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Political vision?

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, May 3rd, 2013 - 61 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, class war, cost of living, democratic participation, elections, jobs, local government, mana, national, political alternatives, poverty, public transport, sustainability, vision, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

What amounts to “good” vision as part of a political campaign?

Is it only in the mind of the holder and skewed by their political position?

Or is it a vision that appeals to the majority, in spite of whether they lean left, right, or to a different place form the left-right spectrum?

Many would say Obama’s “Yes we can” campaign crossed the usual political boundaries.

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However, considering Obama’s bankster backers, I’m inclined to see such a “vision” as a “neoliberal” style presidential branding, rather than on a realistic vision of a fair and livable society for all of the 99%.

After it looked like the New Zealand Herald was starting to promote Maurice Williamson as future mayor, while bagging Len Brown’s Auckland Unitary Plan, I expressed a wish that the Herald cover the upcoming Auckland Council elections in a fair and balanced way.  Today, the Herald editorial, “Where’s the vision, Mr Williamson?” took a promising turn by offering an alternative view to the previous positive articles on Williamson as potential mayoral candidate.

The editorial argues for Len Brown having a vision that John Banks lacked in the last election:

Aucklanders then clearly supported a candidate with ideas and a vision that did not embrace Mr Banks’ perspective or tally with the National Government’s priorities.

The implication is, that Banks’s motives were the same as Williamsons':

… to ensure due heed was paid to a National government’s wishes, some of which would certainly not correspond to the desires of Aucklanders.

So what was Brown’s vision?  The NZ Herald on the night of Brown’s victory in 2010:

The 53-year-old Mr Brown stood on a platform of uniting Auckland’s diverse communities and promised rapid process on rail projects.

len brown mayor for all auckland

This actually amounted to a very narrow vision, focused on a key issue for the majority of Aucklanders – transport in an increasingly grid-locked and sprawling city. It manages to give the semblance of unity, by ignoring some more fundamental issues: realities that divided Auckland Central (Epsom?) and North Shore NAct supporters of “neoliberal” values, from those in West and South Auckland struggling to to survive on meagre incomes.

Today’s Herald editorial also glosses over a fundamental division: one which influences many people’s politics for the future.  The editorial dismisses Auckland mayoral candidate John Minto as, like Williamson, lacking vision.  The editorial argues that there needs to be a “worthy rival” to contest Brown’s “policies and planks”.

Only then will the advancement and assessment of alternative ideas, part of the fabric of a healthy democracy, take place. Unfortunately, such an opponent has not emerged. It is not John Minto, the Mana Party candidate for Manukau East at the last general election, who announced his bid yesterday. Nor is it the National Party’s long-standing Pakuranga MP, Maurice Williamson, who is considering running. In both cases, these are the wrong men wishing to be the mayor for the wrong reason.

The wrong reason given for Williamson is that he would just be there to do the National Party bidding, and to work in the interests of Aucklanders.  Presumably the implication is that Minto is just standing to promote Mana, and not in the interests of Aucklanders.

However, Mana does have a clear vision:

MANA will promote the principle that what is good for Maori is good for Aotearoa. MANA will promote policies that allow all New Zealanders to lead a good life. MANA will outline a budget to meet those expectations. MANA will bring courage and honesty to political endeavour. MANA will guarantee a measure of people power and accountability from its MPs, that has never been seen before in this country.

mana for all

And clearly, Mana and Minto campaign for those struggling on low incomes. Minto does see the mayoral campaign as the opportunity to get Mana’s message out there.  However, it is a message in support of the struggling people that are too often sidelined by the main focus of Brown’s vision.  Brown ignored the workers at the Ports of Auckland. He has a very good vision for compact housing, but it ignores the issue of the need for social, including state, housing.

Minto is standing for the “majority of Aucklanders struggling to get ahead”.  He will focus on these issues:

· Traffic gridlock
· Affordable rental housing
· A living wage for Aucklanders
· Who runs the supercity – Auckland or Wellington?
· Rates and council charges

And as I was typing, Minto was just talking on RNZ about Brown’s failure to support (Port of) Auckland workers, and about Brown’s mayoralty being barely distinguishable from that of John Banks.

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What sort of vision should left and progressive candidates and parties provide in the up-coming local authority elections around NZ, and in NZ’s parliamentary elections in 2014?

61 comments on “Political vision?”

  1. Tracey 1

    With Williamson not yet declared in the race it is premature to declare him visionless.

  2. Tiger Mountain 2

    Well commenters like Rudman need to read the Daily Blog and get their heads around the fact that there is a highly credible third candidate in John Minto. An articulate experienced guy who has put himself on the line for decades, supports the GI residents and waterside union members unlike Brown.

    Minto’s ‘vision’ is pretty damn clear from his own words and published here by Karol. The trick is to get the vote out. At least John has not been captured by the right like ‘Lenslide’ Brown or is a natural tory like Williamson so he can unequivocally express Te Manas left wing and “unite all who can be united” views.

    The supercity was ACTs dirty filthy experiment with the undemocratic CCOs, no Māori representation etc. A genuine leftie is needed to help turn it around.

    • Sanctuary 2.1

      What a load of hogwash – some people here are badly in need of a reality check. John Minto is not a credible candidate. He has got no money and no constituency. While I admire his relentless energy he will be little more than an electoral wrecker for the left. Given he is an out-and-out unreformed 1930s Comintern style Marxist who probably thinks John A. Lee was a lackey of the capitalist classes for fighting in the Great War Minto is as committed to the defeat of Len Brown as any Cameron Brewer might be. To unreformed Marxists like John Minto Len Brown is a callaboratist class traitor whose actions merely mask the repression of the Prolitiariat by the capitalist class. He likes the idea of ensuring moderate candidates from the left(ish) side lose, because he still believes in the revolutionary theory that polarising the debate brings the revolution that one step closer.

      Minto is at his best as a tireless community activist, not as a politician.

      I know his yellow bellied response to the PoAL dispute has put Brown out of favour with the fervent true believers, but the airy dismissal by Karol of Len Brown’s achievements as the first supercity mayor smacks of the frankly ridiculous musing of a political naiveté. In face of a flawed supercity model foisted on the people of Auckland by Rodney Hide (whose weekly Herald column is like a slow motion strip tease revealing just how thick he actually is), the need to unite several different councils, IT systems, workforces, cultures and somehow keep the city functioning, and the lack of accountability of the CCOs, he has done a reasonable job. In the face of unrelenting and childishly spiteful opposition from central government Brown has managed to at least keep PT and the CRL on the agenda.

      Brown is far from pefect, but he has a solid political support base he is actually from and which he knows and likes and he is streets ahead in electoral terms than a card carrying Marxist from the self-styled Bohemian inner city ‘burbs.

      • Rogue Trooper 2.1.1

        :-D (She Sells, Sanctuary)

        • Jenny 2.1.1.1

          ….he is an out-and-out unreformed 1930s Comintern style Marxist.

          Twice within the period of a few weeks and 30 years after the cold war ended, we have the red terror thrown at us again.

          How about trying this for a change, Sanctury. Discuss the policies.

          • Populuxe1 2.1.1.1.1

            What policies? The only vision yet presented is a continuation of Len Brown’s soft left and generally quite succesful policies. Williamson hasn’t even said he’s running yet, and Minto – someone the electoral majority find off putting – has just got the usual Mana industrial strength weapons grade handwavium and warm fuzzy abstract nouns.

          • BLiP 2.1.1.1.2

            The Right is incapable of discussing the policies, mainly because most of them can’t be bothered reading them, let alone understanding them. No, discourse with the Right requires conversation be devolved to perjorative lables and a 1980s primary-school concept of economics, Te Tiriti O Waitangi, justice, and school yard taunts. The ones to watch out for are those who inject new lables and feed out salacious ad hom by innuendo. And seek to influence by the use of fear.

          • Sanctuary 2.1.1.1.3

            Red terror? What are you on about? Minto’s political beliefs are hardly a secret – he has been around long enough to have told half the nation personally. I don’t give two fiddlesticks that he is a Marxist, his politics are relevant because they inform the shrewd observer as to the real motive behind this political project in running against Brown.

            I don’t for a second believe he thinks he will come within a country mile of winning. His sole aim in running will be to wreck Len Brown, so he can then happily carry on as usual moaning “Oh! Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system!” when the right start flogging off the CCO’s to all the “right” people.

            As for the policies – Most of Mana’s wider policy is feelgood waffle about issues it would zero ability to do anything about from the mayors office and that are rightly matters of national not regional government. It has an emphasis on bi-culturalism that might fly up North but would be poison in the most culturally diverse city in the country, and (by the look of it) Minto is quite keen on deliberately buying into a confrontation with Wellington – a disasterous policy that would inevitably lead to a fight he would have something less than zero chance of winning.

            What would he do about the UP? Bin it as part of the war with Wellington? His whole mayoral bid is preposterous, the very worst sort of left wing self-indulgence and wishful thinking.

            • Tiger Mountain 2.1.1.1.3.1

              John Minto will not be running for you Sanctuary. Candidates usually claim to support everyone, all citizens, Mana does not and that is the key difference. Welcome to a class analysis.

              Minto has been battoned, locked up and variously assaulted by the NZ blue bellies for years and had his ribs kicked in as recently as last year defending the people at Glen Innes Auckland. That level of dedication is what the people that will vote for him see. Gentler souls can vote for Len or Cits and Rats if they so desire.

              • Populuxe1

                “Class analysis” or “class war”? That sort of cartoon Marxism doesn’t really wash with the electorate, so don’t hold your breath.

                • karol

                  Ah, yes. We’re not supposed to provide any kind of class analysis, because that would disrupt from the fun of personality politics and neoliberal branding. And it would just make the comfortable middle classes a little uncomfortable, because elections are all about them these days.

                  Resorting to a “cartoon” as a dismissive, is a lame attempt to divert from the struggles of people on low incomes.

                  Whats more “cartoon” than “I’m a Key person”, or “Yes we can”?

                • Tiger Mountain

                  Does ‘wash’ actually with part of the electorate when you reduce it down to action like “Feed the Kids” and involve people that have previously been politically marginalized.

                  It may not suit some blogging woofters and mid level socio economic kiwis but Te Mana Movement is acting regardless. I mean why did the Nats extend K-GCSB powers and ban at sea protest action? It was a reaction to stuff mana and green activists had done.

      • karol 2.1.2

        Sanctuary, if you read my last post on the Auckland Unitary Plan, you will see I am far from doing an “airy dismissal of Brown”. I think the AUP has a lot going for it, and ditto for Brown’s transport plans.

        However, I can also see that Minto is focusing on issues that Brown’s narrow unity focus marginalises.

        It seems to me that whenever someone in politics starts speaking for the politically disengaged and people struggling on low incomes, their motives are questioned as being mere vote-getting, self-promotion, or “ideologically” underhand. Something similar has happened with MSM commentators’ responses to the Labour-Green NZ Power – the likes of Colin Espiner & Fran O’Sullivan dismiss it as a cynical attempt at getting votes. This is them avoiding saying they don’t support social justice for those on low incomes.

        For all the good things in the AUP, the promotion of it tends to focus on private sector accommodation. Brown’s Auckland Council seems unwilling to comment on the problem for low income people in finding affordable rental accommodation. And social housing just seems to get marginalised or ignored. For Auckland to be a “livable city” for those on low incomes, the issues of affordable rents and diminishing state housing stock need to be brought into the centre of the discussions and of council contests.

        Brown offers the same temptations and failings that I have struggled with for at least a couple of decades: he represents the lesser evil of Third Way compromise – the pitch is primarily at not scaring the middle-classes, while those on low incomes continue to languish.

        Even with Minto running and my support of his platform, it’s still possible that I will vote Brown – I’ll wait for the contest of ideas and vested interests to play out further before making my final decision.

        However I vote, I do not doubt Minto’s sincerity in his campaign for the disempowered and politically disconnected, struggling on low incomes.

        We need more political candidates standing up for strong left principles of social justice, workers’ rights, and social security for all. Then we will be able to relegate Third Way, soft “neoliberalism” to the dustbin of history.

      • Lefty 2.1.3

        Sanctuary, instead of speculating on what Minto might beleive you might want to compare his actual words and actions with Len Browns over a period of years.

        Len’s sins are far greater than his yellow bellied response to the Ports dispute. He refuses to confront the dodgy and overpaid leaders of the CCOs, he promotes PPPs and he is absolutely a part of the rotten elite who run the country – he just happens to disagree over a few details around transport and planning with the ones that are in government at the moment.

        We have seen no real vision around either housing or transport from him – just alternative ways of making the same old handouts to the same group of developers and transport multinationals that have been riding the local government gravy train for decades.

        For example we have not heard a word about things like reducing public transport fees to a nominal amount to get people using it, because that would mean taking back ownership of public transport.

        We have not heard a word about cutting private property developers out of the housing loop (apart from allowing people to build their own homes).

        In fact we have seen neither innovation nor imagination from Len we aren’t likely ever to do so from a any establishment figure because the establishment don’t do innovation or creativity.

        Of course Minto is unlikely to come anywhere near being a serious challenge to Len, or to any other right wing candidate like Williamson or Brewer either because he totally lacks the resources and the right wing respectability required but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t give people an alternative to poisonous old right wing men in suits to vote for.

        Fuck that shit about not splitting the centre right vote and letting the far right in.

        After all the lesser of two evils is still evil and voting for the likes of Brown because he might not be quite as nasty and arrogant as Williamson only encourages the sort of bad behaviour right wing social democrats have been conning us with for the last thirty years.

      • Murray Olsen 2.1.4

        John Minto is far from being a 1930s Comintern Marxist. He believes in parliamentary democracy, for a start. He just believes it will never work in favour of the majority without continual pressure from the streets. He is one of the most honest people I have ever met and has more integrity in his little finger than a restaurant full of important politicians.

        Len Brown is a collaborationist class traitor though. You got that bit right.
        John as Mayor would be a breath of fresh air and honesty for Auckland. Even a strong campaign would show the majority of the people that the city can be taken back from the citrats and developers. Of course, the cops would have to be a bit more subtle in singling him out for the odd aggravated assault.

        • Sosoo 2.1.4.1

          Who wouldn’t agree that Minto is an honest man? That doesn’t stop him from being unelectable. A lot of regular folks consider him poisonous. I think they are wrong, but they won’t be swayed.

  3. What is Minto’s real reason for running? Too boost his lagging profile? To boost temana’s profile at the next general election?

    There is no way he can win. why run?

    How can anyone vote for such a vile racist party as temana, who one of their current members said she broke open champagne when she heard about 9/11.

    She was glad people died?

    That little soundbite you posted, is not what temana stands for.

    They dont give a f bout poor people, they just care about their own broken ideology. Take a look at their party list.

    If Minto gets more than 2% of the vote in the election, then more mug the people of auckland.

    • karol 3.1

      What is this “broken ideology” of which you speak, if it isn’t part of a politics that struggles for the well being of those on low income?

      • Brett Dale 3.1.1

        No, its what nearly every country around the globe has said no to.

        • BLiP 3.1.1.1

          Leaders who lie? Politicians sitting around getting drunk and abusing the servants? Carrying out illegal armed raids on New Zealanders at the behest of Hollywood? Flogging off essential infrastructure to multinational negatively geared credit default swap insurance companies? Surrounding Aotearoa with dodgy oilwells constructed over rumbling earthquake shaken tectonic plates? A police force which publicly celebrates those who corrupt justice and imprison the innocent? Ignoring thousands of hungry children? I’ve had enough of that, thanks.

  4. Bill Engrish 4

    John Minto gets more attention than deserved for a guy who stood in Manukau East during the 2011 general election and won 461 votes to Labour MP Ross Robertson’s 19,399.

    I look forward to all the smart political analysis from commentators saying Minto will “split the left vote” away from Brown.

    What a distraction.

  5. MY AUCKLAND MAYORAL CAMPAIGN COMMENT PUBLISHED ON TV3 WEBSITE:

    (How you can still get the message out when you don’t have $500,000 in campaign funds! :)

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Protestors-Minto-Bright-to-run-for-mayoralty/tabid/1607/articleID/296315/Default.aspx

    PENNY BRIGHT wrote:

    I tried to warn you folks – that the Auckland $upercity would be a SUPER RIPOFF – a super public trough, for fewer but bigger private snouts.

    Where was I wrong?

    Why I stood as an Auckland Mayoral candidate in 2010:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10673942

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/video.cfm?c_id=1&gal_objectid=10673942&gallery_id=113947

    2013 ACTION PLAN against ‘white collar’ crime, corruption and ‘corporate welfare’

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com/action-plan-to-prevent-corruption/

    PROVEN TRACK RECORD, as a successful Occupy Auckland Appellant (in my own name) in fighting the corporate 1% who run the Auckland region, ‘like a business – for business':

    EVIDENCE in the following High Court document – exposing the role of the unelected Committee for Auckland, of which the CEO for Auckland Council, Doug McKay is a member. So – whose interests is he serving?
    The majority of citizens and ratepayers – or his corporate mates?

    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/OCCUPY-AUCKLAND-APPEAL-APPLICATION-BY-APPELLANT-BRIGHT-TO-ADDUCE-NEW-EVIDENCE-pdf.pdf

    There is more!

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation’ campaigner
    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    PS: My defended hearing in the above-mentioned Court case on the charge of ‘willful trespass’ for occupying John Banks electoral office on 18 June 2013 – has been adjourned until 27 September 2013 :)

  6. Ad 6

    Len Brown has generated what no-one else before him has ever done: an Auckland Plan that has a long term and unifying direction. He will also shortly deliver a Unitary Plan that replaces the swath of double-layered mess Aucklanders previously had. Both have been done with genuine consultation on a scale that has not been attempted before in the country let alone Auckland.

    He has also pulled the CCOs into line particularly Transport, and has already signalled that he sees that others will be merged or pulled in-house.

    Sure some will campaign less for him because of the Waterside Workers action. Agreed.

    But there is no other candidate from the left or right would would have had a chance of doing what has been done so far. Otherwise they would have put their hand up last time or now.

    So to be really clear: Auckland has a vision. It’s called the Auckland Plan. We don’t need any more “visions”, from Mana or anyone. We need to make the one that thousands of Aucklanders have engaged on actually turn into a reality.

    • Anne 6.1

      +1

      Sorry Penny Bright and John Minto… but Len Brown is our only guarantee we don’t end up with a NAct mayor. No, he’s not perfect (nobody is) but he’s the best we’ve had since Robbie. Think of the awful consequences of Brown losing…

      • Penny Bright 6.1.1

        With all due respect – it’s NOT a ‘left’ vs ‘right’ issue here.

        It’s the corporate and property developer 1% vs the public majority 99%.

        Although Len Brown promised to ‘open the books’ – they’re STILL not open.

        We don’t know EXACTLY where rates monies are being spent – the names of the consultants/contractors; the scope, value or term of the contracts.

        That’s why I have refused to pay rates for over 5 years – because we’re not being told EXACTLY where this money is going.

        I’m making a stand – which cannot be ignored – in support of our lawful rights as citizens and ratepayers to ‘open, transparent and democratically-accountable’ local government – which we are NOT getting under the Auckland ‘$upercity’ Council.

        With all due respect – why would the Committee For Auckland and NZ Property Council want to get rid of Mayor Len Brown?

        Whose interests are being served?

        Have YOUR rates gone up or down under this Auckland $upercity – SUPER RIPOFF?

        NB: Some of us have opposed this corporate takeover of the Auckland region from Day One:
        Seen http://www.stopthesupercity,org.nz ?

        Penny Bright
        ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation’ campaigner

        http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com
        http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz

        • Rogue Trooper 6.1.1.1

          you bring an entertained smile to this “lefties” day Penny. You have some grit all of your own.

        • Brett Dale 6.1.1.2

          What are laws around candidates blogging during the local body elections?

          • BLiP 6.1.1.2.1

            Good question . . . found it!

          • lprent 6.1.1.2.2

            None.

            • Brett Dale 6.1.1.2.2.1

              Cool, thanks for the info. The internet wouldnt exist, if every question got
              answered by a link to “let me google that for you”

              • lprent

                We usually restrict what people say on a election day for a general election. There are requirements in the electoral act about what can be published in the media on that day. But are we media? We just don’t allow much political comment on that day because we don’t want to be the test case. Local government is mostly a postal vote over several weeks and runs under different rules.

                There are some restrictions about what constitutes political donations. For instance if I allowed a clear advertisement that has placement value on site for a candidate. But the only time we did that was for the MMP referendum, and we gave them a nominal amount to declare (to avoid being a test case).

                http://elections.org.nz has quite a lot of material and commentary on the restrictions

        • unpcnzcougar 6.1.1.3

          Surely there are laws that state you must be up to date with your rates to stand for Council!

      • Murray Olsen 6.1.2

        As far as I can see, the awful consequences of Brown losing are painted with the same broad brush strokes as the awful consequences of Brown winning.

    • Naturesong 6.2

      Since John Minto came to the public’s attention with HART, he has been consistently on the right side of history. I have huge respect for the man.

      I hope his run generates enough momentum to give Len Brown a big enough scare to bring him back to the centre left.

      • Ad 6.2.1

        More likely Williamson or any other rag-tag righty will just cancel the loons on the other side out.

        Seriously, Len Brown should have lost. He was avowedly Labour when the Labour Party in a time where Labour couldn’t win a lolly scramble. Aucklanders should have voted according to their real estate interests. Instead …
        … by the end of Brown’s next term the following would have happened, and no, Minto would have achieved none of it:

        – A plan for Auckland that a huge majority agree with
        – A functioning public transport system, with new train stations and bus stations at every major junction, and the entire motorway network completed
        – The City Rail Link under construction
        – New planned suburb at Ormiston under construction
        – Massey North – and much of the west generally – reborn from a tired sleeper-suburb to a massively integrated new development, not dominated by Westfield
        – A reasonable chance that for the first time in its political life, a united Auckland will be fully politically aligned to central government.
        – Auckland’s waterfront open to the public and flourishing, from the Harbour Bridge to Cooks Wharf.

        No abstract nouns about poverty or love or hope or any other bull. Just good progress.

        • Rogue Trooper 6.2.1.1

          yet, the prospective woes facing Auckland across the next 30 years are still substantial.

          • Ad 6.2.1.1.1

            After 60 years of motorway-fuelled real estate capitalism, what you will get in 6 years is a bit of softening. Don’t ever expect Auckland to turn into Copenhagen.

            • Rogue Trooper 6.2.1.1.1.1

              i was thinking a puddly Kuala Lumpur, without the attractions.(now where did I place my passport).

      • Populuxe1 6.2.2

        Not convinced his absurd protests against tennis-player Shahar Pe’er put him on the right side of history – personally I think it made him look like a dick. Given that every Israeli citizen has compulsory military service, surely there would be more relevant Israeli targets to protest – like perhaps actually political ones.

        And then there was his public “rejection” of the South African Companion of OR Tambo Award, even though he’d never been offered it in the first place.

        • Brett Dale 6.2.2.1

          and for the fact when that invercargill cafe refused to serve Israeli’s, and Minto refused to protest that cafe, saying “I couldnt care less if two isareli’s cant get a cup of coffee” shows that is not always on the right side of history.

          • BLiP 6.2.2.1.1

            Ummm . . . no. It highlights that when you ask John Minto a question he will tell you the truth. Like it or not.

            • Brett Dale 6.2.2.1.1.1

              So hes a bigot.

              • Clockie

                Define your terms. Was it bigoted for much of the civilized world to refuse to play sport with apartheid Sth Africa?

                • Of course not, but to refuse to sure people in a cafe because of where they’re from is, and its also fuckin disgusting. But hey, you werent refused service, so thats okay then.

                  • BLiP

                    Huh – I’m sure it was the cafe owner who refused service? Had good reason to, as well. And that’s why they are not a bigot. See, a bigot, by definition, believes things based on ignorance. Like you.

                  • Clockie

                    @ Brett Dale; So refusing to play sport with Sth Africans who may or may not have supported apartheid was fine (you agree), but refusing to serve coffee to Israelis (who may or may not be supporters of the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory) is morally wrong. Both things may be unfair (the affected parties may not support the thing you’re protesting against), but the point is that the evil being protested against outweighs a game of rugby or an espresso. Difficult philosophical and ethical concept for you to wrap your head around I know..

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Of course not, but to refuse to sure people in a cafe because of where they’re from is, and its also fuckin disgusting.

                    I thought you were fine with business owners having freedom of choice, brettyboy

          • Murray Olsen 6.2.2.1.2

            Did you hop down to Invercargill to protest outside the cafe? John puts his money where his mouth is, you put your foot where your mouth is, and Israelis are hardly without representation anyway. I’m sure they could have dragged the odd Mossad agent away from passport fraud duties to make them a cup of coffee if it had been a problem.

      • Lefty 6.2.3

        I don’t think Len was ever centre left. It has been a convenient lie to pull out now and then.

  7. Ed 7

    In many cities around New Zealand, standing for Mayor as well as for Council is he only way to get any publicity – hence there are often nearly as many candidates for Mayor as for Council. Those that stand only for Council have a much lower chance of being elected than those who get the publicity of the “presidential” race. After all, just as at national level, all wisdom springs from the one person in charge. . The drawback is that many do not know who has a real chance of getting enough votes to win the mayoralty, and too many could indeed split the vote. Not much chance of that with Brown, but it may be why the right is having difficulty. Perhaps they will put Aaron Gilmore forward?

  8. Stirring it up on Kiwiblog………….. ;)

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/05/herald_attacking_maurice_before_he_even_decides.html/comment-page-1#comment-1136792

    YOU WANT ‘VISION’?

    Try this for size Kiwibloggers

    2013 ACTION PLAN against ‘white collar’ crime, corruption and ‘corporate welfare’

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com/action-plan-to-prevent-corruption/

    PROVEN TRACK RECORD, as a successful Occupy Auckland Appellant (in my own name) in fighting the corporate 1% who run the Auckland region, ‘like a business – for business’:

    EVIDENCE in the following High Court document – exposing the role of the unelected Committee for Auckland, of which the CEO for Auckland Council, Doug McKay is a member.

    So – whose interests is he serving?

    The majority of citizens and ratepayers – or his corporate mates?

    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/OCCUPY-AUCKLAND-APPEAL-APPLICATION-BY-APPELLANT-BRIGHT-TO-ADDUCE-NEW-EVIDENCE-pdf.pdf

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Protestors-Minto-Bright-to-run-for-mayoralty/tabid/1607/articleID/296315/Default.aspx

    I tried to warn you folks – that the Auckland $upercity would be a SUPER RIPOFF – a super public trough, for fewer but bigger private snouts.

    Where was I wrong?

    Why I stood as an Auckland Mayoral candidate in 2010:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10673942

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/video.cfm?c_id=1&gal_objectid=10673942&gallery_id=113947

    Have YOUR rates gone UP or DOWN?

    Cut rates by cutting out the consultants and private contractors and return Council services back ‘in-house’ under the ‘public service’ model.

    Save MILLION$ by cutting out all those private ‘piggies-in-the-middle’ who are dependent on long-term ‘corporate
    welfare’.

    Open the books!

    I want to know where EVERY $ of ratepayer monies is being spent / invested / loaned ….

    Dump the ‘Corporate Controlled Organisations’ (oops – sorry ‘Council Controlled Organisations – CCOs), which have been the mechanism for the corporate takeover of the Auckland region, and bring Council services back under the direct democratic control of elected representatives.

    Stop this ‘market madness’ Auckland growth strategy, as outlined in the DAFT Unitary Plan.

    Why does all this ‘growth’ have to come to Auckland?

    Who benefits from this Auckland growth strategy apart from property developers, speculators and overseas investors?

    Where did this magic ‘million’ figure of Auckland population increase over the next 30 years actually come from?

    Where is the NATIONAL growth strategy – encouraging immigrants to settle in areas SOUTH of the Bombay Hills?

    Transport: Why are the public subsidising PRIVATE passenger transport?

    How about we change the uniforms and business cards and take back the operation and management of the Auckland passenger rail network back from French multi-national Veolia and give it to Auckland Transport to manage directly?

    (After we’ve got rid of the Auckland Transport CCO model).

    Same applies to Watercare.

    That should do for starters…………

    Have a LOVELY evening!

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation’ campaigner.

    2013 Auckland Mayoral Candidate

    ‘Her Warship’

  9. millsy 9

    The left are better off to stick to what they do best, and advocate for:

    Libararies
    Parks, playgrounds, community halls, community centres, and green spaces
    Swmming pools
    better public transport (AND TAKING THE GODDAMN BUSES BACK INTO PUBLIC OWNERSHIP).
    Social housing
    Keeping water assets in public hands

    ..and steer clear of:

    abstract “Unified Plans”
    abstract art in public places
    subsidies for professional sporting codes (the mantra should be “let Rupert pay for it”)

    .. and openly oppose:

    Road pricing and congestion charging in any way, shape or form

    The left has drifted from its bread and butter in recent years, Len Brown, I dont think, ever said anything about parks and libraries in his campaign.

    • karol 9.1

      The Unified Plan is far from “abstract”. It sets up regulations and rules for guiding future changes in the city.

      The Auckland Plan, which preceded and is coordinated with the Transport: Why are the public subsidising PRIVATE passenger transport?

      How about we change the uniforms and business cards and take back the operation and management of the Auckland passenger rail network back from French multi-national Veolia and give it to Auckland Transport to manage directly?

      (After we’ve got rid of the Auckland Transport CCO model). Auckland Unitary Plan includes libraries and park as part of the important thing to the city.

      662_ In Auckland, infrastructure refers to a broader range of services and includes investments in libraries, museums, and recreation and sports facilities. In addition, the public open space network is part of the publicly provided infrastructure….

      For the purposes of this Plan, critical infrastructure is defined as “Infrastructure assets, services and systems which:…

      are fundamental to the long-term well-being of the community, and contribute to Auckland’s liveability, such as those components relating to cultural and social infrastructure (e.g. public open space and libraries)”.

      Agree on taking buses back into public ownership, and with Penny when she said this:

      Transport: Why are the public subsidising PRIVATE passenger transport?

      How about we change the uniforms and business cards and take back the operation and management of the Auckland passenger rail network back from French multi-national Veolia and give it to Auckland Transport to manage directly?

      (After we’ve got rid of the Auckland Transport CCO model).

  10. Lefty 10

    All the great plans in the world won’t make the slightest bit of differencc while the same old group run the city.

    Unelelected power brokers make all the real decisions, while senior council staff have been bending the rules for developers for many years. They will continue to do so until the power is removed from them and the CCOs and put in the hands of elected representatives where it belongs.

    The interests of the well connected at national and local level will continue to be put before the needs of Aucklanders until there is a council leadership that does not come from that same elite group.

    Even within the grey men who control things there is some diversity. Len is simply one of their faces who happens to be a bit more user friendly than most and any competition between the him and the likes of Williamson or Banks is just a bit of friendly jousting among the boys.

    Len Brown is a creature of the system and will never lead the necessary rebellion against it.

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    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
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