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Open mike 30/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, January 30th, 2014 - 304 comments
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304 comments on “Open mike 30/01/2014”

  1. millsy 1

    Apparently Key wants to change the flag, and plans to have a brainstorming session with his cabinet about it (cue images of he and his ministers gathered around a whiteboard shouting out idea) before submitting a bunch of cheesy corporate designs out to be voted on.

    Keep the flag it is.

    • Chooky 1.1

      +100 millsy….Key is getting desperate and it is a red herring…

      Key is feeling his leadership is under threat and his Ponzi Bankster New Zealand and NZ assets for the Chosen few morality is being questioned around the country

      ie Key isnt a real New Zealander with New Zealanders interests at heart…. (unlike David Cunliffe and Hone Harawera and Metiria Turei and Winston Peters) so he is trying to assert himself over ALL New Zealanders by dictating a flag change and putting himself out there as final arbiter ( he is losing the plot and showing his real grandiosity EGO)

      Lets hope Russell Norman …generally a good guy and fine leader…..doesn’t blunder and fall for this diversion from the real issues ( and start blabbing on about changing the flag and getting rid of Queenie or Charles the Greenie… for God’s sake!…Norman should be using HRH Charles the Greenie to the Greens PR advantage! )

      Lets hope no other Left politicians get diverted by Keys infantile attention seeking flag waving….from the Real issues facing New Zealanders..eg Education, STD of Living, Housing , Health etc. Cunliffe has made a great campaign start….Keep the ball rolling!….. Let Key hang himself out to dry!

      • Bill 1.1.1

        Nah. He only has to distract the media to rob oxygen from important stuff. Candy from bairns.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1

          +1

          Actually, he was probably trying to distract from the expected OCR raise this morning. He’s probably feeling rather relaxed now that it didn’t go up.

      • David H 1.1.2

        But Key did say he would put it to a Referendum. And we all know how he values the results of Referendums.

    • felix 1.2

      1. The govt is going to put up ONE flag. We got to choose between that and the real one.

      2. The one the govt puts up will be a silver fern on black. That’s the one Key likes.

      3. Key will consciously link himself (and National) with the silver fern flag. The lazy media will reinforce the link.

      4. The subtext for lazy voters is that voting National goes hand-in-hand with voting for the silver fern.

      5. Key is trying to trick a bunch of idiots into voting for the All-Blacks.

      • mikesh 1.2.1

        If the silver fern is that powerful a symbol, perhaps we should launch an All Blacks party.

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1

          You do realise that it‘ll get over 5% easy?

          • tinfoilhat 1.2.1.1.1

            Slight problem that both the silver fern logo and All black will be trademarked.

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Well, if it were to be done properly the NZRU would do it (no problem with trademarks) and have the party become the king makers in this years elections.

      • Tracey 1.2.2

        Yup. Rugby and nationalism…. and from an ardent royalist too. This is so transparent if you bother to look below the surface.

      • Will@Welly 1.2.3

        This is the same trick Key used with the Rugby World Cup – he was closely associated with the All Blacks winning that.

        • Pasupial 1.2.3.1

          W@W

          As close as only a 3-way handshake can be.

          • Will@Welly 1.2.3.1.1

            I made a suggestion, elsewhere, that if we were to change our flag, that should be our emblem. The desperate third-hand, interloping – John Key style.

            • McFlock 1.2.3.1.1.1

              sort of like the Isle of Man flag, but with arms instead of legs?

              nice

              • Will@Welly

                I was thinking of a white background, as in surrendering – our sovereignty, our commerce, our liberty, our land, and whatever else snake oil is proposing to sell.
                It would seem fitting that any change comes in under his watch – he has fundamentally screwed this country for a generation or two.

                • RedBaronCV

                  Why only a white background – make the whole lot white, then them craven little Nacts could wave it at evry multi national event.

    • Lanthanide 1.3

      One of the only flag designs that looks in any way professional: http://www.silverfernflag.org/

      Also I called this: http://thestandard.org.nz/anti-democratic-tendencies/#comment-701020

      • miravox 1.3.1

        Yes, that was a good call Lanth.

        Although I’d have to go for the Hundertwasser design, just sayin’ ;-)

      • Olwyn 1.3.2

        Your suggestion is the second choice for me, after the United Tribes one. However, the latter seems to be greatly favoured by a small number but rejected by the majority. As to the All Blacks flag, it is OK for a sports team, but as national flags go, the symbolism is too confusing. The white-on-black is suggestive of the skull and crossbones, while the white fern itself is suggestive of a white feather, historically associated with cowardice.

        Good on you too for your call on this. Playing flags is a bit like “trying to make a difference” on the PTA by lobbying for a new school uniform.

      • Tracey 1.3.3

        Yup… nationalism is rolled out…

      • aerobubble 1.3.4

        The idea that NZ should have a pirate flag minus the skull and cross bones and plus a silverfern, is laughable.

  2. Philj 2

    Xox
    If you want the background on the electricity ‘reforms’ in New Zealand from Geoff Bertram check this out on http://www.ziln.co.nz/video/6031iln.

  3. Flood 3

    Never once is discussed what the Maxim Institute actually do. This not a typical family. Granny sucks once more.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11193953

  4. Steve James 4

    Hmmm…

    • The Best Start Payment provides desperately needed support to the estimated 50,000 children under three who are currently living in poverty.

    • The Best Start Payment will benefit all New Zealand children born after 1 April 2016.
    
https://www.labour.org.nz/beststart

    So the ‘Best Start’ payment is desperately needed for 50,000 children alive today but non of them or any child born during the next two years will even qualify for it. What the hell is going on here?

    • freedom 4.1

      yeah, why don’t they just say whatever will win votes
      then, like National did, use urgency to pass policies they never campaigned on in the first place :roll:

    • Bill 4.2

      Would you rather the approx 50 000 under three’s in NZ after April 2016 continued to live in poverty?

      • Steve James 4.2.1

        Absolutely not Bill. I want those children fed, clothed and educated. Most importantly I want those poor children’s parents to take responsibility for the feeding and clothing if they haven’t already. Not too much to ask, is it?

        • Bill 4.2.1.1

          So, just to be clear, you are in favour of them being provided some means to better ‘feed and clothe’ – ie, materially care – for their children, yes?

        • bad12 4.2.1.2

          Steven James, it may be imprudent not actually knowing you to accuse you of being dumb, the fact is tho that you have just made a dumb statement,

          IF benefit levels and/or low wages prevent the parents of poor children from being able to adequately fulfill such ‘parental responsibility’ then YES it does become too much to demand that these parents fulfill the responsibility that they know they have to their children, a situation damaging to not only the children but the parent as well…

          • Steve James 4.2.1.2.1

            Yes it would be imprudent to call me dumb. Excuse the late reply, Thursdays are busy for us as we have Fridays off.

            Sorry I don’t buy beneficiaries being ‘prevented’ from fulfilling their responsibilities. Ones children are too important to put them second to anything. The DPB pays 3+ times what a single person would receive on the dole or sickness benefit; there is no excuse for not providing your own children with their fundamental needs.

            Yes, it could be more but then so could most peoples wages. As a former grateful recipient of the DPB I understand the value of simple budgeting and doing without some luxuries and/or bad habits; its not that difficult. Buying say cigarettes or Sky TV before feeding and clothing your children to me is nothing but child abuse.

            • McFlock 4.2.1.2.1.1

              Actually, I agree – failing to feed and clothe your kids while you waste money on luxuries for yourself is neglect. There are mechanisms to deal with that. If you really know of such a case, you should fucking well report it rather than bitching here.

              But in the real world, rather than the repugno-homunculus that is Planet Key, tens of thousands more parents are struggling to feed and clothe their kids because 3 times fuck-all is still fuck-all.

              But then of course we have, once again, the tory line it wasn’t that difficult for me, therefore it cannot be that difficult for everyone else, because I cannot imagine that another person is not exactly like me.

              • Steve James

                Normally I don’t reply to people who swear McFool but I will today. Don’t think for one second I would not report people for child abuse as I hope you would.

                We choose to have our children and it doesn’t take a genius to know that if you struggle to feed the children you have having more will only make things worse.

                I suspect you are receiving welfare so how about being grateful for it.

                If simply being sensible is ‘towing the Tory line’ then perhaps the Tories have it right and deserve to be in government. Sadly if you are representative of Labour party support we are in serious trouble.

                • miravox

                  Always amazed how righties automatically suspect people on this blog who support beneficiaries positions are all receiving welfare.

                • McFlock

                  Well, aren’t you fortunate that I choose to respond to fools who promote the suffering and hardship of hundreds of thousands, even millions, of their fellow New Zealanders, but dare to take the high horse on the patois of the street.

                  Do you know what I am grateful for? I’m grateful for the good luck that I’m not on welfare. Because I look at the multitude of coincidences and little tweaks of happenstance to got me where I am today (rather than on the dole or even dead), and I am grateful. I recognise that I’m not a master of the universe. I’m fortunate to have met people who later on could help me out, and I’m fortunate that the area I happen to have a modicum of talent in (and enjoy) is an expanding field with room for the less-than-elite practitioner. I’m a grain of sand in the ocean that’s swept around by currents I cannot even imagine.

                  So are you.

                  And it’s an enormous conceit to pretend that where you are is the result of your “better choices” for the simple fact that it is pure luck that your choices had a positive outcome.

                  While you judge your imaginary hordes of the wilfully poor, you assume that you will not be in their place in 10 years time.

            • bad12 4.2.1.2.1.2

              Another dumb comment, the ability to fulfill parental obligations may be seriously constrained by something as small as where you live and the amount of rent you pay,

              As we all know State Housing is being sold off by un-Housing Minister Nick Smith so more and more of those on low incomes are forced to rent privately and i suggest that you carefully read the comment at (3) which highlights a couple with one child receiving the dole paying $440 weekly in rent, obviously they will have been receiving the accommodation supplement as well but given such conditions just how far do you think benefits stretch in today’s reality,

              Please save your ”i was once on the DPB” rubbish for those of a gullible nature i personally do not believe a word of it…

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.2.1.3

              Ones children are too important to put them second to anything.

              The landlord doesn’t agree with you
              The power companies don’t agree with you
              Neither do the phone companies

              They all think that they should be paid before the baby is fed.

            • RedBaronCV 4.2.1.2.1.4

              Yes That’s what those fathers do after they dump their kids on the welfare. Sky TV smokes booze.. Good on ya Steve for going out and rounding those bludger Dads up.

          • srylands 4.2.1.2.2

            There is nothing we can do about existing children, but surely we should be discouraging poor people from having children at all? We want high income people to have children. Then we can fill any labour force gaps via immigration.

            • McFlock 4.2.1.2.2.1

              Why are the children of the rich more valuable for society than the children of the poor?

            • fender 4.2.1.2.2.2

              And if a rich person with kids loses their wealth?? Exterminate them??

              You’d do that for free eh sslands..

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4.2.1.2.2.3

              @ Srylands

              Lolz ‘stirring for sport’ is what I would call that comment.

              Better, though, that you stick to mindless stirring than attempting to prove The Liar isn’t one

              Perhaps you are bright enough to have realised the futility of attempting to prove the impossible through a reasoned argument and that stirring is about the only slim hope your cause has of winning the next election.

              :lol:

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.2.2.4

              And SSLands comes in with the eugenics answer.

            • KJT 4.2.1.2.2.5

              Just what we need. More greedy, sociopathic, incompetent and entitled little twits that grow up to use way too many resources.

              Go Srylands. More Gina Rienharts is just what the community needs.

      • Lanthanide 4.2.2

        Bill, under the current proposal, only children born after 1st April 2016 get payments. Even if they’re 1 year and 1 day old on 1st April 2016, they won’t qualify for the “under 3 year” payment.

        • Bill 4.2.2.1

          You absolutely sure about that Lanth? You saying that the parents of a child born in April 2015 will not, under any circumstances, qualify for the year 2 and 3 payments?

          • weka 4.2.2.1.1

            from the PDF

            Funding for the Best Start Payment will be introduced via Budget 2015 and it will come into effect for children born on or after 1 April 2016.

          • Lanthanide 4.2.2.1.2

            They’ve basically tailored it that way to coincide with revenues from their CGT, which under previous modelling takes 2-3 years before it really starts to ramp up in revenue.

            Ultimately I think they’re going to have to change it, because the way it’s proposed, it means a child born on 31st of March 2016 will not qualify for payments, but one born on 1st April 2016 will.

            Lets just see how many pregnant mothers are using delaying tactics during labour to get the delivery time past midnight on the clock. It’s quite unseemly.

            • Bill 4.2.2.1.2.1

              Agree that some possible unintended yet predictable consequences of this as it stands are…not good.

              Very fixable though.

    • mickysavage 4.3

      Um Steve I’m not sure if you are aware of this but Labour is not in power right now …

      • weka 4.3.1

        Plus it takes time to set up new schemes like this, always does.

        Of course, NACT could adopt the policy now and then it would be up and running 9 months earlier.

      • Steve James 4.3.2

        Good point mickysavage. I will take that into account in future.

    • bad12 4.4

      Fair point Steven James, there has been a couple of ‘lapses’ round the announcing of the ‘Best Start’ program and i would hope that Labour get the next big announcement out without such ‘holes’ appearing,(although the previous point of picking by the ‘wing-nuts’ where much was attempted to be made from the fact that those already in receipt of Paid Parental Leave will have to wait until they have used their allocated weeks befor they begin to receive ‘Best Start is part of the program i totally agree with),

      Had David Cunliffe signalled that ‘Best Start’ would start soon after the 2014 election i can well imagine the incoherent screams of the ‘wing-nuts’ along with Slippery the Prime Minister,who obviously plans on leaving the coffers empty, about Labour not having the money to pay for this program,

      It is ‘fiscally prudent’ for Labour knowing it has other un-announced programs to fund to introduce ‘Best Start’ over a number of years remembering that either in the current Parliament or at the earliest opportunity in the next the extension to paid parental leave will have to be accounted for,

      The message then to low income people from Labour and the Green party translates as one of ‘Hang on help is on the way’ and as we have been waiting here for year after year another couple knowing the programs proposed will be waited out with relief…

      • Steve James 4.4.1

        Good points bad12, difficult to argue with.
        I am ok with this policy actually as $60 will mean more to low earners than those of us who earn more than that each hour. The two things I am very keen to see is that the money actually goes to the children and the administration doesn’t cost more than 1 or 2% of each payment; this is not likely.

        • bad12 4.4.1.1

          Are you suggesting Steve James that the vast majority of the low income and benefit dependent households who will receive the full $60 from the ‘Best Start’ program are all going to blow it on Scratchies, Tinnies,and Pissing it up against the wall???,

          i find ludicrous any such suggestion and it is demeaning of those with tragically low oincomes to suggest such,

          Having said that, of course there are a small group within the demographic who are likely to do just as i have suggested above, But, when you couple Labour’s ‘Best Start’ with the ‘Hubs in Schools’ announced by the Green Party then it is likely that such parents who do will easily be able to be identified and targeted for further assistance not necessarily of a financial nature…

        • Colonial Viper 4.4.1.2

          Dont worry about that mate, it’s the NZ state. All these systems are already in place.

          Further, Labour trusts NZ parents to do the right thing for their baby and will support them in their good decision making.

          Why is it you dont you trust NZ parents to do the right thing, Steve James?

      • PapaMike 4.4.2

        Has this been dubbed “KiwiStart” yet ?

    • McFlock 4.5

      typical fucking tories. Yesterday he his problem was that it gave money to the wrong people. Today he whines it doesn’t give enough money to other people.

      Meanwhile, the government he fellates on a regular basis continues to sabotage the care for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

  5. bad12 5

    The Maxim Institute, who would have thunk that someone working for such a place would have a critical view of Labour’s ‘Best Start’ program or that the Herald would have to stoop that low to find some criticism,

    In a tale of two doctors the Herald online publishes the stories of one who would have been extremely grateful for the $60 a week Labour ‘Best Start’ program while the other,(with a combined income of $150,000 annually says they do not need it,(Jacinda Adhern succinctly points out that ‘it’ aint compulsory so if anyone wither doesn’t need or want ‘Best Start’ they simply need only not apply for it),

    i am always amused when i read of low income people ‘freezing’ in their homes in winter, the layered method of clothing keeps me ‘toasty as’ during winter,(there’s no money here that i either want or can afford to simply burn), Hell if needs must 3 pair of track pants, 4 tee shirts, 2 track tops with hoodies, and a woolen jersey on top of that isn’t all that uncomfortable,(and since ‘swine flu year i havn’t had a winter flu)…

    • felix 5.1

      The immigrant couple in the story seem to be saying they don’t really need it but would take it anyway:

      The Smiths, who came here from the United States in 2008, say they would be grateful for the extra $60 a week, but they could do without it.

      Bludgers.

      Also, this:

      “If the NZ Government was in a position where it was flush with money and there were surpluses everywhere, and education was going well and health was going well and poverty rates were decreasing, then great, that would be excellent,” she said.

      Oh right, so if poverty rates were decreasing, then you’d support doing something about poverty.

      Fucking idiot.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1

        Oh right, so if poverty rates were decreasing, then you’d support doing something about poverty.

        Fucking idiot.

        You weren’t really expecting anything else from the Maxim Institute were you?

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Hell if needs must 3 pair of track pants, 4 tee shirts, 2 track tops with hoodies, and a woolen jersey on top of that isn’t all that uncomfortable

      And if they can’t afford to buy that many clothes?

      • phillip ure 5.2.1

        “..And if they can’t afford to buy that many clothes?..”

        you still haven’t answered that question..there..bad..

        ..mmm???

        phollip ure..

  6. North 6

    No surprises for guessing how this right wing couple would respond to the Herald’s “challenge”.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11193953

    And ShonKey Python’s flag crap gets top billing on Herald online.

    What a shit rag !

  7. Philj 7

    Xox
    Flag waving sounds like a Key ploy from National to distract from the real issue of poverty. How many other distractions will we see?

  8. felix 8

    So it’s just a benefit for hippies and black people? Is that the story?

    • weka 8.1

      Hmm, really trying to see what that was a reply to…

      • felix 8.1.1

        Try harder. You can do it.

      • Bill 8.1.2

        Possibly covering all possible bases on comments posted here so far – ‘Best Start’ only applies to hippies and black people and us whiteys have more important flag issues to discuss?

      • North 8.1.3

        You didn’t try hard enough to see what Felix was referring to Weka, before picky pickying. Or you didn’t read the Herald article.

        • weka 8.1.3.1

          It’s true I don’t read every link posted in comments on ts. I doubt that anyone does.

          Picky, picky? What’s with the snarky shit?

          Besides, I like Bill’s explanation better.

          • North 8.1.3.1.1

            Weka you’re still behind the 8 ball if as your comments suggest you haven’t read the article. Sorry if you see that as snarky. You give Felix the picky picky just as you did extraordinarily gratuitously with Bad 12 yesterday when he conjectured re the state of SlaterPorn’s mental health.

            Without reading the article you won’t see that Bill’s comment simply reflects that unlike you he understands what Felix had to say.

            • weka 8.1.3.1.1.1

              North, my comment to felix was neutral. It was just a passing observation, not really a big deal. I have looked at the article since I made that comment.

              That you are tying what I said into something I said yesterday suggests you have a problem with me, fair enough, but please at least try to be accurate when you are having a go at me.

          • lprent 8.1.3.1.2

            It’s true I don’t read every link posted in comments on ts. I doubt that anyone does.

            I try to. However it would be correct to say that I don’t really read them most of the time. I scan them for patterns of interest to me. I’m also a bit lazier during weekends.

            • weka 8.1.3.1.2.1

              Yeah I do the scan thing unless it really grabs me. I’m more likely to open a link if the URL or the comment tells me what it is about.

              • KJT

                And. I really hate the ones that dump me in Kiwibog. Ruins my entire day.

                All that scrubbing ruins the complexion, ya know.

  9. adam 9

    http://www.nuvo.net/GuestVoices/archives/2014/01/24/military-vet-tossed-from-hjr-3-hearings

    One step backwards? Hir-3 I mean. Also shows that the left/right divide is sometimes something the media beat up – not people who live through this shit.

    And reason I read this blog – great bike advocate.

    http://www.nuvo.net/blogs/BicycleDiariesofaBigGirl/

  10. Norm 10

    With Waitangi Day approaching one gets to thinking. It is, of course, a time of celebration and traditionally the time when new arrivals to Aotearoa are awarded Citizenship. How would it be if each year on February 6th we all got to vote for one current New Zealander to be “ucitizened”. That is to say, stripped of the honour of being a New Zealander for behaviour unbecoming. I’m going to construct a poll. What names would you like to see appear on it?
    One can think of at least one “louse” from Auckland that might make the list.
    Let rip. #uncitizen

  11. captain Hook 11

    John Key is a poltroon and he looked like he has pooed himself on the telly last night when he was floating the idea of a ablack flag.
    He has no idea of history. His family were immigrants from easten europe and he left New Zealand as soon as he could when he aquired the skills to fleece investors in the money market.
    He will push off back to where he came from when he gets the shove in November. He cant even remember where he was in 1981 let alone the history of New Zealand yet he has the temerity to make suggestions about the flag to which he has no spiritual connection whatever. And he should remember that when the other Manques from the NZRFU affected to dress al lin black then we lost everything.
    Anyway his vision looks like a melanoma and would be just as cancerous if it was adopted!

    • karol 11.1

      The RSA doesn’t support a flag change. I’d have thought that would include a few Nat voters.

      Just a Key diversion, desperate for photo ops until the royals arrive.

    • miravox 11.2

      “He has no idea of history. His family were immigrants from easten europe and he left New Zealand as soon as he could when he aquired the skills to fleece investors in the money market.”

      Central Europe -but what’s a few degrees here or there… I agree he has no idea of history. Apparently he doesn’t know his own because his mother didn’t want to reflect on it. If he bothered to find out more about her story I can’t believe he would be making the deals he does or promoting his divisive policies.

      I simply don’t understand his apparent lack of curiosity about the events around his mother’s flight from Europe. Or if he is clear on them, how he can justify his own politics.

  12. captain Hook 13

    Well the royals have no choice but to be clasped in the smarmy embrace of the greasiest leader ever to be put up as a ring in in New Zealands proud history. Kiwis will look back on this administration as the greediest and most venal and self serving ever.

  13. Craig Y 14

    So, Prime Minister…you’re talking coalition with the Conservative Party, along with their “bottom line,” binding citizens referenda. And yet, your government wants the rest of us to believe that the centre-right is the epitome of “fiscal responsibility” and limited government spending.

    Do I spot a contradiction here?
    “Blue Elephant: The Conservatives, Binding Referenda and Public Spending”
    http://www.gaynz.com/blogs/redqueen/?p=5310

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      Oh dear, another person who thinks that people shouldn’t be able to govern themselves.

      • Craig Y 14.1.1

        No, I just don’t think that affluent sectional interests should be able to hire public relations consultants and cause populist congestion of the political system under the guise of “participatory” or “direct” “democracy”. Which is basically what happens in US binding “citizens” referenda. Take a look at California, which has become fiscally ungovernable due to referenda addiction and manic tax cutting/gutting of public services. In that case, a surfeit of referenda were somewhat inimical to citizenship. If we need an alternative to parliamentary sovereignty, then let’s have a written constitution. Not something that can be used to attack vulnerable minority groups by unscrupulous extremists.

        • Craig Y 14.1.1.1

          If we’re going to have referenda on a regular basis, then they should only take place if they are subordinate to New Zealand’s domestic human rights and civil liberties safeguards, as well as the international treaties that we are signatory to on such matters. For example, what would have happened to Ahmed Zaoui if the raving right had called a CIR to have him expelled from the country, instead of exposing glaring inadequacies within our immigration and security services?

          • KJT 14.1.1.1.1

            “New Zealand’s domestic human rights and civil liberties safeguards”,

            Who decides what they are. You, Rodney Hide, John Key, Don Brash, parliament (LOL)?

            It is a particularly immoral and arrogant stance to believe that 160 people should be allowed to decide the lives of 4 million.

            As for Ahmed Zaoui. A referendum would have most likely been on his side. New Zealanders have a well developed sense of fairness.

            • Craig Y 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Right, so you’re willing to suspend scepticism and assume that would be the case every time, would you, and to hell with baseline guarantees of human rights and civil liberties? Unfortunately, Winston Peters and New Zealand First exist. Would the Zaoui case have been settled so expeditiously if he’d put up a particularly dirty or paranoid argument?

        • Draco T Bastard 14.1.1.2

          No, I just don’t think that affluent sectional interests should be able to hire public relations consultants and cause populist congestion of the political system under the guise of “participatory” or “direct” “democracy”.

          Then you put in place legislation to prevent that.

          If we’re going to have referenda on a regular basis, then they should only take place if they are subordinate to New Zealand’s domestic human rights and civil liberties safeguards, as well as the international treaties that we are signatory to on such matters.

          Agree on the civil rights but not so much on the international treaties as some of them are detrimental to NZ.

          For example, what would have happened to Ahmed Zaoui if the raving right had called a CIR to have him expelled from the country, instead of exposing glaring inadequacies within our immigration and security services?

          You wouldn’t have a referendum on that as that would be the province of the courts.

        • KJT 14.1.1.3

          California compared to what?
          Seems to be doing a lot better than many other US states, who are without BCIR. referenda.

          “manic tax cutting/gutting of public services”. Many Governments have done rather well in that regard, without BCIR.

          “attack vulnerable minority groups by unscrupulous extremists”. Also happens regularly. More regularly in countries with less, not more, democracy.

          • Craig Y 14.1.1.3.1

            As for suitably manipulative leaders, Hitler held a plebiscite to ratify his takeover of the Saarland in 1935, and Napoleon III held one to legitimise his coup d’état, suspension of freedom of expression, media autonomy, and violation of civil liberties through imprisonment of opponents of his takeover. Unsurprisingly, given his populist appeals to the French electorate, it passed. Referenda are no guarantee of actual democratic processes and sometimes work against accountability and transparency.

  14. fisiani 15

    https://twitter.com/nzlabour/status/427900914133766144/photo/1

    Anyone care to explain how this is not deception. It clearly shows What Cunliffe said in his speech was a deliberate lie that he was caught out in.
    Or is Jacinda playing the long game and white anting The Cunliffe so that he loses the election and thus the leadership.

    • McFlock 15.1

      Nah, you’re just being a fucking moron who rehashes shit that was patiently explained to you yesterday.

      It’s not “deception” if you are only pretending to be confused. And if you’re genuinely that fucking stupid, I shudder to think that you might be targeted by that policy. There’ll be no hope for the nation’s future.

      • weka 15.1.1

        It’s actually really interesting the people who assumed that you could get paid parental leave AND and extra $60/wk, and when they find out they can’t they’re upset.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 15.1.2

        It totally doesn’t matter that Labour can’t proofread a public announcement on its major policy platform, only RWNJs care about spelling mistaeks.

        • McFlock 15.1.2.1

          Indeed. A stray “i” in a twitter comment can completely destroy its gravitas.

          Meanwhile, BLiP’s chronicle of John Key’s barefaced lies continues to grow…

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 15.1.2.1.1

            Continuing this week’s Labour Lollercaust, we have David Cunliffe engaging the media with all the adeptness and comms savvy we’ve come to expect from NZ Labour:

            Labour leader David Cunliffe has taken responsibility for wording in his speech that claimed more parents would receive his planned $60 baby bonus than would actually get it.

            “The buck stops with me,” he said today, after yesterday saying he did not pen the line promising that “for 59,000 families with newborn babies, they will all receive a Best Start investment of $60 per week, for the first year of their child’s life”.

            It turned out that about 25,000 people a year on paid parental leave, worth up to $488 a week, would not receive the payment at the same time.

            Cunliffe hit another snag today when he could not explain the details of his policy on extending antenatal checks.
            ..
            Asked whether free antenatal classes was a new policy, Cunliffe said “free antenatal classes have been to some extent available”.

            “What we are being very clear about is that we will have them for all expectant mums,” he said.

            Labour would increase the target for 10-weeks checks to ensuring 80 per cent of mothers would get them.

            Asked again whether antenatal classes were free to all mothers now, he said: “Not in every case, but I will have to check on the details.”

            He said his advice was that it was not generally freely available to everyone, but he could not say who would miss out.

            Pressed on his knowledge of policy detail, he said: “When was the last time you asked John Key a question to five decimal places?”

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9667593/Cunliffe-takes-rap-but-fumbles-again

            (pssst – David – I think you’re supposed to call him “my opponent”. Or did you realise that was fucking retarded too?)

            • McFlock 15.1.2.1.1.1

              “Lollercaust”?
              And you’re giving Labour comms and PR criticism… :roll:

            • mickysavage 15.1.2.1.1.2

              So David does not know eligibility for every single Government policy. So what?

              You also left out the important parts of the article:

              Pressed on his knowledge of policy detail, he said: “When was the last time you asked John Key a question to five decimal places?”

              The Ministry of Health’s site makes it clear that free maternity and pregnancy services, such as 10-weeks checks, are available to virtually all, including those in the country on some visas.

              But it says “there may be some charges for antenatal or childbirth education classes, and some tests at a private laboratory“.

              • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                There are three things that David Cunliffe needs to be the country’s greatest expert on right now, and those are:

                1. NZ’s current parental leave scheme
                2. NZ’s current antenatal care scheme
                3. Exactly how his new policy relates to 1 and 2.

                You know what David Cunliffe needs to not happen this week? Being caught out with an answer of “I dunno” by the news media when questioned about those three things.

                Hey McFlock, I’ve got another one for you: failapalooza.

                • McFlock

                  yeah, failapalooza is merely trite, cumbersome, and doesn’t have anything to do with genocide.

                  You should have gone with that one first, being a pr genius and all.

                  • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                    Here’s a sign that your communications are one big clusterfuck of incompetence: not a single mention of it on Red Alert.

                    The Leader’s big speech, outlining the policy that he thinks will win the election.

                    Red Alert: “what speech? who?”

                    • McFlock

                      thankyou, Dale Carnegie.
                      “My” comms? You’re an idiot.

                      From what I hear, Red Aert is maintained by another self-professed pr guru.

                • Blue

                  Actually no, all DC needs to do is stop giving out so much detail about Labour’s policies. Take a leaf out of National’s book and just announce something without saying anything about how it will work.

                  The journos, they get confused if there are too many words. When they get confused they ask stupid questions and then they get upset when they can’t understand the answers, which leads to more stupid questions and so on.

                  National know to keep it simple. The chance of a journo asking them for any details is pretty much nil and the result is a nice, simple article with National’s spin printed as gospel. That’s how you feed the chooks.

                • Naki Man

                  Just another stumble from clusterfuck Cunliffe

                  • mickysavage

                    Cant the right wing send us better trolls than SHG and Naki?

                    • McFlock

                      I’m not sure – they all seem to be loosing their groove at the moment.

                      Even key accidentally told the truth in parliament:

                      Metiria Turei: If the 1970s welfare State was so good to the Prime Minister when he was a child, will he consider reviving some of the core policies that were in place at that time, such as secure State housing, a universal child benefit, and genuinely free public education to every child now; if he will not, why does he believe that today’s kids are not entitled to the same support he had when he was a child?

                      Rt Hon JOHN KEY: No.

                      No memory-fades, no barroom bluster, just a simple “fuck you” to the kids of today from someone who was fortunate enough to be raised in, in some ways, a more enlightened time.

                  • fisiani

                    Bring back Shearer.

              • Colonial Viper

                DC needs to start handing more responsibility and questions over to the rest of the Labour spokespeople. Hyper-capable as he is, he can’t be the strategic visionary guy as well as the detailed micro-policy guy all at the same time.

                • Roflcopter

                  Helen Clark would disagree with you, she was formidable on both counts.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Helen Clark had a veritable titan in the form of Heather Simpson (and others) backing her up.

                • bad12

                  CV, i agree with you there, at first even i had trouble consuming the detail of the ‘Best Start’ program so it is easy to see why when launching it David Cunliffe didn’t try and give all the detail in what i would assume was to be a hard hitting speech,(which it was), for fear of either putting the audience to sleep or hopelessly confusing them,

                  What need occur on such occasions i believe is that David Parker need be on hand to give a follow up on the main speech where He(i assume here that Parker would be fully up to date on all the complications involved),explains the policy in detail,

                  Having said all of that i have no problem with the fully explained policy and still applaud it as a good piece of Socialism giving the most to those who ‘need’ it the most…

                  • srylands

                    “..still applaud it as a good piece of Socialism [cut]”

                    I agree which is why it will be a disaster with the electorate. The word “socialism” is electoral poison. Watch Labour decline by 2% in the next poll.

                    Honestly these policies lost their appeal in 1986. The capitalised baby bonus in Australia was shocking policy. The new government in Australia as had to appoint an audit commission to unravel all the crap middle class welfare.

                    • bad12

                      SSLands, F off back there, as for your latest little rant, what a fucking load of shit, Working for Families, a masterful piece of Socialism which i have one ongoing complaint about, made the voters run did it…

                      Ps, SSLands, perhaps Labour might like to take your point, there is another name for it which may well suit a Labour Government better, Redistributive Capitalism…

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Honestly these policies lost their appeal in 1986.

                      Yeah, that would explain all the protests and the 1st Act government getting booted out in 1990.

                      Really, go watch this and you may learn just how fucked up the policies that you want left this country.

                    • srylands

                      It is “srylands” not “SSLands”. I have pointed that out to you before. You must have a tic.

                    • srylands

                      “Really, go watch this and you may learn just how fucked up the policies that you want left this country.”

                      Um I have spent most of my life designing said policies. I don’t think I am persuaded.

                    • KJT

                      Dumped the policy because it didn’t make for a higher birth rate, didn’t they?

                    • KJT

                      Socialism is such electoral poison that your hero, Key said, “New Zealanders are socialists at heart”.

                    • McFlock

                      Um I have spent most of my life designing said policies. I don’t think I am persuaded.

                      well, fuck you very much for that.

                    • srylands

                      “Really, go watch this and you may learn just how fucked up the policies that you want left this country.”

                      You seem to be behind the game. Try to keep up.

                      http://www.ea.govt.nz/industry/monitoring/enquiries-reviews-investigations/2013/#historical-costs

                      “”It is a myth that the old hydro plants were low cost for New Zealand, as they often had very high capital costs that more than offset their very low running costs. The total cost to New Zealand was often very high, but consumers were not charged the full cost of supplying electricity to them.”

                      In other words we are playing catch up. Stop complaining.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      And that one I linked to said the exact opposite. The hydro dams and other generators and the lines were all fully paid for on a pay-go basis – exactly as it should be. And that’s straight from someone who spent years studying the entire history of electricity in NZ.

                      Treasury has been getting away with telling BS about how things were.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      srylands is such a little shit head.

                      The value of a hydrodam is not the money it makes. It is the nation that it powers.

                      These crony capitalists are nothing more than stupid financialised acolytes.

                    • felix

                      srylands has never been to NZ.

                      He doesn’t have a clue what NZers think about socialism or anything else.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Oh yeah, thanks for the reminder. Forgot he was a shit eating turd for hire.

            • idlegus 15.1.2.1.1.3

              you missed this bit “Cunliffe today went to a Trentham kindergarten, where he read a book on dinosaurs to children, to try to switch the focus on the early-childhood components of his policy released on Monday. ” … so stuff can read his mind ? “to try to switch the focus…”, quite a clear bias there dont ya think?

            • phillip ure 15.1.2.1.1.4

              reason number 53 cunnliffe should have given his tub-thumper parliament speech..

              ..at the kelston school..

              ..instead of that bloodless/over-written effort..

              ..(and yes..this ‘mistake’ is a storm in a teacup..

              ..but really..?

              ..all that effort/over-writing..

              ..and they still got it wrong..

              ..(duh..!..eh..?..)

              ..phillip ure..

    • Steve James 15.2

      I’m with you on this one fisiani; looks to me like a strategy that has back fired.
      Just ignore McFool, she’s having a bad day.

      • McFlock 15.2.1

        Steve, you were doing so well pretending to be all sensible and mature, and sniffing at bad language. But you fuck it up when you resort to name-calling that even a primary school kid would discard. At least try and be creative about it, if you want to take both roads.

        By the way, your tory-fuckwit support group and echo-chamber is back online after the DoS attack, so you two can whisper words of encouragement in your natural habitat. The denser atmosphere over there enables you to float a little bit higher than the “awards for participation” crowd you exemplify here.

      • phillip ure 15.2.2

        fisani and james..

        ..a marriage made..somewhere..

        ..phillip ure..

  15. joe90 16

    Everyone’s favourite peer says things..

    Very important: If you are claiming any handout, you are not entitled to vote. Taxpayers will have the right to vote, but taxpayees will not. That way, no one can vote himself a handout.

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wnd-save-democracy-prohibiting-anyone-who-receives-public-benefits-voting

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      As I’ve said before, the RWNJ hate democracy.

      • Bill 16.1.1

        So do LWNJs Draco. Jist sayin.

        • KJT 16.1.1.1

          Some do, Bill, depressingly.

          Some would rather have their 3 to 6 years in dictatorship, even if it means the neo-liberal right can continue their swath of destruction in between.

    • KJT 16.2

      Well. That would take the vote off;

      Movie producers.
      Farmers.
      Health system users.
      Businesspeople.
      Exporters.
      School and tertiary students. Ex and present.

      AND politicians.

      :-) :-)

      I can see that flying…………….

      • phillip ure 16.2.1

        include the rich/greed pricks and prickesses who claim w.f.f….and/or the pension..

        ..all the armed forces/police..

        ..all gold card holders..

        ..basically..everyone..

        ..phillip ure..

        • KJT 16.2.1.1

          Though. Don’t have any problem with rich pricks who get the pension or WFF, or any Government services, so long as they are prepared to support them by paying their fair share in tax.

  16. captain hook 17

    Sorry but I cant agree with Domposts editorial contention this morning that being an MP is a job.
    Just because the salary is pretty good does not make it a job. The job of an MP is to represent the people in his/her electorate and if we lose sight of this then democracy as we know it will be over and bought and paid for by the highest bidder.

    • KJT 17.1

      The MP’s job is to follow the hot button issues of a relatively small number of unprincipled swing voters to ensure they get into power. So they can enact legislation, which secures their post parliamentary pension. In the form of directorships from wealthy thieves and grateful corporates.

      Fixed it for ya. :-)

  17. Saarbo 18

    Stuff doing a PR peice for National/John Key here suggesting that this Kawerau paper mill expansion will add about 60 jobs, they frame it in such a way that it suggests that it is adding 200 jobs:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9666869/SCA-Kawerau-to-open-60m-expansion

    Except that to get those 60 additional jobs, SCA closed this site in Te Rapa losing 140 jobs. The “securing 200″ jobs is a load of crap as 140 approx of those jobs already existed at Kawerau..

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9566433/Tissues-run-out-at-Te-Rapa

    More pro National media bull shit…this is a shocka.

    • Will@Welly 18.1

      On Prime News, it was stated that the “investment’ guaranteed the 200 jobs would stay in New Zealand, while “creating” an additional 10 jobs. Phenomenal growth. Here comes the recovery – look out!!
      The way I see it, for every job “created”, we have to lose at least two first.
      The forestry/lumber/timber processing industry has “lost” 2700 jobs in 5 years under National. Source – TV 3 News.
      Key, ever the denier, denies this.

  18. Penny Bright 19

    First CCOs – then PPPs?

    Whose interests are being served by Auckland Mayor Len Brown?

    Great article Tony Holman!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11193858

    Penny Bright

  19. gunner 20

    NZ Labour needs to control the likes of Clark and Parker.
    To talk about banning Facebook or taxing Google/Amazon is complete non-sense. These two have become already object of ridicule.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 20.1

      Yes, we should bring your negotiating position to the table with all tax-avoiding multinationals. You get under the table and start worshipping them, and I’ll show them the plans for the temples in which you and all the other authoritarian sycophants can go to genuflect daily.

      Get off your knees.

      • Bill 20.1.1

        Get the taxes. But as for ‘banning facebook’, does that guy understand anything?! You don’t hit the people who you want to have on your side, ie – in this case, facebook users.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 20.1.1.1

          Yes, I’m sure 3 News has reported their remarks completely in context. The context of a question asked by a three news reporter.

          “Should the government consider banning Facebook?”

          Clark: “The government should always have in its back pocket…”

          This becomes “Labour proposes banning Facebook” and leads to Bill English being asked “Isn’t that censorship”?

          In real life, of course, the IRD shuts down, bankrupts, prosecutes companies on a regular basis. Apparently this doesn’t apply to multinational corporations.

          This then gets beaten up by Farrar and Pete George :roll: who fail to notice that 3 News also reports Clark’s reluctance to take any such measure except as an absolute last resort. The reporter also fails to ask Bill English what his last resort would be.

          This is all Clark’s fault, naturally. Sigh.

          • Bill 20.1.1.1.1

            Yeah okay, maybe I’m being unfair on Clark. The basic principle stands though. Never fuck the ‘innocent’ bystanders.

          • weka 20.1.1.1.2

            Good precis OAK.

            I couldn’t find the actual Labour Party policy the other day, the only thing was the tv3 interview.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 20.1.1.1.2.1

              Thanks Weka. The article also fails to establish what penalties the current legislation provides for tax evasion.

              Rendering it extraordinarily pointless from a news perspective. I’m sure it served its purpose of making a story though.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.1

      …the present low levels of storm activity on the mid west and northeast coasts of Australia are unprecedented over the past 550 to 1,500 years…

      The present cycle includes a sharp decrease in activity after 1960 in Western Australia. This is in contrast to the increasing frequency and destructiveness of Northern Hemisphere tropical cyclones since 1970 in the Atlantic Ocean, and the western North Pacific Ocean

      Thanks for that Grumpy. This is exactly the sort of thing you expect to see with climate change. Well, not you, obviously; you’re too busy picking cherries and quote mining.

    • joe90 21.2

      With increases in other regions except the south west Pacific.

      http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/07/05/1301293110.full.pdf+html

  20. Puckish Rogue 22

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/01/back-2/

    – Just to let everyone know its back up and now you can check out his response

    • Bill 22.1

      That’s a shame. Anyway, I’ll take your word on it being back up. As for his response, whatever it might be, he can go fuck himself.

    • felix 22.2

      What a fucking crybaby. Where did Cameron get the idea that supporting freedom of speech means a) no-one is allowed to respond to his speech and b) no-one is allowed to enjoy the sight of it all going tits up for him?

      Oh and he’s still telling lies about death threats from the family of the victim. If there was a word of truth to his claims he would’ve sent them to the police.

      But there’s not, and he didn’t, because he’s a lying snivelling cowardly bullying crybaby.

  21. joe90 23

    Slippery will not be pleased.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke publicly with the White House Wednesday on trade policy, instantly imperiling two major international trade deals and punching a hole in one piece of the economic agenda the president outlined in his State of the Union address a day earlier.

    Mr. Reid told reporters he opposed legislation aimed at smoothing the passage of free-trade agreements, a vital component to negotiating any deal, and pointedly said supporters should back down.

    “I’m against fast track,” Mr. Reid (D., Nev.) said, using the shorthand term for legislation that prevents overseas trade agreements from being amended during the congressional approval process. “I think everyone would be well-advised just not to push this right now.”

    The move spells trouble for two sets of complicated talks, one with the European Union and the other with countries in the Asian-Pacific region. Both deals likely would have required such a “fast track” approval to clear the Congress. The U.S.’s negotiating partners wouldn’t likely commit to a final agreement that could be unpopular back home without assurances that it couldn’t be modified by U.S. lawmakers.


    Reid Deals Body Blow to Obama on Trade

    This too:

    http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Why-We-Don-t-Like-Fast-Track-It-s-a-Job-Killer

  22. ScottGN 24

    Pity the suckers who rushed into MRP shares. According to RadioNZ they’ve fallen to $1.94.

    • chris73 24.1

      Why? The dividend returns are good and either A. National get back in and the price will increase or B. Labour get in and buy back the shares for what they were sold or C. Labour get back in and do nothing

      However if you want to sell your shares then yes sad for them but I’m in it for the long haul

      • ScottGN 24.1.1

        You obviously didn’t just listen to Brian Gaynor on RadioNZ. He said this has been a poorly performing company that’s losing market share. And more importantly any selldown was mostly small investors (mums and dads for those that like NACT spin) who have simply given up on this company. If English decides to throw Genesis into the mix it’s going to be a very long haul for investors.

        • chris73 24.1.1.1

          How does that change what I just said?

          • ScottGN 24.1.1.1.1

            At some point, even for you, a poorly performing company with diminishing market share in a sharemarket already over-supplied with similar energy shares is going to affect dividends. And you forgot to add ‘D’ to your list of possibilities – that is that Labour and the Greens win government and implement their electricity market reforms. But the real tragedy, of course, is that ordinary NZers were suckered into this by Key, English and Joyce.

            • chris73 24.1.1.1.1.1

              Don’t need to add because if Labour don’t reimburse the people who bought shares fairly then you can kiss most foreign investment in NZ goodbye and Cunliffe ain’t stupid

              • Colonial Viper

                Kiss it goodbye then. We don’t need the kind of foreign investment which simply vultures up what we have already done for ourselves, and can do for ourselves.

        • Will@Welly 24.1.1.2

          They say that a fool and his/her money are easily parted. Those who listened to Bill English/Tony Ryall must be really kicking themselves – lose, lose, lose.
          Sounds like the National Party strategy.

      • freedom 24.1.2

        “A. National get back in and the price will increase ”

        umm National are in power now and the price is falling, so what is your rationale for this absurd statement?

        • chris73 24.1.2.1

          The rational is uncertainty or more specifically theres an election coming up and Labour and the Greens are talking about reforms.

          The market is reacting to the possibility of the Left coming to power however if National regain power theres at least 3 years of no changes

          So while theres the possibility of the Left coming to power the share price will drop but once the election is over and if National are returned to power the share price will increase

          If the Left gain power then the shares will be brought back at the initial share price (at least) so I won’t have lost any money and the dividend payment is still better then what I would have got by leaving it in a bank

          • McFlock 24.1.2.1.1

            lol

            Keep telling yourself that

            • chris73 24.1.2.1.1.1

              What do you disagree with and why

              • McFlock

                what’s to disagree with? You’re applying simple asumptions of motives and predictions to every actor in a complex and chaotic system, as well as assuming that any buy-back of shares will be at the initial sale price rather than the market price at the time.

                It’s hilarious.

                • chris73

                  The stock market isn’t efficient, just read anything Warren Buffet writes and you’ll understand that the market runs on rumors and speculation

                  As an example a company posts a lower then expected profit and the share market reacts by lowering the price of the share even though it still posted a profit

                  Or how hype can make share prices sky rocket (the dot com boom and bust)

                  So its natural that when the possible threat of nationalization is hanging over a companies the share price will go down

                  Now I’ll grant you that I’m making an assumption about what Cunliffe will do if he wins but being that hes not stupid and his wifes quite onto it I’m confident that Cunliffe won’t do anything too outrageous with the power companies

                  • McFlock

                    so you’re assuming that your risk assessment is not the prevalent risk assessment of the sharemarket? And your risk assessment is the correct risk assessment?

                    Wow, you must be one of the smartest guys in the local and international sharemarket. why are you quoting Buffet – you should have written your own book for everyone to study…

                    …alternatively you could be one of the gullible wannabes that provide fodder for the grown-up investment funds. Someone’s gotta lose when the pyramid collapses…

                    • chris73

                      I do follow a fair bit of Warren Buffets teachings and he loves utilities for a very good reason and thats stable earnings and reliability

                      So in this instance I feel the investment is worth the risk

                    • McFlock

                      oh indeed,

                      every acolyte needs their oracle.

                      Read an article a while back that reckoned the % of successful sharemarket speculators was basically at a level that was indistinguishable from chance. Everyone’s got their theories, just like every cup-day punter has a theory about the best horse pick.

                    • chris73

                      My theory being that power generation is a good choice to buy shares in because of the dividend return, built in need of the product and historically power generation has always yielded good returns

                      But thats just my opinion of course but what it really boils down to is whether the person who bought the shares (in this case me) thinks it was a good investment and since the returns I’m getting are better then what I’d get in the bank I have to say I’m happy with it

                      and yes I know thats not what the left want to hear but thats life

                    • McFlock

                      no, it’s fine, we all know you’re a greedy fuck who will try to profit off the looting of the nation. Like food hoarders in times of famine.

                      The fact is that you think you know better than the market, all by yourself. Based on a pretty monodimensional analysis. And forgetting the fact that if you really did know better than the market, you would have waited for the share price to plumment so you could make even greater returns.

                      Hilarious.

                    • felix

                      Exactly McF. If chris73 wasn’t 100% full of shit he’d be bragging about how many shares he bought today, not last year when the suckers bought them.

                    • chris73

                      Nope, the ups and downs of a market arn’t all that important. Warren Buffet buys for the long term and buys when the price is right not trying to wait to see if the price might or might not fall and I’ll follow Warren Buffets lead over any share market advice from posters of the standard

                    • miravox

                      Did Warren Buffet buy shares in New Zealand’s electricity assets when they were offered by the government?

                    • felix

                      Nah, but he’s not a sucker like chris73 is pretending to be, for money, from the National party.

                    • McFlock

                      market says he’s underestimated the medium term risk of renationalisation or failure (under this govt, it’s possible).

                    • miravox

                      Pretty pleased I followed Warren Buffet’s lead and left those shares alone.

          • felix 24.1.2.1.2

            “If the Left gain power then the shares will be brought back at the initial share price (at least) so I won’t have lost any money”

            Hilarious. This isn’t Bill English and South Canterbury Finance we’re talking about.

            You bought the ticket, you take the ride. No guarantees, no backsies.

            • chris73 24.1.2.1.2.1

              So if the left just take back all of the shares without fair payment whats to stop them doing that with anything someone from overseas buys

              In which case why would overseas investors consider investing here

              Zimbabwe is probably not where the left should be getting their ideas from

              • felix

                Who said anything about “without fair payment”?

                You’re the one who thinks you can demand the country pay you more for our shares than the market says they’re worth.

                You’re wrong. You’re not entitled to special treatment. And you should think yourself lucky you’re getting anything at all back; if it were up to me you’d be in jail for treason.

                • felix

                  (and if you were, you should think yourself lucky you got away with just jail. The punishment for treason is usually far more severe.)

                • chris73

                  “our shares”

                  – You bought some shares then?

                  • felix

                    “Our” doesn’t include you, traitor.

                    • chris73

                      lol :)

                    • felix

                      Wasn’t joking. You made a choice to betray several generations of your fellow NZers.

                      And now you want special treatment for doing so.

                    • chris73

                      “You made a choice to betray several generations of your fellow NZers.”

                      – You are so full of shit, you going to make the same claim against members of the labour party that sold of 100% ownership of companies? (unlike Nationals partial sell down)

                      You going to make the same claims against the people that kept voting them in as MPs?

                      Well?

                    • McFlock

                      I think you’ll find that the answer to both questions is along the lines of “yes”.

                      I know this is an alien concept to you, but it’s not a case of “my team good, your team bad, even when they do the same thing”.

                      Asset sales are bad, regardless of who commits the act.

                    • chris73

                      Oh I see the issue now, see heres the thing Labour carried out asset sales (100% sales) whereas under National its partial privitisation meaning we (NZ) still have majority control.

                      See Labour betrayed NZ a whole lot worse then National ever did so I hope that clears it up for you…National bad Labour worse

                    • McFlock

                      You obviously have been misled by the unequivocal support many commenters here have expressed for goff, king, and lab4 in general, not to mention all the commenters who believe lab5 went as far as it could, like another MJS government.

                      :roll:

                    • chris73

                      See I’d believe that if Labour supporters didn’t keep voting them in.

                    • McFlock

                      you’re blaming commenters here for that?

                    • felix

                      I know you’re just doing your job, chris, but fer christ’s sake you could work a little harder at it.

                      And yeah as McFlock said, of course the answer to both the questions is yes.

                      Are you really that dense? Oh that’s right, just doing your job.

  23. crikey..!

    ..tim groser has ‘given up’ on the comb-over..

    ..he has surrendered to the forces of gravity..

    ..time for a number two..there..tim…?

    ..and kennedy graham is kicking his arse..

    ..( i am watching replay..)

    ..and parker is doing well against english..on tory-poverty-denial..

    phillip ure..

  24. home help 26

    Well Johns got a new bag, change the flag pretty much sums up how much of an NZer he is.
    Maybe he meant the Skull and Xbones givin what hes done in the last 5 yrs
    If he new how much the dead of 2 world wars gave to this country he would run in hide, arrogant little hun bastard
    Who needs a bloody financial wizz kid to run this country
    Somebody with integrity would help who has a living history that goes back before 1962
    Being the in the middle of the baby boomers generation I can say with authority of experience having endured Rogernomics and now him, Key we really need a new bag maybe invite the Icelandic solution,
    To be done over by Keys sort, WHAT A BETRAYAL OF THIS COUNTRY
    By the way the Russians lost over 25 million people in the second world war so dont con us with your history

  25. Zorr 27

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9667761/MPs-clothes-jibe-leads-to-racism-call

    How DARE Metirei Turei wear clothes and shoes and then lecture about poverty! If she wants to talk about poverty she should walk uphill, both ways, in the snow with only plastic bags on her feet and clothes made from sack cloth.

    As always, she calls it right as what it is – a racist dog whistle to all those who believe there is no poverty except that which people bring upon themselves and that they don’t deserve representation.

    • fender 27.1

      Unbelievable.

      “The Greens’ co-leader is entitled to turn up in Parliament every day in expensive designer clothes, and good on her for doing just that,” Tolley said.

      “But don’t then lecture everyone else about poverty.”

      WTF!

      Next Bennett will chip in with something like: Don’t bring up hungry kids unless you haven’t eaten for weeks!

      • Ad 27.1.1

        Next minute, politicians will be expected to fight fair.
        Metiria needs to figure out that perception matters.

        • fender 27.1.1.1

          If Metiria had been saying MP’s are suffering from (financial) poverty Tolley might have a point.

        • Zorr 27.1.1.2

          So – a professional woman who wishes to represent the rights of the downtrodden must live as downtrodden as possible in order to represent them? Yeah… just had to articulate it to point out just how fucking retarded your argument is and that of anyone who might ever support statements such as Tolley’s.

          • felix 27.1.1.2.1

            According to the National party activists who comment here, the act of advocating for anything but your own self-interest is some kind of perverse hypocrisy.

            • Zorr 27.1.1.2.1.1

              I’m all good for advocating for them to fuck off and go jump in a lake. It’s in my self interest :P

            • miravox 27.1.1.2.1.2

              I guess by Tolley’s logic Bill Gates should be ignoring Africa. Him having access to wealth, food, clean water, housing and the best medical treatment and all. I mean what a hypocrite.

              Or is it only the taste in clothes that count?

        • marty mars 27.1.1.3

          Perception is manipulated and there are those who love nothing more than distorting via manipulation. The clothes she wears has ZERO to do with anything she was saying and that is the evidence for the manipulation.

        • Colonial Viper 27.1.1.4

          Yes but no.

          Many of the people who were instrumental in pushing womens suffrage through were men. Many of the people who were instrumental in pushing humane prison conditions through had never been imprisoned themselves. Many of the people who campaigned for marriage equality were 99.99% het.

          So the angle is: Poverty is a universal concern. It is an affront to every NZer in a nation which is this wealthy. You don’t have to be poor to understand how damaging poverty is. You just need to believe in a universal right to living a life of dignity and independence.

      • marty mars 27.1.2

        Pure fucking racism – the gnats are so afraid and that is cool but this bullshit is shocking. Metiria is correct when she says

        <blockquote"They do not think that a professional Maori woman from a working-class background should be able to wear good suits to work," she said. </blockquote.

        It also shows that those who attack people for their clothes, or weight, or any other such irrelevant areas are in the company of tolley and collins and if that doesn't make them see the error of their ways nothing fucking will!

        • Colonial Viper 27.1.2.1

          I realised quite early on that high prices in a restaurant weren’t necessarily a reflection of quality. But often a desire to keep out the poor and the coloured.

          • marty mars 27.1.2.1.1

            yes and it is amazing to watch the reaction, as we have seen with the example of tolley, when an ‘other’ gets into their space –

            Oi what are you doing here?,
            Are you looking for someone?
            Is this your car?
            bang! bangbang! bang! bangbangbangbang! – ok he’s down, now check him for weapons.

        • chris73 27.1.2.2

          Don’t be so silly, its not racism:

          “I’m actually insulted to be lectured about how out of touch I am with average New Zealand by a list MP who has no constituents, lives in a castle and comes to the House in $2000 designer jackets and tells me I’m out of touch,” Tolley said.

          Where in that statement is there anything remotely to do with race?

          • marty mars 27.1.2.2.1

            chris, the naive act really is unbecoming and a bit of a waste of time

            • chris73 27.1.2.2.1.1

              Show me where theres any racism and I’ll concede you have a point, all I see is someone showing up Tureis hypocrisy nothing more nothing less

              • Arfamo

                Handbags at dawn stuff. If a bloke MP said the equivalent to another bloke MP it’d be seen as just a clever and possibly even apt way of making a political point. Wouldn’t class it as racist either.

                • Zorr

                  Actually, John Key has pulled similar stuff with Hone and it has come off as very racist. Especially over the Mandela funeral.

              • Zorr

                You tell me why what a professional women wears in the context of her role has any relevance to the policies she is advocating? Does her jacket somehow magically cause those 1 in 4 kids in poverty to matter less?

                “I’m sorry Metiria, but I couldn’t see the starving children behind the price tag on your jacket”

                Has any other politician ever been attacked over the cost of their wardrobe? Ever?

                • Arfamo

                  Well…there was Tuku Morgan’s $89 underpants…

                  • Zorr

                    What? This one where it was part of misspending $4000 of public funds?

                    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=887175

                    You can try harder I’m sure.

                    • Arfamo

                      No I think the underpants crisis is going to be my number one. There wouldn’t be too many other cases of a politician being attacked over the cost of his jocks anywhere, I reckon. That one’s always gonna be a standout for me.

                    • Zorr

                      So… just to make sure we are crystal clear.

                      In the case of Tuku Morgan, the $89 underwear was part of a misspending of public funds. He was being attacked over the fact that he had misspent public funds and it was mere circumstance that his underwear featured at all (because he had spent some of the funds on a shopping spree)

                      In the case of Metiria, this is just her business wear, much like anyone elses.

                      And these situations are somehow remotely equivalent to you?

                    • Arfamo

                      Only insofar as they are both objects of attire used by politicians to attack an opponent. I don’t see Tolley’s attack on Turei as racist. I see it as bitchy.

                    • Zorr

                      So it’s not a racist attack because they’re women? Good to know.

              • Chris this is what Metiria said

                “I’m shocked that the National Party would attack me and my home and my appearance. I think it is a racist attack,” she said.

                “I think they seem to think it is all right for them to wear perfectly good suits for their professional job but that a Maori woman from a working-class background is not entitled to do the same. I think it is pure racism.”

                Ask how the attack was racist, Turei said she shopped at the same place some of her opponents did.

                “They do not think that a professional Maori woman from a working-class background should be able to wear good suits to work,” she said.

                “I buy my clothes from some of the same shops they do. I think they find that they can’t cope with that and I think it’s because I’m a Maori woman from a working-class background.”

                I happen to agree with Metiria and her assessment of the situation for a number of reasons including her experiences in her life as a Māori woman. I think she actually knows what she is talking about in regards to this issue. Now sure you may disagree or think she (and my agreement with her) is wrong – but really, to be brutally honest – that disagreement (or your view if you like) doesn’t really mean much.

                You say, “all I see is someone showing up Tureis hypocrisy nothing more nothing less” and that is true i’m sure – that is all you see but that doesn’t mean that is all that there is, it just means you are looking at it through your particular privilege lens. And that is okay in and of itself because we all do that but your lens is not someone elses lens and your perception of what you see is not someone elses either. Humility chris imo that is what you must work on.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Concern for those struggling in poverty should be shared and expressed by anyone who believes that a life of dignity, creativity and social engagement should be a universal civil right.

                  Shit heads like Tolley and the other Tory gits naturally do not see the world in terms of universal civil rights.

                  Therefore to them poverty is something that only the poor need worry about.

                • Pasupial

                  MM

                  +1
                  I’m not normally into Chrissie’s shtick, but; damn! He really inspired some eloquence in you there.

                • chris73

                  As you say in your opinion however I see this:

                  a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
                  2.
                  a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
                  3.
                  hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

                  Now I may be pedantic but comparing Tolleys comments to the above definition of racism and simply put Turei is wrong, she may feel its racist but it just isn’t

                  • felix

                    How about you link to the definition you used so we can see what you left out…

                    • BLiP

                      Prolly this one - here’s one bit /she/he/it/them missed out.

                      racism (or) racialism (ˈreɪsɪzəm, ˈreɪʃəˌlɪzəm)

                      — n
                      1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others

                      2. abusive or aggressive behaviour towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief

              • felix

                ” Show me where theres any racism and I’ll concede you have a point, all I see is someone showing up Tureis hypocrisy nothing more nothing less”

                chris, you show me the hypocrisy and I’ll gladly point out the racism. However I’m not interested in bad faith so you will need to note the following obvious points first:

                1. Metiria didn’t claim to be poor, and

                2. There is nothing hypocritical about advocating for those worse off than you.

                • chris73

                  There is simply no racism in Tolleys comments as much as Metiria would like there to be to score points

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Tolley is blind to both poverty AND racism then, chris73.

                    • chris73

                      Tolley did not make a racist comment, Turei saying its racist does not make it a rascist comment

                      There was no racist comment. I’m sorry if you lefties can’t understand it but I cannot make it anymore clearer.

                      Turei is playing the race card and you lefties are falling for it (or using it to score points which is fair play)

                    • “Turei saying its racist does not make it a racist comment” but somehow you saying it is not racist makes it not racist. Why the difference?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Let’s defer to chris73, after all he’s a privileged white guy who is world reknowned for knowing what constitutes racism and what does not.

                      = privileged AND blind to racism

                      (see I am learning how this works lol)

                    • chris73

                      Prove me wrong then, show me where its racist. Should be easy for you.

                    • McFlock

                      you’re like a completely colour-blind person demanding someone prove to you the difference between a red square and a green square.

                    • chris73

                      No McFlock you can’t prove something that isn’t there in the first place. You can’t prove to me its a racist comment because theres no racism in the comment.

                      If there was then any number of posters on here would have shown it to me by now

                    • McFlock

                      Chris, the difficulty of explaining even basic concepts to people who have a significantly more restricted perspective than oneself is a theme that goes back to Plato’s analogy of the cave.

                      You are arguing that because you cannot perceive something and it cannot be explained to you, it does not exist.

                      Pure hubris.

                    • Gee chris seeing as how your interpretation is the one that should, in your eyes, be used by everyone especially someone who is actually in the group being discriminated against, does that mean you’ll be branching out and giving your learned insight into the interpretation of other forms of discrimination?

                  • felix

                    chris, I offered to show you the racism if you would first show me the hypocrisy.

                    I note that you have thus far chosen not to do so.

                • srylands

                  It is hypocritial. Why doesn’t she wear cheaper clothes and donate the balance to poor people?

                  It is also hypocritial to argue for GHG emission reductions while personally having and enormous carbon footprint!

                  • weka

                    “Why doesn’t she wear cheaper clothes and donate the balance to poor people?”

                    Why doesn’t Tolley?

                    Driving a car to an oil-free protest makes you a hypocrite, right? Wrong: I support an oil-free future in the long term. I agree with divesting from oil exploration in the short term. Ultimately, I believe in moving from a fossil-dependent economy toward a sustainable and more environmentally-responsible economy. What underpins my stance is the reality of man-made climate change and the need for man-made societal change. However, there are people out there who would want me to believe that unless I am able to live my life, run my household, and raise my kids without utilising any products of our oil-dependent society, I have no right to demand anything different. They say to do so would mean that I am a hypocrite. Right?

                    Wrong. Most of the people making this kind of absurd allegation really don’t care about a genuine response. It is a tactic to shut you down. Unsurprisingly, many of these same people refuse to acknowledge that we are changing our climate, so reject also the responsibly we share in doing something about it. So this isn’t for them, this is for you. This is to tell you that it is ok to drive your car to an oil-free protest.

                    http://hot-topic.co.nz/why-its-ok-to-drive-your-car-to-an-anti-oil-protest/

                    hattip QoT.

                    • felix

                      “Why doesn’t Tolley?”

                      Well there’s the rub, weka.

                      You’ll never get an answer from these righties about hypocrisy. They’re happy to use the word, but ask them to point out where it lies in a specific situation like this one and they go very quiet very fast.

                      You know why? Because “Why doesn’t Tolley?”, that’s why.

                      Because according to the logic that says Turei is a hypocrite for being rich and wearing a coat and caring about poor people, the only way you can be rich and wear a coat and NOT be a hypocrite is if you really don’t give a fuck about poor people.

                      It’s very straightforward logic that every righty here grasps instinctively, but boy is it hard to get them to say the second half of it out loud.

      • RedBaronCV 27.1.3

        Tasteless by Tolley. For all she knows Metirei may be buying her clothes in a sale. Not that any of this matters. Or in Tolleyworld are the Nats supposed to wear gold cloth and ermine fur, labour factory spun cotton and wool and the the Greens homespun after chasing the sheep. And Hone a grass skirt perhaps?

        Spare us please.

    • Paul 27.2

      Desperate nasty National Party.

    • ScottGN 27.3

      Putting aside the racist dog whistle element I think the interesting thing about Tolley’s harebrained comments (if you follow her argument then nobody in Parliament would be justified in addressing issues around poverty since none of them are poor) is that it’s one more sign that NACT are feeling more and more vulnerable on issues of inequality and poverty. Labour, Greens and Mana should just keep hammering away on this – it’s working.

      • weka 27.3.1

        +1 about following the argument. Tolley has basically said keep discussions about poverty out of parliament.

        Once you make it into the club, you might be accepted even if you are not the right colour or sex, but you have to stop relating with those other people down there. You can’t wear the uniform AND keep talking about those that are denied the uniform, it’s against the rules. Turei is not playing the game right, how dare she, she has to be taken down. This isn’t just about Turei, it’s teaching all other up and coming power holders what the rules of the game are.

  26. chris73 28

    There wasn’t any rascist comments, no really tell me where Tolley mentioned anything about race. You show me that and I’ll say you’re right and I’m wrong.

    Heres what she said:

    “I’m actually insulted to be lectured about how out of touch I am with average New Zealand by a list MP who has no constituents, lives in a castle and comes to the House in $2000 designer jackets and tells me I’m out of touch,” Tolley said.

    Please point out to me anything that has to do with race in that. Its just Turei playing the race card and you lefties falling for it because your dislike of Tolley has clouded your judgement.

    • freedom 28.1

      the bit I like is the glaring self-contradiction

      “The Greens’ co-leader is entitled to turn up in Parliament every day in expensive designer clothes, and good on her for doing just that,” Tolley said.

      • chris73 28.1.1

        Fair enough you call Tolley out for that but she didn’t make a racist comment

        • fender 28.1.1.1

          While not being explicitly racist, racism is the underlying sentiment behind her comments IMO.

          • chris73 28.1.1.1.1

            Fair enough, I think Tolley was saying Tureis a hypocrite

            • fender 28.1.1.1.1.1

              I replied to your “wonderful Collins” comment on todays open mike. In case you missed it, I’ll repeat:

              Collins is a wonderful example of an anemic, pale-faced subterranean cave dwelling cellulite infested lard ass insensitive burst sausage :grin:

              And Tolley is just a dried prune desperately in need of hydration, not a kaleidoscopic nana frock.

            • felix 28.1.1.1.1.2

              “Fair enough, I think Tolley was saying Tureis a hypocrite”

              And yet you can’t find it within yourself to explain how she is being hypocritical.

              Very telling.

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    . . Way 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...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • New research quantifies what’s causing sea level to rise
    There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a...
    Skeptical Science | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar
    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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