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Parata won’t quit, Key won’t sack her

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 pm, December 19th, 2012 - 58 comments
Categories: accountability, education, Hekia parata, john key - Tags:

Parata isn’t the most corrupt minister Key has but she’s definitely the most incompetent. Now, the Secretary of Education has been paid out to take the fall for Hekia’s incompetence and that of her sister, Apryll, Deputy Secretary Performance and Change. Parata has maintained her reputation for nepotism (Hekia appointed Apryll to her job in April, just ahead of the Budget) and being an appalling people manager. But she won’t go, and Key won’t make her.

For Parata, resignation is impossible. Her ego is too big and her imagination too small. In her world, she can do no wrong. I suspect the mental gymnastics we witness at question time are just a sample of the internal self-rationalisation that goes on behind that smug, falsely grinning face. She believes she is right and she’s done nothing wrong. Plus, where else is she going to get a quarter of a million dollar a year job? It’s not like she can go back to the public service.

Key’s much the same. His ego is too big to sack a minister because doing so would be an admission that he made a mistake in appointing them. think about it – how many ministers has Key sacked? 1. Worth. The others were all resignations [Update: Worth resigned but Key said he would have sacked him]. English, Tolley, Wong, Smith, Banks, Hide, Turia, Parata, nd Collins were all caught out in situations where they ought to have been sacked. Key stood behind them all. And I don’t think its for mere political expedience. If Key had sacked some of these ministers, his reputation would have grown. After Banks, in particular, Key’s reputation has gone into decline because he’s shown not to have the muscle when it counts.

And don’t forget that Parata is Key’s golden child. He gave her all the power on the back of no experience. He gave her free-rein to take on the unions and slam through privatisation of the school system. He wanted her to succeed him (although even he must know that’s not going to happen now). Short of taking a dump in front of a group of school children – a literal one, not the one she dropped in Christchurch – I can’t see anything getting Key to fire Parata.

58 comments on “Parata won’t quit, Key won’t sack her”

  1. ColonialPete 1

    With Lockwood Smith departing, Key would be smart to do a sideways reshuffle and put Parata in a place that won’t lose votes for National. Environment, perhaps, or Corrections.

  2. Craig Glen viper 3

    It simply does not matter how incompetent the Nats are because Labour has Shearer. The Labour leader who does not stand up for struggling sickness beneficiaries but on the contrary is all to willing to run lines against them in financially tough times but is happy to take a pay rise for MPs, its not up to him to decide how much he should be paid.

    Right now Keys Ministers could literally be cruel to animals and Labours leader wouldnt know how to give a sound bite thats says that being cruel to animals is wrong.
    Lets watch as the Greens and Winston take Parata apart.

    • framu 3.1

      going off topic here, but…

      “but is happy to take a pay rise for MPs”

      saw that on the news last night – another golden opportunity wasted by the labour party – idiots.

      the pay rise vs petrol tax isnt being dropped by the media that quickly – shearer could have gained some really positive PR going into the xmas break if they had gone down the..
      “we are paid quite well enough already, therefore the labour party will be donating all of the pay rise to charity” route.

      followed by handing a fat cheque to charity with TV crew in tow, and milking that xmas giving spirirt

      but no – same pathetic semantics that key used instead

    • Saarbo 3.2

      +1 CGV, This is Labours problem and why National will not lose as much support as they should over this.

      The other problem for Labour is lightweight advisory and PR skills. Possibly have not got enough funds, possibly because they have not got enough member support…I wonder why?

    • Ed 3.3

      Only on The Standard could a post about Key and Parata’s incompetence transform so quickly to an attack on Labour and MP pay determination.

      [lprent: So currently there are three four comments on that (at comment 3 in the post) out of the 25+ in the post. And the starting comment made a point that I guess you're too stupid to actually rebut. So instead you say something moronic instead that wastes my time looking for out of context comments on the post. You really are a bit of a fool..

      And it'd help if you'd been bright enough to put the comment in reply to one of the comments you were complaining about. But I guess you simply don't know what the word "Reply" means.

      Here, I'll help you out and reparent this comment on to comment 3 so it provides the context that you so clearly lack....

      BTW: If you want to start a flame than I'm perfectly happy to rip you apart. Your comment looks like an attempted troll to me and I really don't like people who waste my time like that.. Don't waste my time with silly complaints - just argue your damn point. ]

      • Craig Glen viper 3.3.1

        Well the issue is as I have said it does not seem to matter how bad National do or what lies they tell or how many people are unemployed the public simply don’t care.
        Everyone knows that Parata is doing a terrible job but Labour never challenge the lies. Just as one example for you Ed, National keep repeating the bullshit that more kids are now getting NCEA ( a good news story keep smiling and tell stories) but yet not one of their policies have made changes to learning in high school. Now the journos are not picking up on it so its up to Labour to tell them. Instead I just watched that useless Chris Hipkins say yup more kids leaving school with NCEA is good news but he didnt say but of coarse National have done nothing to change anything to our kids High School Education. national on the other hand got in that 1-5 failed under Labour which is not true but National got the hit!

        Once again opportunity lost time and time again National serve it up on a plate but this Labour caucus is to useless to turn it into real damage. We had 3 years of this under Goff now its worse under Shearer. How long does Labours rank and file have to put up with such shit work on behalf of this caucus.

  3. xtasy 4

    Hah. I won’t quit, so said Adolfus Hitlerius from his Bunker in the underground of Berlin.

    Key must identify with another lone leader from other backgrounds and times.

    Dig in deep, ignore the undeniable truth, keep on the battle, until it will all be shot to pieces.

    Good luck, John Key and Hekia Parata, we love more nails in the coffin of the political brigade of useless, self-serving and lying leaders we have.

    But given a mentally shorn opposition leader, the new pet of the MSM, may bungle the last bit that nobody should bungle, Natzies may yet call the shots again 2014.

    My personal views of the political future of Aotearoa NZ are GRIM!

    Too many do not follow what should be followed, most are brainwashed and poorly informed, and hence we have an almost “perfect” dictatorship, by most not even recognised as such.

    Bingo, Sky Casino, Key and gang, the master stroke may hit yet again.

    I spew and spew every day about what I see around me, disgusting.

    • halfcrown 4.1

      “Too many do not follow what should be followed, most are brainwashed and poorly informed, and hence we have an almost “perfect” dictatorship, by most not even recognised as such.”

      So True, so bloody true.

      • aerobubble 4.1.1

        The cry goes out, there’s too any MPs, the tired media beatup agian on National radio.

        That got me thinking, what do they mean, too many? Oh, then I realized, they mean
        just one leader, a NZ dictatorship.

        The problem of feckless Ministers is the problem of not enough MPs to draw from.
        A backbench with talent.

  4. AwakeWhileSleeping 5

    Could this be the National party method of lowering voter turnout?

    By fostering voter apathy National can get away with even more.

  5. felixviper 6

    Did Key even sack Worth though?

    He said he did, once, but he also said Worth resigned, a couple of times.

    Has Worth ever said he was sacked? Because if all we’ve got to go on is Key’s contradicTory recollections then who knows?

    • Akldviper 6.1

      I’m confident that my recollection of the matter will pass all tests, hasn’t broken the law and that I didn’t just say what the public wanted to hear. That the reason for his resignation was not in the public interest and that’s why I sacked him!

      Right – bring on the next election and Labour leader!

    • Pascal's bookie 6.2

      Worth hasn’t sued anyone for defamation like he said he would either. But then, when he said that was going to happen, he also said he’d provide a sworn statement denying the allegations too. That never happened either.

  6. Drakula 7

    The Greens seem to be getting redder than Labor or am I going color blind? I can understand why Key hasn’t sacked them all if he did that would be the end of National.

  7. Craig Glen viper 8

    Correct Dracula the Greens are more Red than Labour its quite unbelievable. and terribly frustrating.

  8. One Tāne Viper 9

    Perhaps Parata is doing exactly what she was put there for: to destroy and degrade public education. We know the Tories want to privatise. We know the private providers can’t compete with the existing system: the quality is too high for them. Solution: reduce the quality.

    • framu 9.1

      exactly

      while parata and longstone arent blameless here i wish the MSM would pull their fingers out and realise that this goes all the way to the top of joyce/key/english borg

    • North 9.2

      One Tane Viper at 9 above……..not a silly suggestion. Destroy what is there to replace the resulting corpse with ideological constructs. “There is no other way….” sort of thing.

      That has been done with legal aid. Reduce to its knees a system which did not need “fixing” (forget the cynical defamation of legal aid lawyers – that’s standard National Party MO – “first attack the practitioners”) then roll out what was intended in the first place.

      In the legal aid context the intent always was to destroy the independent Bar within the public institution of legal aid. Replace it with bulk funding utilised and applied by a chosen few. There is then a concentration of power in the hands of those few who are always vulnerable to further ideological constructs. Manifestly the public is not served – elements of a twisted privatisation in terms of inevitable outcome. Power in a public institution handed to a few whose self interest overrides public considerations.

      Too crazy to see the similarity in education ? “Destroy the village to save the village”.

  9. Where is the MSM on this?

    The decision was obviously made a couple of weeks ago and they wait until Parliament has finished before releasing the news, thereby avoiding democratic scrutiny. And Parata’s excuse that she is on holiday and is unavailable is utterly pathetic. And Key has time to do Gagnam style but not do his job.

    Why arn’t the basic questions being asked and the basic conclusions being reached?

    • xtasy 10.1

      MSM are towing the line by not being too hard on political issues any more, as their focus is “survival” in a totally new media world, where new competition comes via untold blogs and alternative news sites through the web.

      Their umbilical cord is advertising revenue, and in a very corporatised, and also otherwise very commercialised NZ society, they will focus on light hearted “info-tainment” at best to “inform”, focusing mostly though on trivial, entertaining stories about celebs, sports personalities, music, movies, lifestyle topics galore. And there is always crime, the weather and distorted facts about beneficiaries ripping off WINZ, committing various offences, and what you have. This seems to get ratings, determined by a for decades dumbed-down too large part of the populace, uncritically consuming this crap and having lost most interest in political issues (which actually determine so much of their lives).

      That keeps the government happy, the advertisers happy, the competing, personality branded journos employed, and it above all keeps the elite run “de-facto dictatorship” in total control.

      [and that's comment #500,000!]

  10. Lefty 11

    If I was an education union leader I would be dropping in for a quiet chat with Hekia over the break.

    I would make her an offer.

    “Do as we tell you for the next couple of years and we will keep you out of trouble.”

    • Wayne 11.1

      Who governs the country, the electected govt or the unions?

      • Rodel 11.1.1

        Wayne…certainly not the ‘electected’ govt. (maybe the unelected govt.?)

      • Lefty 11.1.2

        Who governs the country, the electected govt or the unions?

        Neither.

        A small elite ruling class make all the important decisions and governments implement them.

  11. tracey 12

    So key wont sack his messengers (ministers) but they are oh so ready to shoot the messengers messengers.

  12. On Planet Key ministers are not responsible and anyway it’s only the tax payer who looses out and pays the $million pay-out, so what’s the worry.

    John Key is the tiller man – tilling the soil and planting the seeds for the next generation of discontent in New Zealand.

  13. Combat Wombat 14

    To be marginally sympathetic to Key, who does he have in his caucus who isn’t corrupt and/or incompetent? Most of them went into politics in the hopes of being lucratively corrupted, and as for competence its an old observation that those who can, do, while those who can’t, teach: to which I’d add that those who can’t even teach go into politics.

    • North 14.1

      Parata wouldn’t even sit in the Cabinet were she not the foremost adoring acolyte of the PM. That’s how it is on Planet Key. Incompetent ? “Who cares…..we’ll just deploy her vacuous vivacity and blame everyone else on our way to the fantastical Brighter Future” – LOL or cry .

      Excuse me, who’s pulling the 2 hundy odd or whatever it is salary ? Who’s free to blow $1,400 on a limo in Sydney when $150 worth of taxis would have answered the moment. Who runs around being a “lady” without even having to pull out hubby’s gong. Ms Parata. That’s whom.

      Work for your money madam, expend less time adoring your shallow cargo-cult leader, be honest, stop bullshitting us, be responsible ! You really imagine you’re any sort of role model ?

  14. Matthew Hooton 15

    The line from the Parata camp is that the Ministry of Education is at best incompetent but, more likely, is deliberately undermining her because they are lefties and she is (supposedly) a centre-right minister with the potential to be prime minister.
    I find this implausible.

    Since it was set up in 1989, the Ministry has had the following Ministers:
    * (Centre?-Labour) David Lange
    * (Right-wing Labour) Phil Goff
    * (Right-wing National) Lockwood Smith
    * (Centre National) Wyatt Creech
    * (Left-wing National) Nick Smith
    * (Former PPTA activist) Trevor Mallard
    * (Left-wing? Labour) Steve Maharey
    * (Left-wing Labour) Chris Carter
    * (Centre National) Anne Tolley
    * (Centre-left National) Hekia Parata
    All these have had their ups and downs in the portfolio, and I think it is true that MoE officials would tend to vote Labour/Green, but I don’t think there is any evidence they deliberately try to undermine National ministers.

    As it happens, I worked for the most right-wing on the list above, and, broadly speaking, our minister and minister’s office were well supported by the ministry – and this was despite him seeking to implement a far more ambitious right-wing agenda than Parata would have the imagination to envisage.

    On the competence issue, when Lockwood was reshuffled into agriculture, his political staff also shifted portfolios and we thought we would now be dealing with much more intelligent, professional bureaucrats at MAF compared with MoE (most important industry sector). They also were fine, but it would be totally wrong to say that MAF Policy was better than the MoE education division, or that MAF dealt better with droughts than MoE with a strike (although MAF was extraordinarily good at dealing with biosecurity incursions).

    When looking at the list above, it is very difficult, at least from a distance, not to conclude that it is more likely that Parata that has been the problem not the ministry.

    And the idea this has been a particularly difficult year in education is wrong.
    Try introducing Tomorrow’s Schools, like Lange and Goff did. Or, like Lockwood Smith, trying to introduce bulk funding and individual contracts, cutting per-student tertiary funding and allowances, and introducing a student loans scheme, a new school curriculum and a new qualifications system, all at the same time. Or ask Trevor Mallard about 2002. Or ask Tolley about doing National Standards.

    What exactly have been Parata’s difficult issues? Changing woodwork teacher ratios or closing a special school aren’t really a comprehensive agenda and if that was all that had been on Goff or Smith or Mallard or Maharey’s plate, they would have finished work for the year by the first week of February.

    Even though, like Nick Smith, she is one of Bill English’s proteges, Key should sack her in the new year.

    • vto 15.1

      But Mr Hooton, how on earth can we have confidence that your long post there is a full and frank account of your view and not some piece laced with various anomolies intended to have undisclosed effects of a political nature?

    • North 15.2

      So what you’re actually saying Matthew is that Key has not a shred of responsibility in the ongoing cock-up you more or less acknowledge ? The buck stops anywhere but at his door ?

      Matthew, that is so, so at odds with the teachings of John Key himself; responsibility, accountability blah blah blah.

      Oh, righteo, that’s all fine then. Viva Planet Key !

    • xtasy 15.3

      Matthew, on this one, I do to some degree actually agree with you!

      Parata was over-glorified as being soooo competent, capable and having a promising future as a minister.

      That over-glorification has been completely rubbished, due to her performances on the whole range of issues she as part of the government had to deal with.

      Of course a lot of what she was expected to implement does come from a higher level within cabinet and from certain other ministers, but then she was happy to take the job and work along the agenda.

      She must surely go, and I think Key is just holding back, as he does not want a headline story before Christmas. he will deal with it early next year, in a partial re-shuffle.

  15. Jim 16

    In my opinion, I think 4 ministers in the cabinet need to go or get the sack.
    (1) Parata-for inefficiency and arrogance.
    (2) John Banks-for his dirty dishonest deeds.
    (3) Bill English-for stupid clueless economic policies during a recession.
    (4) John Key-for working primarily for the wealthy instead of for all….And the buck stops with him.

  16. Tracey 17

    Matthew, if your analysis above were correct, and you applied it to a Minister under Helen Clark, do you think things would have evolved differently? Or under, say, Bolger?

    • Matthew Hooton 17.1

      Good question.
      Sadly, I don’t think it would have been too much different under Clark or Bolger.
      In general, on matters of competence, I think prime ministers tend to be too loyal to their ministers. (That may be because their ministers are also their bosses, in a way, having a vote and supporters in caucus, which elects the party leader).
      Fast, decisive sackings are more likely over things like Ruth Dyson driving pissed or Richard Worth doing whatever it was he was doing.

      • Lanthanide 17.1.1

        “Richard Worth doing whatever it was he was doing.”

        Are we really to believe that you don’t know what it was?

        • Craig Glen viper 17.1.1.1

          “Richard Worth doing whatever it was he was doing”

          Hootens own goal! If you don’t know what occurred Mathew how can you say
          ” fast decisive sackings are more likely to occur” either your statement is totally false because you have no idea what Worth did so cant say its more likely he would be sacked quickly or you know what happened. Please share Mathew it would be a Worth while comment for a change.

      • Tracey 17.1.2

        Thanks Matthew.

        I tend toward your suggestion that Ministers are also those who can vote on their leader. For example Dover Samuels going and not returning despite not being guilty, but others returning (like Dyson) when they were. Are you really suggesting that Key was “fast and decisive” over Worth??? Didn’t he travel to India under diplomatic status under false pretenses before his inappropriate harassment became public?

        Is it your understanding that Worth’s behaviour in that regard had been questionable long before he became Junior Minister and Key knew, or should have known of it?

        It seems to me that almost 100% of decisions to sack or “allow to resign” are based on political expediency alone.

        • felixviper 17.1.2.1

          Yes, Key was anything but fast and decisive over Worth.

          Key was happy for Worth to use his political office and the parliamentary seal to enrich himself through his private business dealings overseas on more than one occasion. I don’t believe Key has ever mentioned this corrupt behaviour as a reason for accepting Worth’s resignation.

          In fact, to this day, we still don’t know whether Worth was sacked or not – Key has said he resigned, then he said he sacked him, then said he resigned – and we still don’t know why.

          That’s an astounding level of non-accountability in a democratic country.

          And according to Matthyawn, that’s Key at his fastest, and most decisive!

  17. Curran's Viper 18

    What summed up the week for me was the contrast of the distress of outgoing Secretary of Education Lesley Longstone with John Key dancing ‘gangnam style’ at a radio station.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/239917/situation-was-untenable

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangnam_style

    It seems to sum up the priorities of this government and his committment to ordinary NZers.

  18. KJT 19

    Anyone notice a pattern.

    A female “authoritarian follower” of low intelligence and empathy is used as a front person/hatchetman for NACT’s most evil policies, so that Key and co can dump them if the public clicks on to what they are doing.

    Good cop, Bad cop!??

    Wait for Basher Bennet to be dumped at a suitable time before the election, when the damage she has done at National’s behest becomes apparent.

    While Key and co pretend it wasn’t them.

  19. tracey 20

    I see brownlie thinks the court of appeal should have just talked to him if they were confused by his affidavit. These guts really dont under the judicial system. The only peoplexwho are “heard” on appeal are the lawyers. So brownlie should be looking at crown law for answers as to how his true position wasnt understood by the ca. This guy is a clown.

  20. i am voting for the conservative party at 2014 election

  21. Curran's Viper 22

    An inquiry is needed into into Talent2 payroll performance for the NZ secondary education sector.

    Talent2 was set up by Morgan & Banks who have been buying back its shares, a defensive tactic to save an under-performing company.

    A lot of private recruitment firms are in trouble – reflected in share price – due to economic contraction in major job markets.

    Talent2’s expertise is in recruitment, not payroll software.

    Serious questions arise about the process of giving Talent2 the payroll contract.

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    When a party loses badly, the public expects a bit of sorrowful wailing and beating of breasts. To say “This is what we did wrong, and this is how we’ll fix it” is an important part of restoring trust with...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-10
  • Does Money make Money?
    ‘Rock star economist’ or ‘inequality messiah’ French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty First Century has outsold every other book on the planet this year. The book is so popular because it floats the idea that money makes...
    Gareth’s World | 21-10
  • Cycling: the benefits of complete networks
    A group of New Zealand researchers recently published an excellent paper on the costs and benefits of investing in a complete cycle network and safe street design. Their paper, which is available online, found that: the benefits of all the...
    Transport Blog | 21-10
  • Life isn’t fair. But it should be.
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) I was not an angelic child. My mother...
    On the Left | 21-10
  • Up here on Planet Key
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    On the Left | 21-10
  • TDB Today: Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    In my post at The Daily Blog this week I take inspiration from the great Ian Dury, and reflect on the disconnect between political ambition and the state of the climate system as it continues to warm. It will be...
    Hot Topic | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    frogblog | 21-10
  • Tracking the performance of the 1 hour Xero model
    DISCLOSURE: I hold Xero shares.  Last year I built a very quick and dirty spreadsheet to analyse Xero, and wrote Valuing Xero – in one hour. The article was cross-posted to the NBR, where it attracted far more comments. More on those...
    Lance Wiggs | 21-10
  • Hard News: Media Take: The creeping politicisation of the OIA
    Brent Edwards' story last week on official advice to ministers on child poverty was interesting not only for its substance, but its circumstance.Edwards explained on Morning Report that he originally requested the first of the documents (some of them now nearly...
    Public Address | 21-10
  • Emails from the candidates
    As part of the NZ Labour leadership election, the candidates are able to email the party membership and sell themselves. Knowing how messy Labour’s membership list can be, I thought I’d reproduce the emails in case anyone wants to use...
    Progress report | 21-10
  • Gordon Campbell on Pharmac, Gough Whitlam and Sleater-Kinney
    Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about yesterday’s leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common...
    Gordon Campbell | 21-10
  • @akltransport – Please fill in a form
    Social media has become an important tool for many organisations in how they engage with their customers. It’s become a tool for both marketing and customer service, and there are a number of examples organisations who do it right. Some...
    Transport Blog | 21-10
  • Questions and Answers – October 22
    Press Release – Office of the Clerk Child PovertyGovernment Priorities and Policies 1. Hon ANNETTE KING (Acting Deputy Leader – Labour) to the Deputy Prime Minister : Will he make reducing child poverty a Better Public Service target given the...
    Its our future | 21-10
  • Alpaca Metropolitan – On The Left Special!
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    On the Left | 21-10
  • Video Against Poverty
    Schoolgirls in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India.  Photo / Julie Zhu This is week two of my givealittle.co.nz campaign Video Against Poverty and I'm more than 2/3 of the way to my goal of $2600.00.  This has been totally unexpected and is a really...
    Notes from the edge | 21-10
  • Why I’m Left
    I’m Left all the way down to my bones. My bone marrow is made up of lots of microscopic Karl Marx mustaches. It’s partly why I’m so curmudgeonly. When I was born I was brought home from the hospital to...
    Tangerina | 21-10
  • Gordon Campbell on Pharmac, Gough Whitlam and Sleater-Kinney
    Column – Gordon Campbell Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about yesterdays leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.Gordon Campbell on Pharmac,...
    Its our future | 21-10
  • Don’t cough on me
    It used to be acceptable to go to work or travel with a cough or the flu. That’s been changing over the last 10-20 years, and people who cough and sniffle in public are increasingly treated like people who smoke in the...
    Lance Wiggs | 21-10
  • Some might just come by train.
        As a Waikato girl by birth, Aucklander by nature, and living in Hamilton by choice, I’ve long being a supporter a regular train gig chugging the willing and the weary between the hustle and pace of Auckland and...
    Politically Corrected | 21-10
  • Why I’m Left: happiness, solidarity and community
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) I’m Left all the way down to my...
    On the Left | 21-10
  • Curiosity’s historic comet photo
    Photo Credit: Curiosity on Mars – NASA Rover Opportunity Views Comet Near Mars. According to NASA: NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars....
    Open Parachute | 21-10
  • Ireland in the 21st century – Christchurch WEA course, Sat, Nov 1, 1-4.30...
    One of Ireland’s many ‘ghost estates’, built during the ‘Celtic Tiger’ fake-boom; these buildings are a haunting symbol of early 21st century Ireland Saturday 1 November, 1 – 4.30 pm The twenty-first century began with, officially at least, a great...
    Redline | 21-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 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 (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • 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
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