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Parata replaces Collins and Adams as National’s weakest link

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, March 20th, 2014 - 56 comments
Categories: Hekia parata, Judith Collins, national, same old national, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

Election years are funny things.  The most accomplished of politicians can make mistakes. And amongst National’s cabinet there have been a few recent examples.

Firstly Crusher Collins self combusts.  Her lack of judgment in engaging in activity while on an official trip to China to speak on corruption which supported a private company of which her husband David Wong Tung is a director of and from who National has received large donations is breathtaking.  It seems that her sense of entitlement shut off her logic chip.

Then news of Amy Adams having some involvement in decisions that will benefit Canterbury farmers including herself hit the public consciousness although in a low key way.

But in terms of stupidity and hubris these episodes have been drowned out by Hekia Parata’s efforts this week.

On Sunday she effectively announced a radical change to school funding policy that would mean that poor schools would almost inevitably have their support cut.  She then tried to back away from this and in Parliament denied saying what was reported.  But the transcript of the interview released after this denial would suggest that reporter Jonathan Milne is right and Parata is … well …

Yesterday things went completely pear shaped for Parata following her claiming that the Kohanga Reo National Trust had been exonerated of claims of inappropriate spending.

The original story was broken by Native Affairs into the running of the Kohanga Reo movement.  The programme was called Feathering the Nest.  Part 2 is here.  The Kohanga Reo National Trust was asked a series of questions in the preparation of the story and responded by seeking a High Court injunction in an attempt to preventing the story from being broadcast.  This tactic backfired as trustees were then obliged to make sworn statements about trust spending.  The Trust eventually backed down.

The investigation concerned spending on credit cards belonging to Te Pātaka Ōhanga Limited which is the trading entity associated with the trust.  Both entities have the same people at the top and the KRNT is the only shareholder of TPO.  The basic concern is that money was being spent for personal benefit rather than on education for kids.  A number of examples were given in the Native Affairs programmes suggesting that the TPO credit card was being used regularly for what appeared to be personal matters.

Parata then called for a review by Ernst and Young.  The terms of reference were to assess the effectiveness of the financial internal controls over public funding received by the Trust.  With the benefit of hindsight these were clearly deficient and the wrong question was asked.  The complaints were about the use of credit cards, not just the spend of the Government grant the Trust.  The report which was released this week did say about credit card use “[w]e reviewed the 2012 credit card returns in detail and noted many returns did not include relevant supporting documentation.”

The circumstances surrounding the release of the E&Y report are incredible.  Despite repeated requests it appears that Parata’s media advisory about the release of the report was not sent to any of the Native Affairs Team even though they were responsible for the original story.  There is more than a slight whiff of sour grapes about this.  And even more incredibly the press conference was called at short notice for 8 pm on a Tuesday night and reporters were given a copy of the report only 10 minutes before they were meant to ask questions.  Tracy Watkins has described the background as follows:

During a press conference on Tuesday night Parata blustered and bullied her way through questions about her assurance that none of the $92 million in public funding allocated to the Kohanga Reo National Trust, or paid to its subsidiary, Te Pataka Ohanga, had been misspent.

After giving reporters 10 minutes to read the report by accountants Ernst & Young, Parata announced: “I am satisfied that public moneys are being expended in the appropriate way.”

When it was eventually pointed out to her that none of the spending relating to wedding dresses or Trelise Cooper outfits had been addressed by the report, she triumphantly told reporters that these matters were never included in the terms of reference.

She insisted, meanwhile, that there were no instances of the subsidiary receiving public money.

It took a Kohanga Reo National Trust board member to eventually confirm that kohanga reo got money from the Ministry of Education and the subsidiary got its money from kohanga reo.

Yesterday’s turnaround where the matter was referred to the Serious Fraud Office for consideration is as complete a political reversal as I have ever witnessed.  Parata has claimed there are new allegations.  Time will tell if she is saying the truth.  The only benefit for the Government is that Parata can now refuse to answer questions on the basis the matter is being investigated but her credibility, or what is left of it, has been severely wounded.

So Hekia Parata has now become National’s weakest link.  And Key has a terrible decision to make.  Does he sack her now and lose face but stop the mishaps or does he continue with her and hope that she makes no further mistakes.  After what has happened this week I suspect that her days are numbered.

56 comments on “Parata replaces Collins and Adams as National’s weakest link”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Hat-tip to Zorr yesterday in Open Mike, he posted this but it didn’t seem to get much notice since it was late in the day.

    John Key also has links to Oravida and there were photos of him on the Chinese website appearing to endorse their products.

    http://agrihq.co.nz/article/milk-runner-tangles-pm-in-product-endorsement?p=7

  2. Tracey 2

    you can just hear the upper echelons of the national party

    ” this is why we shouldnt have so many women in the party or cabinet.”

    but how does key escape given that simple fact checking catches his numerous lies… as with brownlee? brownlee was minister for pike river but its wilkinson who resigns.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      I suspect that “the left is being sexist” will be used to try and counter this but Parata’s behaviour in particular is just so mindboglingly bad that it has to be commented on. I agree that Brownlee also deserves attention and Kevin Hague yesterday in Parliament made comments about Tony Ryall which deserve to be checked out.

      • Tracey 2.1.1

        agree they all nee calling to account, just interesting to note who gets publically flagellated for some time, by the media and others, and who dont

  3. karol 3

    Now Judith Collins seems to be trying to silence the media, while Key does a PR initiative in support of Oravida. Is it that Key and Collins are throwing Parata to the wolves partly to take some heat off themselves?

    Collins lays complaint with TVNZ. NewstalkZB.

    Judith Collins is fuming over what she’s labelled a “smear piece” from Television New Zealand.

    She’s filed a complaint after One News lead their 6pm bulletin tonight with a story following the allegations over Collins’ meeting with milk company Oravida.

    NZ Herald:

    Mr Key said that what Ms Collins had told him about the dinner was consistent with what she had said in Parliament yesterday. Asked about Ms Collins lodging a formal complaint against TVNZ for its coverage, Mr Key said he had not seen the report in question.

    “In the end I leave ministers to deal with their own situations.”

    • mickysavage 3.1

      Thanks karol.

      I kept wondering about the phrase “consistent with” which Key kept using. This leaves open the possibility that Key was not told everything by Collins. An incomplete description of something can be “consistent with” a more complete description.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        I figure it means that they’ve colluded on exactly what to say so that they can make literally true statements and yet still mislead the house.

        I think the “incomplete description” is the one Collins is giving Parliament.

    • BM 3.2

      I get the feeling the Labour media division is a bit larger than just the Maori unit.

      Hopefully this formal complaint shakes a few more of the lefty media monkeys out of the TVNZ tree.

      Unbiased public TV/Radio is good for everyone.

  4. Enough is Enough 4

    There is another weak link.

    After the revealtions last night about Key’s corrupt dinners and golf with the Chinese, I think we should focus the blow torch on him.

    I think we have a crack. He must resign over this

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Here is the transcript of part of Key’s recent interview on the Nation:

      Well it’s a small world and a small country, I mean when I played gold for them, it was because I was bought in a charity event, and he bought that charity event and I’ve offered myself up on a number of occasions to do that, rather than dinners, because I’d, frankly rather have the exercise and enjoy playing golf.

      So there’s no great conspiracy there, and people see those photos and they see all that, and as long as there’s transparency as there was in terms of the donations, I mean interestingly enough, Labour Party attacking us for that.

      I have never though of National as being a charity …

      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1403/S00103/patrick-gower-interview-with-prime-minister-john-key.htm

      • veutoviper 4.1.1

        Much as I don’t have much time for Patrick Gower (who is currently in China), he is still on to the “charity” aspect and this morning has filed a blog post on this at http://t.co/WSDOqRsQ2a

        On his Twitter stream he has also put up some tweets about Key and Shi at the dinner last night in China. https://twitter.com/patrickgowernz

        A couple of the tweets in particular are worth “expand”ing for the comments and contributors (eg Cactus Kate and Bevan Cheung amongst others). These ones

        “Just met Oravida owner Stone Shi …”

        “Oravida owner Stone Shi paid money to a charity called the National Party ….

        • Tracey 4.1.1.1

          cldnt find cactus kates, but its amazing to watch nat supporters spinning the nats out of this. some folks need a lesson in rationalisations.

        • David H 4.1.1.2

          On TV3 tonight he did a walk through the Oravida offices just dropped in and what do you know there’s another golf game between Key and Shi. And pics of Collins and key every where. Dunno what they said to Gower to light a fire under him.

          • Clemgeopin 4.1.1.2.1

            Gower walking into the Oravida office uninvited with his cameraman, showing us ALL the shady politicians’ photos on the walls, opening the office fridge to pick the milk bottle etc was a very good journalistic scoop! The poor workers at that office had no clue what was happening! They probably thought Gower was another slimy NZ cabinet minister and served him cups of tea while he was happily exposing their totally discredited outfit and our politicians! Very funny!

      • veutoviper 4.1.2

        MS, I found this post on NRT to the point re the ‘charity’ issue. As I/S says, Key should be more careful ….

        http://www.norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2014/03/political-parties-are-not-charities.html

        • mickysavage 4.1.2.1

          And Paddy has established there was a second golf game …

          Wonder which charity payment for this game went???

          • Tracey 4.1.2.1.1

            Funny how the pm can recall the second one was in papakura… when you consider how many more important things he claims to have forgotte.

            J collins electorate of course.

          • Anne 4.1.2.1.2

            And here is the new photo

            According to Paddy Gower a donation of $56,000 was forthcoming soon after the game. In other words the charity was the Nat. Party.

            When the video becomes available will post. It’s hilarious! Gower gets the bit between his teeth and never lets go…

              • veutoviper

                I laughed and laughed.

                The worm has turned – or seems to have (the cynic in me is still alive and well).

                Just came back online so must go check out Paddy’s Twitter account and various others.

                • veutoviper

                  Initial report back – Paddy is quiet; but Judith Collins is not a “happy chappy/lady”.

                  Collins and Grant Robertson have been having a “domestic”. with Madam Collins/Wong Tung accusing Robertson of spreading disgusting accusations about her private life! …….

                  https://twitter.com/JudithCollinsMP

                  Forget Reality TV; try reality Twitter.

    • Naki Man 4.2

      Corrupt dinners.
      Are you really that ignorant or are you just pretending to be a total fuckwit.
      You have no understanding of how business is done.
      Typical lefty fuckwit

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1

        You dumb motherfucker. What part of “politicians doing business” doesn’t ring alarm bells on your planet?

        What does “conflict of interest” mean if not this?

        We need better wingnuts.

        • framu 4.2.1.1

          yeah – ol naki man is a pale shadow compared to your pete george or redbaiter (being the two ends of the wingnut commentor spectrum)

          shit – hes not even a king kong

      • Tracey 4.2.2

        its good to finally see someone on the right that these dinners advanced business interests for collins and/or key.

        well done for seeing through the crap they keep feeding you.

        • Once was Pete 4.2.2.1

          Helen Clark brought the Chinese Premier to a business I was involved in, and this raised our profile tremendously. Obviously we ‘lobbied’ furiously for the opportunity, and we were incredibly grateful for the visit.
          The organisation I was with made it a practice to ‘lunch and dinner’ with a wide variety of politicians, simply for the purpose of ‘staying connected’.
          No graft, no corruption, and no promises or obligations. This is just good sense. We always paid for the lunch or dinner. It is generally accepted that if you invite someone …then you pay. In all the years I have been involved in this practice I have not once witnessed a politician (left, right or centre) behave with any thing but decorum. Some times we entertained guests we had no particular liking for, but it was a ‘broadening’ experience.
          I can see no reason to get exercised by ‘Collins drink of milk’, or her accepting a dinner invite which is paid for, even if her husband is involved with the business enterprise, as long as no favours are granted that would not be extended to other businesses as part of accepted practice.
          Government is frequently in a position to ‘open a door’ or facilitate a contact, and as long as it is done ethically then most Kiwis would want this.
          Most people I talk to see this as a distraction, a non issue, and a deflection from things that really matter.

          • framu 4.2.2.1.1

            did this organisation have an immediate family member as a director, have financial ties to the politicians or other members of same party you dinned with, make large donations to that party, receive immigration assistance from a minister, use the political connection to endorse products, make donations to a “charity” (being the party again), include dining with foreign border officials or use taxpayer funds for any of this?

            thats the whole point

            ” and as long as it is done ethically”

            again – thats the point – this is in a whole different continent to ethicsville

            ” as long as no favours are granted that would not be extended to other businesses as part of accepted practice.” 1) pretty sure thats not what happened re favours, 2) its not accepted practice – thats why the cabinet manual expressly frowns on this sort of thing – because its unacceptable

            im staggered that so many people are making excuses for this – its not about what private business does or lobbies for – its about what MPs are doing

            • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.2.1.1.1

              OWP, Framu is right: there is absolutely nothing wrong with businesses cultivating political relationships or connections.

              There is a problem with politicians who cultivate business connections, to whit: the politicians can clip the ticket a second time for doing their job, as has happened here: Collins has used her position to get her close family and friends a seat at the top table, at direct financial benefit to her family, not to mention her party.

              If audiences with government ministers are for sale, then pretty soon Kiwis will be priced out of the market.

            • North 4.2.2.1.1.2

              And did your company “donate” $55,000 to each of the parties of the politcians whom you entertained ?

              Use your brain fuckhead. Who sent you here ?

              Smile & Wave & Invoice.

          • Tracey 4.2.2.1.2

            Its exorcised.

            Did helen clarks husband get paid a directors fee by the organization you worked for?

      • freedom 4.2.3

        So you are admitting the PM and Collins are colluding to protect a corrupt system?

        Can’t have it both ways Naki Man

      • Murray Olsen 4.2.4

        I know most of the Randian business heroes you worship couldn’t make enough to buy half a box of used matches without their mates in Wellington arranging for the tickets they clip. That’s how “business” is done under NAct. Seems you’re a bit upset that people are noticing. Well, boohoo.

  5. risildowgtn 5

    There is also Nathan Guy as a weak link re $ and residency

    Not much focus has been on this idiot either

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/238749/guy-says-he-never-knew-about-party-donation

  6. freedom 7

    All of it seems to distract nicely from whatever this Festival of Education was created for, which on the surface appears to be hyping the introduction of learning labs run from overseas corporates.

    http://www.festivalofeducation.org.nz/
    How much public money has gone into this I wonder?

    There are few groups working as hard as Save our Schools to bring to the attention of the public the difficulties that NZ education is enduring. If only half of what is in this article is true, then surely some serious questions need to be asked of the Minister.

    http://saveourschoolsnz.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/festival-of-education-is-a-glittering-cover-for-something-very-ugly/
    ““There is much to celebrate about New Zealand education but there is nothing to celebrate in this charade of excess.

    “A charade brought you by two commercial companies and the ministry in venomous association.

    “And now the ultimate: education money has gone into this festival obscenity – money that could have gone into helping children with special needs, more teachers to help children with their reading, more money to compensate at school for children’s home backgrounds – yet this money has gone into a mammoth propaganda exercise intended to put public schools more under the heel of those driven by imported education ideologies.”

  7. Clemgeopin 8

    May be Key should simultaneously sack all three of these sad sacks of untruths/half-truths and BS, namely : Parata, Collins, and Adams and create a political accountability world record hat trick. Then resign himself gracefully. What a shameless set of discredited nincompoops!

    • Lanthanide 8.1

      But that’s the problem. Sacking three ministers simultaneously at any time, let alone during election year, is a really bad look. It makes you seem incompetent / corrupt. Key can’t afford that.

    • Tracey 8.2

      guy, brownlee and ryall. if lying and misleading the house etc are the standard

    • Tracey 8.3

      first key lie i recall was his claim to be honest and to answer questions he wasnt even asked. that was to paul henry in 2008. he was promising to hold his team to a higher standard than labour.

      he might throw collins under the bus to look strong and help joyce BUT he cant control slugslick… and slug likes collins.

  8. captain hook 9

    they are all weak links, lowbrows and simpletons to boot.
    The problem is their egotism and vanity and their venality that makes them able to shrug off anything that dosen’t fit their own juvenile fantasies of omnipotence.
    not to worry.
    gone in September.
    Their meddling and muddling is becoming intolerable.

  9. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10

    Mr Key has no regard for the basic human qualities and principles that our system and society very much depends on to function effectively.

    The occurrences as listed the above article (and many others, such as privacy breaches, education issues, forest and mining disasters, the response to the Rena disaster, the RMA meddling) are not random, unconnected events – they are directly related to Key’s cavalier attitude to the qualities our system is based and depends on. Qualities, for example, such as honesty, conscientiousness, dependability, trust and trustworthiness.

    Little does he appear to have any clue about principles; the reasons behind democratic processes, laws, rules and regulations or even taxes. I am unclear whether he is even aware of, let alone, understands these principles

    The casual attitude Key has toward the very basis of our societal system can be seen in his typically casual mannered ‘throw away’ responses to the very real and many problems that have arisen on his watch.

    These problems arising with Adams, Collins and Parata are symptoms of the poor leadership of Mr Key.

    He is not a good person to be leading the National party – he is putting them to shame.

    He is not a good person to be running our country – he is running us into the ground, with regard to our morale, as well as fiscally.

    He needs to be voted out.

    • Tracey 10.1

      They are not new… smith, worth, wong, heatley, double dipping bill, banks, … anyone else?

  10. captain hook 11

    shifty key.
    going going going gone.

  11. tricledrown 12

    Givem Enough rope and they will hang themselves.

  12. North 13

    From Mickey’s post – “Parata is…..well…..” – a flibbertigibbet ?

    You know there’s something bloody weird and actually quite unsettling about that now quite old picture which accompanies this post.

    Ah……the pull of powerful men ! Heki Pirau Parata will do/say anything to grease up the same.

    Rubbish person ! And so so so undeservedly she’s a cabinet minister ???

  13. Populuxe1 14

    So not that much different to Whanau Ora…

  14. BEATINGTHEBOKS 15

    Parata has to go. A complete muppet. Doesn’t get it. Education is the most significant issue to most New Zealanders. She is asleep at the wheel and always has been. Go, get lost, you are not helping anyone. Buy another pointless jacket which you should feel very comfortable in it, and then waste everyone’s time debating how it’s not vulgar. You have let down the most vulnerable in the country… Maori kids who can’t read. I hope you’re happy. No vote for you. Idiot.

  15. tricledrown 16

    National are looking sick right across the board at the moment Foss has to be the latest fwit of the week.
    His patheticly weak response to

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  • Laid-back Tennis Court – Lorde (Diplo’s Andre Agassi Remix)
    ...
    The Paepae | 23-07
  • Paula Bennett highlights some “loopy rules”
    Hello everyone. I’m Local Government Minister and chief National Party sass-machine Paula Bennett. I’ve been asked by MyThinks to write more about our plans to review and reject all of those stupid and loopy rules that many of our tiny...
    My Thinks | 23-07
  • Election news. Where is it
    So where’s the election news? Main stream media seems more obsessed about David Cunliffe’s holiday than the policies that his party is promoting. If I want to read about where he is vacationing and why, then let’s read it in...
    Closing the Gap | 23-07
  • Sorry – it’s a complicated word
    The art of saying sorry – it’s a tough one. Apologise like Lou Vincent, and win plaudits left, right and centre. Apologise like Aaron Gilmore, and everything just gets worse. It’s been an odd time lately for apologies. David Cunliffe of...
    Occasionally erudite | 23-07
  • Robert Ellis’s apocalyptic vision of Auckland
    This blog has often written about Auckland’s 1950s-era motorway development plan, which transformed the city in fundamental ways. New Zealand painter Robert Ellis was one of the first to grasp the significance and character of that transformation. His Motorway/City series,...
    Transport Blog | 23-07
  • Dear LEGO employees…
    Hi. My name is Ian and I'm a campaigner with Greenpeace. I'm also a new dad and a big fan of LEGO. She's a little young now, but I know that in a few years my baby girl will be...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-07
  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting
    Longtime readers of this site may be aware of my occasional bursts of fulmination about overhopped stunt beers -- and my calls for New Zealand craft brewers to produce more sessionable brews in the classic best bitter style I think...
    Public Address | 23-07
  • More stat-juking
    There were more allegations in Parliament today that the government is juking the stats, with Andrew Little pointing at a report from the Taranaki Daily News that a Crown prosecutor had claimed:"There was one occasion in 2012 when it was...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • A cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand
    Russel Norman- General debate speech, 23 July 2014   Together, it is possible to build a cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand. A New Zealand in which our rivers are clean enough to swim in and our precious beaches are safe...
    frogblog | 23-07
  • Using Ministerial Inquiries to Close Down Debate
    As a young MP in the British House of Commons in the late 1970s, I rapidly became aware that half the political stories in Fleet Street originated with the Press Association’s indefatigable political correspondent, Chris Moncrieff. I was regularly button-holed...
    Bryan Gould | 23-07
  • Prison hulks
    In the 18th and 19th centuries, Britain pioneered a new type of atrocity: the prison hulk. Faced with a shortage of jail space, they turned to imprisoning convicts on former warships. The prisoners were subjected to appalling conditions in an...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • Challenging Britain’s panopticon
    Last week, the British establishment rammed through new "emergency" surveillance and data retention laws, with the collusion of all three major parties. Now those laws are being challenged in the courts:Two leading Westminster civil liberties campaigners, David Davis and Tom...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • Systemic Realignment.
    The chaotic state of contemporary international affairs demonstrates the serious limitations of constructivism and idealism as theoretical frameworks for the analysis of global macro-dynamics. The former claims that the construction of international institutions helps universalise common values and mores, thereby...
    Kiwipolitico | 23-07
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the last of the Parliamentary term. But thanks to government filibustering over the past few months, instead of seeing the third reading of Sue Moroney's Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • Socially helpful photoshopping
    This one is close to my heart. It involves a man who lost his infant daughter Sophia to severe disease. She was only 6 weeks old. Sophia’s father Nathan had never seen her face free of wires and tubes. So...
    Polity | 23-07
  • Why are the electric trains so slow?
    In the first week or two of the Onehunga Line’s switch to electric trains there were major issues with the trains keeping to timetable, apparently due to overly conservative speed restrictions being put in the trains as part of their...
    Transport Blog | 23-07
  • Dairy Farming in Brazil :Nitrogen Management
    With the challenge New Zealand is facing with increased nitrogen leaching that has come with intensifying of dairy, there is understandably a tendency to ‘look over the fence’ and see how we compare with others. New Zealanders have applied our...
    Gareth’s World | 23-07
  • Gamechangers
    Updated the tracking poll. For variety’s sake this one goes all the way back to the start of 2005. It doesn’t correct for bias and the large circles intersecting the vertical lines are election results : Josie Pagani wrote a ‘what...
    DimPost | 23-07
  • Understanding the 2014 election campaign
    If David Cunliffe decided one day to redecorate his kitchen, they would call it a décor flip-flop....
    Imperator Fish | 22-07
  • Shuttling diplomacy between the bombs
    The mounting death toll in Gaza has spurred an intensified flurry of diplomacy (again), and finally a stated acknowledgement that this time the terms of any ceasefire (which will eventually come) need to differ from those of the past three...
    Pundit | 22-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
    ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki 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...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • 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 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • 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 essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • 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 reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • 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 figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • 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 in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • 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 new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • 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 spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • 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 amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
    ...
    Labour | 17-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...