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Peter Jackson – “Satan’s Little Helper”

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, December 29th, 2011 - 113 comments
Categories: humour, religion - Tags: ,

Ken Perrott at Open Parachute points out another of those strange absurdities of our time. The Christians (well some of the stranger sects) think he is… arghh it is absurd. And it is too early to be a shameless self-promotion. My only question is to wonder how this will cause John Key to give taxpayers money away again? And how much this time?

Who would have thought it! Turns out New Zealand film director Peter Jackson is working for Satan!

So Christians for a Moral America have got in early and announced a boycott of his Hobbit movies (see  BOYCOTT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Hobbit Movie). The Hobbit’s planned release is at the the end of November next year – in New Zealand.

“Peter Jackson has once again stepped up as Satan’s Little Helper to direct the two-part film and is once again using witchcraft and wizardry to peddle the film, even though the books had strong Christian undertones (good vs evil; Christians vs Atheists) but Jackson being the self-proclaimed Atheist he is obviously doesn’t want to present this movie in the way it was meant by Tolkien.”

Apparently boycotts are one of the main forms of activity (eg. BOYCOTT: Golden Globes 2012). Mind you they do seem to draw conclusion very easily – as this reaction to Chrsitopher Hitchen’s recent death – Atheists die quicker than Christians?

They are also active in promoting another rapture in two days time (see #RaptureNYE)

113 comments on “Peter Jackson – “Satan’s Little Helper””

  1. Craig Glen Eden 1

    Im not sure about him being Satans little helper but, I think anyone who is as greedy as Jackson and who actively lies in order to drive employees wages down does deserve The Evil Bastard tag.

    • Populuxe1 1.1

      That and he keeps raping my small nostalgic childhood pleasures for profit. LOTR, hobbit, Tintin – he’s Satan in my mind.

      • Vicky32 1.1.1

        That and he keeps raping my small nostalgic childhood pleasures for profit. LOTR, hobbit, Tintin

        Pretty much agreed! :)

  2. CnrJoe 2

    The mans a creative wrecking ball – turning Aotearoa/ New Zild into a backlot of Hollywood without the long established industry unions. Wanker

    • sunshine 2.1

      There are no long established unions for VFX artists. There are no unions at all. Now, why is the film industry suddenly wanting to do everything in 3D? Hmm…..

  3. Lanthanide 3

    ” even though the books had strong Christian undertones (good vs evil; Christians vs Atheists) but Jackson being the self-proclaimed Atheist he is obviously doesn’t want to present this movie in the way it was meant by Tolkien.””

    I’d like to know specifically what it is that Jackson has done that warrants this statement? What, specifically, in the LotR movies has he done to present it in some other way than “it was meant by Tolkien”?

    • Populuxe1 3.1

      Or indeed what “Christian undertones”? Pagan Norse and Celtic undertones would be more accurate – Tolkien was trying to re-create a sort of lost Anglo-Saxon mythology. Jackson picked up on it and rolled it over the top of the New Zealand landscape (and the associated Maori mythology), which is why a certain kind of volkisch Pakeha populist gets all brown-shirtish about it. Instant Pakeha Ring Cycle / dreamtime origin mythopoeia to anchor us/them in the landscape.

  4. Roy 4

    I thought the LOTR movies were a lot less tedious than the books. Which isn’t to say the movies were not tedious. They were very tedious, unless the viewer made a game of spotting phallic symbols and symbols of misogyny. If I had made a drinking game of that, I would have died of acute alcohol poisoning.
    The Tintin movie was actually very well done, but I attribute that to Spielberg. I still think Jackson is a greedy wanker and his anti-unionism is contemptible.

    • Populuxe1 4.1

      Nah, it’s not Tintin – there’s nothing of Herge in that bastard uncanny-valley monstrosity. Two populist fanboys, Jackson and Spielberg, have joined forces to ruin a clever, subtle work of genius and turn it into Hollywood pabalum. When Jackson was still constrained by tight budgets he exhibited genuine brilliance, but post Heavenly creatures when he more or less could indulge himself to the full, it all turned to crap. Hollywood has this idiot-savant quality: sometimes in can play Mozart or recite Pi to the three-hundreth decimal place, but most of the time it can’t even tie its own shoelaces.

  5. Bored 5

    I dont give a monkeys for any religious argument against St Peter J, I do however have a major political argument…the fekker took tax payer funds to start then right royally screwed the same tax payer over to fund this movie. Concurrently he and his toady Taylor ran anti union marches, helped Warner Bros twist the arm of (weak as piss) Jonkey to get anti worker legislation passed and get more cash for the same studios.

    Any movie St Peter has even the remotest link to is on my personal avoid list, my cash in any form will not willingly wing its way to that disgusting creep.

    • Tigger 5.1

      I’m with you bored. Sir Peter (had to accept that archaic knighthood, didn’t you Pete?) was never the jolly do-gooder of his PR image. Anyone fancy petitioning the Writers Guild of America to get him tossed on grounds off anti unionism?  They make too much money from him to do it of course but anyone who is so anti union shouldn’t benefit from their collective agreements.

      • M 5.1.1

        Bored, Tigger agree with all you have said.

        Got into a spirited debate with a friend who took her kids to Jackson’s theatre in Miramar and was nearly dry retching when she said that he’d revitalised the local economy.

        When I said that it was probably afforded off workers’ backs and that I had nothing but contempt for him and Key who willingly got down on their knees for a studio the lameness of the defence was astonishing.

        In the end I said that I would never knowingly view any films connected with him again, that I thought he was overrated anyway and that I couldn’t brook relativism where workers were concerned, kinda like being a little bit dishonest or a little bit pregnant – you’re either honest or you’re not; pregnant or you’re not.

  6. Mbossa 6

    If there’s gonna be another rapture in two days’ time, why the hell are they so worried about that film?

  7. chris73 7

    Awesome, even more free publicity for the movie. Do these groups just not get it? The more they complain the more people will go to see it.

    So looking forward to this, the lord of the rings trilogy was great and I expect this to be as entertaining. Even if evil trolls and orcs did try to scupper the project.

    • McFlock 7.1

      I suspect that when it comes to more fringe groups, the act of public protest and boycott has outcomes beyond using commercial leverage to harm the project.
        
      For midrange groups like greenpeace, it seems to me to be about, at best, “consciousness raising”, and at worst it’s a fundraiser – look at what we can do so you’ll give to the street collector.
        
      For nutbar fringe groups, the public act of boycott reinforces the ties within the group and their alienation from a larger, ignorant/damned society.
        
      As for Jackson’s movies, I’ve been going off them lately – not just the political thing, but I watched king kong with one side of me just tagging the large number of scenes that were thrown in there for the console game. Stopped the movie from being truly great, imo. There were also a few in the RotK that put the merchandising in the way of the story and the action. But that’s just my opinion.

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        I went and saw FotR and TTT twice at the movies, but only saw RotK once (and haven’t seen it since). RotK really bored me for some reason. I absolutely love Heavenly Creatures, one of my favourite movies, but otherwise not that impressed by PJ.

  8. The Voice of Reason 10

    Tintin has flopped in the States, picking up numbers that are only a third of the tickets sold to the latest iteration of the Mission Impossible franchise and even behind the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Perhaps the yanks are waking up to what a colossal bore Jackson’s films actually turn out to be?

    • chris73 10.1

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Tintin_%28film%29

      You’ll note its box office is nearly double its budget, its garned mainly positive reviews (the latest empire gives it 4 stars), its number 5 on your list and its almost certainly going to smash records in Europe.

      Oh and this is Spielbergs movie not Sir Peter Jacksons, hes only one of the producers but he is directing the sequal.

      Do you actually watch movies?

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        Tintin has been a flop in the US, but has done very well internationally (which makes sense as Tintin is better known around the world compared than in the USA).

        • chris73 10.1.1.1

          This is true but how is it a flop? I mean its up against a series which has done over 1.6 billion in world sales (MI4), a sequal in which the first movie did over 500 million (sherlock holmes) and the adaptation of a very popular book.

          Give the movie another couple of weeks before writing it off completely, this is Spielberg after all.

          • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1.1

            Perhaps “flop was slightly too strong a term then.

            In its opening weekend Tintin came in a weak 5th at the box office and garnered under $10M in ticket sales in a total box office of over US$120M. It’s now up to $53M in domestic (US) box office, which while still poor is being offset by its strong international sales.

      • The Voice of Reason 10.1.2

        “Do you actually watch movies?”
         
        Only the good ones these days, Chris. So no Jackson for me.

        • chris73 10.1.2.1

          I’m guessing earnest documentaries set in the former soviet republic or kitchen-sink dramas about the bleak lives of the working class.

          • The Voice of Reason 10.1.2.1.1

            Ha! Pretty much on the money, Chris, though far more of the latter than the former, particularly films like A Taste of Honey, Kes, Billy Liar and A Kind of Loving that showed life as it was lived.
             
            I have, in a previous life, reviewed movies for various magazines both here and Oz and have toyed with the idea of suggesting a weekly film review here at the Standard; perhaps tied to the weekend social post?
             
             

            • chris73 10.1.2.1.1.1

              So explain to me why entertainment in a movie is looked down on as “not being worthy”

              For instance comedies are considered low class and not worthy of respect but if someone has a disability, acts gay (but not gay in real life), has a life-threatning disease or mildly retarded (but not full retard, never go full retard) well hey lets throw some respect their way

              Why don’t comedians get the respect they deserve, its not as if comedy is easy.

              • The Voice of Reason

                Not sure who looks down on comedies, Chris. I personally think Airplane (AKA Flying High) is one the greatest American movies of all time and both the Big Lebowski and Withnail and I would feature on my all time list. I don’t think entertainment and art are mutually exclusive terms, at all, but I suppose some do.
                 
                You’re right about the disablity/disease angle, it’s often sentimentalism that goes in as favourite come awards season. And I suspect Ricky Gervais had it right when he suggested Holocaust movies as a short cut to Hollywood success, as well.

                • chris73

                  I agree and though Jeff Bridges did win an oscar for crazy heart (disability/disease angle) he didn’t win for the big lebowski

                  And why Caddyshack was never nominated for an oscar is beyond me, its a heart-warming, classic, rags-to-riches, rich vs poor, good triump over evil tale that never grows old. Its the type of movie Frank Capra would have made.

            • prism 10.1.2.1.1.2

              TVOR
              Play with that toy – sounds good.

  9. headbanger 11

    It’s funny but sad that a Christian group would ‘lay claim’ to Tolkien’s work in this way. Tolkien himself confirmed categorically that his book was not based on Christian themes in letters to his friend CS Lewis (whose books are very strongly Christian based – for example Aslan’s resurrection).

    Tolkien was Professor of Anglo Saxon. His interests were in areas such as Norse and Celtic mythology, language, culture and poetry etc. and while the hobbit (a light hearted children’s book clearly based on Norse mythology) was written just before the second world the Lord of the Rings was conceptualised through that awful time and published just a decade after the end of WWII.

    If anything Sauron could be argued to represent Hitler rather than Satan.

    Rather than Christian the books are Humanist. Sadly Jackson stripped out all of the underlying stories and anyone who has not read the books (including The Silmarillion which explains everything) could be excused for thinking the story of LOTR is as two dimensional as presented. Hollywood is renowned for this kind of treatment leading to idiotic and ill-informed comments like Jackson as ‘Satan’s little helper’.

    I think Jackson has butchered one of the most amazing stories ever written (and please don’t let him near any part of the Silmarillion), but any person who says the LOTR is in any way Christian should take the time to actually read and discuss all of the books (and a lot is hidden in the Lost Tales) which have strong Humanist themes.

    The great hope for Middle Earth presented in the books is that through Aragorn (and Faramir actually although Jackson stuffed this up) mankind is tested and has passed that test – showing that it is strong and robust enough to take over a world from which the gods will be removed.

    This means the Elves can leave in peace back to Valimar, the Gods and their helpers like good old Olorin (Gandalf to you) can stop watching as the baddies have now all gone (leaving mankind in peace of their scheming), and the other races (Dwarves, Ents and Hobbits etc.) can start to fade away over time leading to what will become a godless modern world.

    Is the concept of a modern world run by stalwart and courageous humans without the interference or involvement of gods a Christian theme?

    • chris73 11.1

      In my simplistic view I always thought WWI and WWII had more influence on his writings then christian religion.

    • Maui 11.2

      That figures .. I watched LOTR1 with Norwegians who walked out half way through. It seems that Tolkien pinched their folk tales which ended up further bastardised in LOTR1. Unimpressed.

      Fell asleep during the second. Didn’t bother with the third.

      • Ianupnorth 11.2.1

        You did better than me mate! I made it to Hobbiton on about six attempts to watch number one; didn’t even bother with the others.
         
        Peter Jackson is, IMHO, a lousy director. He takes a short story and makes it an epic – King Kong – dreadful, the Lovely Bones – too indulgent.
         
        As for the views of Christians, who cares? I once considered it because, again personal opinion, you never see a dreadfully poor white christian and they all seem too unfeasibly happy. I tried it, but didn’t like the ritualism – far more happy being a drunken, beligerent rebel.

        • Vicky32 11.2.1.1

          As for the views of Christians, who cares? I once considered it because, again personal opinion, you never see a dreadfully poor white christian and they all seem too unfeasibly happy. I tried it, but didn’t like the ritualism – far more happy being a drunken, beligerent rebel.

          Hell’s teeth, look around you! Poor white Christian here, and I know plenty of others. So moderate your prejudices, they’re out-moded and stupid. Please note that the American group quoted in the OP are not representative of Christians, but only of Americans. :(

        • Populuxe1 11.2.1.2

          To be fair, Lovely Bones was a load of sentimental self-indulgent gush even as a book – however, is it me, or do all his adaptions suck? His original work seems so much better (he said, squinting through the fictive scrim of fading ancient memories…)

        • tc 11.2.1.3

          Agree, PJ is an average producer but above average director IMO but he’s our hollywood goblin readily available as long as he gets to line his pockets. looking very much in the trough lately after slimming down for awhile.

          His better efforts are where the quality of the associates shines through, Spielberg in tintin and Blomkamp in district 9 come to mind.

    • Vicky32 11.3

      (including The Silmarillion which explains everything)

      I have read the Silmarillion, it’s very dense, but quite wonderful! I agree with you headbanger, very well-stated indeed! :)

    • CnrJoe 11.4

      gandalfs resurrection ?

      • Vicky32 11.4.1

        gandalfs resurrection ?

        Ah, well, that’s about a temporary resurrection, most similar to that of Sheridan in Babylon 5 – so that he can assist the rest of the Ring-bearers. So, no, the Silmarillion doesn’t really explain that, but it does explain the “world”! The Silmarillion was all Tolkien really cared about, and the publishers only agreed to publish it provided Tolkien wrote the other more ‘popular’ works…
        All afaik!

  10. Hami Shearlie 12

    I watched the first LOTR film – not impressed, so I haven’t even watched the other two. Apart from Peter Jackson’s anti-union behaviour, I just don’t get the mania for his films – I suppose kiwis like them because they were filmed here – I usually love this type of film but somehow LOTR just didn’t appeal(boring) . There’s only so many wizards and goblins and elves and weird creatures you can take! Sometimes special effects can get in the way of the story, too much emphasis on them and not enough on formation of the characters! Peter Jackson is so over-rated!

    • Populuxe1 12.1

      The appeal to some susceptible Pakeha is similar to the popularity of Wagner with a certain kind of German in the 1930s. The simple themes of Heimat and Volk, and the whole pseudo-Anglo-Saxo-Nordic-Celtic ready-made origin myth linked with the New Zealand landscape gives them a feeling of connection and a false romantic fantasy of ancient belonging. That, and the cheesy lustre of Hollywood glamour appeals to the shallow.

  11. DS 13

    Please note that I am in no way condoning these fundamentalist nutjobs (I”m non-religious myself), but LOTR (in Tolkien’s words) is a “fundamentally Catholic work.” Unlike C.S. Lewis, Tolkien hated allegory, so kept it out of your face, but there are very strong themes of faith, mercy, redemption, death going on in there.

    • Quasimodo 13.1

      LOTR (in Tolkien’s words) is a “fundamentally Catholic work.”

      .. very much so. It’s ironic that Sir Ian wanders around in white robes with a hit of an aura without anyone commenting on it. The Catholic church thought so, mobilising its formidable organisation in the run-up to the last premiere.

      On another note, it seems ironic that Aotearoa is becoming a nation of bunyip aristocrats, from Sir Graham Henry to a butcher friend of John Key.

      I wonder if our Asia-Pacific trading partners will be impressed in Shanghai, Mumbai, or San Francisco.

      • Populuxe1 13.1.1

        “I wonder if our Asia-Pacific trading partners will be impressed in Shanghai, Mumbai, or San Francisco.” Stupid question

        Any American, San Francisco or otherwise, gets very excited by anyone with a title – largely because they think its romantic and they are easily impressed by such things.

        Ggiven modern India’s complicated relationship with the traditional caste system and their military, I’m sure they appreciate the symbolism, and of course they have their own honours system http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_honours_system

        As for Shnaghai, the Party might as well be aristocracy, and hierarchy understands hierarchy.

        Our geographical neighnourhood isn’t really all that egalitarian, generally speaking.

    • Richard Christie 13.2

      “but LOTR (in Tolkien’s words) is a “fundamentally Catholic work.”

      Groan. Not at all, the quote is a Jesuit Priest’s recollection to H Carpenter, a Tolkien biographer, of an alleged conversation with Tolkien.
      Unless Tolkien the linguist was using term catholic in its original sense that recollection is highly suspect given the recollection’s source and Tolkien’s own written record on the topic.
      Faith, mercy, death and redemption have never been the sole preserve of christianity.
      Breathtakingly stupid to imply they are.

      • DS 13.2.1

        No it isn’t, it’s from Letter 172 in the published Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien:

        The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like ‘religion’, to cults and practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.  

  12. Fotran 14

    TinTin is far too intelligent for any American, so not surprised it went over their heads – AND ITS NOT AMERICAN.

  13. Quasimodo 15

    Populuxe1: when I last enquired Shanghai, Mumbai, and San Francisco were prominent trading centers in republics forged through anti-colonial struggles against hereditary monarchies. Some people have long memories.

    By the 1850s, bunyip had .. become a “synonym for imposter, pretender, humbug and the like” in the broader Australian community. https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Bunyip

    It was once described to me in great detail how a current NZ Knight deliberately tackled an Australian rugby player in such a way that muscles and tendons were ripped from the bone of his leg leaving him permanently crippled.

    Described as “a character” by NZ journalists, we have had to watch his TV plugs for shonky finance companies, and must needs bow and scrape in his presence.

    At a time when financial crises and trade wars loom on the horizon, the last thing we need is Sir Tim from Taumaranui clancking off his steed to do business with the locals.

    • Populuxe1 15.1

      Oh, Quasimodo, don’t you see how patronising it is to imply that powerful, confident economic powers like China or India still cling to such postcolonial anxieties? And really, if I was a millionaire, I would happily pay to fly you to the US city of your choice just to put you at a street corner to ask that question of average Americans walking by – I could use the laugh. Indeed, are you oblivious to the way any member of the Royal Family, not least of all that ticking fruitcake Diana, was recieved in these places?

      I had never heard of that usage of Bunyip – so thanks for that. Obviously I get that you don’t like organised team sports, Monarchy etc etc. I don’t begrudge the Mad Butcher his gong – his politics aside, he doesn’t strike me as an actual Tory or Neo-Lib, just a misguided conservative, and has done a hell of a lot for less fortunate communities – I can only hope that sort of spirit rubs off on other Nats.

      Personally I like pomp and spectacle – I am an ambivalent monarchist. As long as the majority of New Zealanders want (as the polls continue to suggest) a monarchy, than I am content not to expensively swap one set of empty symbols for another. One of the few things Helen did that I did disagree with was to drop knighthoods without a referendum. People like them, they’re easy to understand. At the end of the day it’s just a word – it confers no power or authority on anyone, and bleating about such things is a hobby for bored middle-class white people who should be doing more about, you know, actual serious real injustices.

  14. Quasimodo 16

    Re “that ticking fruitcake” .. Diana was the victim of a system which needed an heir.
    You have outed yourself as a monarchist. Empty symbols ? People have fought and died
    over these things in places as varied as Peterloo and Waterloo .. the latter won only by Bluchers arrival. Wellington described it as a “near run thing”. It could easily have gone the other way.

    It worries me that the National Party under John Key ignore the lessons of the fall of Singapore,
    continuing an outdated system of imperial honours at a time when many people prefer to be recognised for their merits rather than for their political connections.

    • Populuxe1 16.1

      Diana was a vapid, self-obsessed, vain woman, whose only contributions to the betterment of the world was her charity work for AIDS and clusterbomb victims, which rapidly degenerated into her “poor me” Queen of Hearts theatrics once the divorce papers came through.

      Don’t forget the “ambivalent” in front of “monarchist” – it’s there for a reason.

      Now, Quasimodo, I suggest you come and join us in the twenty-first century, or I will have to remind you how people really felt about Oliver Cromwell.

      • Quasimodo 16.1.1

        Did you ever meet Diana ? If not, how can you make such judgments ? Does your contempt extend to the manner of her death ?

        I do not understand your ambivalence about monarchy.

        My point is simple – the pretensions of the old world are increasingly dysfunctional in the Asian-Pacific reality in which we live.

        It has nothing to do with the polls.

        • Populuxe1 16.1.1.1

          No, I personally never met Diana, I judge her on her overly reported every action and the comentaries of people who did know her and who despite being infatuated with her, observed the frivolous creature beneath, and of course my contempt doesn’t extend to her death and only a dishonerable person would suggest such a thing. She used and manipulated people without qualm to get what she wanted. End of story.

          My ambivalence to monarchy relates to the word “constitutional” – unless we find ourselves in the unlikely circumstances the Whitlam government in Australia did, the monarchy has absolutely no serious impact on life in this country while providing endless pagentry and gossip. I like that, The Queen has got better things to do than to oppress your freedoms – the same can not be said of Presidents. The NACTS scare me infinitely more than a Royal walkabout. What’s she going to do, set the corgis on you. By the by Thailand’s laws (they’re Asia-Pacific, aren’t they?) are infinitely more serious about their royal family. And despite being a democracy, the name Gandhi keeps popping up like a serious dynasty. Tonga has a monarchy too… Brunei is a Sultanate… All of them nowhere near as free as our little set-up. You are tilting at windmills and destracting from the serious shit our Government (Sir, Dame or not) is doing.

          As for the “pretentions of the old world” – I am so over this postcolonial cringe bullshit. The reality is that Australia and New Zealand have had as much to do with the creation of the modern Asia-Pacific region as anywhere else – that includes our British origins and our democratic systems of government. Yes horrific things were done for which we have yet to fully atone, but we are not alien interlopers – we are in fact part of Asia-Pacific as we are; we have, for good or ill, grown up with it, in it.

          “It has nothing to do with the polls” – so you’re saying you are anti-democracy, which is ironic for an anti-monarchist.

  15. Cin77 17

    I’ve felt like a traitor to my country for so long, but after reading these comments I feel vindicated. The lotr movies to me were so long and boring. I know that movies are never as good as the books, to me thats just a sacrifice needed to make the transition from intellectual entertainment to visual entertainment, but I had high hopes for lotr becasue to source material was so rich and vibrant. But no, the movies felt stripped of the magic in favour of VFX bling.

    I wont be watching the Hobbit. I don’t care about the questionable religous angle but I do care about bastardizing the source long after the original author can defend his work.

  16. You are aware that the Majority of American Christians aren’t like this or like Fred Phelps or Pat Robertson, they don’t send their kids to Jesus Camp or spout hate against Homosexuals, they dont think the Muppet movie is a liberal polt to corrupt their kids, they dont think Obama is going turn their good clean white daughters into raging lesbian Muslims.

    These people are such a small majority, a blimp, who aren’t worth worrying about.

    I tthink we should give Jackson all the money he wants, for waht he has done to New Zealand.

    I mean if we can give Outrageous Fortune $8 million a year over for six years, we can the world’s most known film director who has bought in hundreds of millions to New Zealand, a freakin tax break.

    • CnrJoe 18.1

      what? no difference in yr mind between O.F & LOTR? treat them similar?
      unions on one & not on the other.
      indigenous storytelling & vapid blockbuster ?

    • warren 18.2

      Not the same thing at all. OF needed that money to be made, it was never going to earn money overseas due to it’s uniquely kiwi flavour. Warners Brothers require no money from us to make their mega-profitable world-release McBlockbusters.

      • Colonial Viper 18.2.1

        Peter Jackson could bankroll the entire Hobbit project himself, but like all rich capitalists is looking for social handouts from the Government’s coffers. While screwing workers down on pay and conditions.

  17. There is a huge difference in all aspects of LOTR and OF.

    Finically for New Zealand, artistically for New Zealand.

  18. Richard Christie 20

    In regard to LOTR, P J should have stuck to splatter movies, oh wait, but that’s just what he did, the result bears little comparison to the books.

  19. lostinsuburbia 21

    I personally think that most of his recent stuff is overrated, though I have never been a huge swords and wizards kind of guy.

    I just wish someone would make a decent version of “The Day of the Triffids” or “The Kraken Wakes”. Give me John Wynham sci fi any time.

  20. Copra 22

    “The Fire Down Below”, an NZ film substituting mythical beings for magma 70 km’s below Auckland which is looking for a way out was advertised on TV recently, but I missed the time it was shown. A great little book dealing with universal values and local circumstances. The kids loved it .. good to see low budget indie productions getting local exposure.

    • Colonial Viper 22.1

      “Under the Mountain” (Maurice Gee) was the kids classic NZ TV miniseries in the 1980’s. More dastardly aliens sneaking around! Good stuff.

  21. RedLogix 23

    Now may be a good moment to reveal that I have a full collection of Vernor Vinge.

    I consider Vernor Vinge to be one of the most visionary SF authors living today (it could be claimed this directly makes him one of the most visionary living authors, period, but I won’t get into that.) His vision of technology is quite different from most SF, and on the surface seems quite fantastic, yet in fact feels the most realistic to me. His books have placed him in the extropian literary pantheon.

    Technology in much of SF is simply an effector of the vision of the work. FTL, anti-gravity, artificial gravity, all working to build interstellar empires regardless of the physical obstacles. Social changes are often minimal. Vernor Vinge is at the other extreme; in looking at the potential of realistic technology, particularly computers/AI or cognitive science, he has come to the conclusion that we must run into a Singularity beyond which meaningful prediction (and fiction) is impossible. Idealized nanotechnology also has potential for creating a singularity, although not as drastic as the one causable by control over the nature of intelligence. Much of his fiction is based on skirting around the Singularity and is quite interesting thereby.

    linky

    Vinge will never likely be rated as a high literature (in the English major sense), but he’s very, very readable. And more to the point of this thread his vision is superbly detailed, vivid and challenging. Many of his novels would translate very well to film… in the hands of the right producer. If I had to pick between Jackson, Speilburg and Cameron to do the job… I’d likely go with the later.

    Cameron may be safe in one sense, but Avatar showed his skill at translating vision off a page onto a screen. Couple that with someone like Neill Blomkamp’s sheer audacity for the scriptplay on one of Vinge’s works like A Fire Upon the Deep and I’d have a dream team.

    • lprent 23.1

      Snap. Pretty close to my favorite science fiction writer (it’d probably be a toss up between him, Greg Bear, and Gregory Benford).

      But I think that you’re a complete optimistic you think that A Fire on the Deep could ever be filmed successfully. It is simply too long. The length you need is that of a short story, and even that ou usually have to cut down.

      Which is why Philip K Dick’s imaginative short stories were perfect for movies. But Vinge’s short stories from In The Hall of the Martian Kings……. Ummmm

      • RedLogix 23.1.1

        Well Lord of the Rings was always thought to be ‘too long’.

        I’m not what you would call a big SF geekboy, but there are plenty of people who rank Fire Upon the Deep as one of the best hard SF’s ever written; although you’re probably right..I’m being way over-optmistic about turning it into film. Certainly Vinge is right up there with the far better known authors like Heinlein, Clarke and Anderson.

        I was fortunate enough to stumble accross one of his earlier works The Peace War in a second-hand bookshop in the early 90’s and by both accident and design I’ve put together a complete collection.

        • lprent 23.1.1.1

          It is about the best hard SF book I have ever read. Pips Deepness, just simply because of the depth of the societal analysis. I see that there is a third book out in that universe according to Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_Of_The_Sky. I guess I now know where my amazon gift voucher is going. Bit of a pain that Baen books doesn’t offer vouchers (and doesn’t have the full range of books). I always have to check frigging amazon to make sure that they don’t try to sell me a DRM mobi or ePub. Pain in the arse shifting those around the computers.

          Ummm. I was referring to John Varley in the earlier comment for the short stories. He has did a great novel in several books. But The Golden Globe is probably his best at several levels.

      • marty mars 23.1.2

        all good but I like Neal Asher – the polity and those AI’s, golems and so on – strikes to the heart of the question of what is life, intelligence and humanity, or maybe Alastar Reynolds and the cojoiner/demarchist universe. Letting my space opera propensity out the bag… probably not filmable but certainly readable IMHO

        • lprent 23.1.2.1

          Haven’t tried Asher (that I can remember).

          Reynolds tends to disappoint me most of the time – apart frm the book where he had churches wandering around a frozen moon. Unfortunately it was the first of his books I read. Have been bored ever since.

          • NickS 23.1.2.1.1

            Blasphemer!

            Though Reynolds does go for a slow, sometimes glacial pace…

            And if you want to /head-desk, read Asher’s latest The Departure, which he’s using as a soap box for his political views (greed bad, big government bad bad bad, climate change is wrongzors + the somewhat more laudable “ownership brings responsibility”) and is pretty sludgy compared to his other recent works. If you want to see him at his best, The Technician is the best place to start, and his collection of short stories The Gabble is also a pretty good introduction.

            • lprent 23.1.2.1.1.1

              :twisted: Reynolds also tends to be derivative. I can usually predict what he is going to write after having read less than 50 or so pages. Not what I read science fiction for (and I read far more science fiction than I do computer manuals or history or science)

              I will keep an eye out for Asher.

              • warren

                Reynolds is my favourite author! I don’t find him predictable, or glacial. I don’t know what you have read of his, but aside from his disappointing “Terminal World” I find his work creative and exciting to read. Bear in mind that his genre is Space Opera. If you are looking for deadly serious hard SF you are looking in the wrong place. But if you want to be transported to another very different place and time for a gripping adventure, and not have to endure hackneyed plots or settings Reynolds is your man.

                • lprent

                  The problem is that I have been reading science fiction of all types since I was about 15 – ie 37-38 years. That includes everything from the old pulps (I had access to someone’s library, and recently the Gutenberg project was good until I sucked it dry) to massive tomes from several centuries. I have a few thousand pBooks around and I’m steadily accumulating ePub’s as new stuff comes out or as a old paperback falls apart (very few of the ones from the 70’s are surviving now).

                  Some of them are great even in sub-genres that I don’t like (the limited numbers of plot-lines in most fantasy* tends to annoy me). Some I found were turgid on first read, and then good a decade or so later. I’ve learned to reread books even when I didn’t like them on the first read because some of the ability to enjoy some books is experience related.

                  Some I found to be just crap. For instance Dhalgen always comes to mind. He is a great writer and I have enjoyed some of his shorter stuff. But I have read the damn thing 3 times in three different decades and the story is still just daft.

                  Some were just boring. Usually that is because they were dealing with concepts that were better done decades ago and/or they dragged the chain on the storyline to pad out the book and/or they weren’t that good a writer.

                  Reynolds is one of those. So far I have found Reynolds to be good mostly when he writes shortish stories (I have a couple of his collections of shorts around). In the larger books I seem figure out the main theme of his stories early on, and then it is merely turgidly wading through the book at high speed (I’m a really fast reader) seeing if anything interesting comes up. Normally I’d read everything at least 10 times because I’m so desperate for entertaining stuff to read, but I haven’t read any Reynolds novel more than twice, and I have a couple sitting around unread waiting for a time of desperation (along with a few other books that are in the same irritating state – some of the derivative works out of the Dune universe for instance) :twisted:

                  Sure it might be that I simply haven’t gotten into the books (happens sometimes). But this is unusual… Irritating thing is that he knows how to write and parts of the books are good. But they seem like vignettes of interest surrounded with minutiae that adds nothing to the storyline or the atmosphere. In fact they are a bit like those formula fantasy like Jordan writes.

                  * Unless it is Ursula Le Guin and a few others

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Old fashioned well manufactured physical books on quality paper stored cool and dry will last 50-75 years easy in an energy depleting, de-industrialising world, and certainly (IMO) longer than anything electronic or online in the ‘cloud’ or on local HDD/SSD.

                    • lprent

                      In Auckland? Warm, water laden mugginess is the normal climate.

                      But these are almost entirely paperbacks, because that is all that I could afford at my reading speeds. The only hardbacks are books picked up at places like the Hard To Find bookstore.

                      Trick with electronics is to have enough copies and to keep copying. These days since a single DVD holds enough for a library or epubs, my offline backups are mostly on those. I treat them the same way that I do with code – except that eBooks have a lot fewer graphics. I still have files around that I wrote in the mid-80’s that were originally on 5.25 inch floppies and got transcribed several times on to different formats. My old coding style was crap – I look back at them to remind myself how much I have improved over the years.

                      But I’m really glad to have gotten rid of the magnetic storage for backups…. But after many hard disk failures over the years even my working systems are multiple RAID mirrors.

                  • interesting regarding Samuel R Delaney and Dhalgren – how did you go with ‘Stars in my pocket like grains of sand’ – that is one that I have struggled with since the 80’s – very dense and detailed – whew – love the title of that book so much tho.

      • Waiting for Philip K Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” to be made into a movie

        But with our luck, Hollywood will make Sylvester Stallone the lead character who will reprise his “Rambo” persona; take on the Nazi/Japanese occupiers; and liberate the whole You-Es-of-Aye single-handedly.

        *cringe*

        Just like the 1996 “Dr Who” movie – with all of the richness of The Doctor’s Universe to choose from – and Hollywood opts for another f*****g car-chase. Gawd help us. The Master couldn’t do much worse if one of his dastardly plans for world domination succeeded. Davros, come back! All is forgiven!!

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15730665 Do not – DO NOT! – give this project to the Americans!! Or there will be cybermen’s blood on the streets!!

        • Vicky32 23.1.3.1

          Do not – DO NOT! – give this project to the Americans!! Or there will be cybermen’s blood on the streets!!

          You’re absolutely right, Frank! The 1999 Dr Who movie was complete and utter shite, despite the efforts of my son to convince me otherwise. Americans by and large ruin everything they touch – whatever it is, cultural product or anything else. Torchwood: Miracle Day is a good example there.

          • Frank Macskasy 23.1.3.1.1

            Oh gods, yes, Vicki. Miracle Day was a good idea – but allowing our American cuzzies to leave their sticky, juvenile handprints all over it was like a legion of cybermen tromping through a china-shop…

    • NickS 23.2

      I still haven’t read Vinge’s books sadly :/

      And my budget’s going to be tight as I’m gunning to get Reynolds Blue Remember Earth ordered by the 18th (already ordered McAuley’s In The Mouth of The Whale).

      And speaking of teh Singularity, have you read Charles Stross’s Accelerando? Best take imo, there’s also Peter Watt’s Blindsight (and forthcoming sequel State of Grace) which gets diamond hard on neurobiology, evolution and whether or not conciousness is actually an evolutionary dead end, underlaid by a singularity that the bulk of humanity doesn’t even realised has happened. And vampires, sociopathic, hard science vampires.

      And if you’re in Christchurch I can loan you Accelerando and Blindsight once it arrives off trademe, though Peter’s stuck it up for free here.

  22. “Peter Jackson has once again stepped up as Satan’s Little Helper to direct the two-part film and is once again using witchcraft and wizardry to peddle the film…

    Aka, special effects and CGI?

    Ah, these Christian Fundies – so quaint in their own Middle Ages ways.

  23. Lostinsuburbia 25

    Some of Stephen Baxter’s work would make good films too.

  24. What was the name of the sf movie where someone from the 20th century is transported into the future – and the citizens are all dumbed down? (Writing something for my Blog.)

  25. McFlock got it. Ta, mate.

    Oh my god, I just read McFlock’s link to the Wiki entry for the movie,

    “The film tells the story of two ordinary people taken into a top-secret military hibernation experiment to awaken in a dystopia wherein advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism run rampant and dysgenic pressure has resulted in a uniformly stupid human society devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.”

    It is New Zealand, 2012AD!

  26. Eddie 29

    I thought the LOTRs trilogy was fantastic. And so did most of the movie-going public.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_films#Highest-grossing_franchises_and_film_series

    Number 6 on the list of all time highest selling movie franchises. It took many years of Peter Jackson selling his soul to get them made. Yes he screwed the very small industry of film workers in NZ over the Hobbit, but I think the marketing of NZ that these movies gave and which the Hobbit movies will re-ignite, is worth it.

    This is fairly generalised statement, but I would say for 80 percent of the people I meet when I’m overseas, when I say “I’m from New Zealand”, they say “Oh, Lord of the Rings”.

    Ease up on the hating.

    [Welcome to the site but please choose a new handle. One of the authors is called Eddie. Zet]

    • I can’t s;peak for others, but it’s not “hate” I feel toward Jackson. “Disappointment” in his behaviour might be a better term.

    • RedLogix 29.2

      This is fairly generalised statement, but I would say for 80 percent of the people I meet when I’m overseas, when I say “I’m from New Zealand”, they say “Oh, Lord of the Rings”.

      Which is fair enough. But I’ll guarantee you that 100% of them have no inkling of Jackson’s role in the Hobbit dispute.

      From the written evidence there is no doubt Jackson was pressurised by the studio…whose purpose was to extract more subsidies from the NZ govt and who couldn’t have cared less about some obscure contractural issues with Actors Equity.

      Now this put Jackson in an awkward position not being able to come out straight and say what the real agenda was, but it suited him right to the ground to revisit an old Employment Court decision that had gone against him some years before. So Actors Equity got to be the whipping boy.

      And while Bill English knew perfectly well the NZ taxpayer was being played like a fish, it suited National to see some union getting demonised. As far as they were concerned it was taxpayers money well spent.

      Now you can admire Jackson for ‘doing what needed to be done’. The Hobbit is being made and money is being spent in NZ. For some people the outcome is all that counts.

      Others however count the cost. And like Frank, it’s not hate I feel about Jackson… it’s sadness to see someone so admired and respected, trade on that reputation for such narrow and ultimately venal reasons.

  27. Eduardo Kawak (hopefully handle not taken) 30

    From Urban dictionary dotcom: “Hater: A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.

    Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesnt really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock someone else down a notch.”

    [lprent: nope that is definitely unique, and thanks. ]

    • Populuxe1 30.1

      From Urban Dictionary.com: “A person who is completely loyal to a game or company reguardless of if they suck or not.”

    • Colonial Viper 30.2

      Neoliberal elites believe themselves successful if they can become the biggest parasites living off the economic value created by workers, by communities and by the environment in general.

      Not going to knock those types down a notch mate, gonna knock their block off. Slight difference.

    • Draco T Bastard 30.3

      I’d be fine with PJs success – if he wasn’t using it to screw over the rest of NZ.

  28. Eduardo Kawak 31

    They appear to be winning. And I certainly didn’t vote their asses in, this time or last time. So how you going to knock their blocks off? Revolution? How well did Occupy Auckland go?

  29. Colonial Viper 32

    Latest Keiser Report makes it clear the Hollywood financial scam game that Peter Jackson is a member of

    That’s what we’re helping to subsidise.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX-gYrTxz9U&context=C3034c0bADOEgsToPDskKh64bfhPV8IyG7STvOZQ2v

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    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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