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Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, July 14th, 2012 - 41 comments
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So the plan to screw down police wages isn’t working, and National are having to keep going with their other approach.  But not everyone is taking death by 1000 cuts lying down.

So apparently the police is no longer a service and should be run like a business.  If we follow that logic, those who pay a bit more should get faster service?  Why do National think the business model fits everything?  When you’ve only got a hammer everything looks like a nail, but most of government can’t be measured purely on the bottom line.

In reality it means the cops have to cop cuts and not complain.  Even though with the loss of non-sworn staff the frontline won’t be on the frontline, but behind a desk doing paperwork.  And when they do go out, they won’t have back-up, leaving them at risk.  Because they won’t have time to be out there doing safe preventative work or investigating your burglary, they’ll be going out there only for the serious people trouble.

On the plus side, the crime rate will drop.  With no-one to investigate things like drug crime, the crimes won’t be found, so they won’t show up in the stats.

But, like in health, it will be preventative work that suffers and builds up problems for the future.  It’s the way National do it – cut back on infrastructure & maintenance; prevention & long-term solutions.  Push them off to the never-never, maybe let the next Labour government start them so they can take the credit when they next get back in…

41 comments on “Police cuts”

  1. muzza 1

    “Why do National think the business model fits everything? ”

    Why do people who still follow politics think that National are actually making their own decisions/policies. Why do people not wake up to the facts that they are being lead into the most dangerous time in our history, while they are watching tv, talking about rugby, or believing that the political system is still for “coming around”, and serving the people!

    Its nothing to do with National, its the whole rotting system which is the problem!

    I guess one day people will ralise what their apathy created!

  2. Kotahi Tane Huna 2

    The next government has to think seriously about rolling back the failed experiments of the late 20thC. The business model is a proven failure when it comes to delivering public services.

    Now where did I leave my tinfoil hat?

    • muzza 2.1

      Just “think seriously”, kind of letting whoever it is off the hook there Bloke!

      You don’t have the chops for a tin foil hat, so being cute is about all you got innit ;)

  3. tc 3

    Collins now Tolley so the police have gone from the vicious and scheming to the downright stupid as a minister, shows the priorities and remember the new frontline cops promised to combat crime….yet another lie the MSM conveniently forget.

    • ochocinco 3.1

      They did get the extra cops…. Counties-Manukau went from approximately 900 to approximately 1200 cops from 2008-2011.

      • lprent 3.1.1

        By taking them out of northland, Christchurch, Auckland central, etc. Even a complete dork should figure out what happens next….

        Auckland central now has issues with drunkenness on the streets, northland has commanders retiring early in protest at sending their cops out unsafely and unable to do heir job. Christchurch has problems with a major disaster….

        This was all predicted and should have been understandable as a cause and effect. Unless you’re a National politician

        • ochocinco 3.1.1.1

          Wrong, wrong, wrong.

          Look, National are a bunch of fucktards but:

          1. Disorder has trended down in Auckland Central since 2007. Simple fact. Why don’t you OIA that (and public place violence). Take out the RWC spike too. Central Auckland is *safer* than it has been for 30 years.
          2. Counties Manukau’s extra 300 didn’t get stripped from elsewhere. They were additional. Again, look at the Annual Reports for the last few years.

          The sort of political kneejerkery you engaged in is EXACTLY why the left gets a bad name. The facts are the facts.

          However, National’s handling of the Police has been shit, as I mentioned below. Will Labour announce its policy? Will it reestablish AMCOS? Will it increase staff numbers? What will it put its signature to?

  4. ochocinco 4

    Here are some issues you have to understand.

    1. Adding police doesn’t reduce crime. It’s the biggest issue, because the general public (including posters here) think that “more frontline = good”. It’s not. Most of the time, frontline cops aren’t preventing crime or making society safer, through no fault of their own – there simply isn’t preventable crime 24/7.

    2. As such, what you need is smart policing (whether you want intelligence-led policing, community-oriented policing, whatever is irrelevant). Some mechanism to target resources where required. Unfortunately, you can’t do that if your limited resources are being squeezed to push out more “frontline” cops who “police dumb” (not that they are stupid, simply that the deployment mechanisms and general tactics aren’t smart)

    3. Like it or not (and I don’t like it), the Police needed to absorb a funding cut. But instead of selectively slicing out chunks of support staff, who enable smart policing through planning and intelligence work, they should have downsized across the board. The problem is the Police association believes in apartheid and would never let a single sworn officer (who has gone through a whopping 19 weeks at Porirua – excuse me for not being amazed when I compare that to the amount of training your average Corporal in the Army has) ever be made redundant.

    4. The problem, does, however, come from National. Judith Collins is a populist b-something-ending-in-itch, and she wanted cops on the street, she wanted more cops out at night (cops at night = fewer cops during daytime when burglaries occur), she wasn’t very interested in major investigations except when the handcuffs came on (as in resourcing the units doing them), and she has a poodle / lapdog in Peter Marshall (who believe me was hailed as the Second Coming until he actually got the job) to do it (yes I know Tolley has the job now but it’s still where Judith made it).

    5. More rotteness: senior female officers retiring / resigning (bad culture at the top). Constantly hiring Poms to do Wellington jobs. The dismantling of NZ’s elite specialist unit, AMCOS, in December 2011 (where was the media when that happened?). The whole OFCANZ fiasco (wherever OFCANZ goes, crooks are delighted because the charges are usually thrown out the next day).

    6. Can’t wait for 2014. If Labour can retake the Treasury Benches, clean out the top cops – remove the poodles and put some men with backbone in – then we have a chance to make NZ safer and better.

    • Tiger Mountain 4.1

      Boy you really got out the violin ochocinco.

      When the coppers support rather than obstruct democratic protest, when they stop turning up in minutes at workers lawful pickets after a boss’s phone call, when detectives stop being bent, when the thuggish police culture is changed, then possibly “smart” policing might be on the agenda.

      • Murray Olsen 4.1.1

        When they’re there to protect the property rights of the rich, that’s what passes for smart policing. After all, what does the life of a woman who’s told to get a taxi when she makes an emergency call mean beside a microphone accidentally left on a restaurant table? How many cops were employed on that one, and for how long?

        • ochocinco 4.1.1.1

          The police are a state agency. They aren’t kulaks.
          If you work in a private capitalist firm, you have zero right to criticise, kulak

          • Murray Olsen 4.1.1.1.1

            Last time I looked, any citizen had a right to criticise. When was this taken away from us?

          • ` 4.1.1.1.2

            I’d be paying serious attention to what Key’s mate Cameron is doing with policing in the UK in handing over services to the private sector. In particular handing them to G4S, which is the crowd that has just failed so spectacularly in sourcing security for the Olympics

            Also…

            Companies on the shortlist include KBR, which helped build the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, and G4S, which has been dogged by allegations of abuse of asylum seekers in its care. It is debatable whether these companies are fit to provide police services to the highly diverse communities of the West Midlands.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Wow, don’t think I’ve ever read such a list of platitudes and slogans…

      Oh, wait, it’s what we always get from National and their stooges.

      • ochocinco 4.2.1

        FOR JESUS’S SAKE I JUST CRITICISED NATIONAL

        I JUST SAID, AND I QUOTE
        “6. Can’t wait for 2014. If Labour can retake the Treasury Benches, clean out the top cops – remove the poodles and put some men with backbone in – then we have a chance to make NZ safer and better”

        • ochocinco 4.2.1.1

          I also said “4. The problem, does, however, come from National. Judith Collins is a populist b-something-ending-in-itch”

          • Dr Terry 4.2.1.1.1

            OK ochocinco, you make a few reasonable points. But what is all this “he-man” stuff about “men with backbone”? We need men and women with brains, for surely you realise that crime statistics fall when criminals learn to be smarter?

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 4.2.1.2

          Tin foil hats all ’round.

          We get the cops we deserve.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.3

          1.) Yes it does as it allow them to being able to spend time on the crimes that do happen and thus more likely to catch the criminals. More criminals caught = less crime. Simple, yes, but it does actually work
          2.) Smart policing is a meaningless slogan as we can assume that the police actually know how to do their job. It certainly shouldn’t be up to the politicians to tell them. Oversight, yes, tell them how to do their job, no.
          3.) No they didn’t, NACT needed to raise taxes

          I didn’t actually read beyond there as I was already disgusted with the over-simplified BS.

    • John Connor 4.3

      This LEFT cares about police too. We should not be idealists.

      When i write to the local paper about the infiltration of colonist immigrants into bureaucracy including health they wont publish it but they will display the ascent/descent of Maori from time to time

      Im an ex-outlaw (obviously) and it is my perception things are gonna get a little wilder.

      The police must assume extremism eventuating.

      The machine algorithms are polarising the peoples attitudes and beliefs along respective continuums

      Statistics and probabilities is not living and not adaptive enough.

      Current outlaws can only be deprived of liberty for a finite time and outbreed remainder.

      Call it the “Trickle Down Effect of Behaviour”

  5. her 5

    There must be far to many cops. When you have 60 plus cops running around Dotcoms lawn for however long and now they are raiding the daktory every other week which takes a team of cops 8 hours to raid one premises for a bit of pot there is obviously not enough for them to do.

    • mike e 5.1

      National get tough on crime yeah right!
      Cuts to back room staff are hindering police.
      Auckland police don’t have enough cars.
      Police are fobbing off complaints because it means to much paper work that use to be done by back room staff.
      Police are making more mistakes because of lay off’s in back room staff.

      • ochocinco 5.1.1

        Auckland Police have plenty of cars. Sorry.
        Police have always fobbed off complaints :P

        • mike e 5.1.1.1

          Och you are talking BS why does a long serving cop resign because he says the govt is deliberately underfunding police and he dosn’t have enough cars to put his officers on patrol.

  6. DH 6

    It looks to me like the same problem the rest of the civil service has, that of management bloat and featherbedders protecting their own positions by passing cuts down the ladder. The Police Commissioner gets paid over $500,000, don’t see them calling for his salary to be cut.

    Some rough numbers. In 2011 there were 8626 FTE constables. Allow an average salary of say $70k and that’s a wages bill of $604million. (Could be higher with overtime etc but close enough to work with).

    Law & order cost the Crown $3,382million in 2011. The constables wages of $604m make up only 18% of it. What’s the rest made up of? If they cut police numbers by 10% they’d only save 1.8% of the law enforcement bill, less really since the reduced numbers would do more overtime. Doesn’t make a lot of financial sense to me.

    Interestingly Defence cost only $1,809mil in 2011, and (surely) they have more staff than law enforcement.

    • RedLogix 6.1

      The Police Commissioner gets paid over $500,000, don’t see them calling for his salary to be cut.

      Yes. A few weeks ago I had the …’privilege’… of listening to our CEO, who gave himself a $45k pay rise this year, explain to us plebs that we were going to be lucky just to keep pace with inflation.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        I trust it was the Board who approved the CEO’s raise. I wonder what they gifted themselves.

      • DH 6.1.2

        The management salary increases are even worse than they look. When the Nats gave the big tax cuts the really big earners got a huge pay rise. A porker troughing $500k off the taxpayer saw their PAYE drop from $185k to $156k. Their real income went from $315,000 to $344,000, that’s a 9.2% pay rise in a single year. And still they demand more.

        Btw when the last Commissioner of Police left he got a “payment of entitlements at last day of duty of $333,398.”. Taxed at the lower rate of course.

    • ochocinco 6.2

      Very different funding.

      Average salary for a police staff member is around the 75-80k mark. I recall that 75-80% of police funding goes on personnel, with a smaller chunk of OPEX and very little CAPEX

      Defence has much lower cost per staff member and much larger CAPEX

      National has fucked over Defence and our snivelling media has said nothing. Nothing.

      • mike e 6.2.1

        Thats because MSM is backing National because their owners ans advertisers want national in power.

  7. Treetop 7

    I think I get it where Dimery is coming from, he does not want political influence upsetting his model of being resourced to make gains and to assure the safety of those who he was responsible for.

    Once cops go to the Office of the Commissioner of Police they become politicised, e.g. van der Velde, then they get sent out to be a district commander and become some what brain washed as they no longer listen to people like Dimery. As well they (politicised cops) do not want to give up the feeling of power and cops like Dimery do not want to lose having the power to ensure the community is safe.

  8. RedBaron 8

    Following on from “ochocinco” (4) it’s not hard to see that the cops will now only pay attention to crimes with an easy to prosecute outcome, those that embarass the ruling party (demos) and those they collect statistics for because if “it isn’t measured then it didn’t happen.” and can be ignored.

    So this is what is behind the ceasing to collect Domestic Violence statistics which really is at complete odds to the spin from Paula Bennett’s mouth about child safety. Welcome back to the right wing future – you can beat the crap out of people who live with you without interference. The same will also go for any other crimes that don’t affect the wealthy, pub brawls, disprderly behaviour etc – there will only be a turn out if there is likely to be property damage.

    • ochocinco 8.1

      You can still get Domestic Violence if you’re smart with your OIAs.

      Request the Monthly Information Report, and also request all 1D incidents and violence incidents where the scene was a private dwelling

      :)

      See, I help, and no doubt I’ll still be accused of being a National stooge when I am basically giving the left the ammo to take on National here.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        that’s clever.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.1.2

        But it would still be a hell of a lot better if the stats were just recorded and reported rather than having to go through and OIA request.

  9. RedBaron 9

    And now to the money. Don’t know if the $3.3billion is only Vote: police or if it includes votes justice, courts and prisons as well.
    Taking a big step backwards, it is money largely consumed by males controlling poor males/poor behaviour (rich male/poor behaviour doesn’t get the same attention) if this is based on a prison population about 95% male??.
    This makes the money spent on the DPB (women looking after children) utterly insignificant so why the animosity towards women on benefits.

    Should we then tax males at a higher rate the females to reflect their cost to society.

    Now I know that is provocative and frankly my favoured solution is home ownership and jobs.
    Nothing like a stake in society to quell some anti social impulses and I’ve always imagined the incentive for crime after a hard day painting the house and mowing the lawns under orders is pretty much gone.

    • ochocinco 9.1

      Crime doesn’t just emerge.
      Now, sociological issues are vital, sure, but difficult to solve

      The big issue is organised crime. Organised crime provides drugs (stimulating burglary to pay for it), creates alternative/damaging black markets, and leads to corruption. Organised crime is a cancer at the heart of NZ and in small towns, BP and the MM can run the place.

      So what did National do? Disbanded NZ’s finest anti-organised crime group, AMCOS, last year.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 9.1.1

        “sociological issues are vital, sure, but difficult to solve”

        Disagree. There are plenty of recent examples of improvements in any number of “sociological issues” in any number of countries. The barriers here are political, not tangible.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2

        Disbanded NZ’s finest anti-organised crime group, AMCOS, last year.

        Doesn’t sound like a disbanding to me.

  10. Treetop 10

    This morning Owen Glenn was interviewed by Kim Hill around 8.30 am on RNZ. On Tuesday the Owen Glenn Foundation is going to announce an 8 million dollar package, the main focus is combating child abuse and domestic violence, Otara was mentioned.

    Every dollar that Glenn puts in is a dollar less that the government and police have to find. I am wondering if Glenn’s generosity has something to do with the Waipareira Trust having their funding for families in crisis cut and that Key was tipped off. Were I the Maori Party or Tamihere, I would knock on Glenn’s door for funding and tell the government to shove their too many strings attached dollars.

  11. John Connor 11

    I live in a small northern, eastern city and consider myself informed on these matters and joe and jenny public have little idea about the spread of OC other than their fearful reactions to reported,recognised or revealed related offending.

    Apparently, according to one of these apocalyptic narratives, the HOPI Indian predicted people fall dead from their own fear of change.

    Yep!

    Only machines do not change their minds. J.E

    Welcome to The Machine. P.F

    welcome my son……

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    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • Nash equilibrium
    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • TEU elections returning officer’s report – national president and vice-...
    National President: The result of the ballot which closed at 5.00pm on Friday 26 September is that Sandra Grey has been elected as National President Te Tumu Whakarae for the 2015 and 2016 term. Vice Presidents: The results of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-09
  • TEU elects Sandra Grey president
    TEU members have voted Dr Sandra Grey to return as their national president for the next two years. Grey, who was previously president during 2011-2012, is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington in social and public policy. Grey’s...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-09
  • Labour’s Review: Terms of Reference Agreed
    Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result.  The review will comprise three elements - a review of Labour's 2014 General...
    Labour campaign | 29-09
  • Pissing on the OIA
    So, not only do our police juke the stats; they also deliberately flout the OIA to cover up evidence of their crime:A damning internal police document has emerged that appears to show senior officers discussed not releasing embarrassing details about...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • New Fisk
    It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • May the best candidate win
    Over the weekend, David Cunliffe bowed to the inevitable and resigned to seek a new mandate from his party. Good. After such an election loss, its appropriate that a party leader accepts responsibility. At the same time, they may still...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • The importance of housing choices in cities
    Good cities should provide choices to their inhabitants. Any big (or small!) city is composed of a variety of people with various preferences, needs, and budgets. Look around you: Aucklanders are a bloody diverse bunch, and we’re getting more so...
    Transport Blog | 28-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
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