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POAL, DPF, and the politics of envy

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, January 12th, 2012 - 141 comments
Categories: class war - Tags: ,

I see David Farrar has joined the chorus of overpaid righties complaining about how much wharfies are paid in Auckland. Now, apart from the fact he’s spouting the same dodgy figures that have already been discredited here, I’m interested in why the f**k he and his mates are so obsessed about working peoples’ pay.

It’s not like David’s a shining beckon of meritocracy. He is after all a man with limited qualifications on a very cushy number. In fact not that long ago he was boasting about how his (mostly taxpayer funded) company was paying over $200k in tax and it seems like he’s always off on expensive holidays abroad.

Thing is, despite my taxes paying for David’s fancy lifestyle and his general lack of value to the economy, I don’t envy him his wealth and I’ve no interest in seeing his income reduced. He, however, seems to have a keen interest in seeing POAL workers have their incomes reduced.

It’s like he can’t feel like he’s wealthy while other working people are getting a decent deal. That’s a destructive and pointless politics of envy.

As an aside, I think that anyone calling for the incomes of port workers to be reduced should be stating their own total incomes and making a case for what they add to the economy. Let’s start with POAL spin doctor Catherine Etheredge, eh?

141 comments on “POAL, DPF, and the politics of envy”

  1. I don’t envy him his wealth and I’ve no interest in seeing his income reduced.

    Well I would like to see him lose his Government contracts ; )

    Good comment though.  Farrar et al want to see a system based on a weird distortion of the concept of meritocracy where they and their mates come out on top every time but ordinary people have to live like serfs to fund the system.  Simple really.

    • DavidW 1.1

      On those grounds then Micky, you would have no objection to suggestions that you get rendered ineligible for legal aid dosh I suspect.

      Sheeesh, talk about jumping the shark

      • Mickysavage 1.1.1

        /face palm

        What I meant was that if there was a Labour Government I am pretty sure Curia would have difficulty retaining its contracts.

        Good spin though.

    • Gosman 1.2

      I presume David Farrar has won his Government contracts via a transparent bidding process unless you are hinting here that the awarding of these sorts of contracts are corrupt. If they are then this is a major scandal which I would expect a decent opposition to jump all over.

      If he has won the contracts fair and square why would you like to see him lose them? Is it purely because you disagree with his political views? That is an interesting viewpoint if you do think it because I prefer to see the best value for my taxpayers money not just supporting organisations and people that share my political leanings.

      • RedLogix 1.2.1

        I presume David Farrar has won his Government contracts via a transparent bidding process unless you are hinting here that the awarding of these sorts of contracts are corrupt.

        Read IB’s post … there was absolutely no hint as as you are suggesting. What he did write was: Thing is, despite my taxes paying for David’s fancy lifestyle and his general lack of value to the economy, I don’t envy him his wealth and I’ve no interest in seeing his income reduced.

        Care to withdraw your idiotic misrepresentation?

        • Gosman 1.2.1.1

          As my question was directed towards mickeysavage not Irishbill I am unsure why you are quoting from Irishbill’s post.

          My question is entirely appropriate considering mickeysavage’s following comment here

          “What I meant was that if there was a Labour Government I am pretty sure Curia would have difficulty retaining its contracts.”

          The implication here is that either Labour would rule him out for political reason, (which I hope it would not do), or that he has only won his current contracts with the supposedly independent public service via favouritism.

          The last is corruption, albeit of a lower level, but it is something an opposition should be highlighting. I wonder if they will.

        • Gosman 1.2.1.2

          By the way, would you care to withdraw your idiotic misunderstanding?

          [Neither did mickey imply that the contracts were actually corrupt. Neither author implied that… except in your fervid imagination.

          On the other hand Farrar is clearly a ‘related party’. It’s like giving a contract to your brother-in-law. If you are going to do that you need to be seen to be absolutely transparent and clear that it was a legitimate decision. Failure to do that quite rightly opens you up for scrutiny.

          A scrutiny Farrar has so far avoided. … RL]

          • Bored 1.2.1.2.1

            Gos, you need to ask yourself the question why don’t you have DPF’s contracts? From the viewpoint of being a spin doctor for the “right” DPF is their obvious choice, he is always going to recite drivel for them to their taste.

            BUT hey its supposed to be an open and free market. Give him some competition. You are missing a revenue opportunity whilst dragging your heels round here.

          • Lanthanide 1.2.1.2.2

            “On the other hand Farrar is clearly a ‘related party’. It’s like giving a contract to your brother-in-law.”

            Or like Bill English’s brother getting a plum job in the health sector.

          • Gosman 1.2.1.2.3

            Farrar wasn’t awarded his government contracts directly by the National led Government though. He presumably applied via some independent tendering process or via the mechanism of a supposedly independent civil service. Stating that his contracts would be difficult to continue under a left leaning administration is implying political interference no matter what you try and spin it. Now this is corruption pure and simple. I would expect any half decent opposition to be all over stuff like this… oh wait that is why nothing has been brought up in parliament.

            • Mickysavage 1.2.1.2.3.1

              God you have indicated that Farrar definately was DEFINATELY not awarded his contracts by the National led Government but was PESUMABLY awarded the contracts through some sort of independent process.

              Which is it?

              • Gosman

                Ummm… what does this even mean – “Farrar definately was DEFINATELY not awarded his contracts by the National led Government “???

                Which contracts for Government departments are awarded directly by members of the Government as opposed to going through the normal Civil Service process for external work?

                • Oops, damn iPhone …

                • McFlock

                  You’re the one who said that whatever contracts farrar has were not awarded directly by the government. Care to back up that position with fact rather than presumption?
                    

                  • Gosman

                    The only ones I can think of would be if Curia was to do polling work directly for Ministers offices. He might then be able to be awarded government contracts directly by Government without going through the usual Civil service process. However from my knowledge of the situation he has had work directly through givernment departments such as the Department of Internal Affairs. These are not awarded simply because a Government minister decrees that the department should use such and such a business, of if it does happen then it is curruption pure and simple. Considering people like mickeysavage has made the claims about the contracts that Curia has in relation to them not being awarded under a different administration perhaps he would enlighten us which ones he meant.

          • Bazar 1.2.1.2.4

            No author implied corruption?

            what the hell do you tihnk “What I meant was that if there was a Labour Government I am pretty sure Curia would have difficulty retaining its contracts.” implys?

            It STRONGLY implies corruption, that or labour would shutdown Curia.

            • RedLogix 1.2.1.2.4.1

              Or it simply means Curia finds it real easy to get contracts from Farrar’s good friends in power. He’s probably what might be termed a ‘preferred contractor’. He does the kind of work they want doing, so naturally they like to select him.

              Corruption, probably not. Needs a little more scrutiny and sunlight… quite possibly.

              • higherstandard

                So exactly the same situation at is with UMR when Labour are in power ?

                Situation normal all politicians looking after their mates (SNAPLATM).

                • RedLogix

                  Umm maybe. UMR may well be Labour aligned, maybe you have more information on that than I do. But certainly nothing like Farrar is so closely aligned with National.

                  Besides Bazar is setting fire to strawmen of his own making; neither IB nor Mickey implied that Curia’s contracts were corrupt. Cosy and nice for Farrar maybe, but not corrupt. There is no evidence to support that.

                  But all this of course is a distraction from the real point; that Farrar is of course an unmitigated, hypocritical arse for happily making good money out of the taxpayer himself, while at the same time dumping of workers earning a lot less than him for doing a lot more onerous job.

                  What is with that? Is it just envy that ordinary workers whom he looks down on might be doing sort of ok?

                  • higherstandard

                    Hypocrisy amongst political pundits and politicians ……. and this is surprising why ?

                    • RedLogix

                      Not surprising, but does that mean you approve of it?

                      And that the rest of us aren’t allowed to call it when we see it?

                    • higherstandard

                      Perhaps you’ve failed

                      1. To see my comment on Mervyn English and his brother ? I support in full the calling out of hypocrcites, especially those who trough on the public purse.

                      http://thestandard.org.nz/poal-dpf-and-the-politics-of-envy/#comment-424534

                      2. To see exactly the same hypocrisy demonstrated on this site by persons such as yourself who ignore the hypocrisy on display from yourself or of someone with a supporting view to your own.

                    • RedLogix

                      Nah… I’m not the one calling for port workers to have their pay cut, while happily remaining schtumm about my own income.

                    • higherstandard

                      yepppppppp you’re a paid up apologist alright, no different from DPF much as the standard is no better than kiwiblog – nothing wrong with that just accept it and move on.

                      [I can categorically state that I am not paid to be an apologist, or for any role here or anywhere else, in any form whatsoever. You are of course welcome to your opinion of The Standard … it’s worth more or less what we are paying you for it, ie nothing…RL]

                    • higherstandard

                      By paid up I meant a paid up member of a political party- not paid to post or comment here – I don’t think anyone would be daft enough to do that for a living.

                      [On record as a paid up member of the Greens. Have a problem with that?…RL]

                    • McFlock

                      Are you officially admitting that your comments here are amateurish, hs? 

                    • higherstandard

                      Oh very pithy.

                      Yes, I can confirm the casual nature of my commentary, although it’s surprising how often those with a dissenting view on this site are accused of being paid up stooges for PR companies, if so I’d certainly be complaining to the union regarding my rostering.

                    • McFlock

                      🙂

        • Gosman 1.2.2.1

          Are you implying that the Health Ministry awarded this contract to Bill English’s brother because he was Bill English’s brother? If so then that is corruption. What is the position of the opposition to this?

          • higherstandard 1.2.2.1.1

            Not corruption, just lax nepotism.

            Mervyn English is an inveterate trougher, buffoon and moron much like his brother.

            And yes Gosman, I’m what the noobs here would call a rampant rightie

            • Gosman 1.2.2.1.1.1

              It might very well be what you claim it is but is there any evidence for that? Having a family member work for a government department when your brother is a Minister in another area of Government is not the definition of nepotism. However if there was a memo from the Minister to the government department or some indication that the Minsitry of Health decided to employ the brother because they thought that they would get some favouritism from the Minister of Finance would be nepotism and therefore corrupt. This is something I would expect the Opposition to highlight or at least to investigate. Did they do this in this instance?

              • higherstandard

                Gos – don’t take my word for it ask Cameron.

                http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/tag/mervyn-english/

                And Yes you would expect the opposition to roger the government over such troughing, but I guess they had better targets like Peter Jackson and the Mad Butcher.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                “Investigate”? What are they, police? Any “investigation” the opposition has the power to mount will run straight into a stone wall.

                An agency with power to compel disclosure should be “investigating”, or perhaps you might even consider that the job of journalists…

                • DavidW

                  Bloke, – bull. The opposition is funded in copious amounts for research. If they choose to direct some of those resources to dig into an appointment, questions to Ministers – written and oral, OIA requests, Parliamentary Library etc etc then they can. Don’t come crying “lack of resource” when that is patently BS

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Hmmm. What you say is not incorrect, but it remains only a pittance compared to having the power of rows of Ministry analysts and private consultants at your beck and call when one is in Govt.

                    • Gosman

                      So what you are essentially stating is that the Labour led opposition, despite having an ability to investigate these rather disturbing allegations of neopotism and corruption, don’t feel the need to press the issue because said ability is not at the same level as the Government’s?

                      Rather pathetic excuse don’t you think?

          • Frank Macskasy 1.2.2.1.2

            Gosman, you asked,

            “Which contracts for Government departments are awarded directly by members of the Government as opposed to going through the normal Civil Service process for external work?”

            I provided a response with an example.

            “So what you are essentially stating is that the Labour led opposition, despite having an ability to investigate these rather disturbing allegations of neopotism and corruption, don’t feel the need to press the issue because said ability is not at the same level as the Government’s?”

            It’s the Opposition’s fault, is it? So much for taking responsibility. I thought the Right Wing was big on personal responsibility?

            So basically, you MO is this;

            1. Post a question.
            2. Wait for an answer.
            2. Turn the answer back on the Left, ‘cos it’s someone else’s fault.

            You missed your calling, mate. You should have been a politician.

            • Hannah 1.2.2.1.2.1

              I really enjoy reading the Otago Daily Times now that your vitriolic letters are no longer in print. Congratulations you are Dunedin’s best export.

              • Colonial Viper

                Interestingly this is another case of RWNJ projection on everyone else. Although the RWNJ version of vitriol is generally of the ‘cold, callous and superior’ variety.

              • fender

                Take a hike Hannah to the dairy and get a Dom Post and you may be able to read something of relevance from Frank there. I for one respect his sence of fairness and intelligent contributions.

              • Actually, Hannah, I’m born and bred Wellingtonian. (My stay in Dunedin was only temporary.)

                But thanks for reminding me. I might flick the editor at the ODT and “Star” a few more missives. Cheers! 😀

      • Fotran 1.2.3

        Gosman

        Please advise which Government contracts Farrar has got ?
        I am in the dark so please elucidate, and am not alone.

        • Gosman 1.2.3.1

          Why are you directing this comment to me? Surely this is more appropriately put to people such as Irishbill and mickeysavage who have been complaining about Curia getting taxpayer funds for doing work for government. I see no problem why he shouldn’t be able to freely earn money in this way so long as it isn’t corruptly earned.

          • RedLogix 1.2.3.1.1

            Surely this is more appropriately put to people such as Irishbill and mickeysavage who have been complaining about Curia getting taxpayer funds for doing work for government.

            Again you totally misrepresent what both of them said. If Farrar want’s to get nice cosy govt contracts (perfectly legal of course) and make good money doing so… then all power to him.

            Just weirdly hypocritical of him to be taking the position that ordinary workers earning much less than him, for far more onerous work, are somehow greedy and over-privileged.

          • Frank Macskasy 1.2.3.1.2

            Why are you directing this comment to me?

            Because you stated,

            I presume David Farrar has won his Government contracts via a transparent bidding process unless you are hinting here that the awarding of these sorts of contracts are corrupt.

            You made the point. Others are querying it.

            Just as, you fire question-after-question at everyone else and become quite peeved if you don’t elicit an answer.

            Fair’s fair, mate. Your turn to cough up.

            • Gosman 1.2.3.1.2.1

              Bollocks Frank. I don’t need to give examples of his work because as I stated I don’t care about his work for government agencies. The people who seem to care about it are people like Red Logix and mickeysavage.

              • You care enough to comment. Then you deflect when you cannot answer simple questions.

                If you don’t feel the need to “give examples” – don’t get into the debate. Simple, really.

                • Gosman

                  Read the comment from mickeysavage below Frank where he tries to back peddle on his position regarding Curia’s contracts with government agencies trying to imply he was joking to a degree. All I am doing is holding him to account for the implications of his statements such as that he now thinks a Labour led administration would have no need for his services. He doesn’t explain why government agencies won’t need to employ polling companies under a Labour led Government when they have done so in the past. Holding him to account for this view doesn’t necesitate that I have to give examples of David Farrar’s work. As stated numerous times I give not a jot about what his company does or does not do for the government.

                  • “All I am doing is holding him to account for the implications of his statements such as that he now thinks a Labour led administration would have no need for his services.”

                    You arrogant twit!

                    Who the hell are you to hold anyone to “account”?! You engage in deflection; you deliberately mis-represent what others state; and I’ve caught you out on at least two occassions fabricating stuff that you attributed to me.

                    It’s obvious, Gosman, that you cannot address the issues being discussed – including issues you’ve engaged in – and feel you have a god-given right to demand answers from others?

                    “Holding him to account for this view doesn’t necesitate that I have to give examples of David Farrar’s work. “

                    Oh really?! Grow up, Gosman, and lose the arrogance.

                    • mik e

                      Gooseman one who can,t win an argument must always have the last say.
                      Bullying with your B/S.
                      My guess looking at your profile on these blogs is that you are either a current MP or past from the right.

    • Dear RWNJs out there.

      I have a confession to make.

      I have never been able to do those elegant smily faces.

      When I type ” ; ) ” it means I am trying to make a joke.

      I do not think that Farrar’s contracts should be retrospectively torn up.  I was trying to suggest in a perhaps evil way that I did not think that a future Labour led Government would have any need for Farrar’s particular skills.

      And to Cameron Slater I am aware that you have been trying to google bomb me.

      Please stop.  What you are saying is amongst other things clearly not correct.

      If you continue to do so then I have thought of the most exquisite of punishments.  As well as an apology and damages I will also seek payment to the Maritime Workers Strike Fund. 

      • Anne 1.3.1

        Dear micky,
        Let me put you out of your misery once and for all.
        http://www.thestandard.org.nz/faq/smile/

        Make a copy and hang it above your home computer. 😀

      • Gosman 1.3.2

        Don’t you think government agencies need polling data then mickeysavage? Obviously they have thought they have needed them in the past under both Labour and National led governments. Are you are implying that a Labour led administration would dictate to government agencies that polling data should not be collected?

        • Frank Macskasy 1.3.2.1

          No, Gosman. YOU are the one implying it. Stop creating bogus-arguments and putting words into other’s mouths.

          • Gosman 1.3.2.1.1

            What am I implying Frank?

            Care to explain what the following statements from mickeysavage mean

            “What I meant was that if there was a Labour Government I am pretty sure Curia would have difficulty retaining its contracts.”

            “I was trying to suggest in a perhaps evil way that I did not think that a future Labour led Government would have any need for Farrar’s particular skills.”

            Why would a Labour led administration not need Curia providing the services it currently provides Frank?

            Explain what the implications of mickeysavages comment actually is rather than trying to get me to answer irrelevant questions regarding what his current contracts are. I have told you I don’t care and they are not relevant to the issue about whether David Farrar is getting work from government via his political connections rather than via the quality of the work he provides.

  2. Lostinsuburbia 2

    It’s the politics of fear too. The elite don’t want anyone even nudging near their lifestyles.

    Better incomes = improved chances to education and greater political/social awareness, which is the stuff of nightmares for the right

  3. burt 3

    What a joke, there are thousands of low paid workers who’s story should be told and who need a helping hand but I guess as the MUNZ are a Labour affiliated union nothing else matters.

    • Feel free to tell their story. You could start a blog to tell it on.

    • bbfloyd 3.2

      i’m with psycho on this one butt……you have information on the desperate straights new zealands “working class” has come to, then we would welcome your sharing it with us….. we already have more than enough party political bullshit coming out of the news media….. your attempts are far too transparent to be of use to even the other reactionary bigots who infect these pages regularly….

  4. Brian Harmer 4

    It’s an interesting take on “taxpayer funded” . I suspect that what you mean, is that some government agencies buy services from him. On that basis, Fulton Hogan, the Auckland Coop Taxi Company, and the Dominion Post are all “taxpayer funded”.

    • lprent 4.1

      I think what is interesting with Curia is detirming the extent to which it is funded by taxpayers or indirectly by political groups. The others you mention get part of the revenue through government sources, but it isn’t the vast majority. With Curia, from the outside, it looks like being most of it.

      I think most of the other polling companies get their revenue from outside the government / political realm. That makes Curia of political interest

      • Brian Harmer 4.1.1

        I doubt there is sufficient demand for a relatively small player in the polling market to make most of a living from Government sources.

        Disclosure: I have been a casual internet friend of DPF for almost 20 years, and have occasionally had coffee with him, and talked about life and the universe. I do not believe that most of Curia’s business is from Government sources.

        IrishBill: Then you’d be seriously underestimating the amount of taxpayers’ money political parties spend on polling.

        • The Voice of Reason 4.1.1.1

          David begs to differ, Brian:
           
          “Curia Market Research is based in Wellington and was established in early 2004. Its principal is David Farrar.

           
          David, a member of the Market Research Society of New Zealand, has over ten years experience in all aspects of polling. He has managed everything from question design to results analysis for over 200 polls, including a significant number for recent New Zealand Prime Ministers.”

          Nowhere is there a mention on his website of any corporate clients, just his links with National.

           

          • Gosman 4.1.1.1.1

            I presume you acknowledge that he could get funding from Political parties don’t you? Because last time I checked they weren’t the same as Government, (as much as some lefties would like it to be otherwise).

            • The Voice of Reason 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Not just lefties, Gossie. Farrar himself blurs the lines, as you can see from the Curia website extract above.

    • RedLogix 4.2

      More to the point the other polling companies at the very least maintain a front of political independence. Farrar by contrast is absolutely connected to the National Party.

      That fact alone should require a level of transparency from Curia… that we simply don’t get.

      • Gosman 4.2.1

        Why?

        • RedLogix 4.2.1.1

          If Farrar was closely connected to the Labour party you wouldn’t have so much trouble understanding would you?

          • Gosman 4.2.1.1.1

            No, I would expect the same level of transparency as any other business engaged in Government contracts. Are you stating that Curia is somehow different to other businesses or doesn’t comply with the transparency rules at the moment?

        • Frank Macskasy 4.2.1.2

          Why not?

          Key sez he’s big on “transparency”.

          • Gosman 4.2.1.2.1

            Curia is a private business Frank. How are John Key’s views on transparancy relevant here?

          • Gosman 4.2.1.2.2

            Frank, you are big on the Polish Solidarity movement. Do you know the shape of the Gdansk Shipyard currently? They used to have 20,000 workers. Care to hazard a guess at how many remain?

            • The Voice of Reason 4.2.1.2.2.1

              Under capitalism, employment at the Gdansk yards has fallen to a tenth of what it was under socialism. What’s your point, Gossie?

              • Gosman

                Yes I know. All I was dong was pointing out the irony in Frank bigging up an independent Trade Union movement in Poland whose eventual victory led to the very Shipyard they came from becoming a shadow of it’s former self. Indeed it could be argued that it was the Communists who were trying to protect the workers not Solidarity.

                • Gosman, that may well be. And that’s another story that I may blog about at some future date.

                  But it’s interesting how yet again, you’ve deflected from the point I was making: that in 1980, the Polish shipyard workers were hailed as heroes by the “Free West”.

                  Yet ironically, our own Maritime workers are despised by many of the right wingers who encouraged Solidarnosc.

                  The irony is there, whether you have the wit to recognise it as such.

            • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.2.2.2

              The more workers get made unemployed, the more ‘productive’ the corporation is.

              I guess this leads to a society with a combination of highly profitable ‘efficient’ large businesses and high unemployment throughout society.

              Surprise surprise that’s what we see throughout the western world.

    • It’s an interesting take on “taxpayer funded” . I suspect that what you mean, is that some government agencies buy services from him. On that basis, Fulton Hogan, the Auckland Coop Taxi Company, and the Dominion Post are all “taxpayer funded”.

      Not quite.

      But you do demonstrate how government expenditure affects the economy. Hence why government cut-backs affect the economy in a negative way, and reduce economic activity. And why National’s cutbacks have stagnated the economy.

      Good of you to raise the issue.

  5. immigant 5

    The Auckland warfies don’t get paid nearly as much as they shoudl be, for the very difficult, dangerous work that requires years of training. 90k a year is a laughable amount that most NZ families could never get by on.

  6. Gosman 6

    By the way where is the mainstream political wing of the labour movement on this issue?

    • lprent 6.1

      Mostly still on holiday, just like the political wing of employers and capitalists also hasn’t weighed in on it.

      But generally both major political parties tend to stand clear of industrial disputes. After decades learning the lesson, they appear to have realized that it is almost invariably counter productive.

      • Gosman 6.1.1

        Exactly lprent.

        If this issue was as cut and dried as both sides of this debate seem to make it out, (i.e. Bad managers trying to destroy the Unionised workforce for more profit or Greedy workers stiffling productivity and therefore costing Aucklanders jobs and/or business), I’m sure some spokeperson from one of the political parties in NZ would take a few moments of their break to issue a press release expressing support for one side or another.

        The thing is, as you point out, that this industrial dispute is far more complex than a bunch of commentators on the blogosphere like to make out. Both sides have valid points and therefore mainstream politicians are avoiding this issue like the plague.

    • By the way where is the mainstream political wing of the labour movement on this issue?

      Not holidaying on a Hawaiian beach, for sure…

  7. johnm 7

    David Farrar an overpaid nobody propped up by our NeoLiberal stablishment to attack worker’s living standards. Like Glen Inwood another paid off nobody paid to support The Japo’s Whale Butchering program in a protected global commons by the Antarctic treaty. The Whale’s Union is SeaShepherd they don’t get any help from the cowards: The NZ and Australian Governments.

    • Gosman 7.1

      Care to provided any evidence to back up the claim that he is propped up by our NeoLiberal establishment to attack worker’s living standards?

      What is the neo-liberal establishment by the way? Is it anything that has a differing political viewpoint to you?

      • daveo 7.1.1

        Most of farrar’s income comes from national party polling work and they pay for it with parliamentary money. It’s all completely legal.

      • johnm 7.1.2

        Hi Gosman From Wikipedia: The following reeks of patronage, he’s propped up by being paid for media appearances and other perks though in himself and his record he’s a NOBODY!

        Farrar has held many roles within the New Zealand National Party and has worked in Parliament for four National Party leaders.
        The National Business Review has stated that “Any realistic “power list” produced in this country would include either Farrar or his fellow blogger and opinion leader Russell Brown.”( Absolute Rubbish!Most kiwis wouldn’t even know he exists!) In August 2006, the then National Party leader Don Brash posted a comment on Kiwiblog.(Wow!)
        The New Zealand Listener 2009 Power List, named Farrar the 4th most powerful person in the New Zealand media(More back rubbing rubbish!) saying “Kiwiblog has become part of the daily routine for Beltway insiders and others with an interest in politics and public policy.
        Farrar writes weekly columns for the National Business Review(Nice establishment perk!) and the iPredict futures site, and is a regular commentator on Radio New Zealand and Newstalk ZB.(Another overpaid perk)
        Previously Farrar worked as a staff member of the Leader of the Opposition (1999–2004), a staff member at National Party Head Office (1999 and 2004), a staff member in Ministerial Services under Jim Bolger (1996–1997) and in the Prime Minister’s Office under Jenny Shipley (1997–1999)
        Farrar often appears before Parliamentary select committees on a range of issues – most recently the Electoral Finance Bill.(Why? he’s a pumped up right wing commentator) He often publishes his submissions on his blog.

        The NeoLiberal establishment are the politicians who advocate NeoLiberal policies such as: Privatization, regressive tax policies such as GST along with a decrease in Income Tax, retreat from social provision of all kinds, a denial of the importance of the common good, the ones who have made NZ one of the most unequel societies in the developed World. The previous involves attacking Unions who support worker’s rights.

        • Gosman 7.1.2.1

          “Farrar writes weekly columns for the National Business Review(Nice establishment perk!) and the iPredict futures site, and is a regular commentator on Radio New Zealand and Newstalk ZB.(Another overpaid perk)”

          Martyn Bradbury hosted the recent series of ipredict election specials and has also appeared on Radio NZ National (although not recently though for some reason :)). You would hardly claim this means he is propped up by the neo-liberal establishment.

          Also working for a political party doesn’t mean you are being propped up by anyone. It simply means you are working for them. I don’t think anybody who has worked for the Labour party in the past, (lprent for example), is propped up by the leftist revolutionary movement. It is just plainly idiotic thinking.

          • johnm 7.1.2.1.1

            Hi Gosman
            It’s a similar phenomenon to having predominantly right wing toadies commenting on election night. It’s the preferential patronage of whose ideas are heard!
            I don’t agree he’s obviously an inflated personage touted as an important right wing commentator he is a right wing media creation of arrogant self importance. Part of the battle of influence and perception. Perhaps the process is too subtle for you to understand Gosman!

            • Gosman 7.1.2.1.1.1

              It is quite simple really. You don’t like the influence he has then set up your own independent left wing media group to broadcast your own selection of left wing toadies. However that doesn’t detract from the fact that there is a number of left wing toadies putting forward their leftist views already in the main stream media that you decry so much. Whether it is as balanced is a matter of opinion. It is obviously not as balanced as a lefty like you would like but that sort of balance would preclude David Farrar at all it seems.

          • lprent 7.1.2.1.2

            I don’t think anybody who has worked for the Labour party in the past, (lprent for example)…

            I’ve never worked for them. I have this unreasonable expectation about getting paid when I work for people and organisations.

            I have done voluntary labour for them, just as I do here. They have never paid a dime. I don’t think that Labour could afford my services. And this site certainly cannot.

            I think that I may have got paid for a couple of hours for parliamentary services a few years back. Joan Caulfield was getting embarrassed at how much work I was doing for them at the electorate office. I have no idea if it even went into the bank account.

        • Gosman 7.1.2.2

          I your definition of neo-liberal establishment includes politicians who advocate for “… regressive tax policies such as GST along with a decrease in Income Tax…” then this would incorporate Labour party politicians. In short over 3/4 of the New Zealand parliament is therefore neo-liberal. Good stuff! I must inform my political masters that we have achieved our mission in lil’ ol’ NZ.

          • johnm 7.1.2.2.1

            Hi Gosman
            Yes The Labour party has been NeoLiberal since the 1984 Government, but has recanted to some extent.That’s why so many voted for The Alliance and now vote for The Greens.

            • Gosman 7.1.2.2.1.1

              So would the Green’s abolish GST completely?

              • Colonial Viper

                Perhaps drop it to 10% as an interim measure, except on luxury goods, and make the difference up using an assets tax and an FTT.

                • hs

                  Well at least that’ll win the accounting voter base.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Who gives a shit as long as the country is better off. Creating or dismissing tax rules based on what is convenient for accountants, instead of what the economy requires, is stupid.

                    • hs

                      Indeed, but unfortunately I suspect the country would be worse off.

                      The only thing that would make the country better off in the short, medium and longer term is more jobs and less idle hands and no one seems to be coming up with them and have instead resorted to fiddling while Rome burns while waiting for a global upturn.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The only thing that would make the country better off in the short, medium and longer term is more jobs and less idle hands and no one seems to be coming up with them and have instead resorted to fiddling while Rome burns while waiting for a global upturn.

                      +1

  8. just saying 8

    Excellent post IB.
    If only you were doing PR for the union in this case.

    A big factor with the ‘public outrage’ is the fact that most NZanders are on pathetic wages and conditions, since the workforce became largely deunionised and we went down the road of becoming a low wage economy. People (and communities) usually think workers are worth what they get unfortunately, so many ordinary workers are comparing their lot to those of the wharfies and feeling aggrieved. Instead of seeing that these workers managed to hold on to more of the value of their pay and conditions because of the strength of their union, and thinking how much more they would get if their workplace had too, they feel diminished by wharfies getting more.

    • Lanthanide 8.1

      “A big factor with the ‘public outrage’ is the fact that most NZanders are on pathetic wages and conditions, since the workforce became largely deunionised and we went down the road of becoming a low wage economy.”

      Yep, bucket of crabs. Those at the bottom are trying to pull those near the top down to their own level.

  9. randal 9

    so whats going on here?
    you can get a pay rise if the gubmint lowers your taxes but if you a working stiff then you get a pay cut?
    soemthing has gone horribly wrong in this country.

  10. Mel 10

    @ just saying

    As a member of the public I think that ‘public outrage’ should be directed towards the media for their very cursory reporting of this issue.

    I agree with you that the politics of greed are at work in this so-called outrage. Interestingly, most of the ‘outrage’ I have read is from the rather well off as opposed to workers on minimum wages and conditions.

  11. RobM 11

    Wages in NZ are crap.

    In Perth they’re struggling to get workers to man the counter at Bunnings for NZ $27/hr.

    In Melbourne in 1997 I was being paid A $14 an hour to man a servo full-time.
    A$18 an hour as a casual.

    In today’s kiwi money that’s around $25 as a full timer and $32 as a casual.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Workers wages in NZ are crap and Round Table types aim to give themselves bigger bonuses by making them even more crap.

  12. Ross 12

    “I’m interested in why the f**k he and his mates are so obsessed about working people’s pay.”

    Well, quite. I’ve suggested to him that he has a rather unhealthy obssession with the pay of teachers and wharfies. He might like to spend more time focusing on the pay of white collar workers.

    And why he continues to quote the unsubstantiated figures of POAL is anyone’s guess. In 2010, he quoted ad nauseum the figures supplied by Anne Tolley’s office re secondary teachers’ pay, even though he should have known – and was informed – that those figures were wrong. Is David Farrar the most dishonest blogger in NZ?

    • Bored 12.1

      Is David Farrar the most dishonest blogger in NZ? Gee Ross, pleasegive some credit to our won beloved nut bar blogger heros, Gos, TS, and Burt.

  13. The “funniest” thing about all this is that our Dear Leader himself campaigned on raising wages in 2008;

    “We will be unrelenting in our quest to lift our economic growth rate and raise wage rates.” – John Key, 29 January 2008

    Source: http://www.johnkey.co.nz/archives/306-SPEECH-2008-A-Fresh-Start-for-New-Zealand.html

    Well, the Maritime Union are fulfilling Dear Leader’s aspirations – and neo-liberals are having a hard time with this? Dear lord, talk about the “Politics of Envy”!!

    I wonder how the aspirational middle class will take to right wingers decrying local workers from higher wages, to try to catch up with our Aussie cuzzies??

    • Gosman 13.1

      This is quite typical of your wrong headed views on economics Frank. I am reminded of the time you tried to argue that NZ was importing more than we export when the opposite was in fact the case.

      What is clear in this debate is that POAL are not as productive as a competing port down in Tauranga. A couple of major businesses have already decided to move their operations to this other port for a variety of reasons,

      POAL could decide to do nothing and potentially let more business go. Or it could look to increase productivity somehow. This might involve changing their labour contracts to increase flexibility and reduce overall costs or it might be something different such as just changing systems as I have heard someone related to the Union state. What is clear is that is the two options. Do nothing and risk losing more business and costs passed on to the wider Auckland/NZ economy or make changes.

      I presume you wouldn’t just do nothing then Frank would you?

      • ropata 13.1.1

        And yet the balance of payments is buggered because we are importing loads of foreign capital to finance property speculation and tax cuts.

        • higherstandard 13.1.1.1

          And other government spending to be fair even without the tax cuts we’d still be going cap in hand and it’s not just house speculation the consumerism put on the never, never in this country is out of control as well.

        • Frank Macskasy 13.1.1.2

          Indeed.

          And on top of that, the profits repatriated to overseas investors, from privatised SOEs, and other companies. None of which helps our Balance of Payments and interest rates.

      • “I am reminded of the time you tried to argue that NZ was importing more than we export when the opposite was in fact the case. “

        As usual, Gosman; an un-source comment taken out of any specific context. If you did source it, no doubt you’d end up looking quite foolish. (Just as you claimed you were banned from my Blog – which you weren’t, at that time. Or that I did not post opposing views, despite you having made 193 posts, arguing my positions.)

        “What is clear in this debate is that POAL are not as productive as a competing port down in Tauranga. “

        No, that is not at all “clear”. That is your supposition based on your wishful thinking.

        And if labour is cheaper in Tauranga, it’s most likely that the Union has been busted there, and workers have little bargaining strength at the negotiating table. You may feel that is something to be proud of – but then again, you’re exhibited a callous disregard for people losing their jobs during this Recession, so why should we expect any different from an ideologue like you?

  14. Bored 14

    There is an idiotic act going on here. “Employers” and their cohort think foul scorn on workers wages, yet never a comment passes about management wages , in particular corporate CEO wages.

    Who are these employers and their cohorts? Employees and contract holders in the main, very few of whom are “owners” or anything other than minor shareholders in their enterprise.

    So the idiotic game goes on, one bunch of employees (management) is wrangling with another bunch of employees (unionised) over the share of the cake. The former have wages that are according to the popular propaganda of their sect justifiable and beyond scrutiny, whilst the latter’s wage levels are demonised as unjustifiable.

    We on the sideline are asked to take sides, and no matter who wins we pay the cost, and the profits go to the private shareholders……

  15. Just lookin 15

    Directors fees from the annual reports
    2008 $373,000
    2009 $396,000
    2010 $383,000
    2011 $425,000

    Employee Benefits including restructuring costs termination and pensions
    2008 $54,452,000
    2009 $56,439,000
    2010 $51,940,000
    2011 $54,873,000

    Profit
    2008 $21,115,000
    2009 $5,405,000
    2010 $37,192,000
    2011 $23,326,000

    Profit goes down when director fees increase!

    [lprent: sorry about the delay. Got caught in the spam trap. ]

  16. james 111 16

    What I dont get in this whole scrap is where is the Labour Party. The unions are their biggest donors so they rely on them for funds. Where is David Shearer ? Where is Clare Curran is she on Holiday perhaps in a condo in Honululu LOL .She has been so quiet.
    No direction coming from Labour HQ is this the new managment style we will see from Shearer. I guess what makes it real hard from them is you have Mayor Len who Labours backs to hilt wanting a better return from POA. Which will mean an impact on terms and conditions for the Workers, and the Unions standing steadfast for their conditions that dont work anymore for the employers. Very interesting silence from Labour.

    • Blighty 16.1

      What’s a dispute between a council-owned port and a union got anything to do with Shearer?

      You could equally ask where Key is on the issue.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.2

      Interesting to anyone with a genuine interest, that is, as opposed to a myopic troll. As pointed out above, political parties have learned that meddling in industrial disputes is counter-productive.

  17. randal 17

    front page news in the dompost today.
    the rich are buying rolls royces and bentleys but the workers are having their wages cut.
    what the fuck is going on?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1

      Wtf is going on? Betrayal of the vast majority by the tiny minority.

    • tc 17.2

      The rich get richer ……whilst nearly a third don’t bother voting…..frogs in boiling water comes to mind whilst the NACT and their MSM / blogosphere authors and trolls laughs their arses off as to how easy it all is.

      Oh look the big bad union ….somebody please save us from the union before we all perish…..look it’s a bird, a plane, no it’s Sideshow John coming back from hawaii to save us all.

  18. The Baron 18

    I realise I tread on risky grounds re the policy here. But Irish, it’s a bit rich that you turn DPF’s full and frank disclosures of his interests and positions against him from a position of anonymity.

    Who the hell are you to ask for anything? Who pays your wages? When do we get to dig through your rubbish bin? Or is this just a case of outright hypocrisy?

    But lets be generous – given the long enemity between this blog and DPF, maybe he is fair game. But where do you get off bringing Ms. Etheridge personal finances into it? So are some workers better than others huh Irish , or may I ask you why isn’t she allowed to just get on with her job too?

    IrishBill: Can you not read wee fella? Try again: “I think that anyone calling for the incomes of port workers to be reduced should be stating their own total incomes”.

    • RedLogix 18.1

      Given that right has made a huge play dissecting MUNZ worker’s pay and conditions, then no, you really don’t have a leg to stand on.

      Farrar can’t demand full and frank disclosure of other people’s incomes, while insisting on his right to remain silent on his own. Surely that’s obvious.

      As it happens personally I’m happy to see ALL incomes openly disclosed. IIRC at least one Nordic nation, Norway I think … has every taxpayers income and tax details openly available on the web.

      And the world didn’t end oddly enough.

      • Draco T Bastard 18.1.1

        As it happens personally I’m happy to see ALL incomes openly disclosed.

        To have a “free-market” they actually need to be disclosed. This allows people to have the information available to make informed decisions.

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1

          Yup. Employees need to know each others’ wages as well as the bosses’ wages.

          • higherstandard 18.1.1.1.1

            And beneficiaries, then we can have details on peoples preferences and how they vote perhaps etc etc ……..this is not a good idea and would lead to far more angst and opprobrium than any positive effect.

            Anyway under NZs privacy laws it will never happen.

            • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1.1.1

              employment market flexibility is crucial. How can you have a liberalised free market for employment if the participants in that market do not know what each other are being paid?

            • Draco T Bastard 18.1.1.1.1.2

              hen we can have details on peoples preferences and how they vote perhaps etc etc

              So you think polling should be banned then?

    • Blue 18.2

      Irish a 10% increase for working (actually doing something) for 26 hrs per week is generous and would appear that way to the 99% wouldn’t it? PR, is everything as is perception and the left are losing this one, even Labours spokesperson on these matters has yet to front in the media that I’ve seen (and I don’t mean some blog somewhere). The impression I get is that the Union would rather shut the Port down, lose contracts (and the jobs that go with them) than meet anyone halfway. They seem to have adopted the ‘our way of the highway’ stance on negotiations.

      As far as “anyone calling for the incomes of port workers to be reduced should be stating their own total incomes”. Why? What difference does it make other than feed the inevitable envy of the left, and a 10% increase in salary is not a “cut”. How about any Union official asking a Company to lose contracts and for its workers to work half a week for three times the average salary in new Zealand to declare what they earn. What does Helen Kelly earn what does the head of the MUNZ earn? Is it more than $100k possibly? I don’t really want to know at all, just showing what a fucked up pointless and envy dripping request it is.

      • McFlock 18.2.1

        Thanks for your concern.

      • Well, I guess reducing wages kinda plays into Bill English’s plans,

        BILL Well, it’s a way of competing, isn’t it? I mean, if we want to grow this economy, we need the capital – more capital per worker – and we’re competing for people as well.

        GUYON So it’s part of our strategy to have wages 30% below Australia?

        BILL Well, they are, and we need to get on with competing for Australia. So if you take an area like tourism, we are competing with Australia. We’re trying to get Australians here instead of spending their tourist dollar in Australia.

        GUYON But is it a good thing?

        BILL Well, it is a good thing if we can attract the capital, and the fact is Australians- Australian companies should be looking at bringing activities to New Zealand because we are so much more competitive than most of the Australian economy.

        GUYON So let’s get this straight – it’s a good thing for New Zealand that our wages are 30% below Australia?

        BILL No, it’s not a good thing, but it is a fact. We want to close that gap up, and one way to close that gap up is to compete, just like our sports teams are doing. This weekend we’ve had rugby league, netball, basketball teams, and rugby teams out there competing with Australia. That’s lifting the standard. They’re closing up the gap.

        GUYON But you said it was an advantage, Minister.

        BILL Well, at the moment, if I go to Australia and talk to Australians, I want to put to them a positive case for investment in New Zealand, because while we are saving more, we’re not saving more fast enough to get the capital that we need to close the gap with Australia. So Australia already has 40 billion of investment in New Zealand. If we could attract more Australian companies, activities here, that would help us create the jobs and lift incomes. ” – [http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/guyon-espiner-interviews-bill-english-transcript-4109862]

  19. randal 19

    how can the nashnil gubmint call for a high wage economy when they are cutting the workers wages?
    are they schizophrenic?

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      This is US sourced neo-liberal “logic”

      “We must cut your wages in order to increase your wages. Please do not resist our doing this favour for you”.

    • fender 19.2

      Nah they are just full of shit and compulsive liars.
      Do we need to have a whip round to send a journo to hawaii to find out where dead leader stands on the issue?

      • Vicky32 19.2.1

        to find out where dead leader stands on the issue?

        Dead leader? Hey, that’s an amazing typo… 😀

    • Draco T Bastard 19.3

      are they schizophrenic?

      Nope, they’re sociopaths. When they say high wage economy they mean high wages for themselves and low wages for everyone else.

  20. randal 20

    not bad cv. what about milton friedman who insisted M1 was the only measure that needed to be addressed and he completely forgot about velocity and the whole thing tanked just so Reagan could give tax cuts to the rich.
    mmmmmmmmm. thats strange. where have I heard that before?

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      One of the most bogus assumptions of neoliberal economic theory was that the quantity of debt and the quantity of money in an economic system have minimal to zero impact on the real working of that economy.

      Which is the exact reason that hardly any orthodox economists saw the financial crisis of 2008 before it actually happened.

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    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 – Scoop Full Coverage
    Article – The Scoop Team Scoop will be updating this page with Budget announcements, reaction and analysis once the Budget is released at 2pm. Hit reload to see the latest version. Budget 2016 – Scoop Full Coverage Parliament Live –… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    1 day ago
  • Human sexuality is stupid and confusing
    Dress codes are in the news again. I’ve had my body non-consensually sexualised for so long that I’ve been through all the stages of grief about it – sadness, denial, rage – and I’ve settled on bemusement (that’s a stage of… ...
    TangerinaBy Coley Tangerina
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell: the latest allegations against Helen Clark
    Column – Gordon Campbell According to former PM and current Helen Clark, the allegations leveled at her this week in a Foreign Policy magazine article by the prize-winning UN journalist Colum Lynch have been ‘totally fabricated’ .Gordon Campbell on… ...
    1 day ago
  • In-depth: Experts assess the feasibility of ‘negative emissions’
    This is a re-post from Carbon Brief To limit climate change to “well below 2C”, as nationsagreed to do in Paris last December, modelling shows it is likely that removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere later on this century will be… ...
    1 day ago
  • A BIG win for the Arctic!
    Amazing news! Today an entire industry including major global brands McDonald’sTescoYoung’s Seafood and Iglo agreed to push back against destruction of our pristine Arctic waters.Together with the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association, Fiskebåt, which represents the entire Norwegian oceangoing fishing fleet, Russian… ...
    1 day ago
  • Inner East cycle consultation
    Auckland Transport recently consulted on cycle networks for the inner western suburbs of the isthmus. Now they’re doing the same thing but for the inner eastern suburbs. Aucklanders have an opportunity to shape the cycle network in the inner-east… ...
    1 day ago
  • Minister undermines State Sector Act
    25 May 2016 The education minister is undermining the principles of integrity and honesty in teacher appointments by interfering with a legal decision designed to avoid cronyism.Today Hekia Parata introduced a supplementary order paper (SOP) to the Education Legislation Bill attempting… ...
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Paula Bennett’s housing deja vu
    After a week of bad media coverage about homelessness in Auckland, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett was today forced to act, announcing that she would pay homeless Aucklanders $5,000 to move to the regions (where they'd conveniently be out of… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
    Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
    frogblogBy Mojo Mathers
    1 day ago
  • Fluoridation: One small step sideways?
    Fluoridation. Let’s not ignore the elephant in the room – the need to separate scientific review from community consultation. Most health officials and science-minded people welcomed the recent announcement of the government’s plan to transfer decisions on water fluoridation from local… ...
    1 day ago
  • Finding a sense of porpoise
    Being a porpoise looks rubbish.Dolphins look like they have fun. They even look like they seek out fun. Okay, the fixed grins make them seem perpetually happy but let’s be honest - when was the last time you saw a… ...
    1 day ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and one with some real business. First, there's the second reading of Sue Moroney's Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill, which will hopefully either pass, force… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    frogblogBy Metiria Turei
    1 day ago
  • Forcing transparency on Ministerial transport
    One of the perks of being a government Minister is the Ministerial limo - a chauffeur-driven car you can take anywhere. These vehicles are publicly funded and used for public business, so we should be able to see who uses… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Wicklow 2 win unconditional bail
    From éirígí: Great result today as éirígí’s Sean Doyle and Citizens Against Privatisation stalwart Eamonn McGrath were released from Cloverhill prison on unconditional bail. The unexpected outcome came virtue of a “technicality” in committal warrants as papers that were due… ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • We shouldn’t just forgive, but pay back odious debt
    Over 9,000 people have signed Action Station's petition calling on the government to forgive odious emergency housing debt. The government's response? Nope:Wiping the debt of people who have been staying in motels for emergency accommodation would not be fair to… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Opening up NLTF to all modes
    The Green Party released a new freight policy yesterday. They’re looking at ways to invest to increase safety and reduce carbon emissions: The Safer, Cleaner Freight policy sets a target for moving half of freight on rail… ...
    2 days ago
  • The American Black Movement in the Sixties: Victories and Lost Opportunities
    The Black Power slogan of the 1960s was replaced with empowerment for the black American middle class and burgeoning capitalist layers The reign of the first black president in the United States is coming to an end.  Obama, or O’Bomber… ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Three Dreams
    I have three dreams. One is characteristic, one is recurring and one is singular.The characteristic one is simple in concept: it's me and my friends going places and doing things. In the last one I can recall, there was a… ...
    2 days ago
  • Did you know this about tigers?
    Next in our series, we turn to the king (and queen) of the jungle - the tiger. Here are 10 incredible tiger facts from forests campaigner Richard George:10. Tigers have better short-term memories than humansTigers’ have one of the best… ...
    2 days ago
  • How well do you know the Polar Bear?
    Since the very beginning of Greenpeace, our movement has been fighting to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable animals. And over the years, we’ve learnt some truly incredible things about the magnificent creatures we share this planet with. So… ...
    2 days ago
  • How well do you know the orangutan?
    Next in the series, forests campaigner Richard George shares his 10 favourite facts about one of of our closest living relatives - the orangutan:10. Orangutans are ticklishThere are two kinds of ticklish. There’s the gentle kind that feels itchy and… ...
    2 days ago
  • Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time
    “Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time.”  This is one of the opening statements made by “John Doe” in his “manifesto” on the Mossack Fonseca trust arrangements. The article continues: “The debate over its sudden acceleration… ...
    Closing the GapBy Ben Smith
    2 days ago
  • Dying For Latvia?
    Preparing For War: Nato forces in the former Soviet republic of Latvia as part of the 2014 "Silver Arrow" military exercises in the Baltic states. Such naked demonstrations of Nato's extended reach - right up to the borders of the… ...
    2 days ago
  • How much do you really know about turtles?
    I’m Willie and I’m an oceans campaigner here at Greenpeace.Over the years I’ve had the privilege of watching turtles from the bow of Greenpeace ships, and many of my colleagues have encountered these peaceful ocean wanderers far out at sea… ...
    2 days ago
  • How much do you know about whales?
    I’m Willie and I’m an oceans campaigner here at Greenpeace.Over the years I’ve had the privilege of seeing lots of whales, both from the deck of Greenpeace ships, and also on whale-watching trips. I’ve been lucky enough to see massive… ...
    2 days ago
  • Are noisy oceans to blame for beached whales?
    Noise is the most invisible of all the man-made threats to the ocean, but to whales who ‘see’ by hearing, they simply cannot escape it.Water is an excellent medium for relaying sound, enabling some species of whale to communicate across… ...
    2 days ago
  • Sylvia Park growth plans
    Sylvia Park is already Auckland’s largest shopping centre, but it’s likely to get even bigger in the next few years. Kiwi Property, who own the centre, have plans to expand the retail offering, as well as adding office buildings. In… ...
    Transport BlogBy John Polkinghorne
    2 days ago
  • PrintNZ Forum Speakers Enlighten Delegates
    Press Release – PrintNZ New Zealand captains of industry Mike Hutcheson, Mike Pero and Kim Campbell shared significant business insight and interesting personal life experience during the PrintNZ Forum at SkyCity on May 13.PRINTNZ FORUM SPEAKERS ENLIGHTEN DELEGATES New Zealand… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    2 days ago
  • Nick Smith: There is NO crisis
    MyThinks has been fielding many questions about Nick Smith. “What’s happening with housing?” “Does Nick Smith know anything about any of his policy areas?” “Why does he look so shifty when he’s telling us what we should think?” These are… ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 days ago
  • Tracking the 2°C Limit – April 2016
    April is starting to come down off the shockingly high anomalies of the first couple of months of this year. GISS is clocking in a still strong warm anomaly of 1.11°C. This is by far the hottest April in the… ...
    2 days ago
  • Fanshawe St Bus Stop improvements
    Occasionally it is small projects that can have a lot of impact on people’s PT experience. With the ever growing number of people working near Victoria Park, an upgrade to the bus stops on Fanshawe St along with improvements to the… ...
    2 days ago
  • Fanshawe St Bus Stop improvements
    Occasionally it is small projects that can have a lot of impact on people’s PT experience. With the ever growing number of people working near Victoria Park, an upgrade to the bus stops on Fanshawe St along with improvements to the… ...
    2 days ago
  • An abuse of the Speaker’s chair
    Last week NewsHub revealed leaked MPI reports which showed that MPI had been turning a blind eye to widespread criminal behaviour in the fishing industry. Today was the first day of Parliament since those revelations, and given their seriousness, it… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • An abuse of the Speaker’s chair
    Last week NewsHub revealed leaked MPI reports which showed that MPI had been turning a blind eye to widespread criminal behaviour in the fishing industry. Today was the first day of Parliament since those revelations, and given their seriousness, it… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Punakaiki Fund invests in Populate
    Crosspost from Punakaiki Fund. New Investment: Populate One of our core motivations at Punakaiki Fund is being able to help and watch companies create a large number of sustainable new jobs. And one of the best people around at hiring… ...
    Lance WiggsBy Lance Wiggs
    2 days ago

  • How the budget fails new New Zealanders
    Greens co-leader James Shaw was absolutely correct to say the 2016 budget is just papering over the cracks. There’s nothing in this budget to increase wages, address inequal pay for carers or deal with the shocking pay rates and employment… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    6 hours ago
  • Parents will pay more as school budgets frozen
    Parents will pay more for their kids’ education as a result of this year’s Budget after the Government froze operational funding for schools, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This means schools are effectively going backwards. They will need to… ...
    8 hours ago
  • Sticking Plaster Budget fails the test
    Bill English’s penultimate Budget fails to tackle the structural challenges facing the economy – a housing crisis, rising unemployment, underfunded health and creaking infrastructure, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This Budget applies a sticking plaster to a compound fracture.… ...
    9 hours ago
  • John Key fails middle New Zealand with no fix for housing crisis, more underfunding of health
    Middle New Zealand has again missed out in this year’s Budget with not a single fix for the housing crisis, and health and education woefully underfunded again, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “This Budget is just a patchwork… ...
    9 hours ago
  • Labour Bill would back Kiwi jobs
    The Government’s $40 billion of buying power would go towards backing Kiwi businesses and jobs under a Labour Member’s Bill which will be debated by Parliament, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “My Bill – which was pulled from… ...
    11 hours ago
  • Julie Anne Genter: My Budget 2016 wish is fairness
    When my parents first visited me in Auckland ten years ago, they remarked on how there were no homeless people on the streets. Coming from Los Angeles, they were used to seeing the impacts of horrendous inequality and a lack… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    13 hours ago
  • Steffan Browning: Pesticide reduction and Organic Growth Strategy in Budget 2016
    Pesticide reduction The Budget is an opportunity for the Government to launch a pesticide reduction strategy that multiplies the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ capacity to reassess pesticides and other toxins.  The Agricultural Compounds and… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning
    14 hours ago
  • Steffan Browning: Pesticide reduction and Organic Growth Strategy in Budget 2016
    Pesticide reduction The Budget is an opportunity for the Government to launch a pesticide reduction strategy that multiplies the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ capacity to reassess pesticides and other toxins.  The Agricultural Compounds and… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning
    14 hours ago
  • Minister won’t fess up on wrong figures
    The Minister of Health was caught out telling porkies in Parliament today when he was asked about the number of people getting access to mental health and addiction services, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. ...
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Scrambled announcement policy on the hoof
    Paula Bennett’s scrambled desperate announcement that she will pay homeless people to move to the regions is just the latest evidence of the disarray this Government’s housing policy is in, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “This is policy… ...
    1 day ago
  • Police Minister admits resolution rates fall short of expectation
    Police Minister Judith Collins has admitted in Parliament current burglary resolution rates are not meeting the expectations of our communities, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash “Out of 284 police stations in New Zealand in 2015, 24 stations recorded zero… ...
    1 day ago
  • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
    Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    1 day ago
  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
    1 day ago
  • Dairy exports fall of 11%: Budget action on diversification needed
    Dairy exports have fallen 11 per cent compared to this time last year, a fall of almost $1.5b, showing the Government must take clear action on diversifying the economy in tomorrow’s Budget, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David… ...
    1 day ago
  • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
    Investors cashing in on skyrocketing Auckland house prices are driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland and causing homeownership rates in some of our poorest suburbs to plummet, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New analysis shows… ...
    2 days ago
  • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
    Budget 2016 must deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave by April 2018 – anything less will be short-changing families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “My Bill which is before Parliament this afternoon has majority support and does just that. I… ...
    2 days ago
  • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
    John Key didn’t tell his own Finance Minister he was about to go on radio and announce he wanted $3b of tax cuts, just days after Bill English ruled them out, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “In Parliament today… ...
    2 days ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    2 days ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    2 days ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
    Aotearoa’s new New Zealanders,  come to our country in vulnerable position: – often away from the culture, communities and families they know, sometimes in neighbourhoods without familiar faces and often encountering barriers to employment. With net migration at 50,000+ a… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    3 days ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    3 days ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    3 days ago
  • A great Budget would
    A great Budget would embrace the challenge of our polluted rivers and move the money away from justifying the status quo water rules into cleaning up waterways. A great Budget would take the Ministry for the Environment freshwater budget and… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    3 days ago
  • Budget building materials policy backfires
    On the eve of this year’s Budget official figures show Nick Smith’s Budget 2014 centrepiece to reduce the cost of building materials has backfired, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have spent the… ...
    3 days ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
    This Thursday Bill English will deliver his eighth Budget. Will it continue the trend of previous National budgets, making tertiary education less affordable, putting only token funds into innovation, and subsidising polluters? Budgets aren’t what they used to be. Once… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    3 days ago
  • Govt must come clean on tax cuts in Budget
    National is making a mockery of the Budget process by dangling the promise of tax cuts but failing to include them in the Budget, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s tax cut promises have turned into a farce. One… ...
    4 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
    Today I want to talk about success. As we know success can come in many different forms, from the fact you all made it here at such an early hour on a Monday, for which I am very grateful, to… ...
    4 days ago
  • Budget must deliver for middle New Zealand
    The Government must ensure next week’s Budget stops the squeeze on middle New Zealand and delivers shared prosperity for all New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. The call follows new research commissioned by Labour that shows working… ...
    4 days ago
  • Our housing emergency – why we have to act
    Marama and Metiria at Homes Not Cars launch On Thursday, Metiria Turei announced the Green Party’s plan to start addressing the emergency housing crisis facing our country. Too many people are without homes right now – homeless. It is the… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    6 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    6 days ago
  • Car rego victims must get a refund
    Motorists who have been overcharged for their car registration should get a refund, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “Minister Nikki Kaye’s ‘faulty risk’ rating scheme has blown up in her face with over 170 different models of car having… ...
    6 days ago
  • Council statement shows they just don’t get it
    The Auckland Council’s statement today shows they don’t understand the problems created by the urban growth boundary, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “I have been the first to defend the Auckland City Council when Bill English has been blaming… ...
    6 days ago
  • Inspecting electronic devices a potential privacy threat
    Labour is expressing concern for New Zealanders’ privacy rights as the Government signals Customs will have the power to inspect electronic devices coming across the border, says Labour’s Customs Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. “We agree that customs officers should have the… ...
    7 days ago
  • The Price of Water
    This week I hosted a public meeting at EIT in Hawkes Bay to discuss how we might put a price on the commercial use of water, so that water may be valued and treated more sustainably. I invited a… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    7 days ago
  • Caption It NZ!
    Today I received a petition from the NZ Captioning Working Group urging the government to legislate for accessibility via closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders. It was timely because today is the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    1 week ago
  • Older Kiwis to miss out on electives
    The Government is not doing enough elective surgery to keep up with New Zealand’s ageing population, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s damning that the targeted national intervention rate for cataract and knee and hip surgery is the same… ...
    1 week ago
  • Most principals say their college is underfunded
    The Government must substantially increase funding for secondary schools in next week’s Budget after a new survey found 86 per cent of principals consider their college under-resourced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Just 14 per cent of secondary principals… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour calls for independent inquiry into illegal fish dumping
    The Labour Party is reiterating its call for an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s fishing industry after two reports revealed the Ministry for Primary Industries turned a blind eye to widespread fish dumping in New Zealand waters, says Labour’s Fisheries… ...
    1 week ago
  • Mt Karangahake and Newcrest Mining
    On Wednesday and Sunday of last week the local residents of the Karangahake mountain in the Karangahake gorge of Hauraki/Coromandel peacefully protested against a gold mining drill rig on private land adjacent to the DOC land. The drilling rig was… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Robbing Aucklanders to pay Rio Tinto
    New Zealand’s national electricity grid stretches the length of the country and contains some 11,803 kilometres of high-voltage lines and 178 substations. It wouldn’t make sense for competing power companies to duplicate and build their own expensive electricity transmission system… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 week ago
  • Government should abolish Auckland urban growth boundary
    The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Over 25 years the urban growth boundary hasn’t… ...
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis don’t want iPads for Land deals
     It is outrageous that schools are relying on money and iPads from foreign land investors to meet the learning needs of their students, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  “Several OIO land applications by offshore investors have claimed that without… ...
    1 week ago
  • Homelessness – National has failed all of us
    A young South Auckland Māori woman recently tried to get hold of me around midnight. I missed her call. The woman wanted me to know the sharp reality facing too many families looking for a stable place to live. Things… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago

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