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IPCA review of the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, July 17th, 2014 - 6 comments

GCSB Maxwell Smart

The IPCA has upheld the Police decision not to prosecute members of the GCSB for illegally spying on Kim Dotcom.

What’s so important about 15 September?

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, July 17th, 2014 - 46 comments

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I’m intrigued by Kim Dotcom’s announcement of earth-shattering revelations to be made on 15 September – just 5 days out from the last voting day of this general election.

NRT: More statistical censorship from National

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, July 17th, 2014 - 1 comment

cyano bacteria in polluted nz lake Horowhenua

Last year, the Ministry for the Environment reported that 61% of New Zealand’s rivers were unsafe for swimming. National’s response? Shut down the monitoring program.

Polity: New Polls

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, July 17th, 2014 - 161 comments

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The Roy Morgan and Fairfax/Ipsos polls out overnight are both bad news for the cause of positive change in New Zealand. Labour is below 25% in both polls, which is disaster territory if is solidifies. The potential coalitions of the left look just as bad. This doesn’t look like a change in the left-right split. The effects of the National / NZ Herald /Liu smear campaign feeding through fits the usual polling lag time period of about 4-6 weeks.

Open mike 17/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, July 17th, 2014 - 289 comments

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Russel Norman: ‘smart, green’, innovation economy

Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, July 16th, 2014 - 34 comments

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Russel Norman has announced a business-friendly policy for a “smart, green” focus on innovation.  A move towards a “Green New Deal”, working with the current system, and away from neoliberalism.  It won’t dismantle capitalism, but exists within a framework for a fairer NZ.

NRT: GCHQ’s bag of dirty tricks

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 16th, 2014 - 11 comments

John Key - spy vs lie

The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has developed sophisticated tools to manipulate online polls, spam targets with SMS messages, track people by impersonating spammers and monitor social media postings, according to newly-published documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Polity: Minimum wage rises do not cause unemployment

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 16th, 2014 - 48 comments

peanut pay packet wages

In the cartoon world of Economics 101, there is perfect supply, perfect competition, perfect demand, perfect information and prices for labour (and everything else) are set at their true market values. The real world is somewhat different.

Dotcom – Who applied the political pressure?

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, July 16th, 2014 - 218 comments

John Key looking worried or constipated

National is claiming that Immigration NZ’s decision to allow Kim Dotcom to stay was made without any political pressure being applied.  But it was the decision of the SIS to remove its block on Dotcom’s application that let the approval be granted.  Why did the SIS remove its block and who applied the political pressure?

Open mike 16/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:18 am, July 16th, 2014 - 211 comments

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The FBI also wanted DotCom to stay in New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 pm, July 15th, 2014 - 38 comments

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The FBI had been working with the New Zealand authorities for a year before he was arrested. They wanted to arrest him on his birthday “because it would be a big party and all the assets would be there.”A Department of Justice official revealed this to ex-Senator Dodd, chief lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America.  The FBI is a Justice Department agency. The “party assets” were why he had to be kept here.

NZ First conference – the kingmakers?

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, July 15th, 2014 - 50 comments

Winston Peters h-s-square

It looks like I’ll be able to head to the NZ First conference at Alexandra Park racecourse on the weekend as media. This election the position of NZ First party members is probably going to be crucial for any coalition that forms. In this rather long post I explain my (and other peoples) thinking on possible coalition results for National after the election. They aren’t good because they really depend on a political group that National has been denigrating for quite a while.

Dear Greenpeace – difficult cases make bad law

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, July 15th, 2014 - 55 comments

Climate Voter website

Greenpeace has been told by the Electoral Commission that its Climate Voter Website requires third party authorisation and that a cap on the amount that can be spent applies.  There is an exception in the law if the site is a “news media” site which is paradoxically the same defence Cameron Slater is running in his case against Matt Blomfield justifying his refusal to disclose who his informant is.  The sense of irony is strong here …

NRT: Election 2014: A clear choice on clean rivers

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, July 15th, 2014 - 6 comments

cyano bacteria in polluted nz lake Horowhenua

The National government’s policy for economic growth has been simple: pump up dairy production, export more low-value milk powder, and keep low-value farmers as the “backbone of the economy”. To achieve this, they have dismantled the protections for and then defiled our fresh water on an industrial scale. The Greens want to reverse that and thereby ensure a long-term future for both our farming and peoples. Updated.

Polity: Armstrong on Labour, turnout, MMP

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, July 15th, 2014 - 28 comments

John Armstrong

Over the weekend John Armstrong had a column about youth voter turnout in the upcoming election. Much of the material was familiar – young people don’t vote so much – nobody talks their language, yo! – parties are Trying Very Hard, but they are also old fuddy-duddies – and so on. He then blamed much of it on a perceived trend toward centrist politics under MPP. But runs directly-if-casually contrary to at least two large research programmes in political science.

National wanted Dotcom to stay in NZ

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 15th, 2014 - 202 comments

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The Herald is reporting that direct political pressure was applied on Immigration NZ to grant Kim Dotcom and his family residence in New Zealand. And the SIS tried to block the application but dropped their objection after being told there was “political pressure”.

Updated with more links

Open mike 15/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 15th, 2014 - 140 comments

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Polity: Judith Collins on crime

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, July 14th, 2014 - 32 comments

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Last week, new information became public about potential stat-juking by our Police. The practice of reclassifying crimes as “incidents” has the effect of artificially reducing the apparent crime rate. This practice occurred mainly in the Counties-Manukau police district, which operates in the electorate of then-Police Minister Judith Collins.  That is, of course, troubling on a number of levels.

Updated.

Labour Party Policy on Sexual Violence – A Closer Look

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, July 14th, 2014 - 71 comments

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This past week has seen both mainstream media and political blogs of all persuasions, opine with fact-free ranting on the reversal of the burden of proof in sexual offence cases.

A bit of a plea . Sexual Violence is a sensitive issue. The least that ought be done, by those releasing policy around it; the media reporting it; the bloggers opining on it; and us, the individual’s commenting on it; the least we can do is try and make sure we have our facts in order first. Please?

The Worm turns: serves the media not democracy

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, July 14th, 2014 - 35 comments

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I am really sorry to see the return of the Worm this election.   It’s bad enough we have way more polling than we need, interfering with democratic process.  Now we have even more of the same, with the way the Worm is to be implemented. [Updated]

Palestine

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, July 14th, 2014 - 333 comments

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Palestine in in the news again for all the wrong reasons. A one sided relentless series of Palestinian civilian deaths suggests that Israel is not acting in legitimate self defence.

Open mike 14/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, July 14th, 2014 - 156 comments

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Cops cooking crime stats

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, July 13th, 2014 - 45 comments

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The Herald on Sunday is reporting that South Auckland police have doctored crime statistics for the area by reclassifying burglary offences as less serious offences.

Open mike 13/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, July 13th, 2014 - 86 comments

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Green Party election priorities launch

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, July 12th, 2014 - 107 comments

Green Party Election 2014 Priorities Launch

Today the Green Party launched the first of it’s election priorities in Hamilton at 11. 00 am.  The focus is on building a cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand.  The Internet Party is onboard with a new environment policy.  There are differences between these 2 parties and Labour on oil and gas exploration.  Equality continues to be a key priority for the Green Party. [Updated]

National and Pasifika

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 12th, 2014 - 85 comments

Labour pacific MPs

National’s desire of increasing its support among Pasifika is understandable in an MMP world. But John Key’s and National’s selection of socially conservative candidates in South Auckland in an attempt to be attractive to some socially conservative voters is more than a little disingenuous.

Open mike 12/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 12th, 2014 - 158 comments

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John Oliver, the media and climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 pm, July 11th, 2014 - 49 comments

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If you ever wanted an entertaining, succinct, yet devastating critique of the media handling of Climate Change then John Oliver’s recent attempt from his Last Week Tonight show should be compulsory viewing.

Polity: National rejects helping the most vulnerable kids

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, July 11th, 2014 - 48 comments

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Reposted from Polity. Here is Vernon Small this morning: The Government rejected plans to include beneficiaries in a package to help families with newborn babies, despite official advice they were the most vulnerable. Budget papers show that last November, Treasury, Inland Revenue and Social Development jointly considered ways to give more help to families after […]

Jon Stephenson vs NZDF retrial

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, July 11th, 2014 - 9 comments

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The NZ Defense Force have been defending themselves in a defamation case against some grossly inaccurate claims that they made about reporter Jon Stephenson back in 2011 (and that John Key recklessly and foolishly chimed in on). They have been forced to concede that their claims were inaccurate. But a hung jury about how defamatory the claims were is causing it to proceeding to second trial. It looks like legal maneuvering by the NZDF has failed. My view is that the NZDF are being completely stupid about owning up to their screwup.

Polity: The ENV debate: Some more data

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, July 11th, 2014 - 14 comments

Voting

Rob Salmond presents the David Farrar / Steven Joyce / John Key argument that 2011 non voters are a National-leaning bunch. Then he shows that a better look at their own data undermines their claim. This matters because it helps us understand which bloc has more to gain from voter mobilization efforts in 2014.  This means the left has a lot more to gain than the right from mobilization in 2014.

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    Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “The report shows income inequality has increased over the past year and remains higher...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes
    National’s decision to cut nearly $2.5 million from adult and community education in Canterbury over the past five years was short-sighted and Labour is committed to restoring funding for the sector, Labour’s Associate Tertiary Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “The...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis
    Latest Government data proves John Key is not working for all New Zealanders as the incomes of the poorest half of kiwis stayed the same in the 6 years under National, while the top 20 percent's rose by thousands, the...
    Greens | 08-07
  • Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour
    Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. "I was pleased to meet with social service, youth, justice and health providers who...
    Labour | 08-07
  • No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy?
    Another significant shortfall in the Government’s books suggests the economic recovery may have already passed most New Zealanders by, Labour’ Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “With unemployment still high, wage rates stagnating and inequality widening, only the lucky few are...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Survey shows parents want smaller class sizes
    A new survey finding most parents believe class sizes are too big shows Labour is right to reduce them, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Post-Primary Teachers' Association survey of 750 people conducted by UMR Research found 54 per...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions
    Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers...
    Labour | 07-07
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners in the regions are facing declining equity in their properties, while in Auckland and...
    Labour | 07-07
  • Housing figures National’s shame
    The number of Auckland households in urgent and serious need of housing has increased tenfold since March 2012, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.The Ministry of Social Development, which took over Housing New Zealand's assessment responsibility for social housing...
    Greens | 07-07
  • Fed Farmers leading wrong way on water
    Federated Farmers needs to show greater leadership on water quality, the Green Party said today. The Green Party is responding to claims by the outgoing and incoming Federated Farmers' dairy section chairs that 'there is no need for urgent action"...
    Greens | 07-07
  • John Key must get whaling assurance from Abe
    John Key must seek a concrete assurance from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan will not flout the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) ruling on whaling, the Green Party said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is meeting with...
    Greens | 06-07
  • HAVE A KITKAT DAVID, THERE’S A LONG WAY TO GO YET – Harawira
    “Internet MANA is not ruling out the possibility of a entering into coalition with Labour after the election”, said Internet MANA leader Hone Harawira with tongue firmly in cheek, after Labour leader David Cuniliffe said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that...
    Mana | 06-07
  • Government underfunding jeopardises recycling
    The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today. The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to...
    Greens | 04-07
  • Small class sizes and school meals get another big tick in schools report
    “Congratulations to the Child Poverty Action Group for making it crystal clear what’s needed to ensure kids from the least well-off communities can get the best out of school” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau. ...
    Mana | 03-07
  • A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers Reprinted from the New York Times By STEVEN GREENHOUSEJULY 15, 2014 Sharlene Santos says she and other workers at a Zara store got two...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Minister must come clean on amalgamation The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio. National’s arrogance on...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • The 5 reasons why NZ First won’t get over 5% and how Colin Craig is now a...
    One of the rules of NZ punditry is to NEVER count Winston out. Never. The silver fox has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat so many times he seems immortal with a dislike for sunlight. I love Winston, the way...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what about ‘it is people, it is people, it i...
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    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • End the occupation to end the rockets
    The events of the last few days have been overwhelming to say the least. The atrocities towards the Palestinians has escalated with the ground invasion and a plane was shot down over Ukraine; basically senseless and unnecessary killings are occurring...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • 5,000 strong march calls for campaign to close Israeli embassy
    The NZ Herald claims this was ‘hundreds’ not thousands of protesters  It was marvellous to be part of the huge Queen Street Auckland march on Saturday in support of Palestinians in their struggle for justice and human rights. The march...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Another media gaffe – this time it’s TV3′s Brook Sabin
    . . Every so often (quite regularly, in fact), a media personality will say something outrageously offensive, or just plain gormless, that results in an uncontrollable  *facepalm* reaction. On 19 July, on TV3′s “The Nation“, it was Brook Sabin’s turn....
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • An interesting poll from TVNZ. Note some of the VERY left-wing questions!?
    .   . July 19 – Yesterday, I received this poll, sent by TVNZ to my email. What I found very interesting were some of the question relating to issues that have not been discussed – literally – for decades....
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • If we want to lift participation rates – what about the 5000 prisoners Na...
    Our electoral system at times seems hell bent on making it more difficult for the exact communities it has highlighted as most disconnected from ever voting. While we are scrambling to explain to a consumer culture generation why democracy isn’t one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault Israel’s ground assault on the Gaza Strip, which began Thursday night after 10 days of attacks by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoterselfie this election with you...
    As the importance of democratic engagement starts making its presence felt in the wake of the lowest voter turn out in a century, it’s time to make universal suffrage a goal again. One step towards that is nurturing the future...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, native birds are...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – Equality of Marriage – can we please, fin...
    It’s 2014. Election year. There’s a myriad of wildly important issues facing the nation ranging from breathtaking overreach by our intelligence services, through to ongoing allegations of governmental corruption and the fact that our so-called “Rockstar Economy” is apparently far...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Wow, the Press Gallery really felt bitter about backing Grant Robertson did...
    I started the daily blog in the wake of the 2012 Labour Party conference. I was very close to Cunliffe at the time and had been pestering him constantly during the conference about whether or not he would push a challenge...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated The death of nearly 300 people on board a Malaysian Airlines civilian passenger jet, which came down yesterday in an area of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • The National Party are lying to us when it comes to their facts
    The National Party are lying to us when it comes to their facts, figures and statistics. There are certain lines that each of the members has at one stage or another repeated. For example low unemployment, budget surplus, low crime...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • What Israeli propaganda would have us believe
    What Israeli propaganda would have us believe...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Message to TV3 execs – Is this really acceptable?
    . . If there is one thing that Tania Billingsley has raised in this country, it is focusing the glare of public scrutiny  on New Zealand’s casually sexist and demeaning attitude toward women. Some refer to it as a “rape...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • On This Weekend! (19th/20th July)
    A handy help to planning your weekend…   Saturday 12pm- Auckland Zinefest-There’s a market, workshops, talks and  party to round it all off! 2pm- Rally for Palestine/Gaza (Aotea Sq)- Heading down to the US Consulate. 7.30- The Rainbow Story Slam-...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Massive leap backwards as Singapore resumes executions
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Massive leap backwards as Singapore resumes executions Singapore has taken a reprehensible U-turn by executing the first two prisoners since 2011, Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) said...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be The Government’s figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don’t add up, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Making The Change We Need: The votes Labour needs to win are still out ther...
    MUCH SCORN has been heaped upon the claims of Fairfax political journalist, Vernon Small, that a change of leader could rescue Labour’s electoral fortunes. But shooting the messenger, as so many have done in relation to this story, is a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3 SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Our thoughts are with those who have lost their love ones to what, if the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is science Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | Press Release Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science, but it is science, and its...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Paying patients to go away not a solution A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB – which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Common sense a better response The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae’s wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • UN: South Sudan arms embargo crucial after massive Chinese weapons transfer
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: UN: South Sudan arms embargo crucial after massive Chinese weapons transfer The United Nations Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan, Amnesty International urged after receiving reports...
    The Daily Blog | 17-07
  • Today – we are all Palestinians
      For 66 years the Palestinian people have been brutalised by an apartheid Israeli government. The ground offensive begun this morning is just a continuation of murder and mayhem Israel has visited upon Palestinians every day since 1948. For example on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-07
  • Economics: Hoist by its own Petard?
    At last week’s History of Economics Thought conference, the refrain of economics’ undervaluation of its own history was supplemented by a deeper concern about the future of economics itself, as an academic discipline. The problem is that the public generally...
    The Daily Blog | 17-07
  • Why Unite is supporting protests against the Israeli war on Palestine
      Resolution on Palestine adopted by Unite Union Preamble: Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions and other organisations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions issued a call in July 2005 for a global campaign of boycotts and divestment...
    The Daily Blog | 17-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Child Poverty and School Hubs
    Is it possible to solve child poverty? For a long time now the Green Party has said we can. And as we nudge closer to the election, we will be saying we must. We’ll be comparing National’s approach that it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – We’re not fools. We know hate when we see it
    When appearing in a new forum or before a new judge, getting there early carries two advantages. It allows an early look at the players and, of course, guards against the distinct disadvantage of arriving late, wheezing, gasping, spilling documents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Traditional Television Is Where The K...
      Calling all media pundits. Get ready for a surprise. 83% of all New Zealanders watch traditional television every day and only 6% watch Online TV! Why am I excited about this? Because I am surrounded by pundits, friends, bloggers...
    The Daily Blog | 17-07
  • People power trumps vile sexism any day!
    . . Sydney school teacher, Paula Orbea,  started a petition on  change.org against Wicked Campers whose campervans were often daubed with sexist, racist, and homophobic slogans. The same camper-vans are present in New Zealand, as well as Australia; . . Ms...
    The Daily Blog | 17-07
  • The white wash of “Operation Grey”
    The new ‘Independent’ Police Complaints Authority Logo  Predictable whitewash by IPCA of “Operation Grey” – Grey like the-law-on-this-one-is-a-Grey-area-but-let’s-push-it-for-the-fishing-expedition-we-all-know-it-is-wink-wink-nudge-nudge-meet-you-later-in-the-corridors-of-power-for-a-cocktail-we’ll-have-a-chuckle-about-it-later kinda Grey. As Russel Norman points out… “The IPCA did not look at the issue which formed the crux of the complaint,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Open letter to Judith Collins – has your favourite attack pet breached yo...
    Dear Judith. How you doing mate? Look I appreciate you are ducking and dodging questions on how you knew about manipulated crime statistics but didn’t do anything about them, but I wondered if you were free from photo bombing Brad Pitt for...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Why the polls, policy & smears now don’t matter until after 7pm S...
    The last mass surveillance Auckland Town Hall meeting Couple of polls out today, Roy Morgan and the stuff.co.nz/Ipsos Polls – and they don’t matter. John Key could announce tax cuts from a live press conference in Hawaii, and it wouldn’t matter. David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Politics beyond the veil
    “Nothing can be achieved by performing a protest haka outside the fence or from an opposition bench in Parliament. It was not protest or opposition that negotiated the landmark programme of Whanau Ora, undoubtedly the most effective social and economic...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – How could Internet Mana ever work?
    Miriam Pierard & Joe Trinder  The joining of the Internet Party and the Mana Movement in my opinion is a success.  A forward thinking decision made by our Executive who worked tirelessly to ensure the merger was voted as on...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including business tax breaks Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party will reform Steven Joyce’s web of opaque grants and create...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Goverment drops recreational river reporting Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | Press Release “National’s so-called rules are just a licence to pollute. The Government knows it and that’s why Ministers are seeking to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • As another typhoon hits Philippines Oxfam warns there are not enough evacua...
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: As another typhoon hits Philippines Oxfam warns there are not enough evacuation centres to keep people safe Tacloban City, Leyte – International agency Oxfam said today as another typhoon hits the Philippines...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Prices rising where they hurt families most
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Prices rising where they hurt families most “While overall price inflation is still modest, and should give no reason for the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates further, the rises are occurring where...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Christchurch Chep workers strike for national pay parity
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch Chep workers strike for national pay parity Workers at the Chep pallet plant in Christchurch are going on strike on Thursday 10 July, demanding pay parity with Chep’s Wiri pallet plant...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • LGNZ conference 2014: President’s opening speech
    LGNZ conference 2014: President’s opening speech Ladies and gentlemen, the Hon Paula Bennett and particularly our Members, New Zealand’s 78 local governments, this year’s theme: Powering Local Economies | Building Vibrant Communities, is...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • LGNZ announces partnership with FairWay Resolution
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) today announced a significant new partnership under EquiP, its Centre of Excellence....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Local government votes on three important matters
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) members have voted on three remits about topical and important matters for the sector at the 2014 LGNZ Annual General Meeting, held at Nelson. The first remit was a request that LGNZ advocate to the...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Ngapuhi Supports New Maori Language Strategy
    Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngapuhi strongly supports the Minister of Maori Affairs’ new Maori Language Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis
    Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis Basketball, street dance and hip-hop events staged during in the two-week advance voting period in the lead-up to the general election is how Internet MANA plans to get more young...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Q + A: Winston Peters
    SUSAN New Zealand First is holding its annual conference this weekend, it's just about to get underway again at Alexandra Park Raceway. And celebrating 21 years since the party was formed, will they be celebrating another three years on election...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • TPP, LGNZ Election Manifesto, Public Interest
    The Renewables of Motueka, and Nelson TPP Action have been active lobbying local government authorities and councils in respect to the public interest on free trade and investment treaties including TPP (Transpacific Partnership)....
    Scoop politics | 19-07
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Jamie Whyte & Colin Craig
    Jamie Whyte and Colin Craig say both their parties are looking to be on the cross-benches and avoid a formal coalition with any National-led government...
    Scoop politics | 19-07
  • On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Winston Peters
    Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it...
    Scoop politics | 19-07
  • Jason Jobsis for Clutha-Southland
    Queenstown resident Jason Jobsis has been selected to contest the Clutha Southland seat for the Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC)....
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • Q+A 20/7/14: Winston Peters, Malaysian Jet, Economy
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 JULY AT 9.00AM ON TV ONE Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin interviews Winston Peters . New Zealand First is celebrating its 21st anniversary at its annual conference this weekend – will they be celebrating on...
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • Lessons of Anzac Day Crash Stay with Defence Force
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) pleaded guilty in the Wellington District Court today to a charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure its people were not exposed...
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • Extra funds a boost for Rimutaka kiwi
    Greater investment into Rimutaka Forest Park to ensure the survival of its kiwi population will be welcome news for local families and tourists, says National Candidate for Hutt South Chris Bishop. Mr Bishop's comments follow the Government's commitment...
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • Local government focus on powering local economies
    On Sunday, more than 550 delegates representing central government, stakeholders, industry and the councils around New Zealand will gather at the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) 2014 Conference in Nelson to discuss and debate the theme of Powering...
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • Keep misogynist messages off our roads
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue hopes Kiwis will ensure an international rental van company keeps its offensive messages off New Zealand roads....
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • Police urged to meet with whanau over noho marae search
    Reports of a night raid by Police officers from Taranaki on children staying overnight at Stratford’s Whakaahurangi Marae are disturbing says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy....
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • Chance to lead the world in wellbeing economics
    Over seventy-five years after New Zealand’s ground-breaking social security reforms of the 1930s, it is time for a major shift in how New Zealand regards the wellbeing of its people, urge the authors of a new book called Wellbeing Economics:...
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • Threat to Farm Stock Following 1080 Drops Concerning
    “Tip-offs” that “concerned residents living around 1080 poison drop zones have had enough” and will consider “throwing 1080 baits back across farm lands that border the drop zones” (that will likely kill farm stock) is not the Clean Green...
    Scoop politics | 18-07
  • ANZ-Roy Morgan New Zealand Consumer Confidence July
    ANZ-Roy Morgan NZ Consumer Confidence has lifted strongly since National won a second term in office at the 2011 NZ Election. Consumer Confidence in December 2011, immediately after the election, was 108.4....
    Scoop politics | 17-07
  • NZ Could be World Leaders in Rights for Disabled Children
    By Fleur Revell 18 July 2014 A leading children’s poverty and disability advocate says more needs to be done to protect the rights of the disabled living in poverty and is calling on Kiwis to put their faces to a...
    Scoop politics | 17-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the role at the recent MANA AGM....
    Scoop politics | 17-07
  • Governor-General’s shock over Malaysian Airlines MH17
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock in response to the news of the deaths of all 295 people on Malaysian Airlines MH17 over Eastern Ukraine today. “This is terrible news for...
    Scoop politics | 17-07
  • Kids Voting 2014 – Back And Bigger than Ever
    More students than ever before will be taking part in the Electoral Commission’s Kids Voting 2014 programme, and it’s not too late for schools to join in the biggest Kids Voting programme yet....
    Scoop politics | 17-07
  • Exploitation And Slavery: Reality for Workers in Rebuild?
    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND Last night, TV3’s 3rd Degree’s expose on the exploitation of vulnerable Filipino construction labourers might shock some kiwi’s who believe that exploitation and slavery does not happen in New Zealand. The programme exposed...
    Scoop politics | 17-07
  • Exploitation And Slavery: Reality in Christchurch Rebuild?