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Pagani dead wrong

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 19th, 2011 - 66 comments
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Former senior Labour party strategist John Pagani has written an extraordinary blog post where he says Labour ought to cuddle up to National because its policies are so popular and then, somehow, convince people to vote Labour for some reason. If this has been Labour’s strategy for the past few years, it explains a lot.

There’s only one time in politics that it makes sense to ape your opponents’ policies and keep quiet about your true values – when your values are unpopular. This was true of National in 2002 when a bland campaign tried and failed to limit the damage. And in 2008, when National was also trying to limit damage but this time to its commanding lead. National’s policy of inoculation was about reassuring people that a Key government would just be Labour with the tax cut cherry on the top, handed to them by a funny clown (remember, National lost 10% during the final five months of that race, too).

Are we in that situation now? Does National have an overwhelmingly popular policy record like Labour did in 2002 and (to a lesser extent) in 2008?

Supercity
Mining on Schedule 4
Night classes
GST
Ecan
CERRA
CERA
National standards
Fire at will
ECE cuts
Asset sales

Nope. All unpopular to varying degrees. What other big things has National done? Not a hell of a lot. Which is why the whole ‘smile and wave’ meme works because Key’s government is ‘do nothing’ in terms of what people want it to do. And why when you ask what Key has actually done that is so great you get a blank stare.

Pagani says the public are “waiting for Labour to demonstrate it genuinely understands their needs – and that means endorsing more of what National is doing – the things the voting public approves of” but when you look at polls on the policies themselves they’ve always been unpopular. The reason why National can remain popular while doing unpopular things is that there appears to be no alternative.

We see Goff sniping at what the government does but never having any alternative policy, which makes it look like he’s complaining for its own sake. The lack of any real idea of what Labour would do in government makes it look like they don’t really want the job. Pagani’s strategy is more of the same.

People want an alternative. Look at the Roy Morgan Confidence in Government poll. Down from net 55% to net 25%. That’s only just above where it was when Labour was coming to the end of its third term – if there was an alternative, National’s party support would match. Read the vitriol heaped on Key and National in these Stuff comments on price rises. Or read this from Darien Fention on Red Alert:

“Our families aren’t eating”. That’s what I’ve been hearing today – not in the parts of Auckland where I know families have been struggling under this government for some time, but in the relatively affluent and true blue areas of Warkworth and Orewa.

I heard a lot of despair from people today. Steep increases in the prices of necessities, such as food and fuel, are taking their toll, and people say it’s been all downhill since the GST increases. Then today’s news of a 4.5% increase in inflation mean things are going to continue get worse, not better.

It’s no wonder. Vegetable prices have risen by 12.1 percent in the past year, milk, cheese and eggs by 8.8 percent, petrol by 17.1 percent, and electricity by 6.0 percent. Wages, for those who have jobs, have stood still.

There’s resentment there too about the government’s tax cuts for the better off, while meantime life has gotten tougher for those on low and middle incomes. Even in these towns, more families are resorting to food parcels for support.

I was surprised by the depth of feeling and despair I encountered today.

It worried me too.

The government has no plan, and it’s showing. Everywhere.

What these people need isn’t a Labour that doesn’t know what it stands for and tries to spend as much time in National’s shadow as possible. They need the Labour party that was established to fight for them.

In the end, I can’t go past Danyl’s reply to Pagani at Dim-post:

New Zealand is a centre-left country so people liked Labour’s policies. To get elected National HAD to embrace those policies, and they created a point of difference between themselves and Labour by advancing popular policies of their own: ie tax cuts, and by framing a negative narrative around the actual government (Helengrad, Nanny State etc) so that by the election people felt that when they voted National they got a really great deal. They got rid of Labour – who they no longer liked, kept their policies – which they liked, and got some nice new policies (sort of).

Pagani’s strategy – which Labour appears to be following – is to keep almost all of the members of the unpopular government the public was glad to get rid of, endorse National’s policies which are mostly horrible failures, and promote no substantial policy of their own. This has worked about as well as you’d expect it to.

66 comments on “Pagani dead wrong”

  1. ron 1

    I think we need to add to that list of policy positions a list of attacks on the Tories’ corruption and lies.
    Labour has been far too soft on the various Tory transgressions and should constantly talk about Hide’s travel rorts, English’s lies about his accommodation, SCF, Mediaworks and Key’s lies about just about everything.
     

  2. Bored 2

    I fear for Labour and our future. I hear no volume of alternative policy, nothing that resembles a plan. Until this revelation comes to labour from within they are dead ducks.

    • uke 2.1

      Seconded.

      Especially as National is about to enact more irreversible, radical changes to NZ society and the economy, that will make social democracy that much harder to work.

      But I don’t think its all Labour’s fault. Unfortunately, going by the polls, it would seem most NZ voters are besotted with the consumerist “progress” meme that is sending us all down the tubes. They’re going to vote for the party that best conjures up those Remuera mansion/SUV/flat-screen TV/jet-ski castles in the sky.

    • Shane Gallagher 2.2

      You are right. There is no leadership and no vision. 

      But what really bothers me is that there are no PRINCIPLES. If Labour had a set of principles (eg. social justice, economic equality, democracy – radical things like that) then instead of running around like a bunch of headless chickens with no vision for the next government they could actually fall back on their principles and formulate policy based on them.

      I suppose that is why they keep “borrowing” old Green policies…

      BTW what do all those Labour MPs do during the day?

  3. Lew 3

    Trolls claiming this is some sort of clever misdirection strategy to cover up the fact that ‘The Standard’ is actually a mid-level staffer in the Goffice in 5 … 4… 3… 

    L

    • infused 3.1

      You will find we really don’t care. It was funny when Labour was actually a threat, now it’s just sad.

      Labour almost needs to be put down, to put you out of your misery.

      • vidiot 3.1.1

        Madness sum up Labour so well…
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR6ZWrWOGJk
         
        An insolent speck of youth
        Being taken for a walk
        So tightly by the ear
        That he can hardly talk

        Yesterday’s men hang to today
        To sing in the old-fashioned way
        It must get better in the long run
        Has to get better in the long run
         
        Captcha: Yesterdays
         
        Personally, I think it’s time for a new centrist/left party – a good clean out of ‘Yesterdays Men’ and build a team that has some vision.

  4. M 4

    …says Labour ought to cuddle up to National because its policies are so popular and then, somehow, convince people to vote Labour for some reason.

    Oh really? They would be insane and if it’s a bait and switch strategy I don’t think that will work either.

    Labour need to issue policy pamphlets that are succinct and easily understood by the public who in the main don’t seem to be overly interested in investigating much of anything.

    For starters, if people could see things like apprenticeship numbers published, taxation reform laid out in broad income bands plus plans for future transport and energy needs being promoted then they may have an inkling of who has their best interests at heart.

    I would love to see GST come off food, and as for arguments about complexity, who cares? There are multiple consumption tax rates in Scandinavian countries and their economies haven’t imploded – think of the employment opportunites as well as having the populace being able to afford the basics.

  5. higherstandard 5

    Did Pagani actually get paid a salary for providing this kind of advice, or was he kept on to keep him off the streets ?

  6. tsmithfield 6

    Seems to me that National are sleep-walking to victory while Labour are sleep-walking to defeat.

    • Bored 6.1

      Hey TS, comment 6 zillion and finally a spot on observation. Well done, buy yourself a coffee, pat on the back.

      • tsmithfield 6.1.1

        Heh. Thanks. :smile:

        It seems to me that the reason National are sleep-walking to victory is because Labour are sleep-walking to defeat.

        • swordfish 6.1.1.1

          But hang on a minute. Didn’t I make the very same Labour are sleepwalking to defeat comment on Chris Trotter’s ‘Bowalley Road’ site about a week or two back ? (using my other nom-de-plume: Markus)

          “Coincidence”, tsmithfield ?, or just some “ghastly misunderstanding” ?

  7. Matthew Hooton 7

    John is certainly wrong and you are certainly right.
    I’ve seen this nonsense before.
    In 2000, Jenny Shipley told her caucus not to be afraid to kiss Labour.
    In 2002, Bill English tried to make National more like Labour.
    It took Don Brash to throw out some conservative red meat to restore National’s poll ratings.
    And then John Key took it back to the centre.
    You have to be politicians before you can be statesmen.
    First restore your base, then move to the centre to get the remaining votes you need to be elected.
    Labour needs to find its Don Brash who can restore its base.  I think Mallard would be best for that.  Or perhaps Little (who I don’t rate, but a lot of Labour people do, which is more important than what I think.)

    • The Voice of Reason 7.1

      Nice history lesson there Matthew. It’s a similar story across the ditch, where Labor chewed through several leaders who alternated between being Lib lite and more tradiional left positioning, before striking a happy medium with Kevin Rudd. Each change of tack costs votes from different sectors, till they finally found someone who polled well across all the sectors. Me, I’d leave the red neck posturing to Winston and start working on policies that will get South Auckland workers interested enough to vote. If Labour strike a chord there, it will echo around the country and lift the vote in every electorate.

      Whats your problem with Little, btw? I would have thought you’d approve of his business acumen, wide networks and firm leadership style.

    • Olwyn 7.2

      Your claim seems a little steep where Jenny Shipley is concerned: as I remember it, she was encouraged to roll Jim Bolger in large part because she was deemed more likely to adhere faithfully to the right wing prescriptions of the time than he was. What is more she provoked a rift in NZ first over asset sales for which she required their support. Her being nice to Mrs Kapu in exchange for a vote hardly counts as a move toward the centre.

  8. Shane Gallagher 8

    That is the second time this year I have agreed with you Matthew. Strange days. :-)

  9. Olwyn 9

    Putting to one side the questionable nature of such strategies to begin with,  Pagani seems to completely overlook the context in which that strategy worked for National, and the time, money and effort involved. Firstly, Clark’s government was in fact a popular government for the greater part of nine years, and not only that Helen Clark retains a lot of fans although she has not been in politics for more than two years – note how she continues to feature in the preferred prime minister polls.  Terrified of her gaining yet another term, the right pulled out all the stops to successfully white ant her popularity during her final term. Secondly, Key followed in the footsteps of right wing purist Brash, who had proved unsaleable. By promoting Key as Labour-lite they were able to “show” that National was “listening” to the people. An equivalent situation from the left might be one in which Matt Mccarten had been parachuted in to lead the Labour Party to a narrow defeat, and to subsequently get replaced by a more centrist leader. Labour does not have the resources to white-ant Key as the right did to Clark, nor does it have a context in which imitating Key would show a meaningful or welcome change in position. You are right. The man is popular, in a film star kind of way. His policies are not. The only way to gain traction is to attack the policies.
     

  10. Tom Gould 10

    @ Shane, don’t fall into Matthew’s obvious trap. He is spinning 24/7 for his Tory bosses, and convincing Labour to turn hard left is the objective, thus abandoning the centre to National for the next generation. Don’t be fooled. Matthew is just earning his living, I guess. But let’s not think for a moment that he’s objective or fair minded.

    • ianmac 10.1

      Yes Tom. Treat Matthew’s words with scepticism. Beware of Greeks…. and all that. The white-anting of blogsites is still inhabited by the bigbruvver type of abuse. But more subtle is the “I am on your side and agree with you that….. ”
      Of course Matthew is at least using his own name – I think. But……

      • ChrisH 10.1.1

        It’s rare that I agree with Matthew Hooton but this time he’s right (logically I mean). I’ve heard this trope “you have to be politicians before you can be statesman” before.

    • Shane Gallagher 10.2

      Fair enough… :-)  but Labour wouldn’t have to become hard left – just vaguely left, as opposed to vaguely…

  11. RedLogix 11

    Amazing from such an influential Labour insider. A few days ago I was talking with a career public servant and he made the point that he found the Wellington beltway to be awfully isolated from the rest of New Zealand.
     
    The Beehive is in a bubble, surrounded by more layers of bubbles called Ministries, which sit inside yet another bubble which is the govt town called Wellington.  It was one reason he said why he was happy to commute a fair distance each day, just to get outside of it on a regular basis.
     
    This blog post from Paganini is simply an eloquent testament to exactly how out of touch both the National and Labour hierarchy have become.

    • Indeed, and illustrated again (as if we needed another reminder) by Fenton’s lame post. Yeah we get that things are bad under National, nyah nyah nyah. But we don’t give a toss about politics, we’d prefer lunch. Now what are you going to do to make sure we can afford it?

      “The government don’t have a plan” from an Opposition that doesn’t have a plan is just… pathetic.

      BTW, Danyl’s explanation of the last election is about the single best piece of analysis I’ve seen of any election, ever. Accuracy + brevity. Perfect.

  12. Anne 12

    Olwyn’s post is spot on, but Labour have to start ramming their own policies home – starting now. Why? Because this election cannot follow the normal pattern ie. start releasing policy no sooner than 3 months before an election. The RWC is the spanner in the works. From August onwards, the obsessed rugby fans’ thoughts (most of the country but not me) will be on Rugby and not politics. Leave it until after the damm thing is over (oh bliss) will be way too late.

     

    • Pascal's bookie 12.1

      They need a circuit breaker first. they need to smash down the fourth wall, drag the narrative out into the light and kill it with fire.

      this man knows how:

      http://edmuzik.tumblr.com/post/4716085472/goff-2-0

      Worth a crack I reckon.

      • Peter 12.1.1

        Walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff this winter and find out what is going down, that would be jumping the shark. Better than taking a daily beating in WGN.

      • ChrisH 12.1.2

        The ‘Back of the Y’ strategy. To make it convincing Goff would have to drink most of a bottle of vodka and f*** it up totally, including falling in and getting one leg bitten off by the sharks (much as suggested below) . That would generate tons of publicity.

  13. tsmithfield 13

    Jumping a shark? Thats a fairly desperate strategy.

    I think from Labour’s perspective the best outcome would be for Goff to miss the ramp at the other end and get eaten by the shark. At least this would force the leadership change that no-one seems to have the balls to make at the moment. :smile:

  14. Tiger Mountain 14

    Labour is about “who you are”, national “who you want to be” said high profile blogger annonymous at “Bowalley Rd” a day or two ago. Well aspiration doesn’t fill the gas tank or lifes other material demands but maybe enables some minds to carry on believing akin to munching coca leaves at high altitude. 

    There are bloody minded change voters for whom it will be too soon to admit they were wrong voting for Shonkey. TV3 is definitely gunning for Labour since that nice little donation to Media Works. The dirty filthy tories want this one bad. Labour needs to start demonstrating the same.

    The mainstream these days is a collection of a hundred niches. Tatoos, dreads, baldhead, rural IT, trad sheepshagger, concerned under 25, nihilist under 25 and so on, difficult territory for political parties but it can be done as the ‘Len slide’ and Mt Albert by election demonstrated.

    Quakechurch, national standards, inflation and rising unemployment will dent the torys. Ultimately South Auckland does need to be turned out as VOTR says plus some more people need to become participants rather than keyboard warriors, commentators and tory enablers. Diving for a non existent center will just make things worse.

  15. Labour should make a strong climate and environment policy linked to an economic plan.
     
    If labour’s plan is to copy neoliberal National, then it is clear why they aren’t getting much votes.

  16. infused 16

    You also need to read the actual article

    “where he says Labour ought to cuddle up to National”

    It doesn’t say that at all.

    • Bill 16.1

      “If anything, Labour should be pursuing more of a consensus approach, so that it can own more of the right direction”
       
      Kind of reads as “cuddle up to National” Dunnit?
       
      My only complaint about Eddie’s post is that it didn’t come with a puke bucket warning. Hell of a mess in these here parts.

      edit. Just noticed the mealy mouthed one has posted this on response to this here thread

      http://johnpagani.posterous.com/

  17. Morrissey 17

    Thanks to the genius of Labour Party strategists like John Pagani, this government can rest easy.

  18. National’s strength is solely Brand Key. Once that is no longer an advantage, National will be dog tucker. They know this. Labour knows this.
    But it has been seen to be too keen to dish the dirt on John. The public see Labour’s investigations into him as muck-raking and gutter politics, even if that is not totally the case.
    The only way they can attack the Prime Minister is by going after his Ministers, one by one, and then asking why the PM stood by and tolerated such behaviour from X for length of time X.
    And wait for the kinghit scandal – one that can’t be smiled away.
    And also better promote a Labour government, don’t let Key reopen the door to TINA. Have some new, perhaps even controversial policies that play to the base to boost the turnout.

    • Roger 18.1

      The problem with going after his ministers is that whenever there is any negative press, John Key pushes his ministers into the spotlight and he is nowhere to be seen. Another option is to go straight for the jugular and attack Key. Address a larger amount of questions for oral answer towards himself and Bill English. Hammer hard on issues that he has to front directly himself even if they are less important than other problems that his ministers can front. Reframe his responses and actions in a way that damages the brand. We can see the start of this in his responses to questions about the BMW purchase when he states that it is only his responsibility if his ministry informs him (and they did, so he’s a shameless liar who doesn’t take responsibility). During the campaign, Labour candidates could follow Key around and while he is getting photo ops, the Labour candidate goes and helps people in the same town or does something more useful. Then say, while John Key was here ignoring this problem…..

  19. Lats 19

    A number of people I have spoken to are of the opinion that Labour have pretty much already accepted defeat, and are just biding their time to roll Goff after the election. I really hope that isn’t the case, because there are a lot of people in this country who feel disenfranchised by National. It saddens me that in a time where so many are suffering the architect of their hardship (Key) is still polling well above his opposition. Why? Is it simply that our populace have been sucked in by the populist strategy of the Nats? Is a smile and wave by Key really enough to excuse the dire economic situation we find ourselves in?

    Or does it come down to the Labour leadership? If Goff isn’t able to find some decent traction in the media now, and start to rebuild some support for the party, then maybe it would be better to replace him. It looks to me that Little is positioning himself for a power grab post election, either as leader himself, or as deputy and puppet master. Perhaps sooner rather than later might be the go.

    As others here have said above it would be great to see Labour re-engage with its traditional left support base and then make a play for the centre. All the country needs is a genuine viable alternative with real vision and National is gone. Currently, even if Labour have that, they’re not being effective in communicating it

  20. PeteG 20

    Currently, even if Labour have that, they’re not being effective in communicating it

    What they are communicating are soundbites portraying a narrow ideological view targetting possible voter groups.
     
    No sign of a realistic vision for the whole country.

    • The Voice of Reason 20.1

      Gosh, Pete, I wonder if they are leaving the campaign policies till the campaign actually starts? You know, sort of testing the waters with a few soundbites, hoping the Nats will arrogantly think they can just sleepwalk to victory, then, KAPOW!, coming out with a few vote winners a month or so out from polling day. Worked for Helen Clark in 05, aye?

      A sign that this might be happening would be Tory trolls so relaxed about their own chances that they start giving Labour advice on leftie political blogs. I’ll be keeping an eye out to see if that starts to happen.

      • PeteG 20.1.1

        Gosh, VoR, I wonder if that’s leaving it a bit late to try and claw themselves up from 30%-ish.
         
        How will they launch their final month solution?
        “Our vagueness and incompetence to date was just a cunning ruse. We were just kidding. Now just believe we are good enough after all” – ??

        • The Voice of Reason 20.1.1.1

          Nope, not too late at all, pete. The last month is where it gets real for voters, so that’s where the policies need to be put out there for best effect. As you know, anything short of an outright Nat majority is a problem for Key, given that ACT and Dunne may not be back, so if Labour can pick up a high 30′s vote on the back of good policies, than all bets are off.

          Late swings are a fact of life in politics generally and in NZ there always seems to be a narrowing of the gap in the last few weeks before the poll(2002 excepted). The upside for Labour is that the Nats vote will obviously be less than current polls indicate and any bleed of the Labour vote is likely to go to potential coalition partners the Greens or NZF. So even at 30ish%, Labour would still be the driver of a potential coalition and at 35% plus, comfortably across the line.

          The key to victory for the Nats is Key. The key to victory for Labour is policy.

          • Lew 20.1.1.1.1

            The key to winning elections is never policy. The key to good government is good policy, but you only get to do that once you win elections. It’s not a wonk quiz where you win by knowing who was the Minister of Fisheries in 1943; it’s a popularity contest. Once you win that, you can wonk out to your heart’s content.

            Car analogy time. The relationship between a campaign strategist and a policy strategist is like the relationship between a designer and an engineer. Nobody sane would let the designer build the car — it’d be made of fibreglass and chrome and leather and smoked glass and would blow up well before the redline. And why the hell would you let an engineer design a car? Despite being ruthlessly functional and efficient, nobody would buy it because the controls would feel weird, it would be uncomfortable and would only come in black.
            L

            • Bored 20.1.1.1.1.1

              Lew , be careful what you wish for. I recall a silver tongued rather amicable tub of lard who was brought in by Labour to fight an evil dwarf with pretensions of grandeur. He won, his strategists were very good, his timing perfect, his oratory spot on. The policy wonks then delivered to us from behind this smokescreen a most evil troll and a poisonous retinue of slugs and spiders. From this Labour have never fully recovered despite having a witch who appeared wicked but who had a heart of gold.

          • PeteG 20.1.1.1.2

            I agree that some closing up is likely – regardless of what Labour manage to achieve, and even if National manage reasonably well up to the election, I don’t think the electorate will want to give them an absolute majority.

            Labour would still be the driver of a potential coalition and at 35% plus

            Do you think the electorate would be happy to see the government led with 35%-ish support? It was that sort of minority support that really got up people’s noses about FPP. I know MMP with coalitions is different, but I question the assumption that the underpolling main party can just form a coalition. I thought there was a general understanding first dibs went to the highest polling party. If that was overidden I think there would be a lot of grumpy voters.

            The key to victory for the Nats is Key.

            I’m not sure about that. Key looks like staying anyway, but if for some reason he dropped out I think National support would hold up to an extent at least.

            At least as important will be how the economy looks in six months. If there are positive signs of recovery the Nats will be hard to beat.

            The key to victory for Labour is policy.

            I don’t agree. Voters will be reluctant to grasp a silk purse full of great policies if it is handled by a rat’s tail. And I don’t know if Labour can de-bubble enough to have policies that appeal widely enough anyway.
             
            Goff doesn’t look like a potential prime minister. Labour as a whole don’t look like government material. That could be their key to defeat.
             

          • Bright Red 20.1.1.1.3

            “there always seems to be a narrowing of the gap in the last few weeks before the poll(2002 excepted)”
            Don’t forget that Labour went from polling mid 50s down to high 30s before recovering to 41% during the 2002 campaign. Although everyone was busy writing off National under English, there was a whisker of a chance of a Nat/NZF/UF coalition when UF shot from literally nothing to nearly 10% and NZF went from below 5% to over 10%.
            That all happened in the space of a month.
            captcha: crashes

          • Deadly_NZ 20.1.1.1.4

            The thing about polls is this,  They only use about 1000 or so people so it must be people with landlines, and would they make toll calls or just local numbers, or do they just go out on the street and just grab a thousand or so ??

  21. Colonial Viper 21

    Shit bro, doesn’t Pagani know that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything?
     
    The public want a good all out scrap over the future of NZ and Labour is not giving them one. Yet.  That’s why more and more people who are looking for real leadership – are having to turn to Winston Peters etc.
     
    Bring back a no-holds barred vision of NZ as a bastion of people first social democracy.
     
    And just look at how well the Democrats (and the US) have done cuddling up to the Republicans, Mr Pagani.
     
    A total anti-democratic disaster.

  22. randal 22

    at the moment the electorate is befuddled and bemused.
    every day they see john key in the social pages and at night on teevee and nothing changes except for the worst, i.e. inflation.
    the gnats know that their party is going to tank at the election.
    dunnycan garenr showed off the new cabinet on teeveethreee last night.
    better than the current crop of mountebanks and popinjays sitting at the top table for nationull at the moment.
    new zealand needs some grunt and it aint gonna come from all the tories witheir snouts in the trough.

  23. gobsmacked 23

    According to Audrey Young in the Herald, John Pagani was appointed as Goff’s (Labour’s) communications director in August 2009. He left this job in April 2011.

    In those twenty months, how many examples can you recall, of effective “communications” by Goff/Labour? What has cut through, struck a chord, made an impact? Can you, for example, think of a single phrase, that Goff has used, a quote that entered the political language and became a “water cooler” talking point? Something that reached beyond blogs and Beltway?

    I cannot think of any.

    Damien O’Connor said “gaggle of gays”. It has now entered popular culture (unfortunately). Labour’s director of communications couldn’t achieve that much, not even once, in nearly two years.

    So why on earth should anybody listen to him now?

    • Roger 23.1

      Perhaps this is why Goff and his adviser have parted company. It is nice to see that one of the problems Labour has is ineffectual advice and that John Pagani was willing to present that same advice for the public to see. Hopefully now that the Labour party have seen the error of their ways, they will start to oppose effectively.

  24. handle 24

    “Which is why the whole ‘smile and wave’ meme works because Key’s government is ‘do nothing’ in terms of what people want it to do.”

    Not this one again. No, it doesn’t “work” – check the polls, you fool. Voters just hear you saying that the government is doing nasty things but simultaneously that they are doing nothing.

    Cancelling itself out has been a hallmark of this feeble Labour ‘opposition’. With advice like yours and Pagani’s it is easy to see why.

  25. One well may ask if these polls are true.I find it very hard to believe .All I hear from people is that they are worried stiff about how they will manage. Unemployment soaring , inflation climbing and crime up .
      What I ask is, just who is asked in these polls. The facts are I  have been involved in  politics for over 60yrs not once ever have I been involved in a  gallop poll. Then let us remember TV3 have just had a nice bonus from   this  government via the taxpayer. Their news reports have an obvious bias . Garner is unable to conceal his dislike of Labour and Goff. This must give  some advatage to the Nats . The poll that counts is the real poll. Remember policies have not yet been made public ,when they are well then lets see what the result is. Until,then lets us Lefties and Labourites defend and support our own . The enemy is the political
    Right . The born to  rules and the nasties and greedies ie National/Act .

    • Lew 25.1

      Perfectly likely that this poll is a rogue, but in every poll this term Labour has been well under 40%. They’re consistently there or threabouts the eventual election results.

      There’s a term for disbelieving evidence because it doesn’t feel right, and that’s ‘self-delusion’.

      L

      • ak 25.1.1

        There’s also heavy evidence of the “poll-effect”, whereby polls themselves influence subsequent polls and eventual voting patterns.  Which provides an attractive incentive for skewing polls if you’re rich and powerful and your motto just happens to be “whatever it takes”……

        • PeteG 25.1.1.1

          The chances of a person or party skewing one poll is slight, and the chances of skewing all polls is major conspiracy theory territory.
           
          Poll-effect is a real issue, I’m sure poll results influence opinion, subsequent polls, and voting, especially when tactical voting is involved.

          • Colonial Viper 25.1.1.1.1

            and the chances of skewing all polls is major conspiracy theory territory.
             

            apart from things like using landlines to do your polling, which all major polls do, and that’s real not some theory.

            • Lew 25.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah, and Hooton’s anecdata on NatRad Monday notwithstanding, Pew Research (re 2010 mid-terms) found a 6-point skew in favour of the Republican party in landline-only polls (vs those which included cellphones). Sure, it’s the US — but anyoen wanting to argue it’s not the same here has to justify that claim a bit more robustly than Hooton has.

              L

          • jimmy 25.1.1.1.2

            Hollow Men might interest you

  26. neoleftie 26

    Surely politics is these times is basically about public perception of that said party. The actaulity at a fundamental level is more about spin and controlling that public perception that presenting the true ideology of the party. Its more a game of shadows, mirrors and ‘taking the double peaked centre’ of the electorate. The most honest and ‘pure’ party are the greens and they are now marginalised in the electrorate at around 6-8% of support.
    Our Belt way man Pagani is simply saying that at the perception game the tories under key’s faction have beaten the labour right wing. The whole plan for the last few years was let the double now triple recession cause too many negitives for the nats to gain any worthwhile traction. History would suggest that in bas times the govt over a few terms dip dramatically in support as the centre suffer. Pagani is simply stating that the swing or switch voters perception of labour is exactly as stated by our westcoaster ” a gaggle of gays and unionists” – Labour in its present form is both weak and has lost touch with both its core support and more critically the dynamically moving centre.
    Time to energise the activists in a long tern manner and limit the party elites
     
     
     

  27. jarbury 27

    I thought Pagani’s comments made a fair bit of sense at first read. However, I think Danyl has hit the nail on the head. There’s nothing wrong, in general, with the policies that the last Labour government had – with a testament to that being the fact that National needed to embrace most of those policies to win the 2008 election.
    What people got sick of was the same Labour personnel. No wonder Labour is unpopular: it still has roughly the same personnel and can’t really attack the policies that it found itself generally supporting in the previous government.
    Just look at how successful Len Brown was in the Super City election. Very much centre-left policies, but with a sensible rates policy and a fresh face. Worked wonders.

    • Herodotus 27.1

      There’s nothing wrong, in general, with the policies that the last Labour government had – Then why is NZ in the crap. The GDP growth that Lab left was attributable to net immigration of over 0.75% contributing to 1/2 of our growth obver the last decade. A liability of $10+b for leaky homes, and a huge debt that NZ has with the rest of the world, and little ability under current economic policy being followed by Nat and/or Lab. Remember at the 08 election the Res Bank was guessing deficits for the majority of the next decade
      “…with a sensible rates policy..” I just love a 4.9% increase, 10% above inflation.
      I take it your post is under Humour. If you are being serious what was the policies that you consider nothing wrong with, becasue it was not the direction that was being chartered for our economic future ??

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    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
    “There is a bizarre notion among bureaucrats, politicians and others that if they say something then it must be so - despite all evidence to the contrary” said David Tranter, Health spokesman for Democrats for Social Credit....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
    In its oral submission to the Health Select Committee today, UNICEF NZ expressed its strong support for the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill as a measure that will help reduce the uptake of smoking, and urged parliament...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
    Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
    The Smokefree Coalition is disappointed Imperial Tobacco did not win the Roger Award for Worst Trans-national Company operating in New Zealand, despite manufacturing products that kill 5000 New Zealanders every year....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tukituki decision a win for water quality and farming
    The draft decision by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) on the Tukituki Catchment proposal represents a significant win for freshwater management and the urgency of a transition to environmentally sustainable agriculture in New Zealand, says Fish & Game NZ....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • ACC reflects on passing of great Kiwi
    Today is a very sad day for ACC, as news of the passing of Sir Owen Woodhouse has become public knowledge....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Lincoln cleaners outsourced
    Lincoln University will outsource its staff to an as yet undecided cleaning company, but TEU organiser Cindy Doull says it’s not worth it, and what money the university might save is negligible....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
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