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O’Sullivan gets it right & wrong

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 27th, 2011 - 65 comments
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Fran O’Sullivan makes some pertinent remarks about John Key’s recent performance. The fact is, he wanted to be the Party PM, head clown presiding over good times, but times aren’t good and his heart just isn’t in tackling the hard issues. However, while saying these issues matter more than the Hughes affair, O’Sullivan makes one big mistake.

“there has been precious little public attention given to the fact that Finance Minister Bill English is now preparing to unveil the country’s worst Budget deficit and the trade-offs that will involve”

Does anyone think it’s a coincidence that National leaked this story just as it was trying to explain why massive spending cuts are necessary but reversing the tax cuts for the rich aren’t, and a day before the new foreshore and seabed law passed?

“Or the critical issue of whether the Prime Minister has become so blindsided by the string of national disasters that has befallen New Zealand in the past year that he refuses to take on board the International Monetary Fund’s recommendations to broaden the Government’s revenue-raising mechanisms through property taxes when if he took the public into his confidence they would probably make the necessary sacrifices to ensure the country comes through a tough period.

I think Key has been displaying all the signs of a politician in deep shock. His media management has been a bit off-key. He needlessly strung out the decision to shift the Rugby World Cup away from Christchurch after the February 22 earthquake because he wanted to let people down gently.

Christchurch citizens might have been more impressed if the Government had instead kept all its focus on getting the city’s lifelines in place before winter.

But who can blame him?”

The people of Christchurch, for starters. It’s not just that Key and the high-handed Gerry Brownlee are keeping information from the people of Christchurch, it’s that they actually don’t appear to have a plan. The closest we’ve seen to any semblance of a plan in recent days is Phil Heatley’s brainfart about building more state houses as PPPs, as if getting private investors in to supply cash and then paying their profits is cheaper than borrowing the money at sovereign rates.

“The Prime Minister’s own dreams for his Government have been severely circumscribed by first the impact of the global financial crisis on New Zealand, then the collapse of South Canterbury Finance, the two Canterbury earthquakes and the Pike River disaster.”

This last year has truly been an annus horribilus.”

Yeah, but government is about making the big decisions, not just riding the wave of good times, smiling and waving as you go.

“At Len Brown’s soiree to launch the process for “Auckland Unleashed” – the mayor’s spatial plan for the Auckland super city – Key did not fire. His address was not inspiring. People found him flat.”

In other words, he looked like he couldn’t be arsed.

There’s nothing in National’s ideological toolkit or Key’s personal deposition to really deal with these problems. All they will do, instead, is use ‘crisis’ as an opportunity to advance their pre-existing agenda of public service cuts, privatisation, and backhanders to the rich.

So, pretty on the money from Fran there, but then there’s this:

“There’s an undercurrent to this saga which is rather disturbing.

If Hughes is a secret gay – as some of his colleagues contend – surely the wiser caucus heads in the Labour caucus could have persuaded him by now to be frank about his sexual preference. He is close to the Rainbow coalition.

Homosexuality has, after all, been legal in New Zealand since Hughes was a 7-year-old.”

No. An MP’s sexual orientation and sexual conduct – as long as it is within the law and not politically repugnant – is their own business. Anyone in political circles (and I would have thought that included O’Sullivan) knows about Hughes’ orientation, as they do those of other MPs who choose not to publicly acknowledge them, which is why today’s ‘revelations‘ in the Herald are such a yawn – ‘person 1 asks person 2 for sex, person 2 says no’, wow.

No doubt, the fact that the police complaint involves a male and Hughes is not openly gay (indeed, does not consider himself gay) has added to the salaciousness of the story but that’s exactly the kind of politics that O’Sullivan wants us to rise above. But if MPs want to keep their sexual preferences nominally secret that’s their business. The idea that we could be drawn into a round of outing these MPs fills me with disgust.

65 comments on “O’Sullivan gets it right & wrong”

  1. RobC 1

    In the second Herald link, towards the bottom of the article:

    “Goff said he was sure King would have told him as soon as she learned of a problem.
    He said he believed she found out after Hughes was charged.”

    a) Goff said Hughes was charged?
    b) the journo is fkn incompetent

    I’ll go with b)

  2. felix 2

    “Former Labour Darren Hughes “

    FFS Herald, you’d think even the laziest proofreading in the world (i.e. yours) would pick up a glaring error three words in.

  3. QoT 3

    An MP’s sexual orientation and sexual conduct – as long as it is within the law and not politically repugnant – is their own business.

    Of course it is. But as soon as this story was revealed as involving a male complainant, I could’ve told you that this would become the focus of the story – why an MP in a supposedly gay-friendly party wouldn’t be open about it. Especially with a dearth of ~salacious~ materials on the actual allegations.

    • Marty G 3.1

      yeah, it was pretty obvious that the homosexual element would be played up. that doesn’t mean it’s incumbent on mps to be public about their sexuality.

      • QoT 3.1.1

        Did I say anything differently?

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1

          Yes, you did:

          why an MP in a supposedly gay-friendly party wouldn’t be open about it.

          • Carol 3.1.1.1.1

            It looks to me like an indication of the amount of stigma there still is around being anything but totally heterosexual. The line that “I’m not gay” is a familiar old one to those of us who have been around gay communities for decades. It’s usually, “I’m not gay, I just have sex with men now and then.” “I’m not gay, I just happen to fall in love with a woman.” etc.

            The label “gay” can also create particular problems for the various kinds of bisexual people. I also think that a politician aiming for the highest political jobs might feel it would count against them to not be clearly heterosexual. Also, struggling to deny your own sexuality, whatever it might be, can have a negative impact on a persona’s job performance, one way or another.

        • Marty G 3.1.1.2

          well, your comment repeated what I had said in the post as if I hadn’t said it and it was some clever insight so I felt free to repeat it again:

          MG: the fact that the police complaint involves a male and Hughes is not openly gay (indeed, does not consider himself gay) has added to the salaciousness of the story

          QoT: as this story was revealed as involving a male complainant, I could’ve told you that this would become the focus of the story

          MG: yeah, it was pretty obvious that the homosexual element would be played up

          • Swampy 3.1.1.2.1

            Sure, it is not illegal to make a political judgement on the grounds of that.

            The passage of the relevant legislation in 1986 was a huge controversy and you can’t pretend otherwise or try to sweep it under the carpet.

  4. higherstandard 4

    Agree completely Marty I don’t see how an MPs sexual preferences should influence how good they are at doing the job they’re elected to.

    It’s right up there with the colour of their skin and which football team they back – how the fuck that impacts on whether you’re a good MP or not is beyond me.

    • apples are yum 4.1

      which begs the question…no, RAISES the question… why so much fuss over Brash’s extra marital affair?

      Can’t wait to hear the moral gymnastics required to justify that. Fuck who you like as long as you’re gay, bi or whatever – promiscuity encouraged – all part of the lifestyle. But if you’re hetro, my god, don’t cheat on your wife or you’re not fit to rule. Plenty of points to catch Brash on, rooting isn’t one of them. Can we all agree that sex/orientation isn’t related to political performance, once and for all?

      • felix 4.1.1

        Because Brash & National were claiming to represent traditional family values™ but not living by them.

        If Hughes and Labour were running a “don’t-drink-and-gay” campaign they’d be in the same boat. But they weren’t, so they ain’t.

        It’s the hypocrisy is all. I agree the infidelity itself shouldn’t be of interest anyone not involved.

        • Swampy 4.1.1.1

          No, National made no such claim or attempt to define what these values were at the time.

          The simple answer which every MP knows is that they take a moral high ground and pass laws on the basis of their own agenda and party ideology. They then present these as a done deal to the public. Frequently the voters know that the party is what drives these policies and not the views of the public.

          So when a moral high ground (on any policy at all, not just traditional morals) is taken and then an MP is found to have acted questionably, maybe immorally, then the outcome is understandable.

          The question of is Hughes gay is important to a segment of the electorate who want to question how much influence the Rainbow wing has in Labour.

          • felix 4.1.1.1.1

            “No, National made no such claim or attempt to define what these values were at the time.”

            Of course they didn’t attempt to define them – that’s the whole point, they’re an abstraction. But they sure went digging for votes in the holier-than-thou right-wing churches, didn’t they Swampy? Or have you forgotten already?

            Christ man, their entire time in opposition was spent yelling three things over and over:
            1. Tax cuts
            2. Bloody mowrees, and
            3. Look, a LESBIAN!

            Short memories you lot.

            “The question of is Hughes gay is important to a segment of the electorate who want to question how much influence the Rainbow wing has in Labour.”

            Correct, it’s important to homophobes.

            • Mac1 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Absolutely right, felix. Rem acu tetigisti. Right up the their most feared orifice.

        • apples are yum 4.1.1.2

          There’s hypocrisy and there are lies. Some people think the two are interchangeable, but they aren’t. Others, like Hughes and Goff are assuming that people aren’t smart enough to tell the difference and are pointlesly jumping on their own swords and making apologies for being hypocritical when it simply isn’t necessary. Hypocrisy is nothing. Measure for lies and ineffectuality.

          If someone says don’t be leechrous and gay, and then is; or says look after your family, and doesn’t look after their own – who cares? Hypocrisy doesn’t change policy. Extrapolating hypocrisy onto the scale that measures the likely veracity of future decision making is like saying because the stewardess is skanky, the plane will crash. There is no link between her bedroom eyes and the pilot’s seat. Is there a link between the ability to form and implement education policy and, say, an over-eager bedroom attitude? No. Measure politicians on what they do with policy. Hughes made an error when he resigned (if he resigned over police investigation) and Goff made a bigger one in accepting it (if he accepted it for appearance sake). Labour need someone like “the angriest man in Scotland” right now to tell them to stop assuming the population are idiots and in the process, stop destroying their party and chances of election.

          Now if a politician says something like: we will not support any changes to S59, we believe parents right to choose; we will not raise GST; we will not sell any SOEs first term; benefits will not be reduced; the fireservice will not be re-structured; energy resources will not be opened up for foreign ownership; and then they do, they are liars. Their trustworthiness is shot to pieces by their ablilty to contravene their policy and an inability to carry out policy. They have failed to deliver. Extrapolate that. Promote that. Build election strategies on work done.

          We have elections every 3 years. There isn’t a single lie made by pollies in the past 15 years that was so important it could not be corrected. Those liars could have been voted out at any time. They should have resigned. Hughes should not have resigned. Neither should Goff be talking about his hypocrisy. All we need to know from Hughes is what Labour would be doing in education should they gain a majority. What we need to know from Goff is a general direction for his party.

          Enough with the false self-sacrificial immolating melodrama.

          • felix 4.1.1.2.1

            I agree with most of that, but the way we vote for policy is via voting for people, and most people seem to think that character is an important factor in that decision. The perception that hypocrisy is an undesirable character trait in a representative is a fairly strong one.

      • I always wondered why Brash was always smilling .Well of course he was shaging himself to death The fact that it was not his wife made no difference to the Nats, they waited a while then gave him a job with an inflated salary. If they win the next election what’s the bet that Worth will get a nice lucrative job?

      • Marty G 4.1.3

        you may not remember that core to Brash’s political identity was conservative family values. I remember him saying that Clark had made a mockery of the institution of marriage with “her indifference to the institution of marriage” – at the same time as he was cheating on the second wide (the one that proved he wasn’t racist), whom, in turn, he had cheated on the first wife with.

        It was what Brash thought was going to be the exposure of that hypocrisy, not to mention the shady exclusive brethren dealings, in The Hollow Men that caused him to resign as leader

        • Sean 4.1.3.1

          I certainly recall Dr Brash directly questioned Helen Clark’s marriage in the media.

          Dr Brash set a standard in the matter he did not personally meet, and then went quiet when Helen Clark pointed out she was still married to the person she took her vows to in the twenty something years previously – unlike Brash.

  5. handle 5

    “All they will do, instead, is use ‘crisis’ as an opportunity to advance their pre-existing agenda of public service cuts, privatisation, and backhanders to the rich.”

    Yet you dredge up your worn argument: “they actually don’t appear to have a plan”. Of course they do. You wonder why people aren’t seeing it clearly? Stop saying it doesn’t exist.

    • Marty G 5.1

      well, they don’t have a plan to address the actual problems in the sense that we would recognise one

      a) what’s the problem?

      b) how are we going to solve it?

      c) lets start to solve it step by step

      that they have an ideological agenda and they’ll opportunistically pursue it is beyond doubt.

      • handle 5.1.1

        They don’t have a plan to solve the problem as you see it. That does not mean there’s no plan.

        Following your a,b,c formulation, the ‘problem’ might be that wealthy and powerful people and corporates are not wealthy and powerful enough. We are seeing the ‘solutions’ to that delivered, step by step.

        It’s not “opportunistic”. Who is helped by you claiming there is no plan?

        • Luva 5.1.1.1

          I agree. There has always been a confused opposition to John.

          Half the time he is an evil right wing planning to unleash a hard right agenda on the unsuspecting electorate.

          The next day he is smile and wave do nothing PM with no plan

          Can he be both?

          • Marty G 5.1.1.1.1

            he is the smile and wave face for a hard right agenda that has no plan for the real problems facing the country.

  6. Everyone in labour should have been on guard against National’s Dirty Tricks Brigade. They should have been aware that with an unpopular budget about to be announced that they would be on the lookout for something as juicy as this. This is history repeating itself again and again.
    The Nationl Party have always been the masters of sleaze , but under Muldoon it florished. Two excellent Labour members were ruined by Muldoon O’Brian and Moyle. Weve seen the same happen in the last couple of years. What is galling is that Tories commit white collar crime and get away with it ,some even gey knighted ,

    • Sanctuary 6.1

      “…Everyone in labour should have been on guard against National’s Dirty Tricks Brigade…”

      I am sorry, but you don’t have to be a Machiavelli to work out National would leak the Hughes story without any need for a dirty tricks brigade. Let’s reprise the timeline. This incident occured two and a bit weeks ago, when the media was wall to wall with the Japanese Tsunami. Anyone in the Labour party other that a complete drongo should have recognised that the tragedy in Japan was a perfect moment to stand Hughes down and release the story.

      Meanwhile, on the othe side of the hill you can be sure that National would have been aware of the story within days as well. The National party would have realised that they should not leak the story to the media until the Japanese coverage had dropped off and the media was hungry for the next story for the media cycle. Right on cue, the story was leaked with timing to cause the maximum damage to Labour.

      You hardly need a shadowy squad of Crosby-Textor goons working from a secret HQ in the cone of an active volcano on an uncharted island to help you work this media strategy out. Common sense and a bit of a proactive killer instinct is all you need.

      To me, Goff’s possum-like passivity when he is an experienced politician who must of known the Nats were carefully lining him in their sights is completely inexplicable. This inept passivity strikes a blow at the very heart of the main raison d’etre for his claim to the right to lead Labour – his political experience.

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 7

    As an ‘empthay PM’ Key rates about 1 or 2 on a 1-10 scale.

    I notice unlike the well known gregarious Bob Hawke or Bill Clinton, Key doesnt generally hug those who he goes out of his way to meet after a tradgedy.

    Even John Howard could manage it fairly often.

    Could it be the empathy thing is all faked?. That he is a fairly private person, much like Helen Clark but instead hes decided to wrap himself into the empathy flag and flog it for all its worth, as there is nothing else there?

    • logie97 7.1

      The Prime Minister’s views on culinary delights…

      Can’t wait to hear the questions from Petra and Corin tomorrow morning…
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/4814199/Celebrity-chef-Heston-feasts-in-Hawkes-Bay
      … Guests paid $7000 for the dinner – though three nights’ accommodation was included – and more than half had flown in from Australia, joining Prime Minister John Key and wife Bronagh, an ardent foodie…”

      I wonder what the dinner table conversations were? Earthquakesh? Tshunarmish, Newculear Power?

      (And Fran, while you’re at it, next time you’re chatting with him can you advise John that “is” is singular? Listen in tomorrow and you will hear him say several times, “There’s lots of …” – just a small point I know but when it comes to being the leader of a country, you would expect him to be in command of his language. You know, shtandids and all that…)

  8. Swampy 8

    Politicians are expected to uphold the law they make and be beyond reproach, therefore they are judged by a higher standard, Thats the way its always been and shall remain unless you want the kind of circus that Berlesconi had in Italy and the laughing stock he has made that country on the world stage.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      and be beyond reproach…

      Sorry mate if you want real people involved in politics and not perfectly photoshopped figureheads, your position is not realistic.

      As for Italian politics – no use comparing us with them, in terms of Italian politicians and sex escapades they are totally in a league of their own.

  9. gnomic 9

    Er, dictionary police here. For ‘Key’s personal deposition’, may we read ‘Key’s personal disposition’? Then it would make sense :-)

  10. deemac 10

    The idea that Hughes once making a drunken pass at someone who said No is news shows the level of journalism right now. Of course no journalist has ever done that…

  11. Carol 11

    So, it looks like TV3, other news media, lefties like McCarten, and loads of right wing bloggers have now totally written Goff off for the coming election. How does this compare with the way the MSM and some others wrote off Len Brown after some fundraising Do in Manukau (I’ve already forgotten the details), and a head splapping incident?

  12. simon 12

    I could care less about Hughes sexual preferences. He is the focus of [deleted]. This lack of sobriety and attendant clouded judgement ended his political career and greatly setback his political cause.

    [lprent: That goes beyond anything that has been reported. I'm going to put you on an open-ended moderation because you have repeatably made an allegation that is unsupported and relates directly to a police investigation. Quite simply your judgement appears to be flawed. ]

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      He is the focus of a non-consensual sex allegation because of alcohol.

      Alcohol was associated with the evening but how do you know that the allegation arose because of alcohol?

      • Lanthanide 12.1.1

        It’s not even clear that it was “non-consensual sex”. We simply don’t know. The naked man reported to be in the area at the time is likely the complainant, but not necessarily.

      • simon 12.1.2

        This is not the first reported instance of Hughes making unwanted advances whilst under the influence. It is the most serious however.

        By the very fact of the complaint, [deleted]. It was serious enough to justify a warrant for a police search and seizure.

        [lprent: ditto ]

        • weizguy 12.1.2.1

          “By the very fact of the complaint, [deleted] took place.”
          Ah, no. You’re saying it’s not possible to consent to something and regret it later? A complaint only proves that there was a complaint. Nothing more.

          “It was serious enough to justify a warrant for a police search and seizure.”
          Again, was it? I’ve asked this on a number of occasions: Where have the media reported that there was a search “warrant”. Standard procedure would be to collect evidence at the scene. you don’t need a warrant if the accused complies.

        • felix 12.1.2.2

          Can a mod have a look at simon’s comment 12.1.2? It’s borderline at best.

          [lprent: Agreed. It was outside of any reported and in particular assumes a lot about the complaint.
          I was otherwise engaged last night. ]

          • simon 12.1.2.2.1

            ‘Former Labour MP Darren Hughes has been the subject of allegations about another late-night incident after a boozy evening out. The Herald on Sunday has learned of claims about Hughes and a worker from a party leader’s office who were in a group drinking at a 2009 Christmas party. The staffer is understood to have been asked by Hughes to carry on drinking, and was then the subject of a sexual approach. The young man objected and left. The party leader quizzed the young man to see if he wanted to make a formal complaint. He declined, saying the incident was a misguided “pass”.’ NZ Herald / 27 March 2011

            The latest complaint involves [deleted]. Whether the complaint is upheld will be decided by the evidence.

            The police conducted a search and items were collected. (I concede a warrant was not necessary if Hughes agreed to it).

            [lprent: ditto]

            • simon 12.1.2.2.1.1

              ‘Police took items from the house after executing a search warrant.’ NBR 23 March 2011

              • SPC

                Someone did try and explain on another blog – that police might have just gone to the house where the “naked man’s” clothes were and retrieved them but there were protocols to follow when MP’s/or their houses were involved. I cannot vouch for that, any more than I can the veracity of a media report. Just saying.

            • felix 12.1.2.2.1.2

              simon.

              When you describe the events currently under investigation as being [deleted] you are speculating. No such details have been released.

              You may think your speculation is, by logic, necessarily correct (it’s not btw) but speculation it is, nonetheless.

        • simon 12.1.2.3

          The law takes its course and police confirm further allegations.

          ‘Late yesterday the 18-year-old complainant won a court order preventing publication of his name. High Court Justice Robert Dobson issued the order, saying revealing his name would be a breach of privacy. Dobson said from now on, the man’s name would be shown on court documents only as “A”. “His identity is not a matter on which the public’s interest in knowing can claim urgency.” Dobson said A’s complaint to police was made in circumstances where his name and identifying details would not be reported in the media, and he was told he would have automatic name suppression if charges were laid. Dobson noted if charges were not laid, the order would have to be reviewed.’
          Dominion Post / 29 March

          ‘Some media received copies yesterday of a complaint sent to police making allegations about Hughes. It included contact details of three people and urged the police to contact them. But one of the men named in the letter vehemently denied that anything untoward happened. “It’s just untrue. It’s just rubbish,” he said. A second refused to comment. The writer claimed to be concerned “at the potential ramifications for my employment of sharing this information with you” as the reason for anonymity. Detective Inspector Mike Johnson of Wellington confirmed the letter had been received and police “will look into it in due course”.
          Dominion Post / 29 March

          • Colonial Viper 12.1.2.3.1

            Yeah now this is starting to look politically motivated – i.e. trying to keep an ongoing media attention on Darren Hughes.

            Part of your job description I suppose.

          • simon 12.1.2.3.2

            ‘[10] I accordingly make orders as follows:

            (a) prohibiting the defendants (or anyone else with notice of this order) from publishing A’s name or particulars likely to lead to the identification of A as the person who has laid a complaint of sexual assault against the former Member of Parliament, Darren Hughes’

            Court Order
            High Court Justice Robert Dobson
            28 March 2011

            [deleted]

            [lprent: The second quote appears to me to be speculating on the nature of the complaint against Darren Hughes. You've done this before and been warned about it. Banned for 4 weeks. ]

  13. Adele 13

    Teenaa koe, Carol

    I am not sure that the two are comparable situations. Len Brown won not because he overcame a perceived weakness in his public persona, he won because his constituency (South Auckland) reacted strongly against the ugliness of Banks.

    Vindication of Goff as leader will only happen when Labour wins the election under his leadership. Personally, I think Goff’s public persona is so lifeless and dreary that a corpse could run against him and win – attracting the sympathy vote. at least.

    • Carol 13.1

      Len Brown won not because he overcame a perceived weakness in his public persona, he won because his constituency (South Auckland) reacted strongly against the ugliness of Banks.

      Brown was portrayed by the media as having weaknesses, which many agreed with. It was not just his constituents found Banks “ugly”. He was also strongly supported out here in west Auckland and by many in Auckland central. This was not because they found Banks “ugly”, but because, whatever Brown’s shortcomings, many of us feared what would happen to Auckland if subjected to Banks implementing Hide’s 7 NAct’s policies.

      The only political comments I hear from people I come into contact with around Auckland (including at work), arfe ones strongly critical of the current government’s & Key’s economic policies.

      The MSM underestimated the level of rejection of the right wing policies in Auckland during the council election campaigns, and focused on the individual leaders & their personalities rather than their policies. Are they doing the same again at a national level?

      • PeteG 13.1.1

        The MSM ….. focused on the individual leaders & their personalities rather than their policies. Are they doing the same again at a national level?

        Most likely, because that’s what they tend to do. It makes for easy packaging of infotainment – and let’s face it, it seems to be what a lot of viewers want, look at how they seem to clamour for all the “celebrity” crap.

        • Carol 13.1.1.1

          Chicken…. egg. I noticed when the royal couple (don’t remember their names) announced their engagement, that the main NZ news sites ran polls on public interest in it. Most who responded were not interested, and that’s from online sites where the right wing voters trend to respond most to such polls. Yet since then, the MSM have continued to foreground the royal couple. Suggests that they see it in their interests, for some reason, to continue to promote such celebrity stories, and thus, presumably, to raise the level of public interest in it.

  14. SPC 14

    Yeah well, there are a lot of stories here.

    How much can a media report when a case is under investigation – eye witness reports not known to the police, rumours about the accused etc?

    Did National leak this to create a story about Goff’s leadership and his chief whip numbers man to create diasarray in the lead up to a difficult budget (remember Muldoon held an election in 84 rather then do that year’s budget)?

    Are the srandards expected of a Minister, chief whip, spokesperson on education (is some sort of moral reputation required for this particular ministerial job or even opposition spokesperson) or MP different?

    Is the sexuality of an MP a private matter?

    As for a government with no plan and a government with a secret agenda.

    How about they have no plan for good government and no plan to get us out of a recession/create jobs? They only have an agenda that they they realise would reduce their support if they declared it. So by building up a sense of crisis – exacerbated by their lack of a plan to resolve it – suggest that the elements of their agenda might by ways of dealing with the crisis. But as this agenda was developed before we had any recession or earthquake to deal with, that’s not true.

  15. Carol 15

    Meanwhile, even though it has looked like there will be no leadership challenge going by reports over the last couple of days, Stuff/Tracy Watkins is doing her best to keep the leadership challenge story alive:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4815736/Labour-leader-Phil-Goffs-fate-may-hinge-on-the-polls

    His lack of remorse on TVNZ’s Q+A yesterday, when he was defensive and at times clearly angry about questions over the affair, has also ruffled feathers.

    I haven’t seen the qu & a segment, but judging by descriptions of it, Holmes’ questions were extremely aggressive and would have put any interviewee in a defensive position.

    It may well be that other reports got it wrong & there will be a challenge to Goff, but it’s not looking like it at the moment. Where is the balance in Watkins’ article?

    And why doesn’t the MSM put Key on the block for some of his shaky leadership on economic issues?

    Instead Stuff are foregrounding an item (which I have no desire to look at and link to – it’s on Stuff’s mainpage this morning), in which Key apparently “shows his funny side”.

    Is it too much to hope for a significant, widespread protest some day against the poor leadership for democratic debate shown by our mainstream news in covering political, economic and social issues?

    • handle 15.1

      Goff’s appearance on Q&A was notable because he didn’t get defensive. Instead he calmly, firmly – and successfully – challenged Holmes’ bluster and bullying. Great media handling, though he doesn’t answer much. See for yourself: http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/q-paul-holmes-interviews-phil-goff-13-10-video-4088270

      The panel discussion afterwards pinged him for running lines: http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/q-panel-discussion-phil-goff-interview-05-26-video-4088288

      • Carol 15.1.1

        I saw Goff on qu & a on TVNZ7 this arvo…. please don’t anyone recommend I watch Holmes ever again – he’s unbearable to watch – a bully & not a serious political journo.

        I tend to have the same opinion of Goff as the panel on qu & a – he’s not a great leader, but I have thought of him as reasonable & solid leader of Labour at the moment. I have thought his political judgment was OK but not that astute, for instance with how he dealt with Chris Carter. I waver between thinking Goff’s still the safest pair of hands, and thinking that he should go now – let someone else take a re-invigorated run at the election…. Shane Jones maybe? He has a rough working class appeal probably & may be able to talk usefully with Maori factions – or Robertson for leader of Labour. Parker doesn’t inspire me, but then, I still plan to vote Green Party.

        I don’t have a strong opinion on it though, and am more interested in the policies. So I’ll just wait to see how it plays out.

  16. randal 16

    So Phil Goff acted like a man instead of the groveellling wimps that Q&A usually have on.
    Phil Goff is an honourable man and he tried to do his best for someone that didnt deserve it and he gets pilloried by gluon spinless and paul the pipsqueak holmes.
    they think government is just another round of rubber chicken legs at the beehive and who kisses their ass in the street after they saw them on teevee last night.
    Its more than that and secondly holmes and co wouldnt know a real issue if it bit them on the bum.
    they are personally advantaged after the tax cuts and in reality they represent the type of privilege that wont give anything up and eventually signs its own death warrant.

  17. Samuel Hill 17

    if somebody can’t be open about their sexual preference then they can just piss off. people have a right to know something as simple as that.

  18. Samuel Hill 18

    If somebody can’t be open about their sexual preferences then they can just piss off. People have a right to know something as simple as that about somebody who they are paying to represent them in parliament.

    I’m sick of all this babyish nonsense in this country. Its no wonder our MPs on both sides of the house are filling everytone with so much fear for our future.

    • Marty G 18.1

      why is it your business which gender someone prefers to screw?

    • Lanthanide 18.2

      I assume by this measure you expect all MPs in parliament to publicly declare that they’re heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or any other other -sexuals too, right?

      I mean, you’re not expecting just the gay ones to come out and say it, so you know to avoid them?

      How do you know they’re telling the truth, anyway? What if someone, who is married, comes out and says they’re bisexual? What if they say they’re heterosexual and actually lying?

      What does any of this gain you?

    • felix 18.3

      Exactly Lanth. What does it gain you, Samuel? I bet you reckon you can pick a homo out of a line-up anyway, right?

      If we must pry into MPs’ private lives I’d rather know what’s on their iPods.

      • Samuel Hill 18.3.1

        Well firstly, if they lie about their sexual prefernce – they’re a liar.

        Secondly, I don’t see the problem. If we are supposed to be open and accepting of homosexuality in this country, then why shouldn’t they be able to tell us? It would be like somebody lying about how many children they have, wouldn’t it? WHY are people NOT open about their sexuality? Are they confused, are they afraid of potential repercussions? I don’t understand. Maybe it is easier for me because I am straight? I have no problem with anyone having a different sexuality, but I think if they can’t be honest about it then what else are they going to be hiding from us? I don’t think it sets a very good precedent for people who might be finding it hard to ‘come out’. If even people in the highest public positions are having to be cloak and dagger about their preferences.

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    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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