’t be too quick in jumping on their ideas and muddying them. There is wasted time in scorning their attempts to reach some reasoned opinion that would improve the situation.

        • weka 15.2.1.1

          :-)

          Having a listen now. 

        • muzza 15.2.1.2

          muzza – Don’t put me off your comment by dissing a good point because you think the person who made it was flawed. Al Gore has apparently got under the skin of some people like scabies. But that remark I quoted stands on its own as being what all people of good will would wish. Stop being so doctrinaire.

          Prism, it was not personal, so don’t idly threaten to take it in that direction!

          The quote while fine at face value, is carried and delivered from a platform which exudes nothing but bad energy, and comes from a place of overwhelming negativity. Why do you think people are turned off by it, en masse! Once that issue is reversed, and the platform, altruistic, honest and with integrity, watch people engage voluntarily, en masse. Only then will the outcomes that you and I would both like to see, become free from the shrouded lies, delivered by forked tongues!

          There’s too much time put into mocking and dissing by some commenter’s. More time should go into finding things that can be agreed with, and then questioning how they could be implemented querying the validity of the rest. I have a rant now and then myself but it isn’t a useful exercise except for me. When someone attempts to think about a problem we shouldn’t be too quick in jumping on their ideas and muddying them. There is wasted time in scorning their attempts to reach some reasoned opinion that would improve the situation.

          You read my posts, so you will know that I have offered many suggestions on various topics, which I imagine scare the shit out of most people, probably because they realise that the suggestions, along with the repeated messages about them needing to get of their arses and engage if they want actual change, is the only real answer!

          Wasted time but more importantly, energy, is people not comprehending the playing field they are currently stuck on, and so the self important yet over cranially challenged like Kim Hill, who continue to use the corrupted vehicles like Al Gore, is to be ignorant to the core of the reasons why people are “turned off like scabies”.

          The solutions lie inside ourselves, and will NEVER be delivered with positive outcomes for humanity through mediums we accept as our “options”, by those peddled to us as “saviours”

          • prism 15.2.1.2.1

            muzza

            Prism, it was not personal, so don’t idly threaten to take it in that direction!

            Why so aggressive when someone makes a point? You seem to care about society’s direction but are quick to find fault with others that differ from you so you come across as self-righeous and arrogant. I think it casts a shadow on your work.

            And I’ll say no more on this. Pointless arguments over style are a waste of time, and trivialise the import of the blog.

            • muzza 15.2.1.2.1.1

              Why so aggressive when someone makes a point? You seem to care about society’s direction but are quick to find fault with others that differ from you so you come across as self-righeous and arrogant. I think it casts a shadow on your work.

              Prism – You ask a question, then make more personal accusations, followed by saying you want no more to do with it., a classic hit and run….

              Not quite sure who you are finding disagreement with though, I was certainly not disagreeing with you. If my explanations were not to your liking, fair enough. Remember that reading digital text is flawed with all kinds of assumptions Prism,. Your interpretation of my comments are not how they were intended, such as it is when there is not visual or audible signals involved!

              And I’ll say no more on this. Pointless arguments over style area waste of time, and trivialise the import of the blog

              While this is an excellent blog, I agree, I would not consider it to be as important as many on here want to believe it is. Those same people have the collective capabilities to make it incredibly important IMO, but that has not happened yet!

              Should TS become an important catalyst in “real life”, then it will require signifigantly more physical action from those who want to believe that sitting back and typing on a blog will result in meaningful change. Should that physical involvement not eventuate, then IMO those same people are actually contributing more to the downfall than they want to admit, or understand!

              No hard feelings intended, or taken Prism – I respect your comments

      • ianmac 15.2.2

        I think the new French President has just (today) announced a plan to tax at 75% the Super-rich French folk. Pretty brave as the very rich have very clever people to design the process to avoid paying tax altogether.
        But if it works imagine if taxing the very rich became the norm around the world! NZ? Yeah right!

        • millsy 15.2.2.1

          I read somewhere that he watered it down…

          • Colonial Viper 15.2.2.1.1

            I haven’t seen that anywhere. However the super-rich tax rate of 75% is only expected to affect two thousand people anyway. I’m not sure why France is even bothering. Their new tax rate of 45% affecting those earning over Euro 150K pa is the one which is going to raise a lot of money.

            • ianmac 15.2.2.1.1.1

              I heard that on a news report on National Radio (?) this morning. They were talking about billions of Euros. Will try and find it.

            • Jim Nald 15.2.2.1.1.2

              hmm …..

              http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/sep/28/eurozone-crisis-france-budget-spain-banks#block-50657792c0e3eab0be4929c8

              New tax rises worth €10bn for “wealthy households”…and €10bn on big businesses

              • €4bn will be raised by cutting corporate tax relief on interest payments

              • €2bn will be raised from French households through a new tax on share dividends

              • A marginal tax rate will be created, at 45%, tipped to raise €320m

              • A new ‘exceptional’ 75% tax rate for highest incomes, tipped to raise €210m

              • Lowering the threshold for France’s wealth tax, tipped to raise €1bn

              and
              http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/14/france-supertax-patriotism-brain-drain?INTCMP=SRCH

              Hollande has also warned that households will have to come up with an extra €10bn to help bring down the country’s public deficit. ….

              As well as the new 75% tax, a 45% band is to be introduced on incomes over €150,000 a year (up from 41%) and households will be limited to a maximum €10,000 savings on tax reduction schemes (down from €18,000).

              France is also looking to beef up its “wealth tax”, imposed on households with assets worth more than €1.3m including their main home. The threshold for inheritance tax has already been lowered from €150,000 to €100,000, a move expected to raise around €2.5bn by 2014, and there are moves afoot to raise the rate of capital gains tax.

              Even low earners will pay more income tax after the household allowance (the same as the personal allowance, only applied to families not individuals) is reduced from €2,336 to €2,000 a year.

              • ianmac

                Good stuff Jim. I had just caught the edge of it on the radio but thanks for the full report.

              • muzza

                Good stuff Jim…

                Won’t make much of a dent in the Fench debt though, which is heading towards about 2tn euros.

                Then again , most taxes only go to service the interest payable, which must be reaching the critial stages by now!

        • Poission 15.2.2.2

          In the NZ case you do not have to increase the tax so as in France,you can change the asymmetry in the tax system ,such as property.

          As most property purchases under 10 mil do not require OIO approval, non residents are competing with NZ’s for property ownership, the bigger bank ac will win.

          What useful benefit for NZ a non resident provides for owning residential property here it is difficult to ascertain. the Non resident has a benefit in a nontaxable capital gain ,which it is difficult to obtain in most jurisdictions. I hardly see this as a”productive investment”

          Tax tourists we do not need.

        • muzza 15.2.2.3

          http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/25/un-assembly-hollande-idUSL5E8KP9Z220120925

          UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The United Nations must immediately provide protection to areas liberated by rebels in Syria, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday, adding that President Bashar al-Assad’s government has no future on the international stage.

          In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Hollande also warned Iran that France would not tolerate Tehran continuing to flaunt its international obligations and threatening the stability of the region.

          “The Syrian regime … has no future among us,” Hollande said. “Without any delay, I call upon the United Nations to provide immediately to the Syrian people all the support it asks of us and to protect liberated zones.”

          So I’m going with , Hollande is heading down the expected path, vis a vis, the comments above to the UN. The chance of his 75% tax coming to a meaningful outcome for “average France”, more or less zero!

  16. Dv 16

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/schools/7745922/Reports-will-get-better

    Education Minister Hekia Parata has vowed that national standards reporting will get “better and better” after schools’ data was published on an Education Ministry website.

    We are addressing the concern that national standards data shouldn’t be considered on its own, so on our site it makes that caveat.”

    HOW is the data going to get better and better.

    NO moderation!!!

  17. Who would fly in an aeroplane with a pilot who refuses read his/her instruments and ignores instructions from the air traffic controllers?
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/national-and-due-diligence.html

  18. Te Reo Putake 18

    Reasons to be cheerful No94:
     
    A pompous right wing racist on a vanity blog has just referred to me as The Standard’s taniwha. The clueless git thinks that’s an insult, ho ho!

    • lprent 18.1

      :) PG? He does seem to be taking this whole banned thing rather badly. And I’d noticed that he seems to dislike you almost as much as he whines about me. Quite interesting obsessional pattern.

      You notice that he never ever looks at his own behavior. Just doesn’t consider that other people have the right to judge him would be my guess. Or he is incapable of sufficient imagination to see himself as others see him

    • tc 18.2

      Been busy, how long is PG’s ban for? The sites so much better for it as he was like junk mail….volumous and irrelevant.

      I thought the tolerance shown speaks volumes for TS as an oasis of free speech amongst so much low brow talk back centric crap that passes for journalism these days.

      • lprent 18.2.1

        Permanent. http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-13082012/#comment-506586

        We tolerate a lot in terms of opinion. But the people who work with content and tech on the site run it. Suggestions are welcome and they do get discussed around the email backend. But repeated backseat driving of telling us what the site should be for and how we shold run it is unwelcome, ineffectual, and simply stupidly ignorant. Having to repeat the warnings about it wastes time – something we are always short on. That is why it is in the policy as a self-martyrdom.

        Trying to dress it up the way PG did to attempt to bypass the wording of the policy just irritates me because it is really really dumb. I only look at intentions and his were pretty plain to anyone who’d watched people playing politics in decades in a party, not to mention innumerable businesses.

        • BloodyOrphan 18.2.1.1

          Link Needs a Page Number?

          • Draco T Bastard 18.2.1.1.1

            Yep, it’s here.

            • BloodyOrphan 18.2.1.1.1.1

              Onya, Thanks M8!
              Wow he got wound up didn’t he?.
              Sounds like “Spoken Words” he was living by at the time, trying to steer “Lefties” away I’d guess.

          • lprent 18.2.1.1.2

            Damn. Another good theory dead. I didn’t think it did. Adding it to the fix list. I have a fix for the almost everything to do wih pagination except the links in the comments box on the left. Problem is that page numbers in links are not permalinks.

            After we started getting posts with 200+ comments, the server loads started getting pretty high. So I paged them at 35 toplevel comments per page. Now I have a permanent link issue on fast running posts.

            DtB linked it above.

            • BloodyOrphan 18.2.1.1.2.1

              Bummer, could break all the links after time :-(

              • lprent

                There is a close off of comments on posts after 30 days.

                • But if they grow fast enough? and you do have links in other places.
                  Only mention it cause I’ve noticed it before.

                  • lprent

                    It is a problem that has shown up over the last year when the numbers of comments abruptly jumped pre and post election. Had to paginate the comments to stop trashing on the server.

                    I have done some work on it and fed some fixes back. But I’ve been constrained for time by release dates at work for taking time off. Need about 4 days to solve it in all cases. The pagination is a display implementation issue – it shouldn’t be showing on links at all.

                    But the hooks and filters have to be coded carefully in the plugins.

      • Vicky32 18.2.2

        I thought the tolerance shown speaks volumes for TS as an oasis of free speech

        Yer having a laugh, right?

    • Morrissey 18.3

      Reasons to be cheerful No94:

      Private Eye allusion noted.

  19. quartz 19

    Cameron Slater and his rightwing friends have lost it after dad4justice made an off-colour comment on Cameron’s post about his mum dying.

    And yet only a few years ago Cameron wrote post after post mocking the death of Folole Muliaga and her sons’ sorrow.

    • lprent 19.1

      I remember those posts. That was the woman who died after the power got cut off and her medial equipment failed with it. That was horrible, and having an arsehole like Camerson gloating on it would have made it worse.

      Cameron is rather known for considering that there would be two standards of justice and fairness. One for him and his mates, and the other for the plebs. For some reason he never seems to think anyone else has feeling apart from people like himself. 

      Bit of a primadonna aristocrat brat verging on sociopath in his thinking.  Personally I lean to the latter interpretation.

  20. Tony P 20

    Why am I having trouble with TS using Chrome? Getting this message when trying to move from one post to the next.

    This webpage has a redirect loop
    The webpage at http://thestandard.org.nz/why-the-left-still-needs-feminism/ has resulted in too many redirects. Clearing your cookies for this site or allowing third-party cookies may fix the problem. If not, it is possibly a server configuration issue and not a problem with your computer.

    Have to keep clearing my browsing data to get anywhere.
    Works ok in IE.

    [lprent: There is nothing on the page. Just tried here on iOS and Linux with chrome. Suggest a uninstall and reinstall of chrome. ]

  21. xtasy 21

    Do not forget that there will be a “Day of Action” against the proposed welfare reforms and further marginalisation and disempowerment of benefit dependent people on 05 October 2012.

    Activities like pickets are planned in various centres.

    Those living in Auckland may inform themselves about this, but a main one appears to be planned to take place in Henderson at midday next Friday.

    See this alternative blogsite for some info:
    http://waitemataunite.blogspot.co.nz/

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    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Bartlett case means Govt must act on equal pay
    The Court of Appeal victory for Lower Hutt caregiver, Kristine Bartlett demonstrates that both the Government and employers have been ignoring and not fully implementing equal pay law, the Green Party said today.The Court of Appeal today upheld earlier rulings...
    Greens | 27-10
  • Rotorua shift for Maori TV a bizarre move
    The bizarre idea to move Maori TV to Rotorua is either poor planning or possible political interference that adds to the perception of a service in crisis, says Labour MP for Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare. “Moving Maori TV to Rotorua...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Second rate deal a no go – Goff
    A second rate deal on dairy in the TPP would totally contradict the agreed purpose of the Pacific trade agreement, Labour’s Trade spokesperson, Phil Goff says. “Both the origin of the trade negotiations and leaders’ statements on its objectives emphasise...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Legal victory a boost for all working women
    Today’s legal victory for equal pay is a much-needed boost for working women at a time when the Government is pushing through reforms which will make it harder for them to get pay rises, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney...
    Labour | 27-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
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  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
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  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
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  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
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  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
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  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
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  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
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  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
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  • Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill
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  • Public now needs to have its say over new tolls
    “I welcome the likes of new tolls and fuel taxes going out for public consultation after these matters have been talked about for 20 years. However the timing is not ideal as it comes on top of the likes of...
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  • Kiwis to fight back against TPPA ‘corporate trap’
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes NZ First MP’s Resignation
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  • Stopping unnecessary roading projects solution to transport
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  • Fixing Auckland’s transport
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  • The New Zealand Gazette Moves into the Digital Age
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  • International report shows NZ struggling with child poverty
    A report by UNICEF International shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have scarcely changed since 2008 – this stands in contrast to a number of other countries that managed to significantly reduce child poverty in this time, including...
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  • Labour leadership candidates in Dunedin
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Dunedin on Thursday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF Report a Waste of Paper
    In response to the hysteria coming from the far left, Josh Forman of slightlyleftofcentre.co.nz writes the following:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Press Council opens doors to digital media
    The New Zealand Press Council, the body which handles complaints against newspapers and magazines and their websites, is offering associate membership status to news and commentary-oriented digital media including bloggers....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of ‘tolls’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy
    Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua....
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  • Lack of leadership blamed for decline in Gender Equity
    BPW NZ challenges NZ’s lack of leadership with the decline in Gender Equity Ranking...
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  • Richard Falk visit to NZ
    Professor Richard Falk, who recently completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will deliver a public lecture in Dunedin on Monday 10 November....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Apprehension for meat workers as employment law bill passes
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill today will send a wave of apprehension through the workers in the NZ meat industry says the Meat Workers Union....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • “Yes to Children, No to Poverty” Says Commissioner
    Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills will describe impacts of poverty on children, with a focus on local solutions at the Tū Kaha biennial conference for Māori health for the central region DHBs at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings...
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  • UNICEF report card highlights need for action
    Unicef’s child poverty report released today shows that New Zealand needs to be more proactive in pursuing policies to protect our most vulnerable members of society....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Children of the Recession: NZ’s shame
    Children of the Recession : NZ’s shame Media release Wednesday 29 October 2014 “It is to New Zealand’s deepest shame that the latest Unicef report on children living in poverty ranks us 16th out of 41 developed countries. “Every day...
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  • UNICEF cautions NZ child poverty rates are “stagnating”
    An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession....
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  • TPP Too Important for Compromised Finish
    The New Zealand dairy industry is urging Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners not to compromise on the quality of the deal to get it done quickly....
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  • Labour leadership candidates in Nelson
    Labour leadership candidates in Nelson The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Nelson on Tuesday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting...
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  • History is made. Equal pay not just legal but possible!
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota on their historic win. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Kristine’s employer; opening the way for...
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