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Paul Henry’s jokes about women, deaf people and infant deaths, proudly brought to you by TVNZ

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, October 9th, 2010 - 56 comments
Categories: accountability, Ethics, families, feminism, health, Media, racism, Satire, scoundrels, sexism, Social issues, tv - Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Here’s a compilation from TV7′s Russell Brown from April this year, highlighting the value for money taxpayers get from paying Breakfast Bigot Paul Henry $300,000+ per year: ridiculing the appearance of guests whose opinions he disagrees with, ridiculing deaf people, women, and the disproportionate rate of infant deaths in developing countries – “but they’ve got enough babies to take care of that, don’t worry about that, we’ve got six others out the back!”. Hilarious Paul.

And special thanks too to TVNZ CEO Rick Ellis because without him none of this would be possible.  Ellis is continuing to hire this guy just for the sake of ratings and a few advertising dollars, even though he takes pleasure in ridiculing, hurting and humiliating people – again, and again, and again – even though he’s costing this country’s international reputation, economy and racial harmony. Top work Rick.

So congratulations TVNZ, you can be really proud of what you’ve become with Paul Henry and the fine judgement of Rick Ellis.

On another note, here’s a pretty good piss-take of Paul Henry’s anti-Indian racism from TV3′s Ali Ikram.

56 comments on “Paul Henry’s jokes about women, deaf people and infant deaths, proudly brought to you by TVNZ”

  1. freedom 1

    “Media in India have widely covered the issue, including reporting that Indian ministers boycotted a dinner with Sir Anand, who is in India. ”

    Spend a minute with those words.
    This quote from today’s Herald is a very clear and highly disturbing statement.

    Instead of a humane showing of solidarity for the offensive comments made against him, Sir Arnand is now exposed to further insult and all beacause our PM could not Govern his way out of a wet paper bag.

    • JAS 1.1

      Our PM just showed once again how spineless he is, dismissing it as a joke that got out of hand, when you look at Henry’s repeated offensive “jokes” it ads up to one extremely bigoted person.

      As for the comment I have heard and read many many times this week, “hes only saying what we think and are too scared to say” …. who’s we? and if the majority really do think that way, I would be ashamed to call myself kiwi.

      This used to be a country that fought strongly against racism and bigotry, what the hell has happened?

      • The Voice of Reason 1.1.1

        I’m not sure that too much has changed for die hard bigots, JAS, but slowly, the country is getting more tolerant. In 1981 it was said we were a country evenly divided on the tour question. I’d say that now, we have a solid majority who are liberal in their approach, but the shrinking minority of bigots are shrieking louder and louder as they slowly disappear up their own fundamental orifice.

        In 1981, there were many who tacitly supported South African racism because they thought sport was more important. In the Henry case, there are many people equally confused about humour’s relationship to race. Paul Henry’s funny, so what’s the problem?

        All things pass, with time, education and understanding. For example, Whanganui will look a nicer city today, as one more racist git finally loses his grip on power.

        • JAS 1.1.1.1

          The saddest thing for me personally this week, has been seeing close friends openly support Henry, and go further by agreeing with his comments. It’s certainly changed my level of respect for a number of people, who I never imagined to have such attitudes.

          I guess since I have been vocal in my own disgust with his behaviour (not just in this latest incident, but in his prior ones as well), their attitude towards me may have changed too, but so be it, unlike our PM I do stand up for what I believe.

          • the sprout 1.1.1.1.1

            I’ve had that too JAS, but I’ve found that if you spell-out the enormity of what PH has done and the damage he’s doing to us all, they tend to eventually agree that he’s a knob and shouldn’t still be on the payroll.

            It’s just that for a lot of people their first response is “oh that’s just Paul Henry” because they haven’t bothered to get all the story and think about what his comments on a state broadcaster imply about NZ. A bit of gentle persuasion and calm explanation can turn people on this one quited easily.

            • rosy 1.1.1.1.1.1

              The best thing about this for me has been watching my teen niece FB thread, from your average, everyday fun-loving young adults….
              “Why the hell is everyone supporting Paul Henry. He’s such a racist wank”.
              “Well it’s generally just very rude and insensitive, I don’t care too much about the PC stuff but it’s like whoa. What a dick”.
              “It’s not the fact about the last name either, it’s about how the last name was “it’s appropriate cause she’s Indian”".
              ” its not blown out of proportion at all he intentionally went out of his wy to insult that indian lady and then two weeks ago all those rasict comments about indians in servos being bloody idiots. the guys an absolute cock”
              “I have never had the same thought as that cock head”

              Proud of them, I am :-)

              • Ari

                Well, that’s because the younger generation brings a fresh perspective untainted by the meaningless bigotry of yesteryears. Makes it easier to see clearer- but absolutely no reason not to be proud of them for doing the right thing.

                • rosy

                  “Well, that’s because the younger generation brings a fresh perspective untainted by the meaningless bigotry of yesteryears”
                  Not so, both the old and young may or may not be bigots.

                  There were lots of comments from their peers supporting PH. I’m proud because the comments above are from young people who 1. Don’t think like PH and 2. are willing to stand up to their peers in a forum that is often about conforming.

        • Irascible 1.1.1.2

          One of the play actors in the Paul Henry play, John Key, doesn’t recall where he was or what he thought about the events of 1981 even when pressed. Probably explains his wet fish, scuttle & run reaction when Henry dropped the signal for the prat-fall line on him in the expectation that Key could ad lib a smart’ “funny” retort for Henry to show his “smarts” on.

    • Lazy 1.2

      The scaryiest part is Key’s behaviour.

      He excuses his lack of response at the time by saying he was taken by surprise. This clearly demonstrated his inabilility to think on his feet.

      Now nearly a week later he’s still to a large extent fence sitting. Where’s the leadership? Like it or not Mr Key you are the PM of a multicultural society – there is no place for racism here and certainly not on state television.

      Perhaps Key’s just scared of missing out on those cosy chats on the sofa, and Henry’s cheerleading in the run-up to the next election. Sorry Mr Key but I suspect from Ellis’s comments in this mornings Herald you are going to have to find yourself a new playmate.

      Henry must go.

  2. Laraine Barker 2

    I’ve never seen Paul Henry before but from what they showed on the News he appears to be a pretty bad comedian and certainly lacks taste. However, being in public life (especially political) automatically makes you a target for comedians, not to mention verbal “rotten eggs and tomatoes” from the people. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen! The mildest thing we ever called a politician was probably “Piggy Muldoon”, which was actually a gross insult (the grossest one could ever make) to a noble animal. These days I would call him the contents of the a***hole of the Devil. We called Jim Bolger Blodger (once again too mild for him) and Jenny Shipley was Shitley, while Ruth Richardson was Ruthless Bitchardson. We considered these two women a disgrace to their gender.

    [sprout: I'm pretty sure that 'we' didn't include one of our highest paid figures on our state broadcaster, and I'm pretty sure those insults directed at our political elites (note that doesn't include the disabled or dying third world infants) didn't cause our international reputation, economy and race relations the same sort of damage that Paul Henry's bigotry is doing]

    • Ari 2.1

      Being a public figure is no excuse for people making bigoted or immature jokes. None of the nicknames you’ve mentioned are exactly tasteful, and frankly, if you’re going to give a politician a nickname, it might as well be directly related to your problems with them, and Richardson’s problem, for instance, was far bigger than whether or not she was a ‘bitch’, which by the by? Can totally be about trying to shame women for having careers.

      If Paul Henry wants to engage in that kind of stupidity, he’s welcome to do it off the airwaves. But we have broadcasting standards, that specifically mention decency for a reason.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    I should clarify: the state owns TVNZ, but TVNZ has to generate the revenue itself from which to pay Paul Henry; in theory Henry does not get paid by the tax payer, but the state broadcaster is the one who decides to keep him on.

  4. Lazy Susan 4

    The scaryiest part is Key’s behaviour.

    He excuses his lack of response at the time by saying he was taken by surprise. This clearly demonstrated his inabilility to think on his feet.

    Now nearly a week later he’s still to a large extent fence sitting. Where’s the leadership? Like it or not Mr Key you are the PM of a multicultural society – there is no place for racism here and certainly not on state television.

    Perhaps Key’s just scared of missing out on those cosy chats on the sofa, and Henry’s cheerleading in the run-up to the next election. Sorry Mr Key but I suspect from Ellis’s comments in this mornings Herald you are going to have to find yourself a new playmate.

    Henry must go.

    • Tigger 4.1

      Key is being careful to keep the focus on Henry and TVNZ and not himself. But make no mistake, his actions actually made this entire thing worse. If he had nailed Henry at the time, like any half-decent leader would have, we wouldn’t be here.

      • the sprout 4.1.1

        quite.
        Key hasn’t even started to pay for this yet.
        Henry on the other hand is about to have his long-overdue account settled.

      • RedLogix 4.1.2

        It needs to be made very clear that for some time this Monday morning ‘joke along session’ with Henry has been our Prime Minister’s prime media interview of the week.

        Key has deliberately been turning down regular and serious interviews with almost everyone else… except for ex-National Party candidate Paul Henry who has been the annointed ‘channel to market’. Key and his handlers have handed serial bigot Henry a strong and tacit endorsement and for this choice they have total responsibility.

        This is a noose Key has willfully stuck his neck into.

  5. The Voice of Reason 5

    Just watching some clips of JFK on telly reminded me of a speech I gave in my intermediate’s annual competition. Ironically, I came second to a kid who gave a ‘greed is good’ talk and I’ve been trying overturn that decision ever since.

    My effort was heavily based on this recording made by an American radio DJ, Tom Clay, in the early seventies. It’s an interesting artifact just for its early combination of music and speech, but the effect it had on me then still resonates to this day. Even now, it still brings tears to my eyes.

    My question to Paul Henry supporters is this: if a little kid can understand what prejudice is, why can’t Paul Henry?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uqNLnEzDLA

  6. ianmac 6

    Campbell Live ran a poll last night. Sack Henry? 59% No. 41% yes. A bit strange?

    • gobsmacked 6.1

      Ignore TV text polls. They are moron-magnets.

      Every four years they have one, asking “Will the All Blacks win the World Cup?”. 93% say Yes.

      It doesn’t seem to help.

    • jbanks 6.2

      Most people realise that the dikshit comments are being blown out of proportion by the media.

      • The Voice of Reason 6.2.1

        That’s Dikshit, jb. And Henry is part of the media, for the time being at least, and it was he who blew the comments out of all proportion by giggling like a helium huffer while repeating them over and over and over.

        • jbanks 6.2.1.1

          You still don’t get the real reason why this has become a big deal in India. Idiots like you are making such a big deal of jumping up and down, seeking a response out of all proportion to the offending, that the media has seized on this overblown reaction and it keeps the story in the headlines for longer than it is worth being there. Do you understand this? The bleaters are fueling the media fire. Instead of letting the disciplinary action run it’s course, the bleaters are keeping it in the headlines. The strategy of the idiots has been to keep bleating about it until something happens. Well, something has happened alright – the whole bloody thing has gotten out of control and it’s caught the eye of India and now they’re fucked off.

          • The Voice of Reason 6.2.1.1.1

            Dude, I am not seeking a response out of all proportion to the offending. If TVNZ had responded appropriately by sacking him, this would all be over by now (and TV3 might be reviving Sunrise with a new presenter!). But they didn’t and hence, worldwide outrage. Not my fault, not yours, but TVNZ and Henrys’.

            Anyway, nice to see you’ve got my point that the disciplinary process has not ended. Was it my well reasoned argument or just the coffee?

            • clandestino 6.2.1.1.1.1

              “Hamblin, Newdick win silvers.” – Could this headline be any more perfect right now, and it’s the Comm games!

              I feel sorry for all those whose political sensitivities have caused them to forget how to laugh.

              • RedLogix

                Nah…you’re supposed to grow out of sniggering at jokes about people’s names in primary school. Sooner preferably.

          • Pascal's bookie 6.2.1.1.2

            Classic jb.

            This is nothing coz I sez so and I’m not pissed off about it so no one else has a right to be and people are only pissed off about it because of the damn media writing stories about all the people who are pissed off about it and they shouldn’t be coz I sez so and now the bloody Indians know about it they’re pissed off about it but they might have a right to be pissed off about it but it’s so unfair and we would’ve got away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids. waaaagh waagh. sniff.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1.1.3

            What you describe is what NACT, with the MSMs help, did with Winston Peters and what should have happened with the Gerry Brownlee Enabling Act. It is, interestingly enough, not what happened here. What we have so far is a reasonable response and the media are doing their job. A large number of people have been hurt by the bigots words.

    • Lazy Susan 6.3

      Agreed Gobsmacked. These polls are meaningless. Close Up ran a similar poll and it came out 80% in favour of keeping Henry.

      Now if you think TVNZ are a bunch of incompetent morons who are completely out of touch are you likely to want to respond to a meaningless poll and donate them 50c/text. Probably not. Better to do the harder but more effective thing and write to BSA, TVNZ, advertsisers etc. and complain.

      On the other hand if you support Henry’s schoolboy antics…send..send..send..send..send..send…send…send. See that was easy!

    • bbfloyd 6.4

      considering the majority of people who can still bother to watch campbell, it would be surprising if the poll came out differently.. i’m surprised you bothered to even comment on it.

  7. Julie 7

    Thanks for the mash up, we do indeed have a weiner. I hope someone updates it for the last year or so of hideousness. It’s also worth considering that Paul Henry’s unaccepable behaviour is also brought to us by Breakfast’s advertisers. Hopefully the work this blog and others have been doing recently, along with past efforts to encourage complaints and lobbyingadvertisers to rethink their spend, will have the desired effect.

    • planning on launching the boycott campaign the day Henry goes back to TVNZ.
      if he doesn’t, no campaign.

    • lprent 7.2

      I’m pissed off with Henry, TVNZ, and the advertisers. I’m not intending to stop until the breakfast bigot is gone, along with the culture inside TVNZ that allowed him to flourish. The advertisers are the place to target. We’d want advertisers to actively specify that they don’t want their ads in that slot. A series of quite unreasonable opinions associating advertising with supporting Paul Henrys bigotry with a lot of cross linking is the best technique. Companies get quite sensitive about what comes up in google pages

  8. tea 8

    Ali Akram > Asif Madvi!

    We want satire! we wante satire! we want satire!

  9. Has anyone here protested Willie Jackson’s racist comments on his show?

    sprout: keep to the topic or join the spam queue

  10. The Voice of Reason 10

    Yes. And if you want to write a post about it, there’s a ‘contribute post’ button near the ‘search’ button. The latter is useful for finding out the answer to questions such as yours, BTW.

  11. gobsmacked 11

    John Key is in the poo on this.

    If Henry returns as scheduled next Monday (my guess is he won’t, but let’s see) then Key has to make a decision. Oo er, a decision!

    The obvious decision is not to appear on TV with Henry. (If the Henry Fan Club can’t understand why, they must have carefully avoided all global media all week, and I can’t be arsed explaining to idiots).

    But then Key would be slagged off by his base, called spineless, PC, wimp, blah blah. And he needs to keep nodding and winking to them.

    So really, Key needs Henry to fall on his sword, or TVNZ to dump him. But then the questions and the OIA requests will come flooding in – who told who? check for fingerprints, Coleman, McCully, etc.

    And then there’s 100,000 pissed off Indian Kiwis, in marginal seats, and … so it goes on.

    Sooner or later, Key’s approach of pandering to everyone and dodging and shrugging was going to get him in trouble. It’s here.

  12. ghostwhowalksnz 12

    The excuse that Henry is ‘half gippo’ seems to be an attempt to make himself a victim too.

    Funny thing though, the Roma are thought to have originated in India.

    A bit like his excuse that he an ardent royalist but takes pleasure in kicking the GG.

    Could another earthquake occur and Henry disappear into a hole in the ground.

  13. mcflock 13

    my guess is that one or the other of PH/PM won’t be there on the Monday Henry is due back, so Key has 4 days to watch the reaction.

    Actually, Key might claim “official business” and be elsewhere, sending some other tosser a minister in his stead to better gauge the reaction.

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    It’s looking more and more likely that he won’t be back

    TVNZ’s chief executive will consider Paul Henry’s future over the weekend as pressure mounts for the presenter to be axed.

    The state broadcaster’s head, Rick Ellis, last night suggested Henry’s future was far from certain, despite his earlier stand that Henry’s job was not on the line.

    Go down a bit firther and you can find the arse covering though

    Asked if he thought Henry was racist, Mr Ellis said: “I’m not sure I’m going to answer that question because I don’t want to be drawn into this whole debate about whether Paul Henry is racist or not.

    “Certainly the comments that he’s made have clearly been of a racist nature and they could only be interpreted that way … as a person deep down I think he’s a very decent human being.”

    Mr Ellis said he had taken steps to tighten editorial guidelines.

    “From time to time you do need to revisit the discipline around the implementation of editorial policies and that’s what we’re going to do.”

    And then there’s the normal it was a joke line from the PM

    Prime Minister John Key yesterday continued to dismiss Henry’s mockery of an Indian minister’s name as a joke which got out of hand.

    No, it wasn’t a joke – it was outright mockery.

  15. Treetop 15

    Should name a breakfast cereal after Paul Henry: “Bigots breakfast” supplier TVNZ.

  16. freedom 16

    “Key has deliberately been turning down regular and serious interviews with almost everyone else ”

    the quote above, from RedLogix, is as we all know quite accurate, unless you are John Key giving a post cabinet press conference on Monday last.

    He had the gall to stand there and say he accepts almost all interviews and events he is invited to.
    What is worse is not one member of the media has confronted him on this lie. If people are not made to commit to what comes out of their mouths, why should anyone bother telling the truth in the first place. It is no wonder the festering scabs of NZ’s social distress never heal.

    • felix 16.1

      Yep. Every journo in that room knows first or second hand that Key is telling the complete opposite of the truth re accepting interviews.

      Why do you think they keep quiet about it? Are they scared he’ll cancel the post-cabinet press conferences too?

    • Colonial Viper 16.2

      Way too many mice have press badges.

  17. Ian 17

    Ali Ikram? I’d feel a sight happier if someone with a name like John Smith was taking the piss out of our lovable little gypo.

  18. Sprout:

    Just asking, how can Henry is the only Journo people want fired, despite others making racist, immature bigoted comments. It cant be one rule for one and one for the other.

    • felix 18.1

      Who are you thinking of in particular?

    • the sprout 18.2

      Harawira is elected to office. You can’t fire MPs except by election, you certainly can’t fire them for saying things you don’t like. The unfirability of MPs is one of the reasons Bill English didn’t lose his job for defrauding tens of thousands of dollars with false domicile declarations, which is actually a lot more illegal than what Harawira says.

      Paul Henry is employed, not elected. He can be fired and in his contract will be a clause that he can be fired for gross misconduct, especially where it persists and worsens over time, despite repeated formal censure.

      This is not one rule for one and one rule for another. It’s one rule for one set of circumstances and a different rule for a different set of circumstances. Now I appreciate you may find that difficult to understand, but give it a try.

    • lprent 18.3

      We work on them one at a time

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    Donna Tartt’s new book won the Pulitzer Prize today. Lots of people loved this book – and if you’re into beautiful prose there is a lot to love. But the story-telling really bugged me, and the event of it winning a...
    DimPost | 15-04
  • New Fisk
    Has Recep Tayyip Erdogan gone from model Middle East 'strongman' to tin-pot dictator?...
    No Right Turn | 14-04
  • Maritimes magazine Autumn 2014 now online
    This edition of the Maritimes magazine covers the new Regional Maritime Federation, the offshore oil and gas industry, the 2014 Interport sports competition and much more....
    MUNZ | 14-04
  • Climate change: Action is affordable
    Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the second part of its Fifth Assessment report, showing the dire future we faced if we did not act to reduce emissions. Over the weekend, the IPCC released the third part...
    No Right Turn | 14-04
  • 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in r...
    Date of Release: Saturday, April 12, 2014Body:  News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to those affected, FIRST Union said on Saturday.Staff at Christchurch Yarns were told yesterday that their...
    First Union Media | 14-04
  • Gordon Campbell on royalty and its tourism spin-offs
    Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal...
    Gordon Campbell | 14-04
  • World News Brief, Tuesday April 15
    Top of the AgendaWorst Climate Change Scenarios Can Be Averted, Panel Says...
    Pundit | 14-04
  • Images of women and mother blaming
    There have been a few stories in the media about New Zealand women and obesity and body image, some referenced in this editorial from the Herald on Sunday. This article blames mothers for teaching girls to put on lip gloss....
    frogblog | 14-04
  • A Matter of Time: Reflections Of A Waning Republican
    Time Lords: The historical transition of the Monarchy: from that which rules, to those who reign, was a remarkable constitutional innovation. Neither a true monarchy, nor yet a full republic, Britain’s constitutional monarchy offered its subjects something unique. "[A] constitution...
    Bowalley Road | 14-04
  • IPCC 5th Assessment Report – exposing NZ on climate policy
    The IPCC’s 3rd Working Group has just released the final section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Following WGI report on the science and WGII on impact, this one focuses on a response strategy. The Report recalls that annual global emissions...
    frogblog | 14-04
  • Maori Party / Key fundraiser
    The Political Anorak News is full of the $5,000-a-plate fundraiser for the Maori Party hosted by John Key at the Northern Club in Auckland. A few thoughts: Nothing illegal about this at all, or really anything immoral either. Key wants...
    Polity | 14-04
  • The cost of small transport projects
    Every year the 21 local boards each get a share of $10 million to spend on transport projects in their area. The money is split up based on the population (except for Waiheke and Gt Barrier). The amount that each...
    Transport Blog | 14-04
  • I went to the Northern Club once. Really classy toilets.
    Via the Dom-Post: Prime Minister John Key says there is nothing unethical or inappropriate about charging guests at a Maori Party dinner $5000 a head to sit with him for part of the evening It has been reported that 15...
    DimPost | 14-04
  • I went to the Northern Club once. Really classy toilets.
    Via the Dom-Post: Prime Minister John Key says there is nothing unethical or inappropriate about charging guests at a Maori Party dinner $5000 a head to sit with him for part of the evening It has been reported that 15...
    DimPost | 14-04
  • Trading through a more complex global economy
    Australia signed a trade deal with Japan last week. Does that help or hinder New Zealand’s trade ambitions and prospects? There are four parts to New Zealand’s trade strategy, broadly followed since Trade Minister Tim Groser enunciated them when an...
    Colin James | 14-04
  • In search of found time
    Originally published at Overland Three different projects dealing with presence, absence and the passage of time. The first one is straight photography: no tricks. Irina Werning’s Back to the Future features adults posing as their childhood selves in replicas of...
    Bat bean beam | 14-04
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless talley
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless talley So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 14-04
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless talley
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless talley So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 14-04
  • Proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting of the Committee for Perpetuating t...
    What happened when a group of scientists dedicated to perpetuating the climate change hoax met recently?...
    Imperator Fish | 14-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Wise heads want wise response
    Labour accepts the challenge laid down by the Wise Response group to protect and future-proof New Zealand’s environment and economy. A petition calling for urgent action was presented to Labour’s Environment and Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey at Parliament this...
    Labour | 09-04
  • Greens support high profile Kiwis’ call for climate action
    The Green Party fully supports a group of high profile Kiwi business people, lawyers, academics and commentators delivering a petition to parliament today calling for the Government to take the threat of climate change more seriously.Wiseresponse, a group of over...
    Greens | 09-04
  • Mayor’s jobs initiative shows up inactive Govt
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the Auckland Council are to be congratulated for providing opportunities for young people to get into work, but it stands in stark contrast to the National Government overseeing spiralling youth unemployment, Labour’s Employment, Skills and...
    Labour | 08-04
  • National discovers public servants needed after all
    New figures released today show National has done an embarrassing U-turn after discovering it actually does need the public service, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Wellington now has the most public servants it has had since 2000. Figures...
    Labour | 08-04
  • School closures about saving Hekia, not kids
    The National Government's decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston schools is another disaster for Christchurch and proves this Government is more interested in saving face than in what is best for children, the Green Party said today."Hekia Parata's stubborn refusal...
    Greens | 08-04
  • Cosgrove writes to invite Countdown to Committee
    Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove has today written to the Chief Executive of Progressive Enterprises Dave Chambers, asking him if he would accept an invitation to appear before the Commerce Select Committee. “Yesterday National MPs blocked my motion to invite...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Phillipstown will get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour government will allow Phillipstown School to stay open, with a review after two years, Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “Hekia Parata has failed the Phillipstown community with today’s decision to close the school. “It is disgraceful...
    Labour | 08-04
  • State Housing waiting lists go through the roof
    The waiting list for State Houses has risen by over a thousand in the past three months, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Low income people are feeling the sharp end of National’s housing crisis. A shortage of affordable houses...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Hekia Parata fails to answer basic questions
    Education Minister Hekia Parata’s inability to answer even the most basic questions about her proposed new Executive Principal roles will have alarm bells ringing in school communities all around the country, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools are already concerned...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Guy gets it wrong by any measure
    The Ministry for Primary Industries being forced to reprint rulers designed to help recreational fishers measure their snapper catch is right up there on the incompetence scale, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI is having to spend another $8000...
    Labour | 08-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • TV News Geography
    TV News Geography...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The best bit about gay sex
    The best bit about gay sex...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 1
    On not voting 1...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 2
    On not voting 2...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour on trucks
    Labour on trucks...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
    Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett… David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’ Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
    Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
    Graphic: shutterstock.com Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
    Racist Cartoon by Al Nisbet sums up the casual racism NZers enjoy The New Zealand government must consider United Nations rebukes on their indigenous rights record as ordinary and unremarkable by their casual reaction to the latest indictment - delivered through the clear and clinical...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: What has ACC Minister been doing? Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Judith Collins has made such little progress on ACC’s unacceptable privacy practices and needs to be held to account for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: SPEECH: Institute of Directors LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour LeaderSpeech to the Institute of Directors15 April 2014, Auckland It’s a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: More Oravida endorsements from John Key The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in recei...
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in receivership News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have been driven to the wall by a...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Boots Riley to perform live in Auckland
    Press Release: Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Comparing Maori Party $5000 per ticket John Key Fundraiser at sexist Northe...
    So MANA can’t contemplate an alliance with Kim Dotcom because he is wealthy and MANA is not and that’s a terrible hypocrisy. Shock. Horror. So what is one to make of the Maori Party holding a $5000 per ticket closed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • David vs Goliath – Key’s housing affordability TV debate challenge
    John Key allowed his frustration to get the better of him at yesterdays press conference when he responded to a question on housing affordability by shooting back that he would debate David Cunliffe on the issue. Cunliffe has accepted. The...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Deborah Manning joins Team Cunliffe
    Deborah Manning is a very good friend of mine and seeing her join Team Cunliffe in Wellington is just another example on top of Matt Mcarten and Clint Smith’s appointments that Cunliffe is serious about putting together the best strategic...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?
    If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000
    A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Comparing Key to Snowden
    Comparing Key to Snowden...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Latest Banksy
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    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Valuing Teachers
    Valuing Teachers...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth
    Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • TPPA is corporate thuggery
    TPPA is corporate thuggery...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Why we need feminism
    Why we need feminism...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Method In His Madness: Why did Russel Norman make Labour an offer it couldn...