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Polity: A clear choice on education

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, July 7th, 2014 - 144 comments
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polity_square_for_lynnReposted from Polity.

One of the most prominent battlegrounds in this election campaign will be education. Both large parties know our kids deserve better than the two-tier education system we currently have. Both have clear, costed plans they think can help. And now the public can choose.

On one side, Labour wants to give each child more of their teachers’ attention with smaller class sizes, allow schools get rid of the stigmatising influence of “voluntary” donations, and help ensure every kid is learning for the 21st century on a portable digital device. These are practical, at-the-coal-face ideas that are both sound and popular.

National’s idea is really very different. They believe that allowing top Principals to become roaming regional uber-Principals, and doing the same with teachers, will solve the issues.1 They seem to believe that whatever works for decile 10 Taradale School near Napier will be just as effective at decile 1 Te Awa school a few kilometres down the road, as if kids leave their lives at the school gate. Theirs is a one-size-fits-all delusion.

Actions, of course, speak louder than words. Both John Key and Bill English have chosen to send their own kids to private schools. In 2005, the Listener asked John Key why that was:

Mostly for educational reasons. Their schools have smaller class sizes and are better resourced than most state schools.

There you have it. Smaller class sizes are better for kids. The Prime Minister’s actions show that even he believes it. But he is not offering smaller classes for all Kiwi kids. Labour is. The choice is clear.

  1. As long like anoraks may know, my broad view on performance pay for teachers differs from most within Labour. I think there is a real place for it. But, unlike Hekia Parata, I do not think it is a panacea.

144 comments on “Polity: A clear choice on education”

  1. Chrissy 1

    The 2000 teachers policy is a beaut! making sure they and their colleagues are top quality teachers is absolutely crucial too: decent pay, professional respect, attracting the best people and keeping them there have got to be part of this, but making a few of them into consultant teachers or heads roaming around away from their schools and classes seems counter-productive. Great teachers should be teaching!

  2. Lanthanide 2

    “As long like anoraks may know, my broad view on performance pay for teachers differs from most within Labour. I think there is a real place for it.”

    Certainly there is. In the sense that all of our teachers need to be paid 50% more than they currently are, and they need to perform much better than they currently are.

    When the job of a teacher is as respected and rewarded by society as being an engineer, doctor or lawyer is, we will finally have an education system that is capable of doing its best by all its pupils.

    • Tracey 2.1

      the “market” worshippers tell us we have to pay gross salaries to ceos to get the bestones in public and private sector BUT are incredibly silent about applying that to teachers?

      Sart by paying them to train, nurses too, just as we do the Police.

    • Northshoreguynz 2.2

      There was a time, not that long ago, when teachers were paid the same as a back bench MP.

  3. Herodotus 3

    Great to see education taking a leading roll in the election.
    Just a note after labour reduced the class sizes for new entrant classes in their last time in office, this did have the unforeseen implication of some schools were required to build additional classes. With many of our local schools being under pressure for space. how will these great policies be implemented with the additional cost for additional classes to be built with the decline of outdoor areas .But I do accept that I maybe jumping the gun and such details are planned in the future for release. Great start to the campaign :-)

    • James Thrace 3.1

      We need to start building our schools UP, not out.

      I sometimes marvel at the two storey schools sometimes seen on American docos/ TVs.

      I don’t like the block look, but having two rooms on top of one another (like a house) could be a real possibility.

      Downside would be the extra cost of making all classes accessible, especially if school was built on flat land (elevators etc). On sloping land about 30degrees and up (not an engineer!) , I’d imagine it’d be easy enough to have both up and down rooms accessible without need for elevators through cutting into the hillside or whatever.

      • Herodotus 3.1.1

        Ther are already a few schools out botany ( south East Auckland – was previously part of manukau ) that are multi storey, unfortunately a few have weather tight issues that have or are currently being remediated at some substantial cost.Due to pressure on min of ed budgets many new schools that were built since the turn of the century are on the minimum land area just over 2 ha. Which places great stain on both future expansion and playgrounds..

  4. fisiani 4

    So 2000 extra currently unemployed teachers or 0.9 teacher/school will somehow magically fix education. These people are either inexperienced, incompetent or unfit if they don’t have a job. Forget hiring talented immigrants because Labour’s ban on immigrants blocks that. So just 2,000 extra unionists making compulsory payments to the Labour Party. BTW Will the male teachers have to apologise for being male?
    Or have a merit based system where teacher quality is enhanced given it is the single most important factor.
    This is indeed a defining election issue . Quantity versus Quality.
    Lanthanide is correct. We need to pay the best teachers to stay in the classroom and impart their excellence to others. The National argument is better understood by parents. It will be a vote winner.

    • stevo 4.1

      ‘We need to pay the best teachers to stay in the classroom ‘

      Yet Nationals policy is to do exactly the opposite.?
      back to school Fisi .

      • fisiani 4.1.1

        No, you are wrong. National’s policy is to take teachers to several classrooms to pass on their knowledge

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          And while they’re in between classrooms they’re not teaching and most of their time will actually be spent between classrooms. National’s policy suck for our children and our country but it will be great for a few – which is true of National’s policies in general.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2

      Don’t forget National’s-Standards-which-are-neither are going to consigned to the dustbin of history, and Charter schools are going to close (I hope in such a way that the investors vandals lose 400% of their blood-money) and we’ll have an education minister who isn’t a brainless right wing gimp.

      All these things will make a positive difference too, and don’t forget the most important thing:

      The most influential factor in educational achievement is household income, so destroying the National Party’s anti-Kiwi employment ‘laws’ will help too, not to mention the minimum wage rises and living wage.

      Choke on it, trash.

      • yossarian 4.2.1

        Nice one mods, deleting my comment. No doubt you will delete this one too, remarking on just how positive idiots like one anonymous bloke are. And by the way I support Labour, but not mindless comments like “choke on it, trash”. How come that kind of stupidity gets through the mod process?

        [lprent: When we are looking at first comments, we use a different criteria to normal moderation. Some sign of intelligence and thought is required to get through the hurdle.

        Fortunately attacking others, whining about mods, and making statements that look like a concern troll really don't qualify. Attempting an argument on policy or the news does. Being a supporter of a political party isn't the criteria. Being able to contribute to the debate is. It does appear to be something you aren't good at.

        Basically you look like just another dumb troll who would have problems finding your arse if it was pointed out to you.. Adding you to autospam. ]

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1

          Yossarian, what makes you think I’m somehow representative of ‘Labour’? I’ll be voting Green on Saturday September 20th, but I’m nobody’s good little party member.

          Good of you to stand up for Fisiani. Altruistic even. Perhaps one day they’ll return the favour.

          I have terrible manners. Sorry about that.

    • dv 4.3

      We need to pay the best teachers to stay in the classroom and impart their excellence to others.

      But the Nat scheme does the opposite. It takes the better teachers OUT of their class rooms for 2 days a week.
      Who replaces them when the are out?- relief teachers?

      Fisiani you are right in the extent that just getting more teachers with not fix the problem.
      Quality is important

      Here are the top 10 effects on learning from Hatties research
      Self report grades
      Piagetian programs
      Formative evaluation
      Micro teaching
      Acceleration
      Class behaviour intervention
      Comprehensive intervention for learning disabled
      Teacher clarity
      Reciprocal teaching
      Feed back
      and
      teacher student relationships

      Smaller class sizes will help in several of those facts to give extra help and attention where needed.

      • ianmac 4.3.1

        Exactly dv. I think that Hattie qualified the ranking of class size. One was that class size in isolation did not make much difference but it did open up all the possibilities of activating most of those items on your list. The Private School and Charter School less than 18 per class promotes effective feedback, self reporting grades, Hands-on activity (Piagetian) and so on.
        Another was the way that “difficult” kids could get better access to targeted help.

    • Te Reo Putake 4.4

      Poor ol’ Fisi. The sudden thought that National might lose the election has scrambled his brains.

      “So 2000 extra currently unemployed teachers or 0.9 teacher/school will somehow magically fix education. ”

      Nobody is saying that, but you. Labour’s plan is to employ currently available teachers and add in new graduates over 4 years to improve education. But, feel free to tell Parata how you think education needs fixing next time you are within crawling distance of her.

      “So just 2,000 extra unionists making compulsory payments to the Labour Party.”

      No teacher union is a NZLP affiliate. In fact no state sector union is an affiliate.

      “Or have a merit based system where teacher quality is enhanced given it is the single most important factor.”

      Quality is clearly important, but, as Prime Minister Key says, class size is actually the decisive factor. Labour is also committed to improving teacher quality. It’s in the policy and is backed up by their commitment to training new teachers.

    • mpledger 4.5

      There are plenty of unemployed newly graduated teachers. The universities can never predict what government policy will be in 3 years hence so they either enroll too many or not not enough.

    • fisiani 4.6

      “And on Saturday they claimed they would provide every student between years five and 13 with a digital device worth $600 by providing a $100 subsidy and having parents pay $3.50 a week for 18 months. This will be news to Labour, but this adds up to only $373 per device.

      [lprent: Where is your link. Oh I see - Stephen Joyce making shit up.

      1. There is nothing in the policy about the devices costing $600.
      2. No link.
      3. Banned for 4 weeks for trying to start a moronic flamewar with some unattributed lying from Stephen Joyce. ]

      • Te Reo Putake 4.6.1

        Muckspreading’s Fisiani is too dishonest to say where that quote came from, so I’ll do it for him. It’s Stephen Joyce making shit up. His bullshit strawman talking point was repeated ad nauseum in the various righty effluent outflows yesterday and now fisi wants us to treat it as if it were true.

        However, Fisi, you dimwitted, desperate doofus, try doing your thinking for yourself and you might not look so stoopid. Ponder on whether buying tens of thousands of tablets in bulk might just lead to significant discounts on the retail price. Under $400 per item seems perfectly reasonable and not just because Harvey Norman has specials like that every second fucken weekend.

      • jester 4.6.2

        I believe it was mentioned in the 21st Century Policy.

        “The Manaiakalani model involves a digital device package (including hardshell carry-case, insurance and manufacturers warrantee) costing around $600. This is paid off (with no kickstart) at $3.50 a week. We will aim to bring costs down below this level, through economies of scale and falling technology costs, and that saving will be passed on to families through a lower weekly payment.”

        • lprent 4.6.2.1

          So not talking about what labour was planning on doing at all? How surprisingly unexpected. So it appears that Fis missed the bit you quote that says…

          We will aim to bring costs down below this level, through economies of scale and falling technology costs…

          That seems like a pretty unsubtle hint to me that Labour are using that project as an example. They aren’t planning to replicate it in a countrywide clone.

          Just to give an idea of differences even with a tablet. My nexus7 7″ tablet with a clamshell bluetooth keyboard with insurance was about $460 this year.

    • Macro 4.7

      “These people are either inexperienced, incompetent or unfit if they don’t have a job”
      You can of course back up this absurd statement with facts. Or is it just your arse speaking again?

  5. Bazar 5

    So in a nutshell
    Labour believe in throwing money and toys at schools in the hope that things improve.

    National believe in challenging the leadership to perform with results, paying the best teachers more money, and forcing competition with the private sector.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1

      No. Those are just your dishonest talking points and vacuity. John Key wants smaller class sizes for his kids, not yours. Now open wide, here comes the drill.

    • Tony P 5.2

      So in a nutshell
      Labour believe in putting resources into children first.

      Nact believe in putting money into more management layers, private/charter schools and constant testing.

      Fixed it for you.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.1

        In a nutshell, Labour have evidence that putting more resources into children will improve education outcomes…

        Overseas evidence proves that the National Party’s policies deliberate vandalism will lead to worse outcomes…

        FIFY.

    • freedom 5.3

      This the same private sector who are receiving, from taxpayers, over twice the per child funding of public schools?

      Or the same private sector who have had two of the five new partnerships school threatened with closure due to irregularities in planning implementation and resourcing?

      Or the same private sector that has attempted to pressure the Ministry to supply teachers from existing public schools because they are unable to attract the necessary quality of staff to operate as per the Ministry’s somewhat flexible criteria ?

      The private sector you seem so fond of seems incapable of tying shoelaces let alone teaching others to.

      • fisiani 5.3.1

        can I see a citation for that appalling lie re private sector school funding

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.3.1.1

          Can I see a citation for your deliberate cynical lie that teacher unions are affiliated to the Labour Party?

          Didn’t think so, trash.

        • freedom 5.3.1.2

          I am only replying because I made a small error and did not catch it before the edit function lapsed, otherwise I am sticking to what I said to you yesterday, ” I wipe my hands of you ”

          This line: “This the same private sector who are receiving, from taxpayers, over twice the per child funding of public schools?”
          should have been written thus:
          “This the same private sector, some of whom are receiving, from taxpayers, over twice the per child funding of public schools?”

          As requested fisiani here is your citation. It is one of many references to the topic. Do you want the Hansard as well from when Hipkins questioned the Minister ? I am guessing not, because it did not show the ministry in a good light at all and we all know you don’t like seeing the National government shown up for the ignorant and callous policies they enact.

          http://www.eduvac.co.nz/news/2014/02/12/government-spending-nearly-twice-much-student-charter-school

          if any are wondering why I finally gave up on fisiani, it was this: http://thestandard.org.nz/labour-plans-to-win/#comment-845097
          Call me arrogant or overly sensitive, but I see no reason to engage with someone who in order to avoid answering a simple question accuses me of playing politics with the victims of crime when they are aware of my relationship to the topic.

          • Tracey 5.3.1.2.1

            fisiani is a caricature. There are a few here abouts.

          • fisiani 5.3.1.2.2

            Partnership schools are not private schools. You have again failed. Your citation is about partnership schools aka charter schools and not about private schools which receive miniscule public funding.

            • framu 5.3.1.2.2.1

              ahh – but the term was private SECTOR fisty – sector

              not private school

            • KJT 5.3.1.2.2.2

              “Private schools receive minuscule public funding”.

              Missed this did you Mr education expert Fizzer?

              http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11064839

              “Wanganui City College principal Peter Kaua agreed, saying the figure of $3 million was triple his annual operational budget”.

              Not to mention the 30 million National gave private schools. It seems, in reality, they actually cost the tax payer overall, more, per student, than State schools. For similar outcomes. “In fact as private schools can pick the students who are capable of doing well, regardless of the school they attend, it is debatable that they add anything, apart from the plug in to the old boy network.

              Plus the rough figure of around 35k a year they take out of the economy per pupil, in addition, in fees from parents.

              None of them have managed to compete with State schools without costing a hell of a lot more.

              Private schools are very poor value.

        • dv 5.3.1.3

          http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1402/S00121/charter-school-students-funded-up-to-5x-more.htm

          The average per pupil for charter schools is $ 20k cf $6k for state schools

          • fisiani 5.3.1.3.1

            What have partnership schools funding got to do with private schools?

            • dv 5.3.1.3.1.1

              Charter schools ARE not public schools.

              • fisiani

                Nor are they PRIVATE schools

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  In that case they must be ‘Unregistered Right-Wing Fundamentalist Ticket-Clipper Sucking On The Public Teat Schools’.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    +1111

                    The Right-wing continually prove that they cannot make a profit without government funding and assistance in clipping the ticket.

                  • RedLogix

                    I’ve been away for months stuck in a place with no net access, and the very first thing I click on is a reply from OAB to fisi – and surely I’m not dissapointed.

                    Marvellous! The Standard still lives !

                • Tracey

                  how are you going proving that nzei and ppta are affiliated to Labour?

                • dv

                  OK they are private sector schools then.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Nor are they PRIVATE schools

                  Quite right. They are PRIVATISED schools.

      • Bazar 5.3.2

        If the charter schools can’t perform with the same funding as state schools, then yes they should fail.
        I’d be unhappy in any other case.

        I don’t expect all charter schools to succeed, i expect some to fail, most will simply coexist with the state schools, and a small few will excel far beyond expectations.

        But by creating competition, i expect the performance of most state schools to improve.
        Competition fosters improvement and innovation, Those in a monopoly are oft mired in stagnation.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.3.2.1

          Ideological drivel.

          $19,664 per student.

          Gone. By. Lunchtime.

          • Weepu's beard 5.3.2.1.1

            Looks to me like unacceptable inefficiency. The current govt. is all about wasteful spending on pet projects. Our kids education is no different.

        • Tracey 5.3.2.2

          can you cite proof of examples where schools are in competition and it creates an improvement in education delivery?

          We already deliver high quality education witthout h some mythical competitive model

          I have a cellphone but dont consider that makes me an expert in telecommunication delivery

          • One Anonymous Bloke 5.3.2.2.1

            Every wingnut is an expert on everything. The problem is personal responsibility, the solution is tax cuts.

        • Tracey 5.3.2.3

          citation for schools “mired in stagnation” required.

          • KJT 5.3.2.3.1

            A consequence of National’s Standards.

            No innovative or original Teaching allowed.

            Even if you can find time after all the form filling, box ticking, performance appraisal, translating Parata speak and Government buck passing.

        • ianmac 5.3.2.4

          Bazar. You do know that classes in Charter Schools are usually between 10 and 20 kids. Wonder why the bother?

    • Tracey 5.4

      no other profession i know of requires employees to go to a minimum of one session, outside classroom time, a week on prof development, a new something or other, which every teacher has to attend… Often from month to month these sessions have contradictory ideas.report every minutiae of what they do

      Quality teachers, and its most of them, are struggling, and looking to leave the classrooms.

      I know of no other profession so constantly vilified and under public scrutiny as teaching. Where parents, by virtue of having children, think they know all about teaching.

      National has successfully conned parents into thinking their children are suffering at the hand of incompetent teachers to achieve their ideological ends. Now parents seem to believe teaching quality is in the gutter BUT no one is banging down nationals door demanding a better quality recruit. In other professions you atract such people with great conditions, high pay and you value them. Not in education.

      Have you ever been a victim of crime?
      I

    • mpledger 5.5

      And National believe in adding more bureaucracy with all their special principals and special teachers. They are really just a layer that distances the MinofEd from schools. It just means the special principals get to cop the flak when new policies from National are implemented rather than the MinofEd.

  6. Lorraine 6

    Smaller classes give all kids a better opportunity to learn. All the information over decades have pointed to this. National’s dog eat dog policy challenging the leadership to perform with results, paying the best teachers more money, and forcing competition with the private sector will not make any difference to the majority of under performing kids. It is all just right wing propaganda. The ratio of teachers per child has the most positive effect on the widest range and number of children. Most teachers are likely giving it their very best now and a not motivated by money in their occupation. Paying principals more and a few teachers more is not going to make a huge difference. Maybe National should look at the negative effect Novapay has had on teachers performance as not getting paid is a huge stress on people’s lives. GO #LABOUR

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Paying principals more and a few teachers more is not going to make a huge difference.

      I think it will make a huge difference. It will cause more teachers to leave the profession and decreasing standards resulting in worse outcomes for our children.

  7. Jester 7

    I couldn’t find it in the policy release but how many years will the extra 2000 teachers be phased in over?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Google is your friend. Try the Labour Party website, under the “policy” link. Basic stuff I know, but you seem to require assistance all the same.

      • Jester 7.1.1

        Wasn’t noted on the original factsheet but I see the media reporting it as phased in by 2018.

        I’m just curious if this takes into account immigration or population increase?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1

          Can’t you find any detail of that in the policy documents? They’re on Labour’s website under “policy”. Seriously, have you mistaken me for your research assistant or something?

          • Tracey 7.1.1.1.1

            curiousity is a funny thing… On the right they are rarely curious about this govt and just accept what they are told.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1.1.1

              I think they had a bad experience with fact-checking once and are too afraid to ever do it again.

              • Tracey

                I have noticed that when challenged to supply proof or references, they usualluy abandon a thread. To the credit of many regulars here, queries for csources usually result in a link. Freedom is an example of that today over taxpayer funding for charter schools.

          • Jester 7.1.1.1.2

            That’s all very nice but if you release policy it must surely be questioned.

            • Te Reo Putake 7.1.1.1.2.1

              Well, yeah, but surely you can come up with an interesting or relevant question to make it worthwhile finding the answer. Given that population increase is going to be negligible in 4 years, the answer to your question is mostly irrelevant. Perhaps if you explained your thinking in asking the question we could get to the heart of the matter.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1.2.2

              Dig away, then: read the policy, and then you’ll be in a position to question it. Just think, you could rise triumphantly from three minutes of reading clutching a great victory.

              Or, take no personal responsibility whatsoever and simply behave like a right wing tr*ll.

              A quick look at your comment history tells me you’ll go with option two.

              Keep acting in bad faith, clown. Your bad choices.

              • jester

                Thanks for the advice OAB. Spent 3 minutes reading the policy as you suggested.

                Perhaps it could be humbly suggested that you do the same. Then we will be both be fully conversant with what’s in the actual policy documents.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  And what’s more, we’ll be able to compare it with National Party education policy: all five lines of it with no costings whatsoever.

            • Tracey 7.1.1.1.2.3

              nobody here released any policy.

        • Francis 7.1.1.2

          The teacher:child ration is fixed. Labour has also promised to add an additional $1 billion to health and education spending per year to keep up with population and cost increases, which will presumably cater for additional teachers where needed for population growth.

  8. kiwigunner 8

    In my school a policy such as Labours would enable me to have a teacher working with small groups of children who need extra assistance in a particular area and with those at the either end of the spectrum who need extension work. Right now I have excellent teacher aides doing this and they do a great job but not as good as a teacher would. I can’t be sure of course but I’d expect that this wold make a large hole in the group of children who find school difficult at present – the oft quoted 1 in 5.

    I hate the governments proposed policy because it simply doesn’t get to the children rather it will disrupt classrooms and the very important relationships within them that I believe are the core of successful schools. As a principal I don’t know how anyone could rationally think that I would have two days free from my school to look after others when I already work from dawn to dusk each day and actually find it quite insulting that anyone would think that I could. In reality the govts proposal is designed to put the squeeze on schools who can see through and are resisting the hair brained policies such as National Standards, the gutting of Professional Development and Special Education. Will this do anything for kids?

    Bottom line is teachers and principals are as greedy as anyone else (maybe a little less) but when they are saying no to the possible pay increase of $40k you have to think that the policy is not on the right lines.

    • Tracey 8.1

      the “expert” principals will delegate more to dp’s, who wont get any pay increase.

      It will be intersting to see how many decile 7-10 principals will be preaching to deciles 1-6?

      John graham was so successful at southern cross he left to start parnell college!

    • Chooky 8.2

      +100 kiwigunner ..from the coal face!

      …my Mother was a teacher and she worked enormously hard ( often still working after mid-night)…she was a dedicated professional and there for the children and not the money ( although the money was necessary)

  9. DH 9

    I’m not going to argue over the merits of smaller classes but I will say there is one simple thing Labour can do to improve teaching. That’s to start holding the heads of schools properly accountable for the performance of their staff.

    There’s nothing complicated or unusual about a school, they can be compared directly to any medium size business. Teachers are employees, the head & deputy head(s) are management. It’s a manager’s job to manage the staff, if teaching quality is low in a school that’s 100% the fault of management.

    Talk with any competent teacher and they’ll tell you who the poor performers are in their school, it’s not exactly a secret among any of them. And often they’ll tell you how they get away with it, which is usually along the lines of brown nosing the boss or other such wiles.

    With few exceptions there’s no such thing as a bad worker. There’s only bad managers. If people really do believe teaching needs to be improved stop blaming teachers, instead start demanding the managers earn their generous salaries. Heads are paid well these days, IMO they need to justify it.

    Remember Ike… the buck stops there.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1

      What a fools errand that would be with 20% of kids experiencing the ill-effects of income inequality. Still, blame and punishment is all part of personal responsibility, isn’t it.

      Not that teachers have any sort of performance assessment now or anything. Not that it relies on a national strategy or anything. Let’s throw all that out and replace it with punishment and blame. Yay! Authority!

      • DH 9.1.1

        Try reading what I wrote which is the exact opposite of what you’re saying. I said stop blaming teachers.

        Try talking to teachers sometime. They’re seriously pissed off with being made the whipping boy all the time. It’s for management to create and provide the working environment that brings out the best in teachers and, believe me, we’ve got good teachers in this country. There’s perhaps a very small number who are really in the wrong job but IMO the rest just need good management.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.1

          I was being sarcastic: teachers already have performance assessments. You’re assuming that the right wing narrative that schools were broken so they’re fixing them has some sort of ground. It didn’t, although they’re doing their best to make it so.

          The problem is the application of ‘managerial’ right wing dogma where pedagogy belongs. More managerial ‘public utilities are just like businesses’ ideology is not the answer.

          Focusing on ‘good and bad teachers’ is just horseshit dressed up as policy.

        • Tracey 9.1.1.2

          how many businesses do you know where the ceo is bound by a board, a tier above the board and another person above that.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.2.1

            Business values include knowing nothing about businesses or schools.

    • Tracey 9.2

      Hi DH

      What do heads of pri ary, intermediate and secondaty schools receive? iI genuinely dont know and am interested in how their salaries would compare to businesses with similar staff numbers.

      • DH 9.2.1

        Can only report what my teacher friends have told me and IIRC it’s well over $100k for local secondary. I expect it would vary around the country & depend on school size & type but I don’t think many heads are complaining about their pay.

        HODs on the other hand don’t get much… an extra $5k from memory.

        • Tracey 9.2.1.1

          Ok. LEts examine your proposition to hold heads of school accountable as we would a business.

          A business with over 177 employees would pay under 150k to its CEO?( local high school)

          A business with over 150 employees (local primary school) would pay Ceo only 120k!?

          A CEO of a school has a Board, the ministry of education, the minister, a business employing 177 people has a board, full stop. You, imo, under estimate the constraints this places.

          • DH 9.2.1.1.1

            Sorry Tracey, was called away. I won’t continue. The anonymous bloke above might think he’s being smart but his motives are transparent and I can’t be bothered with overbearing bullies. Busting in on an established forum & trawling threads that might criticise his precious party is a bit of a giveaway as to who he might be or why.

            I should feel insulted but it’s just a big yawn. It’s a funny thing about learning the hard way how to deal with bullies. Once you’re comfortable in your ability to handle them you no longer feel the urge to do so. I find myself being more affronted when I see others being bullied, don’t know why. For me this forum is merely for exchanging thoughts & ideas and debating among like minded people. With it being flooded with patronising party rhetoric that treats us like children I think it’s time for a 3 month hiatus.

            If you’re really interested in the education system try getting to know a few teachers. Win their trust & get them to open up a bit. Ask them about their jobs; what they enjoy & what they dislike.

            Bye for now!

            • One Anonymous Bloke 9.2.1.1.1.1

              I don’t know if the Greens will be very happy to hear themselves described as OAB’s precious; I’m nobody’s good little party member, chum.

              What I don’t like is the way this government treats teachers. I especially don’t like them importing failed right wing policies that hurt children’s chances of self-reliance.

              So mind your manners.

      • tinfoilhat 9.2.2

        Hi Tracey

        Award salary information as below

        http://www.minedu.govt.nz/NZEducation/EducationPolicies/SchoolEmployment/TopicsOfInterest/PrincipalPayandAllowances.aspx

        Average primary principal these days would be around the 120,000 up level.
        Average secondary principal these days would be around the 150,000 up level.

  10. Wreckingball 10

    Besides the debate over whether quality or quantity is better, the costings are all wrong.

    Where are all of the new classrooms going to come from?

    2000 new prefab classrooms at $100k a pop costs $200 million. Ignoring all the other costs of training, equipping, and managing teachers, that leaves $200 million over 4 years, equals $50 million a year. Divided by 2000, that means $25k per teacher.

    The amount of the costs of this new investment adds another 50% to the bill. Shockingly misleading.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Please describe for us how you determined that 2000 new class rooms would have to be built.

      • Wreckingball 10.1.1

        By 2018 there will be 2000 more full-time teachers in NZ schools. Unless you propose having multiple classes in one classroom then you will need to build a new classroom for each teacher. It may not be quite 2000 new classrooms if you account for slightly more efficient use of office space but the capital investment will be massive.

        • McFlock 10.1.1.1

          Nah.
          They can just reverse the process of closing and amalgamating schools. I’m sure a lot of those properties haven’t been disposed of yet.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.1.2

          Oh noes, Labour policy means more resources for schools! Calamity! Desperation! Woe!

          I’d drive the wingnuts before me but all they do is weep and wail.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.3

          Wrecking ball. Did you bother to first check how many unused classrooms currently exist in active open schools, before jumping to conclusions as to what new needs to be built.

          • Herodotus 10.1.1.3.1

            CV in our local school there are none. When the good policy of lower class size for new entrants was introduced about 10 years ago necessitated an addition classroom to be built? So there is some validity to the comment but there is also validity in questioning what the underlying intentions of the comment, and in our local case where the additional classes are to be financed from and located. With many schools in my local area struggling to even to provided in their playing field the ability to play inter school cricket ground with 25m boundaries. Let alone to be able to provide space for any additional classrooms.

            • Francis 10.1.1.3.1.1

              There are plans for the upgrade of school buildings over the next 15 years, presumably this would include building new classrooms (where necessary).

    • ianmac 10.2

      You do realise Wrecker that the National Plan is to turn all schools into 1980s style Open Plan buildings. That would cost millions as most schools are built in cellular form. Mr Hooton even this morning was applauding the National plan for 75 kids in a classroom with 2 or 3 teachers. Open Plan Schools largely faded from the 80s onwards but hey. Mz Parata thinks she has discovered something new!

      • Tracey 10.2.1

        does mr hooton have children? Public or private education?

        • felix 10.2.1.1

          Private of course. Just like him.

        • Matthew Hooton 10.2.1.2

          Two girls. State school.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 10.2.1.2.1

            The most influential factor in academic achievement is household income, Matthew. Just a little reminder to disrupt the received dogma.

            • Paul 10.2.1.2.1.1

              It would be interesting however to see the Cabinet member’s ( and all leading politicians of all political stripes) choices of school for their kids.
              Helps to see their vested interests.

              • Colonial Viper

                Now that’s a worthy survey to do and put up on the ‘net…of all MPs across all parties…and also candidates.

            • Matthew Hooton 10.2.1.2.1.2

              That’s not right actually. The main factor, as I recall it from when I used to study this stuff for work, is the educational environment within the home, including the number of books (and these do correlate to some extent to household income, of course).

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Mother’s education level is also important, and the point is that current government incompetent flailing makes no allowance for any of it, eh.

                But you knew that.

          • Tracey 10.2.1.2.2

            thanks matthew. I obviously dont want to ask you to divulge anything about them but can you divulge the decile number? There is, imo, as big a difference between a decile 8-10 school and a decile 1-6 and between public and private.

            • karol 10.2.1.2.2.1

              I’d guess decile 9-10.

              But then, I’d guess the secondary school I went to was in that bracket.

              Edit: It probably is 9-10 now. But may not have been if those classifications were used back then. The area I lived in was quite mixed – gone more upmarket since.

            • Anne 10.2.1.2.2.2

              Hazard a guess its either Remuera Primary School or Epsom Normal Primary School since he lives in that part of town. Both decile 10 schools and handy to St Cuthbert’s College or Diocesan School for Girls when they are older.

              Edit oops, Epsom Normal is only 9. Could be Ellerslie Primary then.

              • Matthew Hooton

                Why would you pay for St Cuth’s or Dio when EGGS is free (and one of its old girls became PM and may be UNSG)? I much prefer to waste money into overseas holidays than private schools.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Having lived in that part of town, I can assure you that plenty of moderately to very well-off parents see good value for money in Dio.

                • karol

                  I was at EGGs, back in the day (probably with your parents’ generation) where my best mates were from working class backgrounds – different times.

            • Matthew Hooton 10.2.1.2.2.3

              10 so deliberately underfunded by the government (but we make up for that by raising over $100k from our annual fair). I wrote about all this in the July/August edition of Metro (the annual school’s edition). Will be on line in a month or so I expect.

    • Wreckingball 10.3

      So you agree that Labour has deliberately lied about the cost of the policy?

      I am all for spending money on education. In fact, educating the population is one of the most important government functions. However, the investment needs to be in the right areas (quality of teachers not quantity) and the politicians need to be upfront about the costs involved.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3.1

        Read the fully costed policy have you?

        Doubt it, you’re just another lazy tr*ll, and if quantity of teachers isn’t the problem take it up with your dear ‘smaller class sizes’ leader.

        • Wreckingball 10.3.1.1

          Yes I have read the whole policy. The $350m is for the teacher’s salaries and some administration?

          Wouldn’t be the first time that the pricing had been wrong. The laptop for every kid policy for instance. The forecasted cost for the digital device plan only amounts to $373 for a $600 device after factoring in the $100 subsidy and $3.50 a week over 18 months…

          • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3.1.1.1

            Almost as though someone making a bulk purchase gets a reduced price or something. Remedial Economics 101 perhaps?

            Your trite vacuities about extra classrooms have been addressed by McFlock up-thread.

            I like hearing your wails, can I get some running and screaming too?

          • lprent 10.3.1.1.2

            $600? Where did you get that inflated price from. For that matter how many years have you been getting ripped off through your own inability to shop wisely.

            Look at PB Tech’s normal retail prices. At present, you can get a Chromebook for $416 including GST. A Windows 7 15″ laptop for $459 inc GST. These are all that are required for the policy.

            I’ll take a bet that when the government starts issuing purchase orders for tens of thousands of these direct from the manufacturers, that they can easily halve those landed costs.

            Hell PB Tech usually managed to drop then by more than a quarter when school starts up each year.

            So your dumbass argument collapses under your inability to look on google. Just another pathetic moran waving the sign displaying their level of ignorance.

          • Draco T Bastard 10.3.1.1.3

            The forecasted cost for the digital device plan only amounts to $373 for a $600 device

            There’s this concept called bulk buying – perhaps you’ve heard of it?

            Just think what a good deal we’d get if the government went to Samsung and bought enough S5s for the entire country. I suspect we could get them for more than 50% off the retail price but, noooo, people need to have choice – fucken morons.

            • Colonial Viper 10.3.1.1.3.1

              Cunliffe has the Right Wing running scared. I’m going to suggest now that Labour need to fire another lot of its big guns in the next 2 weeks. Get all the big policy out before the TV debates.

            • KJT 10.3.1.1.3.2

              Just been offered a brand new 10inch name brand tablet with windows 8, quad core and 64 Gb for $280.

          • freedom 10.3.1.1.4

            Cool, you’ve read the whole policy. So you can easily supply the link to the source you used.
            So we can make sure we are all working off the same information you understand.

            Whilst doing that can you show us the link for the same level of detail in National’s policy?
            Naturally you have compared the two to come to such comprehensive conclusions.

            I am sure many would love to see where and how National have budgeted the relief staff, travel and accommodation and meals and training facilities and all the other equipment costs of these super human wonder teachers who will travel the country regularly abandoning the complex schedules of various projects that make schools function, let alone how they plan to offer a stable teaching environment for the kids they leave behind, the kids they ask to trust them.

            look forward to the links.

  11. greywarbler 11

    I put this on Open Mike this morning. It is an important education point dealing with the ‘tail’ that is the reason (excuse) for much of the meddling and changes to the education system. When it is being dealt-to so extremely well with a program that is stopped, then carried on in diminished form by dropping it into a stew of others, then I think we ought to ask what is the point of all this change in education really??

    What is the hidden agenda? Is it just to make NACTs seem as if they care about the broader public while they just go on with BAU for the wealthy and the schools where our future politicians are being trained?

    So I think this should not just stay in Open Mike for the cursory glance and then disappear. This info and news report from TNZ should go into the Education archives:

    On education. A rivetting item on Radionz on the Te Kotahitanga program as followed in Northland’s Kerikeri High School which last month was awarded the Prime Minister’s
    award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon
    The successful Te Kotahitanga programme ( 27′ 9″ ) 09:08

    This month the teaching system has been wiped as a stand alone practice system and incorporated into another system one with an upbeat name. In fact it has been watered down, various aspects such as roaming teachers acting as monitors and coaches have been removed. This is strange as they were doing very similar work to that proposed by this new $300 million NACT idea involving leading principals and teachers.

    (I think many of the principals like the new proposed programme as it will do some good for the schools involved, and a lot of good to their mana and salary, good on their CV etc. And many secondary principals are strongly into the business model of education and most principals at any level are becoming managers first and would conservatively follow all Ed Dept direction.)

    But the Te Kotahitanga program pilot carried out in 12 schools, Kerikeri HS amongst them, really gives ‘the tail’ what it needs to succeed. It goes well away from what is called ‘the banking system’ of education (information is deposited and accumulates, through the portals of the mind) rather like posting a letter. Instead it looks to working with pupils, getting them into small teams, and facilitating the learning to suit them.

    Eureka at Kerikeri HS! After a period of settling in and getting accustomed to the new learning, the pass rate – I think this is correct – for Level 2 NCEA for the group used as a base standard, has gone from 28% to 82% e&oe.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ianmac 11.1

      Yes heard that. And didn’t Keri Keri High get the PM Award a month after Government cancelled the special funding?

  12. Tracey 12

    thanks

  13. Dan1 13

    The latest wisdom from the Ministry provides one football field for 1000 boys. In a sports mad, catch all provincial school, the proposal to merge the two Blenheim Colleges on the one MGC site leaves very little space for 12- 18 year olds.
    Education is not just NCEA pass rates!

    • Tracey 13.1

      A drive past epsom girls or diocesan in auckland shows how little grass they have.

      Physical and health education remain under used in all our schools. Not compulsory for many years. What you describe has been the case for many girls schools for over a century. Its appalling.

  14. dimebag russell 14

    Education is about to make a great leap forward shortly in the field of on line lessons and learning.
    Labour will lead the new direction that will mean substantial and permanent rises in rates of achievemennt.

  15. feijoa 15

    Yes, my daughters college has one sports field for 1300 girls. Her primary school of 400 had a small astroturf about the size of a basketball court. I doubt the state has invested any money in LAND for education, for quite some time.

  16. Education certainly seems to be what the voters – including the undecideds – are interested in (see the tables below the poll results).

    • miravox 16.1

      Interesting to see how Key has his finger on the pulse of the nation with the flag debate.

  17. Lorraine 17

    The National government are so fixated on their obsession with greed for money they think everyone else is motivated by the same narrow rewards. They fail to recognise that teacher and nurses are not motivated by money like a stock broker is. They are generally people that are motivated by the outcome that their work has on the people’s lives they effect in a positive way. It must be hard for the money obsessed to understand how so many other people can get job satisfaction from non monitory outcomes and be satisfied to be equal with their peers financially. Foreign thinking to the #Team Key lot.

    • Tautoko Viper 17.1

      +1000, Lorraine. The concept of genuine team work in the business world is not often understood where a team building exercise is just a once a year weekend activity.

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.1

        Ahem, that’s in addition to monthly to weekly team building drinks and dinner and more drinks at a flash Ponsonby restaurant/bar, subsidised by the tax payer as a business expense.

  18. Paul 18

    Herald bias watch.
    Their editorial today….Tuesday.
    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11289243

    “Labour subscribes to the unions’ dogma that every trained teacher is as good as the next and all that pupils need is more of them so that classes can be smaller. ”

    Note the choice of emotive language…’dogma’ to turn the reader against Labour’s ideas. And of course, the link to the Unions. In another section, the anonymous editor writes “Oddly, teacher unions continue to press….”, linking the word oddly to the Unions.
    No mention by contrast of any link of National to big multinational corporations.
    And then of course misinformation. Labour is making more plans to raise quality than the Nat’s executive teacher idea. That, according to the anonymous editor, is “having a bob each way”. I imagine Roughan, who wrote Key’s biography, would have described Labour’s policy differently had his icon been the architect.
    Either Murphy and Roughan haven’t read Labour’s plans or they have wilfully ignored them.
    Either way the Labour Party should sue them for misrepresentation.
    Another smear by this disgraceful rag.
    This is the problem that happens when large foreign corporates own the media.

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    I remember, quite a few years ago now, Jenny Shipley addressing a room and asking the question, “What is the purpose of the National Party?” The answer was: To defeat the Labour Party. National was there to be the party...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 – what really happened?
    Three months after the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine the world is no wiser about what, and who, caused this crash. Well, we have the preliminary report but this only confirmed the bleeding obvious (“the aircraft was penetrated by a...
    Open Parachute | 22-10
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 – what really happened?
    Three months after the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine the world is no wiser about what, and who, caused this crash. Well, we have the preliminary report but this only confirmed the bleeding obvious (“the aircraft was penetrated by a...
    Open Parachute | 22-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • 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
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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