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Open mike 20/10/2014

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Date published: 6:43 am, October 20th, 2014 - 58 comments

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Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

David Parker live Q&A

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Date published: 2:00 pm, October 19th, 2014 - 160 comments

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David Parker joins us here live on Sunday at around 3pm. Post your questions for David here. As usual all comments / questions will be strictly moderated.

The 4th estate & its pretenders

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Date published: 10:59 am, October 19th, 2014 - 63 comments

Hager and his book Dirty Politics

Some journalists continue to try to fulfill the fourth estate ideal of pursuing truth & speaking truth to power.  Others, with powerful links to corporate media & governments, work to suppress debate and democracy, often using threats, abusive nastiness & fear mongering.

Len Brown’s future

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Date published: 8:53 am, October 19th, 2014 - 41 comments

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The Herald has stated that Penny Hulse will not rule out an attempt at the Super City Mayoralty although she will not do so if Len Brown is standing. Now is a good time for Len to say what he intends to do.

Open mike 19/10/2014

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Date published: 7:30 am, October 19th, 2014 - 137 comments

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Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Let them go to war

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Date published: 12:06 am, October 19th, 2014 - 35 comments

Nicholas Teausant

Back when I was a teenager, a mate of mine decided that he was going to give up on school and would get in some combat. So he worked his way into the Rhodesian Light Infantry. A few years later I heard that he’d been killed in action. Other young men going overseas with similar excitement issues have came back a lot less interested in excitement. Sounds safer to me than letting them have a car.

To arms!

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Date published: 12:43 pm, October 18th, 2014 - 49 comments

Time to go - Tenant-Eviction - square

We are about go to war partnered with multiple armies, none of whom is a champion of any of our democratic values of fairness, equality, human rights, or impartial justice. Meanwhile one in ten of us is about to be evicted from our state house home and put into the streets. Labour’s leadership candidates are silent in the media..

David Parker live here Sunday

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Date published: 12:20 pm, October 18th, 2014 - 34 comments

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David Parker will be joining us here live on Sunday at 3pm. A post will go up Sunday around 2 for questions, as usual this will be strictly moderated.

NRT: TPPA would criminalise journalism

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Date published: 9:00 am, October 18th, 2014 - 15 comments

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I/S at No Right Turn on how “the TPPA would criminalise investigative journalism”.

No point in state houses

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Date published: 8:32 am, October 18th, 2014 - 72 comments

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There’s no point in state houses. Not according to the Nats anyway. Unbelievable.

Open mike 18/10/2014

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Date published: 7:00 am, October 18th, 2014 - 117 comments

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Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Sherman Cunliffe

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Date published: 8:50 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 308 comments

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Surely this should put Paddy Gower and co to bed once and for all. With great grace despite Shearer’s baiting, and with great clarity, Cunliffe has declared he will never seek the Labour leadership again. It was Shermanesque. Now surely he can get on with using his great talent for Labour and not have him […]

Which West Wing politicians do the Labour Leadership candidates most closely resemble?

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Date published: 8:25 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 13 comments

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So which West Wing politician do the current Labour Leadership candidates most closely resemble?  Dedicated to one of the best political activists I know.

Weekend social 17/10/2014

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Date published: 2:00 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 7 comments

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Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Hiding the government’s failure on poverty

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Date published: 2:00 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 81 comments

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Thanks to Radio New Zealand, we now know that National got no real plan to address poverty, but also that they really, really don’t want to be honest about it.

Responding to our greatest threat

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Date published: 8:02 am, October 17th, 2014 - 23 comments

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Right and Righter

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Date published: 7:05 am, October 17th, 2014 - 34 comments

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Hosking, Henry, National and SkyCity – it’s all so cozy…

Security council seat

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Date published: 6:44 am, October 17th, 2014 - 69 comments

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The news this morning is all about NZ winning a seat on the UN Security Council.

Open mike 17/10/2014

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Date published: 6:35 am, October 17th, 2014 - 195 comments

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Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

OIA: Rotten

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Date published: 5:42 pm, October 16th, 2014 - 70 comments

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As story after story comes out, it shows how much contempt for transparency and the law this government has, and how little  it intends to be held to account.

Kim Jong Key Is Missing

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Date published: 11:45 am, October 16th, 2014 - 45 comments

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The Latest News Bulletin from CNN   “Concern is mounting in New Zealand over the whereabouts of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Key. The Great Leader has not been seen on television or heard on radio for over two hours. Observers say that his disappearance for such a long period is unprecedented. Speculation is rife […]

Off to war

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Date published: 9:00 am, October 16th, 2014 - 70 comments

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Broken promise. Lies. War. The Herald willing to believe anything to defend Brand Key. Just another day in NZ politics.

Nats illegally gaming the OIA process

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Date published: 8:17 am, October 16th, 2014 - 72 comments

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It is clear to anyone who has read Dirty Politics that the National government illegally games the OIA process for political gain. Now we have Key’s confirmation of the fact.

Open mike 16/10/2014

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Date published: 6:30 am, October 16th, 2014 - 155 comments

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Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Why I’m voting for Andrew Little

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Date published: 10:41 pm, October 15th, 2014 - 231 comments

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Andrew has a lower public profile than some of the other candidates seeking the Labour leadership so here’s some info on him and why I’ll be voting for him.

Grant Robertson campaign launch

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Date published: 1:59 pm, October 15th, 2014 - 50 comments

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Official advice on poverty

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Date published: 9:01 am, October 15th, 2014 - 53 comments

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An excellent piece by Brent Edwards on Morning Report today, looking at official advice to the government on poverty. Underneath the politicised process the answer is as obvious as ever.

The final field

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Date published: 8:18 am, October 15th, 2014 - 60 comments

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Well, the list of Labour leadership contenders has defied the predictions of the pundits (myself included). Here’s my 2c on the final field.

David Parker – my choice for Leader

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Date published: 7:12 am, October 15th, 2014 - 198 comments

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Heavyweight Cabinet experience, strong egalitarian values, a cool debater, with a passion for manufacturing and a high-value economy, a good deal of steel and with an open mind and a twinkle in his eye – these are the reasons why I support David Parker for Labour Party Leader.

Open mike 15/10/2014

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Date published: 6:30 am, October 15th, 2014 - 187 comments

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How Slater manufactures smears

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Date published: 9:45 pm, October 14th, 2014 - 55 comments

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Unusually the IPCA chair Judge Sir David Carruthers has written a letter to Matthew Blomfield clarifying that “perjury” is a illusion of the rogue “journalist” and fantasy blogger Cameron Slater. Plus news on the theft of Blomfield’s hard disk. Another judge destroys Slater’s carefully inflated memes with facts.

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    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – shifting focus: towards building an effective ...
    It has now been three weeks since the election, and we on the left are still in the phase of trying to figure out what went wrong.  That can be a useful exercise depending on how it’s done, especially if...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Who would you SUPPORT as Labour Party leader?
    Update: Who would you SUPPORT as Labour Party leader? Andrew Little (48%, 106 Votes) David Cunliffe (41%, 91 Votes) Grant Robertson (11%, 26 Votes) Total Voters: 223 Poll on who who dailyblog readers want as Labour leader It looks that...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why Andrew Little’s a credible contender ...
    Not so long ago, 3News managed the unprecedented feat of broadcasting a political piece that made me sit bolt upright in my chair, my ears and eyes straining to take in every detail. What was it, you ask? Andrew Little putting...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ta...
    . . Intro. Lamp-posts, letterboxes, and liquor outlets . Barely  three weeks since the election, and Key’s re-elected government is set for one of the biggest state asset sell-offs since… last year.  In line for privatisation; an estimated $5 billion...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • Disability and public transport
    People often underestimate how much people with disabilities rely on public transport. For people like myself who cant drive, public transport is the only other option after waiting for someone to drive you to where you need to go. Accessible...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • The Charter Schools Soap Opera
    So, young ACT Party rookie MP, David Seymour, is now the Parliamentary Undersecretary responsible for the further development of charter schools. How can the government justify spending additional taxpayer funding on such a position when the existing five charter schools...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • Crying wolf, crying terror and fanning the media flames of disquiet
    Outraged family of innocent man splashed as a ‘terrorist teenager’ in Fairfax media threaten to sue. The reckless and inflammatory reporting on terrorism and national security in Australia makes ABC columnist Jonathan Green wonder whether we’d be better off without...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • The Dust Settles
    Post election carnage. Up until very recently and the suspicious Hager sweep, the talk has been all about the failed Labour Party. We were bombarded with a media obsession on Labour’s in-fighting and blood letting. The analysis, though, was primarily...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • The Importance of Perception in Politics
    Perception is everything in politics. And one of the many successful tactics used by National in the election, was to perpetuate the perception that they were more credible and sensible than the Opposition. That perception won the day for middle...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • The audacity of the NZ Police in trying to justify their cover up of a cove...
    I’ve got this theory that in a post-colonial country, the immigrant community values a level of brutal thuggishness from their Police force because it’s the mounted constabulary that would be called upon to protect the settlers from angry Maori. This...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – My Shortest Blog Ever
    Earlier this week, FailOil penned a piece criticizing, among other things, my bowmanship. He then added insult to injury by misspelling my name (again), and inaccurately stating I’m no longer on NZ First’s Board of Directors. He wishes! The final barb...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • What have we done?
    I really had rather hoped that I wouldn’t be writing this so soon after the General Election, but here we are. John Key and National did not campaign on sending New Zealanders to war, committing our country to a battle...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • The things Whaleoil did to Matthew Blomfield & why haven’t Police cha...
    The full story of the beating at home by Matthew Blomfield and the vile means which Slater decided to destroy Blomfield’s life by publishing stolen emails is as ugly as it is hypercritical in light of how Slater screamed victim over his own...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Comparing Don Brash to Cameron Slater
    I. Dont. Understand. Cameron Slater makes a complaint to the NZ Police that his emails were hacked and stolen on August 28th. By October 2nd, the NZ Police had 5 Officers search Nicky Hager’s house for 10 hours. That’s 36...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Boyack – ANZ Strike
    If you’ve been paying attention to the news this week, you may have noticed that ANZ bank workers across the country have been taking strike action. Workers are walking off the job due to an offer from the Bank that...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Why we need our own “foreign policy” based on solidarity
    Working people in the advanced capitalist world should reject appeals by the rulers of their countries to support the foreign policy of “their” country. Inevitably that foreign policy is simply a programme to advance the interests of the super wealthy...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • An Equity Solution
    Last week I used the word ‘equitarian’ as an adjective for a distributional system based on equity; much as a person who believes in the primacy of liberty might be classed as a libertarian. I was somewhat alarmed to find, from...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Amy Adams: Minister of Broadcasting
    We have a new Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams and the good news is that at last broadcasting is in the hands of a senior cabinet minister. Adams might actually influence National’s broadcasting policy and bring the advice and expertise...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – ACT: Addicted to Other People’s Money
    Apparently, they have a saying in ACT about the deliciousness and delectability of spending “Other People’s Money”. They think it’s an addiction and a disease. Well, as applies the actions and spending of their own parliamentarians, this would certainly appear...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Sound of Music – Doe. A dear. A 4 star dear.
    The joy of a venue like the Civic is that it can provide a real sense of magic. A night out at the theatre for something as fun as the current season of the Sound of Music is great for families...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • A Dagger In The Dark: Why John Key should remain Minister-in-Charge of the ...
    JOHN KEY’S DECISION to hand off day-to-day responsibility for the national security apparatus to Chris Finlayson is deeply troubling. The tradition of making the Prime Minister the Minister-in-Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and, more latterly, the Government...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • If Key reinvades Iraq – can we actually trust our media to hold him to ac...
    As John Key’s casual drumbeat for war builds tempo, it increasingly looks like NZ will pointlessly reinvade Iraq. The shame of such war mongering might be lost on the majority of NZers who electorally rewarded Dirty Politics and mass surveillance lies...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • So according to the Government, inequality and poverty are the fault of Cou...
    Like privileged elitist private school kids on a bender, this Government is drunk on its own sense of power after their astounding win at the ballot box, so high on their own supply, we have the Finance Minister now claiming...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Hager defence fund now over $30 000 – please help donate
    The legal defence fund for Nicky Hager is now over $30 000, please keep giving. If we want to have a democracy, we can’t leave it up to the mainstream media who have been pathetic in their support of Hager...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • We won’t be a target if we reinvade Iraq but there are shocking numbers o...
    In one breath Key claims reinvading Iraq won’t make us a target yet in another breath he says there are many  sympathisers here in NZ wanting to fight for IS – both breaths can’t be true. Part of Key’s casual and...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • So it took 800 Australian cops to arrest one ‘terrorist’ with a plastic...
    So the supposed mass terror attack that required 800 Australian Police to take down 1 terrorist has revealed that the sword this supposed terrorist was to use for beheadings is actually a plastic sword. As I pointed out when this...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Meet the NZ propagandist and pollster who thinks dressing up like a paedoph...
    Meet the NZ propagandist and pollster who thinks dressing up like a paedophile is hilarious (welcome to new Nu Zilind). Remember, NZers just electorally rewarded dirty politics and mass surveillance lies so dressing up as a paedophile for shits and...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Key sworn in under a blood moon
    Key sworn in under a blood moon...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Nash & Lusk
    I like Stuart Nash, his ambition and brains are a rare combination on the Left, but when I say ‘Left’, I mean as broadly a definition as possible in order to fit Nash into it because Nash has a lot of...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Why are the Police raiding Hager’s house and not following up on the othe...
    The astounding abuse of Nicky Hager for being a ‘witness’ in the stolen emails that made up his book should send shivers down the spine of all decent NZers. If Hager was a ‘witness’ and suffered a 10 hour/5 cop...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Let’s briefly recap Key’s first 3 weeks of National’s 3rd term
    It’s been almost 3 weeks since the National Party won a historic and powerful win, despite dirty politics and mass surveillance lies… …so let’s just have a quick gander at the Government that the sleepy hobbits of NZ have now...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
    Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
    CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach,...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
    Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
    Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
    NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for answers after it was revealed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Prime Minister’s office routinely flouts its obligations under the Official Information Act. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
    NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
    The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
    Heinz Watties redundancies a result of putting profit over good business Heinz Watties workers are shocked by the announcement made late last night that up to 100 jobs are being cut from the company’s New Zealand operations. No information was...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
    Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence
    The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have: uranium....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ
    The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release
    This year the UN World food day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Support from Production, Recreation and Environment.
    When it comes to water quality not many organisations can claim to have the support of major bodies representing production, recreation and the environment, yet this is exactly what NZ Landcare Trust has achieved. The Trust's upcoming 'Communities...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Law Society supports Malaysian Bar Peace and Freedom Walk
    The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its support for a planned Walk for Peace and Freedom by Malaysian lawyers protesting against continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Malaysian government....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Bunnies Offered Protection With New Technology
    SAFE is announcing the spring launch of its “bunny protector” – a new mobile phone app that will help shoppers on the go avoid animal-tested cosmetics products. Suitable for both iPhone and android, the ‘SAFEshopper Cruelty-free NZ’ app will...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Maori Wellbeing – Defying the Oxymoron
    When Mother Teresa was asked how do you achieve world peace, she said, go home and love your family....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Free access to proven processes for New Zealand Councils
    Auckland, 13 October 2014 – Next month local councils throughout New Zealand will gain free access to a new online library that allows them to share their knowledge and experience with other councils....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children ( The Nation 11th Oct ) and CPAG challenges government advisors to come up with a...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Time to find alternatives to 1080
    The Royal New Zealand SPCA wants an immediate plan to find a more humane alternative to the use of 1080 poison to control possums, rats, and stoats....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Who is in charge of our data? Facebook or the government?
    The Drug Enforcement Administration in the States is in the news for setting up a fake Facebook page for Sondra Arquiett who was arrested in a cocaine case. The agent, Timothy Sinnigen, obtained photos from her seized mobile phone and...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Terrorist threat level up, yet Government won’t arm police
    The Government’s refusal to arm police means police officers are ill-equipped to defend themselves or others, whether from terrorists or other armed criminals, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • “Race Relations: Where To Now?”
    In 1993 former Prime Minister Jim Bolger was ridiculed for suggesting New Zealand was an Asia Pacific nation....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • Move from ‘Clean and Green’ to Mega Farms Spells Disaster
    The age of mega factory farms is beginning, warns advocacy group SAFE. One of the world’s largest dairy factory farms has opened up right here in New Zealand. This is part of an alarming trend towards massive factory farms which...
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • Flavell call for review is bollocks – McVicar
    The Justice Spokesman for Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, says it is time Maori stopped blaming others for the fact that more young Maori are committing crime....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
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