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Open mike 30/01/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 30th, 2013 - 99 comments
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99 comments on “Open mike 30/01/2013”

  1. The Chairman 1

    There are no official figures kept on foreign ownership of houses and there are currently no restrictions.

    Estate agents, developers and buyers have complained that wealthy Chinese buyers are ramping up property prices..

    The Greens and NZ First have called for restrictions. Key accused them of racism.

    What’s Labour’s position?

    • freedom 1.1

      ummm, ask Labour?

      • The Chairman 1.1.1

        Seeing as affordable housing is their leading policy, one would assume they would have a strong position, utilizing the opportunity, maintaining the momentum, and capitalizing by showing decisiveness and unity with the Greens..

        Unfortunately, when a strong and clear position is required, they’re indecisive.

        It seems they need to talk about it.

        Poor form.

    • millsy 1.2

      I dont know any other country that allows unfettered overseas ownership to the extent that we do..

      Perhaps Somalia?

      • Bill 1.2.1

        Hmm. I don’t know of any country that doesn’t.

        What comes to my mind is Wales where there was an ‘unfortunate’ spate of house fires in the 80s and for ‘some strange reason’ those houses that ‘caught’ fire all seemed to be second homes/holiday houses owned predominantly by English people. (It may be continuing, I don’t know).

        But do you imagine for one moment that if all of the English owners of second houses in Wales had quit their housing investments that prices would have dropped and the availablity of homes risen for Welsh people and others living in Wales? Well, of course not. And even if the housing stock was reserved for only those people living in Wales, then simple market dynamics would have yet again concentrated ownership in the hands of a relative few.

        And it’s the same here, whether we’re talking houses or farms or whatever. And so I tend to agree with those charges of xenaphobia when they are directed against those who would niavely hold that everything would be okay if only those pesky foriegners – and disturbingly – especially those pesky foreigners we can readily identify by sight, and who come from a different cultural tradition, and who just happen to be associated with a nationality that is fast becoming the ‘official’ enemy of western (ie, our) states.

        If property prices are being ramped up because richer people are buying multiple houses then the solution doesn’t lie in vilifying one identifyable section of those owners of muliple houses but in dooing something concrete that is aimed fairly and squarely at every single last one of them regardless of their cultural or national origins.

        • The Chairman 1.2.1.1

          The Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey rates housing as ‘severely’ unaffordable at 5.1 times annual household income.

          Auckland is the least affordable market, with a median multiple of 6.7.times annual household incomes..

          It’s not NZ low incomes that are sustaining these ‘severely’ unaffordable prices

          Supply and demand. The amount of local wealth is limited. Opening NZ up to affluent offshore investors increases buyer demand., pricing locals out of the market.

          • Bill 1.2.1.1.1

            Concentration of wealth rather than the over-all amount of wealth is the problem. And while I can understand an argument that holds prices have gone up even further than they otherwise would have due to wealthy over seas investors/buyers, that doesn’t mean that a market accessable only by domestic buyers would make much of a toss of a difference.

            There is a demographic that can afford to buy houses and who can use previous purchases as collateral on further purchases. They exist and would persist even in the absence of foreign buyers and the market would merely be concentrated in their hands rather than the hands of them and foreigners.

            • Colonial Weka 1.2.1.1.1.1

              The difference is the exchange rate. The Brits were buying land were at one stage and easily outbidding the locals, and thus the property prices went up, quite massively in some cases. That was with immigrants, but you can see the same dynamic in places like Queenstown, where large amounts of houses are owned offshore. Stewart Island is another place where foreign buyers changed property pricing exponentially.

              So, sure, there are problems anyway, and only certain NZers could afford to buy property. But now houses are too expensive for even those people.

              If I lived in Auckland instead of the SI I’d no doubt be talking about the Chinese more than the Brits or Americans ;-) It’s a tricky conversation to be had, because obviously there are distinct racism against Asians issues in NZ. And yet, the overseas ownership issue, and immigration issues are real.

              Did the GP mention the Chinese specifically?

            • The Chairman 1.2.1.1.1.2

              Vast inequality and the negative implications of the concentration of wealth is a global phenomenon.

              The problem with the local demographic that you highlighted is further exacerbated by allowing unrestricted foreign ownership of houses.

              Moreover, the much needed investment returns (rents) largely leave our economy and head offshore, further adding to our fiscal shortfall and economic slowdown.

            • The Chairman 1.2.1.1.1.3

              Additionally, Bill.

              There are numerous issues driving up the price of property.

              Limiting foreign investment, hence immensely reducing buyer demand, would vastly slowdown the price increase.

              The reasons behind the problem with the local demographic that you highlighted are varied.

              Investor distrust in the sharemarket drives many investors into property

              With interest rates staying low and around $110b invested in bank deposits, that problem is compounded with investors seeking higher yields

              Bank lending, that finances many investors, also comes under the spotlight.

              Addressing foreign investment is merely one in a list of required initiatives to genuinely deal with the problem. But where is Labour on the matter?

          • CV - Real Labour 1.2.1.1.2

            Supply and demand. The amount of local wealth is limited. Opening NZ up to affluent offshore investors benefiting from economies where money printing is occurring increases buyer demand., pricing locals out of the market.

            If I may?

            basically NZers are stupid enough to exchange our real local wealth for overseas printed fiat currency. Not a good deal.

    • Poission 1.3

      Key accused them of racism.

      Key is subject to both federal capital gains and Hawaiian non resident property tax of property tax of 15%.

  2. millsy 2

    ‘Callaghan Innovation’ comes into being on Friday…

    Anyone know what it is supposed to do?

    • karol 2.1

      Good Question:

      Another grand scheme by Innovation Minister, Steven Joyce: Callagahan innovation.

      On November 14, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced the renaming of the Advanced Technology Institute as Callaghan Innovation.

      Callaghan Innovation is one of the Government’s key priorities to build a stronger, more competitive economy, and was a major recommendation of the independent Powering Innovation report, which looked at how to boost the growth of firms in the manufacturing and services sector.

      The purpose of Callaghan Innovation is to help get New Zealand’s most innovative ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace more quickly.

      Callaghan Innovation will have operations in Auckland, Wellington (including Hutt Valley) and Canterbury regions.

      It will help high-tech firms become more competitive by better connecting them with the expertise and facilities that exist both within Callaghan Innovation and across New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes, universities, polytechnics, and other research organisations.

      More on it at the above link.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    There used to be a word for forced unpaid work—slavery. Rehabilitation should be an automatic part of the prison system not an exploitative add on.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10862190

    • Dr Terry 3.1

      TG – Exactly! (Maybe they will be paid, but it will be a pittance I am sure).
      Rehabilitation? How is it that National got to hear that word? Kind of rolls around their tongue, feels good. National knows and understands only one word on prisoners (and beneficiaries) and that is Punishment!

    • rosy 3.2

      The Herald: (quoting Key)
      – Up to 1400 inmates will be working 40 hours a week – without pay
      – Inmates at Rolleston Prison had already begun 40-hour weeks in response to a demand for labour for the rebuild of Christchurch.
      -Asked whether working prisons were a form of cheap labour, Mr Key said: “Not really. There already are work programmes which are … sometimes controversial because they take work … off the private sector

      From Stuff: (quoting Tolley)
      – The scheme is already under way in Christchurch’s Rolleston prison, which has a contract with Housing New Zealand to refurbish earthquake-struck properties.
      -denied prisoners would be providing cheap labour for Corrections, pointing out that Release to Work participants get market wages.

      Not singing from the same hymn sheet it seems, and it looks like Tolley is the one who has the briefing notes.

  4. Te Reo Putake 4

    More on Timbuktu. The BBC and other news outlets are reporting that it now seems possible that staff from the two libraries may have hidden substantial parts of the collections during the occupation. Here’s hoping.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/01/29/heres-what-was-in-the-torched-timbuktu-library/

    • CV - Real Labour 4.1

      Gutsy brave librarians (HEH!), fingers crossed indeed :D

      • Rogue Trooper 4.1.1

        but wait, there’s more-
        (sadly air pollution in Beijing is “beyond index” and that is all that was clear in the Herald today)

        Dom (inic Crossan) Rules Daily (well, maybe not the editorials, but that’s a matter of opinion…)
        (yet that former school teacher and i, we see eye to eye, whats a dignified way to live, and die; me and you and a dog named Blue)
        on the subject of Education; “Govt funding not enough to provide even the basics”
        Principles? “struggling to meet 21st C expectations”, cos “IT-man that sucks up money” (maybe MS are really making vacuum cleaners)
        MoBIE- workplace health and safety rules not working-Play
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby_play (The- Everlasting- Sky is Broken; My Weakness? Natural Blues) Ministry of Primary Industries finally advises of warmer climate change predicting
        More Floods-More Droughts-and Productivity Pests
        and, and, Cancer is mutating from a “terminal” to “chronic” dis ease; can now “carry on” business “for a good decade or more”. (resistance to drugs will be a Major Growth industry Pharmacy) while the U.S economy vital stats are Banking, Building and Auto Ambulances.
        A military vizier to the pharoah advises that the Egyptian State may collapse (Spinxcters clenched)

        Holy Moses! (Travelin’ Soldier; now there’s some Southern candy.man!)

    • ad 4.2

      Timbuktu Name of the Rose redux!

      Peter Calder in the NZHerald today speaks of why it is so necessary not to get rid of libraries.

      I like all the gadgets, but my home library and study is my analogue retreat from the world. I am aprt of the long tail of those who will never give up analogue preference for reading in long form.

      • CV - Real Labour 4.2.1

        Got your library on Kindle? Did you know Amazon can burn it down at the click of a button from 5000km away?

        http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/10/23/why-did-amazon-close-a-womans-account-and-delete-all-her-kindle-books/

        • fatty 4.2.1.1

          Is it just me, or do all major corporations that could suffer from pirating repeatedly screw their customers to the point that pirating is the only option?

          • King Kong 4.2.1.1.1

            Not consuming their product is always an option.

            • fatty 4.2.1.1.1.1

              good idea…tell that woman to get in her time machine, go back and not buy a Kindle.

              Hang on, time machines don’t exist…bad idea

            • CV - Real Labour 4.2.1.1.1.2

              Not consuming their product is always an option.

              It’s the way of the future, as you have correctly identified, KK

          • Rogue Trooper 4.2.1.1.2

            fatty, Excellent work squeezing the pseudo-“righteousness” out of the “priest”; they clearly had not heard there is sin and didn’t seem benevolent to their compatriots (their thoughts were revealed, maybe someone slipped them a roofie in their Jungle Juice to cloud their future draping)

            The world exists through three things- The Law, worship and beneficence.
            -Simeon The Just (Descended into sublime curved-Space)

      • Rogue Trooper 4.2.2

        it was an Excellent article ad, imho

    • muzza 4.3

      From yesterdays tragedy, to todays hope!

      That’s the name of a book by Carroll Quigley – Maybe read it some time!

    • joe90 4.4

      Here’s a BBC documentary about Timbuktu’s libraries, including the one that was burned.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Heh_91lhenA

  5. bad12 5

    Slippery the Prime Minister spends up large on money He aint got and has a laugh at the Supreme Court while He is at it,

    Missed due to the enthralling tantrum befitting a 4 year old as Slippery the Prime Minister lost His rag going from making a ‘State of the Nation’ speech to yelling a torrent of abuse at the combined opposition,(brought about so rumor has it by an opposition MP taunting the Prime Minister on His way into the Chamber yesterday over whether or not the dead piece of animal fur that covers Slippery’s bald spot is really made from the soft hairs gently plucked from the anal crevice of a blind donkey called Brucie),

    The little gem that He,(Slippery), plans this year to spend 800 million bucks from the sale of Mighty River Power into the economy,

    What a grand economic vision, spending money that you aint got from assets that aint sold and where there’s every chance that the Supreme Court will rule against you in a case involving the small fact that someone else might have prior rights to the water flowing down that Mighty River,

    Some might call that confidence, more to the point tho it looks like a confidence trick being played by the Slippery little Shyster on us all,

    I suppose that when the Supreme Court in it’s wisdom rules that yes Maori do have prior existing rights to the waters of that Mighty River the Slippery little Shyster will simply borrow the 800 million He plans on spending from the sale proceeds to add to the 42 billion His Government has already borrowed in 4 years as a tax against future generations…

  6. bad12 6

    What did having me sitting up and watching with interest yesterday during the ‘State of the Nation’ speeches was John Banks when the cameras caught Him ‘in shot’ while focusing on the Prime Minister,

    I have to ask, is He(Banks), clinically dead and medical science is keeping some form of resemblance of life apparent???

    Banks gave every impression of being the ‘wooden indian’, not a facial tic,neither a smile nor grimace and nary a hear here as the Prime Minister gave the nation His impression of a 4 year old in the midst of a toy tossing episode,

    Banks tho seems to have taken to a very good display of anal retention perhaps fearful of spraying something putrid like fear into His diapers at the thought of His upcoming date with the judiciary in the form of a private prosecution laid at the Wellington District Court,

    More to the point i believe tho would be that the word He(Banks) got from Slippery the Prime Minister was that of ‘dear john’ if that private prosecution in the Wellington District Court enters a conviction against you, bye bye,

    Hey i know,how bout ‘Banksie’ for Mayor of Auckland, any takers??? ha ha ha didn’t think so…

    • just saying 6.1

      I think he may have overdone the botox.

      • bad12 6.1.1

        Lolz they must have done a Lance Armstrong on Him, He was wheeled out befor PrimeNews to blather on about something forgettable tonight his mouth appeared to be moving tho i cannot say the same about His brain…

  7. xtasy 7

    Paula Bennett’s and the Key led government’s most draconian, mean spirited and punitive welfare reforms in New Zealand’s recent history, are now increasingly being taken note of at the other side of the globe.

    Yes, ‘Black Triangle’ organisation and others there, who have been and are fighting the ruthless benefit regime put in place there, just having been tightened even further under the Cameron led government, have taken note of the concerns agencies and advocates here in NZ raise.

    New Zealand is being watched, and this is good.

    See the newest on CCS, what amongst others stuff.co reported, and what is being quoted and shared there:

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2013/01/11/new-zealand-british-style-work-tests-concern-tests-were-developed-by-disability-expert-prof-sir-mansel-aylward/

    http://www.politicus.org.uk/news/new-zealand-%E2%80%98britishstyle-work-tests-concern%E2%80%99-tests-were-developed-by-disability-%E2%80%98expert%E2%80%99-prof-sir-mansel-aylward_1833

    Also of interest soon:

    http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/tt5jz/panorama–the-great-disability-scam—panorama

    So Professor Mansel Aylward and his promoted tough work capacity testing, that Bennett seems to be so fond of, is going to be scrutinised “internationally”, while Bennett claims there is “international medical evidence” for the new approach to push sick and disabled back into work being justified and good.

    Her speech is full of one sided propaganda and pseudo science, referring to this bizarre “bio-psycho social model” Prof. Aylward and a handful other UK “experts” thought out, and are presenting as “international scientific evidence” (strangly almost only from them, in the UK):

    http://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/speech-medical-professionals

  8. Huginn 8

    Growing Up Poor (2012)
    A two-part documentary from the BBC following teenagers dealing with the pressures of growing up with one similarity – they are all surviving on under £10 a day

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pwyvx

  9. Colonial Weka 9

    Ok, so the trools are out in force today, but do we really have to give them a place at the dinner table?

  10. just saying 10

    LPrent, earlier today (11ish), when moving between posts at the Standard, I twice ended up back in time with the Standard as of the 24th of January. Just as I was about to tell you the phone rang, and then life intervened, so it has taken me until now to mention it.

    The reason I do is that the last time I was transported back in The Standard time, there was something quite serious wrong. It seems like everything is fine, so hopefully that won’t be the case today.

  11. AmaKiwi 11

    A very interesting read and possible Standard conversation:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/economics-blog/2013/jan/27/ultimate-davos-debate-marx-keynes

    It is an imaginary debate between the major modern economists: Keynes, Marx, Friedman, and Schumacher. Each offers their perspective on the present world economy. It also applies to the NZ economy and our politicians.

    Who do you agree with? Disagree with? Where do our leaders seem to be?

    • fatty 11.1

      interesting…

      Here’s a summary of what they would say…

      Keynes: Shit, this going nowhere
      Friedman: This is working…I was right when I said it’d be more efficient than slavery.
      Schumacher: Oh dear…they went with greed. I told them it would end like this.
      Marx: You fuckin morons, I told you this would fail 100 years ago

  12. karol 12

    Weird. The first Skynet copyright decision…. fined for illegally downloading/uploading 3 songs!

    • McFlock 12.1

      I get the impression that the respondent made a half-hearted attempt at an “intent” defense, but didn’t want a massive fine to result from a full denial.

      • karol 12.1.1

        But such small fry. I was somehow expecting the first decisions about someone who has uploaded/downloaded massive amounts.

        • McFlock 12.1.1.1

          True. It might be a strategy to scare and intimidate, or get some “per song” case history before cracking down on massive pirates (if they really exist, of course).

          • Jackal 12.1.1.1.1

            McFlock

            It might be a strategy to scare and intimidate…

            Certainly does seem to be something not quite right about the case. What it’s all really about though is provability…

            If you want to use content that’s not yours, it’s a bit of a no-brainer that you shouldn’t go and search for it using google and then download it from a public site with poker adverts or what not…

            Find one of the well known file sharing applications and use it, particularly those apps that retain anonymity.

            Most sharing apps aren’t accessible to tracking and despite what the government wants you to believe, ISP’s aren’t very well set up to track P2P data sharing.

            • McFlock 12.1.1.1.1.1

              I’d believe that when I see it.

              They might just have been testing the waters before going through their main target lists.

  13. He, Parata is in trouble.

    She has claimed that Ministry of Education staff losing their wages through server problems is “karma”. Obviously in her flea sized National issue brain it is the whole department’s fault that Novopay has stuffed up and she has no responsibility.

    She can now be described as the best communicator of reasons why we have to get rid of this Government. I do not think that Crosby Textor’s consultants can spin this around.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/parata-blames-karma-after-ministry-education-staff-miss-pay-day-5329868

    • fenderviper 13.1

      Oh yes what a great communicator this brainless woman is, she’s gotta go!

    • bad12 13.2

      Yes barely a day into the Parliamentary year and Parata is snidely at it again, it’s the one reason why i was hoping that Slippery the Prime Minister would keep Her in His Cabinet,

      Hekia an opposition asset every-time She chooses to open Her mouth…

  14. Rogue Trooper 14

    well strung shiny one.
    May be up to 3000 Samuels “humanely” put down at the NZP; SOE gotta make a profit; that’s M-C
    law. Now, of course (Not Guaranteeing Officially) there will be a Variety of “administrative costs” sponsoring these wee deserving dears; I know, how about we just help our neighbour (and their children) directly, be our sister and brothers’ keeper as Metiria so biblically put it. At our Station on the Way a garage sale is held and the items donated are, wait for it, Free, yes Free (a once in an Autumn offer, annually).cos in A Forest A Play For Today is Primary.
    Global and Local? Power to The People, Right On!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtvlBS4PMF0

    -John Lenin

  15. QoT 15

    Interesting coincidence: Russel Norman asks Key a primary oral question on climate change; Jenny doesn’t comment on the Open Mike of the day.

    • CV - Real Labour 15.1

      I’m pretty sure that Norman was ordered by his coal industry sponsors to do this in order to throw us off the scent.

    • karol 15.2

      And yesterday Turei included climate change in her debate speech – particularly the support needed for our Pacific Island neighbours taking the brunt of the changes.

      • bad12 15.2.1

        Shhh don’t tell anyone the Green Party have a specific set of policies to address climate change, they are just waiting for Jenni’s permission befor they release them,

        That’s a bit cruel ae??? come back jenni your attitude to the Green Party is ok…

    • Jenny 15.3

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention Qot. Much appreciated.

      You are right this is a damn good speech. Keep up the good work Russel.

      The only thing is, Key skewered him over the Emissions Trading Scheme. The fact of the matter is that the Pollution Trading Scheme, as it should rightly be called, is a Labour Party and National Government supported scheme to let the polluters off the hook. If I remember the debate properly, (and I do), at the time the Green Party had severe reservations about the PTS. Reservations that have been proved correct.

      Now is the perfect to rip the veil off who really supports this dirty scheme.

      Key in his reply, threatened Russel Norman that if the climate debate comes up in the election he will use the Pollution Trading Scheme to flay the Green Party.

      The Green Party need to answer fire with fire.

      And expose the Nats for their support for this scheme, that lets polluters off the hook to freely pollute at will. And dumps the bill on the taxpayers.

      I call on the Green Party to put up private members bill calling for the complete repeal of the falsely named, Emissions Trading Scheme.

      That should do it.

      Then we can have the real debate on how to concretely cut back on our CO2 emissions. Instead of being a “fast follower” let’s be a shining example to the world.

      The bill: The Green Party calls on parliament to completely abolish the Emissions Trading Scheme. the purpose of this bill to clear the ground for parliament to discuss a more proper and equable way to concretely cut our CO2 emissions.

      Let’s have this debate out. Right here. And ritght now, and during the elections. Without this terrible charade, clouding the issue.

      Whether it is the National, or Labour Party version of the Pollution Trading Scheme both versions permit Business As Usual to carry on regardless. (Which was the intention).

      Such an initiative if taken up by the Green Party caucus will earn them banner headlines and the respect of all sections of society. (Except probably the fossil fuel industry barons, who love this scheme.)

      • handle 15.3.1

        “That should do it”

        Yes, politics is as easy as you say it is.

        • Jenny 15.3.1.1

          Politics especially for those who do it in parliament is not easy. They are beset from all sides by all sorts of pressures from colleagues and from lobbyists and advisors and experts andn media and make over artists and flatterers and glad handers, all leaning on them not to make a fuss and to ignore their ideals and go with the flow, to not break from the herd. It is not easy to resist this pressure, even in your own interests. This pressure is so intense and relentless that some politicians are often left wondering. even to themselves Why on earth did I let myself go along with that?

  16. bad12 16

    Fletcher Building pop Slippery’s bubble tonight on OneNews, of course WE can says the Fletcher Building spokesperson when asked if it can build the houses the Labour party say will cost 300 grand,

    There are savings that WOULD be made from the economies of scale of building such houses under one contract says the bloke from Fletchers,

    Theres further savings that WOULD be made from designing out of such buildings unnecessary materials and being able to swap cheaper materials for more expensive ones in the design,

    Cannot build 300,000 dollar houses Slippery??? i call bullshit on that and Slippery on tonight’s OneNews was forced to make a sniveling back down on His previous statements when shown the tape of Fletcher building saying that such a build on such a budget was entirely possible…

    • bad12 16.1

      While i am on the subject great work from Labour’s Annette King in defending the “KiwiBuild” program +1 for making the Slippery little Shyster we have as Prime Minister eat humble pie for earlier having shot His mouth off that ‘KiwiBuilt’ couldn’t be built on those numbers,

      The piece on OneNews tonight was great on a number of levels as well as for the Kiwibuild, and i think that as a campaign piece you only need show that news clip over and over in every town-hall in New Zealand,i would tho ask you Annette to compare what You said on the news this evening with what Dave Shearer said on the same subject the other day,

      Draw your own conclusions but please consider that it is just that which has got most of the commenters here at the Standard fired up about Dave Shearer…

  17. Just watched David Cunliffe on tv in the parliament debate, he was articulate,spoke with
    meaning and sincerely, Labour under Cunliffe would streak ahead in the next election,if
    only he was given a chance,but i guess those within the clique inside caucus have the
    last say, an opportunity lost.

    • karol 17.1

      Thanks for the heads up. And it’s on YT now.

      • just saying 17.1.1

        Ta. Watched it.
        Yup, he’ll stand for leader if caucus calls for a vote on Monday.

        • CV - Real Labour 17.1.1.1

          You reckon? I don’t think he will, he’s been very clear that he’s not challenging. Time back in the home electorate with his young family, no pressure to prepare and present policy shit, out of the media scrum, sounds like a good career shift to me.

          • just saying 17.1.1.1.1

            Yup. Subtext.
            May need to be called on ….in the unlikely event that the caucus votes for sanity….

      • Olwyn 17.1.2

        Thanks for putting it up Karol; a very heartening speech.

      • JK 17.1.3

        Thanks Karol. Yes – that speech was well worth listening to.

      • Jenny 17.1.4

        A great speech. My only reservation, where once hot on the topic, Cunliffe never once mentioned the words “climate change”.

        Surely the government’s inability to address this issue is the biggest failing of all. And in fact is the policy where National is most weakest.

        My question to David Cunliffe is this;

        I know that in your speech you alluded to the government’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Accord, but why did you only hint at the matter?

        Why did you never mention the words “climate change”?

        David, are you constrained in your comments on this issue?

        Why couldn’t you say those two words? maybe include them in a short paragraph?

        “This government’s lack of action in the face of climate change, which surely is the single most threatening calamity to affect the future of our grandchildren and the world they will inherit, is climate change. This National Government by refusing to act against this existential threat is condemning our children and children’s children to a severely degraded environment where the safety and stability and beauty of this world which we all enjoy today will be forever denied. A world in which the natural climate necessary to sustain human society will be denied to our grandchildren forever, by the selfish inaction of our political leaders today.

        I hope I am wrong and that you are not constrained from challenging the government over their role in continuing with polices that worsen climate change. Or for that matter your own party for contemplating continuing the same polices when they are again the government of this country.

    • Te Reo Putake 17.2

      I noted the line about David Shearer’s Labour Party. No doubt now the phoney war is over.

      Edit: Phonies war?

      • karol 17.2.1

        He was toeing the Shearer Labour Party lines, but doing it so much better. That’s how a leader SHOULD speak. He was doing the “hands on” line, and “change”. And he had some little extras in there: talking about listening to the people, and a bottom up government, not top down as under Key’s government.

        The speech started off low key, then wound up to something sounding very prime ministerial. Cunlifffe is such a sharp, clear and articulate speaker… and passionate.

        • CV - Real Labour 17.2.1.1

          Yes Cunliffe does pretty well for a backbencher. Certainly a potential prospect for future promotion to an Associate portfolio spot??

          • Jenny 17.2.1.1.1

            Only, if he keeps up the self censorship.

            • CV - Real Labour 17.2.1.1.1.1

              You sorta need to relax. The end of the world may be coming but you’re allowed to sit back with a G&T and just enjoy the spectacle.

              • Jenny

                Is this Labour Party policy, or just your own personal view?

                • CV - Real Labour

                  Yes I get sign off on all Labour Party policy, what do you want done next?

                • CV - Real Labour

                  Also I should add that Labour Party policy specifies a good working class bourbon and coke as the drink of choice, not a G&T.

                  • Jenny

                    CV, defines what he sees as the difference between Labour and National.

                  • Jenny

                    CV-Real Labour’s attempt to trivialise the threat of climate change, is of course, being carried out with a deadly serious purpose.

                    Not being able to defend the Labour Party policy for doing nothing and continuing with BAU. CV-RL attempts to make it all a big joke. A cover for political irresponsibility and cowardice.

                    Personally:

                    “I’d Rather Fight Like Hell”

        • Jenny 17.2.1.2

          He was toeing the Shearer Labour Party lines

          karol

          I agree, particularly in letting the government off the hook on their record over climate change.

      • mickysavage 17.2.2

        So TRP how do you propose that activists sort this out? Your comment was rather cheap. How do the activists reunite the party?

        • Polish Pride 17.2.2.1

          It is not the activists that need to reunite it. It is the politicians that need to start listening to the people
          then based on what they hear from the people put together a short,medium and long term plan that can capture peoples imagination. A plan that shows them a vision for the future. A plan that they can see working themselves. Once in power (if they get they get there) they need to be bold and be brave they actually need to lead the country to a happier future.

        • Te Reo Putake 17.2.2.2

          Demand policy. Democratising the leadership is the beginning of the process, not the end.

          What are our priories in Government? How do we convince enough of the middle to move left without significant compromise?

          For mine, it will also come down to what we can afford after Dunnokeyo has finished skinning us alive. It simply may not be affordable to get our assets back in the short term, short of a Chavezian popular movement. Key will blight this country the way Muldoon did; handing over the keys to a husk of an economy.

          Speaking of the asset sales, its not to late to get signatures and it would be good to have a few extra to cover double ups and non-registered voters. Take enrolmernt forms with you, too. That’s the next big challenge; getting ‘em on the roll. The Nats do not want the rolls to get any larger and the exodus to Oz hurts our (LP, GP, Mana) vote.

          Sorry ’bout the tone of the earlier comment, but I thought it was worth noting. Great speech. I reckon Cunliffe is going to have a bit of licence over the next two years to help mobilise the troops.

          I’d be interested to see Standardistas policy ideas (and funding models?). What’s in, what’s out.

    • rosy 17.3

      I could just about weep for that loss of talent. He speaks what I believe, with greater vision and skill than anyone else on the Labour benches.

  18. Rogue Trooper 18

    btw C.V ;) , There is only one Law giver and Judge; the One who is able to save (Seek) and Destroy.
    Now Listen (Oh we’re Steppin Out, We’re gonna turn around, Gonna turn around once) you who say, Today or Tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why? You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

    11:26 People curse the man who hoards grain, yet blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.
    11:28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, yet the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

    -D.C (wonder if they’re ski-ing Unturnwasser?)

  19. xtasy 19

    So it is clear, here we go AGAIN!

    JACINDA Ardern goes on only about the lack of jobs being the issue with the draconian, punitive, hostile and totally unreasonable welfare reforms that Bennett and the Key led government push for:

    http://jacinda.co.nz/index.php/2013/01/english-desperate-if-failed-welfare-reforms-are-his-answer/

    So it is the lack of jobs that is the issue? That is where National is supposed to be criticised and blamed? So nothing about truly sick and disabled going to be forced into harsh, severe, inhumane work capacity testing, like they have done in the UK for years now?

    It is not relevant what UK advocates and support organisations of beneficiaries and disabled have to say, shouting it out loud???

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2013/01/11/new-zealand-british-style-work-tests-concern-tests-were-developed-by-disability-expert-prof-sir-mansel-aylward/

    Just one bloody example, dear JACINDA, how fancy your name sounds!? What do you stand for, where do you really stand, what is your position, where is your bloody voice? Is this for bloody real? We are going to get work tests introduced under Bennett that led to over 1,100 deaths in the UK in much of 2011 alone. So Jacinda just distracts again and talks about child welfare issues, as if sick and invalids and others suffering have no voice, or justification to be heard?

    What about Dr David Bratt, the Labour introduced madcap hardline fan of Dr Mansel Aylward, the hard line inventor of the draconian work ability tests in the UK? Is it a TABU for anyone to raise this? That Labour hired a total hardliner, comparing beneficiaries to drug addicts?

    http://www.gpcme.co.nz/pdf/GP%20CME/Friday/C1%201515%20Bratt-Hawker.pdf

    http://www.gpcme.co.nz/pdf/2012/Fri_DaVinci_1400_Bratt_Medical%20Certificates%20are%20Clinical%20Instruments%20too%20-%20June%202012.pdf

    So maybe you will be happy to work with Bennett and the Nats, create a Grand Coalition, bring in eugenics and also some day the good old work camps?

    I hear Key wants prisoners to work 24/7 for a start, so that is a goal of sorts, is it not?

    I am sure it will catch on with the large number of Kiwi rednecks and “battlers”, so they will vote Nats or a hard line Labour lot in, to get this implemented. Bring in forced Labour, that is what “Labour” may mean in future, for those that cannot comply?!

    Oh, I hate you all, I hate you!!!

    • McFlock 19.1

      JACINDA Ardern goes on only about the lack of jobs being the issue with the draconian, punitive, hostile and totally unreasonable welfare reforms that Bennett and the Key led government push for

      Not quite.

      She was pointing out that the finance minister is an idiot because he thinks welfare reforms will lead to fiscal recovery, when the macro-scale growth problem we have is that 7% of the workforce is officially unemployed. God knows what the true rate is.

    • rosy 19.2

      Agree that there is not enough focus on the dreadful impacts of the reforms, but in a short press release Jacinda did try to cover a bit of this ground:

      “It seems then that Mr English’s stated priority of ‘bedding in’ these reforms basically hinges entirely around reducing access to support, an approach that is not only wrong but that has been discredited in the UK where Paula Bennett seems to be gleaning most of her ideas from.

      “National is prepared to spend at least $520 million on these harmful welfare reforms rather than on job creation and removing barriers to getting work. That, in my book, is a mis-directed spend,” Jacinda Ardern says.

      ‘wrong’, ‘discredited’ and ‘harmful’ reforms. In the context of a 6-sentence press release from the spokesperson for social development and children it’s not enough focus, but it’s not terrible either.

    • the Al1en 19.3

      ” dear JACINDA, how fancy your name sounds!”

      I’m not sure her name has anything to do with anything.
      The most left wing social democratic humanitarian I’ve ever known was Farquar Hubert Muddlethorpe Billingsworth Trotsky Smithe.

      :lol:

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    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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